by Steve Shaw

Google offers a very cool free tool that you might not even be aware of. It’s called ‘Wonder Wheel’, and it’s extremely useful at helping you develop a list of keywords for your article marketing strategies.

When you begin doing keyword research, you have a few phrases that you know are associated with your niche. You can use those phrases as a springboard on Google’s Wonder Wheel to alert you to other related keyword terms that you might not have even thought about before.

Where do you find the Wonder Wheel? Likely it’s been under your nose all along and you didn’t even see it. Go to Google’s main page as if you were going to do a search.

Type in your search terms–this would be one of your keyword terms that you are researching. Let’s say that your website is about chocolate recipes. So, you would then type in the words ‘chocolate recipes’ into Google’s search box and hit “Search”.

Now, look on the left hand sidebar for a link that says “Wonder wheel”. Click that link.

What will show up on the results looks like a sun–a circle in the middle with the words that you searched for (chocolate recipes, in this case) and then lines coming out from that with phrases that are related to chocolate recipes.

In this example, these were some of the related terms:

chocolate candy recipes

chocolate truffle recipes

simple chocolate recipes

easy chocolate recipes

homemade chocolate recipes

how to make chocolate

You can then click on any of these related terms to get more detailed information. For example, clicking on “how to make chocolate” brings up another sun with lines projecting from the center that say:

how to make chocolate chip cookies

how to make chocolate bars

how to make chocolate candy

how to make fudge

It goes on and on. Notice how the Wonder Wheel is giving very detailed information about phrases related to the initial search. You start with one keyword term that you’re researching, and all of a sudden you have a dozen additional related phrases to go off of. This is extremely helpful for doing keyword research.

Here’s one more Google keyword tip: type the tilda character (it’s on your keyboard) into Google’s search box and then type your keyword directly afterwards.

The results will show web pages with words highlighted that Google considers to be semantically related to the original keyword.

For example, when I type the tilda character directly followed by the term ‘recipe’ into Google, the results include web pages with related keyword terms in bold. Some of them are ones you might not have considered to be semantically related, but Google does.

For the word “recipes”, Google has “food”, “cooking”, “recipe”, “ingredients”, as part of the results.

Interesting! This would be helpful information to anyone who had ‘chocolate recipes’ as a keyword term to know what other words Google would consider to be related. They could then integrate those words into their article. Likely those words would naturally show up in an article about “chocolate recipes” anyway, but at least you would know that they were aiding your cause in alerting Google to the subject matter of your website.

Your Assignment:

Use the Wonder Wheel and the tilda character search to expand your keyword research. The information that you gain will help you create properly optimized articles.

About the Author

Steve Shaw has helped thousands of business owners worldwide build traffic, leads and sales to their websites – grab his free report giving you a blueprint for attracting sustainable, dirt-cheap, long-term, targeted traffic to any website! Go now to and learn how to boost your traffic by up to 600%!

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