The Youtube SEO Survival Guide for Idea Bloggers

youtube and seo for bloggers
The sweet spot for long-term success for creators is both visual and text content.

Are you a creative, lifestyle, or food blogger that realizes they need to do more with Youtube, but have trouble getting started? Or maybe you’ve been doing it for some time now, but you feel stuck?

This is an ongoing guide that’s intended for bloggers who already know intermediate level SEO, and are ready to advance their entire strategy to include video. You’re already good at blogging on WordPress, you do all the basic SEO things to optimize your content, you’ve done image optimization, you earn a respectable amount of backlinks from other blogs and media sites. The next thing to conquer, is video, specifically using Youtube.

Doing so will maximize your potential of getting viewed on social, on your blog, and on Youtube.

Tinkering with Video using Youtube Keywords

SEO in 2020 is about text content, image content, and video content synchronizing and gelling with each other in order to satisfy all the users, search engines, and social algorithms out there.

This first chapter is about having fun with video, and Youtube. It’s a stressful transition for many bloggers (shout out to the introverts out there 🙂 ).

If you’re having trouble with starting, then try baby steps. Start doing some random videos based on your interests, or on your top content, and see what happens. Imperfection isn’t to be avoided, it’s actually one of your key objectives.

More on imperfection in chapter 2, and why it’s a secret ingredient to winning on Youtube.

For now, jump below to see the 20 video keywords, which you can turn into individual or series of videos, along with their minimum search volume totals for 2019.

Youtube SEO Experiment: 20 popular topics and ideas you should create videos for today

If you’re ready to start vlogging to complement blogging, here are 20 popular topics that have relatively lower competition.

Choose topics that you already have existing blog articles.

We distilled 400 of the top video keywords using food, creative, and lifestyle blog topics from the millions of keywords in the Ahrefs Youtube Search database. Check out the full lists below, one for creative & lifestyle bloggers, one for food recipe experts.

DIY School Supplies

Expected 2019 totals: 400K+

Back to school season is an exciting time of the year, but shopping can also be overwhelming for many parents and students, because every year, school supplies and clothing seem more expensive. As a result, people choose to go the DIY route, especially when it comes to school supplies.

DIY backpacks, DIY notebooks, DIY pencil cases, specifically are the most searched keywords on Youtube. Even DIY edible school supplies are a trendy thing people search for, as a way for students to sneak snacks into class.

DIY Gardening & Landscaping

Expected 2019 totals: 30K+

People love watching Youtube videos to get their hands dirty with DIY gardening ideas, DIY front and backyard landscaping ideas, and other outdoor home & garden projects.

DIY Beds

Expected 2019 totals: 60K+

Not everyone buys beds and bed frames. Some people like building their own either from scratch, or repurposing (upcycling) everyday items. Perfect idea for a series of videos if you’re an upcycling pro like Randi Dukes,  or a bedroom specialist like Toni Roberts.

DIY Room Decor, Storage & Organization

Expected 2019 Totals: 5 million+

People love watching DIY home decor on Youtube on different rooms. If there are areas of the house you’re obsessed with, like your patio, or nursery, or closets, there’s your series of videos on which you can produce a dozen decor ideas.

Thanks to Marie Kondo, the demand for cleaning, tidying, decluttering is on the rise too. Focus on the specifics. What’s unique about your home that others can relate to in their homes? Go after that audience.

DIY Lip Products

Expected 2019 totals: 100K+

Makeup bloggers and other DIY experts: If you have safe, easy, effective recipes for DIY lip balm, DIY lip scrub, DIY lipstick, and DIY lipgloss, each of these are expected to get 25K searches or more on Youtube this year.

DIY Christmas Gifts

Expected 2019 Totals: 500K+

These Youtube searches should spike into the million+ range heading into Christmas 2019. Prepare for the rush by paying attention to all the topical and trendy things throughout 2019, and create easy, homemade, and personalized gift ideas for recipients of different ages and different types of relationships.

How to Tie Ties

Expected 2019 totals: 2 million+

Tie tying has forever been a classic Youtube search, and there are no one-stop videos on the subject. Even thought it’s a competitive keyword, you have a shot because:

  • of all the different types of neckties available today
  • of all the different types of knots
  • women and children wear ties too

If you have the know-how, and feel confident in your ability to make the tying process super-easy, create a series of videos. Target newer, trendier types of ties and knots, and target different audiences to stand out.

DIY Slime

Of the 6M combined monthly searches, 1M are for slime recipes. How to make it with or without glue, with or without borax, how to make it fluffy, and so on. Slime is a BIG deal on both Youtube and Google search. Kids, teens, parents all eager to learn.

DIY Phone Case

Expected 2019 Totals: 500K+

Focus on different types and models of phone cases with your go-to DIY methods.


