Last time, I wrote a guide on conducting keyword research for eCommerce sites. Today I want to expand on this topic by teaching you which tools you should use to find the best keywords to rank for to reach your target audience.
There are plenty of keyword research tools to choose from. In this post, I’ll cover the best free ones ‒ the tools that are super easy to use and provide you with the best suggestions for your business.
Tool 1: Google Keyword Planner
This is probably the most important and popular keyword research tool out there. All by itself, Keyword Planner allows you to make informative decisions when it comes to choosing the right keywords for your SEO strategy.
To access Keyword Planner, login into your Adwords account, go to Tools and Analysis – > Keyword Planner. If you don’t have an account yet, go here to create one.
When you log in, four different options will be presented to you:
Search for New Keyword and Ad Group Ideas is the main function of the Keyword planner, which allows you to discover new keyword ideas. Keep in mind that the keywords you’re going to find will be very closely related to the ones you put into it. That’s why this tool is not so good when it comes to a semantic search, but it can still be helpful.
The following menu appears when you choose this option:
To get the best results from this option, enter 1-3 keywords that best represent your business. Each one should be from a slightly different niche market. Entering your URL in “your landing page” allows Google to browse your site and come up with ideas based on your website’s content. Choosing “your product category” provides you with additional keywords that the search engine has collected over the years.
After you fill out this information, you should begin with targeting. Choose your desired country, language and prefered search engine. Keep in mind that you might add more than one or you can have a more specific geotargeting, such as only one state or city.
You can also filter your keywords based on avr. monthly searches, suggested bid and ad impr. share. That way you can exclude keywords with fewer than 1000 searches per month and have a lower bid than $0.45.
With Keyword options, you decide how broad your results will be. You can change this if you want to show only exact matches, but we suggest leaving it as is.
The last option is to include/exclude certain keywords from results. This is extremely helpful if you already rank for certain words and you want to exclude them from the results to leave space for new options.
When you click on “Get ideas” you will be redirected to the Keywords Results Page.
Get search volume for a list of keywords or group them into ad groups. This is helpful if you already have a list of keywords for which you want to check the search volumes per month. Keep in mind: this feature won’t provide you with new keyword ideas.
You have two options here: you either copy and paste your keywords or you can upload a ready csv file with them.
Multiply keyword lists to get new keyword ideas is a great feature that allows you to combine groups of keywords together and come up with hundreds of new combinations based on them.
This is extremely helpful for ecommerce sites because it will help you identify almost all possible ways that people are searching for your products or site.
When you’re done just click “Get search volume” to see the results.
All three options will lead you to the keywords result page.
On the left side of the page, you’ll notice filtering options similar to the ones on the previous page. This allows you to modify your results on the spot without the need to browse within pages all the time.
You will see below there are two tabs: ”Adgroup ideas” and “Keyword ideas”.
Adgroup ideas, as shown above, gives you a ready list of keywords you can use. Check them out to help you brainstorm great ideas for words to use.
When you go to Keyword ideas, you will be able to see the avr. monthly searches and what the competition is (low, middle or high) for each keyword. The suggested bid is something that concerns many AdWords users; however, it does provide you with information about buying intent. If the bid is higher for the keyword, this means there is probably someone making money out of it.
Keep in mind that avg. monthly searches are approximate (not an exact number) and based on an average. There are seasonal keywords that have higher search volumes during some months and fewer during the rest of the year. For example, these might be keywords like “Christmas promotions” or “Summer vacations”.
When you hover over the graph, you’ll see information from Google Trends about the changes in the search volumes month-to-month.
For more information about how to use the Keyword planner to find keyword ideas for your eCommerce site, check out the official guide created by Google.
Tool 2: Google Trends
A great tool that allows you to see how the search volume for keywords is developing over time.
In this example, we’re comparing two keywords that mean the same thing to see which one is more popular: “laptop” and “notebook”.
You can very clearly see that the popularity of “notebook” is diminishing while “laptop” is becoming a bit more popular with time. This data will lead you to the conclusion that it makes more sense to optimize your site for the second keyword.
Google Trends is extremely helpful when you define your long term SEO strategy. If you want to invest your time and energy to optimize for certain keywords, they should be ones with an upward trend, such as “smartphone” over “mobile phone”.
Check out the official page of Google Trends.
Tool 3: Google Webmaster Tools
One of the easiest ways to quickly rank in the first page of Google is to find out what your current rank is and give it a little boost. You can very easily do this in GWT. Here’s how:
Go to Google Webmaster Tools -> Search traffic – > Search queries
When you log in, you’re going to see all the keywords that your eCommerce site ranks for, including the number of impressions & clicks you get. Then you need to find out which ones are really worth ranking for and work on improving your avg. positions (which can happen really fast since you’re already ranking for these keywords).
Tool 4: Google Correlate
It allows you to find correlations between keywords and to dive deeper into semantic meanings. This is functionality lacking in the Keyword planner tool.
To use this tool, simply enter your main keyword and you will see a list of all correlated words with a number indicating the level of correlation. The higher it is, the more likely your target audience is to use this keyword as well.
