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The Best rankings are Achieved with Help
You Need the Help of Keyword Tools to find the best keywords for SEO. There is no way around this unless of course you have a photographic memory and you can remember all your searches to help you in your niche. Chances of that are pretty slim too. So how do you find the one that is a good fit for you with so many all claiming to be #1? Recommendations and reviews are probably the safest and most honest way to go about this.
There is a lot for you to choose from so finding the best keywords for SEO will probably come down to one or two things.
- Ease of Use
- Costs involved
- # of searches allotted within a specific time period.
Other Variables to Consider in the best keywords for SEO
If you are at all like me, you probably prefer simplicity. Not necessarily easy as I find easy is just not something you will see a lot of online. Oh sure, they will tell you that but that doesn’t make it true! By simplicity, I mean the ease of using the tool and getting it configured to your site’s backend. You know, that place where you do all your genius posts and reviews etc. Of course, they are! We all have a little genius inside of us.
If you are familiar with using WordPress you know you have a dashboard where you can make changes to your site, add or subtract, add a plugin or two and write your posts. With the way WordPress is designed SEO is not a complicated thing. All of its features and functions have been built to guide search engines through every post, page, and category of your site, so it’s not absolutely essential to install third-party SEO plugins for your sites to rank well.
What I really find awesome about my choice of a tool for the best keywords for SEO is that it is a plugin I have installed on my site. Yes, the others are plugins as well, all more than compatible with WordPress but the big difference lies in the fact that I am a visual person and learn best this way. This is where this plugin excels over the others.
What that means is that I never have to leave here in search of keywords while I am writing my posts! Everything is right here, handy dandy at my fingertips. I have not found another that compares the same to me. I think it might be nice to look at more than one so you can see the options for yourself. Each one does offer a free version. Some are limited but still very easy to get started with.
Squirrly SEO is a free plugin offered by content marketing software provider Squirrly. It’s become quite a popular option – particularly for beginners – and has even been recommended by Kissmetrics co-founder Neil Patel.
Unlike Yoast and a lot of other SEO plugins, Squirrly SEO is a very visual plugin that simplifies the world of SEO and carefully guides users through everything. To upload the Squirrly plugin you will want to first download to your computer and from there upload to your WordPress site.
Here is the link with you if you would like to see more.
Where it gets really interesting is when you edit any post or page, a bunch of Squirrly options appears in the right sidebar. You’re automatically asked to enter a keyword so that the Squirrly SEO Live Assistant can tell you how your keyword is being used throughout your content. And in an easy to understand way, which is color-coded as others are just not so in your face annoying!
Anything colored green is good to go, anything left white hasn’t been set up yet, and anything colored red needs to be fixed. This is all in your sidebar to the right of where you are posting.
Squirrly SEO is clearly geared toward newbie users and performs so well in that context but they are also climbing the SEO Ladder and competing with some of the best. Their upgrade option alone is worth its weight in gold! You can upgrade and your bonus over the others is…you can use this on more than one site! Now that is huge, especially with some of the costs I have seen for others and they are for one site only use!
When you are first starting out it is important to keep your costs down and when you cannot do free, reasonable is your next best bet. For this very reason when I first saw Squirrly I was more than impressed! Both Yoast, SEO Ultimate, and Jaaxy had higher costs, altho’ I did see where Yoast was getting on the right path with a new offer for more than one website.
I don’t know about you, but not only is simplicity high on the list of ‘must have’s’ so is having lower costs as you get started.
Is Yoast SEO Still the leading plugin on the market?
A great tool! It is designed to go with WordPress and functions very nicely on all themes. I chose Yoast as my ‘second’ due for the most part to what I was seeing in some of the reviews. They were spot on and Yoast is great for anyone starting out. Getting the ‘Green’ light was the goal and so bloody frustrating at times! Ask anyone who has used Yoast before or still. You end up talking rather loudly and at times profusely to a silly plugin…but it happens.
