Are you looking for free keyword research tools that can perfectly fit your requirements?
I’m sure you will like the collection of some of the best hand-picked free keyword research tools.
Keyword research is the most essential part of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
It helps you to find the words or terms that people actually enter in search engines like Google to search for their interests.
Not only that, but it also helps you to find the search volume of a specific keyword, difficulty, trend, cost per click, etc.
Sometimes it becomes tough for you to go for a paid keyword research tool (especially if you have just started) because they used to be very high in price.
You can’t spend all your money only on keyword research tools because you also need to take care of the essential expenses of your website which you can’t stop.
Such as your hosting, domain, and other tools charges (depends on your need).
To help you out with this problem, I have decided to make a collection of free keyword research tools that I have already tested.
Some tools are entirely free, and some are free with limitations, but don’t worry; you can still take much out of them.
Exploring these tools, you may find two or more tools having completely different features to each other.
So at some point, you may need to use them together to get perfect complete data.
Yes, that’s a little lengthy process, but for now, it is all about how you can take benefits from their free features at your best level.
I do the same, which you can too.
Let’s dive into our first free keyword research tool. 😀
SEMrush is a suite of some amazing tools.
Of course, there are limitations in per day searches, and results.
But your focus should always be to get more from free.
Start with putting a keyword in SEMrush, and it will show you all overview for that keyword.
Like search volume in a country, difficulty, CPC (cost per click), competition level, trend graph, etc.
And you can filter results according to different country, date, and device (results as per desktop and mobile searches).
It provides you three groups of keywords:
- Keyword Variations – Variations of your seed keyword or keyword phrase.
- Questions – List of question-based keywords that contain your seed keyword.
- Related Keywords – List of keywords that are similar to your seed keyword.
It will also show you the SERP analysis.
But in the free plan, you will only get max ten results with their positions on the search result page for your input keyword.
WordZe is a combination of keyword research tools that can help you to find the best keywords in your niche.
It mainly comprises of three tools:
- Ultimate Research – It will help you find keyword ideas, with their respective monthly search volume, traffic value, cost per click, competition level, and trend graphs.
- Long Tail Keywords – It will help you find long terms (greater than three words) for your seed keyword.
- Keyword Analyzer – It will help you find your top competitors and the keywords for which you may rank in the search results.
In the free plan, you can’t access the Keyword Analyzer tool.
It also gives you exports (in TXT and CSV) and reports history options (store your past searches information).
You will hardly find a report history feature in any other tool for free.
WordStream’s free keyword tool can help you discover new keywords as well as manage and expand your search on search engines.
It is supported by Google and Bing, utilizes the latest search data to deliver you accurate results.
In another way you can say, it is a good alternative to Google Keyword Planner and Bing Keyword Research Tool.
Plus, it gives you the ability to filter results by industry and country to get more targeted data.
When you will enter a term, it will first show you the top 25 keywords.
To get the full list of keywords, you need to enter your email address, and it will send you all keywords, including CPC, competition level, and search volume by email for free.
The Hoth keyword tool helps you to find related terms (or words phrases) for your main primary keyword.
It uses data provided from the SEMrush.
The Hoth keyword planner is very simple and easy to use. You just need to enter a keyword or phrase.
And it will show you the number of search results, CPC, monthly volume, search trend, and competition all for free.
After your searches, you can export your list of keywords in PDF or CSV as per your convenience.
In simple words, LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing) keyword is a keyword that has a high relation with the main keyword and they are NOT synonyms.
For example, LSI keywords for cars can be vehicle, road, tires, auto trader, engine, etc.
Google is smarter now. It mainly depends on LSI keywords to understand your content deeply and better way.
And to find those LSI keywords, the LSIGraph can help you.
It helps you to find LSI keywords for your your primary keyword and gives the result accordingly.
Also, it will show you trend graphs, search volume, cost per click, and competition level for your keywords.
It has also a feature of LSV (Latent Semantic Value) which helps you to choose the best LSI keywords for your content, but this feature is not available in the free plan.
But nothing to worry about because you can analyze generated LSI keywords with the help of other tools like SEMrush or Ubersuggest and optimize your content accordingly.
This is why I have told you previously that sometimes, you may need to use two or more tools to get more data.
Learn more about the LSI keyword and how it can boost your ranking.
It is one of the most comprehensive keyword tools out there and capable of providing results in less time.
It gives you unique data from its massive database and can help you with your research.
Type in any keyword term and hit the search button, it will first take you to the overview page. Here, you will get all the data for keyword analysis.
For a specific keyword, Moz will show you its monthly search volume, difficulty, organic CTR, priority score (higher the score means more chance to rank), SERP analysis, keyword suggestions, and much more data.
In keyword suggestions, you can narrow down your search using advanced filters.
Plus, you can sort keywords by relevancy and monthly volume.
According to Moz, the best part of the tool is its metrics as it can provide you accurate data at least 95% of the time.
For any seed word, it can give you up to one thousand keyword suggestions.
But there is a limitation of ten monthly searches (yes, that is very less) in the free plan.
