How to Check Keyword Difficulty (Outrank Your Competitors)


Do you want to know what keyword difficulty is all about and how to analyze it so that you can rank your target keywords in the SERP very well?

You know it’s every bloggers’ dream to rank its keywords into the top 10 results of SERP.


But nowadays, it’s not that easy to get into the first page of SERP for any keyword.

Gone are the days when just by placing your target keyword in some prominent places of your post and you got the #1 position.

To outrank existing sites, there are a few SEO metrics such as search volume, keyword trend, Cost Per Click, keyword difficulty, etc. that you need to consider before targeting a keyword.

And keyword difficulty is one of the most important metrics, especially for beginners. Keyword difficulty determines how difficult it is for a new website to outrank the existing ones.

So in this post, I will be sharing a complete guide to keyword difficulty analysis for beginners.

Moreover, I will be covering the top 5 SEO tools (SEMrush, Ahrefs, Moz, KWFinder, Serpstat) to analyze the keyword difficulty scores along with some manual methods.

Make sure you read till the end as I will be sharing my final verdict on which SEO tool KD score is more accurate.

A quick overview of what you can learn from this post?

  • What is keyword difficulty?
  • What’s the keyword difficulty score meaning?
  • How to check keyword difficulty using SEO tools?
  • Determine keyword competition manually.
  • How to rank for your desired keywords?

So before going deep into details of keyword difficulty analysis, let’s find out what is keyword difficulty.

What is the Keyword Difficulty?

Keyword difficulty is one of the most important SEO metrics that shows how difficult it is to rank for a keyword at the top positions in the search engine result pages.

Keyword difficulty is also known as keyword competition.

Higher the SEO difficulty score is for any keyword, the higher is the competition and lesser are the chances to rank for the same keyword.

Lower the SEO difficulty score is for any keyword, the lesser is the competition and higher is the probability to outrank existing websites for the same keyword.

So it is always recommended to target those keywords which have low keyword difficulty score, especially for beginners.

But, now the question comes: what is the keyword difficulty score and how to check it.

So in the next section, I will be covering both.

But before that, you need to understand the difference between keyword difficulty and Paid difficulty as there is always some confusion between keyword difficulty and paid difficulty.

Keyword difficulty or SEO difficulty is related to the organic rankings while Paid difficulty refers to competition in paid search.

Now, I’m sure you are clear enough what keyword difficulty is all about and how important



This article was written by Anil Agarwal and originally published on BloggersPassion: Learn SEO Blogging with An Expert.

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