3 Cool New Keyword Tools for Generating Content Ideas


You know how they say you should shake up your work-out routine from time to time to “shock your body”? (Real talk: I never do this.) The same is true of your keyword research routine – changing up your tools is a great way to get new content ideas. The WordStream Free Keyword Tool and AdWords Keyword Planner are old, reliable favorites, but here are three newish/new-to-me keyword tools that I’ve been using lately to find new keywords to conquer.

New Keyword Tool #1: Answer the Public

I saw someone mention Answer the Public recently on Twitter and immediately checked it out. The home page looks like this:

new keyword tools

Except the “seeker” is animated. It’s weird. Don’t get distracted. As with any other keyword tool, you just plug in a topic and go. It’s a UK-based tool, but you can select a different country from the dropdown:

keyword tools

Here’s the cool part – the results come back in visual form. First, you’ll see a “wheel” of question keywords related to your topic. I entered “AdWords,” and here’s what I got:

visual keyword tool

They’re organized into questions that begin with where, which, who, what, when, why, how, and are. I love answering question keywords with content; it’s a really effective way to demonstrate expertise and generate leads, and they can drive a ton of organic traffic (especially if you manage to rank in the featured snippet box, AKA position zero). We’ve already targeted a bunch of these keywords, but I also see a lot of questions that we haven’t tackled yet:

  • how adwords billing works
  • what adwords are my competitors using
  • when to use adwords
  • why use adwords editor

On the downside, there’s no search volume data, but if you see an interesting keyword, you can always check it in another tool.

Answer the Public also returns a visualization of keyword phrases containing prepositions, like for, with, without, and versus:

cool keyword tools

Some keyword ideas I got from this visual include:

  • adwords for photographers
  • adwords without a website
  • using adwords to make money

I like this tool because question keywords and phrases with words like “versus” surface PROBLEMS that your target audience is having and that you can then solve.

New Keyword Tool #2: FAQ Fox

Speaking of question keywords! FAQ Fox specializes in them. This isn’t quite like any other keyword tool I’ve seen. It scrapes Q&A sites like Reddit and Quora to find questions related to your topic of choice.

If you click the “marketing” category, the tool will automatically search relevant marketing subreddits as well as a few popular marketing forums like Wicked Fire and Warrior Forum.

faq fox keyword tool

You can also enter your own sites. I searched for “adwords” on Reddit and Quora.com and got a great list of questions:

question keyword tools

The questions are linked to the actual threads so you can go check out the full question as well as any answers it already has.

These questions tend to be much more specific and complex than the kinds of terms that people enter into Google, so if you decide to use one in your content marketing, you’ll probably have to use another keyword tool to find a phrase with search volume that you can map to the question. For example, if I wanted to create content to answer the question “Why are branded keywords costing me more in AdWords?” I could go into Keyword Planner to see that my best bet for this topic is the keyword “branded keywords”:

keyword planner tool

Another awesome way to surface problems that your prospects are trying to solve.

New Keyword Tool #3: KWFinder

When figuring out which keywords to target, it’s always a good idea to take competition into consideration. This will help you prioritize your keyword research – you don’t want to go for the super-competitive keywords first, but you also don’t want to only go after keywords that have very low volume, and that aren’t going to have great return even if you do rank on them.

KWFinder is a cool free keyword tool that shows you search volume, average CPC and both PPC and SEO competition. As with the above tools, I entered “adwords,” then clicked on the magnifying glass icon next to “adwords training.” This gives me a ton of data:

kwfinder keyword tool

Higher scores are more competitive, so you can see that while “adwords training” is a highly competitive term in paid search (with a score of 91 and an average CPC over $12), the organic competition is pretty low (26). On the right-hand side of the screen you can see a snapshot of the search volume for this keyword over time, as well as some data on the pages that are currently ranking on the Google SERP for this keyword search.

We’re unlikely to be able to outrank the Google support result, but I bet we can beat that Moz community page!

competitive keyword tools

I got lots of new content ideas playing with these tools. Now I just need to go to the gym.

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Dec 01, 2015

Wow—these three tools are awesome. I'd never heard of any of them. Know what will be keeping me busy for the next few days ;)

Thanks, Elisa!

Elisa Gabbert
Dec 02, 2015

Thanks, Logan, I hope you get some new content ideas out of them!

Dec 03, 2015


Dec 03, 2015

wow - that's fun and information. LIKE

Dec 09, 2015

thank you

Sridhar Kesaraju
Jan 02, 2016

WOW - These tools are really great and definitely solve the content marketing problems very easily. Kudos to the team who made these tools and thanks to WordStream in bringing these tools in front of the online marketers.

Jan 11, 2016

Good post! Thank you for sharing!Out of these 3 keyword tools, I personally like KWFinder. Very cool.

Jan 14, 2016

Very good and useful article! Thank you! I use this tools even for non-english phrases!

Apr 25, 2016

Very cool! Another alternative is http://rankbrain.me. It's pretty simplle and will also provide additional information like AdWords competition and search volume for free.

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