2019 Expected Totals: 500K+

The people want to watch and learn beginner level crochet, basic stitches, patterns, and even advanced projects. Your dozens of blog post tutorials are a gold mine of specific ideas to turn into videos.

DIY Halloween Costumes

Expected 2019 totals: 500K+

Over half a million Youtube searches heading into Halloween 2019. Stay alert for upcoming movies like the Avengers, shows, characters, memes, and apply towards easy, homemade costume ideas for different age groups. Or, keep it simple with the classic costume ideas.

DIY Fidget Spinners

Expected 2019 totals: 1.2 million +

Over a million people look up how to make their own fidget spinners. If you have ideas, create a blog post tutorial, and record a step-by-step instructional video.

Lunch Packing Ideas

Expected 2019 totals: 1 million+ Searches

Over a million searches, probably by moms, went towards lunch box ideas. How to pack lunches, lunch box recipes, healthier options, and multicultural ideas such as the Japanese Bento Box, the Indian tiffin, and others.

DIY Music Practice

Expected 2019 totals: 2 million +

Over 2 million searchers look up music lessons and tips on Youtube in 2018, and that’s just learning how to sing, play guitar, and play piano. The potential for uncommon instruments may not be high, but you’ll probably compete against fewer video creators.

How to Draw

Expected 2019 totals: 1.5 million +

Another million plus searches go to drawing. Google and Youtube searchers love tutorials on how to draw a rose, a person, a dragon, a wolf, a unicorn, a dog, a Pokemon, and even hair.

Youtube vs Blogging: Why you should think Youtube + blogging instead

Search traffic is vital for blogging survival in 2019 and beyond, and nobody dominates search traffic like Google as a whole. In 2019,:

  • Google Search accounts for 66% of internet search traffic
  • Google Image Search another 22%
  • And Youtube, 3%

Clearly, Google as a parent company of all these properties plus Google maps, and other smaller sites, is a search monopoly. FB, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, Instagram all combined barely make up 5%.

While most bloggers have dabbled in SEO for Google Search to some degree, not many bloggers have taken the massive opportunities presented by visual search.

Most bloggers we talk to today, even those killing it with Google Search and Google Image Search and Youtube, haven’t holistically achieved synergies between their blog content, their images, and their video content for a powerful 1-2-3 punch.

Think about what you see at the very top of the Google Search result page today for virtually any keyword on tutorials, ideas, recipes, and other searches where users expect informational or inspirational results.

Youtube video carousels, Google Image panels, Recipe cards, Featured Snippets w/ step-by-step instructions, and who knows what new interactive results Google designs in the future.

If you want to remain competitive now and in the future, you can’t afford to neglect visual and voice search in your SEO strategy. You have to think and optimize in a more well-rounded way.

Fortunately, it doesn’t mean you have to re-learn SEO all over. You can simply integrate a few techniques into your blogging strategy today, and get more mileage out of your content using all your multimedia assets.

