What Are Organic Keywords?

Last Updated: July 29, 2020

Organic keywords are search terms used to attract free website traffic through search engine optimization (SEO). This differs from pay-per-click (PPC) keywords, which are auctioned in Google Ads, formerly known as Adwords.

Use this guide to quickly learn how to:

Find Your Website’s Organic Keywords

There are several methods that make finding your website’s keywords super easy.

One option is to use SEMrush’s Organic Research Report, which provide a keyword overview…

SEMrush's  Organic Research Report found in Domain Analytics.

And it also provide an in-depth look at specific keywords.

SEMrush's Top Organic Keywords Report

Another option is Google Search Console (also known as GSC)…

A 3-month performance overview in Google Search Console

It’s a free option to explore and filter through specific keywords for your site.

An example of Google Search Console's performance insights for queries.

Search Console makes things easy, but tools like SEMrush provide a TON of tools and features.

Discover Your Competitor’s Organic Keywords

This includes their Organic Competitor and Positioning Reports.

SEMrush automates the process of identifying competitors using keyword overlap.

Example of SEMrush's Organic Competitor's Report.

This report details other websites that also rank for your organic keywords, and can also be used to identify keywords gaps – keywords your site does not rank for, but your competitors do.

Pro Tip:

For local businesses on a budget, use this Keyword Generator Template to find quickly find highly relevant keywords.

SEMrush’s Domain Overview Report can also be used to find organic keywords for any website.

Optimize Your Website For Organic Rankings

Ranking organically means free traffic…

Notification in Google Analytics for reaching a new monthly high for users.

And that means free leads (or sales).

To get your website ranking in organic search results…

An example of Google's organic search results for a localized query

Follow these 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Determine KPIs

The first step is to determine how progress will be tracked.

This might include the following KPIs:

  • Increase/Decrease in Organic Traffic
  • Increase/Decrease in Organic Rankings
  • Increase/Decrease in Leads/Sales
  • Increase/Decrease in Profit or Revenue

Google Analytics and Google Search Console are two free tools that can make evaluating these metrics easier.

Knowing these KPIs and having tracking in place before making optimizations evaluate performance.

Step 2: Keyword Research

Perform keyword research to discover new opportunities to get traffic.

Step 3: Map Keywords To Target Pages

Be sure that each organic keyword is “mapped” to a specific page.

This means that each page should target a single keyword or group of related keywords.

Step 4: On-page Optimizations

Optimizing webpages is referred to as On-page SEO.

A BIG ranking factor here is relevancy.

Increase relevancy by using organic keywords in the website’s Title, Meta Description, H1s, Subheadings, and within the copy.

Pro Tip:

Document when optimization occur using annotation in Google Analytics, which easily be later referenced.

Step 5: Review Progress

Review KPIs after optimization are made to evaluate the impact of changes.

Depending on your site, target query, and overall traffic changes are generally noticeable within 2 weeks.

Improve Rankings Using Keyword Research Tools

Keyword research tools make competitor analysis, keyword research, and keyword tracking super easy.

Here are some of my favorite keyword research tools:

Free Keyword Research Tools

  1. SEMrush – Free 7-Day Trial
  2. Ahrefs – $7 7-Day Trial

Paid Keyword Research Tools

  1. Google Keyword Planner
  2. Local Keyword Generator Tool

Using these quick insights, you should now be able to do some quick keyword research, and be able to start making some decisions about future efforts.

Happy SEO-ing 🙂