I'd like to know if there are ways to conduct keyword research myself-without using Wordtracker or Keyword Country etc.? I tried Wordtracker for a week and discovered some low competition, viable keywords for my site.
This enabled me to get top 5 results on Google for those keyword phrases. After evaluating the traffic results, I think the only people searching for that particular keyword phrase were people like me who were using it in the title of their article. I ended up with zero traffic for that particular phrase when Wordtracker estimated (projected) 100 queries in 24 hours etc. How does Wordtracker get their information? Is this something I could research on my own-over time? Does Google furnish this information somewhere? For example how many times someone searched for ray ban sunglasses last month? I sometimes wonder if companies like Wordtracker are compiling their keyword results from queries by publishers like me who use their service? If anyone can offer any help on this topic- I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance,
I hope the following information can help you in your keyword research.
Wordtracker statistics come primarily from use of the meta-search engine Dogpile which has 1% of the share of searches performed online. There are many other ways to conduct keyword search. You can use the following given tools:
1) Google trends (www.google.com/trends): This will display how your keyword has been searched over a period of time. You can also compare the keywords & see how often they have been searched on Google.
2) Yahoo Buzz: This will display a list of most popular keywords.
3) Overture (inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/): This offers data collected from searches performed on Yahoo search engine.
4) You can also search on Looksmart vertical search engines which will give you details of pages which other people like to view based on your keywords.
5) www.blogpulse.com: Use the Trend search to create your own graphs that plot "buzz" about specific search terms (issues, people, companies, brands, sports, etc.) in the blogosphere.