Are you attracting the right crowd?
When it comes to creating content and driving consumers to your site, the SEO strategy and keywords you choose are important. But where does one even start?
In this guide, we start with the simplest of SEO keywords and work our way to the more advanced keyword types.
Keywords can be short and generic or long and detailed. A short-tail keyword is often two search keywords that cover a broad topic or product, such as “platform bed.”
However, a short-tail keyword is often not enough to help customers find the precise type of product or item. If you want to include an even longer description, a mid-tail keyword (3-4 words) such as “upholstered platform beds” hones in on the style.
But let’s say you really want customers to find the exact color or style of upholstered platform bed you are selling. Then you can create a long-tail keyword (5-8 words) using more descriptions such as “contemporary” and “black velvet.” Long-tail keywords can also be phrases or questions, such as “how to style a contemporary black platform bed” and so on.
As you might suspect, longer keywords are less competitive because they are a more narrowed down version of a broader, all-encompassing generic keyword or short-tail keyword. This means that your item or content will rank easier, allowing a greater domain authority and for customers to more readily find your products.
Keywords by Role
Let’s talk about keyword roles.
First, you have focus keywords that are essentially the primary keyword or phrase you wish to rank for. Extending on this primary focus keyword are secondary keywords, also known as supporting keywords. Think of secondary keywords like a subtopic related to the focus keyword, creating a phrase related to the main topic.
For example, if your focus keyword is “how to style a bedroom” your secondary keywords might be “how to style a guest bedroom.” Styling a guestroom is a more specific description than just any bedroom. Furthermore, you can create an article focused on styling a bedroom, with additional tips on styling a guest bedroom with an H2 or H3 heading and a paragraph or two.
Semantic keywords play another role in SEO. Like synonyms, semantic keywords can be two focus keywords that mean the same thing, if not at least closely related.
“How to Style a Master Bedroom” and “How to Style a Main Bedroom” are, basically, one in the same. Just different keystrokes for different folks. Some of us use different language to convey a search, so having semantic keywords in place is a good SEO strategy.
Search Intent Keywords
From informational keywords to transactional keywords, search intent plays a huge role in your SEO strategy. Let’s look at several types of search intent-related keywords.
Informational keywords are essentially what someone types in when searching for educational articles and content. Furniture and decor brands will find it fruitful to create articles with educational tips and tricks that build a certain level of trust with their consumer base. And tucked neatly away in these education-based articles are certain informational keywords with long-tail keywords, and so on, that create brand awareness. Think “how to” articles and “what is” searches.
Commercial intent keywords are an important piece of the puzzle too. Commercial intent keywords focus on brand and product reviews, with specific information to help steep consumers into a final purchasing decision. For example, keywords that compare two or more items feature a “vs” and/or “or” search. They might also search keywords like “reviews” and “best.”
Transactional keywords are in place for buyers who already know what they want. They’ve got their wallet out and are ready to hit that purchase button. Transactional keywords can come in the form of “buy” or “shop” and, if looking for a deal, “coupon” or “sale.” A branded keyword is necessary too (more on that below).
Other Targeted KeywordsThere are many more different types of SEO keywords you can target. Here are a few more you should be aware of when you create a content strategy or aim to attract certain buyers and customers.
Market-specific Keywords – These keywords are highly focused on a specific industry or niche. Instead of “bedroom furniture”, your brand might sell specific “Mid-Century Modern bedroom furniture.” Or, in place of “interior lighting” you can hone in on “energy-efficient lighting.”
Branded Keywords – A branded keyword is pretty much what you imagine. It’s the keyword plus the brand. For example, an “Uttermost floor lamp” is more direct and will pull more specific results that buyers are searching for.
Product-related Keywords – These keywords are closely related to branded keywords. They might be the name of a certain style of lamp, such as “torchiere floor lamp.” Yet, they can also be product or collection name specific like “Huxford floor lamp.”
Customer-defining Keywords – This defines who might use the product. For example, “lighting for eco-friendly homes” or “rugs for baby nurseries.” It focuses on the type of customer’s age, gender, job, and other important demographics the item is typically made for.
Location-specific Keywords – As implied, these keywords simply focus on the city, state, country or region. For example, “lighting retailers in Northern California” or “eco-friendly furniture brands in the USA”. Note: Location-specific keywords are not to be confused with navigational keywords, which are simply a website’s navigation and pages (think “Login” or “Contact”).
How to Find All These Different Types of SEO Keywords
Ready to get started on your keyword research?
If you’re interested in basic short-tail and long-tail keywords, simply begin typing in a few words into Google and see what it suggests as it autocompletes your search. You can also use the People Ask and Related searches section to find more topic ideas.
However, that’s a pretty basic method. It helps to also use a keyword research tool like SEMrush and KFinder that will offer more filter options such to help you discover long-tail keywords, low-competition keywords, and keywords based on search intent.