Ubersuggest Review: Uncover Keywords with High Buyer Intent in Minutes

Keyword research — the fundamental component of online marketing that marketers love to skip.

Whether you’re planning a PPC campaign, preparing to build links for SEO, or just poking around for a feasible niche, keyword research will help you get profitable results.

Remember, targeting the right keywords means reaching the right audience with your content. Even if you have the most amazing product or service in the world, it’ll be extremely difficult to sell if you approach the wrong people.

The good news is, doing effective keyword research doesn’t have to involve hours staring at spreadsheets and pulling your hair out over hard-to-read data.

Using a keyword research tool like Ubersuggest, it’s easy to unearth profitable keyword opportunities. All you need is a seed keyword, dependable internet, and a couple of minutes to spare.

Without further ado, here’s a closer look at Ubersuggest’s features and how to use them:

1. Expanding Seed Keywords into Hundreds of Long-Tail Variations

You’ve probably heard of this tip before, but if you want to get fast and reliable results, then you need to avoid oversaturated keywords that everyone else uses.

Ubersuggest can help you with this by providing hundreds of long-tail keyword suggestions based on your seed keyword.

For example, if you want to find long-tail variations of “auto repair,” simply enter it on Ubersuggest to generate the following results:

Easy, right?

You can also choose your keyword sources under the “Keyword Suggestions” section, which could be the Google Keyword Planner, Google Suggest, or both.

With Ubersuggest, you should be able to find a couple of useful long-tail keywords from the first page alone.

Just remember that long-tail keywords contain at least 3 terms and pertain to a very specific topic. Since they are generally less competitive than broader terms, they’re much easier to rank for in SEO as well as utilize for unique content ideas.

2. Presenting Every Metric that Matters

You don’t need to be an expert to know that not all keywords are made equal.

Even if you’re comparing two long-tail keywords side by side, one of them is bound to be more effective for marketing or advertising.
Ubersuggest makes sure these differences are as clear-cut as possible by presenting three important metrics:

  • Search Volume
    The first metric you’ll see is the average search volume that keywords receive. While this is a direct measure of a keyword’s popularity, it’s definitely not the only thing you should consider.
  • CPC
    Short for cost per click, the CPC metric is the average fee that advertisers are willing to cover using a keyword. A high CPC value is a good indication that a keyword performs well in PPC.
  • Competition
    In Ubersuggest, a keyword’s competitiveness is scored from 0.0 to 1.0. The sweet spot is usually 0.4 for smaller brands and marketers with a relatively small budget.

To easily sort keywords according to the metric you prefer, click on the up or down “arrowhead” icons next to them.

For example, if you want to find keywords with the highest CPC, this is what you’ll get:

To learn about the click distribution between organic and paid listings for each keyword, point your mouse to the “graph” icon to the left of the CPC value. The keyword “local auto repair shops,” for example, get 38 organic clicks and 24 paid clicks for the number one result on search engines.

3. Weeding Out Irrelevant Terms

Despite knowing the metrics mentioned above, it can still be hard to handpick the right keyword ideas due to the hundreds of suggestions presented by Ubersuggest.

That’s why you need to further refine your keyword research using the filter options found on the left side of the interface.

The first thing you may want to do is to weed out keyword suggestions that contain irrelevant terms, such as the brand name of a competitor or products that are unrelated to your business.

In relation to the example above, let’s say you don’t have anything to do with Auto Repair Xpress and A&A. Simply enter the terms into the “Negative Keywords” field and click “Save.”

That’s it! All the keyword suggestions that contain any of the negative keywords you specify will be immediately pulled down from the results.

By adding negative keywords, you can have long lists of keyword suggestions without all the fluff. This is extremely useful if you want to export the keywords into a CSV file and share it with your team or clients.

But what if you don’t care for CSV documents and want to get straight to the good stuff?

I’m glad you asked. It’s time to find the winning keywords that demand your full attention.

4. Seasoning Your Keywords with Commercial or Transactional Terms

Ubersuggest has a very straightforward approach when it comes to keyword filters.

All you have to do is add the exact terms you want to see under the “Filter Results” field and it’s a done deal. You just need to figure out the right commercial or transactional keywords that your prospective leads are likely to use.

For example, suppose you’re a freelance web designer who needs more traffic to your “Hire Me” landing page. Your initial Ubersuggest results with the seed keyword “web designer” should look like:

You can then add the keyword “hire” to the “Filter Results” field to scrape keyword opportunities with transactional intent.

Of course, there are many ways to use filters to fine-tune your keyword research with Ubersuggest. You can throw in your product or platform of specialization, the area you serve, and so on.

As a final piece of advice, make sure you’re not targeting a keyword opportunity that’s falling off in terms of popularity. For this, simply hover your mouse pointer over the graph icon to the left of the Search Volume Metric to reveal its month by month performance.

Conclusion

Overall, Ubersuggest is the perfect representation of what keyword research tools should be.

It doesn’t put you through hours of number-crunching since it allows you to zero in on lucrative keyword opportunities that draw in searchers with commercial intent, in minutes.

Best of all, it’s 100% free. You don’t even need to register for an account or provide an email address to use it.
With virtually nothing to complain about, why not take it for a spin yourself? Seriously — do it and tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Serplab Review 2019

If you’re doing affiliate marketing or client SEO (or anything that involves building and ranking a website) then one of the most important things you can do is have good insights into how you are ranking.

If you don’t know your ranking stats, then it can be very tricky to make any data-driven decisions about where you need to focus your on-page SEO, link building, or branding efforts.

Therefore, you’re going to need a reliable system for checking your search engine rankings.

Enter, stage left, Serplab.

What Is Serplab

As you might have guessed right now, Serplab is a SERP checking tool.

It’s an online/cloud-based platform – rather than being an installable software – that allows you to load up your domain(s), desired regions, and then keywords and see how you are ranking.

How Much Does Serplab Cost

Serplab has a rather unique (and cool) pricing structure.

The whole platform is based around this concept of SERP Bots. Basically, one SERP Bot is capable of doing a certain amount of work. When you sign up, you get a single SERP Bot for free.

This is probably enough if you just need to track a single website and a handful of keywords. You might even get away with a couple of small sites with your free bot.

But if you’ve got a bigger site with many keywords, or you want to be tracking multiple sites (such as client sites) then you’ll want to add on more bots. Normally, these bots are $10 USD per month each, but I have often seen specials where they are reduced to $5.

I have just one extra bot and it’s enough to track three websites and about 100 keywords.

This pricing system is great. It allows you to scale nicely with your needs, rather than having to spend more than you need to to get on to some kind of “tiered” plan.

Conclusion

All things being considered, I’m a massive fan of Serplab. It’s a great service that is easy to use and seems to provide very accurate SERP tracking for a fair price.

I like the ability to be able to issue reports to clients through an access link. That way they can log in and check any time (very handy if you have the types of clients who always want to be on at you to update them on rankings).

I also like the fact that Serplab is web-based, rather than being an installed solution like Traffic Travis. I like to keep my machine as clean as possible, and cloud-based means it can be accessed on any device. This is especially important for me as I find I am starting to work more frequently on my Chromebook with Chrome OS than I am on Windows.

Go here to sign up to Serplab and give their excellent service a try.

Traffic Travis Review 2019

Welcome back to another top-notch review here at Reviews Boss.  Today we’re taking a look at a product I have been using for years, called Traffic Travis.

What Is Traffic Travis?

It is free SEO software with a professional, paid upgrade option available. You can get the free version here (and then upgrade later) or you can just go straight to the professional edition here.

Above the SEO functionalities, there are also tools you can use to research available domain names and improve your PPC performance (as well as boost Adsense earnings)

It has been a mainstay of the SEO software game for a number of years now, and literally hundreds of thousands of people have used it.

In fact, if you Google “SEO software”, TT shows up as one of the top results:

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So I think it is fair to say that Reviews Boss has a duty to do an honest and detailed review of this product.

Disclosure

At one point (many moons ago) I was actively involved in the development and promotion of Traffic Travis. However, that does not affect my dedication to providing an honest and detailed review, and it has not changed my opinion as I’m no longer employed by the company which developed the product.

What Can It Do?

According to the vendor pitch, here’s what Traffic Travis can do:

  • Run automated SEO health checks on your site
  • See your site backlinks and analyze them in detail
  • Deep dive into SEO competition for keywords and competitor sites
  • Improve your on-page SEO
  • Track your rankings for multiple keywords Google, Yahoo, and Bing
  • Research new keywords to find terms to try and rank for
  • Analyze the competition of these keywords to see breakdowns of top 10/20 competition (as well as get at-a-glance keyword competitiveness metrics)
  • Get insights into your PPC/Adwords competition in order to improve campaign performance
  • Find domain names based on the keywords you uncover

How To Get It

There are two versions of TT; free and Pro.

The easiest way to get it is to go here and download the free edition. You’ll need to register with your email address in order to do so (I will come back to this in the “cons” section of the review).

I recommend that you only ever download Traffic Travis through the official website; don’t go through one of those download sites like Cnet or Softpedia as you will still need to register anyway, and also you might wind up downloading an outdated version.

You should get the free version before you look at upgrading to Pro.

Market Samurai Vs Traffic Travis

I will maybe do a full comparison of Market Samurai and TT at some stage in the future. I’m not certain on this as it seems like Market Samurai (I think it is now called Noble Samurai) has all but been abandoned. The site looks like something out of the dark ages now. That being said, the social media presence of Market Samurai is still being updated on a semi-regular basis. Certainly I do not hear people talking about it anywhere near as much as they used to.

In the meantime I suggest that you take time to look at this handy comparison on Traffic Salad.

Traffic Travis Vs Long Tail Pro

There is only one functionality that these two tools share; keyword research. Both work by tapping in to Google’s Keyword Planner and then returning results based off that. Long Tail Pro focuses specifically on keyword research, whereas Traffic Travis offers a broader sweep of tools.

So, which one does keyword research better?