You have a few per month searches in the free plan, so try to use it very carefully.
Also, make sure to collect data from your every search. You shouldn’t waste any searches.
Serpstat was founded as a keyword research tool and later turned into an all-in-one SEO platform.
They have more than two hundred thousand customers and over five billion keywords in the database.
It can provide you a list of keywords that your competitors are already using to get top results.
You will also get monthly search volume, keywords trends, cost per click, competition level, number of search engine results, etc.
Together with organic keywords, it will also show you paid/ads keywords (from Google top 100 search results bid on ads) for your seed keyword.
In fact, you can see some results from both groups of keywords in the same keyword overview page.
The extension has many features, including keyword analysis, and easily provides metrics of any site or page in just a few clicks.
Previously Ubersuggest used to be a simple keyword research tool.
But after its acquisition by Neil Patel, this tool got many cool improvements, features, and popularity.
Put in your keyword, and it will show you some key data like SEO and paid difficulty, cost per click, search volume graph over time (for both desktop and mobile).
This tool is capable of providing five groups of keywords: related, questions, suggestions, prepositions, and comparisons.
Not only that it can also show you the percentage of people clicking paid and organic results as well as the age range of searcher for your primary keyword.
Additionally, if you are having difficulties generating content ideas around your keyword then this tool can perfectly help you.
It shows a list of contents related to your keyword with social media shares, backlinks, and monthly traffic from Google.
From here, you can get ideas about the type of content already performing well on your keywords.
You can also download the Chrome extension of Ubersuggest if you want SEO metrics (including keywords data) without leaving the Google search results page.
If you have ever tried to find any free SEO tool on Google or any other search engine, chances are you must have seen a tool by SEO Review Tools.
SEO Review Tools provides simple SEO tools like Rank Checker, Backlink Checker, Content Idea Generator, Domain Authority Checker, Keyword Tool, etc.
The best part you can also download the Chrome extension of SEO Review Tools and access its free tools as per your needs.
The Keyword Tool by SEO Review Tools has a simple design and is very easy to use.
You just need to put a keyword and select your language to go for a quick search.
It will show you the search volume, cost per click, difficulty for your seed keyword, and all related keywords.
SEO Review Tools has a partnership with SEMrush to provide you the best keyword metrics every time.
If you are on WordPress, then you can also use the Keyword Research Tool WordPress plugin by SEO Review Tools.
It is free and can help you to generate keyword suggestions for your topic without leaving the WordPress admin area.
Ahrefs provides a group of tools to grow your search traffic, research your competitors, and monitor your niche.
There is no doubt that Ahrefs always provides accurate and updated data, but their paid plans are very high in price.
But wait, do you know the free side of Ahrefs?
Yes, Ahrefs provides you the free keyword generator tool.
It can generate many keywords in just a few seconds with its difficulty, monthly search volume, and last updated date (last date when Ahrefs checked the search engine results for a given keyword).
You can search for question-based keywords related to your seed keyword too.
Other than Google, Ahrefs also gives you the ability to find keyword ideas for Bing, YouTube, and Amazon.
I agree that generated data is not enough, but they are valuable because you are getting daily updated data.
11. WMS Everywhere
This tool helps you to do keyword research without leaving the Google search results.
WMS provides a free Chrome extension.
You just need to download it, and the rest work will be automatically done by this tool whenever you search for something in Google.
On your every search, it will show you keywords related to your seed keyword, search volume, cost per click on the right side of your Google search results.
And people also searched for results:
Also, it has a feature to search keywords country wise, which helps you to target particular keywords for a specific country.
Wordtracker Scout is another great Chrome extension that can help you to generate keyword suggestions from your competitor’s web page.
Once you have installed the extension, you only need to visit your competitor’s website page and click on the Wordtracker Scout icon from the extensions bar, available on the top right of your Chrome browser.
It has three main parts with a unique approach, the first one is the page summary.
It will show you rich keywords and help to calculate the volume of a particular keyword used on your competitor’s page. The darker the word, the higher the search volume.
Here you get an option to sort keywords according to word count from a page, which I liked the most in this tool.
The second part is insights, here you can get page data like title, description + keywords, its number, and relevance (higher the number the more relevant the keyword is).
The third main part is keywords.
Here you will get all in-depth keywords data based on searches, opportunity (higher the number means more chance to rank), and competition level, which you can further copy and paste wherever you want.
This tool provides you more than you expect every time and I think no other tools can compete with it in terms of generating ideas.
Put in a seed keyword (or phrase) and AnswerThePublic will breakdown the results in five different sections of keywords.
- Questions – Searches containing who, what, why, where, how, etc.
- Prepositions – Searches containing for, near, to, with, without, etc.
- Comparisons – Searches containing and, like, or, versus, etc.
- Alphabetical – Searches in alphabetical order (A to Z).
- Related – Searches related to your main keyword.
It collects suggestions from the search engines like Google then quickly shows you every useful phrase and questions people are asking around your keyword.
You have an option to see all phrases and questions in visualization and data form, by default it will show you in visualization.
