Effective keyword research is an essential step in content creation and SEO. It’s the difference between your work being found and not!
Optimizing for the right keywords can boost your impressions, clicks, and ROI; however, doing it manually requires expertise and hours of tedious work.
Surfer’s Keyword Research automates the entire process for you, helping you create an SEO-maximized content strategy in no time.
1. Keyword Research Lite step-by-step
1. Open Keyword Research
2. Identify a keyword that best represents the overall topic you wish to create content around (for example, a bakery or recipe blog might want to position itself for search queries related to the “cookies” keyword).
3. Type your keyword into the Keyword bar and double-check the region settings (ask yourself, where geographically do you want to rank?). For best results, be broad, but ensure the keyword matches your audience’s search intent.
4. When your Keyword Research has finished loading, click on it to be taken to a summary page. You’ll see topic clusters related to your input keyword.
5. You can think of topic clusters as potential articles. Within each cluster, you’ll see a number of keywords related to each other, to an identified search intent, and to the main keyword used to create the query.
Find a cluster you wish to create content for, and click the purple pencil icon in the bottom right of the cluster’s box to review data points and check included keywords. If everything looks good, open Content Editor with a single click and get down to business!
Before you proceed to learn about Content Editor, we encourage you to check out the list of tips & tricks below!
Tip 1: Choosing the right keyword is crucial.
Choose a relatively broad keyword, and don't waste your queries on narrow, long-tailed ones, as they will generate only a few suggestions for your website. What you are looking for are keywords that are simultaneously broad enough to generate a lot of suggestions to choose from and narrow enough to match your target audience’s search intent.
💡 A good keyword doesn't necessarily have to be your target keyword. It can be a category of your blog, business, the main topic of your blog, etc.
Examples of categories, e.g., for SEO blogs: influencer marketing, social media, content marketing, SEO strategy
Examples of broad keywords that you may or may not want to target: toys, kitchen furniture, dentist, online marketing, outdoor fashion
Tip 2: Search Intent
Topic clusters are organized by relevance to each other and to search intent. Surfer recognizes 4 types of search intent:
Each topic cluster can be considered a single article. However, you should choose your clusters carefully. Take into consideration whether the cluster will allow you to develop your E-E-A-T on a topic you want to position yourself on.
💡 E-E-A-T is a part of the updated Google search rater guidelines.
It stands for:
E - expertise
E - experience
A - authority
T - trustworthiness
…and is used by Google to evaluate if their search ranking systems are providing helpful, relevant, and people-first content.
Tip 3: Lite limits
You can conduct 10 Keyword Research queries per month with Surfer Lite. This is >3 times as many Content Editor queries, meaning you have the room to try different main keywords until you find the perfect topic cluster for your needs!
One article generated from topic clusters requires one Content Editor credit, so make sure to double-check the intent, the keywords, and other parameters.
Patience is key! 🔑 Creating a Keyword Research query may take up to five minutes because we're scraping data from the most relevant sites to the keyword you used and digesting topics they write about. Once the query finishes running, you will be directed to a results page which is a summary of different keyword metrics.