Keyword Strategy is closing down – What are the alternatives?

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It was a completely normal day in my Webmistress life until I received this evening an email informing me of the sad fact that Keyword Strategy is closing down for good on March 28th. (Insert favorite swearword here) Keyword Strategy and I go back since it was in beta testing and frankly I will miss it like a reliable old friend that has suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth ;-( We had our disagreements, but over time, we got on well together and straightened out our different ways of working and came to a “mutual benefit” agreement.

Apparently if you hold a Smartphone close to this image it takes you straight to the website. Alternatively you can just clicking it and you also go straight to it πŸ˜‰

The first thing I did after I got the email was firing up Skype and contacting Fraser, . . . → Read More: Keyword Strategy is closing down – What are the alternatives?

Why I re-joined Keyword Strategy

Angry dragon

That is more or less how angry I was πŸ˜‰ (cc) Mac m 13

Some time ago I throw a major tantrum (see this blog post entitled >>>Keyword Strategy Just Committed Voluntarily Suicide<<,) and left Keyword Strategy (KST for short) fuming like the proverbial angry dragon on the right, so why did I sign up again? For those of you that just read summaries, here you go:

Summary

I left because competition data was no longer available, I re-joined because competition data is now available again πŸ˜‰ – that was the main reason, for the others, you’ll need to read on …

Ok, still there? Great, you know me, pour yourself a glass or cup of something nice – that will be another longwinded blog post πŸ˜‰

The nearly non-effect of the Penguin Update on KST sites

Whilst my KST account was inactive, I still could browse and . . . → Read More: Why I re-joined Keyword Strategy

Good Bye Keyword Strategy – Last Steps

Sunrise over mountain range, saying Good Bye Keyword Strategy, Hello World!

Update May 2012: Competition data is back, I am happy again and re-joined KST, you can read the full story here: Why I re-joined Keyword Strategy. I’ll leave this post up for those of you that need to know this for whatever reason and also because I hate to remove already indexed content from my blog πŸ˜‰

Before I explain the last steps it takes to finish moving sites and data out of Keyword Strategy, let me first make a few points clear:

I still believe that the concept behind Keyword Strategy is valid: To build thick websites around a topic you know actually something about by targeting different (long tail) keywords with one article each and to interlink said articles in a way that makes sense to human readers and search engines alike. That is, in my opinion, still the best long term . . . → Read More: Good Bye Keyword Strategy – Last Steps

Leaving Keyword Strategy – How to Back Up Your Data

Update May 2012: Competition data is back, I am happy again and re-joined KST, you can read the full story here: Why I re-joined Keyword Strategy. I’ll leave this post up for those of you that want to know how to back up your KST data for a variety of reasons …

I never thought I would have to write this post – nor the ones to follow, but with the recent removal of core functionality of the Keyword Strategy tool it became necessary. For more background information see this blog post >Keyword Strategy Suicide<, So, here we go, a step by step instruction on how to back up all your data from Keyword Strategy to your own computer / hard drive:

Create a new folder and name it something memorably, like ‘KST Last Back Up’. . . . → Read More: Leaving Keyword Strategy – How to Back Up Your Data

Keyword Strategy just committed voluntary suicide ;-(

Keyword Strategy Suicide

Keyword Strategy just committed Internet Marketing Suicide!

Update May 2012: Competition data is back, I am happy again and re-joined KST, you can read the full story here: Why I re-joined Keyword Strategy.

Coming back from a nice dinner in town with my husband, I noticed the following email from Fraser, from Keyword Strategy, in my inbox (filler words removed and ‘bolding‘ by me):

“… we’ve decided to retire our Auto-Update browser extension. This is the extension that gathers ranking and competition data from your browser and uploads them into your Keyword Strategy account. This method has been a technical support nightmare for us, trying to maintain it on multiple browser platforms; furthermore, it’s not a sustainable method for determining competition because it’s not compliant with Google’s Terms of Service.“

That I completely understand, in fact I have questioning this practice previously on . . . → Read More: Keyword Strategy just committed voluntary suicide ;-(

To All Expired Trial Users

Confused about Keyword Strategy? Drop a comment with the problems you had using it!

Yesterday evening, my time, I was chatting with Fraser from Keyword Strategy via Skype and he told me that a big percentage of trial users don’t click on the ‘Get Keywords’ button even once! I was like ‘Auch?!?!?!’

I mean, seriously, people take a few minutes out of their busy lives to sign up for a new tool and then don’t even try out what it does? Why signing up for a keyword research tool and then not doing any — drum roll please — keyword research with it???

We chatted a bit more and Fraser made me the generous offer of doing a screen share video with me where we’ll try to tackle the most common stumble stones for new users. So, here is where you come in, the expired trial user of Keyword . . . → Read More: To All Expired Trial Users

Keyword Strategy Tips 4 – Tracking Web 2.0 Articles

Tool for checking keyword rankings.

Click image to try it out yourself πŸ˜‰

I am actually not obsessing about rankings anymore, I am more obsessed about traffic πŸ˜‰ With Google personalizing search results more and more, the first page of Google, as we knew it, could be soon a thing of the past. But sometimes, when I try out something new, I want to see some yummy data to get a better impression on how things are going and what is work or not working. And as I also just ‘talked’ somebody through the whole process ,via email, I thought that it would be a good idea for a blog post! Never waste content you have already half written πŸ˜‰

Until now I have used Market Samurai to do this, but it is not displaying rankings as we know it anymore. If you haven’t an idea about what has happened, have a look . . . → Read More: Keyword Strategy Tips 4 – Tracking Web 2.0 Articles

Long Tail Keywords – Can you find them with Keyword Strategy?

Picture of pagode in Myanmar Burma

Lis published a few days ago an article with the catchy title >Right Keywords + Right Platform = Cash!<, where she advocated to use another, additional, tool to Keyword Strategy in order to find long tail keywords, that is keyword phrases that are longer than three words. I disagreed, we do disagree often by the way, but we are still friends, at least I hope so πŸ˜‰

I have no clue about Myanmar, but I do know a lot about Prague – and how to use the Keyword Strategy Tool πŸ˜‰

So I offered a proof, and run into a major problem, her seed keywords were ‘Myanmar Travel‘ and I have no idea about the locations and geography of that part of the world. I simply didn’t know if a certain exotic name is that of a town in Myanmar or that of a beach . . . → Read More: Long Tail Keywords – Can you find them with Keyword Strategy?

Keyword Strategy Case Study 2 Reindexed ;-)

Follow the Keyword Strategy Case Study! Click image to see all posts already published in this category!

Just in time, with the beginning of the New Year, my case study site has been re-indexed by Google πŸ˜‰ If you haven’t a clue what I am taking about, you might want to have a quick look at my previous article >Keyword Strategy Case Study 1 – My Set-Up <. Here is what I have done, what I haven’t done plus a short status update.

Niche / Topic: Theology πŸ˜‰ Published Articles: 4 Indexed Articles: 5 (see below) Rankings: highest 37, lowest 290 in Google PR: 0 (from PR-) Back Links built: 0 Visitors: 0 Income: 0 (No ads etc as of yet)

Follow the Keyword Strategy Case Study! Click image to see all posts already published in this category!

 

The Problems

The site had fallen out of the index due to the fact that there was barely any content on it and with barely . . . → Read More: Keyword Strategy Case Study 2 Reindexed πŸ˜‰