However, comparison of data is not available in free plans, but that’s okay because you are getting tons of ideas for free in an organized way.
You must have seen featured snippets in Goggle search results page which contain answers related to your search query.
So there are chances to come in those featured snippets if you answer the questions searched by other users on Google.
And for this AnswerThePublic can help, you can take the question-based suggestions from it and optimize your content accordingly.
Lastly, it gives you an option to export all your results in CSV without registering or logging in.
14. Keyword Surfer
Keyword Surfer is a free Chrome extension from Surfer, specializes in on-page SEO.
Using Keyword Surfer is pretty simple.
First install the extension in your Chrome browser and search for any terms in Google.
It will automatically show you the data like search volume, similarity score (how similar the keywords are to your primary keyword) for the keywords generated on the right side of the search results page.
It has a clipboard feature that allows you to store all your important selected keywords.
You just need to hit the star icon (on the right side of a keyword) and it will save in your clipboard. You can save all keywords at once or one by one depending on your needs.
Wait, there are some more great features in this tool.
It can show you estimated organic traffic, word count, and exact keyword found in already ranking websites, which can help you to plan your content approach.
You can also choose to show data by country, and it is all available directly on your Google search results page.
Soovle is a simple free keyword tool that helps you to compare related searches from different search engines.
When you will type any keywords in Soovle, it starts to generate more related keywords of its own.
It generates keywords not only from Google but from Amazon, Wikipedia, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo, and Answers.com also.
Results are not in advanced format, but it can generate a lot of suggestions quickly.
I found it perfect for generating long-tail keywords, especially.
It has also an export option, so you can easily export your results in CSV.
16. Keyword Shitter
Keyword Shitter seems to be a very simple designed and small keyword research tool but its results are fantastic.
Yes, the data are not again in advanced format but you will never get disappointed with whatever this tool is providing for free.
It is capable of generating hundreds of suggestions with just one click and the load time is also very fast.
It gives you an option of positive and negative filters.
- Positive Filter – When you will put a phrase in the positive filter box, it will show you keywords containing your input phrase only.
- Negative Filter – When you will put a phrase in the negative filter box, it will make sure not to show keywords containing your input phrase.
After getting a satisfying result, you can download all the suggestions for your next research steps.
This keyword research tool is offered by HigherVisibility, and it is completely free.
As you can guess from the name of this tool, it helps you find keywords from Reddit.
Reddit has a vast audience, a large number of subreddits (a forum for a particular topic), and a great place for generating keyword ideas.
This tool helps you find topics within the subreddits, that your target audience may be interested in and display by the monthly search volume.
It is another completely free keyword research tool by HigherVisibility.
This tool is capable of generating keyword ideas based on business type and perfect for local SEO.
The process of searching keywords is straightforward.
First, you need to select your business type, then your location (you can enter many variations of your targeted local area), and the tool will generate all keyword ideas accordingly.
If you want, you can copy all generated keywords or download in CSV.
So, what is special in this tool?
Nothing much, because above other tools can also do keyword research for you. But this tool uses a different approach for generating keyword ideas and specializes in finding geotargeting keywords.
19. Google Trends
Can Google Trends also help in the keyword research process?
Absolutely yes, if you are using it only to check the interest of users for any topic or search term.
I think this is the right time to unlock the potential of Google Trends by using it for keyword research also.
This tool uses Google web searches to determine the number of searches done by users in a given time.
You can see in which location your term was most popular during the specified time frame – extremely useful information.
You can more refine your search by choosing the time period, category, platform, and country.
It can compare multiple keywords in one go, plus gives you a bunch of related queries that you can use for keyword research as well as content creation.
It also gives you the option to export data in CSV, directly share it, or embed anywhere you want (unique feature).
Give it a try, you will love it.
Bonus: Keyword In
Here is your bonus free keyword research tool!
You have some seed keywords or phrases and want to combine them to get a new list of powerful keywords; then, this tool is perfect for you.
Once again the interface is very clean and simple to use.
Keyword In can combine your keywords in three ways:
- Broad match – Show search results that contain the keyword, its variations, and related topics in the search term entered by a user.
- Phrase match – Show search results if a user’s entered search term has the exact phrase or its near variation of the keyword and should be in the same order.
- Exact match – Show search results if a user’s entered search term exactly matches the keywords.
After applying proper options and inputs (as per your requirements), click on the Generate button, and it will quickly provide you a list of some potential keywords.
There you have a good amount of free keyword research tools now. Right?
But wait, which one is perfect for your needs?
In my opinion, you should try every tool. It is not necessary that if a tool is working for others, then it will work for you also.
Yes, it is a time-consuming process, but this practical process can help you to choose a perfect tool for you.
I want to remind you again; some tools have limitations on searches and data because they are freemium.
So, it all depends on how you can creatively use two or more tools together to get more data (it’s easy).
Go ahead, try them, and find the best fit for you.
If I have missed any free keyword research tool or if you have any questions for any tool that I have mentioned above.
Please let me know below in the comment section. 🙂