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Google Keyword Tool Alternative?

Discussion in 'Online and Internet Marketing' started by Quest, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Quest

    Quest Entrepreneur

    Not a fan of the new keyword planner compared to its older version, any suggestions for another keyword tool that shows google searches?

  2. Sunny77

    Sunny77 Entrepreneur

    I don't like the new one either! It's probably fine, but I was so used to the old one, I couldn't adapt to this one. I have tried one called Traffic Travis that had some components that I liked. It has a free version that was OK. I just never got around to trying out the one you had to pay for.
  3. Zuckerberg Jr

    Zuckerberg Jr Entrepreneur

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  4. Twista Tom

    Twista Tom Entrepreneur

    Market samurai and long tail pro are great tools for keyword research but problem is they aren't free at all. Good news is you can start market samurai with free trail and their keyword research section is completely free for the life time. I use another keyword tool for doing keyword research. This is free. Hope you like it too.

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  5. ianternet

    ianternet Entrepreneur

    anyone here use semrush? I know they have an extensive keyword database
  6. K

    K Administrator Business Owner Entrepreneur

    I have membership to it, it's pretty decent to be honest, good for competitive research.
  7. Dandelion

    Dandelion Entrepreneur

  8. Thomas Hale

    Thomas Hale Entrepreneur

    Yes SEMRush is a great keyword research tool as well as you can spy on your competitors advertising.
  9. Roy Roger

    Roy Roger Business Owner Entrepreneur

    I am listing here some alternative to Adword keyword planner to search keyword:
    seobook keyword tool
    Google trends
    majestic seo
  10. Car Nerds

    Car Nerds Entrepreneur

    Woulderful. Just looking for these. Great list of some free keyword research tools.
  11. Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson Entrepreneur

    They tout over 120 million keywords and their pro plan is fairly low-priced. I've not used them myself but a colleague has. He's not too sure how effective it is as yet as he's only been using it a short while. I've asked him to let me know what he thinks of it when he can assess its benefits more thoroughly. I'll report back when I learn more.
  12. Kathryn M.

    Kathryn M. Entrepreneur

    Thanks everyone for posting these alternatives!

    I didn't know the keyword tool got a makeover. It's about time. I haven't checked it out yet, but I always dreaded logging into that thing. It has such an overly technical feel to it. Why is that? It seems like it should be more sleek, simple, and modern. Instead, it feels rigid and clunky. As if I'm looking at an outdated piece of software. They needed to update it, but now I'm afraid to log in and look since you all are saying how bad it is. Looking up keywords should not be that difficult. Sometimes Google just doesn't know what they are doing.
  13. Cleveland76

    Cleveland76 Entrepreneur

    Before you settle on one or a few specific keyword tools, you should take into consideration where they are getting their information from, and how complete or relevant it really is. Many of the keyword tools out there currently all pull from Google's Keyword Planner, then basically just add on a few additional metrics of their own pulled in from various other sources, or calculated automatically. Only a few companies, such as Wordtracker, Trellian, K-Meta, and Wordstream (though there may be more that I'm not aware of at the moment) have their own proprietary keyword databases.

    For free tools you may want to look into:

    Bing Ads - they offer a keyword suggestion tool similar to Google's keyword planner, in addition to an Excel plugin as well which can pull keyword suggestions right into your spreadsheets, along with their corresponding metrics.

    K-Meta - It's free but you have to register. They keep a large database of all the keywords a given site is receiving traffic from. Be cautious with this though, since just because a site is getting traffic from a certain set of keywords does not mean that's a comprehensive set of keywords you should be targeting at all. It simply means those are they keywords they are ranking for.

    Ubersuggest - This is a popular tool to scrape Google's auto suggestions on Google search. One pain point though is you need to manually expand all the sub levels if you want all of those too (it can go about 4 levels deep on search query suggestions). I really wish they would offer an "expand all levels" option. There are some paid tools such as Scrapebox which can scrape 4 levels deep automatically, but you need to purchase some private proxies to do that since Google will block you (temporarily) for making that many calls to their site at once like that.

    For paid tools, I've been using Long Tail Pro currently, since they have a proprietary Keyword Competition score that they assign each keyword, to tell you how competitive they believe it to be. Theoretically this should help you narrow down a list of thousands of keywords to the ones you should be targeting that are getting a decent amount of traffic and you have a realistic chance of gaining first page rankings on. In theory its better to be first page on a few lower volume terms and start getting traffic than waste a bunch of time and money trying to rank 1st page on a few high volume terms and never achieving it and never getting any traffic. LTP has some quirks, but I think it's KC scoring, as well as it's ability to quickly drill down into the top 10 competitors for a keyword and aggregate a bunch of stats on each of them is a big time saver. I will say though, the program isn't very useful unless you keep the 17 dollar a month subscription to Long Tail Platinum. If you cancel that, you are left with a stripped down version of the program called Long Tail Pro which doesn't include the KC score and is limited in several other ways as well.
  14. 111kg

    111kg Entrepreneur

    I use trafic.ro/tools, but it's only for my local country. Adwords Keyword Planner is not bad either, but I admit it's not as good as it used to be IMHO.

    I think that the best thing to do is just to use multiple tools. It doesn't take too much time to search for certain keywords on different tools.
  15. Capital SEO

    Capital SEO Business Owner Entrepreneur

    My favourite for Keyword research tool is SEMRush. They track a large database of Keywords and their performance.

    The track both organic as well as PPC (Pay Per Click).

    They are also known for Competitor research.

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