Free Keyword Research Tools. Which is Best for You?

How can we know what is the best free keyword research tool?

 

We all know, or we should, just how important Keyword Research is to any online business. Without it we won’t be able to write the sort of content people are looking for, and we’ll stand little chance of appearing prominently in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPs.

Unless we do our homework on this, our valuable and well-researched content runs the risk of being buried forever beneath all those well-aged and authority sites that control most of the top rankings.

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Find the Right Keywords and half the job is done

If we seek, find, and qualify good low competition keywords, however, we can rise above the tide. To do this we need at least one good Keyword Finder.

For the purpose of this article, I’ll assume you understand the basics of what a keyword research tool does. If not, please read this post for a detailed explanation.

 

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Keyword Research Tools Explained.

What is a keyword research tool, and why do we need one?

 

Keyword research is the cornerstone of successful internet marketing.

 

Imagine this: You’ve spent hours building your website. You’ve written informative, engaging copy. You’ve added images and diagrams, internal and external links. In fact, you’ve built a web presence you can really be proud of.

You publish the site, promote it on social media, get indexed by the search engines, and you wait for visitors. And you wait… Nothing!  Six months later you’re still waiting.

So what went wrong?You Need a Traffic Strategy

In all probability, you failed to perform proper keyword research.

 


 

It’s one thing to know what items you wish to promote, and what sort of things internet users may be searching for. It’s another thing altogether to know precisely what they are entering into the search box and how to utilise that knowledge.

It’s also another thing to know just how many websites there are out there competing for the same search terms, or keywords. Read more

Digital Altitude – Scam or Legit?

Digital Altitude; Is This a Scam or a Legit Opportunity?

This post was written on Dec 14, 2016

 

Digital Aspire Promo

 

A friend of mine was thinking of investing in Digital Altitude, and asked for my opinion. I hadn’t heard of it, so decided to do some research.

Now, I have to be honest and say from the start, that the fact that this is a Multi-Level-Marketing scheme acted like a red flag for me, but nevertheless I agreed to review the scheme with an open mind.

I signed up for the $1.00 “free trial” so I could access the program and be able to make some informed comments. Read more

Chris Farrell Membership Review

Chris Farrell Membership; Is This a Scam?

 

www.chrisfarrellmembership.com

 

This post was first published in January 2017

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I’m assuming that you are reading this as the result of an internet search. Perhaps you’ve found Chris Farrell Membership online and are wondering if it’s a legitimate program. Maybe it’s another scam?

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Chris Farrell Membership
Chris Farrell Membership

Well I’ve done some research on CFM and here’s what I turned up.

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Actually, I did the research a little while back, when I was first thinking about dipping my toes in the Affiliate Marketing pond. I’d read here and there about people supposedly earning vast amounts of money online with little effort, mostly from Affiliate Marketing. Read more

Wealthy Affiliate: Scam or Legit?

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Can You Really Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?

Do You Want to Learn to Make Money Online?

Join Wealthy Affiliate to learn internet marketing

Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.

Since that time, literally thousands of people have been able to become financially independent with the help of the team at Wealthy Affiliate. In this Wealthy Affiliate Review I’ll explain just why WA is my choice of training and support platform for online business success. But first …

What is Affiliate Marketing?

 

 learn to build your own online businessFor the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.

When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”.
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HREFLANG tags: Can They Help Your Rankings?

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What are HREFLANG tags, and can they boost your SERP results?

What is a Good HREFLANG Tags Generator?

 

In this post, I’ll answer these questions and more. Hreflang tags are something every webmaster needs to understand – even if you decide not to use them yourself.

Hreflang tags (pronounced aitch-ref-lang) are a Google initiative. They were developed in 2011, and intended to advise Google when websites have identical or similar articles aimed at visitors in alternate languages.

It makes sense then, that Google would want us to implement them whenever and wherever appropriate.

