Top 10 Google's Free Tools for Keyword Research

Top 10 of Google’s Free Tools for Keyword Research

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Choosing the just the right keywords for your site is truly the key to successful SEO. They define your whole Internet marketing campaign – it revolves around keywords. Thus, if you really want to hit the bull’s eye with your SEO efforts, performing a thorough keyword research is where you’d start.

There is a gazillion of keyword tools out there that help you research keywords from various perspectives. But today we’ll talk about free Google tools that allow you to get valuable keyword intelligence without spending a penny. Some of them you probably heard of, while some names might not ring a bell. In any case, the more keyword research methods you use, the better targeted your search terms will be. So, it won’t hurt to add these Google keyword tools to your SEO toolkit.

Here’s the best top 10 lists of Google’s Free Tools for Keyword Research.



1 – Goolge Adwords Keyword Tool

This keyword tool is well-familiar to most SEOs and Internet marketers. It was initially intended to assist Google Adwords advertisers with getting the highest-paying keywords for their PPC campaigns. And it has become a truly indispensible source of keyword ideas for almost every SEO professional.

The app will suggest keywords based on the initial list of search terms you provide or based on your website’s content. It will also tell you the competition rate for each keyword, as well as the number of searches it gets on Google per month.

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A keyword’s search volume (aka search popularity) may vary depending on the match type you specify. The tool offers 3 match types – broad, [exact] and “phrase”.

- Broad match will bring you all the phrases that contain your keyword plus synonyms. For example, “designer sunglasses” will be considered a synonym for “designer shades”.

- Exact match will show the number of searches for an exact term, excluding synonyms or longer phrases with that keyword. For instance, it will tell you how many times the exact phrase “designer shades” was looked up on Google.

- Phrase match will also include longer phrases that contain the initial key phrase you specify. For example, ‘buy brand-new designer shades’ and ‘designer shades in different styles and shapes’ will be considered matches for the phrase “designer shades”.

Google Adwords Keyword Tool also groups suggested keywords into appropriate categories, which helps you easier find the ones that are more suitable for your website.

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2 – Google Suggest

You must have seen this many times. Once you start typing a search term on Google, you get suggested how to complete your key phrase. These suggestions are not random – they are based on popular terms people search for on Google. To get some unique keyword ideas for you site, start typing your initial keyword and copy the suggestions that appear. You can make a screenshot and convert it into a different format later. Or you can simply write down suggested keywords on a piece of paper – up to you.

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The downside of this method is that it’s not very convenient to switch between windows and programs or to take notes manually. Besides, you have to type in each keyword that you want to get ideas for.


3 – Related Searches

The Related Searches section on Google is yet another valuable source to tap into for more keyword ideas. Related searches normally appear at the bottom of a page when you google something up and look like this:

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To get even more out of the Related Searches section, hit the More search tools link in the menu on the left and choose the Related searches mode. This time, an extended list of related searches will get displayed at the top of search results:

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Besides, each of these prompted terms is clickable. If you click on it, a list of keywords associated with this particular term will be produced. Thus, you get an almost never-ending string of keyword ideas.

Besides, the Related Searches method can also be used inside Rank Tracker, if you choose.


4 – Google Wonder Wheel

Google Wonder Wheel is yet another option you can use to get more keyword tips. It is located right below the Related searches button in the All results menu. Wonder Wheel is a way to graphically present keywords that are related to one another. It is not much different from the Related Searches option, but presents data in a more fun and refreshing way:

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The wheel in the center contains your initial search term and is surrounded by related terms. If you click any of those associated keywords, another thematic wheel will appear, with the word you clicked on in the center. This method allows you to easily group words into thematically-related clusters and makes your keyword research easier, not to say, more fun.


5 – Google Sets

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Google Sets is a not-so-well-known keyword app by Google that produces sets of things based on the initial terms you enter. You can choose to get suggested a large or a small set of related terms. But even after it has been generated, you can opt to grow the set or shrink it.



6 – Google Trends

Google Trends allows you to see how the popularity of different search terms changes over time. It reflects seasonal fluctuations in certain keyword’s search popularity, and allows you to see which one of your targeted keywords is looked up more often in comparison with a synonymous term. It basically helps you predict seasonal traffic changes and prompts you when a keyword becomes more or less “trendy”.

