Allinurl and Allintitle Keyword Research Hack

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Welcome to SirLinksalot’s SEO Round Table Office Hours.

In this series, we reply to questions from members of our Facebook Group, SEO Round Table, with video responses in an effort to help them become stronger, more capable SEOs.

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Hey, everyone. Nick here with another episode of office hours. This one should be pretty short and sweet, but I think it’s going to pack a punch, especially if you’re not familiar with this brand of keyword research.

Kim earlier had asked:

“What are some tips and tricks to doing a little bit more in-depth keyword research outside of what you would find with something like Ahrefs searches?”

I’ve got a little trick that I use, and I don’t think a lot of people know about this or put it to use when looking for keywords to go after. If you’re looking for how to find low competition keywords, you’ll definitely want to be using this tactic.

A Way to Go After Easy Keywords

Even if you’ve got a limited budget or even no budget, this is how I would start with finding low competition keywords. This is one of the most effective ways to make sure that you’re casting a wider net than just going after the typical keyword that’s worth all the traffic and money (which is what a lot of people do).

I see a lot of people coming to the groups with problems like:

“I found this keyword in Ahrefs and the Keyword Difficulty is super low, but I’m not having success with ranking it even though I’m hitting it with a bunch of links.”

When you go to the first page of Google for that search term, you’ll see any number of things – maybe a bunch of authority sites or sites that are going to be harder to beat than any metric might tell you.

We’ll start off with finding a broad search term or fat head keyword in Ahrefs. For this example, we’ll use “how to cook chicken.” We’ll call this the “dream” search term because it’s most likely going to be very competitive.

This isn’t going to be a keyword that could easily be beat by a newer site. Ahrefs says that it has 13,000 search volume and medium competition. I’m willing to bet if we dug into it, this keyword would be more difficult than just medium competition.

Allinurl and Allintitle Keyword Research

Now that we have our “dream” keyword, we can use two search operators much the same way that you use “site:” folllowed by a URL to figure out whether the URL is indexed or not.

In Google search, type “allintitle:” or “allinurl:” followed by the keyword you’re interested in to get some interesting data.

Allinurl will only return pages that have the keyword somewhere in it’s URL, and Allintitle will only return sites that have the keyword in the page’s SEO title.

The Keyword Golden Ratio (KGR) uses this technique to help figure out part of it’s equation.

You can see that Allinurl with our keyword gives us just under 54,000 results. If we were to try to rank for this keyword, we’d be going  up against 54,000 pages that have this phrase within the URL. This would be extremely competitive, wouldn’t be easy to access, and would be a longer route to to getting money or traffic out of it.

Now that we know this information, we’re trying to get the number of results down – or finding a keyword with less pages aggressively going after the term in their URLs. This is how you find keywords with low competition.

Depending on the size of our site, how old it is, and all the variables included by the Holy Trinity (power, authority, and relevancedetermined by our on-page and backlink profile, we’re going to be looking to reduce the competitiveness of the keyword we’re going after to a more managable level.

Narrowing the Search to Easier Keywords

One way to do that is to go back to Ahrefs and go to Keyword Ideas by Search Volume.

Again, Keyword Difficulty is not the greatest indicator of whether you can get access to a certain SERP or not, but it can be a good starting point to a do some additional digging with our search operators.

Here’s a good one – “how to cook chicken livers.” We’re just looking for keyword ideas that are going to generate traffic to then funnel to our money pages for something like fried chicken cookers.

This keyword looks like a good access point with a Keyword Difficulty of 2. We can dig further into the competitiveness of this keyword by seeing how many search results it has with Allintitle and Allinurl.

You can see that we’ve cut down the number of results for pages with this keyword in their URLs drastically. For a medium-sized site, this might be something worth going after that’s not going to be too difficult of a keyword.

Now using Allintitle, there’s 1,150 results of pages with this keyword in their titles. This is still slightly competitive, but depending on the size of your site this could be something you could access a lot more easily than our initial more competitive keyword. It also still achieves the goal of attracting traffic related to cooking chicken.

If you’ve really got a low budget (or no budget), you’d want to break this down even further and find something that would be accessible by potentially just building the page and getting it indexed (which is possible).

Looking for keyword ideas starting with “how to cook chicken livers,” we’ve got a plethora of options here that we could go after. “How to cook chicken livers for dogs” has 300 search volume according to this, so let’s check it with Allintitle.

This one only has 66 results. That’s under one hundred pages that you’re going to have to compete with that have the keyword in their titles, and under 80 results that have it in their URLs.

This is a prime example of a keyword for somebody who wants to go after some easy keywords and traffic without buying links (or not too many).

This can be applied in any niche for any number of keywords, and it can expand your ability to manipulate your URLs or the titles to get you rankings and traffic where other SEOs aren’t looking.

Depending on your profit margins, something with even ten monthly search volume could pan out to be very well-suited to your interests.

I hope this method of Allintitle keyword research helps open up some doorways to easy traffic for you. All that’s left after getting the traffic is figuring out which affiliate program is best for you.

If you’ve got any questions or comments, please leave them below. We’ll see you at the next Office Hours!

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Nicholas Altimore

Nicholas Altimore


Nicholas Altimore is the Founder and Director of SirLinksalot.co. He has an extensive SEO resume that spans agency building, affiliate and e-commerce development, and of course linkbuilding.  He looks forward to bringing SEO's informative resources on how to rank websites world wide.

Nicholas Altimore

Nicholas Altimore


Nicholas Altimore is the Founder and Director of SirLinksalot.co. He has an extensive SEO resume that spans agency building, affiliate and e-commerce development, and of course linkbuilding.  He looks forward to bringing SEO's informative resources on how to rank websites world wide.

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  1. L. A. Franc

    Brilliant tips, especially the:

    “allintitle:” or “allinurl:”

    I had never heard of this at all! Are you guys going to create an SEO class anytime in the future? If so, I’d sign up in a heartbeat. I’ve learned more off your site than just trying to research on my own.

    • Nick Altimore

      Meh, class is just given out for free on here. You can always join our Facebook group as well if you want to get some extra incite: SEO Round Table

      • Lucas

        Just joined your fb group, looking forward to learning more.

  2. Kinsley

    Thanks for sharing your tricks, Nick! A lot of people in this SEO industry are super secretive about what they share!

  3. Leonard

    My goal is to spend zero dollars in marketing/SEO in the next 6 months and see how much free traffic I can get for this new blog I started… this should be interesting!

    Random question for you – does it really kill your ranking if you don’t have an SSL? Also, can you purchase an SSL from Namecheap and install yourself – is this acceptable in terms of ranking on Google? Thanks.

    • Nick Altimore

      SSL is not a must in order to rank. Not a bad idea to have though, and yes it can be bought and installed on your own.


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