Market Samurai’s Keyword Research Module Gets Supercharged with New Competition Filters

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Hi Folks,

Today we’re excited to launch an important upgrade to our Keyword Research module. Quickly finding the perfect keywords and boosting your online profits just got easier.

As a Market Samurai user, you’ve heard about the Samurai “Four Golden Rules”. The rules that ensure you don’t waste hours (or months…) on the 99% of dud keywords that drain your time, sap your enthusiasm and cause most folks to quit.

You see, in your niche there’s probably thousands of potential keywords you could target, but with Market Samurai’s help, your job is to focus on the handful with:

A. Good traffic

B. High commercial value (e.g. they bring buyers)

C. Relevance to your business (e.g. well targeted)

D. Acceptable levels of competition

In other words, you follow the Golden Rules…

And of these, the most important is “D” – Competition. If you mistakenly target highly competitive keywords, not only will you not rank, but you’ll feel like you’re belting your head against a brick wall all day long. Be smart – pick fights you can win, make money & grow.

But quickly filtering out the hundreds of overly competitive keywords can be tough…

So what’s the best way to analyse competition in your market?

Approach #1 – Analyse Google’s Top 10

To rank on the first page of Google, you must replace a page that’s currently there. That’s why we created the SEO Competition Matrix – to give you x-ray vision into all the key ranking factors that cause competitors to rank on page one (don’t forget, with the “Add Custom URL’s” button you can also see how your page stacks up).

SEO Matrix with a Custom Link added for Comparison

SEO Matrix with a Custom Link added for Comparison

So, if you’re going to spend any real time on a keyword, review the SEO Matrix first.

But, the problem with this approach is it’s manual, making it tough to quickly review the hundreds (or in most cases) thousands of prospective keywords in your niche. We need a shortcut…

Approach #2 – Count the number of “Valid Competitors” (OK, let’s explain that a little…)

Not surprisingly it turns out that keywords with millions of competitors are almost always a lot tougher to rank for than those with only a few dozen (kind of obvious). Your goal is compete for keywords where the number of valid competitors out there is small, and measuring these “valid competitors”, it turns out, can be done.

Let’s consider the different metrics available for measuring the number of valid competitors in a market:

1. Keyphrase anywhere in a page (SEOC) – We can consider the number of pages globally that contain at least one complete copy of our target keyphrase. We’ve used this for years as our primary indicator, but have seen its usefulness degrade over recent months in some markets.

2. Keyphrase in page titles (SEOTC) – I love this metric. Having a keyword in the title tag of a page is, for me, a far stronger indicator that a competitor is genuinely targeting that keyword. Many SEO experts regard getting your keyword in your title tag the most important on-page factor there is!

Early on, Google’s SEOT was a standard Market Samurai filter, but years ago they stopped SEOs doing large volumes of title queries. In recent months we’ve also seen Bing tighten up on large SEOT query volumes too.

Spoiler Alert #1 – SEOTC (title searching) is back – fast & unlimited;more on that below, but let’s look at other options for counting the ‘valid competitors’.

3. Keyphrase in Link Text, Domain Names or URL’s (SEOUC, SEOAC etc) – we can also count the number of pages out there with our keyword in the URL or just the domain name. We can even count those pages that have a the keyword in a link pointing to them from somewhere else, e.g. those pages with inbound links containing our keyword in the link “anchor” text.

4. Combined Measures – Keyphrase in a Page Title AND an Inbound Link – this is what  Eugene and I have been wanting to see for years. Think about it for a moment, the folks out there doing SEO basically build optimised pages (e.g. they put keywords in page title tags) and then promote those pages by acquiring inbound links (including some links with the keywords in the anchor text).

Now, yes, thanks to the recent Penguin updates, smart people have pulled back from excessive  ‘over optimisation’ and excessive keyword placement in anchor text, but the reality is that if we can count those pages where a keyword is found in BOTH the page title & an inbound link, we should have a great measure of the “valid competitors” out there really trying to rank for a keyword.

