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5 Best SEO Keyword Research Tools for Startups

Andrew Raso
5 Best SEO Keyword Research Tools for Startups

Keyword research is the bread and butter of any search campaign. None more so than for start-ups. Building a strategy around the keyword you wish to rank for is vital, and there are plenty of SEO keyword tools to help you with that. 

More on this How to Do Keyword Research with SEMrush Keyword Magic Tool Post Maria Raybould SEMrush Toolkit for SEO Ebook Mar 16, 2018 Intent research: Confirming your keyword intent assumptions with Google ads Webinar recorded on  Sep 20, 2018 Of course, knowing where to start can be difficult. Below you'll find the five best SEO keyword research tools I recommend for startups to begin a well-rounded keyword foundation for your campaigns.

1. Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner is the best place to start when it comes to keyword search tools.

It’s designed for advertising, but you can use it to research organic keywords by customizing your results for one of your competitors.

Enter your product or service, your competitor’s landing page and product category. Customize your search for certain kinds of keywords.

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With Keyword Planner, you can:

  • Search for new keyword and ad group ideas
  • Get search volume for a list of keywords or group them into ad groups
  • Get traffic forecasts for a list of keywords
  • Multiply keyword lists to get new keyword ideas

You should pay attention to keyword ideas and ad group ideas, as both can help with SEO. Ad group ideas contain a set of related keywords that might not show up in general keyword ideas.

Pay attention to average monthly searches, competition, and other available metrics to determine relevant keywords to target.

If you plan on doing SEO and PPC together, Keyword Planner can help you determine which keywords are better to target organically or with advertising.

You can also use Keyword Planner’s suggestions as a base to build long tail keywords with the help of some of the other tools below.

2. KWFinder

KWFinder is a long tail keyword research tool with a great interface. It shows you trend, search volume, CPC, and level of difficulty in results.

As you'd expect, it operates as a keyword finder, but if you click on an individual keyword, a second pane pops up showing its difficulty level (from one to a hundred) and the current Google search results:


This shows you what domains are targeting the keyword, the page’s backlinks, social shares, and traffic. These extra dimensions of the keyword can be relevant, especially when integrating SEO with content marketing.

KWFinder also helps you dig into local keyword research – you can target your search results by city, state or country. 

3. Moz’s Keyword Explorer

Keyword Explorer is a new tool by Moz that adds some extra dimensions to keyword research. In addition to Volume and Difficulty, Keyword Explorer offers:

  • Opportunity: Relative CTR of the organic results on a SERP
  • Importance: How critical the keyword is to your campaign
  • Potential: A combination of all keyword metrics to help you prioritize

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The tool draws on Keyword Planner, Google Suggest, and Related Searches. If you’ve already developed a list of keywords with a different tool, you can easily upload them to Keyword Explorer to get more insights and start prioritizing.

Keyword Planner also offers deeper understanding of why certain pages rank in SERPs based on link and social data as well. This can help you in planning your SEO strategy beyond keyword research.

4. Keyword Tool

Keyword Tool is a great starting point for keyword data mining. The tool uses Google Autocomplete data to create its database of long tail keyword suggestions. 

Anyone using Google’s Keyword Planner for keyword research should also use Keyword Tool. Since Keyword Planner is designed for advertisers, it won’t always show lucrative long-tail keywords that Keyword Tool manages to capture. 

This tool is free for the first 750+ keyword suggestions; sign up for the pro version to see data such as search volume, CPC on AdWords, and competition. It also allows you to export your results to CSV.

Another cool feature of Keyword Tool is that it also helps you find long tail keywords for YouTube, Bing, Amazon, and the App Store.

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You can use these databases to tap into even more relevant search terms that your search engine competitors might not be aware of.

5. SEMrush

Masters in their field, SEMrush is a one-stop shop with an impressive keyword research tool with a huge amount of features.

SEO and PPC research

Search for keywords that perform well on both Google and Bing. Gather in-depth information, including CPC, volume, trend, number of results and ad copies. 

