How To Discover Thousands of Profitable Keywords in Minutes Using SEMrush

profitable keywords semrush'Have you ever wanted to know which keywords you and your competitors are ranking for?

Do you want to discover thousands of potential long-tail keywords that will skyrocket your SEO traffic?

I got a solution for you.

Meet SEMrush, a popular web application being run by the SEOQuake Team.

SEMrush provides you with massive amounts of SERP data for more than 95 million keywords and 45 million domains. Among its key feature includes AdWords ad copies and positions, Organic positions for domains and landing URLs, Search volumes, CPC, Competition, Number of results, and many more

With this simple tool, you can do so many things. but for our reasons of building niche websites, in this tutorial I will mainly focus on showing you the way I use Semrush to discover thousands of profitable keywords in minutes. Let’s get started!

Understanding The Technique

Let me give you a brief idea on what we will do. Big sites like Squidoo, Hubpages, Yahoo Answers, etc are dominating the web, right?

And they are ranking for millions of keywords.

Fact: Their high ranking for subpages happens almost naturally because of the massive authority of the root domains. Those subpages have almost zero backlink pointing to them.

And by stealing their keywords, we can outrank them easily by building a high quality site with just a few backlinks. That’s sweet!

Here Are 3 Simple Steps On How To Do It

Step 1: Prepare the weapon

Visit to Semrush.com and sign up for a new account. You have 2 options:

  • Free Account: You will be limited to see few keywords only.
  • PRO Account ($79.95 one off for 1 month or $69.95 recurring): I highly recommend this. But if you are on a tight budget, you can subscribe for $69.95. Then, cancel your membership after one month. That’s enough time for you to find some good keywords and enjoy the benefits of this tool.

You can use this coupon code CLOUDLIVINGJOURNEY-K594 when signing up using this link to get 2 week trial.

Step 2: Choose a target

Actually, we can use this technique for virtually any site. However, there are some specific kinds of website that are likely to give us better results. They are:

  • Web 2.0.
  • Q & A sites.
  • Article directories
  • Forums
  • Press release distribution sites.
  • Or any kind of site with user generated content.

If you see a keyword that has one or more of these types of websites ranking on the first page, you’ll have a better chance of outranking them easily. There are tons of websites like these, but here is my favorite list:

That’s more than enough for you to find unlimited keywords :)

Step 3: FIRE !!!

Once you’ve registered and subscribed for a PRO account with Semrush, you can now log in.

Now let’s make a keyword list.

For this tutorial, I’ll be using WikiHow.com  as an example, so I type the url into search input, then click the big orange Search button.

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Then I scroll down a little bit and click Full report on the bottom of the Organic Keywords box.

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You’ll see that WikiHow.com are ranking for a total of 2,018,749 keywords. What a huge number!

Now, we are going to filter the list using some certain criteria. Click on the filter button on the upper right of the keyword list. Now we have to set some filters.

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You can see that Semrush shows 811 keywords based on my filters. Let’s me explain more on why I use those criteria:

  • Keyword – Containing – How To Get: When it comes to finding profitable keywords, we should only choose keywords that have commercial intent, and they are usually the ones that contain some specific words like: how to, review, best, buy, benefits, etc. By using this filter, you can immediately avoid all other “bad” keywords.
  • Volume – Greater than – 999: Because if you type 1000 into the box, Semrush will return all the keywords that have search volume greater than 1000 😀 Remember to always type in a number smaller than the minimum search count you want. For example, if you want to have minimum search count of 2900, type 2899.

Now that we have a list of keywords that meet our ctiteria. The next step is to go through the list and analyze each keyword to find the easy to rank ones. You can read my detailed guide on analyzing the competition as I’m not going to repeat what I have written there.

It’s really time consuming to manually go through the list one by one, so my usually next step is to download the list and put all the keywords into my favorite keyword research tool Long Tail Pro (read my review). It has a great feature allowing you to enter your own keywords.

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The job now is much simpler. You can save more time while still being able to find a lot of profitable keywords with a combination of Semrush and Long Tail Pro. They’re both paid tools but I guarantee you that they are well worth the price.