Overall, I would say that Long Tail Pro is better at finding long tail keywords. That is, after all, the purpose of the software. However, Traffic Travis actually has quite decent SERP competition analysis; and unlike LTP it doesn’t cost you anything in terms of paying a monthly fee for some kind of premium access. You can even analyze quite a few keywords on the free version; although if you plan on analyzing more than 20 keywords in any one sitting, then you’ll want Pro.

You can read more about Long Tail Pro in my review of it here.

Traffic Travis Alternative

The main alternative to TT is probably Market Samurai. However, there are a bunch of different products out there (some free, some premium, some with different tiers) that can manage the functionality of Traffic Travis or at least provide an alternative to some of it:

  • Raven Tools
  • Web CEO
  • Advanced Web Ranking
  • Long Tail Pro
  • Market Samurai
  • The list goes on … I don’t really like meaningless comparisons like that.

If you’re interested in learning more about all the available SEO software options that might be able to replicate some of TT’s functionality, then I suggest you read this post.

How To Download Traffic Travis Professional

The easiest way to get Professional is to upgrade from within the software itself. However, if you are determine to buy Pro from the outset, then you can do so here.

Just scroll down the page and buy, and you will then get your Traffic Travis Pro download:

I definitely recommend that you try the free version first, however. Then you can upgrade from within the software here:

Pro Price

If you’re looking to upgrade, then you’ll want to know the price. Professional edition costs $97 USD per year. This means that you pay once per year.

There is no monthly option or lifetime access option available. I would like to see a lifetime access option … that would be nice.

Payments are processed through Clickbank, which is a leading digital product payment processor. You can check out my review of Clickbank here.

A Look Under The Hood

At this stage of the review, I reckon it’s probably time to take a look under the hood of Traffic Travis and see what the software can do.

This will be very image heavy, and each image will feature a caption underneath explaining what you are seeing and how it relates to the functionality of the software:

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When you power up Traffic Travis, this is what you will see for the first time – you might actually notice that the software is not up to date ven if you just happened to have downloaded it.

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Welcome to the home screen of TT. It’s from here where you will set up your projects, manage your sites and get at-a-glance statistics. You can see down the bottom the Upgrade To Pro option – this is where you need to click if you do want to upgrade.

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Adding a project into TT is really easy (you do it from the top menu bar). Once you’ve chosen to add a new project you will see a screen like the one above. It’s pretty simple what you need to here. You can always come back and add more keywords and search engines at a later date. The only confusing option is the Sitemap URL. If you don’t have a sitemap setup yet, then TT will try to scrape your web pages from robots.txt – although you really should try to get a Sitemap.

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Once you’ve added in the basic details of your project, you will probably also want to use the “Update Settings” option and set everything to its shortest possible time period that you get more regular updates. What you see above is the default option.  I don’t really do anything in Miscellaneous, Video Rankings, or Email Scheduler (although you are more than welcome to try these features out!)

If you run a YouTube channel and are trying to rank your videos, then the Video Rankings module will be music to your ears. It can help you track where your videos are ranking on YouTube for any given keyword. It also checks ranks for Google Videos as well.

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Miscellaneous settings.

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The video rankings pane for checking your YouTube rankings.

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The email scheduler is where you can set up automated report emails. This could be handy if you are using TT to track client rankings.

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Once you’ve added in your report you should see something like this. Note that there isn’t too much data available for Reviews Boss because it is a very new site. If your site was established, then  you would hopefully see a whole lot more under top 5 ranked keywords, backlinks, and so on. I’ve also only got 4 keywords added at the moment, so hardly much to work with!

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If you want to upgrade to Premium and download it, then you need to use that UPGRADE TO PRO button that will be at the bottom of your screen. Remember to get a feel for TT and whether or not you actually like using it before making the call to upgrade.

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This is the basic view of the keyword research tab. It really is quite self explanatory. You put in the keywords you want to search to expand from – your “seed” keywords – and then go from there by hitting fetch. BTW if you’re having trouble with keyword research, then you should check out my speed keywords gig on Source Market here, which will really help you hit the ground running.

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When working with the keyword research tool you can change your location and language setting, as well as SERP values match type.

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As with just about every keyword tool ever, you can filter your results. This is standard stuff.

Now let’s move on to the SEO competition analysis tool which is probably my favourite bit of Traffic Travis. The purpose of this particular module is to give you an at-a-glance difficulty metric for ranking for any particular keyword, as well as detailed analysis of the top 10/20 ranking sites for any particular term.

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From within the Research/SEO Competition module you just enter your keyword(s) and then press okay. The module will then go away and get to work to analyse the results.

NB: If you want to analyse a lot of keywords – in my experience anything over 20 at once – then you really need the Pro version PLUS working proxies. Otherwise you will get blocked from the Google API used to power this tool.

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This is what you will see after the SERP competition check has run. Now unfortunately that image is kind of hard to see due to it being compressed for web – I will try to upload a better version in due course.

But you should be able to make out the “extremely difficult” rating, which tells me without digging any further that I would probably struggle BIG TIME to rank for the keyword “SEO Software”.

Then you get the other data that is better for those who want to make a manual analysis of the keyword and their probability of ranking for it:

  • Pagerank average and median
  • Page backlinks (ie the links pointing to that page that is ranking)
  • Site-wide backlinks count
  • Number of SERP results
  • Intitle and Inanchor competition
  • KEI score
  • CPC

 

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The piece de resistance is the fact that you can get a detailed report like the one above that breaks down each keyword and its top 10 (or 20, if you choose it) ranked entries in order to see how they are performing in terms of backlinks, on-page SEO, authority etc.

Traffic Travis Pro Crack

People are always on the lookout for cracked versions of Traffic Travis Pro in order to save money. My advice is don’t waste your time with this. Either use the free version, or stump up the money for the paid version. Cracked software puts your machine at risk, and usually goes wrong anyway (especially when it’s something like TT that has frequent updates).

Don’t be stingy – either pay for premium access or make do with the free option.

I know at one stage a number of years ago, there was a working cracked version that was doing the rounds on places like Blackhatworld. That is long dead, so don’t even bother. Just pay for it 🙂

Traffic Travis Pro Download

Want to download Traffic Travis Pro? You can do so here. Please note you will need to pay the $97 USD purchase price before you can complete your download.

Traffic Travis For Mac

One of the most common questions about TT is how to run it on Mac OSX. Unfortunately, there is no native support for OSX. This means that you either need to look for alternative software (ideally something that is cloud based) or use a workaround that will allow you to run TT on your Mac.

On the Traffic Travis website there are some solutions available for using Mac. Basically they involve either installing Windows on a partition of your hard drive or secondary hard drive, or using a software like Parallels in order to run a Windows environment on your machine.

The problem with these options is that they cost money, because you either have to buy an expensive software or purchase a valid Windows licence key, unless you already happen to have one lying around.

Honestly, the easiest way to use Traffic Travis for Mac is to skip all the fiddle-farting and go out and buy a dirt cheap Windows laptop. I used to have an old laptop I kept lying around for this exact purpose. I could run TT whenever I needed it, as well as some other Windows only software that I used. Now I’ve gone back to Windows only it’s not an issue for me, but I still recommend this as an easy solution.

Pros

Here’s what I like about the product:

  • Reasonable Price. $97 per year is not a bad price at all or an SEO software that has so many different features, and which has a proven track record of being reliable. Furthermore, the free edition is actually very good if you are just managing a couple of sites.
  • Regular Updates. Traffic Travis has been going steady for years now, and is always regularly updated. You can feel safe and assured that your purchase isn’t going to be abandoned any time soon. I’m a big fan of regular updates.
  • Lots Of Features. You really can do a heck of a lot of stuff with Traffic Travis. I know a lot of more advanced SEOs don’t really like it because it is a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, and it also prioritizes simplicity over power (compared to something like Scrapebox, for example).
  • Good Support. If you have any issues you need help with, then support is not hard to come by and is generally very good. There is a huge FAQ database available here, which covers most questions you could ever want to ask. If that doesn’t get you to where you need to be, then there is also a ticket-based support system available with quick replies.
  • Very Usable Free Tier. Some SEO software massively restricts the amount of value a free subscriber can get (I’m looking at you, Ahrefs). Traffic Travis can do just about everything you’d want it to do on the free tier, which is great when you are first starting out and can’t justify stumping up the cash for the Pro version.
    • Make sure you’ve checked out my guide above to what is different between the free and pro editions. I think you will find that the pro edition stacks up rather favourably.
  • Easy Refund If You Aren’t Happy. Because Traffic Travis is sold through Clickbank you are entitled to a no-questions-asked refund within 60 days of purchase. If you’re sitting on the fence, then this should give you some great peace of mind. Clickbank’s refund policy is absolutely watertight, so you have nothing to worry about.

Cons

Here’s what I dislike about TT:

  • No Cloud Access. People spend less time these days in front of their computers, and more time on phones, tablets etc while out and about. Because there is no cloud access you have to use Traffic Travis on a desktop or laptop machine. It would be great to have cloud access and the ability to check from a mobile device.
  • No Mac Native Support. This has been an ongoing issue for a number of years now. The lack of native Mac support is frustrating, and should be fixed. The only way you can run this software on a Mac is to go through the expense and hassle of running a virtual machine or secondary Windows install. It surely has to be time that an all-new Mac compatible version is created.
  • Annual Pricing. Access to the software costs $97 per year. So while this is a meagre $8 per month, it still sucks when you forget you’re paying an annual fee and your credit card or Paypal gets rebilled. I would like to see a lifetime access option for a big discount like $197.
  • Your Inbox Will Be Under Attack. Remember that Traffic Travis is produced by the same company as Affilorama (and Salehoo, which is another product I will review in the near future). Once you download the free version or buy the Pro edition, your email address is added to FINISH
  • Affilorama Premium Upsell. You need to consciously untick this, unless you want to get access to Affilorama Premium via a slightly surreptitious upsell. You get the first month for free or for a dollar or something low ball like that. But if you forget to cancel, then you are automatically rebilled the next month for $47. Not ideal – either remember to cancel or just uncheck the box anyway. I will be reviewing this product in the near future in greater detail so you can see if Affilorama Premium is actually worth buying; if the conclusion is good, then you can always go back and get it.
  • Not Superb At Any One Thing.  TT is a bit like a Swiss Army Knife. It has a lot of useful tools, but none of them are outstanding at doing their respective job. For example, its keyword research module is useful, but nowhere near as powerful as something more specialised like Long TailPro. This is why a lot of more experienced SEOs aren’t huge fans of TT, because it probably just isn’t powerful enough for their specific needs.

