I do most of my keyword research directly through Google’s Keyword Planner.
It’s my main go-to tool for doing niche and keyword research.
But recently, I’ve been using to a nifty little tool that essentially finds thousands of keywords that a normal keyword tool would never show you.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can use it to find undiscovered keywords your competitors will never know about.
Interested? Keep reading.
Let’s jump straight to an example
Let’s pretend that we were interested in building something in the “writing” niche.
To start off, what we would normally do is first head into Google’s Keyword Planner and start inputting some seed keywords.
Using these seed keywords, Google suggests some more keywords we can look into further.
But there are a few problems with this list…
- It’s not that intelligent. As you might have experienced from when you ran searches yourself, some of the suggestions run really far off the topic of your original keywords.
- You can filter by search volume, but it doesn’t give you a complete list of keywords based on POPULARITY.
- Any and every one of your competitors would have gotten the exact same results.
What about all of these keywords?
Google has been offering suggestions and autocompletes since 2008. They come from real search activity, and is based on popularity.
Meaning… what you see are suggestions of the most popular searches people are making.
But only a few SEO’s take advantage of them for their keyword research.
Imagine we can take every single one of these suggestions, compile them into a list, and then bulk upload them into our keyword tool.
We can then organize them by search volume, and we would end up with a complete master list of keywords we can target that’s a lot more relevant to us than the random ones that Google’s Keyword Planner normally suggests.
Sound good? Let’s learn how to do it!
How to compile suggested keywords from Google’s search bar
It’s very simple to do and can be broken down into 2 steps.
Step 1: Use a suggestions keyword tool to gather your list of keywords
My favorite tool, and the one I use for my own keyword research is Keyword Snatcher.
What we’re doing with this tool is pulling all the most popular autocomplete suggestions into a single list.
What we end up with is a giant list of undiscovered keyword opportunities and content ideas that your competitors will never know about (since most of these are not displayed in a normal keyword research tool… EVEN Google’s Keyword Planner).
This isn’t just useful for finding low search volume long-tail keywords…
The reason that this method is so useful is because it shows you ALL the low-hanging fruit ordered by HIGHEST SEARCH VOLUME.
There are a few free tools you can use (which I’ll list at the end), but Keyword Snatcher gives you more keyword suggestions than any of them…. combined.
You’ll have to input your keywords one by one here.
As a test, let’s try inputting our keyword “how to write a” into Keyword Snatcher and see what it brings back.
After a few minutes, we have more than enough to sift through.
Google’s Keyword Planner only allows an upload limit of 3000 keywords in your text file so I’ll stop it before it then.
Step 2: Bulk upload your list of keywords into your keyword tool
Now it’s time to upload them all into our keyword tool to check traffic volume.
To do that, simply download the list that Keyword Snatcher pulled for you by clicking on the “Download Suggestions” button.
That’ll give you a nice little txt file.
Next, go into Google’s Keyword Planner (or your keyword tool of choice) and upload the file.
To upload a txt file into Google’s Keyword Planner, you need to click on “Get search volume data and trends.”
Upload your txt file and click on “Get search volume.”
And there we go.
We get a list of the keywords we inputted organized by highest search volume.
Wait, but I only see 800 results…
Didn’t we upload 3000?
Google’s Keyword Planner only shows a maximum of 800 results.
The good thing is… 3000 keywords are uploaded first, and then the top 800 highest search volume keywords are displayed.
So you’re not getting a random list. You’re getting the 800 highest search volume keywords, which is what we want.
I’ve tested this myself by sprinkling in really high search volume keywords evenly throughout the text list of 3000.
And these were the results.
Highest search volume keywords on top.
800 results is more than plenty.
Usually, we’ll only need to sift through the first 5 pages of the results since any more than that and the search volume gets too small, and it’s better to move onto a new search.
Remember, we only did one keyword here.
We still have other seed keywords to enter into Keyword Snatcher.
If you’re using Long Tail Pro, it has an upload limit of 10,000 keywords (if you have the Platinum version), and you can pull in a LOT more data.
Here’s another example using the keyword, “Modern Family.”
You’ll see how Keyword Snatcher gives you REAL search queries that Google’s Keyword Planner will never show you.
Here’s a search from Google’s Keyword Planner.
You’ll get keyword suggestions like watch tv shows online or the usual ones like modern family cast…
BUT you won’t get the specific queries that people search for like the ones that Keyword Snatcher was able to find.
Target by country
Google’s autocomplete suggestions aren’t the same worldwide.
It’s very personalized and results vary depending on location.
The good thing about Keyword Snatcher is that you can target by country.
So if you have a site that’s targeting an Australian audience, you can make it pull suggestions using the Australian versions of each search engine.
Other free tools you can use besides Keyword Snatcher
Keyword Snatcher is a paid tool, but there are other free tools out there that does (to a small scale) what Keyword Snatcher can do.
You won’t get a master list of profitable keywords since suggestions are limited, but they still get the job done.
Here are a few you can try.
This is probably the most popular free tool out there for doing something like this.
Enter in a keyword like you would on Keyword Snatcher and it will bring back the top 10 autosuggest keywords for every alphabet and number.
Once the search is complete, click on “Select all keywords” and copy and paste it into your keyword tool to get search volumes.
Similar to ubersuggest except that it gives you slightly more keywords to work with by adding suggestions before the keyword as well.
There’s a paid version for this, but it’s pretty much the same info you would get by copy pasting it into your keyword tool.
Click on “Copy all” and paste in the list to your keyword tool.
This is the only free tool I came across that pulls in keywords from more search engines than just Google.
You don’t get half as many results as you would through Keyword Snatcher, but they provide the biggest list of keywords out of all the free tools.
Export your results, and upload it into your keyword tool.
Bonus: Another cool little trick you can do with Keyword Snatcher
This is just a little trick I found while tinkering with the software.
If you click on “Get suggestions” while leaving the search field blank, Keyword Snatcher will pull in the top autosuggest keywords in general.
It’s a neat little way to come up with niche ideas.
By using autosuggest keywords, you can find a whole new set of keywords in any niche that are virtually undiscovered by your competitors.
If you’re serious about getting the full list of keywords, use Keyword Snatcher and you’ll get an extensive list of keywords that other tools can’t find.
But even using the free tools mentioned above, you’ll be able to uncover some new opportunities you never knew about before using just a keyword tool by itself.