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Wordpress Yoast SEO 'Focuk KW' - Simple Question?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Scorpion Ghost, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    In Wordpress SEO by Yoast, there is an option to input a 'Focus KW' for each post in the post editor.

    I have a question, for example, say I write this post.

    mybestsite.com/somesite-guide

    Now, will my Focus KW be:

    1) Somesite

    OR

    2) Somesite Guide


    Basically, I wonder if it's 'Focus KW (as in, keyworD)', or it can be keywordS??? I believe that 2 words would be fine, the plugin even throws suggestions, when you write your Focus KW for example "somesite" it will give you a drop-down of words people mostly search for, so I believe that you'd go with "Somesite Guide" following the above example...

    Can anyone confirm?

    It's a tiny little thing, but I'd like to confirm...

    Thanks.
     
  2. givensia

    givensia Regular Member

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    You don't need to use the focus kw option to get results.
     
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  3. SkyrocketSEO

    SkyrocketSEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Einstein...the keyword should be the one YOU want to rank. Have you even checked the competition, CPC, search volume...etc etc?
     
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  4. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    No, no, and no.

    I write for myself and for people, not for search engines and money...

    If I write a killer article, better than most, and my site is properly optimized and follows the best SEO practices (No reason to get penalized), then the competition really does not interest me... Besides, I am not here to compete, there's enough for all...

    And the search volume doesn't really interest me either, I'm making an Authority website, so looking at the big picture the search volume is huge... No point wasting my time...

    SkyrocketSEO, I know you're a master in these things, I've seen you around, could you answer my question please? Thank you :)

    I mean, you did answer it...

    But, would you put:

    "somesite review" or "somesite" in the focus kw?

    Just tell me your pick, and my question is answered.
     
  5. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    I guess you would say that it depends if there is more searches being done for "somesite", or for "somesite review", right? And you'd pick the one that gets more searches, right?
     
  6. SkyrocketSEO

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    I used to enter those KWs to fill in that field before, random KWs, what the article is about. Now, I don;t do anymore, totally not thinking about it, but use long tail KWs
     
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  7. thedomainkings

    thedomainkings Junior Member

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    Focus keyword is the one you want to rank. It helps Yoast calc keyword density, setup your metadescription, etc.
     
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  8. Scorpion Ghost

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    Thanks a lot man, much appreciated. "long tail KWs" it is ;)
     
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  9. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    Yes, true, it's necessary for Yoast to calculate kw density and a bunch of other stuff concerning the SEO of your post...


    Thanks guys. :)
     
  10. upstarter

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    I also use this field in in Yoast, just to make sure I don't get past the 3.8% keyword density. After that, I just focus on making the article worth reading.
     
  11. Scorpion Ghost

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    I first write the article and upload compressed pictures... Then I start, custom permalink, optimized title, custom meta desc, images alt tags, title tags, captions sometimes, etc etc etc...

    But I never change the article I've written just to make it "SEO optimized", nah... Unless the article I've written has a major issue that may catch google's attention negatively. Although, I keep a balance between SEO and readability when writing my articles, I keep those things in mind, and I always lean more towards readability...