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How to Use the Keyword Magic Tool

How to Use the Keyword Magic Tool

The Keyword Magic Tool gives you a powerful resource to analyze an entire search market, study niche subtopics, and groups, and save your research as you go. From small business website owners to enterprise agencies and corporations, this tool provides you with insightful data to use and get ahead of your competition.

Start with Your Seed Keyword

To get started, simply enter a keyword you want to analyze into the search bar. The keyword entered in the search bar is your seed keyword (1), here you will select your database. From your seed keyword, the tool will generate a complete listing of all the various related terms in the table below (2). Depending on the popularity of your seed keyword, the table could show millions of related keywords in the table. To the left of the main table are the groups (3) generated by the Keyword Magic Tool.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red number one highlighting the search bar with the term 'snowboards'. A red circled number two is next to the table with the listed keywords. A red circled number three is next to the groups table to the left from the main table.

Set Match Modifiers

There are a few modifiers that you can use to get more specific results from your seed keyword. As you query your seed keyword, you can choose Broad Match, Phrase Match, Exact Match, or Related.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the Broad Match, Phrase Match, Exact Match, and Related filters at the top.

All Keywords is the default report, and it will show all broad match, phrase match, exact match, and related keywords. 

Broad Match will show all keyword ideas for the seed keyword in all found forms and without the exact order. This modifier returns the largest amount of keywords.

Phrase Match provides keywords in the exact same form as the seed keyword but in various orders. This will exclude variations of your seed keyword (-ing, -ed, -s, etc) from your results.

Exact Match shows all keyword ideas for the seed keyword in the exact same form as the seed keyword and in the exact order.

For example, if you query “Los Angeles trip” in the tool with the three different match types, the Broad Match report will have keywords such as “day trips from Los Angeles” and “top 10 day trips to Los Angeles” that the other two match type reports would exclude because of the changed word order and variation on the word “trip” to “trips.”

Related shows keywords that are determined to be related based on having similar search engine results. Learn more about the best uses of this filter in the Related Keywords section below.

Filter For Question Keywords

Another way to modify your search is with the Questions button. Hit this button only to see keywords in the form of a question.

Question-based keywords can significantly help you build out a search marketing plan. Common questions can be a great way to find ideas for blog posts, campaigns, featured snippets to target, and more. When you target a question-based keyword, you have something more specific to do: provide a direct answer.

Common question types that make for good content include “how-to’s”, “what is the difference between x and y,” and “where do I find x?” All of these types of questions are very common for search engine users and, therefore, can be great sources of ideas for SEO-focused content.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the All and Questions filters. Another red rectangle shows the list of keywords in the table.

Explore Keyword Groups

In the menu to the left will be the suggested groups of related topics. Groups are organized by shared added keywords, so you can use groups to explore the subtopics around your main keyword. You can order the groups in this list by the number of keywords in the group or the amount of combined average monthly search volume between the keywords in the group. Use groups for identifying niche topics and generating ideas for PPC campaign ad groups.

To see the total search volume of a group, choose “By volume” instead of “By number” above the group table (1). To hide a group, use the eye icon beside the group name (2).

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle and number one highlighting the 'by number' and 'by volume' filters above the group table on the left. A second red rectangle with a number two highlights the eye icon next to the group name.


To go even deeper into a niche, you can click on a group’s arrow and explore subgroups. These work the same way as groups. You’ll be able to see the total number of keywords and the total search volume per subgroup and have the ability to hide a subgroup from your total batch with the eye icon beside the subgroup name.  

At the moment, there are three levels of subgroups. So you can enter your seed keyword (snowboard) and explore your first-level group (boots), second-level subgroup (size), and third-level subgroup (men). 

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red arrow and the label 'first-level subgroup' pointing to the first keyword in the table. A second red arrow and the label 'second-level subgroup' pointing to the keyword that falls under the first-level subgroup when the arrow has been opened. A third red arrow and the label 'third-level subgroup' pointing to the keyword that under the second-level subgroup.

If you’re building a PPC campaign around keyword groups found in this tool, you may want to explore subgroups to get a more hyper-specific set of keywords to target with each group.

Total Volume and Average Difficulty

Browse through the different groups, and you’ll notice the Total Volume and Average Difficulty metrics above the table that will adjust to reflect the keywords you’re looking at. Total Volume represents the combined average monthly search volume of all the keywords in the current group you’re analyzing. Average Difficulty shows the average keyword difficulty among all the terms in the selected group.