Spoiler Alert #2 – A new “Title & Anchor Competition” metric has been added to Market Samurai

OK, so theres a few ways to measure the number of valid competitors. My favourites are Page Title and the combined Page Title / Anchor Text measures. By filtering out keywords with high values on these measures you can quickly hone in on keywords that are most likely to have low or acceptable levels of competition.

Then, with this smaller, filtered list, a manual check of the SEO Competition Matrix is well worth your time.

Where’s the new data coming from?

We’ve partnered with Majestic SEO, arguably the worlds most trusted supplier of independent SEO data to bring you free and unlimited access to five new world class keyword competition metrics.

As some of our pro users will know, Majestic’s entry level paid subscription (to get similar data volumes) costs $499 US per year, but thanks to our partnership, you, as a Market Samurai user can now access Majestic’s keyword data and quickly analyse thousands of keywords at no cost.




What are the metrics & where can I find them?

Each of the new metrics are available in the Keyword Research module and show up after you’ve generated keywords for review.


The new measures we’ve added are:

1.     Title Competition (MSEOTC)  – the number of pages in the Majestic index that contain your search phrase in the page title. This is similar to Google’s “AllInTitle” search.

2.     URL Competition (MSEOUC)– the number of pages with the search phrase in the page’s URL (either domain name or page name).

3.     Anchor Competition (MSEOAC)- The number of pages in Majestic’s Index that contain the keyword term in the anchor text of an external, inbound link. This is similar to Google’s AllInAnchor search command with the exception that it only reports the count of external links (e.g. it excludes those links from the same domain).

4.     Domain Competition (MSEODC) – Number of times our keyword phrase appears in a known domain. Potentially a good indicator of the number of other niche players in a market.

5.     Title & Anchor Competition (MSEOTAC) – The number of pages in Majestic’s Index that contain the keyword term in both the page title and in the anchor text of an external, inbound link. A great indicator of pages that actually have key SEO indicators present.

Four reasons to love the new Majestic metrics

1.     Insightful, Actionable Numbers – Our use of these stats so far has been really exciting, the ‘hit rate’ in finding good keywords and accessible segments within niche markets is excellent.

2.     Independent, Reliable and Stable – SEO tool providers of all kinds have seen both Google and Bing tighten up on providing keyword research data (for example, Bing now charge for previously free data and last week, two of our contemporaries; Raven Tools and SEOmoz lost access to their Adwords API for traffic estimation).

But, because Majestic use their own, internal infrastructure to maintain an independent index of the web, and because we pay for the service, their data supply is reliable and robust. Also, importantly for users doing high research volumes, this data isn’t capped or rate limited (unlike some current Bing data).

3.     Speed – Keyword research starts by pulling in Google’s traffic estimation data and unfortunately this still takes an average of 3-4 minutes. We wish it were faster, but given others are losing access to this data, it’s nice that we can still get it.

However, once we have the Google data, we can now use Majestic metrics for competition analysis and Majestic’s data comes in fast. In fact pulling back competitive metrics for 800 keywords takes just 5 to 10 seconds (a lot faster than the alternative Bing SEOC data).

4.     Tight Correlation with Google – Before we made the plunge to purchase Majestic’s data (our investment is many 10’s of thousands of dollars), we selected a diverse sample of keywords and analysed the correlation (or similarity) between Majestic’s competition numbers and what Google and others provide.

Whilst Majestic’s overall data set was smaller than Google (but still huge with some 4 trillion pages in their index) we found that the Majestic competition numbers were very well correlated with Google. This was backed up by both human reviews and comparison with other reputable competitive metrics. It was interesting to find that generally speaking, the correlation was tighter for Majestic/Google than for Bing/Google.


Sounds a little too good to be true – drawbacks?

The Majestic data is great and their engineers are brilliant, however, it’s not perfect. We see two key drawbacks in the data:

1.     Global, not country specific – the competition metrics are world wide only and not specific to a given country or region. As such we only show the Majestic metrics for users set to doing ‘global’ keyword research. Those doing local searches are advised to continue using SEOC (sourced from Bing).

2.     Current database size – Majestic’s current keyword database runs to about 100,000,000 keywords (a big number). However, even with a keyword database of this size, there are still many long-tail keywords you’ll generate that don’t yet have the Majestic competition metrics available. In my experience this can range from between 5% to 25% of the keywords retrieved for the niche markets I’m interested in.

