Choosing Good Keywords – Part One

Recently, I mentioned that using the post slug feature when writing a post can result in good search engine results for your blog.  How do you find the right keywords to use for the post slug or for a title for your post?   The answer is – Research!

There is no quick scheme for finding niche keywords you must relay on using keyword suggestion tools and good old fashioned leg (or finger) work.

I find that choosing keywords for a blog differs from a website.  First of all, your blog may be about many different subjects.  You may have blogging tips, recipes, personal stories and news items spread throughout your blog.  This is very different from a website whose only goal is to sell pet supplies.   However, you should come up with at least a dozen different keywords that describe what your blog is about.   For example, I might choose words such as blogging, blogging tips, beginning blogging, etc., for my blog keywords.  I open up a text editor and type each of these terms in the editor.

In that same text editor, I also write down keywords of topics that I would like to use in future posts.  For instance, this post is about keywords.  I might write down keywords, choosing keywords, seo, search engine optimization, etc.  Since I will probably write more than one article about keywords and search engine optimization, part of my research will be done for future posts.

You should now have a good list of keywords.  Your next step will be to research the keywords that you wrote down.   Stay tuned for Part Two of this series which will cover using keyword tools and search engines to narrow your choices.


  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

  2. the same thing applies when you are making a blog post title. Search for keyword to have good index position on the search engine

  3. the best method I have found for getting post specific keywords is to cut and past your entry into the keyword finder at


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