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KeySearch review – the affordable keyword research tool

I’ve recently written a few blog posts recently about keyword research and the importance of using longtail keywords, but I realise I’ve never actually done…

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I’ve recently written a few blog posts recently about keyword research and the importance of using longtail keywords, but I realise I’ve never actually done a full KeySearch review.

I’ve been using KeySearch now since around Spring 2021, so just about a year and it is transformed the way I do the SEO for my blog posts.

I knew a lot about SEO and how it worked, but there was a part of the puzzle missing and that was researching keywords. I would target keywords before, but I wouldn’t know any information about that keyword of even if it was something my blog had a chance at ranking for. And that was a big mistake.

To be honest, I was lazy. Wait, that’s not accurate. I wasn’t lazy. I was blogging every. single. day. The problem was that I wasn’t being effective in what I was doing.

Now, I blog much less but I research my keywords and I implement SEO in my content in a much smarter way thanks to KeySearch!

keysearch review

What is keyword research?

Let’s get the basic information out of the way for those of you who are new to blogging or keyword research.

Keyword research is a process that helps you identify the most relevant keywords for your website or blog post. It also helps you determine which keywords are the most competitive and how to go about getting your keywords ranked higher in search engine results pages.

Why KeySearch?

KeySearch is a great SEO tool for bloggers because it’s affordable and easy to use.

The other top SEO tools for doing keyword research are the likes of Moz, Semrush and Ahrefs which are amazing – but they are expensive. These tools contain lots of different reports and data for your website and are better suited to a marketing agency than the lone blogger. You can get free trials of these other tools but there are more reports and functions than you’ll probably ever need.

You can read more about the free trials of these SEO tools and how to get them here.

KeySearch is a keyword research tool that is simple and easy to use and costs a fraction of the price.

About KeySearch

KeySearch was founded in 2015 by Dan Pfeffer. It was first a simple keyword research tool and has grown to include more SEO tools over time.

Is KeySearch free?

You can get a month free trial with KeySearch, but after that, you have to pay a monthly fee.

You can sign up to KeySearch here for your free trial.

How much does KeySearch cost?

I have the starter package which gives me up to 200 daily searches, YouTube research, content assistant, tracks 50 keywords and lets me do competitive analysis.

You can pay separately for more keywords tracked if you want to, but 50 is fine for me really. I did use to track more but it was too much. I just need to track the things that I am focusing on. I also use Rank Math to track keywords so it’s not the only tool I have that can do this.

KeySearch Review - KeySearch Pricing

What is the best keyword research tool?

I’ve tried doing keyword research with Moz, Ubersuggest and Keyword Planner. I have found KeySearch to be the best one hands down. I guess because it’s mainly a keyword research tool rather than an SEO tool which also has a keyword research section, it has a lot more focus on… well, keyword research.

Though saying that, Ubersuggest is mostly a keyword research tool but I found it to be quite slow and clunky. I just could not get on with the SEO tool and I often had to come out of things and go back into them as it seemed a bit glitchy! Though it does have the potential to be good, I’m keeping an eye on updates for Ubersuggest to see how it gets better with more updates.

But for now, KeySearch is my favourite! It’s just really easy to use. It’s simple and makes sense. I’ll show you, come on!

KeySearch review

I’m just going to take you through each section of KeySearch and share screenshots with you. This might be a bit boring so feel free to scroll to the section you are interested in.

Keyword Research

So on the surface, this report might look complicated but it’s really simple!

KeySearch Review - KeySearch keyword research

The top left is where you put your keyword. Just for the purpose of this review I’ve searched for ‘keyword research’. You can toggle down to location and different platforms/search engines next to it.

So red means it’s a difficult keyword, yellow is medium, green is easy and blue is super easy! You can see straight away that this is a difficult keyword as there are lots of red on this graph. (In the next heading, I will explain how to filter the keywords so you can find ones more suitable for you.)

SEO tip – If a keyword is too difficult for your site to rank for, try a longtail keyword instead.

The graph shows estimated monthly searches of that term over the last year and lets us see if this term is trending upwards, down or is a seasonal term. So, if you were to search something like ‘Christmas decorations’ you may see this higher in November than in June.

Under the graph, KeySearch displays the top articles that currently rank for that term and some statistics about the website. This is really useful for competitor research and seeing what others are writing about. As you can see in this example, the top 3 articles have a DA in their 90s! They are all high authority websites and it would be difficult to rank for this term as you would have to outrank them. It’s int impossible, just very difficult!

To the right is one of my favourite sections, it lists similar keywords and you can see how difficult they are. You click on them to see the difficulty rating for ranking for this. This makes it so easy to find alternative terms if your keyword is too difficult.

Below the area which shows the websites already ranking for this term, there is a section that gives you some suggested keywords and the option to click to search for them.

Filter results

Here’s a quick tip – you can filter the results to find the perfect match for you. This saves you scrolling through the hundreds of suggested keywords.

See the example below:

KeySearch Review

I have searched ‘keyword research’ and it was a difficult term to rank for, so I used the filter to narrow my search down.

I requested 4 words for a long-tail keyword, a volume of over 100 and a score between 0-40. This returned me some longtail keywords I have a better chance of ranking for without having to sift through the difficult words!

Quick difficulty

This is basically the same as the keyword research tool but it doesn’t have the long list of other keywords down the right-hand side as in the image above, this allows it to load faster. Great for searching a bunch of keywords you’ve brainstormed in a hurry.

My lists

This just allows you to save keywords to a list. So if you decide to research keywords for later use, get them saved here so you don’t forget them.