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Find related keywords and phrase matches

Use the Full Search Report to find relevant alternative search queries for latent semantic indexing or alternative targeting.

SEMrush also analyzes the common keywords found on the top 100 domains for a search term on Google and Bing. These related keywords come with synonyms and other suggested variations.

Research long tail keywords

Take advantage of their bank of low-volume keywords if you’re looking for less competition. SEMrush collects all keywords that have a search volume of at least ten queries per year.

Use regional databases for international SEO

SEMrush helps you adapt keywords to different international regions by offering over 140 regional keyword databases

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Competitive Analysis

You can find the keywords your competitors are ranking for and estimate the value of these keywords based on several web performance indicators.

SEMrush also helps you dig into your competitor’s landing pages to brainstorm your own content optimization.

Use their Competitive Research Toolkit and Organic Competitors Report to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your direct competitors’ SEO strategies.

Know any other great SEO tools for startups? Please comment below.

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Andrew Raso is the co-founder and director of the Online Marketing Gurus, a fast-growing, award-winning search company working with some of the world's leading brands, including Coca Cola, Salesforce and Freshbooks. Follow him on Twitter @andrewraso1.
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as Much as I know google keyword planner is one of the best toll ever i used & it's helped a lot to my business website [link removed by moderator]. thank alot for posting this use full Post.
In Digital marketing one of the most important is Keyword research , valuable, and high return activities in the search marketing field. I Always Prefer Google Keyword Planner for keyword research,because it’s easy to use and of course it’s free!!
The way you presented this list are very appreciable, I Found your article very interesting I learned lot from your content So kind of you to provide us a knowledge of these important things really heplful, Thank you for sharing this vital information and tactics with us.
At the same time All of the posts on your blog are having informative and valuable content. Once again thanks for putting out such content.
Thankyou rachana for adding more info.
Thank you for this beautiful and deep post about keyword research tools. This article really helps me to do keywords research while writing my article, as it is free so we all beginners use it freely.
Thank you for this list. I think SpyFu, SEOQuake and Siteliner can be also be added to these list of tools.
Melanie Nathan
SEOQuake is intergrated with SEMRush. I hadn’t heard of Siteliner though ??
Lives Ports
In addition to those, I think Keywords Heaven should be added to this list as well. I use their tools, and they help me a lot with my SEO.
Thanks Andrew for this post, it is very helpful. I would also like to know if there are any free websites which provides all the Keywords and for which the website is ranking. I would like to know what are the keywords for which the website [link removed by moderator] is ranked on Google.
Akhilesh Singh
Thanks Andrew for your informative post.
Tammy Ane
First Thank you for your good writing . I know many idea read your blog .keyword research is the best for a website grow. if you interest seo theme visit more website
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very informative thanks
Really amazing and helpful information about keyword research. Thanks for sharing this content with us. i follow your all information and apply in my website [link removed by moderator]. my website is related to seo tips and latest information . i follow all your suggestion and apply in my website.

Nice Article, Through the article I got valuable knowledge to improve us [link removed by moderator].
thanks you for the information
Very good information

Helpful for new blogger
Another awesome keyword tool for startups worth mentioning is K-meta - it has a very easy to use interface, offers up-to-date accurate data, has extensive keyword databases for 28 countries, offers a variety of tools to research keywords.
Gaurav Makkar
The first tool you have mention is best tool for start-ups. It is free and more relevant, because start-ups first need to establish themselves at least in Google and then look for other possibilities. To do keyword research for conversational queries you can use . Thanks [link removed by moderator]
I can't do traditional keyword research with SEMRush because its also premium but recently I have used trail basis of SEMRush feature really given ‘SEO Keyword Magic
Being the first tool to have this kind of capability, it had first movers advantage. Almost overnight, it became a must-have tool in the SEO and online marketing world. Can I show my website link Sir?
Great list of keyword research tools. I have the same list with some free keyword tools. I hope you will like it.
Great article.
I would also include in the list, it's great for uncovering keywords in your niche which aren't exposed in some of the larger platforms like Google Adwords. It also analysing the competitively so you don't waste time/money on trying to rank for extremely competitive keywords.
Nice post, You did really good job over here by posting this article. I am beginner in Digital marketing your article is really helped me. I read lots of post this is one best i've got. Thank you for this.
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Navin Rao
Keyword Research plays a vital role in SEO, I rely on SEMRush for the Competitor Analysis.

