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It’s been awhile since my last post on Market Samurai, at least 4 months, and I know you’re probably wondering where things are at. Truth be told I’ve been having a little problem with utilising its full potential. At first I thought it was because my old computer couldn’t handle the power but as it turns out they were having problems of their own.

Anyway they got it resolved and I was able to get a little more into it. As I mentioned in those other posts before Market Samurai I never really bothered about keyword research as I always figured it was a pain in the ass. When it came to deciding which keyword tools I would buy I decided to go for the one that everyone claimed to be the search engine optimisation specialist of keywords tools. I know I made the right choice too, and it’s not just because of all the positive comments I received in those posts from all the happy MS customers.

When I bought MS I had a particular blog in mind, my Sexual Aids blog, as I wanted it to get a whole lot more traffic and I couldn’t do it via the normal blog commenting route because most people don’t like links going to that sort of blog. So I thought keyword research was my best search engine optimisation strategy and Market Samurai the best keywordstool.

Using MS I discovered I was focusing on the wrong keywords so following its lead I decided a small change was necessary and so I focused my strategy on sexual aids as my keywords. While a blog’s changing content has always been a positive as far as search engines are concerned I’ve always felt it limited the SEO importance of the home page. This is because the home page is constantly changing with every new post. Keeping that in mind I included a little narrative in the header and footer including the keywords recommended by Market Samurai.

Since then those keywords, sexual aids, is now ranked #1 both in Bing and Yahoo. No such luck with Google though and the only thing I can think of is that Google places a lot more emphasis on backlinks, and like I said earlier its hard getting people to link to that particular blog. Anyway, if you’re looking for a good comment on your blog and you don’t mind linking to what is probably the only sex blog with good content :winkie: let me know in the comments and I’ll be there before you can say, ‘Sire is one heck of a horny blogger.’ :laugh_tb:

As far as Market Samurai is concerned I’m still feeling my way around but the more I get into it the more I’m liking it. I may even use the domain feature to help me pick a good domain name for a niche site I have in mind. You may have noticed all the words in bold text and how some of them are spelt incorrectly, well it’s not because I’ve gone slack all of a sudden, it’s because I used Market Samurai as the keyword research tools to optimise this post to gain the best SEO advantage possible.

Try Market Samurai now for free!We all know that a lot of the time people misspell words when they do the searches and you can’t just guess what the misspelt words are. Well you could but you could be wasting your time by putting in the wrong words. MS helps you to use the right ones. Naturally you may not want to use them if you feel it will sully your professionalism, but that’s up to you.

If you’re not sure about outlaying the money to buy Market Samurai right now you’ll be happy to know they still have the trial offer. That means you can take it for a test run, as well as getting “4 Brief “How-To” Videos, Sharing How You Can Get More Visitors, with Less Effort” which they throw in as a thank you just for giving it a go.

Naturally as I learn more of the internal workings of Market Samurai I will be doing further updates and if I learn any tips and tricks I’ll be sure to share those with you.

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  1. Don’t you have problems with MS? Lately it is not giving me full data and it’s slower than before.

    1. Ben they have to play a constant game of keeping up with Google’s engine changes and they have had a few bugs this past week. You should have received an email about that and that they are working on it if you are subscribed to their mailing list. They should have it sorted out soon but by all means put in a support ticket.

    2. Have you got the latest update Ben? Also, did you get the email from the MS team telling you of the problems they were having and how it’s been resolved? Like I said in the post I was having problems but since the latest update it seems fine now.
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    3. Hey Ben, I too am getting disappointed with Market Samurai. This is especially because they have changed their ‘seo competition’ feature. While in the past, they freely give you a neatly organized list of any website’s (yours or your competition’s)sources of backlinks complete with the exact anchor link they used, now they have associated this with a website where you have to sign up in order to get your own data. If you want to check your competition’s backlink sources, you need to be a paying subscriber. Makes me want to regret going for MS instead of Traffic Travis.

      Sire, you can get backlinks to your sexual aids site by using Market Samurai’s SEO competition feature where you check where your competition got their backlinks. But of course, that was before MS changed that feature. :(

      1. I haven’t got to that feature yet James. It’s a shame they decided to go that route and I’m sure there is a reason for it.

