Ok, i asked for some feedback to my site on http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1041047 now i got some great feedback from all especiallthe the_pm. Now to be honest i have never done a keyword analysis when the site was started it was started the idea of being just about music. Now my sites global keywords seems to be generic and im sure i coppied them from a competitor along time ago so they need to be updated but so do the ones for articles.
Now im wondering whats the easyiest way to do this. I have looked at one of my competitors who seems to be rating highly on google and they have used a batch load of keywords see http://bit.ly/erFlEj the site is http://bit.ly/g0O3rg now my main competitor is http://bit.ly/eHbdAb and the site is http://bit.ly/fxF6sB if we can refer to the first one as SB and the second as DH, Now the first one uses a mass load of keywords many that are relevant to the site where as the second uses just a few.
Now im thinking is it best to go with a list like SB or just do a simple one like DH thats to the point of what we offer. We all offer the same stuff so in theory i could copy chunks of.
Apart from that each catagory i have searched releated keywords to the topic area but im not sure if thats what they should be. Take the section Urban News in the next few days im going to get someone to add on all articles apart from the tags that relate to the article so jay sean, 2012 i will be adding in addition britasian,desi urban, desi, desi hits, rnb. Im not sure what you think of that or am i going the wrong way.
If anyone wants to give me a helping hand dont mind paying a small fee for it just i dont want to be spening money on seo when i have not got the basis right so have decided to firstly get all articles to have the right keywords and start from there.
For keyword analysis Google's adword keyword tool is the best. You need to choose keywords with high volume of search and less competition. Never choose a generic keyword because they are very competitive and don't drive relevant traffic too.
Of course as everyone as said google is a great keyword tool that you can use. The thing you need to think about is what kind of traffic are you looking for bring to your site. You are right by looking at your competition and going after the keywords that they are using. Also if you put a few keywords into the tool it will give you other related keywords. This should help you get a stronger grasp of the keywords that will be effective. Since you are starting make sure you go after the keywords with the greatest amount of searches and the lowest competition. This will help you rank faster. Good Luck.
Look at what your competitors are rating for and then use the adwords tools to figure out which of those are driving real traffic. If you use a tool like seomoz it can help you see which are the least competitive terms as well.
Seomoz would be a great resource to help you learn about SEO. As others have said, the Google Keyword tool will give you an early indication of your most popular keywords. Analyse each keyword on its own merit and have a look at what your competitors are targeting to see how you can get ahead of them.
To me Google AdWords is the best tool for keyword research. But I also like to prefer Keyword Discovery, Word Tracker, Digital Pointís Keyword Suggestion Tool, Google Keyword Tool, Niche Bot, Overture Keyword Selector Tool, Pixel Fast, Good Keywords, Keyword Spider, Keyword Tumble, Keyword Difficulty by SEOmoz.org, SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool etc.
When doing keyword research, I usually start for the most generic term of the niche I want to be in. And then, I would find 2nd level keywords of the generic term. From 2nd level keywords, I would extract the long tail keywords, which I would then target on each article I create. The point is, keep the articles target long tail phrases while linking to pages you want to boost the ranking in it using the 2nd level keywords or the most generic term.