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The KISSmetrics Guide to Keyword Research – Part III: 40 Top Keyword Research Posts of 2011

In the first installment of the keyword research series here at KISSmetrics, we took a look at keyword discovery and how to use a combination of several tools to discover new keywords and phrases for your website and content. In the second installment, we took those same keywords and analyzed keyword difficulty and competitors to determine which keywords would be best to target.

Since keyword research can be done in a variety of different ways and everyone has to find the way that is easiest for them, the final installment of this series is dedicated to the 40 top posts on keyword research in 2011. This list will guide you to even more keyword research tools, strategies, and keyword optimization. Mix and match then for the best keyword discovery and analysis for your business and clients.

Keyword Research Process & Guides

Keyword Research Tools

Keywords for Content & Product Development

Keyword Metrics and Ranking Reports

Free eBooks on Keyword Research

I hope you have enjoyed this series on keyword research. Now it’s your turn – what is your favorite method of keyword research and the tools you use?

About the Author: Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Kikolani focuses on blog marketing, including social networking strategies and blogging tips.

  1. Gregory Ciotti Nov 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Nothing to add other than that this is an excellent post, Kristi is the queen of wrap-up list posts.

    Also Tom Ewer’s e-Book (listed at the bottom) is a must read).

  2. Love posts like this. I will digesting, learning, and coming back as a reference for years to come.

  3. Hannah Mattinson Nov 16, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Really useful, thank you. I’ve never used Market Samurai but it looks good to me.

  4. This is a huge list of learning resources on Keyword Research, Kristi. As with all your posts, this one goes into my reference folder. Thanks for taking the time to compile these, and also, for including my post.

  5. You now have your own Delicious tag, at least on my account, Kristi.

  6. Thank you Kristi, i introduced myself with a lot of search marketing tools ( Soovle, Übersuggest etc ) and definitely they will come in handy, you have a nice weekend !

  7. Fantastic article, Kristi.
    Great collection of posts.
    I am going through some of the links now and finding some very helpful advice.

    I like what you said about Keyword research being done in many different ways. This is something I am finding out much more of late.

    Some of the methods I have heard as being the best way to go about it, do not always work all that well.

    Yet, if I approach Keywords from differing angles, the results seem to be much better with less effort.

  8. What a comprehensive look at keyword research. You are clear, succinct, and open-minded about continually improving and sharing what you learn. Glad I found you, Kristi!

  9. The article which has been posted is simply impressive and interesting. I must appreciate the writer who shown good efforts by posting such an informative article here.

  10. Nice & kool collection of some great new articles which will help all the newbie bloggers like me.Thanks Again!

  11. Miele Callisto Dec 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Great blog post. Keyword research is probably easier than ever before as there are many good tools on the market today that simplify the process. Niche Spider is a great place to look as well as many you have made available on your site.

  12. I do believe that this certain blog was ever most useful in my adventures of blogging. Ever more I think everyone should know and learn the information posted.
    I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  13. Anne J Goddard Jan 01, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    This is a very detailed info. I have learnt a lot from your post and some of the comments. Thank you for sharing

  14. Jamie Northrup Jan 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    So much great info to go through, each day I keep learning more and more about keywords and how to use them properly, thanks for sharing!

  15. This is very informative. Bookmarked it… :)

  16. Wow. This list just melted my brain, I hope your happy Kristi! Thanks a ton for posting this since I know I will be coming back to this page many times.

  17. Wow. That just melted my brain. Thanks for that killer post and the spreadsheet. This helps out a ton.

  18. Hi Kristi,This is a huge list of learning resources on Keyword Research nothing to add other than that this is an excellent post.Thanks for sharing.

  19. so far i only use google adword tool for keyword analysis, apaka it enough? Another keyword is required as a comparison tool …

  20. Jitendra Shah Sep 07, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Great resources to get one started off on SEO and keywords

  21. Mate, this is impressive piece of writing.

  22. You now have your own Delicious tag, at least on my account, Kristi.

  23. Gordon Sligar Feb 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    You can certainly see your expertise within the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “If the grass is greener in the other fellow’s yard – let him worry about cutting it.” by Fred Allen.


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