Conclusion

Should you buy Traffic Travis?

As far as free SEO software goes, the standard version is a handy tool to have in your arsenal. It tracks ranks quite accurately, gives you a useful overall picture of the health of your website, and can help with performing competitive SEO and PPC analysis.

Considering it is free, what’s not to love?

But what about the paid, professional version of the product? Is it worth a buy?

You know what, I actually think it is. However, it is only worth buying once you’ve built up some experience with SEO, and if you genuinely have a need for the extra functionalities (like the ability to add more projects, research more keywords and so on).

Start out by downloading the free version of TT here, and get to know how the software works and its functionality first.

Once you’ve spent some time with the free version and have got used to it, you can make a call as to whether upgrading to the Pro version is worth it for you or not.

I have TT Pro and enjoy using it on a regular basis to track rankings, get handy SEO competition analysis, and other research metrics. It’s not perfect, and I’m sure that anyone with a bit of skill and the inclination to do so could replicate most of the functions for free using other tools.

But as a unified dashboard from which I can look at basic SEO and PPC metrics, do research, and optimise my sites, it has use that justifies the purchase price. As a sort of jack-of-all-trades toolkit that can work alongside other more premium products, it really is quite handy.

Overall, I recommend it. Start with the free version – you can download it here – and then take your time to get used to the software and what it can do for you. From there you can make the call on whether it is worth upgrading to the professional version.

Keyword Shitter Pro – Not Just Your Same Old $hit

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A while back a did a review of a free online tool called Keyword Shitter (you can read the review here). Despite the bizarre name of the product, this review has become one of the most popular on my site … people just love free keyword research software as opposed to paying a fortune for tools like Long Tail Pro.

There’s now a newer, prettier turd on the block. It’s called Keyword Shitter Pro – and today I’m here to review it in order to determine whether the original is still the best, or whether this new contender is the king of keyword crap.

What Is It?

Keyword Shitter Pro is, as the name kind of suggests, a keyword research tool. Unless I’m much mistaken it’s basically a Google Suggest scraper like the original one.

All you do is load in a seed keyword or two, select some basic parameters, and then go to town with finding loads of keyword phrases.

Here’s an example result:

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How Much Does It Cost?

It’s free. Nothing more to say here. No account even needed!

What I Like

  • Pretty, functional layout. If you have ever seen the original Keyword Shitter, then you’ll know that tool looks like the contents of a toilet. This “Pro Edition” is actually really attractive. It’s even mobile-friendly.
  • Seems pretty fast and reliable. I did a whole bunch of searches in a range of niches and gave it a good hammering … nothing broke at all!
  • Good results. Once you get the knack of putting in a good seed keyword, as well as using the prefix/suffix options you will get some great long tail results. You should be able to find some real keyword gold here.

What I Dislike

  • Cannot see more results on page, results are instead “paginated”. This is the one thing that irks me more  than anything else with Keyword Shitter Pro. On the original Keyword Shitter, you would just get this immense cascade of keywords going down the page for thousands of lines. Ugly, disgusting, but actually quite functional. On KSP you have to make do with about 10 results per page, and then sift through with paginated results. The only other option is to download a CSV, which you’ll wind up doing every time.
  • No help or tutorials. Okay, it is quite a self-explanatory tool to use. But maybe a 5 minute embedded YouTube video would be nice? Just explain the basics of what you need to do to get great results, and eliminate that guess work!
  • No CPC or search volume data. This is a minor gripe, as the original Keyword Shitter doesn’t offer this option either. However, seeing CPC and SV data for the found keywords without having to result to a 3rd party option would be great. Although you can see word and character counts, these are largely irrelevant compared to search volume and CPC data!
    • The easiest way around this limtation at the moment is simply to use a plugin like Keywords Everywhere, or to upload your keyword dump back into Google Keyword Planner.

Conclusion

Although OG Keyword Shitter is awesome, I must admit that Keyword Shitter Pro is better. Although the pagination thing drives me up the wall, it is much nicer to be able to get the same great functionality but with much nicer design and layout.

Go give Keyword Shitter Pro a try and let me know how you get on. I think it’s a real hoot to use, and I’ve already found a bunch of useful keywords. Combine the CSV export with something like Keywords Everywhere for volume and CPC data, and then do some manual analysis and you’ll be in keyword heaven!

 

Whitespark Citation Finder Review 2019

If you know anything about local SEO, then you’ll know that citations are absolutely essential for getting good rankings for keywords with local intent … especially if you want to rank strongly in the local pack:

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If you don’t know what a citation is or how it can affect your website’s rankings, especially in terms of local pack results, then I suggest that you take a look at these resources.

The problem with finding good citation sources is that it can be quite a time-consuming process. Although you can go and do a Google search on citation sources (and find a huge number of blog posts, guides etc) you will find that a number of these are outdated. Furthermore, they don’t really help with the ultimate goal of reverse-engineering your competitors’ citations and then improving for better rankings.

Enter Whitespark’s Citation Finder tool, which I am going to be reviewing in plenty of detail today.

What Is It?

The Whitespark Citation Finder tool is – as the name suggests – a tool for helping you find citations that you can build for your own business or for clients.

The aim of the tool is to help you find more (quality) citations and faster than you would be able to do so manually.

It is a cloud-based product, which means there is no software to install on your machine and you can access it anywhere where you have an available Internet connection.

How Much Does It Cost?

This is a product with 4 different tiers, as well as a very limited free tier. Here is what is available:

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I personally chose the “Small Business” tier as I only work with a couple of clients at the moment (although I’m looking to expand, so stay tuned!).

To be honest unless you had dozens of clients I don’t see why you would need the SEO Agency or SEO Enterprise tiers. You can always just delete an old project and then make a new one … although I guess that would get tedious if you had to do it lots.

And by the way, don’t bother with the free tier as it hides like 99% of the results you would find anyway. It’s fairly useless. I would like to see a more usable free tier, but I guess profits need to be made!

Who Makes It?

A Canadian company called Whitespark, who also have some other useful products geared towards local SEO.

You can learn more about them here.

Who Is It For?

There are two main audiences that this product is aimed at:

a) Business owners who do their own SEO and who are looking to improve their local rankings
b) SEO freelancers and agencies who do work for local biz clients

Simple, huh?

How Does It Work?

This is actually one of the easiest SEO software/cloud programs that I have ever used.

Once you’ve got your account registered, you can be up and running with great citations in mere minutes.

The first step is using the basic keyphrase search function. With this you need a country, a city/region, and a keyphrase that matches the business you are trying to find citations for. So an SEO consultant in Christchurch, New Zealand would be inputted as per below. Once you’ve inputted the required data, you can hit search:

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Searching by location and keyphrase is the “bread and butter” way of using Whitespark’s Citation Finder tool. It doesn’t get much easier than that. I’ll show you what example results look like in a second. But for now, let’s look at the business search option.

This is ideal if you want to reverse engineer the citations that your competitors are using. You can also use it to get a list of existing citations for your/your client’s business, in order to avoid building duplicates.

The instructions are simple to follow. Just enter the regional data, business name, and phone number and then search away.

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Once again, this is super easy to use. It really doesn’t take that long to get searching at all!

Once the tool has worked its magic and results are available, you can review them and start finding results.

Note the messages about useless scraper sites that you cannot submit to. This is something you will come across quite frequently when using the citation finder. These are listing sites that don’t allow you to submit manually … they just “steal” other peoples’ databases of business NAP data and present it on their own site. As suggested, make sure that you mark these off when going through so you can avoid them in future.

You can also mark off directories/citation sources that you have already submitted to in order to save time down the track and reduce the risk of making duplicate submissions.

Here’s what you might see after having run a few different searches. Note two things. Firstly, I’ve blocked out the keyphrases used to protect the integrity of clients’ data. Secondly, I don’t really bother with using projects as it doesn’t suit my workflow at this stage.

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Once you open up a search result, you’ll see something like this (citations for the Christchurch SEO keyphrase):

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From that picture above you can see a few important things:

  • You’ll be shown top ranking business for the keyphrase. You should seek to piggyback off their citations by reverse engineering and hopefully outranking.
  • The “Compare Citations for These Businesses” option is fantastic. I’ll post a screen show below. It gives you a neat way of comparing a t a glance the citations that these top ranking businesses are using (and what ones are missing so that you can build more and hopefully beat them!)
  • The main table gives you the following info:
    • Site. The URL of the submission site.
    • Business submission. Either click “submit your business” to be taken directly to the submission page, or you might need to go to the main site itself and hunt around for the submission option. Most require the latter.
    • OC. The number of times that particular citation source appeared in the SERPS for the keyphrase and region you have inputted. Higher OC might possibly indicate more trust from Google.
    • Site Type. Is it a directory, news site, or something else? I don’t pay too much attention to this to be honest.
    • DA. Moz Domain Authority. Higher = better.
    • Status. Not really sure what this does TBH … another thing I don’t pay attention to.
    • Notes. Add your own notes about the site here. E.g. “an awesome directory” or “total shite” or something like that.

Here’s what the comparison grid looks like:

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What I Like

  • Easy to use. Your grandma could use this and find kickass citations all day (and then rank the heck out of her bake store or whatever).
  • Cloud based. Mac, Windows, Linux, sun dial … you name it, you can use it to run this tool. No downloads/installs to bloat your computer either.
  • Well-priced $20 p/m for the basic option is not a lot of cash, and it’s even less if you opt to pay for a whole year in advance. If you’re running a serious SEO business, then that is such a small investment for a tool you will probably use for every new client. Although I dislike monthly billing, I’ll give it a pass because there are annual plans available and the value proposition is good.
  • Mostly good citation results. I’ve found plenty of GREAT citations in different regions and niches using this product. And most are good quality citations that will help your business.

