The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

Webbiquity

Despite some misleading chatter to the contrary, SEO is not dead , and keywords still matter. And of course, keyword stuffing, as an SEO tactic, is long dead. But keywords (more precisely, keyword phrases) still matter in the sense they reveal searcher intent.

Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?

Biznology

Over the course of the podcast, David wondered out loud why more marketers don’t consult keyword data when writing and editing content. Even the tech people are confounded by the sheer variety of data they need to integrate to take full advantage of keyword data in marketing activities.

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10 secrets to research the best SEO keywords

Biznology

Researching the best SEO keywords is an essential part of your online strategy, that is, if you want to be seen. Before slapping content up on a website, be sure you’ve done your keyword research. Besides the basic keyword rules , here are more tips for your SEO: 1.

How to Generate New Keyword Ideas

KoMarketing Associates

Lately, there has been a bit of discussion within the SEO industry around the idea of keywords and whether or not they still matter. When you are talking about search, of course keywords still matter. Which brings me to the point of this post: How to generate new keyword ideas.

The 100 Most Expensive Keywords on Google [Infographic]

Hubspot

Google has many different sources of revenue, but one of their most noticeable is the ads that appear next to search results for specific keywords. If you've ever wondered what the most expensive keywords on Google are, then look no further than the infographic below from WebpageFX.

Six Expert Guides to Dealing with Keyword (not provided)

Webbiquity

In late 2011, Google began redirecting users who were signed into their Google accounts to the encrypted (https) version of the search engine, beginning the keyword (not provided) era. Google Webmaster Tools Search Query Data is Accurate (and Valuable) by Search Engine Watch.

10 Valuable SEO Resources: Keyword Research, Tools, and Local SEO

Webbiquity

As noted here last week , ranking highly in search requires writing great content, making smart use of Google Webmaster Tools, and building or earning high-authority backlinks. How can you identify the highest-value keywords for your content? SEO Keyword Guides and Tools.

Google to Encrypt ALL Keyword Searches: Say Goodbye to Keyword Data

Hubspot

Yesterday, Search Engine Land reported that Google has made a change aimed at encrypting all search activity -- except for clicks on ads. This means marketers won''t even be able to get keyword data for searches conducted by users who aren''t even signed in. Why, Google.

Why Not To Care About Google (Not Provided) Keywords

Fathom

The share of infamous “not provided” organic keyword traffic in Google Analytics is increasing, to the tune of nearly 75% as of mid-September, as noted by the website Not Provided Count , which tracks the average percentage of withheld keyword data across 60 websites.

How do you replace Google Site Search?

Biznology

I’ve gotten a flurry of phone calls recently because Google has announced that they are withdrawing their popular Google Site Search product, which many companies—even large ones—have been using as their website search engine. The post How do you replace Google Site Search?

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Keywords Matter, Keywords Don’t Matter – How To Make Sense of SEO Evolution

Act-On

But keywords are an even better example. Are keywords dead? There are several articles about keywords being dead on pretty much every website that covers SEO. Most of those articles come to one of these conclusions: Keywords aren’t dead. Keywords are dead.

How To Prioritize Your List of SEO Keyword Research

KoMarketing Associates

Last year Casie wrote a post on how to generate keyword lists and ideas. The objective was to provide resources and tactics for coming up with as many keyword phrases as possible around a particular topic. Prioritizing Your Keyword List.

Can content written for print position well in Google?

Biznology

Print content can easily be optimized for Google –it just needs to be built into the process. Yes, you still see evidence of key phrase-stuffing, despite Google’s best efforts to make it go away. Plus, Google specifically goes after keyword-stuffing.

Are you using social media for search keyword research?

Biznology

Google took away your keyword data. If you’ve used only free tools, you might be wondering how they can help you with search keyword research. If you aren’t using social listening in your search keyword research, ask yourself why.

The Revenue Focused SEO Keyword Strategy For B2B Marketers

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Keyword performance is difficult to predict. With limited keyword data available it’s often a guess as to which keywords will generate revenue. In this post we present a way to measure the value of keywords and content marketing performance in terms of revenue.

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Google AdWords Keyword Insertion: The What, Why & How

Hubspot

If you have ever run a Google AdWords campaign , you know how overwhelming maintaining an account can be. Luckily, Google has many features and tools that make managing campaigns easier and more successful. This seemingly magical feature is called keyword insertion.

Are Keywords Market-Shares?

Biznology

I’ve often told clients using my SEO services that the number of keywords they’d use in their websites would influence sales volume. But many still want only very few keywords taken from the very many that are actively searched for… Are Keywords Market-Shares? I’ve often told clients using my SEO services that the number of keywords they’d use in their websites would influence sales volume. long-trail keywords, and such. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

RIP Google Keyword Tool – What to Use Instead

Vertical Response

No need pop the bubbly for this retirement: Yet another beloved Google Tool has been axed in its prime, (anyone remember Google Reader ?). The Google Keyword Tool has long been the standard for anyone in the SEO, SEM or content spaces, but early this week we received news that Google pulled the plug on the Keyword Tool. Google has a nice post that explains the differences between the two tools. Ubersuggest – This is a keyword powerhouse.

11 (of the) Best SEO Tools and Keyword Research Guides of 2012

Webbiquity

With its progression of benignly named yet ferocious algorithm updates (Farmer, Panda, Penguin), Google continues, in its efforts to battle webspam, to confound and make life more difficult for legitimate SEO professionals and their clients as well. Keyword Research Guides and Tools.

