I’ve been using Market Samurai for more than 3 years now, and it is still my hands-down favorite keyword and niche research tool. I’ve used other tools like Keyword Elite 2.0 and Keyword Blueprint, but none of them can match the versatility and awesomeness that is Market Samurai. It’s just so easy to use, and I never enter any niche without running it through Market Samurai first.
In this Market Samurai review, I’m going to show you how it works, and how to take advantage of the software to discover some high traffic, low competition keywords that you can help you create profitable niche sites very simply.
When you open up Market Samurai you will find the following modules:
- Keyword Research – Find additional related keywords to your seed keyword and analyze their traffic, Adwords value, competition, buying intent and more.
- SEO Competition – Looks at the top ten results for your keyword and shows you how well they rank for a number of important SEO factors.
- Domains – Find available domains that have your keywords in them. Perfect for creating those exact-match domain niche sites.
- Rank Tracker – Add in your domains and keywords, and Market Samurai will show you where your sites rank for each of your keywords over time on Google, Yahoo and Bing.
- Monetization – Find products to promote on Clickbank, Amazon, CJ, and PayDotCom.
- Find Content – Find content related to your keywords, which you can add to your website or blog or to use for research purposes.
- Publish Content – Manage all your WordPress blogs in one place and publish your content to them easily
- Promotion – Find Web 2.0 sites, blogs and forums that are related to your keyword where you can place your links on.
All the Market Samurai modules have their uses, but I find that I use the Keyword Research, SEO Competition and Rank Tracker modules almost daily. So let me go into more detail into how they work.
Market Samurai Keyword Research
When building niche websites, doing the proper keyword research is the key to success. You want to find keywords that get a lot of traffic, but don’t have so much competition that they are impossible to rank for. To start off with the keyword research module, you first need to enter in a seed keyword into Market Samurai. Hit the Generate Keywords button and Market Samurai will go out to Google and return you a list of relevant keywords to your seed keywords. You can filter this initial list by a variety of criteria, like traffic, phrase length, and positive and negative keywords.
Next, you’ll want to drill down into each of these keywords by clicking the Analyze Keywords button. Market Samurai has a ton of data it can look up for each keyword including traffic stats (SEO and Adwords) and various SEO competition factors. You can then filter these analyzed results by setting thresholds for any of the different factors to come up with a handful of great keywords to actually target.
Market Samurai Keyword Competition
Once you have found some good prospective keywords, the next step is to analyze them with the SEO competition module. In here, Market Samurai will go out and look at the top 10 search results for your keyword and show you in an easy to read table how these sites rate for a variety of well known SEO factors. These includes domain age, Google PR, number of backlinks and keyword in title and url counts.
All backlink data now comes from MajesticSEO. You’ll also notice that the software incorporates Majestic’s new Trust and Citation flow metrics as well.
It’s really nice how Market Samurai color codes the various cells, so you can tell at a glance how difficult it would be to rank for your keyword. Red means difficult, yellow is average, and green is easy. So if the SEO competition table is filled with red cells, you know right away that ranking for this keyword will be quite challenging.
Market Samurai Rank Tracker
Once you’ve decided on the perfect keyword, and have built a site around it, you will soon want to track how well your site is ranking for that keyword. This is where the Rank Tracker module comes in. Here you can enter in a list of domains, and then a list of keywords you want to track for that domain. Select the search engines you want to check, and Market Samurai will go out to each one and tell you where your domain ranks for each keyword in your list. You’ll see the actual page url on your domain that is ranking, as well as its number of backlinks and page PR. The Rank Tracker will also keep track of your position and number of backlinks and you can pull up a nice looking graph to see how your site has improved over time.
The Rank Tracker module has evolved quite a bit over the years. It now features automatically weekly updates, email notifications and a much simpler interface than before. Unfortunately, it no longer became economical for the Market Samurai folks to offer free, unlimited keyword tracking. New users can track up to 10 keywords free, but there are also several paid plans depending on how many keywords you want to track.
One underrated aspect of Market Samurai is that it works on both Windows and Mac. As a Mac user, I really appreciate this a lot and it means I can use it on all my computers to do my niche research. I hope you can tell from my review that Market Samurai is a insanely powerful software for internet marketers, and I only touched on the few modules I use most. The software is actually capable of a whole lot more cool things as well.
Market Samurai normally can be purchased for $149 which is a great price for how often you are going to be relying on it. But did you know you can get a 35% Market Samurai discount just by downloading the free trial version first? The free trial is a great way to test out Market Samurai, and you can save $52 off the regular price after your trial is over. Download the trial right now, use the Keyword Research module and start finding profitable keywords that will make you some money.