Write A Search Post

This video is a bit of a how to style video and focuses on the need to write a post that answers a question that people would be potentially searching for. It’s something I have tried a couple of times with good results but the trick is to pick your battle;

On a separate subject if you need a smile and want to laugh till you literally wet your pants then please see Keith’s video about me, I was literally crying watching it.

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  1. Jeffrey says:

    Hi James,
    Super tip! I’ve tried to focus on anything I can about Blogs. It has really paid off with the traffic. Another tip would be to tweet it as soon as possible. I’ve found that new Twitter material is picked up quicker by the search engines. Sorry to say, I did not stop by your site to catch-up! I picked up one of your Hootsuite tweets that brought me to this post!
    .-= Jeffrey´s last blog ..MyBlogLog =-.

  2. Cool post! I have tried this method before and it does work. It is fairly easy to rank for obscure keyphrases as long as your site is in good standings with the big G. I like the idea of answering a question you had, because inevitably, others will have the question as well.
    .-= Patrick Toerner´s last blog ..9 Time Management Techniques to Boost Your Productivity =-.

  3. Jean Sarauer says:

    Search posts are something I haven’t done yet, but I do have a couple of ideas up my sleeve to coincide with upcoming events. I love the length and content of your videos by the way – they are short but provide great tips and techniques. In a short time, I’ve learned that it’s well worth my while to hit “play.”
    .-= Jean Sarauer´s last blog ..How to Write Riveting Review Posts =-.

  4. Eric says:

    I’ve not done a search post like this myself and will have to do something and see how it turns out. Thanks for that tip!

    Lovin’ the video made for you by the way dude!
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..Twitter Is Powerful When Used Correctly =-.

  5. Longtail post titles can certainly work for random organic searches, the trouble is that the visitors aren’t loyal at all. Thanks for sharing your tips!
    .-= Jorgen Sundberg´s last blog ..Personal Branding: the UK Experience =-.

  6. Definitely agree. Writing posts that people are searching for will also not only bring you search engine traffic, but, most likely, your readers will be interested, as well.

    There are a lot of quick tutorials out there, so it’s easy to build up a bunch of them. As you said, the traffic isn’t massive, but over time, it can add up.

    I’ve written numerous posts like that. For example, I wrote a post talking a bit about sub characters in a book series. While that traffic isn’t a ton, there isn’t a lot of competition, so I rank number one for the keyword and most related keywords, which is brining me a decent amount of daily traffic.

    One of the best ways to find posts like this is to track what people are searching for. With this types of posts, this normally can’t be done through the Adwords Keyword Tool (although I occasionally find a few there), but there are tools which will allow you to find pretty much anything people are searching for. It takes a lot of work, but it can be done.

    Just posting everyday problems that you face can also be a great way to come up with those types of posts. You can search in keyword tools to see the monthly search volume of a certain phrase, so it’s fairly easy to create the types of posts that you’re talking about that will get you a bunch of traffic for the search engines. Great strategy.

  7. Writing a post that answers a question is always a good way to improve your search traffic. Before you do, make sure you use Google Keywords tool to pick proper keywords and do some tests to see how popular that topic is searched for. The key to getting good traffic here is to keyword optimize and leverage a really good title and description tag for your post. SEO is very important when writing “search” posts for best placement.
    .-= Dragon Blogger´s last blog ..HootSuite Offers New URL Shrink Option =-.

  8. Julius says:

    It would also make people very happy if you had a post about a topic they’re searching for, and you provide as much additional information as possible in that post.
    .-= Julius´s last blog ..Why Is Braille on Drive-Through ATMs? =-.

  9. Joe Boyle says:

    Pretty nice idea you’ve thought of here.

    Like you said, although you may not receive a great deal of traffic from “search posts”, traffic IS traffic. Bloggers, especially new ones (like myself) in a popular niche, need to realize that the big time traffic (1k+ visitors a day) is something you have to work towards, not something you will get upfront. So maybe it will take ten or fifteen “search posts”, but hey, you will, with enough dedication and money, get there. It’s up to how much time and effort you put in, not how popular blogger A and blogger B are.

  10. alex says:

    Nice James! Haha, the image on the video looks like you have not slept in 14 years (is this the secret to your Alexa rank maybe) but once you click play. AWESOME! Short, sweet, to the point, valuable, timely…BRILLIANT
    I am beginning to focus heavily on both organic ranking and some serious keyword research know how and this post is pretty much in line with the what and the why of organic traffic. I also love that you seem to be moving to a more vlogging format – works for you too (now if you could just get some sleep)
    .-= alex´s last blog ..Google releases 2010 edition of Monopoly. =-.

    • hey Alex ha ha sleep is for people who want to stay broke! only joking, search engine traffic is by far the best type of traffic as once you hit your terms you’re golden, I’m getting there, ‘infopreneur’ is searched for 5,400 times a month for which I’m the second result on the front page of google so little steps at a time while bringing in great social media traffic is a good comprimise

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