2 Challenges to Keyword Collaboration

Biznology

I used to think our book, Audience, Relevance and Search was the only book that emphasized basing your whole marketing and communications enterprise upon keyword data. That was until I read the second edition of Vanessa Fox’s Marketing in the Age of Google. Image via CrunchBase.

How to Pick Effective Keywords [VIDEO]

Vertical Response

In this installment of Tips in 2, our video series of helpful, two-minute small business marketing tips, Chipper Nicodemus, SEO Specialist at VerticalResponse , shows you how pick effective keywords for your blog post or your web page.

Five Expert Guides to SEO Keyword Research

Webbiquity

Though Google’s move to keyword (not provided) has changed analytics and eliminating the Keyword Planner tool has impacted SEO practices, keywords still matter. Fortunately, tools and methods for keyword discovery and analysis have advanced as well.

Facebook ads vs Google adwords: 7 key criteria to decide

Biznology

Google and Facebook accounted for almost 100% of all the growth in U.S. Google and Facebook are predicted to make $106 billion from advertising this year—almost half the world’s digital ad spend. Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average.

Your keywords suck and are outdated

Biznology

Google is amazingly painfully literal and only gets smart and clever when and if it can’t find relevant results that satisfy its customers immediately and easily. Another example is a service I offered which cleaned bad search engine results off of Google.

Select the Right Keywords for SEO Success

Biznology

An entire SEO campaign is based on the keywords that are chosen since they should be incorporated into every piece of content that is published as part of an online marketing campaign. Not conducting keyword research means that business owners are just getting in their own way.

3 Keys to Modern Keyword Research: Update Your Strategy and Tools for 2017

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Nate Dame Though it might make for a catchy, clickbait title, keywords are not dead. As long as people use words to communicate with search engines, keywords will never die. The first step to a modern keyword strategy is understanding the user intent behind target keywords.

Five good reasons to ignore Google

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Google is holding us back. Think about how much of what we create, and how we create it, is influenced by Google’s rules (or what we know of them). When is it time to just ignore Google and go for it? When you’re huge You know who can ignore Google?

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Free Keyword Research and Landing Page Tools for Paid Search; Google Adwords Campaigns

NuSpark

Google Adwords has some great tools for keyword research, but missing are many tools that can help build strategic keyword lists and ad groups.

24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity

Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? Then again, the average Facebook user spends nearly seven hours per month on the site—compared to just three minutes for the average Google+user. So what makes Google+ special?

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How to Create a Content Calendar for Better SEO

B2B Marketing Insider

Content Marketing Search Marketing content calendar google keyword planner keyword research SEO trending keywordsIf you’re still producing content on a whim, then good for you! At least you’re producing content.

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Why you should consider centralizing your search keyword lists

Biznology

Last month, I wrote about 2 challenges to keyword collaboration. Among other things, I argued for the importance of developing a corporate keyword database for digital marketers. Keyword collaboration isn’t just important for digital marketing. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

How Will Google’s Latest AdWords Changes Affect You?

Fathom

Google is making a big change to exact match keyword targeting in AdWords. On Friday, Google announced an additional change in the way exact match keyword targeting will work for search ads. This isn’t the first time Google has changed the scope of exact match, though.

8 Keyword Research Tools for Search Engine Marketing in China

KoMarketing Associates

When I am thinking of a keyword research project, I like to think of it like fishing. It’s the same with keyword research – you have to cast a wide net to find the right “fish.” Though Google is a global giant, it’s banned in China. Baidu Keyword Planner.

An SEO?s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords

Act-On

If I had a penny for every time a client asked our agency to focus only on the most searched, highest volume keywords in their industry I’d be a very rich woman by now. We’ll discuss methods to research based on the funnel stage, specifically bottom-of-funnel keywords in today’s blog post.

Putting Google’s ‘not provided’ Keyword Update in Context

Fathom

We saw it coming that Google would eventually secure all keyword data in Google Analytics from the inception of ‘not provided’ keyword data in October 2011 and in the more recent inflation of the percentage of keyword data that was withheld in ‘not provided.’.

Where Keywords Fit Into the Future of SEO

Hubspot

"What''s in a keyword? Will Keywords Not Matter? Of course, "quality" means different things to different people, but I''d argue that at a basic level, focusing too much on keywords is a bad thing -- it can actually cause quality to suffer. Signs of the Keyword-pocalypse.

How To Use Google Trends To Improve Your Keywords and Content

MLT Creative

Keyword research is no longer the king of the SEO world. Creating loads of worthless content with your b2b company’s top keywords stuffed into it will now hurt you way more than it could ever help you.

How to Do Keyword Research: A Beginner's Guide

Hubspot

While Google''s kept us on our toes with all those algorithm changes they keep rollin'' out , one thing has stayed pretty consistent for inbound marketers looking to optimize for search: keyword research. Well, needing to do keyword research has stayed the same.

Building Your SEO Content Strategy: How to Pull Insights from Google Keyword Planner

Fathom

Keyword research is a core fundamental of any SEO content strategy. By doing so, it makes it more likely that search engines like Google will show your website when a user makes that particular search. Often subtle changes in keyword phrasing can make a huge difference.

How to Figure Out What Keywords Your Potential Customers are Using

Hubspot

At the center of those pieces are keywords. But when I - as an Inbound Marketing - am putting together campaigns, strategies, and content calendars, I'm often asked, How can you tell people are using or searching for certain keywords? So, What is a Keyword? Thanks, Google.