Proper Keyword Research 01 – Coming Up With Ideas

Gold mine

At first we built Kontent Machine for our own SEO needs. While it is not our primary business anymore we are still building and ranking niche websites.

There are internet marketers who make a lot of money from websites built around one or a group of products. I believe these guys have done a far better job at explaining what they are than I could ever do. Make sure to check their public case studies and tutorials:

I cannot stress enough on how important keyword research is. If you get it right ranking and monetizing will be a breeze.


How to Find Those Gold Nuggets?

Gold mine

Since I am a bit of a geek I am allergic to the word “manual”. The two genius keyword research tools I love are Ultimate Niche Finder & Market Samurai (optionally – LongTailPro).

But the one thing I cannot possibly automate is…


Coming Up With the First Ideas

The whole point of this step is to come up with several niches or sub-niches which people are interested in and I can monetize.

Here I will go with physical products but you can explore Clickbank's Marketplace to find digital ones to promote too. Try to stay away from the "weight loss" and "make money" categories. The competition there is just too much.

People recommend looking at Amazon’s Best Sellers or Ebay’s Top Products. I find it much faster and easier to go to mySimon’s Sitemap.

mySimon is a comparison shopping website with thousands of products. Not only that but you will find pretty awesome long-tail keyword ideas by just exploring its categories.


What to Search For?

Most of the times I am promoting Amazon products. Because of the low commission percentages I always try to find items priced at $100 or above. Usually these are electronic devices.

Alright, in under 5 minutes I managed to find those:

  • home security systems
  • remote car starter
  • wireless home security systems
  • car alarm installation
  • cheap car tv
  • top 10 car subwoofers
  • most powerful blender
  • electric car crusher
  • electric spice grinder
  • cordless blender

Not bad at all. When I build a niche website I never target one keyword but 10 or more. In this case if I build a website about home security systems I would also include “wireless home security systems”. I would create an inner page and promote it separately.

Now go and make sure you have at least 10 good niche ideas which you can easily monetize. In the next post I will show you my way of using Ultimate Niche Finder to generate hundreds of keywords. You will also learn how to filter out the keywords not worth fighting for.

Here are some of the other sources I start my niche research from:

  1. Browsing EzineArticles and exploring what websites are being promoted there
  2. Google trends
  3. By exploring competitor's backlinks. Often I stumble upon links from private blog networks. In this case I look at the other posts and check where the links are pointing to.

Proper Keyword Research 01 - Coming Up With Ideas
Proper Keyword Research 02 -  The Shotgun Approach
Proper Keyword Research 03 - Now We Are Getting Somewhere
Proper Keyword Research 04 - Getting a Second Opinion
Proper Keyword Research 05 - Let's See What We Have Here
Proper Keyword Research 06 - I Spy With My Little Eye...

  • Tom

    Hi Georgi. Glad you wrote this, I have gotten value. I am following Spencer and the project he has with Perrin. I could definitely check more case studies that I did not know of like cloudlivin and cloud income. mysimon is another handy resource…keep up the good work.

  • Tung Tran

    Hi Georgi,

    Thanks for mentioning my case study post here 🙂

    This is indeed a very helpful article for those who are new to keyword research.

    How’re you doing with Kontent Machine?


    • Hey Tung!

      We’re doing pretty good. We’ve got several big upgrades planned for this year.


  • Hey Georgi, thanks for the shout out on my niche site post.

    Just to clarify, I’m not completely abandoning SEO and linkbuilding, my latest case study is simply testing the theory of building a brand the white hat way.

    I still have niche sites that are live and make money, however I will bot be building any more in 2014 until I have completed my white hat case study!

    P.S – would you recommend the switch to Disqus? Does is migrate your existing blog comments? Avatars etc?

    – Lewis 🙂

    • Hey Lewis,

      I will definitely be following your case study. I’m curious to see what happens.

      Disqus is actually pretty awesome and easy to set up. I’m not sure about the avatars but you can import all existing comments to it. Just have in mind that it needs up to 24 hours to do that.

      Thanks for dropping by,

  • This is the first time I have heard about referring to mysimon from anyone in the affiliate marketing space. Pretty smart, actually. Thanks.

    • Thanks Krish!

    • Tung Tran

      Actually I’m the first one hehe

  • Scritty

    Nice one chaps. I see you’ve moved to Disqus as well. I’m always amazed by how many still make a very good living from mini and micro niche sites.
    In this market ideas are “grist to the mill”.
    Good to see nice effective techniques for getting the most from the system.

    • Thanks Scritty! Disqus turned out to be pretty awesome, to be honest.