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 😉
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 strategy to build a profitable website that weathers all the internet storms …
But as the tool is now, with its core features stripped down, it is simply not worth the monthly subscription for me …
So, in case you are in the same situation, here the links to my previous blog posts about how to move your data and sites out of Keyword Strategy plus a quick instruction how to remove Keyword Strategy’s third party access from your Google account (analytics and webmaster tools).
As for revoking Keyword Strategy’s third party access to my Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools, that was actually quite easy, if I would have known where to look! You would think that Google stores that info in the respective Analytics and Webmaster dashboards, but no luck looking around there! In fact this info is stored in your main Google account settings! Simply go to https://www.google.com/settings/?ref=home and click on ‘Authorizing applications & sites’ and that is where you can edit your settings! And whilst you are there, have a good look around whom else you have given access – and forgotten about 😉
And now a nice big picture of a sunrise 😉 and an outlook at my life ‘after Keyword Strategy’:
The funny thing is, that when I hit the cancel / refund button, I noticed that I was a member of that site for exactly one year 😉 In this year I learned a lot, both from Fraser, as well as from the other members – so Thank You to all of them.
I also collected enough keywords and data to keep me busy writing for at least another year, so no need to go hunting urgently after a new tool. I still have Market Samurai and KeywordResearcher should I feel the sudden urge to explore or analyze more keywords.
As for internal linking, I will step lightly with that one, Google just announced an upcoming penalty for ‘over-seo’ed’ websites (see this article on >>>SearchEngineLand for more information). Whilst what Google says and what it does are not exactly always the same, I will keep my internal linking to a reasonable amount, better safe than sorry. But this and other SEO aspects deserve an own blog post …
So, in the end all is good!
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