The good news is that any time we request a keyword from Majestic that’s not currently in their database, they queue it for inclusion in the following 24 to 48 hours.

This means we expect to see the Majestic keyword database grow rapidly as Samurai users continue to explore niche markets and, for critical keywords, you have the option to revisit Market Samurai and refresh after 48 hours (by clicking the “Analyse Keywords” button).

How to use these new metrics…

Experienced Market Samurai users will be aware of our inbuilt ‘Golden Rules’ and “Long Tail” filters created to help you quickly find great keywords.

With the release of Majestic data we’ve added two new filters, called “Majestic Golden Rules” and “Majestic Long Tail”. These filters make use of Majestic’s competition metrics (instead of Bing’s) to help you quickly zoom in on great opportunities in your market.

New Majestic Golden Rules & Long Tail Preset Filters

New Majestic Golden Rules & Long Tail Preset Filters

Help Us Refine the New Competition Filter Values

With these new filters, I was able to easily find dozens of great keywords in all of the niche markets I looked at. However, we expect to be refining these filters over the coming weeks and we’d love your feedback as we do. Here’s how to get involved:

Step #1 – Open Market Samurai and enter a starting or ‘seed’ keyword for a market you’re in.

Step #2 – Generate keywords and filter using the new “Majestic Golden Rules” (helps you find the big, important keywords in your market) or the “Majestic Long Tail” filter (great for low competition content publishing ideas).

Step #3 – Check out what you uncover and let us know – either in the comments below or by email to, we’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy discovering gold nugget keyword opportunities with these new metrics!


Ben Stickland

P.S. – Like these new metrics in the app? Share the love with a facebook “Like” below….

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102 Responses to “Market Samurai’s Keyword Research Module Gets Supercharged with New Competition Filters”

  1. I got your email and came over to check out the new features. I like the top ten x ray! That will help us out for sure. Thanks for the great features.

  2. These new added features look fantastic, looking forward to having some fun with them! :)

  3. Great feature. This is why (and not only, of course) that Market Samurai is always forward and simply “burn” the competition.
    I can say that I am increasingly proud to be your client

  4. Love Market Samurai !

  5. Really nice feature, was waiting for something like that. But despite great features that MS has, every time, almost every day that I open MS I get update / bug fix window. GRRR.

    Ben Stickland replied:

    Hi Vremenska
    Really sorry – you’re right, as a regular user I understand the ongoing updates can get annoying.
    Whilst some updates are caused by good old fashion bugs, the root cause of the vast majority of our updates is that our data suppliers change regularly and without notice. It seems to have settled down a little in the last six months which is nice, and these new Majestic metrics (added today) should be very stable, but it’s tough to avoid if you’re committed to keeping an SEO tool current and functional.

    Chris replied:

    I don’t mind the updates. It ensures me that you guys are keeping the tool current and useful. If you own any kind of Apple device then you should realize that they do the same thing with their own software updates. Fixing bugs and staying on top of your product is the name of the game.

    Ryan @ TrustedSiteSeller replied:

    Did I just hear you complain that a software company is updating their software TOO MUCH? I’m sorry, but although it can be frustrating to have to update the software and take the 15 seconds to complete the upgrade, you should thank the developers many times over for keeping up the software. This is quite rare today and especially for software that only requires a one-time payment.

    Great job guys. Looking forward to diving into the new features and KEEP updating whenever necessary.

    Kimberly replied:

    You don’t LIKE updates? Love seeing them; I get the GRRRS when nothing’s been touched for months-

    Pete replied:

    I also love updates. Means you guys are always on the ball. Keep them coming.

    Matthew replied:

    Totally agree with you guys. Love to see the software constantly being updated with a break down of the individual fixes and improvements!

    AndrewM replied:

    Every update gets me a few more dollars in the pocket. SEO is just so pervasive in any content-laden website, so it pays to keep ahead of the pack. You guys get my 1st class vote…. UPDATE MORE!

