Keyword Competition: A Complete Beginner-Friendly Guide
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Choquer Creative Copywriter
In this article: Keyword competition defined, implementation techniques, and research strategies.
What Is Keyword Competition?
Keyword competition is the measure of how difficult it is to rank for a keyword. The competition for a keyword will depend on how popular the keyword is.
You should begin analyzing keyword competition so you can aim to include SEO keywords that will be helpful for the optimization of your business. There’s no point choosing a primary keyword with an extremely high score, especially when you don’t have a lot of keyword authority.
For a more comprehensive guide on conducting keyword research, we created a step-by-step guide you can follow.
Implementing Keyword Competition
Search volume isn’t the only thing you should be optimizing for, you also need to consider how difficult it will be for you to rank for an SEO keyword.
If you are a small business, you don’t want to choose a keyword that is very competitive because you don’t have the authority to rank for it. It will take consistent blog posts, optimized content and link building for you to begin ranking for those keywords.
Don’t compete with companies way larger than yours. For example, while smartphones are in high demand, you probably don’t want to be competing with Apple. To learn how competitive a keyword is, you can use SEO tools.
How To Research Keyword Competition
You can use keyword research tools to find out the competitiveness of a keyword, so you know how much work it will take to rank for that keyword.
However, the competitive ranking that a keyword research tool gives is only an estimation. You can usually find their methodology explaining their process on competition determination on their site.
They determine this estimate by looking at the following features:
How many people search for this term?
How authoritative are the domains ranking for it now?
How many sites have this keyword in their title tag, their heading tag, or in their internal/external links?
How much does it cost to bid on this keyword?
Here at Choquer Creative, we utilize the SEO tool, SEMrush to find the best possible keywords for our client’s optimization. You can utilize their keyword difficulty feature to sort and filter keywords to find the most optimal one. With their filtering options, you can find high volume, low competition keywords.
Choquer Creative doesn’t recommend comparing competitive scores across multiple SEO research tools as this can effect data consistency.
Choquer Creative is here to help you find the best keywords for you to rank for.
Understanding SEO keyword research is the first step in the process, so check out our other blog posts that provide easy-to-understand guides and SEO tips.
If you don’t want to perform your own keyword research and find the keywords you can compete for, we have in-house SaaS SEO experts that are experienced in digital marketing that can help you increase your lead growth. Contact us today for more information on keyword competition or check out our SEO packages.
Thinking of Using a Traffic Bot? This Article is For You
Traffic bots are useful for services such as Google Assistant, Siri, and Amazon Alexa. However, some bots are malicious and can be used to scrape data, stuff credentials, and cause click fraud.
What is a Traffic Bot?
Any traffic activity on your website or app not related to humans is performed by traffic bots. These bots are developed to perform mundane, repetitive tasks on the internet under automated software. They aren’t necessarily a good or bad thing, it all depends on the purpose of said bots and what they’re created for.
Unfortunately, about 30% of all web traffic comes from bad traffic bots. These bots are designed to steal web content, scalp inventories and pocket user account information. Even when these immoral attacks are unsuccessful, they still fill your web servers and hinder your website’s performance, possibly making it inaccessible to real people.
Good Traffic Bots
There are a few examples of good traffic bots which try to make your website more visible and accessible to users. Unlike bad bots, these bots are designed with good intentions to enhance website performance and search engines.
Search Engine Bots
Some of the most prevalent bots are owned by search engine providers like Google or Bing. They are designed to crawl the massive amount of content on the internet to show human users who search for it. These traffic bots are the best of the bunch: they help you get on the search engine results pages (SERPs) and in front of customers!
Partner “Vendor” Traffic Bots
These bots are used when you or a website agency checks your website’s SEO performance. Good examples are Ahrefs, SEMrush and Moz, which check your traffic, keyword performance and more.
They do offer a variety of useful services. It’s best to limit the number of requests on these websites during any large events that you hope to measure afterwards.
Similar to vendor bots, commercial bots belong to companies that collect online content. These traffic bots may fit into a “neutral” category, as they are not helping or harming your business. The following examples are commercial bots:
Aggregator Bots: They find relevant content for other sites/platforms (usually without consent). They can boost your content reach however.
Price Comparison Bots: These are typical with merchandise and are similar to aggregator traffic bots. Any quick price comparison tool for flights or hotels uses these bots.