Besides, it will show what countries certain search terms are most popular in. You can get info on up to 5 words within one single graph that allows you to easily compare them.

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Please, note that the table does not show exact search volumes of words. It shows the relation to one another and uses the first keyword you enter as a starting point.

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Another valuable insight this tool provides is top 20 most searched for terms on the Web. This way you can define hot topics to write on and discover keywords that will help you optimize your site or blog for Google News.


7 – Google Trends for Websites

Using Google Trends for Websites you can see how the amount of traffic to a particular site changes over time, what other sites those who visit the site you’re analyzing also go to, and what related keywords they look up. The app provides the following statistics:

- The number of visitors to your site and seasonal traffic fluctuations
- The websites those who came to your site also visited
- The keywords those who came to your site also looked up
- The countries your visitors came from

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This way you can analyze traffic to your own website or get insight into what’s going on your competitors’ sites. Not to mention this tool is sure to bring you some totally unique key terms your target audiences really search for.


8 – Google Insight for Search

Google Insight for Search is quite similar to Google Trends but provides a wider range of analytical data.

It also shows how keyword trend change over time, tries to predict searchers’ behavior and displays search tendencies in different countries.

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It gets you the following statistics:

- Relative popularity of up to 5 search terms and how it changes over time
- Top 10 most popular related searches
- Top 10 fastest-rising searches
- Top 10 countries where the search term is most popular
- Search popularity forecast for 1 year

Before you analyze your keywords, you can set a certain region, timeframe and the span of the Web (Web Search, Image Search, News Search, Product Search) you would like to get analytical data for.


9 – YouTube Keyword Tool

Nowadays a lot of Web marketers employ YouTube immense capabilities to promote their businesses online. YouTube Keyword tool will pinpoint the most popular terms that YouTube users search for. It is very much like Adwords Keyword tool. You can get keyword ideas based on (1) the initial list of keywords you specify, (2) you video’s URL or (3) different user parameters that you specify, such as, age, gender, geographical location, interests, etc.

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Just like with Adwords Keyword tool, you can see how many searches a term gets per month. Again, beware of different match types that may influence search popularity statistics.


10 – Google Analytics

And, finally, good old Google Analytics. In case you are just starting a website and do not use Google Analytics yet, you might not know what I’m talking about. Google Analytics is a popular free Web marketing tool that allows you to track your site’s performance and provides diverse analytical data regarding your site.

It also shows keywords that visitors actually used to arrive at your website. Such data is helpful for 2 reasons:

- You can see what keywords on your site bring the most direct traffic
- You can get some more keyword ideas you might have been missing out on

In order to see keyword-related statistics, go to Traffic Sources in the left-hand side menu in your Google Analytics, then choose Search Engines and add the Keyword column to the analysis table.

The continued growth of the Internet has shown that the medium is here to stay. Accordingly, employing social media marketing and search engine optimization to reach prospective clients through the Internet has become increasingly important to a successful business strategy. Internet marketing service through means like SEO is an indispensable tool that can be used to suitably market products online. Without an Internet marketing strategy, your company runs the risk of losing revenue and market share.

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Jrplaza is a blogger, wannabe-web designer/web developer and the founder of always10list from Manila, Philippines. He is a Cookie Monster to be exact.

  • http://www.ajibanda.com/ Aj Banda

    well, I’ve heard most of these, but I never tried some of them.. might look at them when I have time, thanks for listing JR! :)

  • http://geekworldnews.blogspot.com/ Geek World News

    yes you are right aj banda

  • http://www.facebook.com/metalpig Metalpig Nad

    Also heard most of these free tools for keywords research, but actually use few a few of them. With your list and explanation, I might try them all…  thanks!

  • Lisapatb

    Love the wonder wheel, will be trying that one out, thanks for sharing great info.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZNY6SZAXUMAXWXRABG7DW2ZFA Bad_wolf

    adword keyword tool is my first and foremost tool even if the data shows the searches for the previous month. Nevertheless you can always cross reference it with other tools.

  • lauraine superbowl

    Excellent pieces. Keep posting such kind of information on your blog. I really impressed by your blog.

