Keyword research is an important phase of creating a blog post. Because you will know what keyword have more search than the others and which one you need to make a post about. Keyword research also help you position yourself after knowing which keyword have less competition with the same or more search volume.
So here I come with some simple tool to do keyword research. They are not really bringing a complete metrics, but it is quick and of course helping you start a new post faster.
6 Quick Free Keyword Research Tools for Your Next Post Idea
Most people use Alexa to look for a site’s traffic and some information about it. But Alexa can also be used as a keyword research tool to make a new post. You can see a list of popular keywords used by user before they come to your blog.
Doing some research from that list can help you make a clear decision about what is the best keywords to be improved on the next post. The simple rule is choosing keywords with highest popularity with as high as possible QCI. That way your Impact Factor will increase if you already created more content.
2. Google Search Box
This trick is simply powerful, it works like devil if you want to know the most popular keyword from some variations you may have in mind. Just try to type those keyword, then you will have the answer in no time.
You see above, the most popular is free keyword tool, followed by free keyword research tool, free keywords generator and the last popular keyword is free keywords.
3. Google Trends
Google Trends have been used for years by bloggers and content creator in general to get to now about what is happening right now. It have dozen of filter you can use, you can choose to do your research based on countries, time range and more than 20 categories/sub categories.
You can also take a keyword with any filters you want then just hit enter to get the result. As an example above the blogging term in the United States on the last 30 days shows some keywords like blogging sites, make money blogging and free blogging as the result.
The most beautiful part is that data could be embedded else where, I use this embed feature to make a research page containing some keywords and filters. Once I need a new idea I only need to visit the page, and bum, I got the great idea for my next post.
4. WordPress Stats
WordPress.com stats, as every WordPress user know, also give a list of user’s keywords from search engines. Most WordPress users are using WordPress.com stats when they new to WordPress and try a free blog I think. And even countless WordPress self hosted user still use it trough Jetpack.
The list is very useful for you to create more keywords focus variation based on your current post. May be you will find that your post is not found by the desired keyword, from that point you can edit the article to improve it or making a new post from the new keywords.
5. Google Webmaster Tool/Analytics
Both Google Webmasters Tools and Google Analytics are a standard tool for any webmasters. Google Webmasters tools also like WordPress.com stats. The difference is that Webmasters tools give you the perspective of how your site compete to your competitor.
It will tell you about how many times your blog appears in search of certain keywords, how many people click on your blog and how good your blog perform on SERP. You can find whoever linked to you and so much more.
While Google Analytics give you more technical things about your readers, like how they using your blog, what browser they use, how wide their screen is and where they come from and then go from one page to another from visitor flow.
6. Google Adwords Keywoord Tool
Google Adwords’ Keywords Tool is one of more powerful free keywords tool by Google. It provides you with in depth search volume for global audience and local audience based on your option and filters setting.
In the example above, a initially type blogging course and blogging tips as my keywords. But Google give me more idea trough some more keyword groups. The key to increase your blog traffic is by choosing a keywords with low competition in a high search volume.
Conclusion on Free Keywords Tool
There are countless keywords tool you can use, you may be already using one or some of the tools I mentioned before. You may find they are really useful and you think it is enough. But if you don’t you may try paid keyword tool like Wordtracker or Keywordspy.