  6. Great new metrics Ben, I use and recommend market samurai to all my clients. I blog about it and I’ll blog about your post here on my website.

  7. Awesome! This is a huge step forward in the value of Market Samurai. The conventional Golden Rules weren’t returning much nor being very helpful in my particular niches. The new Majestic presets are more generous in providing keywords with traction and potential.

    Few of us are natural-born statisticians. I need Market Samurai to help me STOP stumbling in the rich sea of deciphering numbers and endless permutations it provides: Just “Show Me The Money!” Majestic’s data seems to point that out more clearly – and very quickly!

  8. thanks for share

  9. i Think is a very good opportunity

  10. Great upgrade. Thanks.

  11. it’s great for my niche,easy to do and fast

  12. Great! I have subscriptions to other services for these features. MS helps make me a lot of money, thanks for continuing to add more features so I can reduce my monthly billing programs :)

  13. 13

    I do not get how this works. It keeps filtering the keywords? By which filters it does this? I have no filters set.

    Ben Stickland replied:

    Hi Stefan

    Perhaps best to shoot a screenshot over to support via particularly if you can’t get the preset filters e.g. the new “Majestic Golden Rules” to work.

    Something to note that may help is, with these new majestic data points, if they return no value (e.g. the keyword being analysed isn’t int their database), then Market Samurai will return a dash, e.g. “-”.

    The keywords with these “dashes” will be filtered out automatically if you’re using any of the common filters (set via the “Filter” dropdown is in the centre of the keyword analysis screen). An easy way to see if lots of keywords have dashes and are being removed is to select the “No Filters” filter option, and then tick one of the majestic metrics. Have a scroll up and down and you should see the majestic numbers and those keywords with dashes (assuming some keywords you generated were not in the Majestic database).

    Again, if this doesn’t help, shoot a private email to and we’ll take a look.



  14. Hi Guys,

    great stuff, thanks for that.

  15. That is great. I really like the way you keep developing the product and communicate about it. And absolutely awed that you keep charging a single fee only. Thank you

  16. 16

    WooHoo. A great product just got even better.
    How is that even possible?!
    Thaks for the awesome upgrade.

  17. 17

    Awesome support for a product I purchased long ago that the developer continues to deliver GREAT updates.

    Thanks guys for the ROCKSTAR application!!!

  18. Since I acquired Market Samurai, the market research which was a pain in the neck before, has turned for me into a real pleasure. With every update it gets better and better. I am truly amazed at the tech capabilities and market savvy of all MS team! Thanks for having done it again!

  19. This is awesome and very necessary! Thanks

  20. Wow! Thank you for your incredible generosity! I just updated my version to be sure I get the FREE upgrade before you all come back to reality and decide to charge extra! It’s amazing that you continue to provide such amazing value and continued support for a one-time purchase product. If you are sitting on the fence and don’t own Market Samurai, you’d better hurry up and buy it now before it becomes a subscription-based service!

  21. I tested this new feature a few minutes ago and I’m thankful that you’ve added it now.
    Even with the Golden Rules, a good filtered research can end up with 100 keywords or more. There, you need to decide if you want to get the AC Rank and and backlinks from each of them and check if they’re really trying to rank high or if they are just pulling content based on their niche.

    The thing I love is that Majestic SEO is willing to gro its database with our searches, and 24-48 hours isn’t a long time, to be honest.

    Servando Silva replied:

    Oh,and I forgot to tell, but while I was at the middle of the reading I was trying at the same time the new features and I noticed how fast it is now. I thought it was just coincidence until I read the part about the speed optimization!

  22. This is a great addition to MS. Putting the Majestic metrics on the keyword research page is going to expedite my analysis. You guys just keep getting better!

  23. So, just to make sure we’re perfectly clear, we’re looking for low values on these new metrics?

  24. Wow great guys, really enjoy using this product and now its even better! :)


  25. BTW – glad to see you guys continue to work on making this product better and better.

  26. Man … you guys are like my college for SEO knowledge. I would really be lost without you guys and I really appreciate great articles like this.

  27. 27

    You guys continue to impress, great work and thanks for over delivering.

