Since I’m Bad In Math Am I Bad With Keywords?

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No kidding, I’ve suffered from being really bad in math and anything that requires analytical skills gives me a headache – like keywords.

Sounds crazy I know. But back in the day when websites were loaded, and I mean loaded with links, were just promoting product and many times spamming their readers – they were racing to climb to the top listing on search engines. Until Google decided to change things and humanized their system to revolve around quality content.

But I was still overwhelmed. Some take keyword searches VERY seriously and I’ve read some elaborate posts on what to do which made my eyes water because of the complexity.

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Keywords are important. If you don’t think so, just ask yourself “How will people find my content online?”

Keywords are the jelly to a peanut butter sandwich lover. Or the gas to a car, or water to a garden. Without the water your garden won’t grow, car won’t drive, and well, the peanut butter sandwich lover will just be miserable!

Gotta have keywords to find your blog or business online.

Now there are enough opinions to make your head twirl and spin until you can’t see straight. But I like simple methods that work.

One strategy you may have heard and it’s been a long standing one is this:

  • Do a keyword search
  • find the smallest number of searches associated with your word
  • go for the “low hanging fruit”

Until recently I thought this was the way to do it because so many were doing it this way. But If I’ve learned anything about being online is – you don’t have to follow what other people do. No, not at all.

So here’s a strategy that resonates with me:

  1. 1. Target the biggest keywords in the niche.
  2. Consistently build links to these pages targeting the big keywords.
  3. Build out the site with inner articles.
  4. 4. Pull in tons of long-tail traffic.

This is a strategy used by Chris Lee who has a robust following and an income to match by using this method.

Chris also advocates “Outreach”, reaching out to others to build relationships, traffic, and search engine ranking.

Reaching out to others compliments the now “humanized” aspect of internet search engines because it incorporates engagement which really makes your website come alive.

Like anything in life when learning something new it’s always a challenge. I sure don’t know enough about using keywords to use them effectively. However, when I was in college I repeated algebra twice and the best algebra class I had was a summer “crash” course and passed with a B+. So I have hope!

I’m sure some of the comments I receive, if anyone reads this, will give me their opinion on keywords and I welcome it. I’ve never claimed to be a internet wizard about anything online. I’m just a “Wizard of Learning”.

Lesly Federici






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26 thoughts on “Since I’m Bad In Math Am I Bad With Keywords?

  1. Hi Lesly,
    Like Edward I’ve always been pretty good at maths – but I’ve still struggled with keywords.

    Partly because I have to confess to a somewhat shifting focus to my blog, but partly because when I look at the volume of searches for certain keywords, I just think “Oh, I’ll never beat those odds” and go my own sweet way. Well, not quite…. I use the Yoast SEO plugin and make sure all my posts show a green traffic light 🙂

    Another problem I have with putting too much effort into my keyword research is that I’m never sure whether Google is going to change the goal-posts again.

    So I just focus on writing posts that I hope people will like – and building relationships.

    Thanks for explaining so clearly, better methods that I should be using for my keyword research.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

  2. Hi Hussain!
    Another visit … wow.. thank you! I;m happy to hear this post inspired you to write a new posts! That’s a great outcome of having a blog 🙂 One that inspires ….

  3. Hey Lesly,
    Great post, I love the way of presenting the problem. Writing for for search engines and focusing only for the keywords is not a good thing, I don’t recommend it. On the other side, we shouldn’t completely neglect search engines, that’s why we should do a good keyword research before we put our list of topics to write on. I go for long tail keywords and LSI keywords, more than head terms, they have less search volume, and less competition as well.
    Their variations generate good traffic too.

    Thanks for writing the nice post, Lesly! Your post inspired me to write something about soon.

    Have a nice weekend


  4. Hey Lesly,

    Haha ! You are not alone, who are weak with math, I just hate math 😛 .

    But I must say keywords are one of those factors in blogging, that keep us constantly working and learning as there is no proven-methods to use keywords rightly, we always keep experimenting to know how we can get maximum results.

  5. Well Lesly, you are talking to someone who always forgets to use hashtags and I only choose a few keywords without carefully researching it. I just write my blogs, share it on social media and in the blogging community. I have not even shared my blog posts with my lists, which are growing incredibly from this current Men and Love Summit. I am not good at spending time doing research; that is something I really should outsource. But for the time being, I believe my blogs reach the people that need to read them. My next goal is to create a monthly newsletter for my lists. And when I get a breather, maybe I will concentrate more on keywords.