Copyright Bots: These traffic bots have good intentions to ensure nobody is illegally claiming copyrighted content. They scan images, videos, and other creative works. These come from reputable sources (Google, Youtube, Bing etc.) and follow site policies.
Bad Traffic Bots
These bots pose as human users with malicious intent. They will perform disruptive and harmful tasks and can permanently damage your website.
Signs of Bad Traffic Bots
There are a few symptoms and signs to observe if your website is attracting traffic bots.
Bounce Rate & Website Traffic
Are you noticing a sudden increase in your website’s bounce rate and traffic numbers? Usually, if it’s at the same time, it’s a sign of bad traffic bots. Traffic increases could mean bad bots coming to your site and the bounce rate would indicate the bot isn’t exploring your other pages' content.
The same can be said with a suspiciously low bounce rate as well. If your bounce rate is too low, it could indicate bots could be scraping and stealing your content.
A Drop in Page Loading Speed
If you haven’t made any big website changes to your website, your page load speed shouldn’t fall. Again, there are plenty of reasons for this, such as image resolution and web host plugins. It could also mean that bad traffic bots are entering your site at the same time.
It’s worth noting down if the page load speed was sudden or gradual, as the former could indicate bad bots.
Search engine optimization (or SEO) is a gradual metric for website owners, but keep an eye on your website's keyword search ranking.
A sudden drop in SEO performance could indicate bad traffic bots duplicating your content. A good way to prevent this is to set up canonical tags on your pages and blog posts so Google knows your articles are canonical.
If customers begin calling or emailing you about being unable to buy your products, it may be scalper bots. These bad traffic bots are designed to make rapid purchases of products online to then scalp later at a higher price to customers.
Conclusion On Using Traffic Bots
So, is it good to use traffic bots? The answer is sometimes. Many traffic bots are already used to help your website, but there are plenty of malicious bots to watch for.
If you’re worried about your site’s analytics or performance, we monitor your website’s analytics regularly at Choquer Creative. This way, we can inform you of any strange activity transpiring on your site.
We Have To Change The Way We Look At A SWOT Analysis
While working on your business plan, a school project, or if you’re generally looking into marketing buzzwords, you’d find that a SWOT analysis is widely acclaimed. Let us explain why. By definition, a swot analysis is a comprehensive external and internal evaluation of a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Keep in mind that this is quite the traditional approach. This tool is meant to analyze company strengths and weaknesses as well as current and possible marketing actions to determine which opportunities it can best pursue.
The Traditional SWOT Analysis - A Marketing Staple
Most marketers and businesses have used this as a tool to analyze their current and prospective markets to find attractive opportunities. But with opportunities, come threats. The only drawback of this framework is that it doesn’t factor in the dynamic nature of the business world. But we’ll get to that in a hot minute. The traditional framework though, to its merit, does allow for a thorough study of your business and is a fantastic place to start.
Above, the traditional framework considers a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Pretty linear stuff.
Problems With The Traditional SWOT Analysis
It Does Not Consider Cognitive Biases
This strategic analysis leaves room for social bias, memory bias, probability bias, decision bias, to name a few. The forward-viewing parts of the framework; such as the opportunities and threats can be met with unverified claims and subjective social hierarchies.
You Need More Data To Back It Up
Most SWOT analyses are not conducted with a reliable collection of data from intelligence gathering about the world on hand. With SWOT, business owners are essentially trying to anticipate the future (risks and opportunities) and what they can do to ensure financial benefit. This is in turn based on the competitive landscape (vis-à-vis strengths and weaknesses) which is based on their impression of the company. This can be a bit...unidirectional. The business landscape is dynamic and future trends, disruptive tech, and competitor profiles are what can help you navigate through today’s cut-throat landscape.
It Does Not Take Internal Politics Into Consideration
SWOT analysis is usually done within an organization and involves a fair bit of self-criticism. You’re forced to point out openly what you like and dislike about your own business. People put in this position are more likely to self-censor and riddle their analysis with inaccurate information
The business world is dynamic and smaller players end up giving larger firms a run for their money. Case & Point: GymShark. Started by a lad in the UK who ran inventory in his bedroom, this underdog fitness apparel brand is now worth a billion dollars and holds a significant market share. GymShark poses stiff competition to household brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, and similar big-league brands. This proves that other’s weaknesses and strengths can affect your SWOTs. Meaning, in some cases, large corporations’ strengths can be opportunities for smaller businesses. Nike’s large brand name and major market share drove independent brands to center stage, owing to multiple internet trends, sustainability issues, and sweatshop manufacturing rumors.
