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How to Find the Best Keywords for Your Blog for Free

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Successful blog posts start with the right keywords.

The ability to find the best keywords can help assure your blog gets ranked well in search engines. It’s one of the best ways to achieve top ranking.

Every blogger wants to get to the top of search engines because it increases the chances of getting viewed by more people. Web pages on the first page of Google tend do get more traffic than those that are not.

I’ve ghost blogged for various clients before and one of my responsibilities was to find the right keywords—relevant search terms that have low competition and enough monthly searches.

There are different ways to and find the best keywords. Most companies buy keyword research tools because these make finding great keywords easier. But you don’t need to spend money to find good keywords. I use Google’s Keyword Tool and it has proven to be one of the best ways to uncover great keywords that help blogs perform well in search engines.

What the Google Keyword Tool does

This is a web-based tool that allows users to find niches and keywords. Originally designed to help Adwords advertisers find profitable keywords, this became a must-use tool for publishers looking for awesome keywords to rank for.

This is great to use because it’s straightforward and easy. It offers accurate information (level of competition, amount of monthly searches in specific areas, and possible LSI keywords) that will greatly help you find the best keywords. The best thing about it is it’s free.

How do you use it?

There are 2 things you need to remember when searching for keywords: it must have enough monthly searches and doesn’t have high competition.

This tool makes it very easy to identify keywords you have to ignore.

Let’s say you want to blog about blogging. All you need to do is go to the Google Keyword Tool page and follow these steps:

Step 1: Find possible keywords

On the search box (Word or phrase) type in the topic or niche you wish to find keywords for. Select Exact Match and filter your search. You can select different locations, devices, and languages.

Google keyword tool search box

Step 2: Browse the list and select which ones fit your blog

You will then see a list of possible keywords. It’s possible to get as much as 100 key terms. Go through the list and see which ones fit your blog. In the image below, you’ll see choices like starting a blog, how to start a successful blog, how to start a food blog, how to start a fashion blog, and where can I start a blog.

Find the best keywords with Google Keyword Tool

Obviously, you can’t use all of them. If you want to blog about blogging tips for beginners, then how to start a food blog and how to start a fashion blog aren’t the ones you need.

Step 3: Check for level of competition and monthly searches

Going back to the guidelines I mentioned above, you have to check for level of competition and monthly searches. Fortunately, Google’s Keyword Tool has made it easy for us to see which keywords to ignore.

Beside each keyword you’ll see High, Low, or Medium under Competition. This basically tells you which ones to ignore. Obviously, you should ignore those that have high competition because it can be hard to rank using those.

What if a keyword you like has high competition? It’s up to you, basically. But be prepared to do a lot of work and waiting before you get ranked at the first page of Google.

In my experience, it’s better to find other keywords because most of the time, you need to contend with big-budgeted companies and popular bloggers for these types of keywords and even though you create an awesome blog post, it will take longer to see results.

What I found helpful was to pick something that has low competition and monthly searches that are more than 500.

Looking at the image below, how do I start a blog is a great choice because it does not have a lot of competing pages and there are many people who search for it each month.

Find the best keywords

Step 4: Check the actual results for specific keywords to see the kind of competition you have

Even though you have a pretty good idea which keywords are good, I advise you check out actual results. Go to the arrow beside the keyword you like and choose Google Search. This will direct you to an actual results page to see the sites that ranked for that keyword.

Find the best keywords

The image below shows the different websites that ranked for the keyword how to start a blog. It gives you an idea how much work is needed to get to the top. You’ll notice that 2 entries, Wikihow and Blogger, are present.

Find the best keywords Google search results

What does this mean? If I were to use this keyword, I’d have to topple these two to get to the top. It can mean a lot of work. But it’s possible. In most cases, I’d be thrilled to place 4th or 5th because it’s still going to get decent traffic to any blog post.

You’ll also see, just below the search box how many results Google was able to pull up. Astoundingly, there are at least 3 billion web pages for this keyword. Initial results showed that how to start a blog has medium competition. But I don’t think the figure is anything but medium. I’d probably pick another one or fine tune the search.

You see how important it is to see an actual results page?

Step 5: Choose three to five main keywords and then do the whole thing all over

After taking into consideration the first 4 steps, you should be able to choose at least 3 main keywords. Next step is to find related keywords that you can use in future blog posts.

This time, try long-tail keywords or those that contain more than 3 words. You’ll discover that it’s easier to rank for long-tail keywords. A few examples would be how to start a blog in Word Press, starting a blog for free, how to start a blog for free, and best blogging platforms to start a blog.

Keyword research is a task every blogger needs to learn how to do well. This will have a huge impact on the performance of each blog post. It does not have to be difficult nor expensive. Google’s Keyword Tool will help you find the best keywords to create a successful blog.

