Free & Commercial Keyword Research, Analysis, Tracking Tools
This SEO, SEM Tools section, Free & Commercial Keyword Research, Analysis, Tracking Tools, includes annotated links to free, commercial, subscription-based, and downloadable search engine optimization and marketing tools for keyword and key phrase research, analysis, and tracking. For example, free keyword research tools include Keyword Discovery's free search term suggestion tool and industry keywords tool, Google AdWords keyword tool, SEO Book's free keyword suggestion tool and keyword phrase list generator tool, Overture free keywords suggestion tool, as well as keyword density tools and more. Also listed are commercial and free keyword analysis tools and reviews and opinions of keyword research tools.
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- Free Keyword Research Tools
- Commercial Keyword Research Tools
- Free Keyword Analysis Tools
- Commercial Keyword Analysis Tools
- Current Keyword Searches (Search Engine Spies)
- Reviews and Opinions of Keyword Tools
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Free Keyword Research Tools
- Free Search Term Suggestion Tool[*note]
Input your keyword or keyword phrase and get helpful suggestions based on numbers of actual searches. Free tool via Keyword Discovery's site.[*note] They also offer a paid subscription with up to 10,000 results plus 12-month trends. [Free online tool by Trellian[*note].]
- Google AdWords Keyword Tool, Keyword Sandbox Tool
Created to help Google advertisers learn which terms to target, it's helpful for anyone doing keyword research. [Free tool by Google.]
- Industry Keywords[*note]
Use Keyword Discovery's[*note] free tool to look up the top keywords in a multitude of industries, organized by category and industry. The free version provides about 10 keyword phrases, while subscribers can display up to about 1000 keyword phrases plus 12-months trends and more. Indexes at least “32 billion searches from close to 200 search engines.” [Free online tool by Trellian[*note].]
- Keyword Phrase List Generator
Free tool to use online or download source code. Quite helpful. [SEO Tools[*note] by Aaron Wall, SEO Book[*note].]
- MIVA Keyword Generator
Input your keyword ideas and you'll get a listing of relevant terms and the search numbers, similar to other tools in this list. [Tool provided by MIVA UK Ad Center, formerly provided by eSpotting.]
- Overture Keywords Suggestion Tool
Helpful tool to use online. Try a variety of keywords and keyword phrases to see how they rank via Overture's search engine. This is an insightful barometer for figuring out which keyword phrases to utilize for your Web site, including paid rankings. [Tool provided by Overture, part of Yahoo! Search Marketing Tools.]
- Search Engine Keyword Tracker & Keyword Ranking Tool
Checks search engines for keyword ranking and track search engine ranking for your various keywords over time. Can be helpful for SEO.
[by Digital Point Solutions.]
- Search Keyword Stats
Check out keywords and keyword phrases with this free online tool. Or subscribe to their larger report, too.
[Stats tools by Site Psych (previously via wordspot.com).]
- SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool
shows top keyword phrases from Overture, links to Overture View Bid, CompareYourClicks Bid Viewer, Google Suggest (popular Google search phrases), Google AdWords Keyword Sandbox, NicheBot (which pulls data from WordTracker), links at various vertical databases, blog searches, and tagging systems to show you the top results from other information sources. Free online tool or download the free source code. Helpful insight, convenient, easy to use. [SEO Tools[*note] by Aaron Wall, SEO Book[*note].]
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Commercial Keyword Research Tools
- Keyword Discovery[*note]
Highly recommended keyword research tool. Available by monthly or annual subscription. You can also use the free trial subscription to try it out first before purchasing a subscription. [Online tool by Trellian[*note].]
- Industry Keywords[*note]
Use Keyword Discovery's[*note] free tool to look up the top keywords in a multitude of industries, organized by category and industry. The free version provides about 10 keyword phrases, while subscribers can display up to about 1000 keyword phrases plus 12-months trends and more. Indexes at least “32 billion searches from close to 200 search engines.” [Free and commercial online tool by Trellian[*note].]
Highly recommended keyword research tool. Available via subscription by the day, the week, the month, or by the year. You can also use the free trial subscription to try it out first. [Online tool by Rivergold Associates Ltd.]