I like to group my lists into different categories. Sometimes if I’m not sure what to write about, I’ll check my lists for inspiration. I usually save good keywords that I can rank for and that I have a lot to say about.

Brainstorm

You know when you search in Google, and as you type the word it gives you a list of popular searches with those letters?

Well, this is what the Brainstorm function does. Another great way to get some keyword ideas and it helps you, well, brainstorm.

KeySearch Review Keysearch brainstorm

This is a great way to get ideas for blog posts. Simply start typing a word and it will display popular searches for that term in various search engines. If you’re not sure what keyword you should go for, this will help you get a few to pick from.

Explorer

This lets you analyse any website and gives lots of information about your searched site.

You get shown the domain strength out of 10 The score to target – so this website shows 46. That means when doing keyword research, you should try to target works that have a difficulty of 46 or less

If you get KeySearch, then you want to check what your websites ‘Score To Target’ is s you know what keywords are within your limits.

It shows how many backlinks and referring domains.

KeySearch Review - Explorer

Scrolling down shows other information, such as keywords, bank link info, anchor text and competitors. If you’re nosey like me, it can be quite interesting to search other websites and find out a bit more about their stats and rankings.

Competitive analysis

This section is a great way to see what your competitors are up to, you can learn from their strategy and find new topics to blog about by seeing what is working for others.

This shows you all the bank links to a website. This is very useful if you are trying to out-rank a website for an article as you can see what links are pointing to that article.

Competitive analysis backlink checker in KeySearch

Some people use this as a way to reach out to those webmasters and ask them to place the link to their resource. You can pitch it to them as a better, more up-to-date and detailed version of what your competitor has produced and ask them to link to it.

But also remember some people may require payment for that, a link in return or just ignore you.

SEO Tip – If you decide to exchange links, returning a link from a different website is better – this is called a three-way link exchange and is better for SEO as Google identifies direct link swaps as a threat to organic rankings so often devalues them. But please note that any link swap like this is black hat’ SEO and is cheating the system. Proceed with caution!

Organic keywords

This is just what it says on the tin. You can search the organic keywords for an entire domain for a website. You can see the position, volume, ranking, CPC and URL. I always find it interesting to see how much traffic someone gets vs volume.

Competitive analysis Organic keywords in KeySearch

This is another great tool as it tells you what your competitors are ranking for and may give you ideas of what type of posts you could rank for if you have a similar niche.

Keyword gap

This shows you want keywords one site ranks for that another doesn’t. Again, a great way to find keywords of sites similar to yours that you may be able to target.

If someone in your niche is ranking for a keyword, you may be able to rank for it (or similar) also! By doing this, you might unlock a whole new topic to write about.

URL metrics

KeySearch URL metrics

The URL metrics section just gives you the top link data for any domain.

Page Analyser

This is a bit of SEO audit took that checks things such as headings, metadata, site speed, mobile site and more. This is great for checking your own page for any quick wins! This is also a chance to check your own metadata and H1/H2 tags to see if they could be improved.

Keysearch Page Analyser SEO audit

YouTube Research

I don’t use YouTube so I don’t use this feature. But you can use this to optimise your YouTube videos to get more views. It’s laid out the same as the ‘keyword research’ tool and it gives you the top videos for that keyword, as well as related keywords. You can also check keyword difficulty and make a list of keywords for reference later.

Rank Tracker

The rank tracker lets you track your keywords so you can see their current rank and if they have gone or down.

KeySearch rank tracker

Content Assistant

Now, I love this tool! Once you have decided on your keyword, then you can run it through the content assistance opportunity finder to get some guidance on how to get the best ranking. It’s a bit like Content AI in Rank Math.

KeySearch content assistant

I do prefer the one in Rank Math as it updates your score live and in real-time, but in KeySearch you have to cut and paste the post into the Content Assistant which is a bit faffy.

SEO Crash Course

SEO Crash Course

KeySearch also offers a free SEO crash course to get your started on your SEO journey. You don’t even need an account to use this, it’s open to anyone!

Conclusion

So, there you have it. All the features and fun of KeySearch.

The only things I dislike about KeySearch is the lack of 24-hour support (not that I’ve ever needed it!) and that Content Assistant is a bit clunky to use as the formatting is not WYSIWYG.

With the KeySearch pricing plan much more affordable than the likes of Ahrefs, and being much more stable than Ubersuggest, KeySearch is an absolute winner for me in terms of affordable keyword research tools.

Keysearch Starter

You can sign up to KeySearch here for the free trial and use the discount code KSDISC to get a 20% discount.

11 comments

  1. Recently I’ve thinking of upping my keywords/seo game. How would you compare this to Yoast SEO? They have a free version and a paid for version. That’s what I’ve been using, and it’s helped me with my SEO a lot since I started using it and really implementing all the advice they give me. Great post! Even for the casual blogger like myself, I love the idea of people finding and reading my blog posts! xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    1. I haven’t used the Yoast SEO plugin for some time, I never used it for keyword research, but just for implementing keywords in posts from an on-page SEO point of view. I believe you need to have an SEMrush to use the integrated keyword research tool? How have you found it?

  2. I love Keysearch! Such a great tool, and so easy to use. The Content Assistant is my favourite feature too.

  3. I’m only relatively new into my keysearch journey, but I’m loving it so far. The content assistant tool is SO useful. I know SEO is a long game so I’m excited to see how using KS affects my traffic. Thank you for sharing all of this. I’m away next week but I’ll definitely be coming back to this. You’re like the oracle! X

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