This gives you an estimate of how much traffic each subcategory is worth and how hard it would be to rank your website for the keywords in that group. Groups with high Total Volume and low Average Difficulty should be more valued and identified as topics to target with content marketing or SEO efforts.

According to a study ran in March 2022, Semrush has the most accurate search volume metric available on the market.


Identifying a user’s intent can be an important but time-consuming process. To help, we marked up each keyword in our databases (in 10 languages) to show a user’s intent automatically. Potential customers use keywords differently based on their goals, so you can decide whether and how to target a term based on a searcher's intent.

The four intents are:

  • Informational: The user wants to find an answer to a specific question.
  • Navigational: The user wants to find a specific page, site, or physical location.
  • Commercial: The user wants to investigate brands or services.
  • Transactional: The user wants to complete an action (conversion).

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the intent section of the table. A red arrow points to a keyword and its intent which shows 'commercial'.

The tool allows you to filter for the right keywords, making optimizing your content easy. 


You can filter by including/excluding keywords, search intent, word count, a specific metric, or a specific language. In the same way, you can query your seed keyword with match types. You can also add additional include/exclude keyword filters using Broad or Exact Match to specify the filter.

For example, imagine your seed keyword is ‘banana.’ If you type in ‘buy fresh’ in the include filter…

  • Exact Match will include the exact match of the phrase ‘buy fresh’ with the same words order. So you will get ‘buy fresh bananas’, ‘where to buy fresh bananas’, ‘buy fresh bananas in New York’, etc.
  • Broad Match will include all forms of the words 'buy' and 'fresh' and will suggest variations of the word order. So you will get all keywords from exact match plus ‘‘buy the freshest banana’, ‘buy bananas fresh’, ‘buy super-fresh bananas in New York’, etc.

The same logic is implemented in the Exclude filter.

This filter should be combined with the country database selected — that will allow you to get more specific results if you would like to research keywords in more than one language at a time.

If your target country has more than one language widely used, or you would like to attract users whose main language is different from the one that is official in their country, you can specify those languages instead of relying only on results from a database. For example, users from Canada speak both English and French, so you can select the Canadian database and add both languages to the filter to get the right keywords.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the languages filter when opened up.

Available options may vary depending on the database you select.

After adding specific words to include or exclude, you can also add filters for any other metrics: Word Count, Volume, KD, Intent, CPC, Competitive Density, and SERP features.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the filter options: volume, KD%, intent, CPC, Include keywords, Exclude keywords, advanced filters. The advanced filters options have been opened to show the filters: word count, competitive density, SERP features and results in SERP.

Word Count filtering makes it easier to scan for long-tail keywords.

Cost-per-click and Competitive Density filters are useful for finding PPC campaign keywords.

Volume and Keyword Difficulty filters will be helpful for prioritizing target keywords in a content marketing or SEO campaign.

Intent filter is useful for sorting and analyzing keywords by a specific intent type. After you filter by intent, you can export the report for the filtered group.

The filter can help you quickly understand your audience’s intent, create keyword buckets, and think of the right landing page for a specific query. You should create content with intent in mind, making sure it will be able to match your audience’s intent.

Find SERP Features Opportunities

Finding keywords that trigger SERP Features is another great feature of the Keyword Magic Tool. With the SERP Features filters, you can filter the list of keywords and identify the exact keywords that trigger the various types of SERP Features. These SERP Features include Instant Answer, Knowledge Graph, Carousel, Local Pack, News, Images, Site Links, Reviews, Tweets, Videos, Featured Videos, and Featured Snippets. With each keyword, you can view the SERP source with the SERP icon in the column second from the right.

If your website is authoritative enough in the eyes of Google, your content could be chosen for a Featured Snippet result. Therefore, you can look for these targets by including filters for the specific Knowledge Graph results you want to take advantage of.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the advanced filters button. This is open to shows two selected SERP features: FAQ and Reviews which have been checked.

You can add multiple SERP Feature filters at the same time to look for keywords that trigger more than one special result on their SERP. For example, some keywords will trigger a Featured Video result in addition to regular video results. Another example would be looking for keywords that trigger both Local Pack and Review results on the SERP.

