To find content ideas to create, develop your SEO market share and boost your performance!
IMPORTANT: The Content Ideas feature is currently in Beta status within Semji. This means that the feature is new, and still in the testing stage. It is open for users to contribute to its improvement by sending feedback to our development team. This article is likely to change several times in the coming weeks.
What is the purpose of the Content Ideas tab?
How do I use the Content Ideas tab in my SEO strategy?
- To create a topic cluster and improve your performance on your priority topics
- To find new business areas and boost your conversions or revenue
- To optimize the visibility of your brand content
- To analyze your visibility on a global theme
- When should you choose to create new content rather than optimize existing content?
What is the purpose of the Content Ideas tab?
From a theme or a generic keyword, the Content Ideas module allows you to easily identify additional keywords that are of strategic interest for your SEO performance. These are keywords to target through the production of new content.
Using Semji technology, which identifies search intents, deduplicates and clusters them, and calculates potential SEO gains, this module improves the keyword research phase, a key step in your SEO strategy. Traditionally done with tools like Semrush or Ahrefs, keyword research can be time consuming and imprecise:
- some keywords are complicated to interpret from the point of view of the intention they aim at and the type of content to associate with them ;
- some keywords are redundant and it is necessary to take the time to exclude them;
- some keywords already position an existing content, and it is then necessary to cross several data exports to identify them.
Based on these observations, Semji has developed the Content Ideas feature to save time and facilitate decision making during this strategic stage.
To judge the strategic interest of each proposed keyword and make your selection, Semji provides you with several data:
- the search volume of the keyword ;
- the search trend for this keyword over the last 12 months;
- the difficulty of the keyword (Low, Medium, High, Very high)
Semji helps you project the market share to be gained and easily understand what type of content you need to produce to target each keyword. You get the link to the best competing content that is positioned on that keyword, as well as the estimated organic traffic of that content.
Finally, as soon as you have selected several interesting keywords, add them to the Planning, in order to plan and organize their production as soon as possible.
Note that if you already have a page on your website that is positioned on one of the keywords, Semji displays its position and even allows you to access it if it has been automatically imported into Pages. You can then decide to optimize this existing page instead of creating new content.
In short, the Content Ideas module allows you to find strategic keywords on which to create or optimize content, and to build your topic clusters, which will allow you to develop your business!
How do I use the Content Ideas tab in my SEO strategy?
Start by entering a generic keyword, short tail, representative of your strategic theme or a new theme you want to develop. For example, the keyword "spirulina". Launch the search.
Once Semji has completed its analysis, you will see a list of competing content, associated with keywords and their data (volume, trend, difficulty...).
Navigate easily within the list of proposed keywords thanks to the filters:
- Identify the keywords that invite you to create "Article" type content, responding to an informational intent, or "Shopping" type content, responding to a transactional intent;
- Filter the "Questions" type keywords that allow you to easily build the plan of a content providing an answer;
- Distinguish "broadmatch keywords" (including your initial keyword) from "related keywords";
- And finally, if you wish, exclude branded keywords (linked to the brand of your root domain, for example "semji" for the site https://semji.com), thanks to the "Not branded" button.
Within the table listing the content ideas, move your mouse over the data associated with a keyword to find out more: for example, discover the exact score associated with the difficulty of a keyword
In the "My position" column, as soon as a value is displayed, move the mouse over it to discover which content is positioned on the keyword. For example, in the case of Semji's website, on the keyword "seo" on the French market:
The url of the site semji.com which is positioned at the 20th position in the Google SERP on the keyword "seo" is https://semji.com/fr/guide/seo/.
Moreover, we can see here that in reality, 2 different contents of the site semji.com are positioned on the keyword "seo": it's the pictogram next to the keyword that indicates it.
This mention means that the platform has identified that 2 of the contents imported in the Pages are positioned on this keyword. The url https://semji.com/fr/guide/seo/ is the one that is positioned the highest, the one that has been judged the most relevant by Google.
