Hey, I thought this would be interesting info for people. Don't solely rely on Google Adwords: Keyword Tool. (https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal) I found a great keyword in the tool, 'dating advice book'. Apparently there's around 10,000 exact match searches a month.
I bought and did some promotion on datingadvicebook.org a while back.
I am now ranked #2 for the keyword, and here are my stats for last month (March 2010)
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I am quite disappointed. I would suggest using a few tools to verify the results you're looking at are accurate.
One tool I use myself to do this is SEOBook's keyword tool:
Seo Book Keyword Suggestion Tool
I hope this information saves at least one person the time and trouble I wasted on this site.
I've purchased several domains based upon the global exact match numbers from the Google AdWords Keyword Tool External -- only to see the numbers change radically a short while later.
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I hardly rely upon a single tool. Google external keyword tool shows thousands of searches for keywords (some) and you get nuts even if you're on top 5 positions.
If you wanna almonds, verify it with multiple tools and advanced keyword research. Agreed with Michael, seobook tool is good.
Another I like is SEMRUSH.com.. It is paid but fine.. It used to be free hot tools years back.. seodigger.. just combo of seodigger and one more.
EDIT: That's you steve, I mistyped Michael's name.. How embarassing..lol
Last edited by ChillingBreeze; 2 April, 2010 at 19:38 PM.
Michael? Hehe not sure what that name is for, but ya. It was you ChillingBreeze that recommended it to me. Thanks again for that - it has proven to be very useful.
I enjoy being given credit in threads I haven't yet posted in. xDAgreed with Michael, seobook tool is good.
I think what he meant was that after people find keywords, they run a lot of searches related to those keywords to check out competition and things of that nature, which can artificially inflate the numbers.If you use enough Seo tools to search a keyword it will start to rank?
But all-in-all, it's never a smart idea to rely on just one tool or one approach. Always check multiple sources and see if the data is stable. Also, when you're selecting a niche, make sure it's something that will be around for a while, and is applicable on a regular basis. For example, 'April 2010 World Fair' will obviously not have many searches in December of 2010.
What I love is ranking for a search phrase that gives me more than 1 or 2 K uniques a month that lists no data or <100 in Google's tool. Each month or two I find one...then about 3-4 months later it starts to show in the tool...I find the terms from going through my site logs and posting fresh content on the term then marketing it...