What Keyword Research Tools Do Professional Bloggers’ Recommend in 2015?

February 4, 2015

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Last time, we talked about using the Google Keyword Planner to find the right keywords for your blog

Google’s keyword planner tool has become an addiction for me. I do enjoy using it. The thing is, there are many other keyword research tools out there to use–many of them free, like Google’s Keyword Planner.

Instead of just doing a search on keyword research tools, I thought it would be fun and informative to reach out and ask some experienced, seasoned bloggers what their favorite keyword research tools are and why. Here’s what some of my fellow bloggers’ told me when asked this question…all of them are blog stars and people I respect in the blogosphere.

“What Keyword Research Tools Do You Recommend and Why?”

When asked, these professional bloggers responded with their favorites…

Blogger: Thomas E. Hanna  Website: blogphoto.tv

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“With semantic search, keyword research is changing rapidly. I like SEMrush​ because they’re on top of the changes, involved in social platforms, and their competitor analysis features are easy and powerful.”

Blogger: Ana Hoffman   Website: Traffic Generation Café

Ana Hoffman

“SEMrush is my to-go tool, by far.

SEMRush allows me to: 1. research keywords I am currently ranking for (hard/impossible to find with most other tools), then edit those posts accordingly: add appropriate calls-to-action, visuals, additional internal links, etc. 2. see what my competitors are currently ranking for, research their content strengths/weaknesses, and write better content.

As for non-SEO savvy website owners, most won’t ever use additional functions of an SEO plugin, but will definitely open themselves to hack attacks, plugin vulnerabilities, and decrease site performance.”

Blogger: Henneke Duistermaat   Website: Enchanting Marketing

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“I like Ubersuggest and use it in addition to Google’s Keyword Planner. However, my favorite “tool” is reading comments and finding out what questions readers have.”

Blogger: Demian Farnworth   Website: The Copybot

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“I liked Scribe when I used it.”

Blogger: Gina Fiedel   Website: Fat Eyes Web Development

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“Mainly, these days, I pay attention to the questions that arise from clients, build content around that and also focus on the intent of the page or post and cull keywords from the content (and while editing).I also do personalized and incognito searches to see how competitive a term is and what’s got good ranking for them.”

Blogger: Ruud Hein   Website: Search Engine People

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“What do I want to know about this thing, this product, this service? When I Google and read the resulting articles, what new questions come to mind? Which links do I want to follow? What isn’t readily available? Which queries do I need to repair to get the info I need?My keyword tool of choice is Keyword Researcher. Like ubersuggest but as software. Handier to export data.”

Blogger: Brent Jones   Website: Brent Jones Online

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“If I am composing a quick article, I will often rely on auto-complete suggestions from Google to create an article title. It’s simple, I know, but it gives me a good sense of topics that are being searched. If I want to choose a more specific keyword, I will typically play around with suggestions from the SEO by Yoast plugin.”

My Personal Recommendation Aside from Google’s Keyword Planner

Honestly, I’ve been too attached to Google’s Keyword Planner these days.

I have checked out a few of these suggestions, but have not spent enough time using them and getting to know their capabilities well enough to endorse one.

I find Ubersuggest to be pretty simple and straightforward.

I plan on testing SEMrush because two of the bloggers here endorsing it, and someone with SEMrush dropped in this conversation on Google+, so their customer service made a good impression.

On the previous keyword research blog post, someone named Nandy in the comments recommended a tool called Keyword Tool. I used it a little bit today and it does provide many keyword ideas all organized in alphabetical order.

What Keyword Research Tools Do You Recommend?

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any keyword research tools to recommend? Be sure in the comments to share with us not only the tool(s), but WHY you like them.

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Brent Jones says:    •   5 years

    Thanks for including my comment, Matthew!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Thanks for adding to the conversation over on Google Plus, Brent!

  2. Renard Moreau says:    •   5 years

    [ Smiles ] Thank you for this valuable information.

    Using the right keywords makes all the difference in making your article found on the world wide web.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Glad you found this valuable, Renard. 🙂

  3. Don says:    •   5 years

    I have no idea what this article is about, but I am having fun learning a new language called “Bloggean”. Hopefully I will become fluent enough to blog with the best. Thank you to everyone who contributes so the rest of us can learn.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Glad to hear you’re picking up this foreign language known as Bloggean, Don! Ha ha, that’s good. 🙂

  4. sandra says:    •   5 years

    I am learning which is progress in itself! thanks for sharing!

  5. Marcus says:    •   5 years

    Thanks Matt for this great piece. I love what Henneke Duistermaat said…”However, my favorite “tool” is reading comments and finding out what questions readers have.” I believe this is what everyone should be doing. There’s also a new free tool http://sg.serpstat.com/ , that will generate questions from the web as search suggestions. That way, you’re able to always give solution

    1. Stevie M says:    •   5 years

      Marcus I just started using the pro version of this tool http://serpstat.com/. It’s amazing to see that this tool already has over 45 million database of keywords and cool features for competitive analysis.

  6. Vince says:    •   3 years

    Great thanks for the recommendation! I have been using Google’s keyword planner,SEMrush and Ubersuggest. Ubersuggest is my favorite tool because it gives you a huge list of keyword suggestions, I will also recommend Soovle,it’s pretty cool to use. I am new to Scribe and Keyword Researcher, I’ll definitely try these out.