While there are FREE keyword tools that can be a good way of giving you a head start as well as helping you save some money, let’s not forget the fact that PAID keyword tools are much better and are believed to have a great efficiency in terms of research and analysis.
The following are some of what we think the top PAID keyword tools for bloggers:
1. SpyFu – Monthly subscriptions start at $79, with a free trial version available. A niche keyword tool great for exploring which keywords are driving the most traffic to your competitors’ websites from Google AdWords and via the organic search results. Not only allows you to analyze the data textually, but also offers some awesome overlap graphs and charts to help you compare your competitors’ websites side-by-side, and easily identify hot opportunities you might be missing out on.
2. Wordtracker Keywords – Monthly subscriptions start at $69, with a 7-day free trial.
It provides access to Google’s keyword tool, as well as its own custom database comprised of search terms used by people searching some of the world’s most popular meta-search engines. This combination is great, because it allows you to identify profitable head keywords as well as long-tail search terms not found using Google free KW tool.
3. Keyword Discovery – Monthly subscriptions start at $69.95, with a limited free version available.
It provides a great deal of keyword suggestions and statistics from its own premium database, while also allowing you to search other major search engine databases independently. It also includes some basic competitive analysis features.
4. SEMRush – Monthly subscriptions start at $69.95, with a limited free version available.
It allows you to quickly analyze which websites are ranking for which keywords, as well as all of the top keywords a website is ranking for. You will be able to identify potential ad buyers and sellers, and view known AdWords ad copy for each search term a competitor is using.
5. Compete – Monthly subscriptions start at $199, with a limited free version available.
It provides audience profile and demographics information, subdomain data, and other site statistics and analytics data such as estimated pageviews, unique visitors, visits, average time-on-site, and a number of other helpful details. The major difference with this tool as opposed to the other competitive research tools is that it gets the bulk of its data from sampling the clickstream habits of a large number of web users.