How I Do Keyword Research For My Niche Websites

I got an email the other day from Kent Chow at In Marketing Tips asking me how I do keyword research. I thought the best way to explain would be through a video, so I’m sharing my process for all to see.

This process shouldn’t be too complicated and there are plenty of free tools that you can use too.

Links mentioned in video:

Adwords Keyword Tool

Godaddy Bulk Domain Checker

Long Tail Pro (Affiliate link)

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  • March 16, 2012
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Kent @ Make Extra Money Online - March 16, 2012

Mike, it’s great. I learned a lot from this video. Thanks for your time showing me how to do. Greatly appreciated!

    Mike From Maine - March 16, 2012


    You’re welcome, buddy. I hope it helps you out. Keyword research doesn’t have to be so scary. If you have any other questions just let me know.

      Mike From Maine - March 16, 2012

      And thanks! Because of you I updated the look of my blog :-)

Andre Garde - March 18, 2012

Great vid Mike, also you’ve got a nice theme here. Very creative!

I love the comment about your mother in the video, lol. :) Be careful on the trademarked domains though (e.g. the Oral B Triumph).

I actually bought LTP awhile ago just to support Spencer, even though I use SECockpit primarily. I had to refund it because I kept getting IP banned by Google for using it too much. I couldn’t even use the AdWords tool. I like the software though, just wish it were a bit faster.

One recommendation I have for top 10 analysis is the SEOQuake toolbar addon for Firefox or Chrome. This is if you need a free tool. But if you have LTP already it’s not necessary.

    Mike From Maine - March 19, 2012


    Thanks for the compliment on the theme. Really I’ll I did was add an interesting header.

    You’re right about trademarked domains being a bit dangerous, however, I’m not too concerned about it since I won’t be building authority sites around these domains. If I get a cease and desist then I will simply remove the site. No big deal.

    Thanks for the recommendation about SEOQuake. The nice thing about Long Tail Pro is that it saves me a lot of time.

Reg - July 8, 2012

Andre suggested SEO Quake .. i also agree .. free tool and worth gold.  Really good.  I bought LTP, had been getting banned constantly and then got SE Cockpit and found some minor issues but good product but LTP rebought and strangely .. no bans on gg.   .. only for nerds like me for the newbies you can still achieve results using FREE ools.

    Mike From Maine - July 11, 2012


    I’ll have to checkout seo quake. Thanks.

    I haven’t had any problems with google bans…maybe you’re working too hard 😉

Mike Jones - July 13, 2012

Hi Mike…
Love the site setup and I am putting to use the info on keywords.  Curious why you switched from Market Samurai (which I own) to long tail pro.  You will have to fill me in sometime on that one.
Great video

    Mike From Maine - July 16, 2012


    Long tail pro is simply a better tool for me when finding domains for niche sites. I couldn’t work without it.

Carmen Hudson - July 15, 2012

Mike: I don't think I've ever seen anyone explain this in such a clear way. I've heard the steps sort of outlined, but not what criteria to use or how to make the connection between "this keyword has a ton of searches" and "this is something I could rank for, very easily, on page 1 of Google. Thanks so much–this was gold!

    Mike From Maine - July 16, 2012


    I’m glad I could explain everything clearly. If you need anything else just ask.

Herbert - August 17, 2012

Pretty much the same process I use.. GKT and SEOquake are my favorites.
(I tried LTP and Micro Niche Finder but got banned a lot and had to fill captcha’s!).

    Mike From Maine - August 20, 2012

    I’ve never had a problem with getting banned with LTP, but I remember having a lot of problems with Micro Niche Finder. I still think Long Tail Pro is the best tool.

victor - September 6, 2012

Hi Mike,
I have really being implementing your work. You said if you type a found keywords in google search and it is showing result for the same keywords but with review added. Am I to go for that instead? Can I still go for the found domain if the review version TLD is taken?


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