Even though Wordtracker will likely be the foundation of your keyword research, there are a number of other free tools that you should take advantage of.
#1 SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool.
Interestingly, the SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool (tools.seobook.com/keyword-tools/seobook/) uses data from Wordtracker. This tool also uses information from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft all in one interface.
#2 NicheBot Classic.
Another free resource that incorporates Wordtracker data is NicheBot Classic (www.nichebotclassic.com). One of the key features of NicheBot Classic is that you are presented with a single comprehensive view of search data from all three of the major search engines.
Youíll also be able to access the competition numbers from each search engine by clicking the links on the left side of the table. When you click on one of the plus signs that’s next to the keyword phrase, a box will pop up and let you check a number of other keyword research resources.
#3 Keyword Discovery Tool.
The tool at Keyword Discovery (www.keyworddiscovery.com/search.html) collects data from hundreds of different search engines across the world. This makes Keyword Discovery one of the most accurate keyword research tools available.
The free version of the tool permits you to build a list of 100 related keyword phrases. As with most of the tools that weíre discussing, there is a paid version of the tool that has more features available; in this case, a chart that shows the keywordís search popularity over a twelve month time period.
#4 Keyword Map.
Keyword Map (www.kwmap.com) is a great tool that creates a visual representation of the keyword phrase you enter, and different keyword terms related to your phrase. If you click any of the related terms, a new graphic will be shown, with the term you clicked in the middle of the new graph. This kind of freeform research tool can take you in directions that other keyword research tools may not lead you.
While Google is certainly the biggest pay-per-click advertising program out there, itís certainly not the only one. Miva (www.miva.com) is a supplementary (or perhaps alternative) program that you should keep in mind as part of your keyword research tool arsenal.
You can run a search on the Miva website to see how many searches were done on your keyword phrase within the past 30 days, and suggested alternative keyword phrases.
As you might expect, many new online business owners start by trying to build one or more websites that monetize with Googleís AdSense advertising. This can be attractive to business beginners because in order to earn money, visitors to the website do not actually have to buy any products or spend any money. The only thing they need to do is click on the advertisements that are placed on your website by Google once you sign up for the AdSense program.
The disadvantage of using AdSense is that the process sometimes yields results somewhat slowly (or expensively) if youíre missing some key information, like which keywords are most valuable to advertisers.
This is a situation where Iotaweb (www.iotaweb.org).can really help. Iotaweb is a keyword research tool that lets you see precisely how much advertisers are paying Google and Yahoo to advertise with specific keyword phrases. This will let you focus on the highest paying phrases.
Keep in mind that the keyword industry continues to develop and change, so you should periodically renew and refresh your personal knowledge base. There are and will continue to be wonderful keyword tools available, both free and paid, to help aspiring internet entrepreneurs build and grow their online businesses.