As a Speech Therapist (SLP) and a business owner interested in SEO, you understand that using the right keywords is crucial for your clients to find your private practice online. However, it can be challenging to know what those keywords are. Honestly, I find keyword research to be the most challenging SEO concept we teach. This blog post will provide you with specific advice on keywords that clients with communication issues are looking for, along with short and long-tail keyword examples for different types of SLPs. 

Keywords for SLPs Specializing in Pediatrics:

Pediatric SLPs need to be familiar with keywords that will help them connect with parents online who may be seeking help for their child’s communication issues. Some short-tail keywords that parents would likely search for include “pediatric speech therapy,” “speech delay,” “late talker,” and “language development.” Long-tail keywords that may be more specific to certain conditions or strategies could be “tongue tie speech therapy,” “autism speech therapy,” “augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) therapy for nonverbal children.”

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If you specialize in stuttering, you may want to focus on keywords that specifically target people searching for stuttering therapy. Short-tail keywords could be “stuttering therapy,” “stuttering treatment,” or “speech language pathologist stuttering.” Long-tail keywords may include “fluency shaping therapy for stuttering,” “stuttering modification therapy,” or “stuttering therapy for adults.”

Keywords for SLPs Specializing in Voice Disorders:

SLPs focusing on assisting individuals with voice disorders need to use keywords that highlight specific voice disorders such as hoarseness, vocal nodules, or laryngitis. Common short-tail keywords include “speech therapy for hoarseness,” “voice therapy for vocal nodules,” “speech treatment for laryngitis.” Long-tail keywords may include “laryngitis speech therapy exercises,” “vocal cord dysfunction speech therapy,” or “vocal therapy for singers.”

Keywords for SLPs Specializing in Dysphagia:

Dysphagia is a condition that affects swallowing, and it can be challenging to find information on therapists that work with patients who have this condition. Short-tail keywords that could help patients find your private practice include “speech therapy for swallowing difficulties” and “dysphagia speech therapy.” Long-tail keywords that may be more specific to certain treatments can be “vitalstim therapy for dysphagia,” “myofascial release dysphagia exercises,” or “McNeill dysphagia treatment.”

Keywords for SLPs Specializing in Accent Modification:

Accent modification is something that many people look for, especially if they are non-native English speakers. Short-tail keywords that people may search for include “accent modification therapy,” “speech therapist accent reduction,” or “accent modification training.” Long-tail keywords may include “foreign accent reduction therapy,” “accent modification for career growth,” or “accent modification therapy for actors.”

Keywords for SLPs Specializing in Autism

Parents or caregivers of children with autism might use keywords such as “speech therapy for autism,” “SLP for non-verbal children,” “language development in autistic children,” or “social communication skills in autism.” Long-tail keywords could include “SLP for children with Asperger’s syndrome” or “communication therapy for high-functioning autism.”

Keywords for SLPs Specializing in Brain injury

Clients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may search for “speech therapy for brain injury,” “communication therapy for stroke patients,” “SLP for aphasia,” or “language rehabilitation after brain injury.” Long-tail keywords could include “SLP for head trauma patients” or “speech therapy for post-concussion syndrome.”

Great SEO Starts With Identifying Keywords

In conclusion, understanding which keywords to use when marketing your private SLP practice is crucial for clients to find your services online. Keyword research is essentially the first step in a well-rounded SEO strategy for your private practice. Notably, by catering to the specific needs and niches of communication disorders, you are more likely to attract the right clients to your practice. You may even want to target keywords that are common questions people ask you. These can help you show up more often in voice search results.

To recap, some of the essential short and long-tail keywords for SLPs include pediatric speech therapy, speech delay, late talker, language development, stuttering therapy, stuttering modification therapy, speech therapy for hoarseness, voice therapy for vocal nodules, speech therapy for swallowing difficulties, accent modification therapy, and foreign accent reduction therapy. Incorporating these targeted keywords into your website, social media, and advertising can help improve your online visibility and attract more clients.

