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Keywords vs. Search Queries: What’s the Difference?

Keywords vs. Search Queries: What's the Difference?

In casual conversation, the terms “keyword” and “search query” are often used interchangeably, but there is actually a difference. So what is the difference between a keyword and a search query?

A search term is the exact word or set of words a customer enters when searching on Google.com or one of Google’s Search Network sites.

Search Terms = Search Queries

A keyword is the word or set of words AdWords advertisers create for a given ad group to target their ads to customers.

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Source: Keywords vs. Search Queries: What’s the Difference? | WordStream

The Search Terms Report – Which Keywords were People Searching for when they clicked on your Ad?

The Search Terms Report

This Report gives you information on what people were searching for when they saw your ad and clicked on it. This information can help you remove or pause poorly performing keywords or add new ones. You can also use the search terms report to help you identify negative keywords.

Go to https://adwords.google.com > click on your Campaign > click ‘Keywords’ >

Search Terms Report

Click ‘Details’ > click ‘Search Terms All’ on the drop-down menu.

Search Terms Report 2

On the page that opens scroll down the page to view the terms (keywords) that people searched for.

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Understanding the Long Tail of Keyword Demand

Understanding the Long Tail of Keyword Demand

It all begins with words typed into a search box.

Keyword research is one of the most important, valuable, and high return activities in the search marketing field. Ranking for the “right” keywords can make or break your website. Through the detective work of puzzling out your market’s keyword demand, you not only learn which terms and phrases to target with SEO, but also learn more about your customers as a whole.

It’s not always about getting visitors to your site, but about getting the right kind of visitors. The usefulness of this intelligence cannot be overstated – with keyword research you can predict shifts in demand, respond to changing market conditions, and produce the products, services, and content that web searchers are already actively seeking. In the history of marketing, there has never been such a low barrier to entry in understanding the motivations of consumers in virtually every niche.

Let’s assume we have an online shoe store. It would be great to rank #1 for the keyword “shoes” – or would it?

The Search Demand Curve-Understanding the Long Tail of Keyword Demand

It’s wonderful to deal with keywords that have 5,000 searches a day, or even 500 searches a day, but in reality, these “popular” search terms actually make up less than 30% of the searches performed on the web. The remaining 70% lie in what’s called the “long tail” of search. The long tail contains hundreds of millions of unique searches that might be conducted a few times in any given day, but, when taken together, they comprise the majority of the world’s demand for information through search engines.

Another lesson search marketers have learned is that long tail keywords often convert better, because they catch people later in the buying/conversion cycle. A person searching for “shoes” is probably browsing, and not ready to buy. On the other hand, someone searching for “best price on Air Jordan size 12” practically has their wallet out!

The Search Demand Curve-Understanding the Long Tail of Keyword Demand 2

Illustrating the Long Tail >