Other Keyword Research Techniques

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Actually, this post should have been called ‘Another Keyword Research Technique‘ or method, because I’m expounding on only one of the methods below. After all, the first few methods are already very well known and well over-used by both beginners and experts.

So, most of you already know the following methods of keyword research. Of course, there’s a lot of methods out there. I’m just showing off some of the techniques I’ve learned in my almost 2 years of blogging after office hours. 🙂

  • Google Adwords Keywords Tool:
    • The mother of all keyword tools.
  • Spyfu.com:
    • Shows number of advertisers, search results, daily search volume, cost/click, top ppc domains, and related terms.
  • EzineArticles.com
    • Using the proper search terms will yield some interesting results where you’ll find the number of views an ezine article has gone through. The more number of views, the more searched the article is. Of course, what’s left is for you to find which keywords are being used in the article. The title often gives enough clues to find the keywords.
  • Google Products:
    • The auto-suggest feature of Google products gives ideas about new keywords for further research. I use this for creating sites selling physical products from Amazon.
  • keywordspy.com:
    • go to keywordspy.com
    • type in a seed keyword in the search box
    • select ‘keywords’ among the options below the box
    • click Search
    • In the ‘Overview tab, you’ll see statistics for your chosen keyword
      • you’ll also see keywords related to your seed keyword with search volume and CPC
      • listed also are PPC competitors and organic competitors
      • you can also check (spy on) any website’s keywords
  • Micro Niche Finder:
    • A keyword tool that’s not free. I use it as my primary keyword research tool. Versatile and has more than paid for itself.
  • Market Samurai:
    • Having relied on MNF for keyword research, I use Market Samurai more to spy on the competition backlinks-wise and to monitor my sites’ rankings. I have yet to explore it’s other features though.

The Other Free Keyword Research Technique

And finally here’s the other Keyword Research Technique/Method I was talking about.

  • Checking newly registered domains

other keyword research techniques
One site I found out which can do this is nsspy.org. If you go there, you’ll be presented with 50 most active name servers for the day you are checking it. Or, if you click on the ‘Browse all monitored name servers’, you’ll see all of them. Clicking on any of the links shown will bring you to a current month calendar page that has clickable day dates. Clicking on a date will bring you to a page listing all newly registered domains for that date.

There are 2 things you can get out of this:

  1. You’ll get ideas for new keywords. If the competition is not steep, you may jump into the melee, by buying the .net or .org domains, or some other variation of it, and try to out-SEO the others.
  2. You could use the new keyword as a seed keyword and search for its long tails.

I’ve tried it, and of course, I have to admit that it takes a lot of patience as you browse through the endless list of new domains starting from 0 (zero) to A to Z. And that’s just for one name server e.g. lunarpages. Last time I checked, nsspy.org is monitoring 514 name servers. If you have lots of time on your hand, and you’re not the impatient type, then you could try this technique out.

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  1. Great tips James. As you know I went for Market Samurai but for those who can’t afford it at the moment I reckon your post will be able to help them out a whole lot.

    I have to admit that before MS I never really bothered about keyword research because I found it too tedious and boring, that and I just don’t have the patience for doing all that research.

    1. 🙂 ‘tedious’, ‘boring’, ‘patience’ , these words ring a very familiar bell to me Sire when it comes to Keyword Research. And I guess this sentiment echoes in the halls of the blogger world. That’s why I invested in a couple of keyword research tools. And I never regretted having bought them.
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      1. Yeah, sometimes you just have to bite your lip and spend the money 😀 As long as it does the job and saves time it’s really a wise investment.

  2. The free tools are ok for a normal website user, but if you make a living from this you’ll definitely need Market Samurai to speed up the process. It’s worth its price several times. That’s the only software i use and the only one i consider it’s worth to pay for.
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