Yes Ian, you are entirely right and I am guilty as charged. The only poor excuse is to be found in the formula (don't I just love 'em):
"irritating client" + "4 large gin & tonics" = "unappreciative ***hole"
Your time is freely given and you are trying to help me, I apologise for seeming to be such an ungrateful prat!
I am just frustrated as hell after spending the past 2 weeks, full time, doing keyword and other research. I find practically no common data (far less maths) to give me any real comfort about pursuing the niche that seems so promising from say Wordtracker data and is absolutely nowhere according to Keyword Discovery. I fully appreciate the very different data sources they both use, but am frustrated as hell that they are both considered in high esteem by their respective legions of followers - yet serve up ENTIRELY different results! While natural search results versus PPC results are yet again another wild card to throw into the arena, there should still be SOME element of statistical comfort to be gained from keyword research - otherwise it truly is just a dart game. I believe it is not - and I damned well wanna find those 6 foot long darts to give me some advantage!
Randy made the point that SEO isn't like "painting by numbers" - and doubtless you would concur. Sadly, I'm not much of an artist and painting my garden fence is about as arty as I could get. Even then my analytical side would get in the way of my artistic expression by requiring me to measure the fence panels, calculate the quantity of paint required (taking the ambient temperature into account) and select the right width of paintbrush to cover the panels most efficiently. It's how I think, how I work - and in this SEO game seems to be a bloody nuisance
Hey-ho, on we go! I shall pay more attention to not being so obnoxious in future Ian, will try to keep my impatience and frustrations to myself!
Edited by OnlyTopResults, 29 July 2006 - 10:32 AM.