Good to know: Semji identifies these two contents because, during the automatic import of Pages when creating your workspace, the platform analyzes the data of your best contents in the Search Console. The keywords that position your performing content are retrieved. If the Content Ideas tab suggests keywords that position one of these already imported contents, you will see the information appear thanks to this pictogram.
By clicking on the pictogram, you can directly access a filtered list in the Pages tab, and check for example that these contents do not cannibalize each other. If this is the case and they are not different enough in their angle and targeted keywords, rework them to allow Google and users to better distinguish them.
Do you notice a difference between the position of content displayed in Content Ideas, and the position displayed in Pages? This is because the position in Content Ideas is a position at the moment of analysis, of the Google search launched. On the other hand, in Pages, it is the average position of your content over 30 days, taken by your Search Console.
Note: if there is no pictogram associated with the keyword, but there is a value in the column "My position", it is simply that another page of your website, not imported into the Pages, is positioned. It's up to you to choose if you should import it and optimize it or not.
Are you interested in several keywords? Click on the "+" button to add them to your Planning. Semji will then suggest you to create a new content or to update an existing one.
By selecting create new content, you can then fill in a title tag for your content, assign the Draft to a writer within your team, set a due date and a content status.
When selecting the update of an existing content, you will need to enter the url of the corresponding content. This way Semji will be able to extract the existing editorial content and add it to your editor when generating the Draft.
Use Content Ideas to create a topic cluster and improve your performance on your priority topics
At Semji, we recommend to many of our clients to apply the topic cluster strategy to achieve their SEO gains on a specific theme.
This strategy consists in creating several contents - often informational contents - that link to one or several pillar pages - generally transactional contents: the informational contents link internally to the transactional pages. In doing so, they give them semantic authority and create user journeys that guide the user to the pages that allow them to convert.
Informational content targets long-tail keywords, i.e. not very competitive, while transactional pages often target short-tail keywords, which are more competitive because they carry business stakes.
For example, "makita coffee maker" is a short-tail keyword, searched 7,000 times per month, and has a transactional aspect. Semji classifies it in the "Shopping" category. The content to be produced to target this keyword must be, for example, a category page of a merchant site, listing products. We can confirm this by opening the page of the screwfix.com website which is positioned first on Google and generates an average of 5,000 monthly visitors on its page.
On the other hand, "camping coffee maker" is a long tail keyword, searched 880 times a month, which carries an informational intent. Semji classifies it in the "Article" category. The content to be produced to target this keyword should be, for example, a comparative guide.
As part of the construction of a topic cluster, your transactional page (for example, the page presenting makita coffee makers) must receive internal links from many informational contents (for example, articles on the best camping coffee makers, on how to use coffee makers, on how to disassemble them...).
Use Content Ideas to identify many informational keywords to produce new content on, allowing you to boost the SEO of your transactional pages. Make your selection, and add them to the Planning by choosing to create new content.
Use Content Ideas to find new business areas and boost your conversions or revenue
Also use the content ideas, this time filtering on "Shopping" type keywords, to identify interesting transactional pages to create. So, if your merchant site doesn't have a "delonghi coffee maker" (2,000 monthly requests) or "glass coffee maker" page yet, it's time to think about creating them!
This way, you create more opportunities to your products or services, from queries searched by Internet users. This content provides additional opportunities to boost your conversions, transactions, and revenue!
Use content ideas to optimize the visibility of your brand content
Search on your brand name from the Content Ideas tab. You'll get a list of queries that contain your brand. You can thus quickly check which content of your site is positioned, what is their position at the moment and especially identify the possible keywords on which none of your content is positioned.
For example, on the brand "semji" in France, several keywords are proposed. We see that none of the content on the website semji.com is positioned on the keyword "semji avis" (which means "reviews"). A "quick-win" strategy can therefore consist in optimizing the page of the site collecting customer testimonials on this term. Another option is to create a new page dedicated to this keyword. In this way, we ensure that we control the maximum number of requests that concern our brand by positioning at least one of our own results.
