Our first post in our series promoting your business online in 2021 is about keywords. If you have already been tracking your keywords you certainly be aware which to use and the importance of implementing the right keywords into your online activities. But if you just started, this subject can be a bit confusing. Some keywords might be more obvious than others. For example, if you are selling shoes, you want to use keywords related to shoes. But some keywords are used by too many, while others might put you into a more niche position. Finding the right keywords is important. One great tool that can help with keyword research is the Google Keyword Research tool. You can start by adding one keyword or short phrase, Google will suggest some related keywords and the more you add the more related keywords you will find.
The next step you should consider is to filter keywords and make a list of keywords you find are the most relevant to your business. When crating a list we advise to sort them into three groups.
Group number one are essential keywords, those will be keywords that describe the product you are selling. Let say you sell amazing BLTs. Your essential keywords would be Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato.
The second group are supporting keywords, which would be indirect related to your main product. So in the case of the BLT we could use Food, Lunch and Dinner as supporting keywords.
Last are seasonal keywords and those are relative easy because we know the upcoming holidays. So we would use Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas as seasonal Keywords combined with Gift Ideas, Sale, Presents and so forth.
Based on your keyword list you will have to decide what kind of content you can prepare for the upcoming season. Some keywords might be useful in a Blogpost, some might work well as hashtag for social media and other might be useful to add to your online advertisement campaign. Pick some keywords you like to push on every single platform, but keep it to a manageable number.
Depending on the platform the number of keywords varies. Blogposts might be an easy way to include many keywords, but as a tip here we like to advise that quality is better then quantity. Keep in mind you want to use the Blog as platform to provide valuable information to your customers and not spam them with irrelevant content. Just because you like to implement as many relevant keywords into your Blog to attract search engines will not move your products.
On Social Media Platforms you should consider reducing the number of hashtags to a maximum of three. More than that will in most cases look overwhelming to a human eye and most certainly not get the result you desire.
If you have a few keywords relevant to your business and use them on different platforms for a while, you will see that search engines make more meaningful connections. Your goal should be to help search engines to connect your website with relevant keywords. Valuable content on Blogposts, that might get shared by your audience, using Social Media in a smart way, plus well placed advertisement should lead to positive results.
In regards to online ads we like you to be aware they will not get you results over night. A well thought out strategy and the knowledge that a good advertisement campaign will take at least 3 month to be considered successful or a failure should be kept in mind. With that being said, make sure to stick to your keywords for a longer period of time. Imagine you start with one keyword, think it is not working and decide to replace it, right at the time the algorithm of the platform you use picked it up and associated it with your business. Wouldn’t that be unfortunate?
We understand not everyone has a large budget available and can run a lot of great advertisement online at the same time on as many platforms as they please. But keep in mind you would waste even more time and money if you invest into one group of keywords and stop right at the moment they would have worked out for you. Online Ads will take time, especially with a small budget. However, if your ads are not doing anything for your business you might advertise on the wrong platform, use the wrong keywords or have perhaps created a to specific target group. Knowing when to adjust is as important as it is to let it run.
Next Wednesday we will take a closer look at the different platforms you can run your ads on.
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