Google has shut down many Google labs projects including Google Sets. It was a fantastic tool for finding words related to a topic. This was a helpful tool for content marketers and writers as a way to discover words and phrases that should be included in an article. It was also a great brainstorming tool, that helped us discover related topics to write about.
I looked everywhere for a Google sets clone or replacement. I was even willing to put on my ‘programming hat’ and get down and dirty with the Google sets API. (Turns out they may not be providing an API for it.)
I’m not the only one looking for a Google Sets alternative…
Influential voices in the SEO community have even proposed a petition to bring back google sets.
Now, there are reverse dictionaries out there like onelook.com, and many folks have recommended the good ole’ thesaurus.com. But until today, I had yet to find a good alternative to Google Sets.
I wish I could take credit for this answer, but credit has to go to Ben Inkster. He discovered that you can use a Google Docs spreadsheet to pull data from the Google Sets api.
Happily, there is no programming knowledge required. Simply begin a set by entering a few keywords into cells in a column, then select those cells, hold the CTRL key (or
Command Option key on Mac), then click and drag the little square in the lower right corner of the selection and drag it down.
The subsequent cells will automatically be populated with the same kind of related terms that you would have gotten from Google Sets.
BAM! There’s your answer to “What alternatives are there to Google Sets?” Easy as pie & no assembly required.
Ben’s video demonstrates this quite nicely: