Helpful Tools & Reviews
I’ve reviewed about a dozen keyword research tools, and these are the 3 that I use most:
Note * some of the links on this page are affiliate links. So if you choose to check these out and end up buying something, I’ll get a commission. I’m not writing these reviews to make money, but to share the best tools I’ve found and relevant information for you to benefit from. I also feel responsible to share ways you can make money too, so I’m just setting a good example 🙂
1) Market Samurai – this keyword research tool is by far the best. There are other tools like Micro Niche Finder and of course, Google keyword tools, cherry picker, etc… and several of them use a background database to pull data from Google’s extensive website search engine optimization databases. What is different about Market Samurai is that it’s a one-stop shop for web designers. Whether you are designing affiliate income sites or helping others build traffic to their sites, you can do it all here.
The keyword research part of the tool first brainstorms up to 200 keyword phrases based upon your project. Then, you can easily (within minutes) find keyword phrases with the highest traffic, lowest competition and highest commercialization and relevancy values. With Google’s free tools, this could take hours or even days. If you’re busy, this is a great investment. Here’s a list of the other features Market Samurai has:
- SEO Competition – fully analyzes the top ten sites on Google for the key SEO factors – domain age, URL optimized for the keyword, title tag, description, # and type of backlinks, etc. Pretty amazing with the click of a button!
- Domain searches
- Content research and publishing
- Easy monetization and ad posting
- Promotion modules
The other main benefit to Market Samurai is that their educational modules are the best in the industry. I was a training manager for 5 years and spoke at conferences on adult learning theory and instructional design theory, and they do an amazing job of making this all very easy to understand and use their tool. If you think this software tool would be useful for you, you can sign up for a free trial by clicking here.
2) Micro Niche Finder is another great tool developed by internet marketing guru James Jones. I like to use both Micro Niche Finder and Market Samurai together. First I start with Google’s keyword tool to get a broad idea of where to start and what keyword phrases have the best traffic, lowest competition and highest commercialization value (usually measured as an estimate of what people are willing to pay for a pay per click ad for that keyword). I will say more about how to use Google’s keyword tool in the next review – I reviewed these tools in the order of what I think is best so you, the reader can find the best tool fastest.
I use these 3 top keyword tools in this order – 1) Google 2) Market Samurai and 3) Micro Niche Finder. Like I said, Market Samurai has the most features and I find it the fastest, most comprehensive tool. Once I find a great niche, I use MNF to verify the numbers and be able to look at them another way. James’ training gives another point of view, so I definitely learned from it, but the quality of training materials wasn’t great – but I have to admit I’m picky when it comes to training. If you do keyword research infrequently, I’d use Google and MS. If you do keyword research frequently, buy Micro Niche Finder. I like how MNF allows you to quickly check if a .com, .net or .org keyword rich site is available.
Hosting Accounts and Buying Domains
Godaddy.com is by far the most popular place to buy domains. I use their site regularly to do research and find keyword rich domains for clients (and myself). They also have a feature where you can look for domains that already have traffic, are older domains (good for SEO), but you must have an account and be logged in – check out their auction section of their site to do this.
I’m not a big fan of Godaddy for hosting. Their site navigation is not intuitive and customer support can take quite a while to resolve issues.
What should you look for in a web host? Here are what I consider to be the non-negotiables…
– Unlimited domains
– Unlimited space
– Unlimited file transfer
– Unlimited emails
– All necessary software
– 99.9% guaranteed uptime
– 24/7 support
– an incredible track record
very affordable! about $6 a month and your first domain is free.
After considering all these variables, my recommendation for hosting a website is hostmonster.com …
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