  • Celine Francisco

    thanks for sharing these tools for keyword research!! i’ve tried Google Adwords, the wonder wheel, related searches, but would like to try the others too.. :) btw, what’s your suggested combination of keywords? I’ve read from an SEO book about combining low-competition, medium-competition, and a little of high-competition keywords. Do you have a suggested routine in keyword research to make the most out of a certain niche and to get great results?

  • http://www.romelo.com/ R.O.M.

    sometimes, having too many sources of data can be confusing to simple people like myself but it is always nice to know that the tools are out there for us to use if we want to…

  • http://twitter.com/ValerieDeveza Valerie Joy Deveza

    nice
     list..
     i
     havent
     heard
     about
     google
     sets
     before
     but
     wonder
     wheel
     is
     one
     of
     my
     favorites
     :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/silkenhut Allen Michael Gurrea

    I have used a few of these tools but I could use some more! thanks for sharing! :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614445166 Matsumoto Chan

    Oh thanks! I’m familiar with some of the tools but the others…I saw here first time…will make use of those when making my posts…thanks again!

  • dimaks

    I have been using at least 2 of the tools you mentioned but from now on, I think I am going to add Google wonder wheel and YouTube keyword search tools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamkaitlinross Jaymee Sajenes

    I am just starting to learn about seo and this post will really help me.. thanks for this post

  • http://twitter.com/diureticsOTC Healthy Options

    Its cool to learn that the adwords keyword tool isnt the only tool available for keyword research! I have been personally using market samurai but it sucks now.  :( 

  • http://www.herbertkikoy.info/ Iam Herbert

    Im using their keyword and Trends most of the time and they did really well. Great list JR

  • http://thevirtualonlineassistant.com/ Nica, Virtual Assistant

    This is a great collection of tools. I haven’t even heard of Google Sets before, definitely worth checking out. By the way,  I don’t see wonder wheel in some of my search results. So weird.

    My fave tools are Insights and the Adsense Keyword Tool. I’ve also used Google Suggest and Trends.

    Great post!

  • http://raketermama.blogspot.com/ Chrisair

    really informative will try that wheel, haven’t notice it before

  • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

    Nice list. I don’t know about the other ways I only use Google Adwords keyword tool but not until now. Thanks!

  • Lexi Fernando

    First time to read about the Wonder Wheel. Checking it out, thanks!

  • http://jiromie.blogspot.com/ Jerome Ibuyan

    Google Wonder Wheel- first time to hear about it. Although I don’t do keyword research most of the time, but I find the popular Adwords and Suggest, helpful. They’re easy to use. Maybe I should try that wonder wheel, too. =)

  • http://nessmercader.tumblr.com/ Ness Mercader

    Wow! I felt so naive reading your post. I realized that i still have so much to learn. Very good write up. Thank you for sharing this to us.

  • Robi Marapao

    This post deserves a bunch of thumbs up! Great list you have here, Jr. I still have to learn more from you articles that you keep me hooked up with your other lists here. :D

  • Jerwel De Perio

    Thank you very much for the tip. These could help me very well to increase my traffic. I guess? :D

  • Teresa Martinez

    This is one post which bloggers cannot afford to ignore. You have provided very informative and useful information.

  • http://twitter.com/ronniedare ronleyba

    YouTube keyword tool is sometimes being forgotten by marketers. It’s one of the best out there .

  • http://lacesandtiaras.blogspot.com/ Eunice

    These are absolutely useful tools. I’ll start using other tools because I’m only familiar with Google Adwords & Google Suggest. I didn’t know also about YouTube’s keyword tool.

  • Maria Gemma Defeo-Hilotin

    Bookmarking this!! Sometimes, I just leave that part of asking keywords, blank! Lol! Thanks!

  • http://www.jevelme.com/ Jevelme

    I am using Google wonder wheel and it’s useful. I’ll try the other tools too. Thanks!

  • Justin Queyquep

    Thanks! Sometimes we forget the point of everything. :)

  • GilCamporazo

    What I’m using is Google Analytics and the rest I’ve no idea. I’m not very particular with these so-called “keywords” I just write a blog and prospective advertisers just send me an email, telling me that they want me to post their links to my site. After I did their terms and conditions I receive a payment.