What I Dislike

  • Too many irrelevant results. It gets old quite quickly sifting through the scraper sites and other listings where you can’t actually add any citations.
  • Free tier is bad. Why even offer it? It doesn’t add any value as you’ll hardly get a single citation.

Conclusion

Is Whitespark’s Citation Finder tool really worth a buy?  I think the answer to this depends on what exactly you do for a living.

If you are a small/medium/whatever business owner who does their own SEO, then you should totally hire me instead …

… No wait this isn’t a sales pitch! It’s an informative review. But in all seriousness, as this is a monthly subscription product and you’ll probably only do one or two phases of citation building, then it probably isn’t worth it.

If you’ve got spare time, then you could just slave away going through citation lists like this one and finding active submission opportunities. Sure you won’t be able to reverse engineer your competitors, but you’ll probably do quite fine indeed.

If you’re low on time, then you could just pay someone else to find the citations for you. Or you could go onto somewhere like the Source Market and purchase one of the many citation gigs available. Most of these will have someone find and build citations for you for mere pocket change, and you can usually pay for service upgrades to get great extras like niche specific citations or supporting links to those citations.

This is the service I recommend purchasing from Source Market – it represents stellar value for money.

SEO Freelancers & Agencies

Here is where Whitespark Citation Finder shows its value. If you are an SEO freelancer or owner/part of an agency that offers similar services, then this can be a truly useful tool indeed for speeding up the citation building process.

Simply create a project, fill in the details of your client’s business (or go down the reverse engineering path), let the tool run, and then get to work building those citations. This can save you a lot of time and allow you to deliver better value and results to your clients.

On that basis, I can’t see how $20-30 per month doesn’t represent great value for any business that offers SEO services to local clients. Having worked for agencies in the past, I’ve seen great rankings improvements for some clients just through citation building. It really is some of the easiest money you will make all while offering a truly valuable service.

While there are limitations, I think this is offset by the ease-of-use of the product and the fact that you can use it lots on a variety of clients. You could even make some extra side-hustle cash by selling searches on a site like Fiverr or the Source Market (e.g. “I’ll Find 50 Citation Sources For Your Business For $10”.)

Go here to join Whitespark’s Citation Finder now.

 

Traffic Travis For Mac – What Are Your Options?

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So you want to use Traffic Travis (great – if you haven’t read my review yet, do so here). But you’ve got a Mac. What can you do?

The sales/download site for the product makes it clear that it isn’t designed with Mac in mind. So what are your options if you want to use Traffic Travis for Mac?

Here are a few ways to get around the problem:

  • Get yourself a cheap Windows machine. Something like an ex-lease, Small form factor office PC can be had on eBay or Craigslist or similar sites for well under $100. Any PC made within the past probably 10 years will be more than adequate to run Traffic Travis for all but the biggest of projects. If you can get something with an i3 or better, 4+gb ram and ideally an SSD, then you’ll be sorted. If you’re a serious Internet/digital marketer, I always recommend having access to at least a rudimentary Windows machine as there are a number of software applications that only run on Windows.
  • Use Virtualbox
  • Use Parallels Desktop. This is a Windows virtualization software that allows you to run Windows programs on your Mac. It’s probably one of the more popular options out there.
  • Use VMWare Fusion
  • Install Windows on your Mac. Depending on the Mac you’ve got it should be possible to install Windows on your Mac. Once again, this will require a licence and some fiddling (it’s easier if you happen to have a dual hard drive setup).

So which option is the best for running Traffic Travis on Mac?

Honestly, my preference would be getting a cheap Windows machine. Whether you buy 2nd hand or something cheap and new off Amazon or a local retailer, it will be an easier process. 2nd hand you can probably get sorted for less than the cost of getting a legitimate Windows licence key anyway (which is required for running any of the ‘virtual Windows’ options listed above). You’ll then have a machine you can use for other Windows-specific software.

Every other option requires you having a Windows licence or being willing/able to obtain one. There’s also a higher chance of fiddling around involved.

So to reiterate, my recommendation is to grab yourself a cheap Windows machine (look for off lease, it’s usually an easy way to get a decent machine for peanuts). You can then use this as a “test bed” PC for other software that requires Windows as well.

If you haven’t yet got Traffic Travis, go here to read my review and download.

Long Tail Pro Review 2019

This is a review of the newest, cloud-based version of Long Tail Pro. Further down the page you will see my opinion of the older desktop version.

Keyword research is one of the most important aspects of building a successful website. It is important for blogs, ecommerce sites, personal sites, business sites and much more. If you want to rank in Google well, you need to research good keywords and apply them to your website.

In this Long Tail Pro review, we are going to be sharing the pros and cons of the software tool, and how to use it for keyword research. By the end of this review you should have all the information you need to decide whether Long Tail Pro is the right software tool for you.

Summary of Long Tail Pro

  • Long Tail Pro is a powerful keyword research tool that allows users to generate hundreds or thousands of unique “Long Tail” keywords in a matter of minutes based on one or multiple root keywords.
  • After generating long tail keyword ideas, you can conduct a website competitive analysis of the top sites that appear.
  • Long Tail Pro can calculate the viability of keyword ideas for your brand on a scale of 0 to 100.
  • Up to 200 manual keyword entries can be done at a time.
  • Monthly fees range from $37 a month, to $147 a month and annual fees range from $297 a year to $1177 a year.

Long Tail Pro’s Background

Long Tail Pro was created by Spencer Haws from NichePursuits.com. He created the software tool in 2011 as he was frustrated with the keyword tools on offer at the time. Haws continually developed the software for 5 years before selling it in 2016. The new owners have continued to develop Long Tail Pro, keeping it at the forefront of keyword research.

Spencer Haws is focused on what I call the “passive income scene”. The passive income scene tends to be focused on developing niche websites that are based around a special interest or product. Content for these niche websites is then created around long tail keywords, and then monetized through a variety of different methods such as Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates or even drop shipping methods.

The goal with passive income websites is to build up enough of them so that you have a steady income stream for minimal work input.

Long Tail Pro has changed over the years and has moved from a tool that you would install on your PC or MAC, to a cloud based tool. We reviewed the early version a number of years ago (which you can read here). However, as the tool has changed to an online based service we thought we would take another look at it.  

What Are Long Tail Keywords?

You may be wondering what long tail keywords actually are and why they are so important. Long tail keywords are those three and four keyword phrases which are very specific to what you are selling or advertising.

When a customer uses a highly specific search phrase, they tend to be looking for exactly what they want to buy or research. Such specific searches are far more likely to convert to sales or clicks than generic searches.

For example: if your company sells mountain bikes, the chances are that your pages are never going to appear near the top of an organic search for “bike” because there is too much competition. But if you specialise in a certain brand or style of bike you can use that as a way to form more specific keywords. Something like “Giant Reign Mountain Bike for Sale” is going to be more specific and more likely to convert to a sale.

These more specific, long tail keywords will probably result in less traffic to your website, but the traffic you do draw will be better.

What Is Long Tail Pro?

Long Tail Pro is a keyword research tool that helps you quickly and easily find low competition keywords for your website. The tool is built in particular for those who are using SEO (search engine optimization) as opposed to social media or paid ads (Google Adwords). You can use Long Tail Pro to find keywords for paid ads, but it was really designed around finding them for SEO users.

In short, Long Tail Pro helps you find good quality keywords quickly and in bulk based on one or multiple root keywords. Additionally, the tool also displays search volume, advertiser bid, rank value, number of words and keyword competitiveness.

Keyword competitiveness is useful because it helps you judge the competition and keyword difficulty.

LTP has been updated to a cloud based version that lets you use the software anywhere and at any time. Those that have purchased the desktop version of LTP may be eligible for a free version of LTP Cloud. Take a look here to find out more information.

What is New in the Cloud Version of Long Tail Pro?

For those with the desktop version of LTP, you will be pleased to know that they still support the software. However, the team behind LTP is now focused on the cloud based version of the tool. Let’s take a look at what is new in Long Tail Pro Cloud.

Use it anywhere – Now that Long Tail Pro is a web based up, you can use it anywhere and on pretty much any computer or device. The old desktop version limited you to 3 installations of LTP, which meant you could only install it on three computers at a time.

Its faster – Long Tail Pro cloud is significantly faster than the desktop version of the software (over fifty times apparently). Instead of waiting hours for bulk KC calculations, you will get results in 30-60 seconds.

You can see exact search volume results – One of the worst things about the previous version of Long Tail Pro was opening up the tool or Google Keyword Planner and seeing those dreaded “1K-10K” search volume results. This really limited the effectiveness of keyword research with LTP, which is why they decided to use external data providers for the cloud version rather than using Google Adwords.

No need to provide a Google Adwords account – LTP Cloud is not dependent on your Adwords account, so you no longer need to worry about having account restrictions of spending money on Adwords. Having to use a Google Adwords account was something we didn’t like about the desktop version of LTP

LTP cloud includes a Rank Tracker – Long Tail Pro Cloud users will get a beta version of the software’s new Rank Tracker for free. This Rank Tracker gives you the ability to track page rankings for various keywords.

Personal domain analysis – LTP now includes a tool that can analyse your domain and provide you with useful insights about what keyword competitiveness scores you should target for your specific website. This analysis is based on the authority that search engines give to your domain. In addition to suggested keywords, Long Tail Pro also provides you with your domain’s Trust Flow and Citation Flow scores, along with the number of backlinks.

You can assess the income potential of your keywords – A new metric called Rank Value was introduced with LTP Cloud, which lets you assess the money making potential of your keywords. Rank Value is the estimated monetary value of ranking number 1 for any given keyword.

What Has Been Left Out of Long Tail Pro Cloud?

While a number of things have been added to the cloud version of Long Tail Pro, some things didn’t make the cut.

Unlimited keyword results are gone – Unlike the desktop version, the cloud version of LTP comes with limited keyword usage. This is because Long Tail Pro no longer relies on user Adwords and Moz accounts, and the company behind LTP has to pay for every row of data they retrieve. Long Tail Pro offers a range of different plans to cover all budgets and users, so you can get the number of keyword searches you need.