Creative & Lifestyle Ideas

Video Keywords

Youtube Search Volume

How To Make Slime 3,468,000
How To Draw 2,364,000
How To Tie A Tie 1,740,000
How To Make Slime Without Glue 996,000
How To Solve A Rubik’s Cube 696,000
DIY Room Decor 540,000
How To Make A Fidget Spinner 468,000
How To Make Fluffy Slime 432,000
How To Draw A Rose 396,000
How To Make Money Online 348,000
DIY Slime 348,000
How To Play Guitar 336,000
How To Draw A Person 324,000
How To Dance 312,000
How To Draw A Dragon 312,000
How To Make A Paper Airplane 312,000
How To Sing 300,000
How To Lose Weight Fast 288,000
How To Build A Gaming Pc 288,000
How To Make Slime Without Borax 276,000
How To Animate 276,000
How To Tie A Bow Tie 276,000
How To Download Youtube Video 264,000
How To Edit Videos For Youtube 264,000
How To Solve A 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube 264,000
How To Download Music From Youtube 252,000
How To Draw A Wolf 252,000
How To Cut Your Own Hair 252,000
How To Start A Youtube Channel 252,000
DIY School Supplies 240,000
DIY Crafts 240,000
How To Make Slime With Glue 228,000
How To Draw A Unicorn 228,000
How To Draw A Dog 228,000
How To Do A Backflip 228,000
How To Play Piano 216,000
How To Crochet 216,000
How To Hack 204,000
How To Drive A Stick Shift 204,000
How To Meditate 204,000
How To Draw Pokemon 192,000
How To Make Money On Youtube 192,000
How To Draw A Face 192,000
How To Catch A Cheater 192,000
How To Lose Belly Fat 180,000
Dollar Tree DIY 168,000
DIY Fidget Spinner 168,000
DIY Phone Case 168,000
How To Draw Anime 168,000
How To Parallel Park 168,000
How To Draw Hair 168,000
How To Jailbreak Amazon Fire Tv Stick 168,000
How To Play Poker 168,000
How To Get Photoshop For Free 156,000
DIY Clothes 156,000
How To Lose Weight 156,000
How To Write A Song 156,000
How To Do The Splits 144,000
DIY Christmas Gifts 114,000
DIY Camper 108,000
DIY Halloween Costumes 102,000
DIY Desk 76,800
DIY Makeup 70,800
DIY Face Mask 68,400
DIY Christmas Decorations 63,600
Back To School DIY 62,400
DIY Bath Bomb 55,200
DIY Squishy 54,000
DIY Headboard 48,000
DIY Electric Skateboard 45,600
DIY Air Conditioner 45,600
DIY Home Decor 45,600
DIY Bed Frame 40,800
DIY Popsocket 40,800
DIY Aquarium 39,600
DIY Coffee Table 37,200
Dollar Tree Christmas DIY 34,800
DIY Gifts 34,800
DIY Wall Decor 33,600
DIY Balayage 33,600
DIY Planner 33,600
DIY Greenhouse 33,600
DIY Computer Desk 32,400
DIY Eyelash Extensions 31,200
DIY Vanity 30,000
DIY Edible School Supplies 30,000
DIY 3d Printer 30,000
Harry Potter DIY 28,800
DIY Slime Without Glue 28,800
DIY Acrylic Nails 28,800
DIY Wood Projects 27,600
DIY Electric Bike 27,600
DIY Router Table 27,600
DIY Fidget Spinner Without Bearings 26,400
DIY Bluetooth Speaker 26,400
DIY Lip Scrub 26,400
DIY Murphy Bed 26,400
DIY Crop Top 25,200
DIY Soap 25,200
DIY Stress Ball 25,200
DIY Vanity Mirror With Lights 25,200
DIY Jewelry 25,200
DIY Lip Balm 25,200
DIY Fire Pit 25,200
DIY Table Saw 25,200
DIY Notebook 24,000
DIY Bookshelf 24,000
Steampunk DIY 24,000
DIY Candles 24,000
DIY Makeup Organizer 22,800
DIY Fake Nails 21,600
DIY Backpack 21,600
DIY Shelves 21,600
DIY Bed 20,400
DIY Wall Art 19,200
DIY Haircut 19,200
DIY Pencil Case 19,200
DIY Hamster Cage 18,000
DIY Room Decorating Ideas For Teenagers 12,000
Room Organization And Storage Ideas 12,000
Pumpkin Carving Ideas 12,000
Garage Flooring Ideas 12,000
DIY Closet Organization Ideas 10,800
DIY Organization Ideas 10,800
Home Office Design Ideas 10,800
Vegan Breakfast Ideas 10,800
DIY Ideas 9,600
Wedding Decoration Ideas 9,600
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas 9,600
Date Ideas 9,600
Picnic Food Ideas 9,600
Science Fair Ideas 9,600
DIY Storage Ideas 9,600
DIY Storage Ideas 9,600
Card Making Ideas 9,600
Online Business Ideas 9,600
Van Conversion Ideas 9,600
DIY Valentine Gift Ideas 9,600
DIY Valentine Gift Ideas 9,600
Room Divider Ideas 8,400
Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas 8,400
Fall Decorating Ideas 8,400
Keto Breakfast Ideas 8,400
Dining Room Decorating Ideas 8,400
Photoshoot Ideas 8,400
Backyard Landscaping Ideas 7,200
Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas 7,200
Stocking Stuffer Ideas 7,200
Kitchen Backsplash Ideas 7,200
Proposal Ideas 7,200
DIY Garden Ideas 7,200
Christmas Dinner Ideas 7,200
Tool Box Organization Ideas 7,200
DIY Garden Ideas 7,200
Elf On The Shelf Ideas 7,200
Craft Fair Ideas 7,200
First Date Ideas 7,200
Pantry Organization Ideas 7,200
Christmas Village Display Ideas 6,000
Instagram Photo Ideas 6,000
Led Light Strip Ideas 6,000
Lunch Box Ideas 6,000
Cake Decorating Ideas 6,000
Fathers Day Ideas 6,000
Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 6,000
Crochet Ideas 6,000
Halloween Food Ideas 6,000
DIY Home Decor Ideas 5,400
DIY Home Decor Ideas 5,400
Graduation Gift Ideas 4,800
Easter Basket Ideas 4,800