        I’ve just did a quick search and found this post on why they were forced to do the backlink data changes. I’m sure if things have changed that forced them to adapt then perhaps Traffic Travis will have to follow suit.
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        1. Ok, looks like they have no choice but to do it. Well, as far as I’m concerned, the backlink spying feature of MS is dead to me. You can’t even check your own site’s backlinks unless you know some coding and go insert some codes into your site’s mainpage code.

          If Traffic Travis gets their data the same way, then yes, they’ll have to make appropriate changes too.

          1. I’m sure once they will work a way around it and once they do that feature will be fully functional once again.

          2. Just got an email from them saying that they have reactivated that feature from within MS. It seems others have complained and they’ve reacted. Good to know that they listen to their customers.
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    4. for me it also woks ok… maybe you have a virus or other problems with your PC. if it takes up too much RAM, check your hardware, might be a RAM problem… i had something like this once… every app took huge amount of RAM, even simple programs, like yahoo messenger, skype or winamp;)

    5. I just downloaded it and it works ok. is it slower how? maybe it’s your internet connection (in case it requires to fetch adwords data, or stuff like that). anyway, it takes a lot of ram, because of that adobe air platform, which isn’t optimized yet, I think. the guys from adobe are doing a great job, but there is still a lot of room for improvement for adobe air platform
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  2. Hi Sire

    I tried the free version when it first came out. Have only heard good reports from people who continued using it. I didn’t continue once my free trial was up. Was too new to blogging at the time and knew I wouldn’t utilise it at the time.

    Glad you are finding it useful for your blogging needs. Way to go Sire.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    1. Hey Patricia, I think as far as keywords are concerned, although it’s probably best to use them at the beginning it’s never too late to start. Look at me :grin1_ee:

  3. omg…. Sire is studying keywords…. hades has frozen over! hehehehe ;)

    Great review even if your allergy to keyword seo makes this a bit of a stretch! I’m glad to see you paying it some attention and that’s really a blog that needs the love so I think it’s a good fit.

    1. Hey Kimberly, you know even with all the keyword stuffing I reckon this post came out pretty well. Actually I had fun weaving all the words in so the post still read pretty well. I would use MS with every post but it’s nice to know it’s there for when I need it.

      As to my sex blog, I will use it more often.

  4. I’m dying to give you guys the direct no opt-in URL for this free marketing training (Market Samurai training included) but I think it wouldn’t be fair play for these guys if I did.

    If you want to check it out is here (not affiliate link, I just earn your trust!) and it is completely FREE to join.

    I’m not trying to sound like a commercial so I’m just going to tell you that inside you’ll get a ton of free HD videos on a lot of marketing topics and they cover Market Samurai throughly.

    I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this information and then maybe even some more. Too bad there is no list building for me on this one but screw that, there’s really GOOD information inside! ;-)


    1. You did the right thing Sergio. Thanks for that link mate. I joined it but I’m not one for challenges, even so I think I can use this one at my own pace.

      I’m sure I will love the section on Market Samurai.

  5. Twitter:
    Thank you for sharing your honest experiences and for updating both the good and the bad in all that you do. I’ll be looking for more updates to see how MS helps you. :)

    1. No worries Allie.

  6. Hey Sire,

    Yeah, Market Samurai was having some problems obtaining the data from Google’s new keyword research tool. I was the same way as you when I first started using MS, I had to feel my way around and eventually it grew on me.

    So I’m pretty sure the next time you give us an update you will be telling us how much you like using it. Thanks for sharing your experiences with MS, and good luck with your sex blog.

    1. Oh, I like using it alright John, it’s just that there are so many modules I haven’t had the time to go through them all yet. It’s good the way it saves all the keyword searches you do as projects so that you don’t have to go through the whole process every time you want to check the results.

  7. Have downloaded a trial a few days ago from the link on your site and contemplating purchasing Market Samurai for keyword research. So far I cant really see much difference between the Google keyword tool and Market Samurai, but then maybe Im doing something wrong.
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    1. Not having used the Google keyword tool I can’t make a legitimate comparison between the two. I do know that MS get’s its results from Google, both for keyword research and for analysing the keywords. I’m assuming that what it does is make the whole process easier. It also allows you to take the bad keywords out of the equation giving you a more accurate result. If it improves on Google’s tool as well as taking a lot of work out of the keyword research then I reckon it’s a pretty good investment.

