Keysearch.co is a low cost, comprehensive keyword research tool for purposes of Search Engine Optimization of your online content. I still miss the old Google Keyword Planner, but Keysearch.co is the next best thing for the money.
We like Keysearch so much that it’s even earned the Blog 2.0 Seal of Approval. Read on to see why.
What Happened To Google Keyword Planner?
If you’ve been blogging for a while and have focused on Search Engine Optimization or SEO at all, you remember the old Google Keyword Planner Tool. It had all the information you could possibly want about the search volume of different keywords, including relatively monthly volume, related keywords and difficulty determinations. And the fact that the information was directly from Google itself, you knew it was reliable. All you needed to access those jewels was a free Adsense account.
In the fall of 2016, Google stopped providing everyone with an Adsense account full access to all these SEO details. It dialed back the results for all but a few, high-value users (read: businesses that spend a lot of money on Adwords), leaving the rest of us with crumbs.
What’s a blogger or other small online business owner to do? The only thing we can do. We must soldier on! So we set out to find the most comprehensive online tool to replace as much of that useful SEO information as possible—at the lowest possible cost.
After much research and even more hand-wringing, I took the plunge and purchased a monthly subscription to Keysearch.co, one of a number of online keyword research tools.
Here’s a quick screencast video of how I use Keysearch.co for keyword research
The Bottom Line
Keysearch.co is a relatively inexpensive and comprehensive. The interface is a bit clunky, but between my review and the introduction from the company itself, it’s easy to use.
I’d rather have access to an unlimited number of keyword searches every day, but I’m not sure any comparable tool provides that. At my current price, I’m going to keep my subscription active.
Price/availability of coupons
The “Starter Price” is $17 a month or $169 a year (a savings of $35 a year). It includes 40 daily keyword research credits,* 200 Daily Difficulty Analysis, Daily Credit Resets, 40 Rank Tracking Keywords, Link Metrics, Youtube research, Exact Domain Check.
The “Pro Price” is $34 a month or $279 a year (a savings of $129 a year—a much more significant savings than the Starter Price annual cost). It includes 100 daily keyword research credits,* 500 daily difficulty analyses, Daily Credit Resets, 100 Rank Tracking Keywords, Link Metrics, Youtube research, Exact Domain Check.
* Keyword Planner searches use 2 research credits. All other research searches (Google/Amazon Suggest, Backlink Checker, competitor keywords etc.) use 1 credit.
Your payment for the keysearch service is made in the form of a monthly PayPal charge, which can be confusing. You can cancel at any time, but to do so you have to remove the PayPal authorization for the recurring charge within your PayPal account. The tool’s website doesn’t make that entirely clear.
For the purposes of this review, I signed up for an affiliate account, so I’m able to provide you with a coupon code. The code for 20% off your purchase is KSDISC.
Keysearch.co uses FreshDesk.com for support, with a system for submitting a support ticket. You do have to create a support account to take advantage of the ticketing, but it’s a simple process. I’ve submitted support tickets, and the response time has been same-day. The “knowledge base” appears to be sparse at best.
There are written and video tutorials available for reading and viewing. All of the video tutorials and articles can be found at Keysearch.co Tutorials.
The videos include a Quick Start Guide with the tool and individual tutorials on most aspects of the tool, including the backlink checker and keyword difficulty analysis. The articles discuss such topics as long tail keywords and latent semantic indexing, which refers to keywords that google considers to be associated with your focus keyword.
Does the Tool do what it advertises?
Yes, the tool does what it’s advertised to do. Since we can no longer retrieve specific search volume information on keywords directly from Google itself, it’s difficult to assess the accuracy of the search data that this tool provides. It seems that the keyword data is drawn from Moz Pro, which is a significantly more expensive tool with much more robust information.
How does it enhance a blog or blogging tasks?
On my food blog, approximately 45% of my traffic comes from Search Engine Optimization or SEO. If you’re an online content creator and you want eyeballs on your website, you need to pay attention to SEO. And the first pillar of SEO is keyword research. I believe you should never publish online content without giving consideration to SEO. Keyword research is essential.
Blogger level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Intermediate. The only reason that I call this an intermediate level tool is that, if you are just learning how to set up and navigate the back end of a blog, and you’re just beginning to create content, this tool may seem overwhelming. But if you’re already thinking strategically about blog traffic in any way, you need to engage in keyword research, with this tool or another one.
If you use our Blog 2.0 affiliate link to purchase Keysearch, we’ll receive a commission payment on the sale. It seems like a relatively generous payout of 30% on a monthly plan or 20% on an annual plan.
The commission doesn’t increase the cost to you. In fact, if you use our 20% off code of KSDISC, your price is lower than it would otherwise be. However, feel free to shop around. And stay tuned for other reviews of alternative keyword research tools soon!