Free Keyword Analysis Tools
- Keyword Density Tool
This Keyword Density tool, courtesy of SEO Chat, will analyze your chosen URL and return a table of keyword density values for one, two, or three word key terms. In an attempt to mimic the function of search engines spiders, it will filter out common stop words (since these will likely be equally ignored by search engines), it will avoid filtering out stop words in the middle of a term (for example: 'designing with CSS' would get through, even though 'with' is a stop-word).
You can use the tool here if you wish:Keyword Density Tool©SEO Chat™
- SEO Tools: AdWords / Overture Keywords Generator, Keyword Search Count Scraper, Keyword Selection Tool
Free tools, work well, helpful. [Free tools by Jonathan Leger, for Related-Pages.com.]
- VirtualPromote Keyword Density Analyzer
This free tool analyzes and reports on keywords and keyphrases within your
META Descriptionelement tag, and
META Keywordsand compares them with your text content. [Tool by VirtualPromote.]
Commercial Keyword Analysis Tools
- Bruce Clay Keyword Density Analyzer
Part of the SEOToolset™ offered by Bruce Clay. Browse down the page about half-way and you'll see the Keyword Density Analyzer. You can give it a free guest trial run to see what you think before purchasing a subscription. [Tools by Bruce Clay Inc.]
Current Keyword Searches (Search Engine Spies)
Some of the search engines and directories have pages that show the most current keywords and phrases being submitted in real time. Others reflect top keyword phrases by the day, week, or month. There's a variety of information available, as you'll see in the descriptions.
- Ask Jeeves Take A Peek
This page has the top 50 questions being asked at Ask Jeeves, refreshed every 30 seconds.
- Dogpile: Popular Searches
Dogpile's ongoing most popular searches, organized by category.
- Google Zeitgeist
"Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google." This page is a good resource for Google info. It lists the following: top 10 declining queries and top 10 gaining queries for the previous week and the previous month. Also for the previous month it lists the languages used to search, country of origin, top 5 translations for anthrax, top image searches. Another chart it shows is the top browsers used for several months (several versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape, and "Other"), which is interesting to see for an overall trend over a period of time.
- Metacrawler MetaSpy
Choose the filtered or unfiltered listings of the live top 15-20 searches at Metacrawler. Automatically refreshes every 15 seconds.
- Search.com Top 100 Searches
C|net's top 100 searches for the week.
- The Lycos 50 daily Report
With Aaron Schatz. List of the top 50 most popular search terms, and includes commentary, FAQs, and more. Quite a gold mine here!
- Yahoo! Buzz Index
Lists the current top 20 search terms for the week, with archives to the past several weeks. Shows declining and gaining queries, weeks on the chart, and articles about the top leaders. Additionally, there are links to other sections of information, including category top search terms (movies, music, TV, sports, and other top categories); top photos; most viewed news stories; most e-mail news stories; top overall.
Reviews and Opinions of Keyword Tools
- SEO & PPC Competitive Analysis & Keyword Research Tools
Concise but thorough analysis and reviews of numerous free and commercial keyword research and PPC tools - Google Keyword Tool, Google Suggest, Google Keyword Sandbox, Overture (which is being rebranded as Yahoo! Search Marketing) Keyword Suggestion Tool, SEO Book Keyword Research Tool, Wordtracker, Digital Point Keyword Research Tool, Keyword Intelligence, Keyword Discovery, MSN Submit It / B Central Keyword Research Tool, Good Keywords, Search Spy, Hot Searches, Google Zeigest, & Yahoo Buzz! Also discusses word relationships tools - WordNet lexical database, WordNet search, Lexical Freenet, Thesaurus.com. Also discusses the importance of logfiles, internal search for larger sites, a test Google Adwords account, why deep keyword research matters, keyword targeting: exact, phrase, and broad, keyword list generators, tools for misspelled keyword phrases, hiring keyword help, and more. [Article/tutorial dated 07/14/2005, by Aaron Wall, SEO Book[*note].]
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