Keyword grouping has been around for a long time.
Keyword Grouping used to be done in Excel sheets, with SEOs using their judgement and search results to group relevant keywords into clusters. These groups give your website a more categorized look and help SEO specialist to optimize the website for best performance.
These days there are tools that make this process a lot quicker and easier.
Basically, keyword grouping (or keyword clustering) is creating a list of semantically or search result related keywords that, once compiled, are distributed throughout pages in a manner that helps to drive paid or organic traffic.
For example, let’s say you have two similar search queries - “learn stock trading” and “stock trading for beginners”. Will you use them on the same page or on different pages of the site?
In order to answer this question, you would need to analyze competitors search rankings and figure out whether the pages that rank for those keywords are the same or similar. This can take hours, if not days, to complete manually (again tipping the hat to Excel files). And still there is a big chance that the grouping is not done correctly.
There are a number of reasons to use keyword grouping.
Here are just a few:
Like any SEO strategy, keyword grouping has a series of steps to follow in order to get the best results.
Keyword grouping usually starts with collecting a large dataset of related keywords for a certain niche, including long-tail keywords.
Use a keyword research tool to find a collection of keywords, for example we ran the keyword "Snowboard" through SEMrush's keyword magic tool.
Once our keyword report is ready, click on "Broad Match" or ("Terms Match" on Ahrefs) to see all results with our seed keyword in them.
We narrowed the results by including "best", "top", "review", and "reviews" and "beginner". As well as limiting volume to above 20.
This narrowed our list down to 4,711 keywords, we can use this list to create our keyword groups to help us decide how to optimize our content for the best chance of getting to the top.
These groups have to be created around your main products or services.
If you make and sell Snowboards, your high-level groups will be based on queries like “buy snowboard online”, “new snowboards” and “best snowboards 2023.”
We can use Optiwing to automatically group our keywords into clusters. This allows us to get an overview of which keywords are related to each other, based on live google SERP data that Optiwing automatically gathers for each keyword. Just upload a CSV file of your keywords directly from SEMrush or Ahrefs, or create your own.
Then you can see which keywords can be targeted with a single article.
Repeat this process for long-tail keywords or other subsections of your niche to create additional secondary keyword groups.
These keyword groups can then be used in your content strategy to connect topically related pages, wether you use Silo, Content Hubs or a Pyramid linking structure, linking pages built around different keyword clusters can help drive organic traffic to related pages. As well as help create content to cover your niche in it's entirety.
All the steps listed above might be intimidating to do manually. However, it can be easily automated using a keyword research tools and our keyword grouper.
If you aren’t using a tool that finds related and similar keywords and then groups them together, you should be! All you would need to do is get a list of your keywords upload it into the keyword grouping tool. Then the tool does its magic and groups the list for you. It does this by searching for each keyword on Google and comparing the top 10 URLs for each keyword, if they share 3 or more top 10 URLs, they are grouped together.
You can choose geolocation, device, and use any language you want.
Browse through your keyword list and highlight or save options using the following criteria:
Ideally, you’d want to create articles for every keyword group. However, this can be expensive and time-consuming. So, I believe in prioritizing keywords. If a keyword is high in volume, low in difficulty, relevant to your niche, and aligns with your business goals, it’s should be your initial target.
Optiwing’s Keyword grouper groups thousands of keywords within minutes using live Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP) data
The tool automatically analyzes Top 10 search results and groups the search queries that match the same website’s URLs.
Unlike many competitors’ solutions, Optiwing eliminates identical duplicate keywords and groups keywords based on volume as well as search intent.
Grouping results are easy to quickly scan in the browser, or available to download as a Excel CSV file.
It’s extremely important to group your semantic keywords correctly because it can tremendously affect the effectiveness and pace of your SEO efforts - now and in the future.
In order to avoid costly mistakes, we recommend manual and automated work when clustering if your topical core is not too large.
For the projects that require thousands of keywords, an efficient keyword grouping tool is an absolute must.
You can try Optiwing Keyword Grouper for free by creating an account for free, no credit card entry required.
Keyword grouping credits start at $4.42 per 1000 keywords.