4 things that matter more than search volume

4 things that matter more than search volume

Volume matters. But it ain’t the only thing that matters.

The term “search volume” refers to the numbers of times a keyword or keyphrase is queried for on a search engine. Marketers use this metric to identify the terms they should optimize web pages and other content around in order to drive traffic to their sites.

Here are 4 things that matter more than search volume (note, our list doesn’t include cheesy crap like “true love,” “attaining one’s highest self” or “access to really hot strippers”- you alone can decide how those things rank in your existence).

High conversion rates

If, each day for a month, 500 people visit your website attracted by keywords for which your content ranks but none convert into customers you’ve got a problem. Despite getting big love from Google there’s little impact on your business.

SEO is more than just driving traffic – it is more about achieving higher conversions by marketing the right message to the right audience.

Write for your buyer personas

Website content has (at least) two types of audience: search engine spiders and humans who may consume it, though not in the same way they consume Big Macs. While optimizing for SEO be sure to produce content that matches the carefully developed archtypes you build of your ideal customers. Produce content that addresses their concern.

Keyword research

Create your plan around longtail keywords and phrases that you can realistically rank for. Don’t just go after terms with high levels of competition. While we’d love to be on the first page of Google for “marketing agency” we’re much more likely to get there for phrases like “marketing agency in Montreal”.

User experience

If your website visitors hate their on-site experience, bonne chance. Sites need to be brand appropriate, with fast loading pages and easy navigation. User experience has more impact on returning visitors (the kind most companies want) than search rank for high volume terms

Search volume should guide your SEO strategy rather than define it. More than focussing on keywords, produce content that resonates with your audience and addresses the needs and persona of your buyers.

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