Your Thoughts

This tutorial is quite shorter than my usual. But it’s straight forward and has practical tips, and  you can apply them right away. I hope that this technique will help you solve your keyword research problem.

If I were you, I’ll not waste another minute. So go and find your own set of profitable keywords :)

If you have any questions or feedbacks, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Thanks for reading!

– Tung

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Ryan Kaufman - July 16, 2013

hello Tung,

what a wonderful post, right on time, as I was comparing some keywords tools this week… I have TrafficTravis, SemRush, LongTailPro, Market Samurai and Keyword Canine so far…

It’d be nice to see a comparison chart of them all – or am I asking for too much? :)

Anyway, video sites (e.g. YouTube) ranking on the 1st SERPS also show potential low competition, so it’s worth giving a try for those key terms…

That wikihow.com example you gave us actually exposes a ton of new niche ideas we can tackle for a dozen of new niche sites, awesome! I think that’s what makes SemRush powerful, first and foremost, isn’t it?

My Q is this: for how long have you been using this tool yourself and did you see any ROI yet?

Also… how many niche sites is your portfolio counting at the moment? Do you plan to sell any of them yet?

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    Tung Tran - July 16, 2013

    Hi Ryan,

    I have using Semrush for over 3 months and yes I found many good keywords. I even used it to do keyword research for my case study site 😀

    I have 5 sites now but they are not so profitable. Yes I plan to sell some in the future when the earning is stable.

    Thanks

    Tung

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      John Gibb - August 4, 2013

      Tung,

      Is there any chance you’d be revealing any of your other sites once they start getting more money roll-in, or do you plan to create new ones and write reports on them?

      Also, how’s your dumbbells site doing, did it went back up into the SERPs?

      Did you add more content to it, or build more back-links?

      Thx…

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        Tung Tran - August 4, 2013

        Yeah I will do some other case studies in the future 😀

        My dumbbell site got recovered and are making around $50 per day

        Yeah I’m planning to add more content and backlink to it.

        Sorry for not being able to write any new blog post lately as I’m learning on how to hire my first full time VA to handle all the works 😀

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          John Gibb - August 6, 2013

          Woah! $50 a day, that’s $1,500 a month, congrats!

          Did you build any new back-links or added new content last month?

          Anyway…

          You could be making more, probably, by adding AdSense ads on top of Amazon… do you plan to test this soon?

          cheers!

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          Tung Tran - August 6, 2013

          I don’t like Adsense and it’s risky because so many people know about this site

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Rushin - July 16, 2013

Hey what you think about spyfu , i mean which option should i choose spyfu or semrush

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Viv - July 16, 2013

Hi Tung,

Great article indeed.

So the bunch of kw from semrush isn’t topic specific but a general overflowand thenit’s up to us to find which kw to target for our niche site…is that so?

Kinldy clarify.

Good stuff as usual. Keep rocking!

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Anisul@NicheSitesSecrets - July 16, 2013

Lol.. You have revealed many SEOs secret weapon Tung ! Excellent write up with great insight ! I wish semrush fees would be bit lower :(

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    Tung Tran - July 16, 2013

    Thank you :)

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    John Gibb - August 4, 2013

    Here’s a “trick”

    Write an in depth review about SemRush… become their affiliate, and ask to give you a free full trial to enhance your review, or something like this

    In 9 out of 10 cases they should be giving full access for a whole month using this method.

    As they understand the power of product reviews, and SEO/Affiliate Marketing.

    Let me know how it goes, and if you have any further questions about niche site building, you could grab my free PDF report…

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      Tung Tran - August 4, 2013

      yeah actually the Semrush team contacted and gave me 6 month membership after I published this post 😀

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Shon Thriva - July 16, 2013

Great post! I never thought about doing this, I can see how you can generate lots of keywords to rank for. When I see these kinds of sites like weebly and such on the first page my mouth starts to water!

Thanks for the post!

Cheers!

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Norm - July 17, 2013

Great little tutorial Tung.

So many toys to play with but too bad many them are subscription based.