Once I get those keywords. I head over to Keyword Planner or digging the Google Auto Suggests.

As now few tools like Uber Suggest, LSI Keyword Generator to reveal it. Those can be time-saving options too.
Anuj Sharma
keyword planer and spyfu are best
SEMrush and Google Adwords are most important keyword research tools for digital marketing 2017. This tool provides a short and long tail keywords research for PPC keywords and organic traffic.
I try to do something new. Your suggestions will be appreciated
Great read! If I may mention, you can get a better indepth tutorial on Google Keyword Planner at
So in my opinion these have all been disrupted by Rank Hacker- this keyword tool gives you true ROI projections AND a content marketing goal for every kw phrase you wish to rank for.. saves countless hours. [link removed by moderator]
Great list of keyword research tools. All these are really helpful. Google Keyword Planner and SEMrush are the best and most popular keywords research tool. Finding the most profitable keywords is really easy if you have these two tools. Thanks for your informative article.
Murad Hossain
Thanks for Very Informative Article Share for us. Keyword research is the main issue search engine ranking and SEO. So, we need to use better Keyword research tools. Semrush and google keyword planner is one of them. I already write in my blog [link removed by moderator] about best 5 keyword suggestions tools.
Thanks for this useful article on keyword research tools. I use Market Samuari free version.
Once again thanks for this article.
Ivan Palii
Ohh, you open my eyes on some new keyword suggestion tools. But I research similar overviews - every author write about different advantages. What about you? What the first - price, usability, number of functions?
I present tool. And I know, that easy to use, great functional and free tool can be created. But only by people who work in seo a long time and understand what really important for user, who make it as for yourself. By the way, Semruch is such tool, which created really by seo professionals.
Some great suggestions. I use both free and paid tools. The free tools I use are
Ubersuggest and Soovle (which I find good for buyer keywords. I use two paid versions
that are great in uncovering target keywords with decent search volume and little competition
they are market samurai and Webfire 3.0
I use these softwares for Website SEO and Video SEO.
kanheya singh
The Google Keyword Planner one of the best tools for keyword research and it's integrated with many more features. that is Keyword research is one of the most important, valuable, and high return activities in the search marketing field. Ranking for the right keywords can make or break your website.
Gangadhar Kulkarni
Hey Andrew,
Informative post indeed......!!!
Mentioned keyword research tools really helpful to select right keywords for your website. Specifically, SEMrush is one of the best tools I used ever for competitor keyword research.
Overall your post is a feast for newbies who in search of keyword research tools.....Merry Christmas......!!!
Gangadhar Kulkarni
Kat Heart
The Google Keyword Planner used to be great it's now frustrating to use.... and almost impossible to get in to without setting up your first ad. Big shame google big shame. I would love to share more info about your tool over on my website [link removed by moderator] for my local business clients - have you got something you can send over for me to add to the site?
Kat Heart
Exactly! I find it super frustrating too. That's why I use The Keyword Research Database Tools. Provides accurate monthly searches per keyword + dozens of related ones with accurate traffic estimations FOR FREE. Simply amazing.
Ahmad Shahzad
Hi andrew,
Very useful list for finding keyword search. I was using only google. But these other tools are also friendly.
Nancy Jones
SEMrush one of the best tools for keyword research and it's integrated with many more features. Other great SEO tools for startups is majestic SEO, Raven tool and also ViduPM Tool.

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