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Hreflang tags will help show your website to the right audience. (Image courtesy of Pixabay)

If you write posts or page articles that are directed exclusively towards one audience, eg. en-us for English speakers living in the USA, then you needn’t bother with hreflang at all. This would also apply if your site wasn’t directed at any specific zone, and only written in one language. Search engines are perfectly capable of working out what language your website is written in.

(There’s a bit more information further on in this article dealing with Geographic Targeting using Google Search Console)

However, if your site has articles with similar content written in various languages or  dialects, you should be using these indicators. Read more

Amazon Affiliate Opportunity EN

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Amazon Continues to Dominate the Online Retail World.

Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational as of Dec 2017.

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Amazon.com, Inc., was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994.

After a slow start, during which they made no profit at all, Amazon showed its first return on investment ($5 million, on revenue of more than $1 billion) in late 2001. This amounted to just 5c per share. It was Bezos’ plan to start slowly, but I can’t help wondering if he knew it would be that slow.
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Fast forward fifteen years, however, and the company’s 2016 revenue was almost $136 billion in the US alone!
Today, Amazon has separate retail websites for the US, the UK and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Mexico, and now Australia.
There are also Dutch, Polish, and Turkish language versions of the German website and they also offer international shipping to certain other countries for many products.
 (More info here, if you need it, from Wikipedia)

What does this mean to you?

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Amazon Australia – Open For Business!

The Amazon Australia Store is Now Open.

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The Amazon juggernaut continues to dominate the online retail world.

Their latest addition, Amazon.com.au, is now fully operational.

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Dec 2017. Up to now, Amazon Australia has only marketed books and digital products. The full service Amazon.com.au store was originally expected to open in time for the Black Friday sales on Nov 24. Some behind the scenes issues delayed the launch, and no doubt the back room boys were frantically burning the midnight oil ironing out any glitches. (Much better now, rather than later, I guess) As of December 5th we now have an (almost) fully stocked and functional Amazon Australia store.

There’s an informative article here from Wikipedia on Amazon’s history.

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What does this mean to you?

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The Best Affiliate Training

What’s the Best Way to Learn Affiliate Marketing?

In another post, I’ve written a detailed review of the Wealthy Affiliate group.

(There’s a link to that review here.)

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Back in November 2016, I’d recently retired from my business in the transport industry, and was at a bit of a loose end. Not being the type of bloke to spend my days playing bowls or going fishing every day, (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it’s what suits you) I decided to look into online marketing. I’ve been a writer of sorts for many years, although I’d never really taken it seriously. It was, along with music, my main creative outlet. Stories, articles, poems – I’ve been published once or twice, but never really set the world on fire. Let’s face it – I’m no Hemingway.

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Make money scams are everywhere

Anyway, I researched ways to make money online, signed up for a few schemes, and got ripped off more than once! It seemed that everywhere I looked, someone was trying to separate me from my hard-earned money. Mostly promising huge returns for little effort (but at a cost, of course) while delivering very little genuine advice or guidance.

Eventually, I decided to try Affiliate Marketing, also sometimes referred to as Blog Marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

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How to Earn Money From Blogging.

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So you’d like to become a Blogger, and you’re wondering …

How Can I Earn Money From My Blog?

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Maybe you already have a blogging website, or perhaps you have, like I did not long ago, made the decision to investigate blogging as an alternative income stream.

Perhaps you’re just wondering if the Blogger’s Life is for you. Let’s face it, we all love to share our knowledge and experience with others. Why shouldn’t we jump at the chance to earn a little money from our life knowledge and interests? Or better still, turn our interests and/or hobbies into a thriving online business?

 

Seem too good to be true? Can you really make money by Blogging?

 

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New(ish) Scam Targeting Website Owners

Domain Abuse Admin Scam; Don’t get Caught!

A new (to me, at least) scam just caught my attention.

A colleague of mine recently encountered this one. Luckily he was alert enough to perform the necessary due diligence before following any instructions.

This is how it works.