You can no longer retrieve Global search volumes – Once again, this feature has been left out because Long Tail Pro has switched to relying on external data providers. Long Tail Pro claims that the global search volumes in these external sources were not reliable and consistent enough. This is a bummer for people who might have used this feature in the desktop version of Long Tail Pro.

Google/Bing Title Competition and Domain Availability has been cut – LTP has replaced this with new features such as Personal Domain Analysis and Rank Value.

Who Is Long Tail Pro for?

  • SEO marketers who use Google, Youtube and other similar platforms.
  • People who want to increase or improve their organic traffic.
  • Google and Youtube Adwords advertisers who want to get better conversions while reducing the CPC.
  • Affiliate marketers who are looking to find long tail keywords around which to base their websites, and create content.
  • Live streamers and video creators who want to expand their reach and get more views.

Key Features of Long Tail Pro

Long Tail Pro is more than just a keyword research tool and it is packed full of useful tools to get more quality traffic to your website. We have listed some of the great features of the tool below:

  • Generate keywords based on a root/seed keyword.
  • Create multiple different projects to help keep organised (you can have different campaigns set for different websites).
  • Find high-CPC long tail keywords that are great for increasing Adsense revenue.
  • Import keywords into Long Tail Pro
  • Use Long Tail Pro to find keyword-rich domain names. This is especially useful if you are creating a niche blog.
  • Keyword competition checker
  • See search volume and rank value of keywords.
  • A favourite system lets you save your best keywords.
  • Google Adwords suggestion.
  • Backlink Analysis.
  • Check the rank value of keywords and assess their monetary value.

How Much Does Long Tail Pro Cost?

Long Tail Pro is offered at a range of different costs for all budgets. You can pay in monthly or yearly instalments and there is a 7-day free trial on offer as well. There are three different options you can choose from, which we have outlined below.

Agency Pro Starter
Keyword lookups per 24 hours 6000 2500 800
KC calculations per 24 hours 6000 2500 800
SERP lookups per 24 hours 6000 2500 800
Tracked keywords 1000 200 30
Tracked domains Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Rank updates Daily Daily Daily
Simultaneous logins 5 2 1

The costs for each different option are as follows:

  • Agency – $147 a month or $1177 per year ($98/month)
  • Pro – $67 per month or $537 per year ($45/month)
  • Starter – $37 per month or $297 per year ($25/month)

Annual options can be paid monthly as well and annual members will also get access to Long Tail University.

What is Long Tail Pro University?

Long Tail Pro University is an in-depth guide that teaches you how to find powerful keywords and get more traffic to your website. The information contained in the guide is not only useful for niche websites, but also other businesses as well.

Who gets access to Long Tail University?

  • All annual subscribers will be given access within the app.
  • Any monthly subscribers or Lifetime owners who have purchased LTU previously will be given access within the app. 
  • All LTU owners without an LTP Cloud account will be given access to the LTU site.

The Pros of Long Tail Pro – What is Good About the Tool?

Long Tail Pro offers a number great features that can help you get better quality traffic to your website. Here’s a list of what we feel is good about Long Tail Pro and the benefits of using the tool.

  • You can get keyword suggestions in bulk – Long Tail Pro lets you input up to 5 root keywords at a time, and it will spit out as many as 400 related keywords per seed keyword. Additionally, if you have a large list of keywords already, you input them manually and get all the important stats for each keyword.
  • Multiple projects let you be more organised – The ability to create multiple projects for multiple websites or blogs is really useful. It is great that you can have different projects in Long Tail Pro to organise keywords per website or focus.
  • The keyword competitiveness (KC) score is good – This feature will tell you a score between 1 and 100 that represents how difficult it will be to rank on Google. The ability to quickly see how competitive a keyword is makes choosing the right one much easier. We feel that this feature is one of the main highlights of Long Tail Pro.
  • We like the Google Adwords Suggestion feature – While Long Tail Pro was developed with SEO in mind, the Google Adwords Suggestion feature is great for those looking for keywords that will work well with paid ads.
  • It is easy to use and fast – Even the most inexperienced person will be capable of getting their head around Long Tail Pro. The cloud based version of LTP is considerably faster and more stable than the desktop variant.
  • The rank tracker is simple to use – The ability to track page rankings for various different keywords is definitely useful and helps you decide on which parts of your website you should focus on.
  • Long Tail Pro is polished and professional – The LTP user interface is clean and professional with minimal clutter. You can tell that a whole heap of work has gone into making Long Tail Pro Cloud and it is certainly a step above the desktop version. Many other SEO software programs or tools give off the vibe that they have been slapped together in a couple of days, but it is clear that the Long Tail Pro team have spent a lot of time developing a premium product.

The Cons of Long Tail Pro – What is Bad About it?

  • It is overpriced – The main issue I have with Long Tail Pro Cloud (as with the desktop version we reviewed a while back) is the cost. $37 per month for what is essentially a glorified Google Keyword Planner is too costly. Even the annual membership at $25 per month feels like bad value and don’t get us started on the other, more expensive plans.
  • Keyword lookups, KC calculations and tracked keywords are limited – It’s a real shame that unlimited keyword results were removed when Long Tail Pro went cloud based. We understand that there are costs associated when keywords are looked up, but we wish the limits were higher. The limit of 800 keyword lookups a day feels pretty low when you are paying nearly $40 a month to use the service. While we probably would be fine with this, if you are doing lots of keyword research on a particular day you will find LTP frustrating to use.
  • You can only use 5 seed keywords at once – It would be nice to be able to use 10 or more seed keywords, as this would make keyword research faster and better.
  • It isn’t that much better than free alternatives – Like we wrote above, Long Tail Pro just feels overpriced. Yes, the KC calculator, rank tracker and backlink analysis tools are useful, but for those just looking to find keywords, there are free alternatives that can do the same job. If you want to get similar results in terms of just finding long tail keywords, then I suggest you check out Keyword Shitter or even ScrapeBox at $97. The main advantage LTP has over free alternatives is the keyword competitiveness calculator. It is a useful feature and is a good way of quickly measuring how difficult keywords are to rank for. The biggest problem is that you should really be learning how to analyse SEO competition for keywords yourself. Manual analysis of SERP results for prospective keywords is almost always going to be better than using the KC tool Long Tail Pro provides. We are also not too sure how accurate Long Tail Pro really is with its keyword competitiveness calculations.
  • Global search volumes are gone – It’s a shame that LTP ditched the option to retrieve global search volume. While we understand that changing to external sources meant they could not include the feature, it will come as a disappointment to some new and existing users.

How to Use Long Tail Pro

Now that we have talked about the pros and cons of LTP, let’s look at how you can use it to find long tail keywords. Once you have signed up, you can start using the service straight away. If you have signed up for a trial account, you will be limited to 100 keywords per 24 hours.

The first thing you need to do is to input some seed keywords. Think of some keywords that relate to the product you are selling or article you want to write. You can even use something like Keyword Shitter to get an idea of some keywords and then input them into Long Tail Pro. For this article we have given an example of dog toys as we run a website focused on dogs.

Along with the keywords you input, you also have the option to change the number of suggestions per keyword you receive, and some more advanced options.

When you are ready to go, click “Retrieve”, Long Tail Pro will generate all the long tail keywords for you, along with the Average KC score, Volume, Bid, Words, and Rank Value.

You can sort the results by clicking on the Avg. KC, Volume, etc. and then select the best long tail keywords that suite your needs. We input a few seeds keywords related to dog toys and you can see our results below.

Manual Keyword Search

If you have keywords already, you can try the manual search function to find out more information about them. Simply type in the manual keywords (limit 200) and then hit “Retrieve”. LTP will find all the information you need to know about the keywords, such as the Avg. KC, Volume, Rank Value, etc.

Rank Tracker

The rank tracker in LTP is a great feature and can definitely save you some time. Instead of manually searching keywords and checking their rank, you can streamline the process by inputting them straight into Long Tail Pro. Pop your keywords and website URL in the rank tracker and Long Tail Pro will automatically check their positions for ranking in Google.

With LTP’s rank tracker you can change the location to see how your keywords are performing in other countries outside of the United States. This is useful for marketers who want to target a specific location.

With the rank tracker, you can see where your website is currently sitting and any past performance as well. You can quickly see how your website was ranking yesterday, last week and last month, and whether it has gone up or down. Clicking on a keyword will let you see the history and performance of it.

We recommend you check your ranking results every couple of days to see where you are sitting in Google. If you lose rank, work out why and optimise your campaign or get more backlinks. Consider improving your article or page as well, to improve your chances of ranking higher.

Backlink Analysis

The last main feature of Long Tail Pro we are going to cover is the Backlink Analysis tool. Enter your competitor’s URL, and hit “Retrieve”. At the top of the analysis page, you will see four important metrics to help you work out the ranking power of your competitor.

  • Referring Domains – Is a direct measure of the number of websites that link to the target page. A high number means that the website is incredibly popular, or has conducted a link building campaign.
  • Total Backlinks – Measures the total number of backlinks the target page currently has. This also signals how popular a website is.
  • Trust Flow –  Is the trustworthiness and rank worthiness in the eyes of search engines. You can increase this score by acquiring links from websites that search engines like Google deem trustworthy.
  • Citation Flow – Is dependent on the quantity of backlinks a site receives. A high CF is a strong indication of an active link-building campaign.

When you get the results for your target page, prioritise backlinks from niche-relevant websites. We also recommend that you start your backlink analysis by looking at your biggest competitors.

More Info About the Average KC Score

The KC (keyword competitiveness) score is a number between 1 and 100 that displays how difficult it will be to rank for a particular keyword on Google. Here’s a quick rundown on what the different scores mean and how difficult they will be to rank with.

  • 0 to 10 – No competition
  • 10 to 20 – Extremely low competition
  • 20 to 30 – Low competition
  • 30 to 40 – Moderate competition
  • 40 to 50 – Somewhat high competition
  • 50 to 60 – Very high competition
  • 60 to 70 – Extremely high competition
  • 70 to 100 – Don’t even think about it!

If you have a new website or it has a low authority, you really shouldn’t be targeting keywords with an average KC score above 30. For new websites you want to focus on keywords with a KC score as low as possible.

