Well, I have been using Market Samurai for a couple of years, and I do like it. But I will do my best to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So let’s get started with this Market Samurai Review…
Market Samurai is a suite of tools that provide you with the power to rank on the first page of Google.
It offers a whole range of features and services to satisfy even the hungriest blogger, webmaster, or SEO guru. The following is a brief list of what tools it provides you with:
So to give you a complete Market Samurai Review, let’s move on to the tools themselves.
In this section of my Market Samurai Review I will show the most useful tools in Market Samurai. I have used these a lot, and have managed to rank highly on Google for certain keywords.
The key is to finding low competition search terms, where there is also low competition on page one of Google. This is where Market Samurai helps.
The other modules are useful for sure, especially if you are running niche websites – ie. looking for available domain names, content to curate, places to link to and so on. But I won’t be going into them in this post.
This is really the main reason most people buy Market Samurai.
The SEO Competition module shows you, for a specific keyword, who is ranking in the top ten on Google and whether you have a chance of beating them.
So this is really the key to it all. No matter how or why you have selected your keywords, you need to know if you can actually rank on the first page of Google. If you can’t, then it is unlikely you will get long term and significant traffic for these keywords.
Following on from my example last week using the Google Keyword Planner, I am going to check the SEO Competition for the phrase: Italian Ice Cream.
This is a screen shot of what Market Samurai’s SEO Competition Module shows us:
What is all this information? Well, without going into too much detail:
Basically you are aiming for a result with lots of green. Importantly, a page with low PR and few backlinks. Market Samurai measures these all in various ways, using various sources, and if you hover over the title of each column you get a specific description.
The above screenshot shows an “average” result, because there are a lot of yellow, a few red and green.
Obviously there is a lot more too this, but that is the main idea. And without knowing much more, you can easily get great results.
Market Samurai also offers you a very easy to use and powerful alternative to Google’s much loved (yes that is sarcasm) Keyword Planner. It is called the Keyword Tracker.
They still source their data via Google, so you need to provide a login to get this information, but it is worth it.
Again there is more detail in these results than we need to go into here, but a basic use of this tool would be as follows:
So unlike Keyword Planner, the filtering is quite powerful and flexible. The positive keyword filter filters only results with the given words. The negative conversely removes results with the given words.
After using the various filters, you should have a small set of keywords. Now click Keyword Analysis (bottom right of the screenshot).
On the Keyword Analysis page there are a lot of fields you can use (see below), but the simplest scenario is to use SEO Traffic (amount of searches) to see if the keyword will bring you any traffic. You can enter a minimum to further filter these results.
The competition of the keyword I find is best evaluated with the SEO Competition module shown above. I do this in a second step once I have my keywords.
As you can see, the Keyword Tracker really does offer a lot of power and value for your SEO keyword research.
If you want a more detailed walkthrough, you can take a look at this great tutorial on Keyword Research using Market Samurai.
The last module I want to go into in detail is the Rank Tracker. The reason is that it is something extremely valuable and not easily found outside such a tool.
In simple terms, what Market Samurai offers you here is a way to keep track of your website’s search result rankings for specific keywords. As a result, you can also see if you are progressing with your SEO keywords.
Because this module is so resource intensive for the software producers (ie. they use a paid outside service for the data) there is a restriction of 10 keywords for the standard version of Market Samurai. You can choose to pay a further monthly fee if you really need more, but most bloggers and small website owners will find this limit sufficient.
Here is an example from the Market Samurai website of some keywords that they are tracking related to BBQs:
No tool is perfect, so let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of Market Samurai.
The first thing to know about Market Samurai, is that once you pay, it is yours with free updates forever. It is a one time fee, which is unusual for SEO related tools.
I use Market Samurai all the time to rank on Page 1 of Google.
It is quite easy to use and has a powerful suite of tools to help you with SEO.
So if you are serious about SEO and want to get on Page one of Google I recommend this tool
Ashley is obsessed with SEO and WordPress. He is also the founder of Mad Lemmings. When he is not busy helping clients get higher on Google he can be found doing crazy sports in the Swiss Alps (or eating too much chocolate - a habit he is trying to break).