    Dr. Erica

  6. Hi Ruth,
    Thank you for visiting 🙂 Glad I’m not alone LOL! Yes, reaching out is so important and really mist be part of getting known.. appreciate your comment and the visit!

  7. Hi Sue,
    Wonderful to see you! How are you! It’s a journey for sure.. I’m going to play with the long tail keyword strategy and see what happens. But, I agree with you about engagement .. great to see you 🙂

  8. Hi Elise..
    Wonderful to see you visiting.. thanks! Thank you for the compliment! Well, I figure if I’m struggling with something I may help someone else by sharing it… thank you my friend… 🙂

  9. Hey Kathryn,
    Great to see you visiting, thank you! I’m working on a strategy using some of Chris’s suggestions and syndication .. I’ll be sharing more as I go along so keep a look out.. 🙂

  10. Well I have always gotten F’s in math. I am somewhat dyslexic when it comes to numbers. With English though mostly all B’s. When I started writing articles I was obvious to keywords. Now I always check Google Keywords – To see which keywords are better than others. If I was selling something I would use long tail keywords. That is all I know about using keywords, likely could learn a little more there. Great article.

  11. Wizard of Learning is a great thing to be. I would also say that you are a Wizard of Sharing as you are wonderful about sharing anything that you have learned.

  12. Oh dear, I think I’m more confused than before. 🙂 I would have thought most long tail keywords would include a major keyword too.

    Think I’ll stick to the engagement side of things! There’s only really one sub-topic of mine that brings in search engine traffic but I’m loath to change my focus to concentrate only on that.

  13. I never really worried too much about keywords but have thought more about them of late. There are a number of things that can improve your visibility and I sort of try to implement them, I really should make more of an effort!

    Enjoy the journey!

  14. Hi Lesly, You’re definitely not alone. I always have trouble picking “good” keywords too. I like the system you outline, and that’s sorta what I do… pick the keyword I think fits the article, and go with that. I really do agree with reaching out to others to build relationships… in the long run it’s the putting yourself out there, engaging and interacting that’s going to get the best results.

  15. Hi Lydia,
    Great to see you visiting! Appreciate it…. I’m going to use Chris’s strategy and see what happens. I found it to be very freeing that there are always ways to do things differently.. you don’t have to always follow. It may take some time, but I’m okay with that .. 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one that gets dizzy … lol

  16. Hey, Lesly, I am horrible with math and anything analytic. Keywords included. Similar to your experience sometimes reading about it makes me dizzy and my eyes water. I have been taught to follow the low hanging fruit method but after reading your post I think it’s like giving up before trying teaching you right out the gate you can’t compete with the big guy. Which really doesn’t make sense since content is supposedly king why not go for the top keywords. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Hi Ed,
    Wonderful to see you, thank you! One of Chris’s arguments about doing the fast way is that it’s not sustainable for longevity. Yes it will take time/ Quick fixes don’t always get the best results for a long time .. do you think?

  18. Good Morning Lesly! I to struggle with keywords ALOT But as you have stated I to am a “Wizard of Learning”. Keep up the good work my friend..
    Chery :))

  19. Hi Lesly,

    I’m good at math, an exact science (well, it used to be). On the other hand, I’ve studied SEO tactics & keyword marketing, and though there’re some loosely based consensus on the basics, much of the advice is situational, difficult to duplicate and very much not exact.

    For example, what you suggest (from Chris Lee’s idea), should move your site higher in Google’s SERP’s, but it’s going to take dedication, focus and a lot of work. Because your average competitor will opt for a quicker, easier fix, it’s probably a good long-term SEO strategy. Good post, thanks,

  20. Interesting that the strategy says go for the big words, I tend to go for long tail phrases that are more mid difficult and all I do to judge this is search the terms and see if I can beat the competition, if I see huff post and social media examiner then I’m going to struggle, I will then just tweak the terms for example – get paid to post to getting paid to be social… in otherwords I’m going for secondary key phrases.. then if you can consistently rank well for these you get organic traffic and authority and then you can go for the big phrases. But bare in mind the big phrases are on any post optimised for secondary so that when you go for the big words you have anchor text on older posts that rank that can be used to internal link into the big words.

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