We recommend that you avoid anything with a KC over 40, even for more popular websites. There are plenty of easy long tail keywords, so it is better to go for them rather than the more difficult ones.

The KC score looks at the first page of Google and the sites that are ranking for the search term. The calculation for the average KC takes into account the overall authority of the website, how well the page is targeting the specific keyword and the number of backlinks.

Conclusion – Should You Buy Long Tail Pro?

Here comes the main part of the review. Should you spend your hard earned dollars on Long Tail Pro?

The short answer is no; I do not recommend that your sign up to Long Tail Pro.

Why do I not recommend it? Well, while LTP has some great features like the KC calculator and rank tracker, it is simply too expensive for what you are getting. I stated this in my last review of the desktop version and now it is even more expensive as you can’t buy a one off membership and keep it forever.

At $37 a month (or even $25 on the annual membership) it really doesn’t feel like good value, especially when you can use free alternatives that do almost as good a job. The fact that the number of keywords you can search in a day is relatively is also a bit of a slap in the face, especially when you used to be able to do unlimited searches.  

However, I am not saying the product is bad or useless. In fact, it is incredibly well polished and it is great for getting a rough idea of what keywords you want to use. The ability to track your rankings in Google is helpful, as is the backlink analysis tool. Long Tail Pro really does everything it claims it can. The simply problem is that it costs too much and that makes me disinclined to recommend the product. Assessing keyword competitiveness isn’t that difficult with free (or less expensive) tools and that is what you are mainly paying for when you sign up for Long Tail Pro.

I’m sure there are loads of people out there who have had success with Long Tail Pro and have found some excellent keywords, but for me the software really isn’t worth it. I do recommend that you try out the 7-day free trial, but beyond that it really isn’t worth your time. The truth is that the software really doesn’t do much more than many of the free alternatives out there, it just has all the information you need to know in one place.

Would I Use It If It Were Cheaper?

Now, here’s the real question. Would I use Long Tail Pro if the price was reduced? The answer is yes, but it would have to be heavily reduced. I could possibly see myself paying $10 a month for the same features as the starter pack, or around $200 to $300 for a lifetime membership. This is a drastic reduction and I’m sure it won’t happen, but at least you can see what I think its worth.

Note: I had a problem with my credit card when I signed up for Long Tail Pro. Long Tail Pro charges a $0 transaction fee when you sign up for the software (You are properly billed after the 7-day free trial ends). This $0 set off a warning for my card company and they blocked me from using the card until they could confirm it was me who made the purchase. We wanted to warn you about this as it may also happen to you if you sign up for the trial.

Old Long Tail Pro Review

If you’d like to check out my review of the old, desktop software version of Long Tail Pro, you can do so here: 

Barely any online discussion around keyword research tools is free from mention of Long Tail Pro. It seems not long ago that I remember Long Tail Pro (LTP for short) as being just another obscure piece of 2nd tier SEO software – the sort of thing that wannabe Internet marketing gurus would peddle to their lists that they built up from scummy solo ads.

And now this software is raved about by many online in the Internet/affiliate marketing community as being the second coming of Christ … or at least the next best thing after sliced bread.

But what is the “real deal” with Long Tail Pro?

Is it actually a good piece of software – or is the hype all a load of bollocks? Let’s review Long Tail Pro together and try to find out.
Grab a cup of tea (or a 42oz soda if you’re American) and let’s find out.

Important Update 

Since I started writing this review, there have been some important changes to Long Tail Pro. I will be going through and making full updates, but for now here is what you need to know:

  1. Bulk check for keyword competitiveness has been added. Rather than having to click all lines individually, you can check KC scores en-masse. This is a handy time saving feature that is definitely good.
  2. You can no longer buy just the base software (Long Tail Pro sans Platinum for a one-off price). There is just one edition now – Long Tail Pro WITH Platinum – and you either pay $37 per month or a lower rate of $352 per year. There is no one-off, lifetime access option any more. Until this update occurred in early Feb 2019, it used to be the case that you could purchase LTP for around $80, and you would get Platinum for free for a month and then roll onto a $27 p/m charge until you canceled. You could then keep the base software for life if you decided to cancel the Platinum portion.

You can now only have Long Tail Pro for as long as you are willing to pay a monthly or annual fee. This, in my opinion, significantly changes the value proposition of the product for the worse. Unless you are making sufficiently frequent use of the software to justify the high monthly rebill cost, or you are doing a good enough job at turning the long tail keywords you find into sales, then it is just too taxing on the wallet.

NB: People like me who purchased a lifetime access to Long Tail Pro when such an option was available will not see any change. For example, I can continue to use my Platinum-free edition with no need to start paying a monthly fee again.

As you might expect, I will talk to this point more later on in the review when I discuss the pros and cons of the product.

What Is Long Tail Pro?

If you’re Googling for Long Tail Pro reviews, then you probably have a fairly good idea what the software is all about. However, just to give you the benefit of the doubt, I will outline what it is:

  • LTP is a keyword research software program. So you kinda like install it on your computer and shizz, and 9 months later keywords come out. Oh wait, that would be some kind of hybrid keyword-baby monster. In all seriousness, it’s really just a flashy version of Google’s venerable Keyword Planner.
  • It is designed to help you find keywords. Think terms you would type into a search engine to find information, like “how can I illegally enter the United States of America” or “is the Queen actually a shapeshifting lizard” or even useful stuff like “weight loss tips” and “grain free dog food”. The focus here is on finding longer, less competitive keywords.
  • It isn’t free, it’s paid. That’s why you need Reviews Boss to make sure you aren’t parting with your hard earned for some over-hyped pile of turd. A dollar doesn’t come for free, ya know?

Who Is It For?

When looking to review a product, one of my favourite things to do is have a think about the target audience – the people who are probably going to be buying it.

In this case, here’s who I think LTP is aimed at:

  • Affiliate marketers looking to find long tail keywords around which to base their sites, and create content. The classic angle most LTP users seem to take is finding keywords like “best electric shavers under $100” and then creating affiliate sites based around those terms (I’m sure you’ve wound up on sites like this before) and monetize with Amazon Associates.
  • Adsense aficionados are another target for Long Tail Pro, as the software can help to find keywords with low search competition and respectable CPCs.
  • Long Tail Pro can also be useful for PPC marketers, as it can help you to find keywords that would work well as phrase and exact matched terms, as well as get an indication of CPC and Adwords competition.

What Do I Need To Run It?

Long Tail Pro is not demanding at all in its system requirements. Pretty much any Windows computer or Mac that was built since Bill Clinton got caught totally not having sexual relations with that woman Miss Monica Lewinsky should be able to handle it.

Joking aside, here are the minimum requirements:

  • Adobe Air. This is a free piece of software that is available for Mac OSX and Windows, and provides the backbone of LTP.
  • Google Adwords account. Once again, this is free to set up. You don’t need to spend any money on Adwords to have an account.
  • A computer made within the past ~5 years. I couldn’t find any specific system requirements, but a dual core processor and 4 or more GB of RAM should be plenty. I’m running on an Intel i7 with 16gb of RAM and Windows 10, and it runs well with very few slowdowns – only when I deal with BIG keyword lists do I get any problems.

Who Makes It?

Long Tail Pro is, rather famously, the brainchild of a guy called Spencer Haws. That is not to be confused with Spencer Hawes, the Power Forward for the Charlotte Hornets (with a salary of over $4 million per year I don’t think that Hawes really needs to worry about making SEO software!!)

Spencer HAWS is a well-known figure in what I call the “passive income scene”. Other big names/blogs are Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, Matthew Allen from the amusingly-named Dumb Passive Income, Darren Rowse from Problogger and a whole host of other smaller players.

Compared with affiliate marketing based on strategies like combining paid traffic with CPA offers, the passive income scene tends to be focused more on building niche websites based around a type of product or special interest, creating content based on long tail keywords, and then monetizing through Amazon, Adsense, or Clickbank. Although the initial payoff is generally much lower, the goal of any passive income convert is to build up enough sites that they have a tidy monthly sum that will roll in, even if they don’t work much.

Alongside Long Tail Pro, Spencer has also released some other software and plugin-type products, although many of these seem to have been discontinued. He also released a course, called Long Tail University, which is intended to help you make the most of LTP and find out how to generate big organic traffic to your site through effective keyword research and use. Naturally, I will be reviewing Long Tail University at some stage in the future (especially as it is an expensive course).

He also works with a guy called Perrin, who is most famous for building a website about razors that went public as a case study on building “passive” Amazon sites and then got negative-SEOd. You can read all about that here. Perrin currently seems to be working on a website about dogs, called HerePup.

How Do I Buy LTP? What Does It Cost?

Easy tiger! You haven’t even seen the full content of my review yet. However, if you are interested in buying Long Tail Pro, then here’s how you do it.

Firstly, you need to shot on over to www.longtailpro.com:

longtailpro-homepage

Let’s See It In Action

Now is as good a time as any to open up the hood and have a play with Long Tail Pro, in order to see what we can achieve with it.

The first thing you need to do after you have downloaded the software is fire it up. Before you can go anywhere, you will need to set up the Adwords linking for the software to work properly. You don’t need to spend anything to make an Adwords account – it is totally free to do so here.

Here’s a handy video from the Long Tail Pro team on how to configure Adwords linking:

Interestingly enough, this is one of the first signs of the key weakness of Long Tail Pro. You need an Adwords/Google account login because what the software is doing is scraping Google’s own keyword tool – the free Keyword Planner that is available here – and returning the results in a more attractive format. It’s kind of the equivalent of buying a software program that searches eBay for whatever you are looking to buy, and then returns it in a “nicer” way.

I will also revisit this point in the pros/cons section of my review, as it has an important role to play in the software “bugging out” from time to time, as well as being a crucial weakness from the perspective of value for money.

So once you’re all set up, you should see a screen similar to this:

long tail pro - overview screen

Obviously you won’t have any data in there at first, but you get the general idea. It’s actually a reasonably intuitive and easy-to-use interface, especially compared to some other SEO software.