        1. I honestly haven’t gone that far down Khaled. I’ve had a quick look at what it offers and there are a few things I haven’t heard of. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. There may well be somethings there that I can use to promote that blog.

            1. There is actually a setting in the WordPress dashboard that will ping any site entered in it every time a post is published.

    2. are you kidding me? you can’t even compare it with the adwords tool. MS can filter them by the number of words, can show more than 50 keywords per page and so on… i think it’s definitely the best keyword research tool out there…

  8. Glad your finding MS invaluable in your work! your right Google since the patent days has been relying on links as an indication of ‘value’. In G’s eyes Good content garners links.

    Though some Niches with some good onsite SEO you can rank highly.

    What I would recommend is go to the competition tab on MS and do a link/anchor analysis. This will

    a) Show what other keywords you can target
    b) allow you to get same links (where possible) as your competition.

    1. Thanks for the tip Don, I’ll be sure to do that.

  9. Hi Sire,

    Thanks for the review on the updated MS. I’ve been looking at the software for quite some time and have been wondering if it’s really worth my money to invest in. I’ve been torn between MS and Brad Callen’s Keyword Elite software. Have you or anyone else here ever used Brad Callen’s Keyword Elite and if so which one is better- MS or Keyword Elite?

    1. Hey Ken, until you mentioned it I’ve never heard of Brad Callen so I’m afraid I can’t make a comparison. Hopefully someone else will be able to. I’ll send out a Tweet, maybe one of my followers will know.

    2. I’ve been using both Market Samurai and Keyword Elite 2.0 for about a year or so. IMHO Keyword Elite is a far superior tool. I like that it pulls keywords from the major search engines AND from the meta tags of relevant sites. Always seems to produce a much larger list of targeted keywords than Market Samurai. I do think MS is a bit easier to learn though.
      Just my .02

      1. In that case I’m glad I chose MS because if something is too hard to grasp then as far as I’m concerned it’s not going to get used.

        That’s the main reason why I chose this theme, for the ease of use.
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  10. Twitter:
    Great news Sire, you are now number 1 in Google for the keyword term ‘Sire is one heck of a horny blogger’. lol

    I’ve been using the Keyword Academy since they’ve started. The KWA has helped my tremendously with keyword research. The income generated directly from what I’ve learned makes it one of the best purchases I’ve ever made online.

    I do have access to Market Samurai and I’ve been meaning to check it out but I will still stay with the KWA. I may do both someday but I have about a dozen members in my affiliate account so the $33/mo is less than I make right now.

    I am glad to hear you are satisfied with Market Samurai, that makes me want to hurry up and check it out.

    1. Actually Brian, after checking that long keyword phrase actually is the top three, now how cool is that? :lol_tb:

      So do you mean you’re paying $33 a month to have Keyword Academy? Man, that makes MS stand out in the crowd because it’s a one off payment.
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      1. Twitter:
        Yep, it’s $33 a month. I did notice you have all three top results on Google. I actually had the top spot for ‘internet marketing expert’ for a while in my extreme ezine days.

  11. Hi Sire,
    Just downloaded Trial Version of MS and will decide to purchase it after using the trial version.

    1. No worries, I think the try before you buy is a great way of showing people how easy it is to use.

  12. Hey Sire!

    I breathed a sigh of relief here, if only because someone actually dared to say something other than, “OMG, Market Samurai is the best and it’s perfect and I love it!”

    Honestly, I’m getting kinda tired of hearing that. If it’s software, then it’s gotta have *some* downside to it. It’s just the nature of the beast.

    Thanks for the honesty. I was starting to wonder about all the rabid hype. =)


    1. Actually, for many people it’s probably all those things Delena, it’s just that some of us were having problems with it. As it turns out it wasn’t their fault as they were simply a victim of circumstances.
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  13. Hey Sire,

    As i mentioned in a comment on your previous Market Samurai post, I use MS to save a ton of time compared to doing manual KW research. However being from Calgary there are times when I am researching a Canadian niche, and I have to admit then I use the Google keyword tool.

    PS I like how promptly you respond to comments on your site. Many webmasters don’t engage their users at all, keep up the good work. I’ll be back.


    1. Hi Jim,

      I’m still a relative newbie as far as Market Samurai is concerned, but I have notice that it uses Google keywords in it’s calculations so why do you find it necessary to use the Google keyword tool?
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  14. MS had an update? I was too busy using it to notice I suppose.. :)

    Well, something great just became greater; hope your readers will be convinced to click on those links, Sire!

