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7 Keyword Harvesting Sources for Your Blog SEO

Keyword Harvesting Tools

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Coming up with the right keywords for your blog posts can be tricky, especially when you need those keywords not just for SEO purposes, but also (and most importantly) to generate blog post ideas that will cover every aspect of your niche.

With the help of keywords, you know what to focus your post on and you can deliver what your reader is seeking on your blog.

The following 7 sources to “harvest” keywords are part of my personal toolbox to create content for my blogs. Feel free to add more sources in the comment box below this post!

1. Soovle.com

Soovle retrieves keywords from suggested searches across the major search engines, including Wikipedia and YouTube.

It works by just typing your keyword(s) into the Soovle search field. You don’t even need to hit ‘Soovle’ to seach, because all the suggested keyword boxes will automatically fill as you type.

Soovle is a great tool for keyword harvesting when you need to come up with blog topics quickly and with as much variety as possible. This YouTube video explains how to use Soovle to find blog topics.

2. Google’s (or another search engine’s) suggested searches

If you type anything into Google’s search field (or that of another search engine), you will immediately see a drop-down menu open under the field to suggest you search keyword that the search engine considers most frequent.

These keywords and key-phrases are often a good way to get started with content planning for your blog; in fact, these keywords are already varied enough that they will make for a good series of posts without a lot of redundancy.

For example:

Google Suggest Example

Google Suggest example: “content planning”

3. Amazon’s suggested searches

It works like with Google’s (SE’s) suggested searches, but this time you get relevant keywords that are meaningful within the Amazon environment.

Why Amazon’s searches count? It’s simple, actually: people search Amazon for things they need (electronics, books, toys, DVDs, etc.), so if your blog niche is about one or more of these things, with Amazon’s suggested searches you’ll know exactly what the majority of your audience (that with every statistical probability uses Amazon) is looking for.

4. Wordstream’s Keyword Tool

Wordstream offers a top notch keyword tool you can make the best of even in its free version (maximum 30 searches a day). Just enter your keyword — “content marketing” in the example below — and the tool will return a table containing keywords or keyphrases, the niche (you have to check the “Nichefy keyword results” option before searching) and their relative frequency. For other factors — Google and WS search volume, and competition — you need a paid account.

Wordstream Keyword Example

5. Udemy.com

On the same line as Google’s and Amazon’s suggested searches, you can compile a good list of topical keywords for your blog posts with the words and phrases Udemy’s own search engine suggests when you type anything into the search field.

Udemy Keyword Suggestions

Another method is to use keywords inside course descriptions and lecture titles. Neil Patel describes this method (and others) in detail in his 5 Modern Keyword Research Methods to Uncover Hidden Gems blog post.

6. AllTop.com

AllTop is a niche blog aggregator, the most known in the blogosphere as well as the most popular. Using AllTop for keyword harvesting is a work of creativity:

  • As a first step, you need to select a topic from the list of Topics in the top bar; for example, I selected content-marketing.alltop.com
  • The site will retrieve the newest posts from top blogs in the category/topic, 5 posts per blog
  • Analyze the headlines: what’s the meat of the topic? For example, I found “launch a podcast”, “principles of quality content” and “customers stories in marketing”
  • Now you can compile your list of topical keywords on the basis of that analysis.

7. Suggest-keywords.com

With this tool, you only have to enter a single term into the search field to get a list of Related Keywords & Suggestions:

  • A-Z Keywords
  • Keyword Suggestions
  • Linked Keywords
  • Keyword Images
  • Top Keyword

I entered the term ‘marketing’ and I got useful topical keywords like “marketing automation”, “marketing techniques”, “product marketing” and “marketing manager”.

It’s easy to imagine a series of posts around these terms.

What tools do YOU use to come up with topical and/or SEO keywords?

7 Keyword Harvesting Sources for Your Blog SEO
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How to Use Your Existing Posts to Land Paid Blogging Opportunities

seo blog tipsFinding blogging clients isn’t easy.

Sometimes they’ll ask you for published clips at some big blog (that you might not have yet).

Sometimes they’ll want a spec piece at all costs.

Other times, thankfully, what you have on your blog and your guest posts will suffice.

But how can you make sure your existing posts will help you land (highly) paid blogging opportunities?

Here are 5 ideas to put you in front of the right eyes.

1. Write outstanding guest posts (and blog comments)

David Leonhardt, president of THGM Writers, says you should start with guest posts — and add outstanding blog comments to the mix:

David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

I’ve gotten this question: “Why do you write for SEMrush?  Why do you write for Chamber of Commerce?”  The fact is that I have gotten writing assignments this way: “I saw your article in [name of publication].  Do you think you could write for me?”

There is a strong business case for writing guest posts and even very well-thought-out blog comments.  Every time you appear to a different audience, you open up the doors to landing paid gigs.  Just make sure that what you write and how you write will impress them.

Also link to your post(s) in your guest post bio (or in the body, if blogger allows it) to get the most out of the opportunity.

2. Add a box to your posts with “want a post like this? Hire me here”

By the point they finish reading your blog post, readers will have already seen what a great blogger you are, so no further doubts — they’re sold on your skills!

And while a regular reader will want to read more and subscribe to your list, an interested prospect will turn into a lead in less than a minute.

That’s what happens when you add an “hire me” box at the end of your blog post — you are asking prospects to hire you on the basis of what they’ve just read (make sure every post is really outstanding!).

3. Use MyBlogU’s writer database (link to 3 of your best posts)

MyBlogU is a community for bloggers to connect and find experts to interview or brainstorm with. The platform allows every blogger to really create a network around each blog post.

However, MyBlogU also has a feature for bloggers to add themselves to their writer database and showcase their skills and best clips.

For example, this is my writer entry at MyBlogU:

luana-mbu-writerentry

4. Syndicate or repost your articles

When you syndicate or repost your best posts you are effectively remarketing your content and finding a new audience for it.

Because the audience is not just fellow professional bloggers who want to learn more about their niche, but also company CEOs, managers and marketing directors looking for fresh talent to add to their assets, you up your chances to get hired for your blogging skills.

Where can you syndicate for best results?

Here is a list:

These platforms can count on huge communities and you can be sure your posts won’t get lost in the feed. They also get traffic in the thousands or million every month and you have big chances to have your content spotted by someone who is interested in your skills.

5. Use StartAFire.com to promote your best posts

Christopher Jan Benitez shared this interesting idea:

Christopher Jan Benitez

Christopher Jan Benitez

I have a couple of strategies that help me land clients from my old posts, and I’d be glad to share one. I signed up for an account at Start A Fire (startafire.com), a tool that lets you create a shortened URL of your post with a CTA on the right side of the screen. From the tool, link to your paid blogging landing page and write a short copy to entice them to click on the link. Once you have set up your account, go to the post/s that you want to promote again and get the shortened URL of the post using Start A Fire. Promote the shortened URL on all your social media platforms (I suggest Buffer’s Bulk Scheduler so you can schedule up to five tweets on each account in just one click). Once your followers click your shared link, they will see the CTA on the right side of the screen that points to your landing page. If they love the content you shared, they will most likely be compelled to click on the link to your page.

How do YOU land blogging jobs? What role your existing posts and guest posts play in it?

Share in the comments.

How to Use Your Existing Posts to Land Paid Blogging Opportunities
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