By Arun Agrawal
"Don't try to create search enginetraffic. Stand in front of the lane where traffic is."
When you are thinking of creating a new product or developing a website, you should first find out what is it that people are looking for.
Two things are very important for you to succeed.
If you do not identify a niche market and become an expert in that subject, you will have a tough time succeeding in your venture.
Locating your niche area has become easier than ever
There are several tools that help you to locate variations of your basic theme and then report the demand, supply and profitability of these keywords, based on the search engine traffic. But first, some basics --
The amount of search engine traffic your selected keyword is having. The more, the better. This will differ from search engine to search engine.
The number of sites that come up when someone searches for the term. Obviously, the fewer, the better.
This is your competition. You will have to get a good rank in these search engine result pages (SERP). You have a greater chance of getting a good rank and possibly hits to your sites when there is lower competition.
The potential of the keyword you are targeting is the ratio of the demand vs. the supply. If the demand goes up, potential goes up; if the supply goes up, potential goes down.
However, there is a twist here.
Which is a better keyword? One with demand and supply of 100 each or one with demand and supply of 1000 each. Naturally the later.
So what we do is - to build this factor in our calculations, we put
potential = (demand x demand) / supply
This reports the potential of the second keyword as being higher - which it is.
You must note here that the actual figure for potential is not important. Its main use is to rank the keywords we are planning to target and identify, which are the ones we will go for first.
What do you do with these keywords, once you have identified your high potential keywords? We will be covering this topic in the second part of this article - "Keyword Rich Content Pages - Climb Up the Search Engine Ladder".
Arun Agrawal is an Internet Marketing specialist. Contact him with your website address for specific suggestions on improving your Search Engine Rank. Write to [email protected]
Ad Word Analyzer software allows you to specify a starting keyword (keyword seed) and then report popular variations, supply and demand of these. It also reports the number of ads currently being shown on Google Adwords and Overture.
Wordtracker is a subscription based service that lets you enter a phrase and then suggests variations based on dictionary and thesaurus. You can select the variations that you want to study further. It will then report which related key phrases were used at various search engines and how many times. You can collect these and finally carry out a competition analysis. This will help you to identify most profitable terms - that have a fair demand but low or reasonable competition. This requires a monthly subscription but there is a free trial available.
Check it here: http://www.articlestop10.com/wt.php?id=article
NicheFinder is a software that does the same thing but with fewer engines. It uses Google (free search engine) and Overture ( pay-per- click search engine) data to work out the most profitable key phrases. You have to invest in this software just once and then you can carry any number of missions.