How I Find Keywords – Raw and Uncut

People over-complicate finding keywords…making the process much more difficult than it has to be.  The problem I believe is that there are so many different keyword tools out there providing people with “bogus'” data andHow I Find Keywords - Me Using Jaaxy metrics that you really don’t even need.  People get lost in the world of keyword translation.  Because of this, I want to walk you through the process of finding keywords in a raw, uncut and unfiltered manner.

You ONLY need to care about 2 Things!

When I am doing research, I really only want at two keyword data points. Traffic and Competition.   That is it.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Without traffic, there is no point in getting rankings in search engines. If there is too much competition, there is no point in getting rankings in the first place.


So ideally I want a keyword that has a good amount of traffic (the higher the better) and low competition (the lower the better).  But what metric should you look at first, traffic or competition.  This is a horse and carriage sort of scenario.

Here is How I Efficiently Find Keywords

First, I take a keyword in which I am looking for keyword ideas for (whether it be articles, website content, etc), and I dump it into Jaaxy, the keyword tool that I use.  In this case I will put in the keyword “bass fishing”, something that I know very little about andI am not very good at, but I want to show you how easy it is to find awesome keywords, regardless of the niche.  When you do keyword research, you need a “keyword tool” to get at the keyword data you need and I happen to own Jaaxy (Get 30 searches FREE) and I think it is it the best thing since sliced bread, so that is what I use.

Here we go, lets have a gander of my first set of search results…

Jaaxy Search - Bass Fishing

Personally, I look at COMPETITION first.   It is the most important thing to me.  If I can’t get rankings in Google easily, then there is not point in care about traffic.  You will notice that I have added check marks beside particular QSR rankings. QSR (Quoted Search Results) is a metric native to Jaaxy that tells you exactly how many competing pages there are in Google.  This is the most important piece of information.  If there are very few pages in Google under a search term, that is a good thing.  That means little competition for me

Note: Google no longer provides this information and no other keyword tool gets at this piece of data as efficiently as Jaaxy does!

Competition should be your focal point. I personally aim for under 400 QSR, the closer to 0 the better. In this case all of the keywords with green check marks are under 400 QSR.

What is a Good Amount of Traffic?

Traffic numbers have this unnecessary influence on people’s decision.  I don’t pay a ton of attention to traffic, to me the most important aspect is that the keyword gets SOME traffic.  Competition should be much more important to you than any traffic or trend value.

Here is why.

If you get a #1-3 ranking in Google under a search term that gets 50 clicks per month, you are going to probably get a good number of clicks to your page.  If you get a ranking on page 2 or 3 within Google under a term that gets 1,000’s of clicks per month, you are not going to get much traffic, if any.  People simply don’t click past the first page of the search results, hence my reasoning for focusing on Competition first, Traffic second.

I usually recommend aiming for over 50 clicks in Jaaxy, the higher the better obviously (assuming it has limited competition).  From my initial search, here are some great keywords that I would add to a keyword list for later use, all are definite KEEPERS and will be quite easy to get great rankings under.  You could write an article, create a blog post, create a web page, or upload a video targeting any of these and get prime time rankings!

Top Keywords - Jaaxy

The keywords with under 100 QSR are pure “brilliance” when it comes t keywords that you can get ranked.

“bass fishing victoria”, 164 traffic, only 14 qsr (would average 100 clicks/mth with top 3 ranking)
“bass fishing for dummies”, 93 traffic, only 55 qsr (would average 50-60 clicks/mth with top 3 ranking)

I have literally spent a minute and one search to find these great keywords, in a niche I know nothing about.

A Keyword Research Blitz

In less than 5 searches, I am going to find as many easy ranking keywords using Jaaxy as possible, just to prove the how easy keyword research is when you only have to focus on Traffic and Competition.  Here are 5 random searches that I did.

Search #1: Bass Fishing Lures

Bass Fishing - Keyword Research Blitz

Search #2: Basketball Gear

Basketball Gear - Keyword Research Blitz

Search #3: Best Diet Plans

Search #4: Growing Organic Tomatoes

Growing Organic Tomatoes - Keyword Research Blitz

Search #5: Why is My Computer Slow

Why Is My Computer Slow - Keyword Research Blitz

66 low competition, high traffic keywords in 5 searches!  Not bad for a few searches that literally took me a minute to do.   This is the exact reason that keyword research is one of those things I don’t worry about, I find keywords at will.  If I want 1,000 keywords, I can get them.  If I want 1,000 1st page rankings in Google, I can also get those! :)

Imagine What You Could Accomplish in 30 Searches!

Now, I challenge you to do what I have just done, except I am going to get you to do this with 30 searches…using Jaaxy!

Get 30 Free Searches Now!

I know many people have been very interested in Jaaxy lately, and I wanted to let you know that we are giving you 30 free searches with Jaaxy. This is full access with no catches…check it out and use it for 30 searches and perform the same sort of keyword research I have done on these niches here.

Seriously, NO CATCH. 30 free searches including all the functionality that our paid members receive. If you decide you like Jaaxy and think it is a tool you will want to use on a regular basis, then you can decide if you want to get access to unlimited searches.   If not, we are going to show you how you can earn more search credits.  Either way you are a winner!

