Analysing your Competition

Understanding Your Competition

Identifying your top competitors is another essential strategy in content creation. 

Your competitors are those websites ranking for your target keywords based on the topic you are writing about. In this lesson, we will find out who our top competitors are. Then, gather insights from them.

Google Competitor Search

One way to find your competitors is by searching for your primary keyword in Google search.

Competitor search in Google
Competitor search in Google
  1. Begin by typing your keyword into the Google search. In this case, it is “SEO audit.” The generated results show the ranking domains based on your query.
  2. Concentrate on the top 3 – 5 domains on Google’s first page. These are the ones with the highest organic research as regards our keyword.

The next thing to do is pick one of these domains to perform a deeper competitive keyword research using Semrush.

Organic Research with Semrush

With this research, you want to find out more about your competitors. What strategies are they using to rank high in search engines? Please see the materials section for more information on how to use the Organic research in Semrush.

In our Google search, one of the top competitors ranking for the “SEO audit” keyword is “https://neilpatel.com/blog/technical-seo-site-audit/.” We shall be using this domain for the organic research.

Organic Research results page
Organic Research results page
  1. In Semrush, go straight to the left menu tab. Then, click on the drop-down icon “SEO” to expand the menu, and click the “Organic Research” tab.
  2. In the search field, type in your target domain. Click “Search.” The results generated can be filtered in many different ways to further refine your search results. 
  3. In the “Competitors” tab you are able to see the top competitors of the target domain. You can also do an individual organic search on each of these domains.
Competitors in Organic research
Competitors in Organic research
  1. Lastly, identify some of the high-ranking keywords targeted by the competitor. Add them to the ‘Keyword Manager’. Or use the ‘Export’ tab to download the list of selected keywords for later use. (Applying these keywords enables you to appear in the same search engine results as your competition.)

With the organic research, you get an overview of your competitor’s strengths, and also weaknesses:

  • Keywords targeted by the competition to increase rankings and traffic.
  • The highest ranking pages on the target domain
  • The domain’s top competition, and their insights

Note:

The materials section contains helpful links to some of the tools highlighted in this lesson.