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Pro Blogging Tips: Write for a Successful Audience

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I Googled “pro blogging tips” and noticed my post on page 1:

Pro Blogging Advice: Filter Opportunities Skillfully

OK; I just spent the past 5 hours relaxing in bed. We experienced a severe thunderstorm that knocked the power out.

Rather than write like mad during my time offline I took it easy. Chilling out accelerates my success because I emit a calm, cool, confident vibe. People seek calm, cool confidence. I sell more blogging courses. Readers flock to my blog. Google has been good to me too. All because I blog from a relaxed, detached, prosperity conscious vibe, enjoying my world travels. I had more fun watching frogs hop around the backyard versus slaving over the laptop during the outage; blogging is an energy game. Vibe high and succeed in vibing with a successful, prospering audience.

I am a pro blogger because I filter opportunities with a fine toothed comb and because my writing vibes with professional, top, big dawg bloggers.

My message vibes with pros because I focus on success and speak their language.

Pro Blogging Tips

You know by now; where your attention and energy goes, grows. Focus on success. Success expands. Successful people seek you out. Successes follow you. Successful bloggers:

  • buy your stuff
  • promote you
  • endorse you
  • spread your word
  • inspire you to live your dreams

I attracted successful bloggers because I keep things positive. Treating my readers in an empowered light helps me sprint higher in blogging circles.

Do the same. Speak success. Blog success. Keep things positive by teaching your readers how to succeed. Inspire. Uplift. Influence from a positive energy. Succeed.

Visualize a Successful Reader

Who do you want your message to vibe with?

Upwardly mobile, successful, driven folks, of course. Driven folks begin blogging as success seekers. Success seekers always have money to:

  • invest in your course
  • invest in your eBook
  • invest in your coaching
  • invest in anything you offer

Boost your blogging income by visualizing a successful reader following your blog. You want to vibe with this crowd. No tire kickers allowed because you have no interest in connecting with folks quick to make excuses and slow to spend money.

Here I am during my 3 month trip to New Zealand.

Take your time building a clear mental image of your perfect reader. See profits not pain points. Focus on someone free to invest money in their dreams. Build a success seeking following hungry to live their dreams through your blog and premium courses.

Observe Pros in Action

Top pros who reach the peak of their niche usually focus on a successful readership to grow their profits and to live their dreams.

Do the same.

Carefully watch pro bloggers who empower and inspire their readers. Notice closely how the most prospering pros keep things positive.

Teach people to succeed. Never teach people to avoid failure; where your energy goes, grows. Avoiding failure vibes with a fear-filled, failure-ridden crowd. Teaching readers to succeed vibes with an abundant, success-seeking or already successful blogging crowd.

Well known bloggers have purchased virtually everything I offer from my premium stable of products and services. I vibe with top pros because I patiently built a vision of top pros following my blog diligently.

As within, so without.

Tips for Writing for a Successful Audience

Keep a few things in mind:

  • visualize wealth moving in to your experience to vibe with successful readers
  • build a mental image of your prospering, well-heeled readership
  • paint a picture of your perfect, prospering reader with details like age, occupation and varied interests
  • only give your attention and energy to the top bloggers in your niche and to readers who go gaga over what you do

Vibe with a wealthy readership by seeing your wealthy readership in great detail.

Check out the otherworldly views from my trip to Turkey.

pro blogging tips

Clearly see these folks and how they live their lives.

Think of it this way: if I intend to write for a multi-millionaire readership, would I lead off posts asking my readers if they were sick of being broke? Of course a multi-millionaire is the farthest thing from broke; a millionaire many times over loves my lead in to this blog post because:

  • I showed off my success by sharing my Google skills; prospering folks love to know they can learn from a blogger
  • I showed off my movie-worthy dream life here in Thailand; more than one millionaire blogger envies me and my globe trotting lifestyle, me being as free as a bird

Each tactic serves as millionaire bait. Successful people wish to learn blogging from successful bloggers who live their dreams.

Where Your Energy Goes Grows

Take that statement to heart; where your energy goes grows.

Give your energy to successful readers. Watch your success expand.

I enjoy following this simple, easy tip to blog inside out successfully.

Keep this concept in mind as you visualize your ideal reader and craft posts resonate with this rocking individual.

If you give your energy to pain points and struggle and underdogs, each grows in your experience. You become the pained, struggling underdog who blogs and attracts pained, struggling underdogs.

If you give your energy to success and dreams and fun and prosperity, each grows in your experience. You become a successful, prospering, fun-loving blogger who lives your dreams and attracts prospering, successful readers.

Everything is 100% on you and where you shift your focus.

The crickets are chirping in this sleepy Thailand village.

The day winds down as the night takes over.

How would it feel to be here with me right now?

Paint that mental image. Step into this life, in your mind’s eye.

Position yourself to vibe with a prospering, successful reader through your blog posts.

