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Keywords Explorer

How to use the Search suggestions report

In this report, we show 'autocomplete' suggestions for your target query.

While Google only shows a handful of suggestions, we show nearly all keyword ideas along with SEO metrics.

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Below are some actionable ways to use this report.

Find low-competition keyword ideas

Set the Keyword Difficulty (KD) filter to a maximum of 10.

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Skim through the list for relevant topics.

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NOTE. The numbers suggested for the search volume and KD filters will vary based on the breadth of your niche. Feel free to play around with the filters until you get a list of keywords you’re satisfied with.

Find keywords with SERP features

SERP features are anything in the search engine results pages that are not traditional search results (i.e., ten blue links.) For example, here’s a featured snippet:

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Depending on your goals, you can filter for different types of SERP features. For example, you can filter for featured snippets, knowledge panels, people also ask boxes, and so on.

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Find informational keywords

Informational queries are those that searchers use to gain more knowledge on a topic. Typically, they have modifiers like:

  • how
  • what
  • who
  • where
  • why
  • guide
  • tutorial
  • resource
  • ideas
  • tips
  • learn
  • examples

Enter these modifiers in the “Include” box. Select “Any word.”

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Click “Apply” to see queries that include one or more of the modifiers in your list.

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NOTE. To get the most out of this tip, use a broad target keyword or keywords.

See keyword ideas based on terms

Looking for keyword ideas with particular modifiers or terms? You can find them easily in the “Terms” column.

Click on the modifier that best fits what you’re looking for.

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See SEO metrics for the top-ranking pages

Click the “SERP” button beside any keyword to see the SERP Overview.

This shows the first page of search results for your keyword along with important SEO metrics.

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Analyze these metrics to assess the ranking difficulty of your target keyword.

Keep learning

Check out this video to learn how to do keyword research:

Or read some of the articles on the Ahrefs blog:

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