Supposedly from someone called “Domain Abuse Admin”, and possibly from a domain using the name DomainCop.com (or .org, .net, etc etc), an email arrives informing the website owner that their site has been blacklisted for spamming and spreading malware.

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Wealthy Affiliate University – Is This Scam or Legit? us

Can You Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate?

Do You Want to Learn to Make Money Online?

Join Wealthy Affiliate to Learn Internet Marketing

Wealthy Affiliate is a program that was created way back in 2005 to facilitate, encourage, and assist people just like you and me to become online Affiliate Marketers.

Since that time, literally thousands of people have been able to become financially independent with the help of the team at Wealthy Affiliate. In this Wealthy Affiliate Review I’ll explain just why WA is my choice of training and support platform for online business success. But first …

What is Affiliate Marketing?

 

build your own online businessFor the uninitiated, affiliate marketing is a term used to describe the common practice of posting ads or links into a website in return for payment. This payment could be on a pay-per-click (PPC) or a commission basis or some other arrangement. The job of the affiliate marketer is to create and publish content that people will want to read.

When I say “content”, I could be referring to a travel blog, a writers’ website, a fishing site, whatever. You could publish articles that either answer a question or supply information that someone has searched the web for. It could be as simple as “What’s the best blender for home use” or “How to do crocheting” or “What’s the best fishing lure for Coral Trout”.
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Scams to Avoid

Internet Scams come in Many Forms.

How to earn money online without getting scammed
The Busy Bee


The first, and arguably most important, thing to stress here is the old adage: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” I’d elaborate on that and say almost certainly is.

Some internet scams will offer you unbelievable financial success for minimal effort. Some will attempt to trick you into downloading malicious software. Some will simply appear to be legitimate online transactions where the goods you ordered never arrive, and possibly never existed in the first place.

Don't fall for a Money Trap
Money Traps are Everywhere

 

Believe me when I say you would not be the first, nor will you be the last, to fall for a clever trick. I’ve fallen victim to a few myself over the years and I’m always on my guard whenever dealing with someone I don’t know.

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Below is a list of some common scams.

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Setting up an Online Business

Starting an Online Business

Thinking about starting an online business?

 Wondering Just What is Involved in Establishing a Business Online?

 

Making money online is much the same as making money anywhere. It matters little whether you have a dress shop in a mall, an online clothing store, or a fashion blog. You have to be prepared to put in the effort, and establish your business gradually.

 

If you open a coffee shop, for example, you will get some passing trade right away, and your business (assuming you are doing things correctly) will grow over time.

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Earn Money Online

The difference with internet marketing is that you will have ZERO passing trade to start with, and probably very little for quite a while. Not understanding this fact is one of the main reasons many internet-based business fail. Actually, fail is probably incorrect. The truth is, many people go into online trading with unrealistic expectations and simply give up when these expectations are not met.

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Don’t despair, however, as there are things you can do.

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More Traffic means More Money
Traffic is Essential

You Need a Traffic Strategy

You can tip the scales in your favor in a number of ways. The most important aspect of online trading however, is getting TRAFFIC to your site. Without traffic, you could have the best, most appealing website in the world, offering the absolute best deals anywhere, and you would just be spinning your wheels.

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They say “Content is King”, and whilst this may be true to an extent, the most well-written content will be wasted if nobody gets to read it!

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SEO Copy is the Key to Site Traffic
Good SEO Copywriting is Essential

There is a term you will see everywhere these days in relation to online content: SEO Copy.
It stands for Search Engine Optimized Copy. That is, copy written with special regard to attracting rankings in search engines, predominantly Google.

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You could simply employ a Copywriter to take care of this for you. Many online entrepreneurs do just that, preferring to put their efforts into other aspects of their business. If you feel you may like to go that way, please send me an inquiry at ThomasG@my-buzz.com and I’ll be happy to discuss your needs. If you’re just dipping your toes in the online pond however, your budget may not stretch that far. It’s not that I charge high rates, I’m very reasonable in fact. It’s just that I’m assuming you’ll want to remain as DIY as possible. Never fear, you can write your own copy. Just take it slowly, make it relevant, and keep your grammar and spelling precise. I do offer an editing service, at an affordable rate, if you feel you need it.

