I’ve written this post mostly as a reminder to myself of this interesting process that helps to find interesting keywords.
The technique works by grabbing your competitor’s keywords and creating keyword lists from them.
Here’s how the technique works:
Firstly, you need an Ahrefs license, then using Ahrefs, enter the biggest authority domain within your niche.
For example, if you are in the health niche then you’d enter WedMD or Healthline into the Site Explorer tab and let the data come pouring in.
For this example, I used WebMD.com and imagined that I was in the healthcare niche.
Use Authority Sites
For this step, simply enter your donor domain, i.e. the high authority domain, and see how many referring domains link to it.
In this example above you can see that WebMD.com has 609,200 referring domains! Yes, that’s a lot, and of course, this has all contributed to making WebMD.com a huge authority in healthcare, proven by its’ DR (Domain Reputation) being set at 92.
Filter By Domain Rating
This next step is where we start to discover some excellent data.
Hit the “Referring Domains” tab in AHrefs, then click on DR and set it between:
- 5 (for very low), to
- 20 (for a decent reputation)
This range will give us 2,600 domains.
This means, that out of the 610K domains that link to WebMD.com, 2,600 are within a range that we know we can compete against if we have, or are planning to launch a new site.
Filter By Traffic
This next step then further refines our data by making sure that the sites we chose above (i.e. between 5 – 20 DR) have decent and respectable monthly traffic visits. I set this to 10K per month which is a decent level of traffic and will allow us to discover potential keywords that we might further investigate.
Taking my example above, I choose
uTentclinic.com as a site that we can reverse engineer its’ most powerful keywords.
Reverse Engineer Keywords
Now, this is the step where we get interesting keyword data!
The trick now is to find keywords that have a low KD (Keyword Difficulty) and high volume.
I found these two gems in literally 2 minutes of work when putting together this SEO tutorial.
|Keyword||Volume / Month||Keyword Difficulty|
|How To Get Rid Of Tonsil Stones||38,000||28|
These keywords could be gems.
If it were me, the next step would be to see how much keyword volatility exists and then I’d investigate what content already exists and whether it could be beaten.
The Facebook Approach
Another fascinating take on this “keyword hack” is to use Facebook.com as your authority site in Step 1.
You can then enter “Keto” as a keyword used within the actual domain itself and this will pull up hundreds of domains that clearly will have some interesting keywords that you can further investigate.
I wrote this SEO tutorial as a reminder to myself to use this process!
AHrefs is a powerhouse of data and you can really use it to your advantage when you are planning what keywords to target in your ranking strategy.
The video that I learned this technique is embedded below; you should watch it from the 15-minute mark.