Even if I provide focused seeds to Google Keyword Planner, it usually returns some irrelevant keywords.

I want to quickly detect and remove them. Do I have to check every suggested keyword? Sometimes it's really time consuming?

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Are you familiar with the Keyword Planner's filter options?

The filtering feature, provides 2 options for you:

Negative Keywords: As you scroll through the generated Keywords, simply enter any Keywords you do not want to appear, within the 'Negative Keyword' list. In doing so, it will remove any Keywords, which contain the Negative Keyword, from the list.

Keyword Text: If you select the Filter option, you will see a Pop up box, as follows:

Keyword Text

You can simply enter a word or phrase you want to only appear in the generated list of Keyword. For example, your list may contain:

  • Red Apples
  • Red Fruit
  • Bunch of Apples
  • Apples for Sale
  • Yellow Bananas

If you only want Keywords to contain 'Apples', then the list will filter, to only show:

  • Red Apples
  • Bunch of Apples
  • Apples for Sale

Is this what you mean?

  • Thank you for your response, however, the example you gave is rather simplistic, my objective is to know how SEO professionals handle CSV files (especially huge ones) to detect all the possible negative keywords (or their stems). Do I have to read it entirely? Is there an approach that will save me some time even if it's manual? Jun 2, 2018 at 23:28
  • Are you saying that a .csv file has been provided to you, in order to manage or have you generated the Keywords yourself, via Google's Keyword Planner and downloaded the Report as a .csv file?
    – Craig
    Jun 3, 2018 at 11:33
  • I usually provide some KWs seeds to GKP, then download the CSV file of all the generated ideas, the next step is to clean this file from unrelated/irrelevant KWs with Excel and its filtering capabilities, this task is really time consuming and for that reason I am looking for some tips and best practices. Jun 3, 2018 at 11:38
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    @Simohammedhttc: So it is a Spreadsheet, generated from your own GKP Research?! In that case, why not follow my answer? If not anything else, it at least keeps your .csv file to a minimum. After all, why would you want to download unwanted Keywords, when these can be filtered out beforehand? :-)
    – Craig
    Jun 14, 2018 at 11:22
  • Please, bear with me, you said "why would you want to download unwanted Keywords", that's the main issue of the question, how to quickly spot and remove these unwanted KWs, Finally, I think I have to examine the entire file for intruders, sometimes you may want to ignore a KW not because it's a negative KW but because it's too vague or something else, imagine if I am looking for "kitchen decoration", the KW "Kitchen" is too vague so I have to omit it, so quick filtering with Negative KWs won't help in this situation which entails a lot of examination work. Jun 16, 2018 at 18:06

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