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Have you just started your Blogging website & want to know some free keyword research tools for better SEO results?

If yes, then this article will definitely be super helpful to you. Here, in this article, I am going to share with you the top 5 free keyword research tools I use for my keyword research process.

I also share some bonus tips and techniques that will help you skyrocket your SEO effort and you can do proper keyword research using free tools only.

So, without further delay, let’s start the article.

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Free Keyword Research Tools

Before jumping right into the topic, let’s understand some basics, like what is keyword research and why do you need keyword research before writing an article?

What is Keyword Research?

Keyword research is a technique to find the actual keywords people are searching on the internet.

It helps you better understand the user queries and provides the actual solution that they need. It also helps you better optimize your article with necessary keywords, so that search engines can understand your content and serve your website to the right audience.

In keyword research, you need to focus on several metrics that actually help you understand the competition and help optimize your content for better ranking. Read our guide on keyword research using SE Ranking.

These are the common metrics that you should focus on while doing keyword research.

  1. The exact keyword people are searching
  2. LSI keywords
  3. Search volume
  4. Keyword difficulty
  5. CPC
  6. Backlink profile of top-ranking pages

Let’s understand each of the terms briefly, so you can use these keyword tools properly.

LSI Keywords

LSI (latent semantic indexing) keywords are the related search term of the focus keyword.

Suppose the seed keyword is “backlink” then the LSI keywords for this topic are “anchor text”, “dofollow link”, “nofollow link”, “pageRank”, “link juice” etc.

So, instead of using the extract match keywords, again and again, you can use LSI keywords on your website.

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Search Volume

Search volume is the number of times we type a particular search query in search engines. It helps you identify the demand for that query on the internet.

Keyword Difficulty

Keyword difficulty is the metric that gives you a rough idea of how hard it is to rank on a particular search term.

CPC

CPC is a digital marketing metric that gives you a rough idea of how many advertisers are ready to pay per click on search engine ads.

More CPC means more competition in that topic and if you rank in those terms, you can earn more revenue in your Ads display like Adsense, Media Net, etc.

If you want to understand each of the topics, then I recommend you read the complete guide on keyword research.

Here, you will learn the step-by-step method of keyword research.

So, let’s discuss what are the free keyword research tools you can use as a beginner blogger.

List of Free Keyword Research Tools

#1. Google Keyword Planner

Google keyword planner is a free keyword research tool you can use, and the data provided by this tool is more accurate than any other tool out there in the market.

As Google itself provides the tool, it pulls data from Google search engines and shows you the search volume data and the CPC (cost per click) data.

But, to use this tool, you need to have a Google Ad account. And you can easily create an account and set it up for free within a few minutes.

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Google Keyword Planner

If you are new to this tool, you can read this post on how to use Google Keyword Planner.

After setting up this tool, you can enter any seed keyword and it will suggest tons of related keywords with search volume.

#2. Answer The Public

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Answer The Public

Answer the public is another popular keyword research tool I used to generate new keyword ideas for my blog.

Here, you can find questions, prepositions, comparisons, alphabetical, and related searches.

So, let’s enter a seed keyword in Answer the public like “smartphone battery”

After the search, it will show you all the related questions that people are searching around that topic.

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Examples:

  • can smartphone battery explode
  • why phone battery is draining fast
  • my smartphone battery is swollen
  • power up smartphone without battery

So, you will get an idea of what people are searching for and on which topic you can write an article to solve those users’ queries.

 Here, you can copy all the keywords that are shown in a list format or you can even export all keywords in CSV format. Most of the features are free and you can use this tool for keyword research.

#3. Whatsmyserp

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Whatsmyserp is a free chrome extension that you can use for your keyword research process.

It will show you the search volume, CPC data, and related keywords whenever you search for any query on Google.

So, just enter any seed keyword in Google and you can see the list of related keywords with metrics as shown in the below image.

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Whatsmyserp Chrome extension

Whatsmyserp is a free chrome extension that you can use for your keyword research process.

It will show you the search volume, CPC data, and related keywords whenever you search for any query on Google.

