So I’d have to have been living (complete with earmuffs) under a rock in a cave at the bottom of the ocean to not have heard all of the chatter about Keywords Everywhere becoming one of the paid keyword tools. People are practically ready to quit blogging and become Walmart greeters because Keywords Everywhere has imposed a relatively small fee for searches.
I thought I’d give you my favorites – both paid and unpaid… But first, and observation.
Developers Need Money, Too
I can understand being disappointed that you are now having to pay for something that was previously free but y’all are business people. You’re not going to do sponsored posts for free, right?
Well, developers need to make a living, too.
Do not get caught up in nickel and diming your blog to death. It’s the quickest way I know to NOT be a success. It’s like a French woman’s wardrobe – choose a few really good things and pay premium for them. It will show. Saying that – here are my favorite tools, paid and unpaid.
Free Keyword Tools
- Search Console is a great place to find keywords you are ranking for but not utilizing. This is especially good for updating posts. I talk about it in the keywords course. It’s simple to do.
- Uber Suggest by Neil Patel is sort of a free version of SEMRush with what it does. It’s slow but it works very well and it’s a good substitute of Keywords Everywhere.
- WordStream has a free keyword tool that is simple to use. They used to have a limit on how many keywords you could search in a day.
- Keyword Tool io lets you search for keywords on all the search engines as well as social media, amazon, etc.
Paid Keyword Tools
If you are going paid I’d suggest the following –
- Full Disclosure – this is an affiliate link. SEMRush – frankly, if you can afford it this is the way to go. For $99 a month you get unlimited keyword searches, seo audits of your blog, ability to check out your competitors, and a rockin’ social media scheduler. Sharing an account with other bloggers is against TOS – I know some people do and don’t get caught but some people cheat on their taxes, too.
- Keywords Everywhere is still a great tool. It costs something like $10 for 100,000 search results. You’ll just need to remember to turn it off when you are not looking for keywords.
- Keys to Keywords is my course. It’s short and will help with choosing keywords as well as a variety of ways to find them. I am in the midst of updating the part about keywords everywhere and that should be up within a week.
And that’s about it!
There are certainly more keyword tools to use but these are the ones that come to mind first. Do you have any keyword tools that you love that aren’t on the list?
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