We all want to have our content ranked first on Google and other search engines as Bing/Yahoo as well.
But how can we do that?
How do we “convince” google that our post (or article) is worth being on the first page? With millions of websites, blogs, articles on the internet; Is it still possible to rank first on google?
The answer is: Yes, it is.
There are seven simple steps to obey. In this article, we won’t go through all 7 though.
We are going to cover only one important step and that is how to choose the best keywords for SEO.
(You can check the seven steps as well if you are interested.)
One of the most crucial factors when it comes to SEO is the properly chosen keyword.
So, how do find keywords for a website?
The easiest way is to use a tool, called a keyword research tool. There are many such tools available these days.
But first of all, let me explain the phrase “keyword”.
The keyword is not just a single word. In fact, it is a structure of few words which makes sense.
With the voice search, it is becoming more and more common to use short sentences.
That means, instead of searching for a term like “Start Online Business” we might rather use “how to start an online business”.
As an example let’s take a look at this long keyword.
Note the suggestions that Google offers:
These suggestions underneath our Long Tail Keyword, are based on what people look for. Few of these keywords make perfect sense for my next article and I want to know which one would be the best.
What do I mean by best?
I want to use such a keyword on my website that will trigger the traffic and at the same time, I want to make sure that there is not too much competition.
How do we check the number of competitive websites that show in the search engines using our specific keyword?
– Manually, by typing the phrase in the search engine and counting how many sites are out there.
Well – Don’t Worry I am just kidding! 🙂
There are many available tools for how to check the competition and not just the competition.
By using a good keyword research tool (I use Jaaxy) you can also find out how many times people type that keyword into a search engine bar. In other words, you can check the average number of searches that the keyword received per month.
You will find many keyword tools out there. I am aware of at least 15 great Keyword Research Tools.
We won’t go through all of them though.
I just have prepared a shortlist of 6 keyword research tools that you can take a look at and try. Then decide which one you like the most.
Keyword Research Tool(s)
By using such a tool you will be able to pick a specific keyword and thus you can increase your traffic by 20-50% over a few months.
As you already have noticed, it is essential to use great keywords. The question is how do I know which keywords are the best to use? What parameters I should be looking at?
Good KW research tool provides you with certain types of data or parameters. Based on these data we can easily determine whether we are about to use a “good keyword”, or we want to choose a different one, but still related to the initial keyword. Let me explain;
Here is an example of the KW Research tool I use (this one is called Jaaxy), so you can get a better conception. I have used the keyword (phrase) “business online”.
You see that besides some numbers, we get also other phrases related to the initial keyword. These are generated automatically by the tool itself.
This tool gives us more suggestions that might get better results compared to the initial Keyword, we came up with in the first place.
Looking at the numbers we might feel a bit confused at first, but don’t worry about it at this point. The screenshot is taken from the Keyword Research Tool called Jaaxy, and we will talk about Jaaxy later – down below.
What Makes KW Research Tool a Good KW Research Tool
Good KW research tool provides you with the following parameters:
- Average search per months
- Number of competitive sites which are triggered by that phrase
- Potential visits to your sites if you are at 1st page of search engines
- Overall keywords quality indicator
- List of suggested keywords that are similar to that one you just typed
- Related keywords to your targeted keyword
- Option to save the list of your favorite keywords
- Availability of domains that are related to your keyword
The thing is, that not all the available keyword research tools are able to generate all these parameters above.
Let’s go to check the most common keyword tools. Some of them are free, some of them are paid. But even the paid ones you can try for free (there are like 30 searches available.)
1. Google Keyword Planner by Google Ads
Google Keyword Planner of GKP, is for free.
First of all, you need a Google Ads account. If you do not have one, just click on the link and proceed as requested.
If you ever tried PPC (Pay-per-click, also known as cost per click – CPC) with Google Ads, you are familiar with this tool. You most likely even tried the Keyword Planner.
(As a side note; When you use Google Keyword Planner, you get data directly from Google, which is very useful, I guess – right? 😉 )
Google has recently updated their platforms, so when you want to get into the Keyword planner, after login in, just follow simple steps: -> Planning -> Keyword Planner
You have then 2 options:
Find new keywords OR Get Search Volume and Forecast.
For sake of simplicity we focus on the 1st option: Find New Keywords. (We decided to have a dedicated post to GKP only).
By Entering our KW we will get into the Keyword Ideas.
So we see the results such as Average monthly search, Competition, or Top page bid. The Average monthly search gives us the popularity of KW during the year. As you can see it is a pretty wide range – not a really accurate number. There is a trick on how to get more specific data out of GKP (Google Keyword Planner).
How about the column with Top page Bid information.
That is the amount people are willing to spend on ads. A higher number means a more lucrative keyword. That means that advertisers are willing to pay more than $48 for a word like “online business ideas”.
If you would like to learn more about GKP, you can go to check my article dedicated to GKP only. You will also learn some exciting tricks on how to get much more detailed data out of the GKP.
2. Google Trends
Google Trends is not exactly a keyword research tool. But it gives us suggestions and most importantly, we see whether the keyword is becoming more popular or less over time.