Accelerate your blogging success.

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Blogging for Money: How to Increase Your Profits

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Gordon Gekko embodied blogging for money. He said what is worth doing is worth doing for money.

I agree with that idea. Not with his insider trading.

Old GG clues you in to how to boost blogging profits.

If you blog you should make money blogging because you live a worldly life.

I see monks on alms every morning here in Northern Thailand. Monks do not need money. Buddhists give to the cloth, supplying monks with food and goods. A dazzling looking wat, or temple, sits 1 minute from the house. I hear gongs each evening at 6 PM, bringing the monks to some ritual. You should hear it too; quite serene and commanding, at the same time. I love living in foreign lands.

Blogging for Money

If you live like a monk you can shun money because you shun material things and a life of leisure. If you choose a worldly life just get comfortable receiving money through your blog. Or receiving more money through your blog.

Money helped me travel to New Zealand, where I snapped this dazzling photo.

blogging for money

Money is a car, a home, my plane tickets to Thailand, food, movie tickets, all that good stuff.

Blogging for money simply helps you live your dreams through blogging.

Whether you made millions online or are in a different tax bracket the same tips apply to making money with your blog.

See yourself as being successful. Money flows from within. I see this more daily. I feel good about my prospering. Money flows to me. My outside world reflects my focus on success. Feel successful. See your blogging wins. Observe your blogging wins, success and profits expand beautifully.

1: Focus on Money Flowing to You Easily

Million dollar bloggers and billion dollar entrepreneurs believe clearly that money flows to them easily. I concur.

Money is an inner game. Money begins in mind. As Bob Proctor says; money is in consciousness.

Warren Buffet has been one of the richest people on earth for decades. He said he never doubted he’d be really rich. His belief became so.

See money flowing to you easily. Visualize it. I do this multiple times daily. I affirm freely. I feel money flowing to me easily and see money around me, appearing out of the ethers.

Money flows to me easily these days. Plus money making ideas flow to me easily. I execute the ideas. The results rock.

My blog post ranks on Page 1 Position 3 for “advanced blogging tips” super quickly. I just published the post a few days ago.

Click here to read the post:

Advanced Blogging Tips

Plus I noticed how I nailed down 5 positions on page 2 of Google for “pro blogging tips” the other day.

Why?

I affirmed my wealth, felt more and more money flowing to me easily and saw more money flowing to me easily.

Do this is you are a 6 figure earner looking for greater profits. Money is an inner belief.

2: Learn How to Make Money Blogging From Top Pros

Top pros teach you how to become successful, full time bloggers.

Top pros teach successful, full time bloggers how to make more and more money.

Study wealth acquisition from wealthy people who live their dreams. Acquire wealth. Simple and quite easy way to prosper freely.

This tip is how most bloggers gain wealth quickly. They focus on advice offered by prospering bloggers and follow it from an abundant, dream-focused, success conscious vibe.

Read pro blogs. Invest money in pro courses. Hire pros to coach you. Profit.

I learned from top pro Alonzo Pichardo to create content and let it do what it does. Have posture. Know you succeed, now. Know your content will carry far and wide.

I shared this success conscious view with my readers via this video, which Alonzo promoted to his Facebook Page:

Pros remind you success and prospering is your birthright. Top pros offer proven practical tips for prospering but share the most important mindset tips to align you with blogging profits. Listen to them.

3: Count Money Wins

Count every single money win you recall from the past few years. Making $1 is a money win. Making $1,000,000.00 is a money win. Money loves you. Money loves being recognized. Recognize money. See your wealth acquired.

Sit down right now. Count your clients, course sales, affiliate sales and eBook sales. Be thorough. Money loves if you love noting money you made.  Where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Give your attention to money you manifested to make more money through your blog. Make more money.

4: Create on Topic and Inspire

Create on topic content to inspire your readers.

Stick to your niche. Be known in specific blogging circles.

Inspire readers to live their dreams through your:

  • blog posts
  • live broadcasts
  • podcasts

always infusing your positive, can do, success conscious energy into your posts.

Me by a massive yacht during my trip to Qatar. Pretty sweet boat.

I love adding my tropics selfies to every blog post. I make sure my readers soak up my life here in this sleepy, tropical village in Northern Thailand, pausing for a few minutes during videos between advice offered. Top bloggers love my delivery because many still seek the key to freedom; I help boost their profits and free them from a successful but confining lifestyle.

I also inspire top bloggers who live their dreams vicariously through me; maybe a few even decide to up and travel as well.

As these big dawg blogging pros promote me I boost my blogging profits.

Success Is Yours by Default

You are born into success.

Success is yours by default.

Seize your heritage.

Profit through your blog.

Develop your money mindset. Your energy and focus dictate your blogging income more than anything else. Successful bloggers speak their success into existence by visualizing their good and calmly, confidently seeing their success come into form. New mind, new blog. New mind, greater blogging profits.