Options are fairly limited, as you can see below. You access the overall settings by hitting the cog symbol in the top right corner of the screen:

longtailpro-setting

Let’s take a look at what options you have;

  • Contact support – self-explanatory.
  • User accounts – this is where you can specify your Google Account credentials as mentioned before. You can also add in a Moz API key (this is free to configure, and good instructions are provided) which is necessary for providing competition metrics like Page Authority, Domain Authority, Moz Rank and more.
  • Data fetching speed – you can make the software access Google’s API faster, which may lead to you getting banned. I’ve never bothered to change these. The Bing API speed is for checking Bing SEO title competition, I think.
  • Debug panel – If you’re getting issues you might be able to fix them here, provided you’re technically minded. You can actually use this to see exactly what Long Tail Pro is doing to scrape data from Google as well (I showed this above in the video).

Now it’s time to actually create a project and run a search. I believe that the best reviews are ones that “review by doing”, and that’s what we are going to do here!

Creating A Project

The building block of using this tool for effective keyword research is to create a project. Thing of an LTP Project as being a folder in which you keep all your research about one particular subject. This helps to keep your interface nice and ordered. With projects, you can also do things like pick different languages and countries to target (so if you were an affiliate marketer based in France, you could pick Google France and the French language, for example)

longtailpro-newproject

Once you’ve created your first project, you’ll be able to add seed keywords and then start finding some ideas!

Searching For Keywords

When you hit the add keywords button, you’ll get hit with a little popup that provides you with a number of options:

longtailpro-addkeywords

Here’s what those options mean:

  • Add Seed Keywords – this is where you add your broad terms you want to build keyword lists from.
  • Add My Own Keywords – a feature of LTP Platinum (will discuss this in more detail later). It allows you to bulk add your own keywords, giving you competition metrics and expanding your list much faster.
  • Suggested Bids – useful if you’re looking at LTP from the perspective of building Adsense sites, or looking for Adwords keywords. You can filter so that results only above or below a certain suggested bid display.
  • Local Search Volume – this is ticked by default, and is the search volume for each keyword for whichever Google locale you selected when creating your project.  Once again you can pre-filter with min or max values here. Great if you want to avoid being shown hundreds of phrases with 0 or 10 or 20 volume.
  • Advertiser Competition – THIS IS NOT FOR SEO, MMKAY! It’s a metric used to look at Adwords competition, so if you’re finding keywords for SEO then basically ignore this. However, may be useful for us PPC fiends.
  • Num Words – A very useful feature in my opinion. You can set a min or max number of individual words in the keyword. This means you can focus on finding proper long tail phrases (e.g. “dog training toys for small puppies” as opposed to seeing lots of broader terms like “dog training”).
  • Global Search Volume – THIS IS UNTICKED BY DEFAULT. Y? Y? Y? But seriously, make sure you tick this before you get to work, provided you are in a niche or business that makes sense on a global scale. Unnecessary if you are targeting a specific country or geographic area, and global volume isn’t relevant to your interests.
  • Domain Availability – Checks to see if you can register your keyword as a domain name. Since EMDs aren’t cool any more, I’d advise it’s not worth the extra processing power. Branded domains are the future.
  • Google Title Competition – Runs an “allintitle:” check for the keywords in Google
  • Bing Title Competition – Same as above, but for Bing. Both of these are kind of useful if you are looking hard at SEO competition analysis.

As this is a review, and not a how-to guide, I won’t go into any more detail on how you can come up with seed keyword ideas etc. What we can conclude is that Long Tail Pro has some decent options for customising your search in order to get the sort of results you are after. By using geo-targeting and filtering for CPCs, keyword lengths etc, you should be able to find some good results in all but the most obscure of niches.

Once you have inputted your seed keywords, you can go ahead and hit to fetch keywords. As it is working away, you will see a message like this:

longtailpro-checking

When the tool has run its course, you should see results like this:

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Pros

  • Easy to use – as showed right through this entire review, LTP is a very simple bit of software to use. Simply download it, make a project, add some keywords (bearing in mind the filtering options that are available) and then get to work. There really isn’t too much more to say on its ease-of-use.
  • Regularly updated – when it comes to maintaining this software, Spencer and his team definitely aren’t fly-by-night merchants. It is regularly updated, with good communication about any significant updates provided through email and blog. You never get the impression with this software that it is something that will be abandoned out of the blue, and with no prior warning. You will become familiar with this:
    longtailpro-updates
  • Good support – from what I have experienced, there is good support available from the makers of LTP. When I wanted to cancel my Platinum membership, I received a rapid and cordial response. Spencer and his crew also seem to be responsive to queries or complaints made on the blog posts on longtailpro.com, which is always a good sign that support is unlikely to be abandoned any time soon.
  • Frequent specials available – Spencer & co tend to offer some decent specials on Long Tail Pro from time to time. This is annoying if you have just purchased the software for the full price; but if you are on the fence and thinking about buying, then it might be enough to sway your opinion. If you are set on purchasing, then I do suggest that you hang out for a deal. The easiest way to do this, it seems, is to register for a free trial and then keep an eye on your inbox for deals.
  • Polished and professional – The overall feel you get from LTP is one of professionalism and polish. From the www.longtailpro.com website, to the good support, through to the actual program itself, you can definitely tell that a whole heap of work has gone into making Long Tail Pro what it is today. Whereas some SEO software gives off the vibe of being whipped up in an afternoon in the corner of a shed by a sweaty nerd with delusions of development grandeur, it is clear that the team behind LTP have invested heavily in developing a premium product. Good on them for doing so.

Cons

  • Overpriced. I touched on this point earlier in the review, and will revisit it now. The fundamental issue I have with Long Tail Pro is that it is overpriced. $37 per month for a glorified version of the Google Keyword Planner is simply too much. Even the annual package doesn’t offer much of a discount when broken down on a monthly basis.
  • Guru-hyped. This is a common problem with many products in the Internet marketing sphere (particularly courses, which are notoriously over hyped by the so-called “gurus”). It isn’t really the fault of Spencer and his crew … in fact you could really just say that they have done a good job at branding. However, the fact of the matter remains that because so many gurus and MMO experts have made Long Tail Pro out to be the panacea to all keyword research and organic traffic issues, that means many people buy the software with grossly inflated expectations of what they are going to be able to achieve with it.
  • Not much better than free alternatives. This ties in to the whole being overpriced thing. Because all Long Tail Pro really does is piggy backs off of Google’s free keyword planner, and gives you a couple of extra bits of functionality pasted on, it simply isn’t that much better than what you can already get for zero to little cost. Considering you can bulk import your own keyword lists into Google Keyword Planner for analysis and expansion, that nullifies one selling point of the Platinum component of LTP. All that leaves to justify the price – as far as I can see – is the keyword competitiveness module. This is a useful feature, and when I had Platinum I did use it on a fairly frequent basis in order to get a quick gauge of how tough a keyword would be to rank. It is definitely helpful for a high-level glance at determining competitiveness, but the problem is that you should really be learning how to analyze SEO competition for keywords yourself. Thorough manual analysis of SERP results for prospective keywords is almost always going to beat out a KC score generated with some basic calculations, in terms of helping you rank effectively.
  • Sometimes unreliable. Because of the way in which Long Tail Pro works, it seems prone to occasional niggling bugs. The most common problem I have encountered is that the software seems to get stuck when searching for keywords – you’ll input your seed keywords, press to generate data, and then nothing happens. Even after restarting the software, you won’t get any progress. Checking the debug window shows that this is an issue with the software logging in to Adwords/Keyword Planner and searching on your behalf. However, with recent updates this problem has become a lot less frequent.
    • Other bugs I have encountered include global search volumes not being returned for keywords (even if I have selected the option), along with slow downs when swapping between projects. These slow down issues may be worse when running a less powerful computer.
  • No cloud access. Here’s one of the things that gripes me the most about LTP, especially if you are paying the big premium for monthly access to Platinum – there is no cloud access. What I mean by this is that you have to use the software as installed on your computer, taking up disk space and using resources. There is no option to access Long Tail Pro via a web interface. This means it won’t work on anything other than a Windows or Mac OSX powered machine (i.e. you can’t jump on your smart phone or tablet and do some quick searching while you’re out and about). It just gives the software a very “dated” feel in that regard, and doesn’t pair well with the fact that you have to pay a monthly fee for full access to the Platinum features.

Conclusion – Is It Worth A Buy?

Oh boy, oh goody … now comes the fun part.

I feel like a Roman emperor in the Coliseum, ready to give the thumbs up or down that will either spare some poor gladiatorial soul, or find him hacked limb from limb. THE POWER IS ALL-CONSUMING!!!!

I'm like a Roman Emperor, just less bloodthirsty.
I’m like a Roman Emperor, just less bloodthirsty.

But seriously, should you buy Long Tail Pro? Should you further enrich Spencer Haws and his merry men with your hard-earned dinero?

  • Short answer: No.
  • Medium length answer: Don’t bother buying it.
  • French answer: Non, n’en achetez pas
  • Actual meaningful answer: Although LTP does have some useful features, it simply is not worth the money being charged when there are alternative options available (especially now that you have no choice but to pay a monthly or annual recurring subscription).

See here’s the thing: I actually bought Long Tail Pro with my own money. In fact, I bought it with New Zealand Dollars, a currency which is as weak as an octogenarian’s bench press; in effect it cost me even more! During my time with LTP + Platinum, I parted with the best part of $300. That hurts, especially when you’re as much of a cheapskate as I am.

AND HERE’S THE REAL $HIT: I’m willing to bet that a huge portion of the reviewers out there who are heaping praise upon LTP (especially those annoying passive income bloggers who litter the Internet with thin, crappy affiliate sites with domain names like bestelectricbuttscratcherreviews2019.info) have never spent much time with the software. Instead, they let the potential for some very generous affiliate commissions get the better of them, and jump straight on their blogs or YouTube channels to give the product a 10/10 must-buy rating, and then hope for those fat stacks to roll in.

It actually used to be a stipulation of being a Long Tail Pro affiliate that you had to have purchased the software first. This meant you could not get an affiliate link without at least being able to honestly say you paid for the software, which probably meant you had used it a few times at least. However, now that Long Tail Pro is on Clickbank’s free-for-all marketplace, you don’t need seem to need any specific prior approval to grab your affiliate link and make some cash.