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  15. I always wanted to try MS, in fact I was just a click away a couple of months ago. But at the end I backed-up until I finish the design of my website.

    I’m really new to marketing with finding keywords, would you recommend it for someone like me?
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    1. Gustavo, your best bet is to try it out for 12 days. Check out their ‘dojo’ which has a step by step video guide, complete with transcriptions, on how to use it. I found the dojo extremely useful.

      If you find that you like it then I would suggest buying it before the 12 days are up because you’ll save some money.
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  16. Is MS only working with US sites? i’m from Austria, and i’d like to do keyword research for austria sites.

  17. Hi Sire
    One thing that Market Samurai do really well is their series of “how to” videos – makes it really easy to learn how to use the software.

    BTW – I wont ask what keyword phrases you used for your Sexual Aids site. LOL
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  18. Hey Sire,

    These days, I am experiencing a few problems with Market Samurai.

    The Keyword research to find the top ranking sites in Google for a particular keyword is not really working. It shows a blank page.

    Do you know any reason for it?

    1. Honestly Rohit, I’m not the best person to ask as I’m not that technically minded and I’m still learning when it comes to Market Samurai. Your best bet is to put in a support ticket as the guys there are really good. Before I would do that though I would download the latest update as apparently there has been the following Bug Fix: “An issue causing Rank Tracker to hide all data has been fixed. No data was lost, it was simply not visible.”

  19. Its really a must try software! apart from giving you a full featured 10 day trial both the program and service is excellent. That is of course if you want to do proper keyword research and track your rankings, i personally could not live without it!

    1. That’s exactly the response I’ve gotten from just about everybody who uses MS Emily and I’m finding the more I learn about it the more I like it.

  20. I was like that as well “the more I played with it, the more I liked it” – but then I realized that some of the areas I was targeting just doesn’t need such a comprehensive analysis – that takes a lot of time.

    1. That’s the good thing about MS, it’s there for when you need it.

  21. I’m, not too happy about the problems MS have lately. But I do realize that most of there problems are related to services that are not under there control, like Yahoo site explorer, Google keyword tool and majestic seo. MS just collect data from there sites and sort them out. But after all, MS is not just seo and keyword research tool (best feature nevertheless). If we forget the slowness (which is more problem with Adobe air then MS)and glitch here and there, is MS still a great tool. I rather use a little buggy MS then doing all that researching by hand.

      1. Regular updates are always a sign of great tool. I was a part of beta testing group of there new software called article samurai. Cant wait for this one to become public.

        1. You are so right. I’m currently using a plugin I’m having a problem with and I left a ticket nearly a year ago and I still haven’t had a reply. Not only are they not replying to me but they are ignoring everyone else as well. That being the case I would never pay for one of their products again.

  22. Hi Sire, after reading this post, I was discussing with my system admin that we could try out the trial version of MS for targeted keywords research for our company website and blog before buying. However, I just wanted to confirm is there any other paid keyword research tool you would recommend besides MS?

      1. It’s okay Sire, I have decided to go for the trial version of Market Samurai and then buy one after a few days. I, however, got to know much about MS from this post. Thanks.

  23. I love Market Samurai. It was a major help in getting my Local Mobile Monopoly website ranked by showing me exactly where and how my competition was beating me.

    My only complaint lately has been the Majestic SEO integration. It returns all the backlink results as 0. I signed up for an account, but it still doesn’t work. Any suggestions?

    1. If that’s not working Ken I’m pretty sure they enabled the old Yahoo selection again.

  24. I really like Market Samurai’s update. I would still be considered a newbie so I’m not sure if I’m wrong here but I’ve been liking SEO Spyglass more than MS. Is this just because I’m new? I just think it’s easier to figure out but I’m going to keep messing around with MS as well and hope I get the hang of it.

    1. I’ve never used SEO Spyglass so I can’t honestly answer that question.

  25. Yea marketing samurai seems really good, just started the trial last week, I think it makes keyword research much easier. Hopefully I start to get a lot more articles ranking better in the search engines, only time will tell.

