Top 10 Keyword Research Resources

by Brook Lenox on April 17, 2009

top-10That title is a mouthful!

Whether you are new to keyword research or a seasoned professional, there is always more to learn. My goal in this post is to provide you with 10 great articles on keyword research.

How did I pick these resources?

  • Their content was ranked in the top 25 in Google for the phrases “keyword research” or “how to do keyword research”.  I want you to learn from folks whose rankings back up what they are trying to teach you.
  • I’ve read the articles and they have some quality insights.

Here are my top 10 keyword research resources:

#1 How to Do Keyword Research
This article is a good keyword research overview and will be especially helpful if you want to learn about search engine optimization (SEO) for your website or blog.

#2 Starting Keyword Research
Great for those wanting a simple and clear post on what you’re trying to accomplish when starting keyword research

#3 PPC FAQ – Action Packed PPC Keyword Research
Straightforward article on keyword research highlighting Google’s keyword tool.  Helpful if you’re new to pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and Google Adwords.

#4 Keyword Research Tip…Check Your Content
This keyword research piece is SEO focused and helps you think about learning from your own website and content. It encourages you to sift through your own content for keywords.

#5 Seven Tips for Successful Keyword Research
Good read for those looking to use keywords for their blog or website.  Not a step-by-step, but rather a nice overview of how to approach the process.

#6 Keyword Research For Local Sites
Different from the previous 5 posts, this one focuses on how to do local keyword research.

#7 Humans for Keyword Research
This article will get you thinking beyond online tools, to ways you can learn keywords from different groups of people. Found it interesting and actionable.

#8 Smash Paralysis During Keyword Research
This piece gives you a sense of how to think and how to approach keyword research with a real world example. You’ll learn to how find additional keywords (for say categories on your blog) and also how to rank their importance.

#9 B2B Keyword Research
If you are promote your business to other businesses and are looking for keyword information, check out this article on B2B Keyword Research.  It’ll give you some background and direction.

#10 Keyword Research for PPC
This is by far the best of the bunch. Just kidding! This is a link to my 1st of 3 articles on “how to do keyword research” for pay per click (PPC) search engine campaigns. And yes, the 3rd post was ranked 15th, for those of you who are keeping score :).

You may be doing keyword research to:

  • Create better keyword rich blog titles and posts
  • Build a pay per click (PPC) campaign in Google Adwords
  • Design your website for best search engine optimization (SEO) results

Some of these posts may apply more to what your trying to accomplish than others, but I hope you find them helpful.

Feel free to share resources you’ve found helpful as well!

photo credit: cesarastudillo

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SEO Expert Services April 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

A good way to get keyword suggestions is to use Google Adwords keyword tool. First, you need an Adwords account. Then start a new PPC campaign for your site and use the keyword tool to find not only keywords that people have searched on but also their monthly relative search volumes.

Brook Lenox April 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm

No need to have an Adwords account to use the Google Keyword Tool. You can use their external tool.

Turkish property July 31, 2009 at 9:42 pm

These keywords are driving me crazy!. LOL. Is it possible to become obsessed with them?. First time I have seen a lot of these tips, bookmarked your page and will check them out. Thanks for the tips.

Brook Lenox August 6, 2009 at 6:42 am

Yes keywords can drive you crazy. Sounds funny, but give me a fresh cup of coffee, a keyword research project, and I’m quite happy! Good luck.

Amudhan nattamai September 20, 2010 at 3:03 am

Everyone says pick the right keyword. But how to know which is the right keywoprd what must be the demand and competition.

Brook Lenox September 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

@amudhan – I agree. That is what keyword research is all about. Knowing what words have the most people searching for them, but also are they words that convert well, and that you can rank well for.

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