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I hope you have enjoyed this article.  Please leave your comments and feedback, I always love to hear them.  Also, feel free to share this post with anyone that you want (via the social buttons on this page).

Take it easy,

Kyle - Wealthy Affiliate

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21 thoughts on “How I Find Keywords – Raw and Uncut”

  1. @Randy

    We have an analysis tool within Jaaxy that compares the top 10 ranked sites for any search term and breaks these down for you. Another powerful feature within Jaaxy!

  2. I understand your take on QSR and traffic amounts. This seems like a good start, but doesn’t your ranking depend on the state of your competition on the first page as opposed to only the over all qsr? How does jaxxy help me to judge whether the top ten (1st page) is penetrable even if traffic is high and qsr is under 400?

  3. @Paul

    Definitely a time saver have access to this data so quickly. You will be able to cut down your keyword research time into a fraction and finding low competition keywords no longer become a difficult task. Thanks for your feedback Paul and enjoy Jaaxy!

  4. Amazing. I went back to the Keyword Tool and the Google Competition Tool at the WA website and compared it to Jaaxy. I was able to do just ONE look at Jaaxy in under a minute, while taking much much longer to jump back and forth between the KT and the GCT at WA. I’m signing up for Jaaxy.

    P.S> I found this article while going through my 30-day daily lessons as something to Shout-out.

    Thanks Kyle!


  5. @Catherine

    Try it for yourself via the 30 free searches and come to your own conclusion. :)

    We created Jaaxy because we felt we could do a better job than anything that is out there. Jaaxy is the only keyword tool I would use, saves me hours per week and I am not exaggerating. I think you will like it too. :)

  6. Kyle, I need to thank you for all the help your articles have given me so far. I am currently doing the 30 30 challenge, and I put your keyword search to test. I followed your advice and low and behold, out of 30 personal results and 13,500,000 other results, on typing in how to jump start a car, my Street Article came up on the first page as number two. It really works.

  7. @Cathy

    Jaaxy delivers QSR in a much quicker fashion. It also has other metrics like KQI, which give you a visual representation of the keyword quality (Green = GOOD). Check out the tool for yourself, it is free to try. I think you will love it!

  8. @Vanessa

    This is a more advanced version of the keyword tool as Jaaxy is more of a research suite (not just a keyword tool) and implements much more sophisticated technology. Try out Jaaxy and see what you think. It’s FREE!

  9. @Charles

    Yes, competition should be your first focus. If there is too much competition and you won’t be able to achieve rankings, why would you care about traffic. So focus first on competition, then look at traffic numbers. Even small amounts of traffic can carry large value when you work on scale.

  10. This is excellent ,i like it. I was getting confused with traffic and competition, but now is all clear.
    When subscribed to jaaxy, there was indication that traffic of above is better, but if the competition is the priority, i will give it a shot. Thanks so much Kyle for that explanation.

  11. thanks so much for the free trial of keyword tool i am one of those novices that pays too much attention to all the different metrics thank you for the simple explaination i see the light again cheers

  12. Hi Kyle, I am a WA member and in WA, there is this keyword search tool. So which should I use and trust? Confused……

  13. Hi Kyle

    Great lesson on keyword research. Is the competition rating in Jaxxy the same as it is in the WA keyword tool? If not how is Jaxxy different from the WA tool?


  14. @Stan

    High PR does not mean much these days. Yes, it can carry some weight, but under most search terms with limited competition Google has no choice but to put high PR sites under stuff they have very few search results in. However, you are competing mostly with “relevance” when you are doing keyword research, not purely PageRank. You can outrank PR 7 sites with NO PR quite easily if you are more relevant. Google is a search engine that thrives off of relevance, not just authority…that is old school SEO…

    And yes, we have a Website SERPS tool that allows you to analyze the top 10 search results of any keyword. It works great, but personally I don’t use this for every search because over analysis can lead to far less productivity. This is what I mean when I say making sense of data that is meaningless, too many people attempt to create false assumptions on useless data.

  15. I’m sorry but I just ran a check on ‘college gear’, one of your keepers… This is a high competition KW with high PR Authority pages on the first page. A low QSR is nice but if the number is 10 and those can’t be beaten, what’s the point?

    As far as I’m concerned it’s the page 1 competition that matters. Not the overall one.
    Does Jaaxy include that as well?

  16. hello Kyle !
    you are best in keyword search :-)
    thanks for all topic and free try :-)

    im already in ur newsletters!

  17. @Lemuel

    A correlation and an algorithmic interpretation. We run these numbers through an algorithm that gives a more accurate representation of how much traffic you can expect (we have based this on extensive comparative data). Google’s numbers alone are highly unreliable (typically inflated drastically) which is why we have implemented our traffic understanding algorithm into Jaaxy.

  18. Nice post Kyle!

    I am a member of Jaaxy right now and I’m loving it with the search result.

    I have a question?

    The monthly searches is a combination of google, bing and yahoo? Because when I verify the result at Google Keyword tools, it did not correlate.


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