Ok, I couldn’t resist the silly title inspiration, in exchange I promise to keep this blog post shorter than usual. Actually, if you are not already using Keyword Strategy it is pretty useless anyway for you anyway, so why not head over to my >>>Keyword Strategy Review<<< and see what all the fuzz is about?
Still here? OK, so I assume that you want to know more about how to make the most out of Keyword Strategy’s tagging feature? Here first an introductory video about how to get keywords for your site (I have some additionally tips on this one, but that is enough material for an own article) Just watch the video, but don’t do anything just yet, pretty please, I explain why in a sec!):
Here why should get your head around tags and tagging in Keyword Strategy first and then start to go ‘harvesting’ more keywords. When I joined Keyword Strategy as a beta-tester in September last year, I was so thrilled by the amount of data I could mine for my web sites that I spend hours and hours simply getting more keywords – unfortunately without any plan nor system ;-( In the end I ended up with literally ten thousands of keywords in one project which were completely unmanageable! Here what I do now and I know that it works better, so you really don’t have to repeat my silly mistake 😉
- Set up your project as usual, Keyword Strategy will pull automatically pull the keywords it ‘thinks’ are relevant for your site into the tool.
- If that doesn’t happen, or takes to long and you are impatient, just go to ‘Get keywords’ and type / copy&paste in your url and hit ‘Get Keywords’. Import all of them.
- Now have a good look at this list. Blacklist all of them that are completely irrelevant and / or you are sure you will never want to write about.
How to blacklist keywords in your dashboard
- Simply tick the box on the left of each keyword you want to blacklist and when you are done hit ‘Blacklist’ in the bottom left corner.
- No worries if you made a mistake, they are still in the system, simply hit ‘Show blacklisted’ in the line below on your dashboard and you see them, plus their data, and can un-blacklist them.
- In case one of the blacklisted keywords brings more than the minimum visitors specified in your project settings to your website, the tool will automatically suggest it to you via its keywords discovery feature. So when you suddenly rank for one of this elusive one word keywords, you will be alerted to the fact and can act accordingly!
Here a nice screenshot that shows you the various ways how you can tag, select and blacklist your keywords
1 Selects all keywords on that screen / page, also those below the fold, so be careful to look at them all before doing anything to them. A good trick is also to first hit ‘select all’ and then to deselect the keywords that you don’t want to blacklist / tag just now, sometimes this is the quicker way.
2 Specific keyword selection boxes.
3 Here is where the ‘action’ is, i.e. what you are about to do with the selected keyword(s).
How to tag keywords in your dashboard
You can tag keywords in two ways, either directly when importing them (recommended) or later (still better than not tagging at all ;-)). When getting new keywords in any of the many ways Keyword Strategy offers, simply click the arrow on the right side of ‘insert’ and then click ‘with tag’. Now you can either create a new tag or chose one, or more, of your existing tags to be used.
If you want to add a tag to a keyword that is already in your list, simply check the box on the left side of the keyword (2 in the picture) and click ‘tag’ in the bottom left corner (3 in the picture). Chose existing, or create new, tag and hit ‘update’. And yes, you can tag several keywords at the same time with the same tags, save time.
To go through your list faster, go to columns and select ‘tags’ to be visible. Now you can select to show only untagged keywords until your are done with tagging. Saves a lot of time.
Removing tags is even easier, just select keyword(s), click tag and hit the little cross (x) right hand of the tag(s) you want to remove from that keyword. At the same time you can assign also other tags or create a new one.
Now that you know how, go through your initial list and ‘tag’ the keywords. Remember that you can assign more than one tag to a keyword. As tags you can use for example the main categories of your site or simply something that helps you to connect a group of keywords mentally. As you work through the list you will get a feel for this ‘dance with data’ and in which direction your site content naturally gravitates!
Other types of tags I use are things I need to do with my keywords like ‘to check’, ‘next’ (article I want to write next) or ‘important’ (for especially juicy-yummy keywords).
Depending on the ‘thickness’ of your site you will easily have an initial list of a few hundreds, or more, keywords. Tagging them and organizing them from the beginning will save you from major headaches later on.
As you go over and over your initial list pay also attention to the competition data. Most of the single keywords (think: music, dance, dogs, travel) you will not have a chance in heaven or hell to rank for, so blacklist them from the beginning to keep things tidy.
Now, after you have a clean list of relevant keywords that are properly tagged and organized, now you are ready to get more, but this is the topic of my next blog post 😉 Stay tuned as they say and as always, any questions, suggestions or opinions, please leave them in a comment.
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