Writing good posts is definitely the most important part of being a blogger. But if you don’t do your keyword research, then your post will be lost among the thousands that exist.
A good keyword tool can help you with this. That’s why today, I’ll tell you about the best SEO keyword tool I’ve used. I use it up to this day, so if you found this article through a search engine, it’s the living proof that it’s a great one!
Feel free to check out the trial while I’m explaining what is what. Make sure to search for a keyword for your next post to take advantage of this.
Keyword research is the main feature of Jaaxy and the one we’ll start from.
Let’s say I want to write about “mystery novels”. I search for it and here are the results:
For each keyword that Jaaxy shows us, there are some stats that go with it.
Avg: The average number of searches per month for this keyword.
Traffic: The estimated number of visits to your site if you have first-page rankings on the Search Engines. Of course, the better your position on the first page, the more visits you’ll have. After all, you probably don’t go through all the results when searching for something, right?
QSR: QSR stands for Quoted Search Results and it’s the number of sites that rank for this keyword. In other words, the competition. So the lower it is, the better. When you start your blog, I’d recommend you choose keywords with QSR under 100. After a couple of years, you can aim a little higher than that because it will be easier to rank.
KQI: KQI stands for Keyword Quality Indicator and it’s a traffic light system. Green is good, yellow is ok, red is bad. It’s an easy way to see if a keyword is ok to go for. After you see green, then check the rest of the stats.
SEO: Based on the traffic and the competition, it shows you how likely it is to rank on the first page for this keyword. Maximum is 100. I go for keywords with SEO above 80. (Usually above 90)
Domains: In case you’re interested in getting a domain with this keyword, you can search easily to see if it’s available.
*Clicking on the name of a column, you can order the results by ascending or descending order.
Any keyword you like, you can save it for later. Don’t neglect to name your lists right so that you can find the older keywords easily. It’s easy just to put them wherever because you know you’ll use them in a few days, but if you start saving keywords for way later, things will get messy.
I’m saying this because it took me a while to start organising my lists. Everything was all over the place until I decided to become more productive and sort things out.
To save a keyword, check the box on the left of the keyword and then click on Save to List. Create a new list or choose one of your existing ones and then click on Save.
To access your lists, go to the Saved Lists tab and choose one of the Actions allowed. In this case, View.
- Export to CSV
- Export to TXT
- Delete (It cannot be undone, so be very careful with this one)
Exporting your lists is a good way to save them in case something goes wrong. (aka pressing Delete without meaning to – like some other people I know – take a guess at who I mean. 🙄 )
If you searched for a keyword you like but didn’t save it, you can search your history and retrieve it. You can filter your search history, so if you remember part of it, that’s good. Otherwise, go back until you find it.
Alphabet soup is a technique based on the search engines autocomplete feature.
Have you noticed that when you write something on a search engine, it tries to guess what you’re writing? Well, these guesses are based on what people usually search for. Alphabet soup uses these guesses to give you keywords that people search for.
Search Analysis is useful for trying to outrank other sites. You can see your top competitors for a keyword and check how easy it would be to rank better. Do they have a long article? Lots of backlinks?
You can also choose the Search Engine you want to rank on. Choose Google, Bing or Yahoo to see who are your competitors on each search engine.
For example, let’s say your keyword is “how to find a job in London”. Let’s check out Search Analysis:
You can use Site Rank to find out if your site ranks for a keyword.
For example, if we check how the site “rottentomatoes.com” ranks for the keyword “avengers endgame review”, we’ll see that it’s #1 on Google and Bing and #3 on Yahoo right now.
If you want, you can track a keyword automatically. Just set the interval you want – in the picture I have set daily – and click on Track this Keyword.
If you want to see the words you have on auto-tracking, click on the Tracked Rankings tab. Set the tracking to off if you want to stop the tracking or just delete the keyword by clicking on the Trash icon.
Jaaxy is the #1 blogging tool I use. It helps me a lot and I recommend you try it. The trial is free, so see for yourself if it’s something worth having. And even if you don’t like Jaaxy for some reason, find another keyword tool you’re comfortable with. It may not be as good, but it’s better to use one than not.
Let me know what you think about keyword tools and, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write.
And if you liked this, check out more tools for your blog.
See you next week!
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