I use Excel to organize my keywords. It has some nifty functions that it can do but I generally stick to the basic sort by frequency.
OK, I was almost hoping to hear that. Excel I already have, I've used it for some bookkeeping tasks and year-end reporting using searches and sorts - I'll pull out the book and do a review, then.
It's actually storing the words and phrases from hunting around and brainstorming sessions and arranging in various combinations and order - detail picking. I just spent a bit of time poking around in the Google cache - it's not only phrasing and word order and emphasis, but what you said, frequency I was looking at in a couple of categories.
Short pages, relative weight of each of the 3 positions was kind of noticeable. Interesting.
If Excel is workable for it, no need looking further.
It is difficult isn't Marcia? I use a (surprise) home made MySQL system. I've tried various pure database managers, and nothing gives me decent control over the groups keywords. A spreadsheet is something I've not tried. Sounds interesting. I'd be curious to hear how it works if you get it up and running.
LOL..no, not surprised one bit. I will complicate even an Excel spreadsheet by over-analyzing it. But it's a great ready-made place to start.
I did many searches using the GoTo tool around the holidays, with the # of searches and bid amounts, and it's a good thing because most of those have zero searches now - they're season specific, but I have it all jotted down - a real mess.
Now that it's mentioned, I'll use Excel for figuring some things on page titles, too.