Caveat: As I mentioned above in the “pros” section of this review, I am not trying to say that this product is useless. In fact, it is far from useless. You can use it to find keywords, and you can even get a rough outline of how hard it might be to rank for those keywords … it really does do what it says on the box. My gripe – and the issue that makes me disinclined to recommend the product – is that it costs too much for what it does, when you can quite adequately search for long tail phrases using free tools. And, as previously discussed, it isn’t that hard to assess keyword competitiveness

And remember as well that the real power of long tail keywords is not in the keywords you find, but how you actually go about trying to target them with your SEO or PPC efforts. You could sit in front of LTP all day (or any bit of keyword research software, for that matter) and find lots of keywords with great potential. However, if you don’t get down to the dirty business of trying to rank or bid and optimize those keywords, then you’re never really going anywhere. So owning any keyword tool, whether it is LTP or anything else, isn’t going to make you money in and of itself. Instead, you need to make use of the keywords you find and deploy them effectively to increase your earnings.

So go on, click that link if you want to try LTP for free. If you do decide to purchase, then I won’t make a red cent. And maybe when you find that goldmine long-tail keyword with 100,000 searches per month, a CPC that would make Donald Trump do a double take, and competition so weak it’s like putting prime Mike Tyson up against a peewee boxer, then you’ll strike it rich and come and laugh at me for passing up an easy few dollars per month commission I could have got by referring you.

But chances are that won’t happen. The truth is that Long Tail Pro doesn’t really do anything special that can’t be done for free with only a miniscule trade-off in terms of inconvenience.

A Word Of Advice For Spencer & His Team

As I conclude this review, let me close with a word of advice for Spencer and his team behind Long Tail Pro:

Your software has some good features. It is definitely helpful for finding keywords. However, it simply costs too much for the “average” user like myself who doesn’t use it frequently enough to make back the monthly subscription price.

If you could implement some sort of credit-based system, then I think that would improve the value of Long Tail Pro greatly for anyone who is a more casual user. For example, if one seed keyword search cost 1 credit (and you could run keyword competitiveness metrics for all the long tails that came out of that seed keyword) and you could buy a pack of 10 credits for $5 – or something along those lines – then it would make LTP a great choice. It would be so much better for people who only need to find a batch of keywords for a new site, then push out content for those keywords and come back for more for their next site, for example.

If you decide to implement this and become filthy, stinking rich on the back of this brilliant idea, then remember me and maybe send a pack of gum my way … or even a check for a couple of million. Thanks in advance guys! 

Majestic SEO Review 2019

It’s been a while since my last review here at Reviews Boss – my apologies for this, but I’ve been crazy busy with some other exciting projects. However, now I’m back on deck and ready to drop some seriously good reviews that will hopefully help you save money and get better results (as well as uncover some powerful tools and training that you might not have otherwise come across!)

Because this is going to be quite a lengthy review, I’ll just be dripping out elements of it as I go along. I’ve decided to change my review style a bit and just add additional content to reviews as I go along. So although it will be a bit more “stream of consciousness” on this site from now on, the big upside for you is that there are going to be a lot more reviews and detailed content to go through.

So anyway, let’s get this show on the road and dive into my Majestic SEO review.

What Is Majestic SEO?

Basically, it’s a backlink analysis platform. If you’re looking at using Majestic, then you probably already know that backlinks to your site are an essential factor that goes into determining how well you rank in the search engines for any given keyword.

At the end of the day, the more high quality links you can pick up, the better.

How Much Does It Cost?

There are a number of different pricing plans for Majestic, depending on exactly how much of a “power user” you are. You can also pay

Please note that Majestic is priced in British pounds. Thanks to “Brexit” there has been a marked decline in the value of the Pound – now is a better time than ever, especially if you’re using American dollars,  to get a Majestic SEO subscription. You can purchase denominated in Euros or US Dollars, but considering the value of the Pound, you are probably going to get the best deal purchasing in that particular currency.

If I’m to be honest, I think that Majestic’s pricing structure is a bit too confusing and convoluted. There are so many different tiers, and monthly/annual pricing for each tier. “Silver” tier also has a quarterly option available, priced in a monthly equivalent amount (that is actually the option I have for my account, as I do sometimes “go off the boil” with SEO and web marketing software).

Is There A Free Version?

You can get a limited number of free searches every day by creating a free account. However, you only get top level statistics (the Trust Flow and Citation Flow) of the domain/page you are searching, and you will only get to see a small number of actual backlinks.

If you are only interested in getting top level stats, then you may be able to get away with a free account. And if you are feeling particularly naughty, you can get unlimited free searches by using a VPN program like Private Internet Access.

However, you will be missing out on the best elements of Majestic’s analysis by using only the free version. I strongly recommend that you spring for a paid membership.

What Can I Do With It?

As mentioned a number of times so far in this review, you can use Majestic SEO to enable you to analyze the backlink profile of any website or web page. In particular, you can look at important metrics like:

  • The number of backlinks pointing to the site
  • The number of referring domains pointing to the site
  • Trust Flow & Citation Flow (these are Majestic statistics – if you’re at all familiar with SEO, then you may well have heard of these metrics already)
    • Topical TF & CF metrics
  • Anchor text profiles
  • The exact links pointing to the site
  • Pretty much anything else you could hope to do with regards to analysing backlinks

Who Is It For?

Majestic SEO is for anybody who wants to analyze the backlink profile (and individual backlinks) of any website. It doesn’t just have to be your own. You can use it on client sites, competitor sites, and any other site or page under the sun.

Uses for Majestic SEO’s backlink analysis include:

  • Analyzing the backlinks of a competing site/page that you want to outrank
  • Finding potential sources of backlinks for your own site/client sites
  • Broken link building (go to backlinko.com if you want to learn more about this)
  • Checking your site’s backlink profile for potential “bad neighbourhood” links
  • Basically any task you can think of where you need to look at what links are pointing to any given page or site

Conclusion

Is Majestic SEO worth having a subscription to? If you are in any way interested in getting ahead with SEO – whether for affiliate marketing, client-based SEO work, running in-house campaigns for your employer, or for any other reason – it is definitely worth having  in your “tool box”.

I know a lot of SEOs, especially the more advanced ones, recommend Ahrefs over Majestic. However, Ahrefs is a lot more expensive than Majestic. If you’re wanting a good way to get started with backlink analysis, then I do believe that Majestic SEO does a perfectly good job.

KWAlert.net Review

Hi guys, how’s it going? Your humble host here again, with another review of a keyword research service. You’ve probably read some of my other keyword finder reviews in the past, and I’m really excited about this one as it’s a topic I enjoy writing about.

Anyway, I digress. Let’s take a closer look at KWAlert.net

What Is It?

As the introduction of this review suggests, KWAlert.net is a keyword research tool. It’s a website that you load up, and then use to find keyword suggestions.

This is as opposed to something like Long Tail Pro that is a downloadable software.

What’s Different To Other Keyword Research Tools?

Right now you’re probably thinking “why would I bother to switch from a proven tool like Keyword Shitter to KWAlert.net?”

Well, there is one HUGE thing that you might want to consider:

Trending Data Search

This is something I haven’t yet seen incorporated into any other keyword research tool. Basically, KWAlert.net can run a search that identifies trending keywords based on your seed keyword. From what I can tell, this is based off of Google Trends data.

Here’s an example of a search using the trending feature:

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So you can open up any of the long tail results found and check its trending data.

This is a great way to get some insight into trending searches that you can capitalize on.

What I Like

  • No download or install needed. This means KWAlert.net is compatible with just about anything that can connect to the Internet. You also save hard drive space and bloat.
  • Finds some good results. This is always a fairly subjective thing to say, but I’ve found that there are some good long tail keywords turned up from my seed keyword searches. The depth isn’t as good as Keyword Shitter, but it’s also faster and not really designed to be exactly the same thing.
  • Trending feature is awesome. Is it the be-all-and-end-all of trending data? No … but it sure is a good way to get some ideas of potential search and social trends that you can tap into for better promotional efforts.
  • Emails for new keyword updates. To be honest, I haven’t yet tested this feature myself. However, it does appear that for deep scraped keywords there is an option to receive an email update every day with more long tail results. I’ll report back when I’ve had the chance to test it myself.

What I Don’t Like

  • Not as many suggestions as some tools. From what I can gather, the max keywords you’ll find is 2000. This is plenty enough, but it’s also a lot less than something like Keyword Shitter.
  • Needs better instructions due to more complex features & different search types. For example, I still don’t understand the true difference between fast scrape and deep scrape (in terms of how it actually find results).
  • CSV report has an annoying bug. Every time I download the CSV dump of the keywords I find, I open it up and the “date terms added” field is merged into the keyword itself. I just use .txt export now. Hopefully this gets fixed in the near future.

Protip

As I mentioned above, you don’t get any keyword volume or CPC data with this particular tool. But that’s no big issue! Just make sure you have Keywords Everywhere browser extension installed, and then copy the text file dump into it. Voila, you’ve suddenly got volume and CPC info for all the keywords you found!

You can thank me later 😀

Conclusion

KWAlert.net is seriously cool. The fact that it helps you tap into trending data is freakin’ sweet (I bet you said that in a Peter Griffin voice, didn’t you?). Tapping into trends can be a great way to stay ahead of the game when it comes to SEO. If you’re doing things like selling trending products on Facebook via Aliexpress drop-shipping, then KWalert can probably help here as well.

It’s free, it’s fast, and it works well with some unique features, such as trending data and ability to email new results.. What’s not to love? Although it doesn’t provide the most in-depth terms, it’s nonetheless an awesome addition to any web marketing arsenal and well worth your time. I suggest you head over to KWAlert.net, bookmark it, and give it a try.

Disclaimer

I was approached by the owner of KWAlert.net and asked to review it. I agreed (obviously lol). However, the fact that I was asked to do the review has not had any bearing on my opinion. I’m always happy to review a product, service, or website if asked … but even if I’m given comped access I don’t let that influence my views.