Tools and Resources for Keyword Research

By Daniel Scocco

Researching keywords is an important activity for website owners and bloggers alike. Often times, however, people are not sure about what tools to use. Below you will find a list with my favorite resources for this purpose.

1. SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool

This is tool uses the Overture (Yahoo! Search Marketing engine) to produce estimations of monthly search volume.

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Basically it gets the number of monthly searches reported by Yahoo! and divides it by two to find the MSN results and multiply it by two to find the Google results. It is a versatile tool because apart from the estimated search volume, it also brings links to several other tools and queries.

2. Google Trends

Google Trends allows you to compare the traffic levels of search queries along the time. You can insert up to five search queries, and the results can be filtered by region and time span.

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This tool is particularly useful when you are working with a limited number of keywords or terms, and when you need to see the evolution of the traffic related to each of these keywords.

3. Wordtracker

Wordtracker is a paid service ($300 yearly or $30 weekly), but it comes with a free trial tool which can be used after registering on their website.

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The advantage of Wordtracker is that come with extra featured, including a keyword thesaurus and lateral search terms. You can use this tool, therefore, when you are not completely sure about the keywords you will be targeting.

If you want a more complete coverage about the many keyword research tools available on the Internet you can read a post on SEO Book titled “SEO & PPC Competitive Analysis & Keyword Research Tools.”



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27 Responses to “Tools and Resources for Keyword Research”

  • Vijay

    Apart from the Keyword suggestion tools, domain name suggestion tools are something that I use.. Do you use any specific method in order to research domain names for purchase?

  • Vikram

    I have been using the Google trends and Word Tracker at times, but I didn’t know about the SEO BOOK TOOL. It seems pretty good as it sums up results from a lot of sources.

    Excellent tool, I should say! Once again Daniel excellent info! Thanks!

  • Daniel

    Vijay, I will write a post about it, here is what I use in short though:

    ajaxwhois.com
    instantdomainsearch.com
    http://www.bustaname.com

  • Roberto Alamos

    The overture tool has been discontinued many months ago (therefore keyword suggestion tool too). In fact results for the US market
    are from January 2007, results for the Japan market are from April 2007 and results from the Brazilian market are from May 2007. As you can see, all of them outdated.

  • Dave

    Thanks for the tip. I’m trying to fine tune the old music site with some new keywords. New music is kind of touch.

  • Brian

    The screen shot is helpful to see of SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool.

    Looks like that needs to be added to “my toolbox”. Great tip.

  • Vikram

    Daniel

    I see on the FeedBurner Counter that you have 3651 subscribers! It was over 7000 couple of hours ago!

    Whats happening? Some kinda glitch??

  • Etienne Teo

    Vikram, its the feedburner sickness. You drop on your widget, but it still reads as 7000 on your own account. This is not the first time.

  • William Profet :: OneJobTwoSalaries.com

    Here’s my suggestion:

    http://www.43things.com/

    May be it is strange, but here you can find thousands of keywords and phrases rated by popularity…

  • Daniel

    My other blogs are also reporting weird numbers on the Feedburner widget.

    I guess it is temporary.

  • Vikram

    Oh yes its a glitch!

    Its just showing almost half the number of Subscribers!
    Darren has also written a post about it!

    Phew! Thats scary! I have never seen it before!

  • Daniel

    Roberto, good point.

    I will need to take a look on Google’s resources as well, they have two good keyword suggestion tools.

  • William

    Great Post. Been looking for tools like these.
    http://online-money-makers.blogspot.com/

  • Terry Billups

    Some other good tools can be found on Mikes-marketing-tools.com. I use the keyword tracker and page rank tool all the time! All on my site http://www.OrlandoCondo411.com

  • Rodelio Lagahit

    hayyyy.. a new blogger her.. how i wish i can learn this stuffs fast for me to rank my site i.e. http://www.careerclub.com.ph

    ok.. any tools to check my sites inconsistencies with the desired model to hit the mark?

  • Rodelio Lagahit

    guys,

    my problem is this, im using joomla and everytime i write an article i include my meta like description and keywords on it the the article. so in short, copy past my meta to the article meta option.

    am i doing the right thing?? it seems everything is getting worst..

    btw, how long would seo took effect?

    rodel
    http://www.careerclub.com.ph

  • Daniel

    Rodelio, meta tags are not that important for search engines anymore.

    URL, post title and keywords in text should have a higher value.

    Also, keep in mind it might take several weeks before you see the effects of changes.

  • Rodelio Lagahit

    yha i had this keywords checked and when i used free keywords check it seems that my keywords keeps on repeating and repeating again. dont know what to do next.. already checked the configuration and don’t find anything…hayyy.. can anyone help me out how to work with joomla and how to optemize it?..

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  • siva

    sorry,other site gives irregular order of keyword list payout
    go to this site
    you get optimum result:

    http://keywords2you.blogspot.com/

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    Brilliant tools, i use them alot. Helped me a ton when getting my keywords in order.

  • Internet Marketing Network

    A good way to get keyword suggestions is to use Google Adwords keyword tool. First, you need an Adwords account. Then start a new PPC campaign for your site and use the keyword tool to find not only keywords that people have searched on but also their relative popularities.

  • medyum

    Its just showing almost half the number of Subscribers!
    Darren has also written a post about it!

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