When Determining Strengths
Strengths encompass internal aptitudes, resources, and positive work environments. These determinants ideally help the company serve its consumers and achieve its quarterly/annual goals.
If you own a boutique, consider what would happen if local brick and mortar businesses shut down due to unavoidable circumstances (Like good ol’ COVID-19) and where your store would stand in the e-commerce space? Or if you’re looking into your personal brand, state how your unique sense of humor would make your content stand out on the infinite, content-jammed feeds of Instagram. No matter what field you’re in, question your strengths enough to anticipate your weaknesses.
When Determining Weaknesses
Weaknesses include internal limitations and negative situational factors that may interfere with the company’s performance. Factors such as a hiring deficit, poor employee retention, questionable manufacturing practices, etc. The idea here is to figure out what you’re dealing with. Knowing your company’s weaknesses allows your public relations and marketing departments to anticipate any positive or negative developments that come to light.
So, how do you accurately define what your brand’s weaknesses are? There are two important considerations:
Get in the shoes of a weary buyer. If you were a customer, what would deter you from buying this product? Would you avoid engaging with this business because of their values? What would make you abandon your website’s checkout page?
What is it like to work for you? Step out of your authority and look at the inside, out. What do you think could hinder your employees’ ability to get the job done? Is there anything at the office that needs fixing? What can you do to boost morale and improve your output?
What areas are you least profitable? Ask yourself where your business lacks certain resources, or what costs you the most time and money. Whether it’s equipment, manufacturing costs, logistical issues, etc., make sure you note down every single detail. Be sure to take inputs from colleagues and employees in different departments. They will likely see weaknesses you hadn’t considered. That’s the magic of perspective.
When Determining Opportunities
Opportunities are favorable factors or trends in the external environment that the company may be able to exploit to its advantage. Usually, you’d be able to find weaknesses that could be an exciting opportunity. When determining opportunities, asking yourself the following questions; What technologies would make business hassle-free? How do I reach a new target audience? How can my business stand out with tech? Is there something our customers complain about while making a purchase?
Weakness and opportunity go hand in hand. Once you’ve made a list of weaknesses, it should be easy to create a list of potential opportunities that could arise if you find creative ways to work around your weaknesses. Case & Point: SpaceX. SpaceX went up against space tech giants such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Their weaknesses were their lack of experience and financial resources. However, those apparent weaknesses have led the organization to develop a series of low-cost, efficient innovations. They successfully reduced costs by using cheaper consumer electronics in their rocket components.
When Determining Threats
Threats are unfavorable external factors or trends that may present challenges to performance. The recent turn to sustainability has pushed several businesses to identify environmental threats. Plus, the current political climate has brands struggling to ensure fair, inclusive messaging without pissing off the next internet activist. So the traditional framework does not account for this. But your analysis doesn’t have to be incomplete. With a little elbow grease, you could make this an insightful tool. Analyze and understand the social, technological, economic, ecological, and political trends that might impact the future that the SWOT is trying to anticipate.
In the aviation industry, for example, it might be grim at the moment due to the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, causing a decline that’s never been seen before in the history of this sector’s existence. But some airlines like Air Canada are hopeful to be distributors of the COVID-19 vaccine like they are with PPE across Canada. This opened up an entirely new segment that was initially a threat to them and their competition.
Now Determine Your Competition’s Strengths and Weaknesses
Now, the idea that your competitor’s weaknesses present an opportunity to you can be found everywhere. In Krav Maga, a self-defense system created by the IDF, for example, teaches you how to neutralize an opponent twice your size by just using their weight against them. The same goes for the Japanese martial art, Judo.
A great example is Pepsi taking on the bevy giant, Coke. Pepsi introduces a much lower price, a price that was hard for Coke to compete with because of their already established pricing. Pepsi also appealed to the younger crowd as opposed to Coke’s more heartland approach.
Remember, the traditional SWOT framework is focused on your business but you need better insights to truly anticipate the good, the bad, and the ugly when you start out. Business is changing if it’s not booming. You just have to keep up.