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Keywords tool



1:44 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'm looking for a way to get keyword that people type at search engines.

One way is looking at my own logfiles using a tool called Webalizer I was able to find little treasure in the referer field of the logfile.

First I find a search engine, next I look for keywords and what kind of variable name is used for this search engine. Something like "&q=keyword" or "query=" is often used and I add it to the webalizer config file.

This is nice to find keywords that actually give me visitors, I can use this info to put these keyword in bold or in title or in <H1> tags but it doesn't help me to find keywords that are missing from my pages.

I've found a tool that get keywords from a search engine in real time but I don't thing it's a very used searche engine (AnalogX Keyword).

Some website that cover the same topic that I cover use "Extreme Tracking" (IIRC) and this tool show valuable stats publicly. I can see referer to some of my competitors, keywords typed, search engine used, ... but it doesn't work for all website.

Do you know other keyword tool that don't spam search engines with thousand of requests ?

What is the ideal keyword tool for you ? Does it exist ?



2:51 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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No, there isn't one perfect tool. Good keyword research includes using all the things you mentioned.

You will find many good ideas, as well as a breakdown of several tools in the current Data Mining thread

There are also several older threads that discuss the pros and cons of the various tools. Here are a couple worth reading.

WordTracker vs. AdWords

GoTo Sample Size

Good Keywords


6:18 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There is a lot of great ideas in these post, thanks!


6:35 pm on Jan 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There isn't really a way to check your rankings with an engine short of going and looking at all possible words or using a program to do it which tends to get you in trouble (the whole WPG problem, not sure if any other engines have followed up and repeated googles steps to prevent automated rank checking). It's possible one of these companies has made some kind of deal to be able to report your rankings under all keywords you are ranked under or not, I don't think any of them have. There are some engines that you can look at your site and see where you rank under all your keywords but that's mostly only used by PPC engines (I can only think of one non-ppc engine that provides that information but I haven't actively promoted a site in a while so I could be wrong about that).

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