Excluding SERP Features is another way to prospect keywords to target with SEO because a results page with no SERP Features can be easier to compete on. To filter for only keywords with no SERP Feature, use the “none” option in the SERP Feature filter dropdown.

Related Keywords

Related Keywords filter within Keyword Magic is perfect for finding different keywords you can target with your website to help build up your overall search authority and increase organic traffic.

Finding related keywords that are similar to the main keyword allows you the chance to slowly build up your authority for that keyword — especially if the main keyword has high volume and intent.

Semrush Related Keywords are based on our related % metric and represent the keywords that have less competition and thus give you a better chance of getting a higher ranking for a valuable main keyword.

Broaden The Scope of Your Keyword List

Casting a wide net with your keyword research can help you reach keyword niches that could have been ignored. Related Keywords can give you insight into other similar keyword suggestions.

Here you can see after entering “snowboards” we can find that combinations containing “burton” have a rather high search volume. Though their related % is not too big, these could make a good addition to our hypothetical target list if you sell clothes. However, the closer the related% is to 100, the better.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the keyword 'snowboarding shop' in the keyword list. The rectangle also highlights the keywords intent, how many related keywords it has, and the volume.

As mentioned earlier, using these generally less competitive keywords to build up your search authority will help you eventually obtain the ability to target your main goal keywords.  

If you are analyzing a long-tail keyword within the Related Keywords Report, you will be able to see similar long-tail keywords that can be added to your Keyword List.

The more long-tailed keywords that you have in your Keyword List, the more likely you are to have high search ranks because of the fact that these keywords are so specifically linked to your brand and content.

Long-tailed keywords have less competition than your normal generic keywords, allowing for a higher potential click-through rate which can ensure that your keyword list is getting the highest possible ROI.

Uncover New Profitable Keyword Ideas For Content

Using related keywords can not only help in building out your perfect keyword list, but it can also help to spark new content ideas for your site’s SEO optimization. Related Keywords can be perfect for generating on-site content ideas for any new blog or landing page that you are creating for a future campaign.

If you are looking to draw up a landing page for a new PPC campaign focusing on newly released snowboard boots, the Related report can help you determine what other search terms users are searching for when it comes to your main keyword.

Using these related keywords within your actual landing page content can actually help increase your natural SEO ranking in the eyes of Google.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the 'related' filter at the top.

Content is becoming key in the eyes of Google, so coming up with creative ways to add key-related keywords to your content can help you blow away your competition.

Managing columns

You can add and remove columns in the main table via the “Manage columns” button at the top-right:

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the Manage columns menu. This shows the titles of columns you can add to the table or remove from it.

This will help you to see the metrics that are relevant for you and keep the table neat.


If you want to export multiple groups (but not every group) in one file, use the eye icon to exclude the groups you don’t want from your full batch. After excluding every group that you don’t want to export, hit “All keywords” again at the top of the group menu and export the full table.

You are able to export your keyword list into a CSV, XLSX, and CSV semicolon file.

When exporting the full table, you have the choice to export with or without groups. When you export with groups, the keyword groups will be formatted as separate tabs within your Excel file.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the export data menu. This shows three options of data to export: all, this group or selected. Then there is the option to check 'keep grouping' or 'clear selected keyword after your export is complete'.

Another way to export data from the table is to copy it to the clipboard and then paste it into your file. When you select one or more keywords, the “Copy” button appears in the table's header. Click Copy and then paste the selected keywords wherever you want. 

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red rectangle highlighting the first step: checking the keywords from the table. Another red rectangle highlights the second step: the 'copy' button at the top of the page.

You can select keywords individually by clicking on a separate checkbox or in bulk. To select a contiguous group of keywords from the list, click the first keyword in the group. Then hold down the Shift key as you click the last keyword in the group. This way, you will select everything in between the two keywords.

Selecting the first keyword in the table, pressing the shift key and selecting the last keyword in the table. All the keywords in between have been selected.

Not only can you export your list to a file, but you can also send keywords to the Keyword Manager. If you want to export keywords from multiple seed lists, you must export from the Keyword Manager.

To add keywords from Keyword Magic Tool to the Keyword Manager, click on the checkbox next to the individual keyword and select the blue “Add to keyword list” button.

Keyword Magic Tool dashboard with a red arrow pointing to the 'add to keyword list' button on the top of the table.

*Keep in mind you are limited to 2000 keywords per list*

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