As you can see in the above example, “fit jeans” has the highest correlation to “jeans” so it’s a keyword that certain eCommerce stores would likely use.
Visit the official page of Google Correlate to take advantage of this tool.
Tool 5: Google-related searches
At the bottom of each search result page, you will see something like this:
This is what Google calls Related searches: functionality that can give you some great ideas for new keywords you didn’t think of before. As you can see in the following example, we used the keyword “fit jeans”. Here are some of the related searches that came up:
- Shrink to fit jeans
- Fit jeans for men
- Slim fit jeans
- Loose fit jeans
- Denim jeans
- Skinny jeans
- Wrangler jeans
- Original fit jeans
Now all you have to do is copy and paste these keywords into the Adwords Keyword Planner tool to check out the avg. search volume per month and see which ones are worth ranking for.
Tool 6: Google Autocomplete
This great feature was introduced by Google to help users save time when searching online.
When someone starts typing a keyword, it automaticly lists available options to complete the search.
As you can see in this example when we start typing “Lenovo”, Google provides us with the option to choose a specific model “Lenovo Ideapad y5070” or to search for “Lenovo logo”. This is a great way to find long tail keywords you haven’t thought about.
To learn more about Google Autocomplete, please read this article by Google.
Tool 7: UberSuggest
This tool uses information from Google Autocomplete to give you tons of keyword ideas without needing to type anything into the search engine.
Let’s see how it works. We’re going to type “Lenovo” to find new keyword suggestions based on it:
These are the results:
There were a whopping 380 suggestions beginning with the most popular ones, showing “Lenovo” followed by words in alphabetical order.
Visit the official page of UberSuggest to take advantage of this awesome tool.
Tool 8: SiteSearch
One of the best ways to discover new ideas for keywords is to find out which words visitors are using on your website when searching for products to buy. To do that, simply go to Google Analytics -> Behavior -> Site Search
Then you’ll see results like these:
For all products that people are searching for on your site (like “ipod”, “ipod touch”, “xbox 360”), you will want to rank in Google as well. They might be too broad and competitive so it will be a good idea to try to find long tail alternatives.
Tool 9: Wikipedia
The largest online encyclopedia is also a great resource to help you find more keywords for your SEO campaigns. This is how to do it:
Type your desired keyword + wikipedia in Google to locate a related article. In this case: “Air Jordan Wikipedia”. In the title and in the description, we find keywords like “Michael Jordan”, “Nike”, “Shoes”, “Athletic clothing”.
Then you can spend time checking out the entire article.
You will find lots of keywords in the title, h1, h2, first paragraph and contents. Feel free to also check links to other related articles for more ideas.
Tool 10: Amazon
The largest eCommerce store on the planet manages to rank really well for products sold on the internet for most of its products. Use this to your advantage by learning how to extract new keyword ideas from the pages related to the products you sell.
The process to finding keywords on Amazon is very similar to Wikipedia.
Google your desired search term and find Amazon’s result in SERP. Click on it to visit the product/landing page.
Then spend time reading the title, the descriptions, etc. to find great keywords:
One of the most popular Q&A sites on the planet, this community allows people to ask questions and receive answers to all types of questions. What’s important for you to know is that Quara can also be used as a keyword research tool.
You can start by typing your original keyword in the search engine:
In search results, you might notice some long tail keywords in the titles or the descriptions. As in this example, we see “What are the best-selling Air Jordans?” This is a topic you’d want to divulge in so it’s worth reading further by clicking on the link.
Tool 12: SEOQuake
A really useful tool for analyzing the websites of your competitors and finding great keywords to use in your SEO strategy.
To show you how you can use it to come up with new keyword ideas, let’s take a look at the following product page: Rode Smartlav Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones on Amazon.com.
Click on the SEOquake button and choose Page info. This will open a new window in your browser displaying the following information:
You will find long tail keywords in the title, meta keyword and description: “Rode Smartlav Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones” or “RØDE SMARTLAV Lavalier Microphone For Smartphones”.
Start using this amazing tool by downloading the official plugin from SEOQuake.com.
Tool 13: Soovle.com
This awesome, free tool allows you to tap into keyword suggestion results from Amazon, Wikipedia, Ask.com, Google Suggest and YouTube.
Start with entering a broad keyword in the search field, and you will automatically see the suggestion results from all sites:
Tap deeper into this useful tool by visiting Soovle.com.
Tool 14: Keywod tool.io
This free tool is geared towards helping you find amazing long tail keywords. It is very similar to Ubersuggest, except for one thing that makes it stand out. It allows you to add a character before and after the keyword that you enter, which translates to more search results.
To further investigate this tool, go to KeywordTool.IO.
There are, of course, many other keyword research tools that we haven’t listed in this blog post. If you’re looking to tap into additional tools, feel free to check out “The Ultimate List of Keyword Research and Management Tools”.
Have you tried these tools for your keyword research? Which other methods are you using to come up with new ideas? Share with us in the comments below.