Good to know: your website is necessarily more legitimate than any other in the eyes of Google to be positioned on your brand name and its associated queries. You have a good chance of reaching the first place, so don't deprive yourself of it!
Use content ideas to analyze your visibility on a global theme
Run a search on a theme on which you think you've already done a good job in your site's content.
Find out which keywords are not ranking for any of your content and decide if you need to create new content to target them.
Also check the Google position of your existing content at the moment of the search and plan to optimize those whose position can be improved. By adding them to the Planning and running an analysis, you can for example discover new internal link opportunities not yet exploited, thanks to Semji's Incoming Links recommendations. Reinforcing the linking of your existing content is a "quick-win" process that can have an impact on your positions and your SEO traffic!
Good to know: some of your contents are already in first position on Google on their main keyword? Congratulations! Nevertheless, the tentation is strong to rest on it and do nothing. Think big, be ambitious: if your content is already relevant in the eyes of Google, you have all the more chances to rank first on other keywords of the theme, especially on related keywords and long tail. To do this, create new content on the keywords not yet targeted, or optimize the last existing content that are not yet positioned in top 1.
When should you choose to create new content rather than optimize existing content?
You have noticed that one of your existing contents is positioned in the top 100 on an interesting keyword? Depending on the current position of this content on the keyword, it may be a question of optimizing it, or of creating a new content separately.
This decision should be motivated by one main consideration: does the content rank in the top 30 (between 1st and 30th position in Google results) or beyond?
We usually recommend to our clients to create new content if the position of an existing content on a keyword exceeds 30. This usually means that the existing content is not considered relevant enough by Google for the keyword.
Optimizing content that is already positioned in the top 30 does not necessarily require much effort, because the content is already well oriented on the target keyword.
On the other hand, in the case of content that is positioned beyond 30, optimizing it to make it relevant would take almost the same time as creating new content. We therefore advise you to choose the second option and instead direct your existing content towards a focus keyword on which it is already better positioned.
Good to know: check that the value of the column "My Position" taken at a given time is close to the average position observed over the last 30 days. To do this, click on the pictogram next to the keyword to open the Pages tab and view the average position, extracted from your Search Console.
If the pictogram is not present, it means that the content has not been imported into the Pages and that it is not part of the priority content according to the Semji platform. You can then perform one of the following actions:
- import the url into the Pages using the "Import" button in the top right corner, setting the studied keyword as focus keyword.
- analyze the average position of the url on the keyword directly from your Search Console.
Nevertheless, there are some limits to the rule of the top 30 recommended above. Here is an example:
The website semji.com has a page dedicated especially to target the keyword "agence seo paris". This content currently ranks 52nd in Google results on the keyword. Although this position is above 30, it is not relevant to create a new page to target the same keyword. Instead, we should optimize the existing page, and plan to reinforce its semantic authority by creating a topic cluster on keywords integrating the Parisian geolocation.
How does the Content Ideas tab work?
When you launch a search from an initial keyword, the Semji platform performs the following operations:
- Mass data retrieval: we analyze the Google SERPs on several hundred keywords belonging to the theme. Through this scraping stage, we analyze the content positioned on the first 100 Google results. This is when we identify if any of your website's content is ranking well.
- Exclusion of duplicates: we deduplicate the keywords in order to keep only unique search intents and avoid creating cannibalistic content from an SEO point of view. This operation has a real added value compared to your classic keyword research: we found an average of 50% of duplicate keywords to be removed!
- Categorization: thanks to a proprietary algorithm based on artificial intelligence, each keyword that gives you an idea of content is classified as "Article", "Shopping" or "Miscellaneous". This category corresponds to the search intent and the type of content you need to create to target it. Thus, an "Article" keyword corresponds to an informational intent and requires the creation of an article type content, blog, advice ... with a high proportion of editorial text.
Good to know: By indicating the type of content you need to produce to match Google's expectations, you have a better chance of ranking in the top 10 of the SERP.
4. Display of the table and additional data (search volume, trend, keyword difficulty...), ordered by default by estimated traffic volume of competing content.