How to Show Incoming Search Terms for Every Blog Posts in WordPress?


I guess you must have noticed the “Incoming Search Terms” section on My Tech Quest. Look at the screenshot below. 🙂

A few days back, I’ve placed this section at the bottom of every blog post, just after the comment form. Not only in this blog, you can find such section elsewhere in many other blogs.

FYI, the purpose of putting the incoming search terms for every blog post is to strengthen the On Page SEO of a particular blog by adding new internal linking to the blog post using the most popular keywords used by search engine visitors to find the blog post from a search engine ( incoming search terms ).

So if you feel like wanting the same feature on your blog, here’s the plugin that you need to install, the  SEO Search Terms Tagging 2 wordpress plugin.

First, take a look at main features of SEO Search Terms Tagging 2 plugin:

  • Display the search terms/keywords used by visitors from search engines for each blog post.
  • Display the most popular search term for the entire blog posts.
  • Display the most recent search terms for the entire blog posts.
  • Display random search terms for the entire blog posts.
  • Add the list of search terms automatically after the post content or manually by editing the template.
  • Limit the search terms to be displayed.
  • Display the search terms only or automatically change it into internal linking to the blog post or search page.
  • Display popularity ( search counter ) after each keyword.
  • Automatically delete unused search terms after X days.
  • Automatically convert popular search terms into Post Tags.
  • Display most popular search terms in the archive category ( courtesy of Pile )
  • Delete unwanted search engine terms & delete all search terms ( reset ).
  • Popular, Popular in Category, Random & Recent Search Terms widgets ( you can find it on page Appearance > Widgets ).
  • Block unwanted keywords/bad words.

After you’ve installed and activated this plugin,  a list of search terms will automatically be added right after every post content (by default). If you don’t like the default format, you can manually change the format according to your liking.

The best format is to display the search terms in the form of paragraphs, separated by commas.

To get the desired format, go to the Plugin Admin page, empty the text boxes in “Text and code After and Before the list” options. Also empty the text box in “Text and code before each keyword” option, then type “, ” (a comma followed by a space) in the “Text and code after each keyword”.

Now, where’s the best spot to place the incoming search terms? If you ask me, I will say just place it after the comment form, just like what I’d. To do so, you will need to disable the “Add list automatically right after post content” option. Then, manually add the following code,

, to your blog template in the single.php file.

In addition, you can make use of the plugin statistic page for keyword research and trend.

You can use the plugin statistic to find out which keywords are popular or in trend, then you could write a new blog post targeting those keywords to increase your blog traffic.

Download SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2

P.S. : The Incoming search terms section will only appear if there is at least one search term for the particular blog post.

Steve Yu is a technology blogger with ten years blogging experience under his belt. He is the founder of or just MTQ.
  • this will add more keywords onto your post dynamically, meaning it can be picked up better by Google if people search the same keyword?

    Is this okay though by Google and not treated as keyword stuffings, etc? Does your traffic improve after activating the plug-in? Sorry so many questions lol it’s interesting concept

    • Sorry, Mike. I really don’t have answers to your questions. I can’t confirmed that the page with the incoming search terms listed will get ranked better on Google and whether or not it will violate the rules that Google has set.

      But what I know is that, there is quite a few of the popular sites which are currently using this plug-in. And by the way, it is too early to conclude that this plug-in brings in extra traffic to my blog.

      I will give it a try for a month and see whether or not the traffic improve.

  • Achielle

    I could not be able to save search terms as a tag. This plugin saves tags as search keyword.Example:
    However, I want to show as
    Can you help me about this point ?
    Thanks anyway.

  • tq…very informative

  • Thank you for that – immensely helpful to know how to configure these things. Appreciate your sharing. Cheers.

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  • I have used this plugin and now I just change the position of incoming search beneath the comments

  • Dont we have a blogger widget ?

    • Rclla

      yes, admin do we have a blogger widget for this?

      • I don’t think so and I believe you don’t want to use this widget on your blog too, because it will affect your search term ranking. That’s why I removed this plugin from my blog.

  • This is a great writeup on the SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 plugin. After reading, I installed and this is now my favorite plugin as it’s very unique. The author of it has really put alot of thought into it and it helps me learn which posts I need to work on for search engines. Thanks

  • We have been using this plugin in our website for long and I should say that it works perfectly. Not only to add new keywords in your posts with some good potential but also to let you know about some other good potential keywords to write new posts and getting some inspirational ideas for posts.

    If you want to speed up the Upload process for images, I’d also suggest another great plugin named Magn Drag and Drop Upload for WordPress. You can save lot of time uploading images to your posts using drag and drop.

  • Thanks Steve for publishing this post. It was very useful and I have already installed this nifty plugin on my blog.


  • Not bad since it can help you a bit in automatically improving your rankings for search terms you wouldn’t have even considered

  • Your information is so important for me.Thank you very much.

  • Thats good plugin, is there something like this for blogger?

    • I don’t think that there is such plugin for Blogger.

  • Ali Qamar

    Hi Steve, I did install the plugin on my website, but “Upcoming Search Terms” are not showing there. Any suggestion please?

    • It’s better to just uninstall this plugin. I am no longer using this plugin as it does more harm than good. It may bring more traffic and hurt your website’s ranking on search engine.

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