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Free Keyword Search

Free Keyword Search

If you’re starting out, or even if you’re smart with your money, you’re going to be always searching for free or a good deal on programs and products. Part of becoming a millionaire is sound financial management.

Discovering which keywords you can use to direct relevant traffic to your site is one of the essential skills you can develop. Some platforms and techniques will help you discover keywords. Others you will need to buy.

But if you’re like us, we prefer free. You need to weigh the costs of saving money versus the cost to accelerate wealth. We started out using free tools, but quickly decided the power of some programs outweighs the cost. It’s a trade-off that you get to choose.

Strategy for Finding Free Keyword Search

There are several steps you need to take in finding keywords that work.

Are you trying to capture a specific product or phrase? 

For example, if I am doing a review on a program like Wealthy Affiliates, I start specifically on searching for keywords that involve the specific product name. Otherwise, I may do research on a phrase that I am going to write a blog – like this one “Free Keyword Search”.

What tool can I use that is free? 

When I am starting out, Google AdWords and the keyword planner is easy to start. It’s super powerful and helps with traffic determination. If you aren’t familiar with Adwords, Google provides tools to advertise. The tools help you enter keywords and determine the traffic and costs of those keywords. It’s an excellent tool to do research.

Here’s a link: Google Adwords

But even with Google Adwords, it’s important to understand what to research. Here are some tips that may make it easier for you.

What are some keyword tips?

  • Use proper grammar and normalized words: “How to become a millionaire” is much better than “How millionaire become to”. Even if it looks like there are low competition and strong monthly traffic, chose proper phrases or language patterns
  • Find keywords that are generating less than 1,000 monthly hits to start – honestly I start usually less than 100. I know what you’re thinking. Why not go after the big keywords? Unless you have the website traffic, you just won’t rank for a long, long time. But if you take low competition and fairly low monthly traffic the compounding effect ranks you up much faster. After a short time, you’ll have more traffic on your website than trying to do the big monthly hit.

Finding the Right Keywords

If you have an idea, like “blog writing”, do a search called Alphabet Soup. Google provides hits as you type. If you start typing “blog writing” Google gives you a hit of other searched keywords. See the example below.

Next, do an actual search. Take a look at the competition on the first page. If you find pages like “WikiHow”, you probably have a good chance of ranking. If you find the first page to be a very high traffic websites pass. The cost will be high. We keep doing research. Don’t be tempted, keep focused on your initial strategy.

Long-Tail versus Short-Tail

Short-Tail keywords are short structured phrases – “blogging.” Long-tail keywords are longer – think sentences, for example: “How to blog and make money”. The long-tail keywords and getting a platform to research free keyword search allows you to rank higher. When people do searches like “How to blog and make money” you know exactly what the person is searching for and can direct specific traffic to the person’s needs. It’s very powerful when building content to target key needs of a search.

Free Versus Paid Tools

When you are doing a free keyword search, here are the critical metrics to track:

  • Average Monthly Hits
  • Estimated traffic if you’re on the first page
  • Competing Websites
  • Competitive Score
  • Available website domains

One of our favorite platforms is Jaaxy. There is a free version; we use it when we do research. We’ve upgraded, but it’s a good start when you’re being to build out your website or marketing strategy. The online world

 

Conclusion

Finding the right keywords can mean more traffic to your website than you can dream. But choosing the wrong means the difference between spending your valuable time developing content that no one will find. What you write is important.

My recommendation, spend time doing your research. Here is a Review for Jaaxy.

Click Here to go to Jaaxy

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JB

28 Comments

  1. Helen

    That’s a great explanation of how to use keywords with some very useful tips. There is so much information to take in when starting out as an internet marketer, but learning how to optimize keywords from the start is a very useful tool.

    Reply
    • JB

      Thanks Helen. When people start out, it one people make their first mistakes.

      Reply
  2. Andy

    Great post!

    I use Jaaxy for keywords and I have been really pleased with it, it provides all the relevant information you need such as competition and number of searches.

    Reply
    • JB

      Jaaxy is excellent! It’s worth to upgrade as well.

      Reply
  3. Stewart Bibby

    Adwords is one tool I haven’t used at all and I think now that I may head over there and see about that. Right now Jaaxy is my choice, but I know a lot of people swear by adwords.

    Reply
    • JB

      Adwords is definitely a tool to consider using. Jaaxy is great. Adwords helps you if you want to pay for advertising at some point. You can cross reference both, but Jaaxy is excellent for keyword research.

      Reply
  4. Eugen

    Hi JB,

    Thanks for the tips. Personally, I love to do research recommended by niche site project. The method is called KGR (Keyword Gold Ratio) and it works perfectly with a browser free plugin called keyword everywhere. Basically, you look for the keyword up to 250 monthly searches and then you check the competition by adding allintitle: before it. If your competition/search ratio is less than 0,25, you are good to go and likely to hit the first spot. It is a great way, recommend you to check it out.

    Eugen

    Reply
    • JB

      Awesome Eugen, I’m going to research KGR.

      Reply
  5. Christen

    Very helpful tips on free keyword searching! I use Jaaxy myself, and also Pinterest, believe it or not haha. I do like to compare between platforms though, so I may start looking into Google AdWords a bit more. Thanks!

    Reply
    • JB

      Thanks, Christen. Jaaxy really is one of the best tools. I like Google Adwords keywords when I find I need advertising, or just managing a budget. The more information the better.

