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Top Searches | Related SearchesHave you ever hit a dead end when it comes to looking for the most search keywords in Google?
Using Related Search to Find Google's Most Search Keywords, by SEO Design Solutions.
For those of use involved in SEO or online marketing, we understand that not all keywords convert. So, finding the most searched keywords for your business is pivotal to popularity or poverty for driving relevant traffic to your site.

Instead of making the issue more complex, why not just take Google’s lead, particularly since hearing it right from the source versus having strained or filtered information from keyword research tools, which can leave your optimization efforts barking up the wrong tree.

For those of us that insist on doing things the hard way, sure you could still spend hours sifting through multiple sources to find keywords with promise, but I assure you Google has made it so easy, that with no puns intended that “even a caveman could do it”.

Are you aware that Google provides related searches to assist you in finding the most relevant result. From the standpoint of the user it this is ok, but from the standpoint of a company seeking additional methods to position themselves to an entire demographic or psychographic profile, what better tool than Google to lay it out for you at the bottom of every search.

Even if you did use traditional keyword research methods, putting together a profile on your target user still requires subjective research, which inherently could be flawed or based on partial information.

This alternative method we suggest, only takes a few minutes and then you can take the most searched related phrases back into traditional keyword research tools to truly master your niche and find keyword gold.

Keywords that appear as related searches have already toggled a filter and been promoted to that position as a result of search volume. Just because those keywords may not show up on traditional keyword research tools, does not mean they are not worthy targets for consideration.

Just consider, what percentage of searchers either (1) scroll to the bottom of the page and then scroll up to skim for relevant results (2) what percentage of individuals scroll from top to bottom then go to page two and view the related searches or (3) how many users just conveniently click a related search to investigate the link? Only the search engines analytics can tell, however the point is that these searches are hinged on queries with high search volume to begin with and are essentially low hanging fruit for organic optimization.

What is even better, is that many of the key phrases are readily available with a stint of SEO as many of the phrases are in fact under the radar. This is great since they are not typically targeted, the competition has not beat you to the punch.

Add the fact that they are showing up at the bottom of a highly searched phrase, and you can essentially factor it as free advertising courtesy of Google for all of those searches that go beyond the top 10, since they are conveniently located there for thousands of semantically grouped phrases.

The Exercise:

1. Perform a search using a broad match phrase, in this example I used web marketing, scroll to the bottom of the page and look at the related searches which are conveniently linked.

2. Write them down, check the competition in exact match “using quotes” with the keyword in a Google search. If it is under 50K, then create some content and start building relevant links.

Example: I searched for Web Marketing

Related Searches Returned:

  • web marketing source
  • internet marketing
  • online marketing
  • website marketing
  • search engine marketing
  • e-commerce
  • search engine optimization

These are definitely a bit on the competitive side for most, but at least you see how Google is grouping these industries as one category “Web Marketing”.

So, let’s try another less competitive phrase to find another example.

I searched for: Most Searched

Related Searched Returned:

  • most searched celebrities
  • most searched keywords
  • top searches
  • ebay most searched items

The idea here is, allow Google to tell you which trends are in the making today. Setting up a section of your site or blog to capitalize on the fact that related searches are integrated along with Universal search.

In less than an hour, you could potentially cross reference an entire niche and have the most searched phrases at your disposal, what you do with that information is up to you.

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About Jeffrey_Smith

In 2006, Jeffrey Smith founded SEO Design Solutions (An SEO Provider who now develops SEO Software for WordPress).

Jeffrey has actively been involved in internet marketing since 1995 and brings a wealth of collective experiences and marketing strategies to increase rankings, revenue and reach.

31 thoughts on “Using Related Search to Find Google’s Most Searched Keywords
  1. web hosting says:

    Why pay for keyword trackers or other tools when google is giving you that info for free.

  2. When it comes to psychographics, broad search keywords and mindshare of the market, they most definitely are.

    It’s really about tying it all together with content relevance, keywords and something to offer clients when the hit your pages as most have the whats in it for me attitude.

    At least, let Google tell you what others from the same niche are targeting to help you hone your focus. The great thing is, most of the related searches are wide open and ripe for the picking.

  3. BHM SEO says:

    I have spent many hours trying to find that long tail keyword that is going to make the most and find in the end I should just pay attention to google. It is nice to get that reconfirmation.

  4. I’m currently going after most searched as my first keyword to optimize for. A tough one I know. Thanks for the advice.

  5. I understand, by posting here you get a link with the anchor text (which we already rank for in the top 10) and effectively get a lift in the SERPs.

    Not a bad tactic, fortunately I am ok with it, because that phrase does get a great deal of traffic. However the traffic was not relevant to our business. Let me know how it works out.

  6. Sorry I know using the anchor text like that was abit cheeky. I’ll be adding your site as the first service to my index of SEO services in the next few minutes.

  7. No Worries Shaun:

    The keyword I must say has more traffic than most that just claim it in keyword research tools. I appreciate you adding us as a resource and look forward to visiting your site when you hit the mark for the phrase. Then we can do a follow up and document the process, the number of links, the sources, etc… By doing this, you can find your SEO ceiling in essence.

    For example, I know this blog if pointed at a keyword with less than 150,000 results in Google “in quotes” will devour it as a long-tail phrase. It took well over a year to develop that kind of internal link weight. We optimized that phrase using 2 posts and it was in the top 5 for two months without building links.

    It is a different strategy, but it just goes to show that competitive phrases are all relative to the site optimizing them.

    If CNN mentioned the word most searched, then we would all be in the back of the bus due to its authority.

    Build authority not links is all I am saying. Then if you see a search term with 17,000,000 competing pages, you wont even flinch as you start chipping away at it till you get it.

  8. Just a quick update. Yahoo / alltheweb search engines seem to like my site very much. I’m first page stuff for most searched. I’m abit pleased with that. Google is an all together different beast im gathering?

  9. Shaun Keating says:

    argg turns out it was directing me to the UK version of the search. Still, not bad.

  10. Thank you for this great post. On my blog I commented about the downside of this recent change: keywords may show as “active”, when they are really “inactive”. This complicates bidding optimization, and makes it very difficult to accurately judge when it is ok to delete keywords with no impressions.

  11. dimi says:

    Thanks for the list.
    Can we get and more detailed list with up to 50-100 positions.


  12. Thanks for this article – I’m going to try this right away!

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  14. flash text says:

    I like very much this post. Keep it up

  15. This is a very nice post. I agree to using google to search for most searched phrase and base your niche on the opportunity (yes, I call it opportunity). You can draw readers to your site but you need quality to retain. So create quality matter on the identified lines.

  16. Agreed and well spoken, thanks Himanshu.

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