Go within to see a new world. Go within to change the without.

All of your blogging success is an inside game. Since you succeed by default you simply go within, see your dream life unfolding before your eyes, in your imagination, and you know it will be so.

Prosper.

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Pro Blogging Advice: How to Filter Opportunities

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I ensure that freedom is A1 in my life. Take this pro blogging advice to the bank. Literally.

Freedom helps you make more money, help more folks and feel good as your success expands. Freedom means making freeing choices all day long.

Freedom means filtering blogging opportunities according to:

  • giving energy only to opportunities promoting your freedom, success and dreams
  • giving no energy to all other opportunities flowing your way through email or Messenger or wherever

I spent a few minutes this morning making the bedroom in Thailand nice and cool. Freedom. Considering outside temps are toasty I figured having a cooler work space feels better, more freeing and helps me work from a chill – literally – relaxed, prospering energy. I had the time to do that because I only pick a select few opportunities flowing to me daily.

Pro Blogging Advice

Imagine Gordon Gekko’s line; I see 100 opportunities daily and choose 1.

I see quite a few and choose only successful opportunities that work for me and the other party.

Here I am during one of my Thailand trips.

This is how to filter opportunities to accelerate your blogging success. Give all of your attention and energy to:

  • success
  • opportunities vibing with your dreams
  • love
  • fun
  • harmony
  • peace

as you filter through:

  • pitches
  • asks
  • co-creating opportunities
  • interview requests

and you will become more successful while enjoying the ride and having tons of time offline to do what you love doing offline. Or to engineer your room in Thailand to make it cooler.

Pro bloggers save themselves hours daily and accelerate their success by only giving their energy to success and freedom expanding opportunities.

Every filter is a personal, intimate choice. If something feels fun to you, assess how you see the opportunity expanding your growth. Does it feel like it’s a way to expand your success and dreams? Seize the opportunity from a detached, chill, energy. You’ll see more success.

If the opportunity feels like it cannot expand your success then give it zero energy. Save yourself time, energy and the heavy, burdened feeling weighing down most bloggers who give more than a bit of their attention and energy to anything other than their success and dreams.

How to Filter Opportunities

Let’s say you just opened Messenger or your email inbox.

Scan the title of the first email. Within 1-2 seconds you instantly know if the opportunity moves you toward greater success and happiness and freedom. Respond with 1-2 lines if this is the case. Give no energy to any other opportunity.

If the Message or email feels like fear, give it no energy after 1-2 seconds of scanning. If it lacks clarity, give it a few seconds of scanning. If you vibe with the core message, respond. If not, release.

I tend to give most of my inbox no energy and a few opportunities minimal energy to save literally weeks of email time over years. You instantly know what to respond to and what to let go after a few seconds of scanning. We all do.

A Few Pointers

Keep these ideas in mind:

  • only pursue opportunities with positive, success-focused bloggers
  • only pursue opportunities that feel fun and freeing and success promoting
  • partner only with heart-centered bloggers
  • give your attention and energy to success-seeking newbies who literally put their money where their mouth is
  • think through how much time and energy interviews require before agreeing to do interviews with any blogger

For me, for an hour long interview, Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan will do. Leveraging.

If not, that hour is best spent at the movies or going out to eat here in Thailand or writing an SEO-optimized post. Rest and relaxation and offline play is the foundation of all my pro blogging success. Getting a life makes you a successful blogger; you vibe abundantly by having a well-rounded, peaceful, abundant, interesting, fascinating, multi dimensional life, as all genuinely successful bloggers have.

I do not gobble up any opportunity. I clearly see if the opportunity aligns me with greater success and more successful folks because where your energy goes, grows.

This is a chief reason why I have circled the globe and lived a movie worthy life for 8 years. I give my attention and energy to success so success expands.

Success Seeking New Bloggers

Have blogging posture.

Sprint up the energetic ladder and see greater success by going to the top of your niche, networking solely with top bloggers in your niche.

Network with bloggers like Jeff Goins. Learn from him. Make an impression. Promote him. Move into higher blogging circles. Learning from the best and following their advice is a way to cut your learning curve by years.

It makes perfect sense to:

  • surround yourself only with highly successful folks
  • learn from only highly successful folks
  • align with only highly successful folks

If you seek health you seek out a highly skilled, successful doctor.

If you seek blogging health and success you seek out only highly skilled, successful bloggers.

Networking only with successful bloggers puts you on their radar, inspires you to practice writing, influences you to create and connect and you will see how your opportunity filter mirrors a pro’s filter; you learn from the best so do as the best do.

Only make room for blogging success.

Pursue success-expanding opportunities.

Network with successful bloggers.

Filter out all else.

Where your energy goes, grows.

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