  28. WOW and WOW again. I am really blown away by the new filters and have just revisited an existing niche and pulled out some absolute nuggets that I’d missed before these filters were available.

    Literally my chin hit the desk when I saw these keywords and then I checked them in the “SEO Comp” module and saw a highly valuable keyword with a very nice amount of searches is 100% wide open.

    Mucho thankso guys :)

  29. I’ve been using Market Samurai for four years now. I started in November 2008. I must say I love this tool. However, we know that within this time SEO has changed. After Panda and Penguin, we must focus more on social. I would like MS to offer some new metrics like number of FB shares, FB likes, tweets, Google+. Do you plan to include it as well?

    Noble Samurai replied:

    Thanks for the kind words – we agree that social citations are increasingly important. The ones you mentioned – Likes, Tweets, Plusses etc – tend to apply more to sites or URLs (or just Facebook pages!) than keyword niches.
    So that would be something we may look into for the SEO Competition module. I don’t yet know when we plan to do this, and if I did I couldn’t tell you, but I do think it’s an idea with potential!

  30. Very good idea :-)

    I love market samourai !

  31. That’s an amazing addition.

    I’ve been with marketing samurai since 2009 and it keeps getting better all the time.

  32. 32

    Thanks once again guys, Market Samurai has got to be the best tool I have ever purchased… the upgraded keep coming and the dedication that you guys put into this thing is terrific. Keep up the great work and God bless!

  33. 33

    I love the software, however, the results are all based on Bing and not Google… I searched for keywords that Gave me great hopes under the SEO COMPETITION just to find out that is not accurate under Google. When typed that kw in Google, it have have me 1+Milton million pages in the results….i hope in the next update this can be changed :-)

    Ben Stickland replied:

    Hi Lolita

    Thanks for your feedback – this update is designed to help with an over reliance on Bing to some degree.

    The SEO Competition module (where you can see the first page of search results) is based on Google.

    The current SEOC competition count in the Keyword Research module is based on Bing as it simply became impossible to collect the data from Google anymore. Bing is in most cases still a good measure of the volume of competition (albeit certainly not perfect), however, in our experience, it’s not as good as these new Majestic data points. Indeed, because these new metrics allow measurement of Anchor and Title text frequency I’ve found them to be really good (we used to get title data from Google years ago and I loved it).

    In preparing this post I analysed 7 niche markets and in each case found the Majestic data to give back a good list of keywords and in a separate exercise we found Majestic to be tightly correlated to Google (tighter than Bing). I hope you find it useful in your markets also.

    With the added bonus that we have fast and robust access to Majestic, we’re hopeful it’ll serve our users well.


  34. I just love the tool and these new features sound awesome. Can’t wait to try them while doing the next keyword “gold nugget” search.
    One more thing: I really appreciate the fact that you are still developing new features for MS and not just lean back and enjoy the glory, like many other products out there.
    Keep up the good work! MS rocks…

  35. I am excited about this new upgrade. Hope it will help me pass these blind competitors on the top ten and draw out the best keywords.

  36. Hi Guys thanks for that awesome update

    Great tool even greater

    Tell me one thing – though Are you guys at the amazing team looking at adding any filters for the “new” filters that seem to be carrying some importance in terms of social media at all.
    Would be great if you can figure something out to add it into the tool

    Thanks again for keeping the tool up to date with current algos.


    Ps It’s quite amazing how – when Google shouts with a Panda Pola and God knows what else – everyone or at least 95% of people run so scared and yet what’s actually working is still those all important backlinks – it’s a crazy world.

  37. Awesome :) Cant wait to get my hands on this.

  38. I’m sure this will be wonderful but as a comparative newbie I’m still coming to grips with Market Samurai.

    Thanks for the update though.

  39. Hi, das sind tolle Neuigkeiten, die bei der Suche einer Nische wirklich helfen werden. Hab es auch gleich ausprobiert und finde das Suchen nach neuen Content wirklich gut.

    Liebe Grüße

  40. 40
    On December 4th, 2012 at 10:45 am
    scott rahn said:

    How does this all apply to local search?

