The third and final day of SMX kicked off with a session Moderated by KeyRelevance’s own Christine Churchill. Beyond The Google AdWords Tool: Advanced Keyword Research Tactics covered ways to find keywords that don’t appear in the AdWords free tool.
My wifi was down for most of this session (seriously -how do we function without wifi at these things? We don’t) but I did capture a few interesting tidbits at the end from Shawn Livengood (@slivengood) and Suren Ter-Saakov (@seoquaketeam) He shared some great pieces of info centered around international keyword research – specifically in cases where you don’t speak the languages.
From Shawn Livengood
- Have a conversation with a native speaker centered around what words actually mean and also regional translations of difficult words
- Cultural differences can be huge. Eg – in the US “Shipping” means sending a box via UPS or FedEx – in the UK “Shipping” means sendings something on a boat.
- He finds little value in a bulk list of keywords in a foreign language received from an agency, more value in talking with the person who does the research
- Use image search in Google for the country in question to find the meaning of words you don’t recognize.
From Suren Ter-Saakov
- Look at the number of pages ranking versus the number of monthly ueries to get an idea of how hard it would be to rank for a term – ie – lots of pages ranking for a term that gets few searches, not so easy to rank, vice versa would make ranking much easier.
- “Lamborghini” has slightly less volume of searches than “kia” but there are far fewer Lamborghinis are made or sold. Popular keywords don’t necessarily mean revenue
- Compare the keywords that your competitors are bidding on and look for the terms that only 5 of 10 competitors bid on – this is an opportunity
- Not every query is profitable, some are nonsensical or informational queries and you don’t need to bid on them, you’ll never see a return.
- Ask a client’s customer support team to create your ads, they speak the language and know what callers/customers are looking for
- Have different measurements for different keyword goals – branded target keywords should have different metric goals than high-competition keywords
After I attended the Advanced keyword research panel, Q&A moderated a great panel on building killer content with Heather Lloyd-Martin, David Waterman & Will Duderstadt. My own coverage is a bit light on this panel as I was watching the queue and taking questions from the audience. Check out all of the Twitter Coverage!
This was my last session at SMX East, I was off to Laguardia to board an extremely bumpy flight out of there, but I enjoyed meeting a bunch of new folks, and reuniting with some I already knew. Be sure to tune into the KeyRelevance blog in a week or so while I liveblog from Pubcon Las Vegas!