      Reply
  6. Danny

    I’m so glad you decided to refer to Google Keyword Planner. It definitely gets overlooked by a lot of people but it brings up some awesome data. Another FREE way of researching your keywords is just using Google Search manually. You can look at the autocomplete to see what the most commonly searched related keywords are, and you can check to see who is actually ranking well for certain keywords too and from then on try and outdo them. Do you ever do this?

    Reply
    • JB

      Danny, great advice. Yep, I tend to do a lot of research on keywords. I use Jaaxy extensively, then I manually check. Jaaxy works pretty well, I tend not to use Keyword planner as much unless I’m doing advertising. Jaaxy and Manual. Thanks for the question.

      Reply
  7. Lev

    Brilliant write-up. Thanks for laying it out in a way that was so clear and easy to follow. I agree with going after the lesser searched keywords with the least competition. I also check the 1st page of the search results page for a particular phrase to make sure there are not a lot big brands that take the majority places. But if there are mostly blogs, then I go for it. I’ll have a look at the free trial of Jaaxy now. Thank you.

    Reply
    • JB

      Lev, great addition to the tips. Checking the first page for competition is key. When I see “WikiHow”, in the first few pages, I know I can rank quickly. I see the first page take up with high traffic sites, I change keywords. 

      Reply
  8. Darren

    Its great the way you have explained keywords in an easy to understand way.

    I never realises that when you enter a search phrase into he google search bar that the various phrases that are in the dropdown bar are actually phrases that people have also typed into search for the same topic.

    This can give you a great insight into what to include in your article. 

    Jaaxy looks really good by the way! 

    Reply
    • JB

      Jaaxy is my go to keyword search. I do manually check, and a good rule of thumb, check both Bing and Google. 

      Reply
  9. Kenny

    Hi and thanks for the thought provoking article. It’s true that when you first start out it’s great to only target tools that are free. As you progress and start to make a little money then you can invest in low cost tools to help your business. Even then I think that the most legitimate tools for success should not cost too much. The ones asking for stupid prices are normally the upsells and scams. Thanks, Kenny 

    Reply
    • JB

      You’re spot on! If you’re paying too much, then you’re getting scammed, in my opinion. 

      Reply
  10. Kevin

    Keyword research is really important for when you start out or even when you have experience. Beginners need low competition keywords to rank higher and expert marketers need to know the specifics of who they’re targeting and what people are searching. 

    Definitely some great tips here. I actually didn’t know too much about long-tail versus short-tail keywords. Very informative!

    Reply
    • JB

      I’m glad I can help. 

      Reply
  11. Isaiah

    Ni JB,

    Thanks for the information on where one can find free platforms for keyword search and the advantages of long tail as opposed to short tail keywords. This post has also helps in the area of managing finances online, and taking time to do research is also a good way to make good use of time and finances.

    JB, I am wondering if there is any entirely free keyword search platform online?

    Thanks
    Isaiah

    Reply
    • JB

      Great question. Jaaxy free is pretty comprehensive. Otherwise, it’s a combination of manual and keyword planner. With the free Jaaxy, you also get competition, which in my opinion is one of the most important features. You can sign up for free Jaaxy here.

      Reply
  12. Isaiah

    Hi JB,

    Thanks for the information on where one can find free platforms for keyword search and the advantages of long tail as opposed to short tail keywords. This post has also helps in the area of managing finances online, and taking time to do research is also a good way to make good use of time and finances.

    JB, I am wondering if there is any entirely free keyword search platform online?

    ThanksIsaiah

    Reply
    • JB

      Great question. Jaaxy free is pretty comprehensive. Otherwise, it’s a combination of manual and keyword planner. With the free Jaaxy, you also get competition, which in my opinion is one of the most important features. You can sign up for free Jaaxy here.

      Reply
  13. Tina

    Hi JB,

    This is a great post on keyword searching. I absolutely love Jaaxy! I do almost all my keyword research on there. I’ve not upgraded to a premium account yet as I’m trying to keep my costs down until I start bringing in some money. And the free account is still incredibly useful. It’s really great you break down short- and long-tail keywords and explain why it’s best to go after lower competition keywords when first starting out. It’s what I’ve been doing and it seems to be working.

    I noticed someone mentioned KGR in the comments. I’ve never heard of that one. Have you checked it out yet? What do you think of it?

    Thanks again for sharing this useful information!

    Reply
    • JB

      Thanks for the comments. Jaaxy is such a great tool.

      Reply
  14. Bex Arnold

    I initially learned of keywords recently after delving into affiliate marketing. I really had no knowledge of this entire industry prior to just a couple of months ago. I have been implementing the rich keyword content approach when creating my posts, however, am now feeling very empowered to have come upon the information here. The manner in which you have delineated the critical metrics to track is a massive asset to add to my toolbox. I actually laughed and was very pleased to read the long tail vs short tail keyword explanation as when I learned I needed to use keywords in creating successful posts, I was confused as to whether or not it was okay I was using several words as a phrase (long tail keywords) so it is awesome to have the clarification of what is going on there. I love language and i am a very literal person, your post here has proved very helpful!! Thanks so much JB! I am learning a ton!

    Reply
    • JB

      Thanks Bex! I’m so glad I could help. Affiliate Marketing is an entirely new language, so many things to learn. It’s fun.

      Reply

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