I also offer a Website Creation Service at very reasonable rates.

 

Of course, all this is irrelevant until you have a web presence of some sort.

 

Now, you can spend several hundred dollars or more (sometimes much, much more) building a website or having one professionally created for you.
Again, depending on your type of business this cost may be justified. The best way to start, however, is with a dedicated website creator such as Wix, Shopify, WordPress etc.

 

This site, my-buzz.com, was created with WordPress. I can definitely recommend WordPress to anyone unfamiliar with website design. (which, until recently, included myself) It was originally designed for blog pages, but with thousands of templates available you can create great looking sites for just about any type of business in just a few minutes. There is absolutely no need to know anything at all about coding, links, etc.

Around 25 – 30% of web pages are currently created using WordPress.

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Now for some Extra Good News!

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If you follow this link and sign up for the free trial offer, you’ll be able to create two websites of your own FOR FREE, and have them hosted on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. Again, For Free.

Wealthy Affiliate is all about getting you started as an affiliate marketer. They offer free access to all of the support and training for a trial period, and if you prefer you can stay indefinitely as a free subscriber and retain the free websites you created. This has to be the best offer going for someone wanting to get established online.

If you want to really make your mark as an online business person, you can upgrade to Premium Membership (which is great value, by the way) for loads of extra benefits. There’s no compulsion to do so however, and you can set up your websites for any type of business you choose. My writer’s site https://write-for-u.com was my first attempt at building such a website. Should you visit, you’ll see the site is still under construction as I diverted my attention to my-buzz.com. and also my other affiliate niche sites. Rest assured, when time permits I’ll be getting back to work there too.

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You can see a detailed review of Wealthy Affiliate here.

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Research your preferred domain name.

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You will need a domain name of your own. That goes without saying, but there, I’ve said it anyway.

These days, it’s getting harder and harder to find a “good” domain name. One that shows at a glance just what your website is all about, and has that little catch, or hook, that will make potential clients want to visit. In my case, with both this site and my other, write-for-u.com site, I had to search for some time before I found what I thought was a good fit for myself personally and also conveyed what I wanted to offer.

All my first choices were taken. I wanted a .com domain as I didn’t want to be seen to be tied to any particular geographical area. You may prefer to use a domain that shows the country your business is based in. It’s all personal choice, but it’s something you will need to give a lot of serious thought to. Read my e-booklet on SEO copywriting before you make the final decision on a domain name. I say this, because it’s always a good thing to have a keyword or two within the domain name. You’ll understand what I mean when you read the book.

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Keep in mind that your website is a business tool. It shouldn’t become an extension of yourself, except on a business level. Sure, if you write copy your personality will come through, to an extent, but don’t fall for what I call the vanity trap. That’s what your FaceBook page is for. It’s unlikely that your friends will be inclined to visit your website regularly. (Unless you can turn them into clients, of course)
Hosting is something you will need to take into account. While not super expensive, it is, however, an ongoing cost to be considered. (unless, of course, you’re taking up the Wealthy Affiliate deal above)

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Legal Issues

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Mind the legal aspects of online trading
Don’t Fall Foul of The Law!

You should research this a little. Remember that all online content belongs to somebody, and if you post media (photos, videos etc) without approval you could find yourself in legal hot water.

Never cut-and-paste from another site. It’s called plagiarism. It’s illegal, and in any case Google will penalize you for having duplicate content so it’s simply not worth the risk. And anyway, it’s just not cool.

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Anyway, that’s it for now. I will be updating as time goes by. If you have a query or comment, don’t hesitate to email me ThomasG@my-buzz.com 

Comments? Questions? Join the discussion vis the comments Box below. I’d love to hear from you.

Let me guide you and help you avoid online scams.
The Busy Bee

Bye for now.

 

Thomas (AKA BusyBee)