New to Keyword Research? Here are the Best Resources and Tools!
Are you launching a new website or blog and are you not sure how to reach your target audience? Keywords are key and finding the ones that best match your audience’s needs can be quite daunting, especially if you are just learning about SEO. This blog lists 5 keyword research resources and 10 tools that come in handy for beginners.
This section lists blogs and beginner’s guides that explain how to research keywords. I have listed them from old to new (new at the moment of publishing this blog at least), so you also have the latest info.
- The Beginner’s Guide to Keyword Research for E-commerce – Shopify.com
This long blog covers the basics of keyword research for e-commerce. It explains a few basic terms, why keyword research is important, how to brainstorm, and keyword research using Google Keyword Planner.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Keyword Research – Openvine.com
This relative short blog explains what keyword research is, why it is important and how to perform basic keyword research for SEO.
- The Beginner’s Guide to SEO [Chapter 5 Keyword Research] – Moz.com
Moz.com has written an entire eBook of ten chapters about SEO, and one chapter focuses on keyword research. If you are new to SEO in general, this eBook (also available in PDF) may be a good read. It has been read more than 3 million times already!
- How to Decide Which Keywords to Use: Keyword Research for Beginners – Shivarweb.com
This blog offers an overview of the writer’s SEO keyword research process so that beginners can learn from it. It includes brainstorming, using tools, looking at the search results, and quality assurance. The author uses many screenshots to clarify his story.
- How To Do Keyword Research Like A Pro [Even If You Know Nothing About SEO] – Bloggerspassion.com
This long blog explains what keyword research is, why it is important, and how to do a proper keyword research like a pro. It also suggests using several tools, some of which are mentioned below.
This section lists 10 tools that experts frequently mention when they talk about researching keywords.
- Google Keyword Planner
Free to use, widely used.
Gives you details of search volume, number of competing pages, the average cost per click, related keywords, and many more details.
- Long Tail Pro
Quickly gives you a list of all the long-tail keywords for any seed keyword you enter.
Imports your keywords from Google Webmaster Tools and analyzes them to give you suggested topics and keyword idea to rank well on search engine results
- Moz Keyword Explorer
Provides accurate monthly search volume data, an idea of how difficult it will be to rank for your keyword, estimated click-through rate, and a score representing your potential to rank. Suggests related keywords for you to research.
Reveals thousands of long tail keywords with Google, Wordtracker, YouTube, and Amazon keyword data. Saves your keyword lists, filters them and finds the keywords you need for every page.
- Yoast Suggests
Uses the Google Suggest functionality you know from searching in Google. Finds the keyword expansions Google gives and then requests more of them.
- Google Trends
Allows you to compare the traffic for sets of keywords. Even offers the difference for numerous geographical regions.
A long-tail keyword research tool that shows you trend, search volume, CPC, and level of difficulty in results.
- Keyword Tool
Uses Google Autocomplete data to create its database of long-tail keyword suggestions.
Source: Business 2 Community