SEM Rush is a competitive intelligence tool that provides data on keywords, competitors and ads for both organic and paid traffic. It has both a paid side and a free side.

Here’s how to use SEM Rush to research keywords and ads.

Step 1: Type in Your Competitor’s Domain

Start by typing in the domain of the person or company you’d like to spy on.

Step 2: Choose the Country

One of SEM Rush’s unique features is its ability to research data from many different countries. You can select the country you want to see results for at the top.

Step 3: Organic Keyword Results

The first thing you’ll see is SEM Rush’s data on your competitor’s organic keyword results.


Step 4: Paid Keyword Results

SEM Rush will give you a list of keywords they’re bidding on. They’ll also tell you the search volume, CPC and competition levels for those keywords, along with what position your competitor is in.


Step 5: Organic Competitors

SEM Rush gives you detailed information about the domain’s competitors in the organic search results. It’ll let you know what keywords they have in common, what keywords they’re bidding on and more.


Step 6: Competitor Analysis

Who are the main competitors of the domain you typed in? How much traffic are they getting from their ads? How much are they spending? What keywords are they ranked for?

SEM Rush gives you all this data in their competitor panel.


Step 7: Ad Spy

Want to see what ads your competitors are running? Just punch in their domain in SEM Rush and you’ll be able to see the exact ad text of their ads.


Step 8: Detailed Reports

If you want to see more details about keywords, ads, competitors or anything else, just click the appropriate link in the “Reports” section on the left.


For example, this is what the detailed Ads Keywords report looks like.


Step 9: Keyword Searches

Apart from doing competitive analysis on specific domains, SEM Rush can also do research on specific keywords. Just type a keyword into the search bar.

SEM Rush will start by giving you basic data, such as the volume, CPC and overall trends.


Below that will be much more detail about long tail keywords, including volume and CPCs for a long list of keywords you might be interested in.


That’s how to use SEM Rush to research your competitors and explore new keywords. Using SEM Rush, you can get ideas for new ad copy, figure out potentially profitable keywords and automate a lot of research that would take a long time by hand.