There are dozens of keyword research tools available, but few are as popular as Google’s keyword tool. Google’s Keyword Planner tool offers marketers and advertisers plenty of valuable keyword data, such as related search terms, ad group ideas, keyword suggestions, keyword trend data and more. However, for all its power and versatility, there is one major drawback to Google’s keyword tool: you need a Google Ads account to use it.
That’s why WordStream’s free Keyword Suggestion Tool is an ideal, open alternative to Google’s Keyword Planner that absolutely anybody can use, completely free of charge. Whether you’re looking for keywords for SEO or PPC, our Free Keyword Tool has you covered.
To get started with our completely free alternative to Google’s keyword tool, simply enter a keyword:
WordStream’s free alternative to Google’s keyword tool
If desired, choose your industry and country to further refine your keyword search results.
Once you enter your starting keyword query, you’ll get a list of related keyword searches including popular and long-tail keyword terms along with their monthly estimated search volume in Google:
To get the full list of keywords, just enter your email and we’ll send them all to your inbox, completely free of charge.
To get even more keyword data to help you plan and execute your paid search marketing campaigns, you can connect your Google Ads account through a secure, one-time OAuth connection, and we’ll provide personalized results tailored to your specific business and Google Ads account history.
These additional metrics, which are especially valuable to businesses doing paid search advertising, include:
Used in concert, WordStream’s Free Keyword Tool and the Google Keyword Tool (now called Keyword Planner) are an excellent combination for advertisers seeking to exert greater control over their keyword advertising strategies and see greater return on investment from their advertising budget.
One element of keyword research that many advertisers overlook is building a negative keyword list. Just as relevant keywords are crucial to the success of any PPC campaign, so too is a negative keyword list, which tells Google which terms your ads should not appear alongside. This reduces wasted budget on irrelevant or non-converting keyword searches.
Adding negatives to your Google Ads account is straightforward, and can be done via the Keywords tab of the main Google Ads interface.
As you can see, Google Ads allows you to add negatives at either the ad group or campaign level. What this interface doesn’t offer, however, is a list of recommended negative keywords to begin with. Check out our article on negative keywords to learn how to avoid wasting precious advertising dollars.