Food & Drink Recipes

Video Keywords

Youtube Search Volume

Salmon Recipe 168,000
Chicken Recipe 156,000
Meatloaf Recipe 132,000
Pizza Dough Recipe 109,200
Shrimp Recipe 104,400
Chili Recipe 103,200
Lasagna Recipe 98,400
Mac And Cheese Recipe 93,600
Bread Recipe 84,000
Ramen Recipe 76,800
Cheesecake Recipe 75,600
Sweet Potato Recipe 74,400
Fried Chicken Recipe 70,800
Brussel Sprouts Recipe 67,200
Palak Paneer Recipe 67,200
Turkey Recipe 64,800
Eggplant Recipe 64,800
Cake Recipe 62,400
Tilapia Recipe 62,400
Pizza Recipe 61,200
Chicken Breast Recipe 60,000
Fried Rice Recipe 60,000
Spaghetti Recipe 58,800
Steak Recipe 57,600
Pho Recipe 57,600
Mushroom Recipe 54,000
Pav Bhaji Recipe 54,000
Chicken Curry Recipe 52,800
Asparagus Recipe 52,800
Falafel Recipe 52,800
Mashed Potatoes Recipe 51,600
Banana Bread Recipe 51,600
Guacamole Recipe 50,400
Pancake Recipe 50,400
Apple Pie Recipe 49,200
Pad Thai Recipe 48,000
Burger Recipe 43,200
Rajma Recipe 43,200
Broccoli Recipe 42,000
Pork Loin Recipe 42,000
Gumbo Recipe 42,000
Ratatouille Recipe 40,800
Biryani Recipe 40,800
Meatball Recipe 39,600
Samosa Recipe 39,600
Chicken Parmesan Recipe 39,600
Kimchi Recipe 38,400
Sandwich Recipe 37,200
Oatmeal Recipe 37,200
Jambalaya Recipe 37,200
Macaron Recipe 37,200
Curry Recipe 36,000
French Toast Recipe 34,800
Orange Chicken Recipe 34,800
Spinach Recipe 33,600
Cornbread Recipe 33,600
Naan Recipe 33,600
Sambar Recipe 33,600
Carbonara Recipe 33,600
Puff Pastry Recipe 32,400
Flan Recipe 32,400
Coleslaw Recipe 32,400
Dal Makhani Recipe 32,400
Stuffing Recipe 31,200
Hamburger Recipe 31,200
Baked Chicken Recipe 31,200
Potato Salad Recipe 31,200
Salsa Recipe 31,200
Biscuit Recipe 31,200
Croissant Recipe 31,200
Butter Chicken Recipe 31,200
Cookie Recipe 30,000
Green Beans Recipe 30,000
Chicken Pot Pie Recipe 30,000
Scallops Recipe 28,800
Hummus Recipe 28,800
Chole Recipe 28,800
Brownies Recipe 28,800
Pizza Sauce Recipe 27,600
Cinnamon Rolls Recipe 27,600
Chicken Salad Recipe 27,600
Chicken Wings Recipe 27,600
Quiche Recipe 27,600
Crepes Recipe 27,600
Philly Cheese Steak Recipe 27,600
Poha Recipe 27,600
Beef Stew Recipe 27,600
Paella Recipe 26,400
Strawberry Shortcake Recipe 26,400
Butternut Squash Recipe 26,400
Khichdi Recipe 26,400
Bone Broth Recipe 26,400
Bbq Sauce Recipe 25,200
Chicken Biryani Recipe 25,200
Chicken Soup Recipe 25,200
Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe 25,200
Waffle Recipe 24,000
Cupcake Recipe 24,000
Oxtail Recipe 24,000
Pie Crust Recipe 24,000
Bhindi Masala Recipe 24,000
Chipotle Chicken Recipe 24,000
Donut Recipe 24,000
Pasta Recipe 22,800
Omurice Recipe 22,800
Kfc Chicken Recipe 22,800
Bok Choy Recipe 22,800
Pesto Recipe 22,800
Pound Cake Recipe 22,800
Okra Recipe 21,600
Peach Cobbler Recipe 21,600
Moong Dal Recipe 21,600
Nachos Recipe 21,600
Chocolate Cake Recipe 21,600
Chow Mein Recipe 21,600
Dumplings Recipe 21,600
Kale Recipe 21,600
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 21,600
Collard Greens Recipe 21,600
Gulab Jamun Recipe 21,600
Keto Recipe 20,400
Hash Brown Recipe 20,400
Macaroni And Cheese Recipe 19,200
Cod Recipe 19,200
Vegan Recipe 19,200
Instant Pot Recipe 19,200
Chickpeas Recipe 19,200
Lobster Recipe 19,200
Pinto Beans Recipe 19,200
Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe 18,000
Taco Recipe 18,000
Puff Pastry Recipe Ideas 13,200

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House of Ideas Team

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The House of Ideas team consists of content creators and editors who write, curate, and share the top DIY ideas, food recipes, and project tutorials.