Yoast SEO is a powerful plugin, there is no argument there. But, do you really need all those options to deliver effective SEO? Not really, even tho’ many will have a different opinion. If you are really looking to supercharge your efforts, then perhaps Yes. Yoast is still the most popular plugin, but that does not mean it is right for everyone.
And SEO is a moving target with what worked one year ago can radically changing the next year depending on both trends and the whims of Google!
Yoast SEO provides handy options for dealing with page titles, descriptions, and URLs and we’ll be concentrating on these areas for the purposes of comparing it with other plugins. It also adds integration options for major social networks, but we won’t be dwelling too much on that as there is any number of dedicated social plugins that can handle that side of things better.
Built-in SEO and SEO Ultimate
Your built-in SEO is the free version and works well on any WordPress platform. SEO Ultimate is the Pro version and is known as the Most Powerful SEO WordPress Plugin known to Man!! Doesn’t everyone use those bragging rights?
SEO Ultimate is more advanced than All in One SEO Pack and a stronger direct competitor to Yoast SEO. Instead of having a general tab with all the main settings, the plugin adds a handy link to the admin bar that you can access everything from.
SEO Ultimate keeps things simple by adding straightforward sections you can fill out for your search engine listing, social networks listing, links and other miscellaneous options. The plugin has some great keyword features but they say not as many as YOAST PRO.
And now JAAXY
A totally awesome tool to use. If you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate this is a built-in tool that you can use. There are a few different options, which again makes sense in the business world. This Graph gives you a better visual of what is available than me writing 200 more words on it.
The only downside I see is that even tho’ Jaaxy is awesome to use and has some of the best features, it is not on your dashboard in WordPress so you do have to save your information or jump back and forth.
What I love so much about Jaaxy is the Niche search and then product searches to find affiliate networks. Pretty darned awesome to have this feature. And that keyword search! Wow.
Do Not worry about an upgrade on any of these if you are brand new. It could be something you are not familiar with and that would be a waste of precious money. Use the free versions and upgrade when you feel more comfortable and know it is an affordable option.
Newbie Friendly Advice
If you are new to marketing, whether it is affiliated or other markets you need to know what to do and how to do it the right way. There is nothing worse than being totally frustrated and floundering about like a fish on the end of the fishing rod.
Keywords and SEO I am sure are new to you so what would you know about the best keywords for SEO? Why would you be expected to know? And there are several other terms that sound like greek when you first start out too. So, instead of putting yourself thru all that pain ( yes frustration is painful) find the best place online to learn how to start an online business from home.
It is Free to do the ‘look and see’ and they don’t even ask for your CC first!! I loved that. So you are thinking FREE and NO CC…what is the catch? Right? Well, it is somewhere in the back of your brain if you have been taken advantage of by other sites online. I kept my skeptical eyes wide open but to my great surprise, it was so refreshing to no see any of the promises of riches and fancy cars and homes and upsells and side sells! ( yeah I made that last one up)
This was what I had been searching for without knowing what to call it. Learning how to build a passive income online from my home! I was so excited. Yes, there is a learning curve, I am about the truth and full transparency, you will need to work on this and stay focused and patient as you learn. It is kind of like a paint by number…you will do a segment of training and then complete the assignment and then implement it to your own free or personal website.
The other thing that is so refreshing is you are told upfront that if you choose to be serious about building a home business then an upgrade is strongly encouraged. ( It is a one-time upgrade that is less than $1.75 a day. Can you even buy coffee for that?
There are so many added features you can use. And here is where I am going with this. That ↑Jaaxy banner above↑ is now a part of your backend at Wealthy Affiliate. You do not need to worry about making another purchase. This is available to all members. You can use your coffee fund to learn how to get the extra income you need. Go here and see if I am telling the truth…c’mon it is a challenge! It’s a double down dare!!
If I have not given you the truth about this, then I encourage you to leave a comment below or share your story on keywords, SEO and how you are getting on in the online world of marketing.
All the best to you ♥