Keyword research is anything but exciting. In fact, trying to do it after a satisfying dinner and glass of wine is more likely to end with your forehead on your keyboard than a list of low-competition, high-value phrases. Unfortunately, the research has to be done. Without knowing which keywords people are searching for, it’s difficult to target the phrases that will draw search traffic to your site. That traffic is the lifeblood of your business. Whether you’re running a blog, operating an ecommerce site, or trying to position yourself as a thought leader in your niche, it begins with targeted traffic. And for that, you need the right keywords. There are lots of ways to perform keyword research. On one extreme, you can devote months to the task, drilling down into every iteration of every phrase you can imagine. Or you can do some “quick and dirty” research, using a few tools available online. There’s definitely a place for both approaches. But today, we’ll focus on the latter one. Read on for 3 quick ways to find out what type of content your audience is searching for.