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September 10th, 2014 – Posted by to Keyword Research and Basic SEO                     

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http://moz.com/blog/untapped-keyword-sources

I used to perform keyword research in the typical, perfunctory way—go to the Keyword Tool, type in some words, and punch out a list of terms.

Easy. Quick. Simple.

Today, things are different. The much-loved keyword tool has been replaced, long-tail keywords have the ascendancy, and it’s harder to figure out what users are actually searching for.

The rules have changed, and so have the ways of playing the game. I still use the Keyword Planner, but I’ve also discovered a medley of not-so-obvious ways to get keywords that improve my organic traffic.

1. Wikipedia

2. Google autocomplete

3. Google Related Searches

4. MetaGlossary.com

5. Competitor keywords

6. Amazon.com

 

Conclusion

Keyword research is a basic skill for any SEO. The actual process of finding those keywords, however, does not require expensive tools, formula-driven methods, or an extremely limited pool of options.

I’ve used each of these methods for myself and my clients with incredible success.

What is your favorite source for finding great keywords? 

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