    Noble Samurai replied:

    Hi Scott – unfortunately the new metrics are not yet available localized to any specific region or nation, they’re only global at this time. ^BMS

  41. great now I can go back to using MS for my keyword research…thanks a million..

  42. Great improvement since more and more people are going to start a blog or website in the future. It’s really good that you stay one step ahead or up to date with the current developments. It shows that you are real professionals. With friendly greetings, Hans

  43. Honestly,

    I bought MS through a friends referral. I have played around it. But have been unable to take full advantage of it. We have a build a good site and I get quite good traffic from my blogging at external sites. These sites have a volume of readers and traffic.

    No search engine traffic at all.

    As we offer multiple consultancy services I’m quite unable to decide on which main keyword to used for the site. The consultancy services are very directed at the local crowd (sri lankan). But all other stuff that is available on the site is intended for all.

    I have tried to go through MS and figure out…unfortunately have not been able to succeed so far. Can someone pls help me…I am wiling to work with you and get this business KE business sorted for out site. I would appreciate your help.

    Awaiting earnestly.


  44. I think this a great update and I can’t wait to use it, esp the one with keyword in title and b/l. I will re-analyse some of my projects to see if I can go for some new kw that may not be so hard, esp now that the site is ranking. Thanks for making this an excellent piece of software!

  45. I loves newly integrated powerful features……….Thanks Market Samurai Team for this !

  46. i love the software. however, the results are for Bing. i did a deep search for certain keywords and the results under the SEO Competition seemed great just to find out that the same KW gave 1+ million of results in
    i hope in the new update instead of having Bing’s results we can get Google’s. other than that, it is an exceptional product! :)

  47. Its like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, having these additional filters really allows us users to filter down to the paydirt. Good job!!

  48. I was received this email this morning.i was very upset with market samurai which was not showing AWCPC & SEOV. values for many days.. i happy to use this tool again for my keyword research & competition analysis for my websites. Thanks a lot.

  49. Great upgrade. Thanks.

  50. You guys are truly the best. Market Samurai is still one of the best products out there.

  51. I have read through the whole article HERE and I am excited to go and continue my everyday usage of Market Samurai along with the new Features. What I also like to be added in your Software is some Social Signal Indicator – similar to the one in the SEO Quake showing the number of Likes, Tweets , Pins, Google Plus etc. – you get the point in SEO Competition Module.

    What do you think of it?


  52. Thanks for the information, with this new feature will make me more happy and enjoy in doing keyword searches more accurate and nice, hopefully always kept updated and fun user…

  53. MS is still and pobably will always be my favorite KW tool.
    You are doing such an exellent job.
    Thnks a thousand times :-)

  54. 54
    On December 4th, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    Joyce Kuras said:

    So if I am researching globally, use the Majestic Filters and if I am researching country specific, use the regular filters as before?

    Thanks for this amazing product.

  55. These new competition filter values will be better to have on seo competition page. Is inconvenient to switch many times between these two pages.

  56. I love Market Samurai. Thank you guys, you make my life easy :)

  57. This tool is getting better and better. I’m really happy that you improve it constantly and I enjoy the new features. Tools come and go, but MS is always the best.

    Thanks for the improvements and keep up the great work.

  58. Thanks for informatiom

  59. The results using this new module and that of GKT seems quite different. Also I am not sure how to interpret the matrix and its implications. A video tutorial would be really helpful.

    Ben Stickland replied:

    Hi Chongyim

    Just to clarify, the keyword research module should give similar numbers to the Google Keyword Tool (GKT) for search volume (providing the match type is the same). The new metrics we’ve added from Majestic give us a measure of the number of competing pages globally from an SEO perspective, which isn’t a number available in the GKT (they do give an Adwords competition indicator but that’s unrelated).

    If you’re finding that the estimated traffic your seeing and those in the GKT differ significantly (there will be modest variances), please contact as that would be a separate, but important problem.

    In terms of video tutorials, our plan is to allow time for user feedback on the new Majestic based filters and then update our training videos and documents.



  60. Is ‘local search’ ever going to be on the cards with the Majestic option?

  61. Thanks guys. The way you keep improving Market Samurai and giving users access to valuable data is just fantastic. :-)

  62. Congratulations on an important new update. Please keep them coming.

    You guys are awesome.