Actually, you can even choose the location in the world and check the popularity of that phrase. Add a similar phrase to see which ones are more popular in the specific country/region.
Scroll down and you see the specific location where your phrase popular is. Also, you have some keyword suggestions to check.
Again, all these results are coming directly from Google, so you can’t go wrong with that.
By comparing 2 similar keywords (KW) you clearly see which one makes better sense to go after.
As a tip – You are probably already aware of the fact that YouTube is the 2nd most popular Search Engine. Having said that you might appreciate the option in Google Trends – YouTube Search:
Soovle is a very easy-to-use tool for Keyword ideas. You can get new ideas when it comes to similar keywords.
Have you noticed I misspell the Soovle word? I just could not remember the proper spelling. I only knew that it has something to do with solving and that there is double “o”.
And – Google found it for us 🙂
Type your Keyword, and you will get results in several Search Engines simultaneously. You get a nice overview right in one place:
You can now click on one of the phrases and you will be directed to the specific website/Search Engine, as you would search for that specific keyword inside the same website/Search Engine.
You can save your favorite KW in Saved Suggestions and then call it out. Soovle remembers the save keyword phrase, even after you leave the Soovle website.
You can even download your KW list as a CSV File.
As mentioned, very easy to use, so no more explanation needed. And to me using Soovle is also fun.
The downside is that you will not get enough parameters about specific keywords as you will get out of GKP or Jaaxy.
Jaaxy is an uncomplicated and easy-to-use Keyword Research Tool.
You type your Keyword inside the Jaaxy and it automatically gives you 20 different search results, based on your original KW.
That gives you more ideas, and what is most important you see how well you will rank since the tool determines the difficulty of competition (remember we have talked about above).
What I love about Jaaxy is that all results you have in one place as per the screenshot below.
Let’s mention only the most important data Jaaxy gives us:
Avg: This is the average number of searches that the keyword receives per month.
QSR: Stands for Quoted Search Results and this number gives a number of competing websites using the very same keyword – very important information, right?
So basically you want to have a large Avg (ideally above 100) and low QSR (below 100). You can get more familiar with Jaaxy in this dedicated post.
5. Alphabet Soup Technique
I am sure you are already familiar with the Alphabet Technique. Maybe not by this specific term but the technique I am about to share with you is very common.
It is a great and very simple way to get ideas for keywords. And we have shortly touched on this technique at the very beginning – remember the suggestions that Google gave us?
Well to get the most out of these suggestions, we can proceed systematically.
What I mean by that:
We take our phrase “Online Business” and we start adding letters A, B, C, D … in front of the phrase.
- Online Business + a
- Online Business + b
- Online Business + c
- Online Business + ab
- Online Business + ac
We can even start to add the letters after the phrase.
- a + Online Business
- b + Online Business
- c + Online Business
- ab + Online Business
- af + Online Business
Some of them will not make sense, but eventually, you will get tons of ideas like the one where I typed AF “phrase”:
My personal favorite is not exactly the Alphabet technique; rather I use the keyboard “QWERTY…” technique. To me, it is a little bit easier.
- Online Business + q
- Online Business + w
- Online Business + e
- Online Business + r
- Online Business + t
Last but certainly not least let’s not forget about Ubersuggest.
This is a free keyword research tool. It was obtained by Neil Patel in February 2017 for something over $100,000. That is just a side note.
What I probably like the most about this keyword research tool is that you can even choose the region. If you do for example a business worldwide using also another language than English, then this is the easiest tool you want to use.
But let’s stick in the English speaking environment 🙂
Ubersuggest gives you 2 different results right in one place.
First of all, you see the search results over the last 12 months. You can determine whether people search more for that specific keyword or the tendency has decreased.
Right below you see the Keyword ideas. These are suggestions for you and they are based on what people type in the google sear bar. Besides that you several useful data:
- Trend – This is the search volume of that keyword over the last 12 months
- Volume – this is a number of how many searched this keyword has per month
- CPC – or Cost per Click is the average cost if you wanted to run a google ad and you want your ad to be visible
- PD – or Paid Difficulty is estimated competition in paid search. the higher number there is, the more difficult the competition is
- SD – SEO Difficulty. This is also estimated competition but in the organic search. Again higher the number the more competitive website there are for that particular keyword
I suggest you check out the ubersuggest by yourself. It is pretty easy to use and there are many interesting features that will help you with the proper keyword selection.
There are of course other tools you can try. What comes to my mind, there is, for example, Moz Keyword Explorer. It is considered a very powerful tool, but you have to pay for it. I believe there is a 30-day free trial.
SEMrush is also a great tool but again a bit expensive. If you have a full-time income from an online business you have probably already thought about getting the SEMrush.
But if you are still not very familiar with Keyword Research I suggest starting with the free tools. Go ahead start to do some keyword research and soon you get that feeling that you know what you are doing.
It is very important to use the “right” keyword within the content. In order to have that done, it is recommended to use a keyword research tool.
We have covered a few of them. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, feel free to find out which is your favorite tool and use it.
I can’t help myself but I have a feeling that I might have missed something. I leave the comment section below open, so you are welcome to ask me questions or if you feel like share your ideas as well.