    1. Glad it’s working for you Sam.

  26. Hi,

    I’ve been reading a lot about Market Samurai and I think that Market Samurai is an excellent product that is really good and extremely useful. I think the Market Samurai update was needed and it’s welcomed, the World needs progresses – a lot of them. I’m thinking of buying the Market Samurai because I believe it will bring me a lot of money in the end, but though, it isn’t simple but it is efficient. Thanks for sharing!

    Best regards,


    1. Actually I reckon all updates are needed Maria, that’s why they’re updates. :tongue_rolleye_ee:

  27. In my line of work I really don’t see the advantage, since I am really going after about 3 strings of keywords. However I have another part time business for an attorney and I can see where this would be very useful. I will shoot over the link to my attorney friend.

    1. It doesn’t really matter what line of work you’re into, without Market Samurai or other keyword research software you will be working a lot harder at picking your keywords and if you don’t do it right you could very well be picking the wrong keywords.

  28. I personally have not used Marketing Samurai. I have heard of SEO Nuke and Google Sniper which I guess are all tools that help you do your business online.

    From all the feedback it looks like I should Google it and read about.


      1. Thanks Sire,
        I downloaded the free version and it really does take out the guesswork when it comes to keywords. That is one thing I have wasted some serious time on, targeting a keyword that was not going to make me money because it did not have the volume and was not a “buy” keyword.


  29. Hey Sire,

    I’ve been using SEnuke, it has keyword tool and other tools that will help us marketers with our SEO problems. Does MS better than the one I am using right now?

    1. Trisha,
      Please let me know what you find out. I have tried the free trial of Market Samurai and have looked online and there are a number of programs and each of them seems to have a little slant. Before I invest the money I would like to have more feedback. I saw the SENuke online as well. Do you like it or do you think there is room for improvement? Has it helped your business and helped to make you more money?


  30. Hi Sire
    My homepage doesn’t change because my site is set up as a “normal website” with a blog, not just a pure blog.

    Do you see any disadvantages to that sort of a setup?
    Be interested to hear your thoughts.
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    1. I don’t think so Keith, I have a couple of sites where my blog links off from the home page. I’m afraid I’m not SEO savvy to know the correct answer to that.

  31. I have not used Market Samurai yet but from other forums I have come to know that it is a good too but still there are some glitches.I wonder how it works.Is it any different from Google’s own keyword tool.I do not have much experience with keyword research tools though.I have only used Wordtracker and have found it a so so tool.I wonder whether Market Samurai is any better or not.
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    1. It actually uses Google to come up with the best keyword results saving you the hassle of doing it all yourself and if not done properly all you’d be getting are results that are less than perfect.
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  32. Hi ,
    i’ve got a new blog and have a tight budget. been thinking for very long on where to invest the money . seo tools or buying links.. thanks for your info on this samurai tool . i will definitely consider it. If you could lend me some of your time to look through my site, your help would go a long way for me:) Thanks for your post:)

    1. Hey Nick, in the long run I think that paying for something like Market Samurai will be more cost effective than buying links as it will help you to get free traffic from the search engines rather than paying for it.

      I had a look at your blog and I think you’ve done a very good job of putting it together. The only thing I would do different is changing the email address to rather than
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  33. Market Samurai is certainly a great piece of software when searching for specific keywords. Recently i have opened a new blog based only on the software’s search results and i can say that it ranks extremely good.

  34. Market samurai is really growing at a very fast rate. If it’s not good as it is before, it maybe becomes better now. There are lots of opportunities out there and I know it would not be depleted.

  35. I’ve tested some similar tools over time, but it’s difficult to compare them with MS. The only drawback i could find to MS is the price which could pose problems to normal users that only want one or two blogs. But if you’re in the business of keyword research, there’s no better tool, it’s actually quite cheap.

    1. Also, once you’ve purchased it you can become an affiliate as I did and turn your purchase into a profit.

      1. That’s definitely an advantage.
        Now i don’t know how many clients would go for being an affiliate, because they’re probably too busy with their keyword research, but it’s still a bonus to have the option available.

        1. If you’re a website or blog owner you’d be crazy not to. As an affiliate not only have I made my money back, I am now turning a profit.

  36. Great post. MS is great, but you need to know how to use it well to harness it’s prowess.

    I used to focus on some misspelled words but Google auto-corrects almost everything. And google-direct search barely gives you the chance to misspell a search.
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    1. The good thing about MS is there are a lot of tutorials in the MS Dojo to help you learn how it all works.

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