Keywords Ain't All Dat: An SEO Lesson

Ian Lurie

Keywords can wreck a good search engine optimization campaign.

That can be a tough lesson to learn. Fortunately, you have me to prove it to you. Years of internet marketing apparently numbed my brain.

I wrote a beautifully optimized page for my company site – it focuses on our Google Analytics practice. Within a week, we had the #3 spot for ‘Google Analytics Consulting’. Woo hoo!

Ranking for 'Google Analytics Consulting'

Four days later, I checked the Keywords report in Google Analytics. Alas:

keyword report

Of those 5 visits, 5 are probably me.

Of course, if I’d bothered to use any keyword research tool (such as WordTracker, KeywordDiscovery or even Google Adwords), I would have immediately seen that no one searches for ‘Google Analytics Consulting’.

Back to the drawing board.

The moral of this story: Research your keywords.

I am now going to go wipe the egg of my face…

Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is founder of Portent. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). Ian's recorded training for, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Ian is now an independent consultant and continues to work with the Portent team- training the agency group on all things digital. You can find him at

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  1. Do you think that Wordtracker and KeywordDiscovery would be of great interest for someone looking for “french keywords” and french market ?
    I mean, all the data collected by these two apps are collected from US surfers isn’t it ?

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