    I just hope Google continues allowing you to access their data. Because if they pull the plug, Market Samurai may die.

    You say Google denies access to some.

  63. You guys have always blown me away with how well your product works. I’m looking forward to seeing how well these latest updates deliver the goods.

    Keep up the amazing work. Thnx.

  64. This is another great development. The existing features in the samurai is unique and has helped me loads. wished i bought this software long ago

  65. Will there be a video taking us through an example(s)?

    That would be helpful


    Ben Stickland replied:

    Hi Chris

    The current plan is to get update our video training suite over coming months in light of the new metrics.



  66. I am always impressed with the quality of information. I really appreciate the updates. That make a great program even greater. I tried the new updates and they are WOW. Thanks very much

  67. I love the samurai. Too bad it can’t protect you from the google slap.

  68. Thank you so much for the update! You continue to raise the bar! :)

  69. 69

    These new competition filters are pretty much pointless in my opinion. The best way to analyze competition is by analyzing the competition in the top 10, as mentioned in ‘Approach #1′.

    If you guys are looking for a TRULY useful feature to add to MS (and one that I and many others would gladly pay $50 a month for), add the ability to load a BULK LIST of keywords (from .txt file) that MS will run SEO Competition on autopilot, one by one.

    That would be the single most useful addition to MS that you could make.

    Just my 2 cents.

  70. 70

    What an ethical company. I AM so impressed that we’ve not been nickle and dimed and yet you continue to deliver value. You put on great webinars as well that allow us to compete in this post penguin world.

    I too am honored to be your client.

  71. A suggestion…include a ratio,that can be filtered. Sometimes I’m willing to go after keywords with more competition if they have more searches. A ratio of competition to searches gives a cost/benefit ratio.

  72. Hi Ben!
    Market Samurai is already a great tool and well worth the original investment in any case, and now, you guys are making it even MORE AWESOME than ever with all these added refinements and enhancements. Market Samurai is my most prized tool in my arsenal of internet marketing tools, and it’s just fantastic to know that you guys are always, always working behind the scenes with it to bring us ongoing and never-ending new updates to it! Wow! If THAT isn’t superb value for money then I don’t know what is!

  73. Do I understand correctly that this new feature does not work with LOCAL search results, only global?

    If so I just don’t see the value for most IMers I know… Or am I missing something?

  74. Fabulous!!! I’m comparatively a new user of Market Samurai but already in love with this tool..Really appreciate the effort you guys are putting in to make this tool better in every possible way..

  75. Hey Ben

    Glad to see the new updates. This has given us a much more detailed analysis into some higher search keywords that we target for competition.

    These filter are just what we needed.

    Thanks for you support and dedication.



  76. 76

    Does anybody have insight into the Golden Rules Filter and why they picked 10 as the value for MSEOTAC?

    That seems extremely low to me, to the point where you’d probably filter out some keywords that are relatively easy to rank for.


  77. Hi there,

    thanks a lot for these new features!

    I just tried to find a new long tail phrase and wonder how I should work with the new feature.
    The smaller the majestics number is – the better?
    I suppose so and I will give it a try:-).

    Thanks and cheers!

  78. Guys, I love your product (MS). I don’t think there is anything else quite like it on the planet. Also, as far as updates are concerned, I can wait to get the next one…keep em coming.


  79. great metrics is right. Cant get enough keyword data so this is perfect for continually analyzing the top 10 – great work

  80. I love this tool. But I agree with another poster here: give us the ability to do more than one keyword at a time for analysis. There are several tools on the market that do this and show you everything, including domains. But none are as complete as Market Samurai (for instance, they miss things like proxies). If MS had this feature and was released with another module and a final 1.0 in January I think that would start the year off most excellently.

    An ardent fan and user here!

  81. Hi I have a question, you say:

    “Not surprisingly it turns out that keywords with millions of competitors are almost always a lot tougher to rank for than those with only a few dozen (kind of obvious).”

    I dont really get that, if I want to be #1, then all that matters to me is how strong the current #1 is. