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8 free keyword research tools for SEO (that beat their paid alternatives) - Search Engine Land

8 free keyword research tools for SEO (that beat their paid alternatives) - Search Engine Land


8 free keyword research tools for SEO (that beat their paid alternatives) - Search Engine Land

Posted: 18 Jun 2019 12:00 AM PDT

If you Google for a list of SEO tools, you'll see there are almost 200 options on the market now.

All of them differ in features, amounts and sources of data, and, definitely, prices. But which of them do you really need? And, most importantly, do you have to fork out hundreds of dollars a month, or is there a way to cut the costs?

Today we'll explore 8 of the best free keyword research tools. Each of them best fits a specific keyword research task and does the job no worse than their paid alternatives.

  1. Rank Tracker

To find the most ample list of keyword variations and analyze their SEO profitability.

When to use:  

Your best SEO keywords are often not the most obvious ones. To find real keyword gems, you need to dig out all the possible variations from multiple data sources.

And this is where Rank Tracker comes in especially handy with 23 different keyword research tools inside it:

  • Suggestions from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Amazon;
  • Google Ads Keyword Planner and Google Search Console integration;
  • Database of all SEO keywords your competitors rank for;
  • Long-tail keyword and question generator;
  • Popular misspellings and permutations;
  • And more.

Using the tools one by one, you get the most ample list of keyword ideas. More to that, you can analyze the keywords' traffic potential and check how fierce their SEO competition is. This lets you focus the SEO efforts on what takes the least effort to bring in the most traffic.

Free version:

Even though the tool has a more feature-rich paid version, the 100%-free version is absolutely enough for keyword research. It lets you use all the research tools and analyze the keywords' traffic potential.

  2. Google Search Console

To discover "low-hanging fruit" traffic growth opportunities for your current keywords.

When to use:  

Google Search Console is the place to analyze your current SEO keywords with their average Google positions, impressions and CTRs.

Looking through this data is a great way to find unexpected SEO shortcuts. For example, if your URL currently ranks on page two or three, Google already considers it pretty relevant for the keyword. And the URL might need just a little SEO boost to storm onto page one and start bringing you a lot more traffic.

Or you might notice that some of your page-one ranking keywords underperform in terms of clicks (have low CTRs). A little tweaking of their SERP snippets or adding the Schema markup could work wonders here.

Free version:

Google Search Console is free to use.

  3. Google Ads Keyword Planner

To decide which keywords to target with SEO and PPC.

When to use:  

For some keywords, low ad bids make it reasonable to simply purchase keyword clicks with PPC. For others, overly expensive clicks mean you need to win over the traffic with SEO.

So, before starting out any search engine marketing campaign, you need to split your keyword list between SEO and PPC targeting. And the best place to look for the needed data is, obviously, Google Ads Keyword Planner.

The tools shows you search volumes, cost-per-click data, advertiser competition and seasonal traffic fluctuations, all in one place. And it even lets you estimate the prospective PPC spends in your niche.

Free version:

The tool is a free one. However, keep in mind that unless you are already spending enough money in Google Ads campaigns, your search volume analysis is limited to ranges (rather than exact search volumes). And you might need another tool (like Rank Tracker) for more precise search volume analytics.

  4. AnswerThePublic

To find popular questions for featured answers and voice search optimization.

When to use:  

With Google's ability to better understand natural language, searchers got used to phrasing their queries as questions rather than separate words. And with the rise of voice search, the trend got even further.

Making your content answer exact searcher's questions is one of the key aspects of your voice search success. Plus, question based content has a bigger chance of squeezing into Google's featured answers or the so-called "position 0" results.

The quickest and easiest way to find popular questions related to your business niche is AnswerThePublic – a no-brainer tool that combines your main keywords with various question words (like who, what, why, etc.).

Along with questions, you will also get a handful of "preposition" keywords (when your seed keyword is combined with another word via a preposition) and "comparisons" (like "your keyword vs another keyword").

Free version:

AnswerThePublic is free to use.

 5. Keyword Tool Dominator

To find keywords from Amazon, Etsy and Ebay.

When to use:  

The way your customers search Google differs from the way they search Amazon. In fact, they Google for places to shop at, and search Amazon for the goods they shop for.

So, for you as an Amazon vendor, it isn't going to be quite enough to simply research SEO keywords for Google. You need to have your listing optimized for Amazon search and Amazon keywords just as well.

A nice tool to dig through the Amazon database is Keyword Tool Dominator. The only thing to keep in mind is that there's no way to check Amazon's search volumes. What you get is a plain keyword ideas list.

Free version:

Without a paid license, you can only make three requests to each of the databases (eBay, Amazon, Etsy) a day.

6.  Google Trends

To find the right keywords for your local business.

When to use:  

Quite obviously, user search patterns differ between countries. But, more surprisingly, the trends also vary considerably from region to region.

Google Trends is here to help you identify city/location specific search volume variation. Just have the tool compare two synonymic queries to see how misleading a country level keyword analysis could be for a local biz.

For instance, according to Google Trends, even though "personal injury lawyer" is the most popular search request throughout most of the US states, in Tennessee and New Mexico you're way better off when optimizing for "personal injury attorney".

Another no less important use-case is tracking down your keywords' seasonal fluctuation and being able to reliably predict how this or that keyword is going to perform in it's high and low seasons.

Free version:

Google Trends is free to use.

7.  Google Correlate

To pull unexpected keyword ideas from adjacent niches.

When to use:  

When thinking of seed keywords for your business, most probably you've already listed the most obvious ideas. Say, it comes as no surprise you flower delivery shop should target all kinds of "local florist" and "roses delivery" variations.

But Google Correlate helps you look at your keyword list at a new, unexpected angle, identifying the words, whose seasonal interest fluctuations correlate with that of your main keywords.

For the flower delivery example, our main keywords are in correlation with other female present delivery services: chocolate delivery, dipped strawberries and so on. And even if those have nothing to do with your biz, you can probably utilize them in content targeting for holidays like St. Valentine's Day.

Free version:

Google Correlate is free to use.

8. Keywords Everywhere

To analyze keywords while you're browsing.

When to use:  

Keywords Everywhere is a free browser add-on, which lets you analyze keywords while simply browsing Google, Bing, YouTube and other websites.

Whenever you start typing into the search box, search volumes are added to all the keywords you see in Autocomplete suggestions. On the SERPs themselves, a box with new keyword ideas is embedded on the right-hand side of the page, so that you can fill in your keyword list without actually leaving Google.

Free version:

Keywords Everywhere is free to use.

These are the tools to always keep at hand

There's hardly any SEO task more important than keyword research. Whatever goals you have, and whatever business you run, picking the right SEO keywords lays the basis and adjusts the direction of your SEO campaign. So you'd better make sure to pack your SEO toolset with a few of these free and easy-to-use tools.

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How to Use Competitors Keywords to Make More Money - Search Engine Journal

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:00 AM PDT

This is a sponsored post written by SE Ranking. The opinions expressed in this article are the sponsor's own.

Keyword research is tough and tedious.

Finding the best-performing keywords that generate steady revenue – the so-called "golden" keywords – is even harder but once you find them, it's like striking an oil well.

There are various ways to do the keyword research – from collecting semantics manually to using tools such as Keyword Planner or Keyword Suggestion tool.

But if you want to find the best-performing keywords with a proven history of success, you might consider looking at your competitors' semantics.

It could well be that the "golden" keywords have been already discovered and all you need to do is to use them for your own benefit.

In this article, we'll talk about how to find and use competitor keywords to generate the best results from your SEO efforts as well as some other ways to use competitor semantics.

How to Find 'Golden' Keywords Using Competitor Research

Let's illustrate the process using Competitor SEO/PPC research from SE Ranking. The steps here would be as follows:

Step 1: Evaluate Paid Semantics

  • Enter the list of your known competitors or use the tool to find the top 10 in your niche.
  • Check the keywords those competitors are using in their Google Ads campaigns.
  • Review the advertisement history and pick the keywords that your competitor has been using to run campaigns for a long period of time. This is an indicator that the keywords are successfully performing – otherwise the competitor would not be blowing their PPC budget on them.
adverts
  • Repeat the third item above for all of your main competitors.

Valuable tip: Also check "common" and "missing" keywords to enrich your semantics with a cluster of keywords that work.

top paid competitors

Step 2: Evaluate Organic Semantics

The approach here is similar to what we discussed in the previous paragraph with the exception that we are going to review the competitor keywords that are at the top of the SERPs.

The dynamics in organic search is much slower and not representative.

  • Collect a list of your main competitors.
  • Select the top-performing keywords.
  • Create your main semantics deriving data from all of your main competitors.

Step 3: Merge Keyword Data from Paid & Organic Semantics

This step brings together the information you found in two previous steps. This is your oil well that is going to fountain out with "golden" keywords.

  • Take the list of keywords from paid semantics data.
  • Add the list from the organic data research and find the keywords that are also present in the paid semantics list.
  • The keywords that are present in both paid and organic lists are the best-performing keywords that your competitors are using to bring highly-converting traffic to their sites!
Golden Keywords

Valuable tip: Use common sense and logic. Your competitors aren't always smarter than you. Apply your own knowledge and judgment when working on creating your semantic core.

How to Develop Best-Performing Content Using Competitor Intelligence

Competitor intelligence is a whale of information that could be used in enhancing and optimizing the landing pages that you already have. Or for creating brand new landings developed for specific lead-generating campaigns.

To find those ideas employ the following approaches:

Use Competitor 'Keywords with Potential'

Those are the keywords that your competitor is under-using but can potentially yield great results for you.

For example, you found competitor pages optimized for certain keywords that rank in the 20th to 25th positions that are very relevant and Google seems to be liking them – but something is missing in terms of search intent or content quality.

Review these pages or resources and enhance or create similar content optimized for those keywords on your site.

Use Keywords with Low Search Volume

Those kind of keywords are relevant and targeted for you but have a low or medium level of search volume. Such keywords might become a ground for your growth.

How to Find Them:

Remember the "golden" keywords that are found where the paid and organic semantics merge?

Look again in the advert's history as well as data collected from organic competitor research and pick the keywords with low and medium search volume. Then create content based on this intelligence.

How to Avoid Errors & Mistakes Using Competitor Intelligence

Paid and organic competitor research data are lifesavers in the costly world of SEO.

Don't Use Keywords That Your Competitors Dismissed

Google Ads is great at driving quality traffic to your resource. But it's also a costly channel, especially if you're trying to find the best performing ads with a hit-or-miss strategy.

A smarter way would be to analyze the history of your competitors' ads. Here you will see what keywords they played around and dropped as the ones that didn't bring results needed.

paid keywords

Be careful, though: your competitors are not necessarily always correct when dismissing keywords. However, it can be a good indicator. Just be cautious and avoid falling into the same trap.

Save money – create better campaigns.

Don't Use Keywords That Google Treat as a Missed Intent

When doing competitor research, you might find good keywords that don't generate as much traffic as anticipated.

For instance, you detected a strong competitor page that is nicely optimized for the keyword of your interest but it's stuck in the 30th position in the SERPs.

This might mean that Google understood the user intent differently and didn't rank their content as initially expected.

So carefully evaluate what keyword the content has been created for and avoid replicating the same tactic.

Do Keyword Grouping

Competitor intelligence is a great way to find "golden" keywords, discover new ideas that can potentially boost your revenue, and avoid errors.

However, you should never blindly apply competitor intelligence to your site. Your competitor site might be suffering from keyword cannibalization or poor site structure.

One way to straighten your strategy and avoid errors while discovering new ideas for optimization and content development is to do keyword grouping.

How to Do It:

  • Take the competitor semantics that you've collected while running competitor research.
  • Copy-paste the list of keywords into grouping tool and run the grouping.
  • Analyze the clusters to discover search queries that match the same website's URLs that are in TOP-10. Use this knowledge to develop a better content strategy.
  • Keyword Grouper from SE Ranking also checks the keywords search volume which helps you to decide what would be the best way to distribute them across the website pages.
keyword grouping

Conclusion

Hopefully the tips and techniques listed above have provided you with valuable information.

Curious how you can derive and apply competitive intelligence in creating the best-performing marketing campaigns?

Just sign up for a free trial and see for yourself the kind of magic you can do by simply analyzing your competitors' data.

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