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Free Keyword Difficulty Checker Tool

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Uncover easy-to-rank-for keywords with Rank Tracker's Keyword Difficulty Tool and beat your competitors in SERPs
What's the worst nightmare of any SEO? Wasting time and effort on the wrong keywords. With Rank Tracker's improved Keyword Difficulty tool, you can forget about it for good. The tool lets you find the most cost-effective keywords that are super easy to rank for in no time at all!

What is Keyword Difficulty score?

By definition, Rank Tracker's Keyword Difficulty shows you exactly how hard it's going to be to rank in top 10 results for any given keyword in Google or any localized versions of your target search engine.

The algorithm behind the Keyword SEO Difficulty value is dead simple. Basically, the keyword tool analyzes top 10 ranking pages for a certain keyword according to a wealth of important SEO metrics like:

InLink Rank
Domain InLink Rank
Sites linking to a page
Sites linking to a domain
To calculate Keyword Difficulty score, Rank Tracker compares such major factors as domain authority, backlink volume incoming to researched pages as well as the quality of backlinks sources, and SERP rankings for an SEO keyword for top 10 competing websites.
After analyzing the above-listed parameters, the tool will come up with the overall score for the keyword as well as show you how difficult it is to outrank each individual competitor in the top 10 for this very keyword.


How exactly Keyword Difficulty can help you

  • Save time, money, and effort by picking the keywords that will quickly bring you more earnings at a lower cost.
  • Use the Keyword Difficulty metric in combination with keyword search volume, KEI, and other SEO indicators for calculating keyword competition and winning the best keyword opportunities.
  • Prioritize the right keywords or a whole list of keywords based on how much effort it will take to rank for them.
  • Customize preferred search engine and location to get a more in-depth view of the local competitive landscape.
  • Do niche research in keyword competition for any popular keyword suggestions in a matter of minutes with the most extensive keyword database.

Spot the best-performing keywords

A competitive keyword with high ranking difficulty may take years to rank in organic search. By combining the Keyword Difficulty scores with Search Volume metrics, you can find keywords that have the highest chances of bringing you tons of organic traffic and don't require much effort to rank for. And of course, Rank Tracker is the best of SEO tools for estimating your keyword traffic potential.

How to
  1. Open your project and move to Rank Tracking under the Target Keywords module.
  2. Right-click the header of any column and add the Google Keyword Difficulty and # of Searches columns to your workspace.
  3. Update the columns by clicking on the Update button and have a look at the stats.

As a matter of fact, keywords with the score below 60 are the most difficult to find but the easiest to rank for. The lucky finds are low-competition keywords with considerable search volume. They become perfect keywords to optimize your pages for.

You may also have a look at KEI, visibility, and CPC parameters for a deeper analysis. The most typical picture is that high volume keywords have higher competition. To improve the keyword rank for them, you will need great content plus strong domain authority.

Keywords with low search volume are usually long tail keywords that will be easier to rank for. They are less effective in terms of bringing much traffic. However, you will need them to kick off and build up your domain authority, as long-tail keywords enjoy a higher click-through-rate from organic search.


Use the Keyword Difficulty metric for competition analysis

Keyword SEO Difficulty is the very first parameter to look at when comparing your pages to those of your best-performing competition. Now Rank Tracker lets you compare your top 10 ranking competitors' pages for every SEO keyword.

How to
  1. Open your project and move to Rank Tracking.
  2. Pick a keyword, switch to the Keyword Difficulty tab in the lower screen, and get SEO difficulty calculated by hitting the Update button .
  3. Analyze keywords, splitting the stats by the local search engine and device, if necessary.

You will get an instant overview of the keyword competition, with domain authority for the ranking pages, and their backlinks strength. Such domain rating estimates how much effort it will take to occupy a ranking position in the top 10.


Estimate SEO Keyword Difficulty in bulk

If you've just collected a whole bunch of new keyword suggestions and want to get accurate Keyword Difficulty values for all of them at once, there's good news for you. With Rank Tracker, you can check and compare the difficulty index of the whole keyword list. This feature is especially useful for those who carry out keyword research and have to deal with a large amount of data.

How to
  1. In the Rank Tracking submodule, click on the Update SEO/PPC data button.
  2. In the Update data for drop-down menu, select All keywords in workspace, check Keyword Difficulty, and hit OK. You will get the average score for the whole list of keywords.

Filter keywords by Keyword Difficulty

Being an SEO, the last thing you probably want is to drown in tons of rubbishy keywords that have no chances to bring you profit and are too hard to rank for. So the only right solution is to filter them with an appropriate SEO difficulty index, prioritizing keywords that have the potential to maximize your SEO results and can be worked on.

How to
  1. In your workspace, click the funnel icon at the top right corner.
  2. Click on Add filter and set your preferences like this Keyword Difficulty > Less than > 60.
  3. Select all under Show results matching to see only the results that match your filtering conditions and hit OK.

Schedule Keyword Difficulty checks

With super fast-changing SEO and competition landscapes, Keyword Difficulty is the kind of metric that needs to be constantly monitored. The good news is, Rank Tracker can get your scores calculated (together with a bunch of other SEO stats) completely on autopilot.

How to
  1. In your project, move to Preferences > Scheduler.
  2. Click on the Add button, mark Update keyword data, and hit Next.
  3. Choose your project, set the time and frequency of your checks, and name your scheduled task.
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