10 Best Keyword Research and Suggestion Tools for SEO Specialists

While creating a high-quality content with real people in mind is essential, it will be foolish to ignore keyword research and SEO. Doing keyword research is like a seasoned fish monger casting his net at the right time and at the right place. If you are not using the right keywords: short-tail or long-tail, you can be selling yourself short on your potential success.

The good news is that there are a bunch of useful keyword research tools for handling your daily workflow in content marketing. In this article we will look at my 10 favorite keyword research tools for making the process less time-consuming and more efficient.

#1. SE Ranking Keyword Suggestion Tool

SE Ranking is by far my favorite keywords suggestion tool as it’s not only giving me  the new keyword ideas and variations, but also groups thousands of keywords within minutes to distribute the keywords efficiently throughout the pages.

Also, with SE Ranking you will get a list of short tail and long tail keywords filtered by popularity with a single-click.

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The tool has more than 2 billion unique search queries and an internal database is getting updated on the monthly basis. I also like their user-friendly interface.

Just enter a keyword or a list of keywords (one per line), choose the language, the source and get search results based on the detailed statistics: monthly search volume, KEI, competition, the number of search results, etc. Fast and effective!

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#2. Keyword IO

Keyword IO allows you to get hundreds of keyword suggestions free. Just enter a target search query, choose a specific country for search, click the button “search” and get an overview of possible keyword suggestions, keyword trends and top 10 search results from Google.

What I really like is that keywords are listed clustered in long-tail and alphabetic order. You can easily pick relevant keywords and export the list of keywords, but only after free signup.

A simple and intuitive interface helps you show all relevant URLs for entered keywords and visualize the relevance of terms based on TextRank and TF•IDF.

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#3. Google Trends

Google Trends helps you compare the popularity of keywords, shows which keywords are growing in popularity on the market and find out the top keywords in the niche.

For example, let’s compare two keyword phrases: “sewing machines USA” and “sewing machines”. It turned out that no one searches for the phrase “sewing machines USA”, just because it sounds unnatural.

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Google Trends is a free indispensable tool. But I really like to combine it with Google Keyword Planner what helps me get the most accurate estimate of search volumes.

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#4. Wikipedia

 Wikipedia is an awesome source of getting contextual keywords. Wikipedia is a gold mine of LSI keywords. It is simple to use: just enter a keyword and view the results on the page.

For example, for “keyword research” I discovered a bunch of contextual keywords. Moreover, you will discover a lot of useful information in your niche.

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Wikipedia is also a good way to search for industry terms, jargon and slang in your niche. Just make a good list, save it and use in your content marketing activities.

#5. Soovle

Soovle is a free keyword research tool that provides autocomplete suggestions from different sources: Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, Bing, YouTube, Answers.com. Just enter a keyword and choose your source.

Make sure that Google is the default, you can easily change it by clicking one of the suggested sources.

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Soovle doesn’t offer the most advanced keyword suggestions that can make sense for your blog. If you want to get unique keywords, you need to choose paid keyword suggestion tools like SE Ranking, KWFinder, etc.

#6. KWFinder

KWFinder is an easy-to-use long tail keyword research tool that brings perfect keyword ideas with a great interface. The tool helps you dig into local keyword research, so you can target your keywords by country, state or city.

It shows not only long tail keyword suggestions, but also trends, search volume, CPC and level of difficulty in search results.

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#7. Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest is a free keyword tool that provides you with keywords that are not available from the Google Keyword Tool. It is really simple to use: just enter a keyword, a language, a source and click “Suggest”.

The tool helps you generate a list of keywords that can be a saving grace for the busy SEO specialists.

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The best thing that I like about Ubersuggest is the way that it filters results for letters or numbers. You can also search shopping, YouTube, images and news.

#8. Google Correlate

Google Correlate is a great keyword tool, but often overlooked. Google Correlate doesn’t work well for key phrases, but if you enter a single keyword, you will get pure dynamite LSI keywords.

You just enter a keyword and the tool does all the work for you.

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#9. Keyword Discovery

Keyword Discovery is a free search term suggestion tool that gives a list of general and long-tail keywords for SEP and PPC marketing goals.

