Keyword cannibalization tool

Test whether keywords overlap and cannibalize each other based on similarities in Google Search Result Pages (SERP). Get Keyword Clusters and Similarity Matrix.

1. Enter keyword(s), one per line.
2. Select country.
3. Click "Check similarities" button.
4. View SERP (Search Engine Results Page) similarities and identify which keywords could create cannibalization.

Understanding the Impact of Keyword Cannibalization

Optimizing your articles for similar keywords can lead to a problem called keyword cannibalization, where you inadvertently compete against your own content for Google rankings.

This issue is particularly prevalent as your website grows and more content is added. This article will break down what keyword cannibalization is, why it's harmful to your site's SEO, how to spot it, and steps to fix it.

What Is Keyword Cannibalization?

Keyword cannibalization occurs when multiple blog posts or articles on your website target the same search query in search engines like Google. This could be because they cover very similar topics or you've used the same keywords for optimization.

When this happens, your articles end up fighting against each other for a spot in the search results, reducing the chances of either ranking well. Typically, Google prefers to show just one or two results from the same website for any given search.

Example of Keyword Cannibalization

Imagine writing two articles on the impact of diet on health, but you've optimized both for similar keywords. Despite their different perspectives, Google struggles to decide which one should rank higher, illustrating keyword cannibalization.

Why It's Bad for SEO

Keyword cannibalization means your articles are competing with each other, confusing Google about which one to prioritize.

This dilutes factors like backlinks and click-through rates across multiple posts, weakening their SEO performance.

Identifying Keyword Cannibalization

To check for this issue, simply search for your site followed by a suspected keyword. For instance, searching "site:yourwebsite.com keyword" in Google will reveal if multiple articles are competing for the same term. Using private browsing can help you see unbiased results.

Fixing Keyword Cannibalization

Solving keyword cannibalization involves a few steps:

  1. Audit Your Content: Review all your articles target keyword. You can use a tool like our Keyword Cannibalization Tool or Google Search Console.
  2. Analyze Performance: Decide which articles are worth keeping based on their performance.
  3. Make Decisions: Choose which articles to merge, delete, or redirect.
  4. Take Action: Combine articles when necessary, delete redundant ones, and ensure proper redirection.

Merging similar articles into a single comprehensive post can significantly improve your SEO. Always use redirects when deleting posts to guide Google and visitors to the updated content.

Improving Internal Linking

Enhancing your internal linking strategy can also mitigate keyword cannibalization. By linking less important articles to your key posts, you help Google understand your content hierarchy, boosting the ranking of your priority pages.

Using Google Search Console to Identify Keyword Cannibalization

Google Search Console is a powerful tool that can help you identify potential cases of keyword cannibalization. Here's how to use it:

  1. Log in to Google Search Console: Access your account and select the property (website) you want to analyze.
  2. Go to the Performance Report: On the left-hand side menu, click on 'Performance'. This report shows you the search queries that are driving traffic to your website.
  3. Analyze Queries: Look for any keywords that appear multiple times in the list. If the same keyword is driving traffic to different pages on your site, it could be a sign of keyword cannibalization.
  4. Check the Pages: Click on the query and then click on 'Pages'. This will show you all the pages on your site that are ranking for that specific keyword.
  5. Evaluate the Results: If multiple pages are ranking for the same keyword, consider whether they are competing with each other or complementing each other. If they are competing, you may have a case of keyword cannibalization.

Remember, the goal is not to eliminate all instances of the same keyword across your site, but to ensure that each page targets a unique aspect of the keyword topic. This way, your pages work together to cover a topic comprehensively, rather than competing against each other.

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