Here's what I do.
I use the GKWT almost on a daily basis.
When I get an idea for a blog post (I have 2 blogs in 2 different Niches) I first see if there are any search terms with decent traffic that I can fairly easily rank for.
Now the debate here at the moment is whether Rankings "exist" (or not) and Jill has wrote a decent counter argument for that in an article, which I DO buy into.
So when I get an idea I see what terms get searches and that I can go for, I like to write posts for about sub -200 searches per month.
Now that might not seem like a lot, but when you blog as much as I do that adds up.
I then get as many related keywords as I can and add them all as Keywords in the Thesis SEO section below the post, All In One SEO is a great plugin too by the way. If you use Thesis, you don't need it as Thesis has there own system built in to it which is what I use.
I then add those SAME keywords as Tags too and apply them all and choose any relevant ones of my most popular tags.
I then write a custom title for REAL humans, but the TITLE I use in the Thesis SEO is keyword rich for the SE's.
I let thesis automatically pull the description from the post. My theory is, that if you FORCE the Search engines to pull the description text, your effectively FORCING them to choose what they want/think is relevant and that usually makes my post's rank really well.
I mean last week I wrote a post on one of my blogs for a mildly competitive term and I'm position 5 page 1.
But lest I forget rankings don't exist do they?
I do a few other things that I won't say for fear of the resident lynch mob.
But that should point you in the way you want to go.
Edited by SelfMade, 23 January 2013 - 06:55 PM.