The keyword data is gathered from different toolbar browsers and over 200 search engines.

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You won’t detect the same keyword data anywhere else unless someone is using your API. To use the tool, just enter a keyword and click “Search”. The tool generates the top 100 search terms for your core keyword.

#10. Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner is a primary tool when starting a new website. It is my best friend to grow and produce more and better content.

This is the best place for keyword research that provides a comprehensive and targeted list of keywords. In addition to the keyword list, you will get average monthly searches, competition, suggested bid, etc.

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Just simply enter a keyword or keywords into the search box and you will get everything in a clear and concise manner. Together with search terms, you will get many other ideas. Some of them will work, some won’t. You will never know when you will find a gem.

Have you ever used any of these keyword research and suggestion tools? Which tool has been the most useful in your content strategy? Please leave your comments below.

7 Must-Have Tools for PPC Managers

While the digital world can be highly changeable, some things remain the same. One of those constants is that PPC is still a primary profit generator, and a lucrative way to monetize. When you look at the methods of the highest earning websites across the web, what is often at the very top of their earning strategies? PPC.

If you are looking for a way to optimize your own website for higher earning potential, these tools are must haves.

Ringostat

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Ringostat is an intelligent call tracking tool that increases the performance of the advertising and optimizes business workflow.

Ringostat multi-channel report shows the sequences of interactions that brought the user the phone call. With this type of reports Ringostat clients see how previous referrals and searches contributed to their sales, what traffic sources were the first in the consideration process and what sources ultimately converted the user into the lead.

Moreover, these reports show the number of visits from each advertising channel. The call log allows to evaluate the efficiency of advertising campaigns and properly re-allocate the advertising budget. Showing the source of each phone call up to a keyword level, it helps to determine the campaigns that really generate calls.

Obviously, you can glean a lot about your customer base this way, which can really help you with ad planning. It is expensive, but worth it if you have a decent sized business.

Adwords Editor

Nothing is as frustrating as having to manually go in and edit a bunch of different campaigns in Google AdWords. So your best bet is to make it possible to mass edit and make changes faster.

Adwords Editor gives you the power to do that. It is a super simple tool, maybe so simple it doesn’t seem like it would be that helpful. But it is…oh, yes, it is.

Keyword Planner

Keyword Planner

Speaking of Google, have you used their Keyword Planner yet? If not, you are insane. This is hands down the best free research tool on the web.

You can find the best keyword combinations and monitor your campaign progress, making changes along the way until you have the best possible keywords targeted. Start using it, and thank me later. If you are already using it, use it more. Then thank me again.

Answer The Public

This is a great secondary keyword research tool to use in addition to Google’s Planner. You can generate questions related to your business, and come up with some awesome target phrases. Plus, it is free.

This is out of the usual scope of PPC tools, but is still really valuable and can inform your strategy later on.

SERPstat

How do you keep a leg up on the competition? Spy on them, of course! This tool is a handy little app that will do the detective work for you.

You can find out what keywords they are targeting, how much they are spending on campaigns, and a lot more. Sometimes knowing what the other guys are doing is the best possible way to improve your own efforts.

Trello

Trello is kind of my collaboration and project management tool of choice. I use it for everything from professional projects to personal ones.

I find with PPC campaigns it is a great way to organize keywords, track data, and make future plans. Especially if you are working with a team that needs to stay involved.

Adwords Scripts

No one really likes spending all the time needed to run an effective PPC campaign. It takes ages, and so much energy.

These scripts written by BrainLabs automate several of the tasks that take up the most time. Every one of these is a lifesaver, and you should implement them immediately.

Have some tools to add? Let us know in the comments!

How to Monetize Your Blog Like a Pro

Last year, celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton (Mario Lavandeira) earned an astonishing $15,000 in daily income, as his website gained a value of $2.66 million. Tech Crunch, starting out as a blog, has become a viable brand, worth $10.82 million.

Blogging has become an industry in itself. Once upon a time it was a platform for personal journalling, but over the years blogs have gained legitimacy, visibility and power on the web and beyond it. As you can see, one of the changes has been the fact that you can make real money blogging, even without becoming a major information powerhouse.

