So, what's the best keyword research tool?
I asked 8 internet marketing experts including Ryan Diess, Brian Dean, Charles Float, Matthew Barby, Justin Cook, Nick Le Roy, Shoemoney & Pat Flynn to get a wide range of opinions, check out what they said below....
HOT TIP: Here's why you need keyword research tools...
- To find low competition keywords for SEO purposes.
- To find keywords with 'buyer intent' that convert visitors into customers.
- To get ideas for content so that you can write on subjects people in your niche are searching for.
- Google Keyword Planner tool is free and great BUT only gives you search volume and doesn't display whether keywords are easy to rank.
Ryan Deiss, CEO of http://www.digitalmarketer.com/
The first expert I asked was Ryan Deiss, CEO of http://www.digitalmarketer.com/ and a highly sought after speaker and consultant who's work has impacted over 200,000 businesses.
As you can see from the screenshot below Ryan said “keyword research doesn't matter as much as once did. Just use Googles free tool and Google Suggest / Freshkey”
By Googles free tool he's referring to Google Keyword Planner and Freshkey is an awesome tool Ryan developed that allows you to see what visitors on Google and Amazon are searching for.
MY THOUGHTS ON WHAT RYAN SAYS...
The reason I believe that Ryan said keyword research doesn't matter as much as it once did is because of all the changes with Google algorithms over the past couple of years.
Previously internet marketers would just stuff articles full of keywords at the expense of how well the article read simply so Google would rank them for as many keywords as possible. It resulted in poor quality articles that readers didn't want to read.
Now most experts will tell you to write for your readers which is VERY true and what I do here at NicheHacks. There's no point in ranking in Google for dozens of terms if everyone who comes to your site can't stand to read your content.
However keyword research is still very important IMO as you can write good quality posts for your readers that contain your keywords of choice and get the benefit of ranking in the search engines too.
Remember keywords are what your potential visitors are searching for in Google so why not try and bring some of them over to your site from the search engines.
It's a win win situation.
Ryan Deiss recommends: Google Keyword Planner and FreshKey.
Charles Floate aka GodofSEO at http://godofseo.co/
Charles is only 17 but has been in the SEO game since he was just 12 years old.
He has his own SEO agency 'Godlike Marketing' and runs the epic blog http://godofseo.co/ which at time of writing earns him over $15,000 / £9,000 per month.
Rumor has it he was named 'God of SEO' by Rand Fishkin, CEO of Moz.com, one of the leading SEO websites on the internet.
The reason most people like Google Keyword Planner so much is it gives the most accurate search volumes. Who knows better how many people are searching Google per month than Google.
But as I mentioned earlier it doesn't help decide which keywords have buyer intent or will be easy to rank for SEO purposes.
Charles Float recommends: LongTailPro and Keyword Snatcher.
Brian Dean, marketing and SEO expert, at http://backlinko.com/
Brian is an international entrepreneur, SEO and marketing expert based in Berlin and runs the epic SEO blog backlinko.com
Neil Patel of QuickSprout.com, recognized as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by President Obama, said “When it comes to link building, Brian Dean is the best in the business”.
So anyone that good at SEO and link building has to know a fair bit about keyword research and what tool is best.
Brian Dean recommends: SECockpit and LongTailPro
Justin Cook, online empire builder, of Empireflippers.com
EmpireFlippers.com went from a $30 per month business in 2010 to over $500,000 in 2013.
Justin and his team help online entrepreneurs expand their online empire through building, growing, buying and selling websites.
The foundation of the work these guys do is based on solid keyword research so they are worth paying attention to.
You'll see from the screenshot below Justin previously used Market Samurai but switched to LongTailPro because it's “critical for our KW research team”
Justin Cook of EmpireFlippers.com recommends LongTailPro.
Matthew Barby, SEO and blogger at FindMYBlogWay
Matthew is an experienced SEO and internet marketer with several years experience in the field both on a professional level as head SEO at Wow Internet and a personal level.
At findmyblogway.com he focuses on giving bloggers advice on how to drive traffic to their website, improve their content and build online communities.
He's well versed in using keyword research tools and you can see from the image below he believes Keyword Snatcher is the “best tool around”.
Matthew Barby recommends Keyword Snatcher.
Nick Le Roy, SEO consultant at backbreakingseo.com/
With over 5 years of SEO experience both with his own niche websites and through consulting Nick is the perfect person to ask about keyword research.
He focuses on websites that make money primarily through SEO and that requires solid keyword research. He regularly shares case studies on his blog www.nickleroy.com showing how you can copy his success.
You'll see from the screenshot below I asked what keyword tool he recommended...
Nick said “I'm a big fan of LongTailPro”.
Nick LeRoy recommends LongTailPro
Jeremy Shoemaker AKA Shoemoney - IM 'Guru'
Shoemoney is a real life IM 'Guru' and multi millionaire thanks to his online activities.
Shoe started out in the online world with a ringtone company called 'Next Pimp' in 2003 before launching AuctionAds in 2007 which he later sold for a substantial figure.
Shoemoney.com attracts over 30,000 visitors per month, has been named 'best affiliate marketing blog' and ranks in Technorati's top 50 blogs for the past three years.
His Shoe In Money Guide shows you what he does to earn over $75,000 a month by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.
The man knows what he's talking about when it comes to making money online
You'll see from the screenshot below I asked Shoemoney what keyword tool he recommended and he simply recommends the “Google Keyword Tool”.
Shoemoney recommends Google Keyword Tool
Pat Flynn, niche marketer & blogger at SmartPassiveIncome
Pat is one of the good guys in internet marketing. His epic blog SmartPassiveIncome is a mixture of tutorials, guides, niche marketing advice and more.
Pat owns sites in the FoodTruck, Security Guard Training and Energy & Environmental Exam niche which are built on strong keyword research so he's the perfect person to ask.
You'll see me giving Pat a hard time for not answering my question below (it was all in jest :P)...
Pat also recommends LongTailPro
So what keyword research tool is best?
7 internet marketing and SEO experts were asked what is the best keyword research tool in their opinion and they said..
- Ryan Deiss – Google Keyword Planner & FreshKey
- Charles Floate – Google Keyword Planner, Keyword Snatcher & LongTailPro
- Brian Dean – SECockpit & LongTailPro
- Justin Cook – LongTailPro
- Matthew Barby – Keyword Snatcher
- Nick LeRoy – LongTailPro
- Shoemoney – Google Keyword Planner
- Pat Flynn - LongTailPro
Overall the experts say the best keyword research tool is LongTailPro
Which also happens to be my keyword research tool of choice as I've mentioned several times on NicheHacks previously.
It's truly a revolutionary tool that will not only save you hours of keyword research time but generates thousands of profitable keywords and niche ideas in seconds making it a must have for anyone serious about niche marketing....
Tell me in the comments section below what keyword tool you use and why. I reply to every comment...