The most complete keyword research tool on the market

Keywords Explorer runs on the world's largest third-party database of search queries.

  • Thousands of Keyword Suggestions

    Never run out of keyword ideas. Keywords Explorer runs on a huge database of more than 7 billion keywords, updated with fresh data every month.

  • 171 countries supported

    Not from the US? No problem. Keywords Explorer gives you data for 171 countries.

  • 10 Different Search Engines

    Google isn’t the only search engine around. By processing large amounts of clickstream data, we can estimate keyword volumes for places like YouTube, Amazon, Bing, Baidu, etc.

  • Accurate Search Volumes

    We use clickstream data to refine our search volumes on a monthly basis, ensuring they're always up-to-date.

  • Keyword Difficulty Score

    Find the “low-hanging fruit” among your keyword ideas. Our KD score calculates how hard it will be to rank for your keyword based on the current top-ranking pages.

  • “Clicks” Metric

    A high search volume doesn’t mean people click on the search results. Ahrefs is the only tool that shows the estimated number of clicks for your keywords.

  • “Parent Topic”

    A single page can rank for hundreds of closely-related keywords. Parent Topic determines if you can rank for your target keyword while targeting a more general topic on your page instead.

  • Advanced SEO Metrics

    Get SEO metrics no other tool will show you: Return Rate, Clicks per search, % of clicks, % of paid clicks, and more!

  • SERP Overview & Positions History

    Get a quick look at the SEO metrics and ranking history of the top-ranking pages. Assess the SERPs and understand why these pages rank as they do.

  • Keywords Lists

    Save and segment keywords into lists for easy future reference.

Get thousands of keyword ideas with accurate search volume numbers

Enter up to 10,000 keywords in one go and you’ll see every metric associated with these keywords:

Reports in Overview
All keyword ideas

When entering multiple keywords, Keywords Explorer will take 10 of the most popular keywords and generate thousands of ideas in six different ways:

  • Phrase match — phrases that contain your target keyword.

  • Having same terms — ideas that contain all the terms in your target keyword (in any order).

  • Also rank for — keywords the top 10 ranking pages for your target keyword also rank for.

  • Search suggestions — queries suggested via ‘autocomplete’ when searching for your target keyword.

  • Newly discovered — search queries that were added to our database recently.

  • Questions — queries phrased as a question.

Clickstream data allows us to refine our search volume numbers every month, ensuring that the metric is always accurate and up-to-date.

Get keyword ideas for ten different search engines, including YouTube, Amazon, Bing, Yandex, Baidu…

Google is not the only search engine around; it’s merely the biggest. With clickstream data, we can estimate the popularity of search queries in nine other search engines:

“Get keyword ideas for ten different search engines

Whether you're marketing on YouTube, Amazon, Bing or other search engines, you now have a source of reliable and accurate keyword data you can trust.

Easily find and prioritize the best keywords using a variety of filters

Want to quickly find the ideal topics to target in your list of keywords? Play around with our inbuilt filters.

Using a variety of filters

You can also include or exclude certain terms. For example, if you’re looking for only keywords comparing something, you can use the Include filter to only show keywords with “vs” in it.

Check “Keyword Difficulty” score

Keywords Explorer helps you determine how hard it would be to rank in the top 10 search results for a given keyword by calculating its “Keyword Difficulty” score (on a scale from 1 to 100, with the latter being the hardest).

Keyword Difficulty score

The Keyword Difficulty score is a weighted average of the number of referring domains to the top 10 search results.

Use advanced metrics for deeper insights

Thanks to the clickstream data we use to generate our reports, Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer shows you a number of advanced metrics you won’t see in any other tool:

  • Clicks — Some searches result in clicks on multiple search results, while others might have none. ‘Clicks’ shows the average monthly number of clicks on the search results for your target keyword.

  • Clicks Per Search — shows how many different search results people click, on average, after searching for this keyword.

  • % of Clicks — shows what percentage of searches for a given keyword result in clicks on the search results.

  • % of Paid Clicks vs Organic Clicks — shows how clicks on the search results are distributed between paid and organic results.

  • Return Rate — a unique Ahrefs metric that compares which keyword gets more repeat searches using a relative scale. For example, a keyword with a Return Rate of 3 simply means that it gets searched more often than a keyword with a Return Rate of 2 (and not merely being searched 3 or 2 times a month.)

SERP and ranking history

See the “Parent Topic” for your target keyword

A single page can rank for hundreds of related keywords. Parent Topic determines if you can rank for your target keyword while targeting a more general topic on your page instead.

Parent Topic

We identify the Parent Topic by taking the #1 ranking page for your keyword and finding the keyword responsible for sending the most traffic to that page.

Review the current SERP and ranking history of top-ranking results

The “SERP overview” report in Keywords Explorer lets you see the top-ranking results, along with all their SEO metrics, at a glance. This is the only report of its kind that brings important SEO metrics like backlinks, organic traffic and organic keywords together.

You can quickly assess the SERP and understand why these pages rank where they do.

top-ranking results

The "SERP position history" report shows you the ranking history of the pages that currently occupy the top 5 positions in the search results. You can use this report as an indication of whether the SERPs for that keyword is very volatile.

For example, the top-ranking pages for "healthy juices" looks pretty stable (i.e. rankings aren't jumping around). This could mean that the keyword is more difficult to crack.

top-ranking results

You can also choose to toggle between the full history (available only for Agency plan), last 6 months or last month views.

See the true traffic potential for your keyword

A single page usually ranks for thousands of related search queries and attracts search traffic from all of them.

With the SERP Overview report, you can see how much search traffic a top-ranking page is receiving versus its search volume.

traffic potential for your keyword

Use lists to save your keyword ideas for later

You can easily save the keyword ideas you like with the “Lists” feature in Keywords Explorer. With just one click, you can see all the data for your favorite keywords:

traffic potential for your keyword

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