If you have thought about monetizing your website, here are some tips to help you get started.

Get Your Toolbox in Order

Whichever method (or methods) below you pick, the key is to use the right tools to organize the process well. Here are just a few good ones to consider:

  • Google Analytics is a necessary evil for properly monitoring your traffic sources
  • Register an account at ShareASale. That’s an affiliate marketing network that will connect you to quite a few cool programs
  • If you are going to be creating and selling a product or a service, make sure to use a sales management platform to organize leads properly. Salemate is a good affordable option

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Don’t Begin Right Away

This is an unpopular opinion with some, but the truth. It might seem like a good idea to immediately start trying to monetize a blog you’ve just started. But in the beginning you won’t have any traffic to drive profit.

The exception to this rule is if you already have a viable brand and are expanding it to include a blog for engagement and social marketing. In which case the traffic will come from your initial site, and monetizing right away makes sense. If not, focus on building that blog before you think about making money from it.

Join AdSense

Google AdSense is an important tool for anyone seeking to monetize their website. They provide both text and image ads, and usually the image ads attract the most attention and lead to the most clicks.

Of course, this is dependent on your traffic, as most people will not click through to ads. But the payout is decent, it adds up over time, and they are a trusted source for such a program. Other ad programs exist, but none come as highly recommended.

Use Affiliate Programs

Affiliates are going to be one of your greatest sources of income. Whether someone is promoting your product, or you are promoting someone elses, even small payouts will lead to a decent payout over time.

The more momentum a program gains, the more passive income you will start to make. You would be surprised by the numbers and the way they build after the first six months, and especially after the first year.

You can also offer your blog to companies of products you commonly buy and enjoy. Many will pay several hundred dollars for a solid review on a well established site.

Don’t forget that for both affiliate links and sponsored reviews you should use a proper disclaimer not to lose your readers’ trust and to be in-line with the US laws (and Google).

Optimize Your Search Ranking

You have to come up high in a search if you want to bring in the traffic that will inevitably up your income. Here’s a helpful checklist to get you started.

Since no one goes to the second page of Google, you have to have a good market share on certain keywords, and optimize your blog using that data. Invest in market research to find the best keywords that you can use, both long and short tailed, to improve your SEO.

Open a Shop

Having a shop only works for some people, as often a niche won’t really apply to a product series very well. But even selling mugs to those who might want to help support your site can be beneficial.

Try and create products that relate well to your niche, however, and don’t be afraid to take advantage of inside jokes and references that you have built with your followers over time.

Release an Ebook

Ebooks are big, and they have plenty of uses. They don’t bring in a lot of money, however, which can be a problem unless you have the status in your industry to be able to charge a higher price for a download.

Most people will offer them cheap or free, and use it to improve their visibility and draw people to their blog, thereby improving their other income possibilities. It will ultimately depend on you.

Example: The Lost Girls knew that and wrote an excellent book about their travels that has gotten great reviews. Both ebooks and self publication are potential routes for this goal.

Become a Speaker or Consultant

Are you now fairly well known? Have some street cred in your niche? Then start using your blog as a platform for finding guest speaker or consulting opportunities. You can earn thousands doing this.

Offer Freelancing Services

Your blog can act as a kind of portfolio, showing off your writings skills, nature and passion. That makes it a great opportunity to attract other people who want you to write for them.

Occasionally you will want to write a free guest blog post to promote your site. But otherwise you can offer your writing for pay, advertising yourself both through your blog and on sites like oDesk.

Start a Class or Series

Want something a little more hands on or creative? Then why not run a class or webinar series from your blog? People will pay good money for a well organized class, and you can offer the world your knowledge while improving your own financial stability. Everyone wins.

Udemy is the perfect place to start an online course and you can sell it through the platform too! Another great tool is Google Helpouts.

It might seem like a heavy task, and too good to be true. But you can genuinely turn your website into a profitable one, even if it takes time. You just need to know how to do it. Here are some tips and tricks for people who have managed to boost their regular traffic and are now looking to capitalize on that growing popularity

To get inspired, see this list of indie blogs that pay for a living.

Have some tips for monetizing your blog? Questions? Let us know in the comments