So, just enter any seed keyword in Google and you can see the list of related keywords with metrics as shown in the below image.

#4. Moz Keyword Explorer

The 4th keyword research tool in our list is Moz keyword explorer, which is an industry-standard SEO tool.

You can use Moz keyword explorer to analyze a keyword and get information about search volume, CPC, and related keywords.

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Moz Keyword Explorer

In the free version, you will get 10 free searches per day, which is enough for a beginner blogger.

Here, you can explore keywords by adding a seed keyword or adding your competitor’s root domain or a specific page.

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Keyword Explorer

In this way, you can extract your competitor’s keywords and keyword difficulty, search volume, and CPC data.

You can also export the data in CSV format for later use. The best part of the Moz keyword explorer tool is that it provides all data regarding that keywords whereas other tools like Ubersuggest limit this to free versions.

#5. Google AutoSuggest

Google is one of the most advanced and free keyword research tools you can use. Google will auto-suggest different keyword ideas when you type any seed keywords in the search bar.

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Google Auto Suggest

You can also find other keyword ideas as “People also ask”, “related searches”, etc.

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People Also Ask

The best part of Google is that you can get suggestions from the search engine itself, which has the largest database of user queries.

You can also check the top 10 posts that are ranking in those keywords and extract some related keywords within the posts.

So, analyze the page and search for keywords that are used as headings, subheadings, questions, etc.

Here, you can take the help of the browser search feature (CTRL + F) and enter the keyword. After that, it will highlight all the keywords used on that page.

So, in this way, you can extract different long-tail keywords from the top-ranking pages.

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This is the best way to find keywords of your competitors and you can easily beat them by properly optimizing those keywords in your content.

You can also check the top 10 posts that are ranking in those keywords and extract some related keywords within the posts.

So, analyze the page and search for keywords that are used as headings, subheadings, questions, etc.

Here, you can take the help of the browser search feature (CTRL + F) and enter the keyword. After that, it will highlight all the keywords used on that page.

So, in this way you can extract different long-tail keywords from the top-ranking pages.

This is the best way to find keywords of your competitors and you can easily beat them by properly optimizing those keywords in your content.

You can also use any on-page SEO chrome extensions like Mangools, SEOquake, etc to extract some keywords used in a website.

There are several Google features or tools that help you generate topic ideas for your upcoming blogs or articles.

Below, I summarize how to use Google for your topic idea research.

  1. Google Autocomplete
  2. YouTube Autocomplete
  3. Google search tabs (Images, News)
  4. Google trends
  5. Google Search console
  6. Question Hub

You can learn more about it in the below video. 

Other Free Keyword Research Tools for Bloggers

  • Keyword Sheeter
  • Ubersuggest
  • Soovle
  • Google Trends
  • Keyworddit
  • Semrush Keyword Magic Tool
  • ExplodingTopics

Final Thoughts

Here, I have covered the best free tools for keyword research that give you accurate data.

If you want a detailed analysis of keywords, then you can invest in paid research tools like Semrush, Ahrefs, etc. But, I prefer to use Google and other free tools for my keyword research.

Now I want to hear from you.

Which keyword research tool are you going to try first?

Are you going to use a keyword planner or use Google auto-suggest?

Did I miss any good free keyword research tools? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter.

Nitin Dabas

About Author

Nitin Dabas is a professional blogger from India. He is the founder of DabasBlog & SEOSachet. He is an SEO and content marketer who writes about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, and Online Marketing with the aim to help fellow bloggers get succeed in blogging.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey Abhishek,
    This is an amazing list. However, I should say that even if I have published articles on blogs, I didn’t do much Keyword researching because sometimes I felt like that writing an article around a keyword is affecting badly on creativity and opening up my mind genuinely.
    However, after reading this article I decided to do at least a very simple keyword research using Google suggestions.
    Thank you very much for sharing this and hope you’ll write more like this.
    – Nirodha

    1. Yes, doing keyword research help you understand what people are searching for (with exact keywords).

      It helps a lot for better ranking as compensation is growing at 200% per year. 😃

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