I have a look into it 😉

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Ray John - July 19, 2013

Another great tutorial Tung! Keep it up!

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David - July 19, 2013

Tung, thanks for your article

I bought one-month piece today, I guess it’s from you aff links here.

Using it now, within an hour, I find a k/w that 9 spots of top 10 in page 1 are forum or user generated content. Pretty stoked! And there are three EMDs, .com,.net and .org.

PS. I really want to know the PLUGIN you use here to ask people “Like” to see the URL. (You talked about it in other posts, but I just cannot find it) So, please share with me and thanks a lot!

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    Tung Tran - July 19, 2013

    Sadly I didn’t receive the commission 😀 But I’m happy that you really took action after reading my post 😀

    The plugin called Wpsharely :) wpsharely.com or here is my affiliate link is you want to 😀

    Tung

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      John Gibb - August 4, 2013

      Tung

      If you didn’t receive your commission, please talk with SemRush, and tell the issue… I feel like you deserve to earn that, as David bought it from your link (and maybe he didn’t have cookies enabled, or whatever)

      SemRush may understand… this is what my partner does with Aweber, as not always people have their cookies set right, and more than often, let’s face it, most men and women are clearing their browser’s history, URLs and cookies all together…

      Does it help?

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Iain - July 20, 2013

Cool tutorial. I can’t say that I have used semrush much, but I may have to take a closer look at it.

Thank you tung

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corey - July 24, 2013

hello i have noticed that you did manged to recover you niche site from the penalty can you tell me how you managed to do that
please :)

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    Tung Tran - July 24, 2013

    I will 😀 Let’s wait for a week for things to settle down

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      Iain - July 30, 2013

      I’m also curious as to how this turned out. I look forward to that post.

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      corey - August 4, 2013

      i am too excited because my niche website that i am getting some little income is tanked right now :(

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Kelvon - July 24, 2013

Hi Tung,

Thanks for dropping a profitable idea for keyword research.

I wish there were more affordable services than SEMRUSH. Though, it’s worth a dime.

Those screenshots? Did you use a plugin for the borders or they were pre-designed on a design software?

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    Tung Tran - July 24, 2013

    I use Photoshop with Filter >> Distort

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    John Gibb - August 4, 2013

    hi Kelvon

    I think SemRush are the only guys in town offering this service – that’s why they can raise the pricing, and still get lots of customers….

    Don’t expect them to lower the price, in fact, it’s the opposite… years ago when they’ve started, I recall having a different/lower pricing point.

    Also, I visited your site, it has just one tiny email sign-up box, I cannot see the headline or other text on the left side… is that’s how you set it up?

    Best!

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Kev Smack - July 25, 2013

Thats definitely a new little known concept, actually this is the 1st time I heard of it. Genius!!! Thanks for the info bro.

P.S. Check your email Tung.

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Chris - July 25, 2013

How long does it typically take Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc to index a site?

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Jon Haver - July 26, 2013

Tung – Super useful tutorial as always. I have not tried out this technique but if/when I do I will be sure to give you feedback. It looks pretty slick!

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Marable - July 29, 2013

Hey Tung,

Did you drop long tail pro Platinum to use SEM Rush?
Can I replace LTP?
Or do you still use both?

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winston - August 3, 2013

Tung,

I was going through your posts again to review your guides and while following I noticed you got your dumbbells site back up to #4 for the keyword “adjustable dumbbells”.

If you don’t mind, could you share the things you did to bring this back up?

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Johnny - August 16, 2013

Hi!

Your coupon code doesn’t work…:(

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Josh - September 8, 2013

Another solid post Tung! I have used SEM Rush before and it was awesome, but never thought about using like this with the filter “how to get”. I will be trying this soon. Keep this stuff coming!

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Fred Owusu - October 14, 2013

Great information Tung. Impressive trick with SEMRush. Gotta try that.

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Simon - June 11, 2015

hi Tung – Thanks for the post!

You say “There are tons of websites like these, but here is my favorite list:”

But, you don’t include your list :(

Can you give us the list please.

Many thanks!
Simon

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