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About the Author, Jessica Tappana MSW, LCSW

As the founder of Simplified SEO Consulting, I have honed my skills in developing effective keyword research strategies over the years. I have a passion for the “game” of identifying relevant and high-traffic keywords that can help SLPs in private practice grow their business. While my background is in social work, I have found great satisfaction in using my skills to help SLPs connect with the clients who need them most. With my team of skilled SEO professionals, we are ready to help you take your private practice to the next level with effective keyword research and other SEO techniques.

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So why is this so important to keyword research? Well, Google is essentially the buffer between you and your ideal client. If Google’s algorithm isn’t impressed by your foundation, then there is no way it will reach your audience. So where do we begin to connect with Google so you can reach your ideal client? Let’s talk about some strategies involved in keyword research.

Optimizing Keywords with Locations

Ideally, when page optimization occurs we want to optimize with the intention of adding in long tail keywords. What this means is that a keyword with 3 or more words is considered a long tail. We may add a keyword phrase such as addressing mental health or anxiety treatment in Tulsa, OK. When you add a location indicator, Google is more likely to find you. Location indicators are better for people to find you on Google than keywords without locations and short tail phrases. So in the case of long vs. short, anxiety treatment in Tulsa will rank faster, than just anxiety treatment. If you ever wonder why your SEO specialist takes this approach to your subheadings and copy, this is a strategy to help you rank better. Once you are ranking very well in your area, then your SEO specialist will branch out to more short-tail keywords because you will likely rank for them better after the initial long-tail optimization.

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When your SEO specialist meets with you, their goal is to draw out common pain points your clients are talking about. What do you commonly hear in your practice and what are the questions you commonly answer? We are trying to see what your ideal client may be looking for. Therefore, when we do our initial keyword research, it’s based on what a client would search for and not what a clinician would be looking for. It’s key to keep in mind that what we think and what a client thinks, especially with the 2 am trauma brain, are not the same. In other words “speak the same language as your ideal client.” Therefore, we encourage you as we talk strategy to really think back to what is happening in your sessions and bring this feedback into your SEO planning calls. Likewise, if you’re doing SEO training on your own with us, take some time to brainstorm common pain points and questions for your own keyword research.

What You Need to Know About Researching Keywords

So as a client or a future client, what do you need to know when it comes to keywords? First, know that when you work with us we will add keywords to alt text, copy, meta descriptions, and subheadings. It’s part of our strategy and it’s meant to help you rank. We understand that there is a dance between good SEO and addressing your clients authentically. If you’re someone who doesn’t like your copy being messed with, then let your specialist know and you together, can find a healthy balance so you can keep your voice and get proper ROI. Ultimately, know you’re in good hands with us and we will get you a ranking.

What Research for Keywords is not

A tip for the future is to remember that keyword research is not about ranking for the most technical terms. We want you to rank for specializations such as perinatal mental health and DBT. These are important components of what makes you a good and effective therapist or counselor, however, you do need to be mindful of your audience. If you’re working with high-functioning medical professionals, then this may be perfectly fine to reach your ideal audience.

However, we commonly talk about the 2 am stress brain. If a parent is looking for therapy for teens and you’re talking about the technical side of CBT, then this isn’t going to turn into a client most likely. Ultimately, we want to find a healthy balance between what keywords are important for you to rank for. Plus we want to find keywords that are what your client is actually searching for. Now that you know the importance of keyword research, check out Jessica’s blog post on where you put keywords.

Keyword Pro tip:

You can use Google Trends if you want to do your own research for your blogs before we go into our optimization. Likewise, using the Google search engine for a topic you want to provide an answer for is very useful.Woman on computer near notebook and coffee doing keyword research. This person has figured out what the best keywords for online counseling pages. To learn more about Simplified specialists role and keywords, continue reading our blog.

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About the Author:

Jasmine is the SEO Training Coordinator and offers free consultations for Simplified’s SEO Consulting on our services. Jasmine is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and recently earned her degree from Northwestern University. She works to help people with a strategy with national rankings, eating disorder specialties, trauma, sports psychology, postpartum/pregnancy/parenting, high achievers, and much more. Schedule a consult soon!