Over on FJ’s Higher Education Photography for Recruitment Blog he just made an excellent post about Missed Opportunity for Higher Ed. I wasn’t even half way through his short but valuable post before light bulbs started going off in my head. (Hey FJ thanks for the mention and hopefully this post will help fulfill some of this indepth SEO you claim I have) Picture to the right was take from FJ’s blog and if your college is interested in Higher Education Photography Wofford hasn’t used FJ, but I’ve heard nothing but great things from lots of credible sources.
So here’s FJ’s juicy tidbit:
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Dorm Room Photos and since then the traffic to the blog has seen a steady increase in keyword activity surrounded by the search term “dorm” I have seen this in the past, as there are trickles of visitors throughout the year coming from “dorm” but nothing like the traffic during the summer, year over year..
College Dorm Searches To Drive Traffic
So what exactly do you do with that information? Well first off you need to know which keywords are bringing which traffic and how competitive ranking for each keyword will be. Luckily just this week on the Google Inside AdWords blog a game changing update was released, Keyword Tool updated with search volume data. I guess it’s not so much gamechanging because there are a lot of pay tools available that do this already, but more game changer because it’s official information from Google and because it’s free. When something is free it has a way of being more widely used by individuals. I’ve been thinking about this upgrade and how to explain it and FJ’s post gave me the perfect example. So doing a quick search on “college dorm” returns a chart that looks like the following. (Click on the picture to the right to view it full size)
Some related Searches for College Dorm
Note: You do not need to have an AdWords account to use the Keyword Tool, but it’s a little tricky to find. Here’s a link to the Adwords Keyword Tool.
College dorm returns over 60,000 monthly searches, HOLY COW! That’s actually a fairly valuable search term and the tool returns a whole list of other search terms that you can take a look at to gain a little better idea about the competitive environment and maybe something more specific to your school. Also at the bottom of the produced list is additional keywords to consider, who would have “thunk it” that dorm décor would result in over 40,000 searches per month?
Just as another note I typed in college dorm into Google and I didn’t see a search result on an edu site until page four. Congratulations Reed College!
I’ll let this knowledge sink in for a few days and I’d love to hear other people’s creative ideas about how to capitalize this knowledge before posting a follow-up post next week.