I’ve to confess that I did not begin with key phrase analysis. Firstly, as a result of I used to be simply writing about my journey experiences and did not assume rather a lot about search engine marketing. And secondly, I wasn’t very skilled again then. I used to be nonetheless a civil engineer and was simply beginning to get to know the search engine marketing trade.
After a yr of running a blog with little site visitors, I made a decision to lastly conduct key phrase analysis — one thing I most likely ought to have carried out from the outset.
However it wasn’t straightforward. Due to COVID-19, no one was trying to find travel-related phrases. So, the search quantity in most search engine marketing instruments was right down to zero. Many key phrases had been additionally lacking, with the one exception being “journey restrictions in XYZ.”
As an search engine marketing supervisor, I needed to assume twice: Can I depend on this information? Is that this search quantity and key phrase set consultant of the longer term? As a result of there’ll come a time after we journey once more.
I made a decision to make use of the key phrases to generate a subject concept that I might sort out. However not closely depend on sure key phrases and their precise search quantity.
That is when I discovered the subject of Interrail. One among my first huge journeys was touring Europe with Interrail, so the subject completely matched my previous travels. And I might nonetheless keep in mind all of the struggles we went by way of again then.
Interrail is a solution to journey round Europe with a single prepare ticket, however it may be extra advanced than it sounds. Each nation has completely different guidelines; some trains require further reservations, and you must make sure that a prepare goes from level A to level B, all whereas attempting to decipher numerous completely different languages.
Since my weblog did not have a excessive Area Authority, my technique was to begin with long-tail key phrases, the place there could be much less competitors.
The primary article I needed to write down was about routes you can soak up Italy with Interrail. It could cowl about 5 completely different doable plans for exploring Italy by prepare. The principle key phrase for this text was “Interrail-Routen Italien” (German), which interprets to “Interrail routes Italy”.
It did not take lengthy to investigate the SERPs to search out the principle issues I’d face:
With each key phrase round Interrail, the primary few outcomes had been pages from the corporate Interrail itself (the principle model). Then, there have been some basic web sites about touring round Europe by prepare. After that, there have been some well-established journey blogs that particularly centered on Interrail.
Each website had a a lot increased Area Authority than mine did. My weblog had a Area Authority of round 2. And even much less. I hadn’t carried out any hyperlink constructing and was simply beginning to get my weblog on the principle weblog directories in Austria and Germany, resembling Trusted Blogs and Blogheim.
Interrail is a well-established model and web site with a Area Authority of 66. The principle web sites rating for the phrases had a Area Authority of 30-40. Which sounds little, however in German-speaking nations, that is the usual for well-established websites.
On high of competing with excessive authority web sites, once I regarded on the key phrase “Interrail-Routen Italien,” I did not resonate with any of the top-ranking pages. I used to be in love with my concept of providing 5 doable routes for anybody who needed to journey to Italy by prepare, however I knew it was dangerous if nobody ranked for a key phrase like that.
I believed that perhaps my concept was too area of interest or perhaps the search intent wasn’t what I anticipated. Possibly I ought to stick with what was working as a substitute of placing lots of effort and time into one thing that may not repay.
I am unsure what I might have beneficial to a shopper at the moment, perhaps to play it protected. However I’m my very own worst shopper, so I went for it anyway.
It turned out to be an ideal resolution and the breakthrough my journey weblog wanted. It additionally modified my method to search engine marketing endlessly.