Luckily, Google has a free keyword research tool that allows you to do just that: Google Keyword Planner (formerly the Google Keyword Tool). Google Keyword Planner gets a bad rap, especially since Google removed the ability to see exact monthly search volumes. Now they just show a vague range. You can get these back, but you have to run an AdWords campaign. But don't let this put you off. Google Keyword Planner is an INSANELY powerful tool and has some clear benefits. Not least, the fact that it suggests keyword ideas that you can't find anywhere else. Most SEOs have no clue how to get the most from this tool.
Keyword research is the core of any SEO, PPC, or any content marketing related campaign. If you do not bid or use the correct keyword suggestion tools, you do not serve the right audience with the right content at the right stage in the buyer's journey. This means less traffic, less customers, and less revenue. There are a tons of keyword suggestion tools lists out there on the internet. Usually, after reading a list, you still won't know where to find the best tool for your business.
Many bloggers get very frustrated after they have been working for a couple of months. They initially are excited about the possibility of making a six-figure stream of passive income. After they get started though, they discovered that the legwork can be overwhelming. The good news is that machine learning is making it much easier for them to create a successful blogging career, as Jeff Bullas points out. One of the ways that machine learning has helped the most is with helping bloggers find profitable longtail keywords.
A well-orchestrated PPC campaign can benefit a good SEO campaign, as Sergey Grybniak explores in How to Combine SEO & PPC for More Powerful Results. I love it when a potential client comes along who already has an active PPC campaign. This is why I'm confused when SEO pros don't like working with clients who do PPC. And when both sides win, the client wins. We can learn a lot from analyzing each other's data, cohesion, and from respecting the different margins of error.
It's nearly impossible to have a discussion about SEO without talking about keywords. Keywords remain the very foundation of any solid SEO strategy, as Google and users need them to understand the topic of your content. With that said, much has changed over the past 5 years when it comes to how keywords are used. In the olden days of SEO, keyword density and keyword ratios were measured religiously, with most experts recommending a maximum keyword density of 5 percent. This meant that your target keyword would account for no more than 5 percent of the total words on the page.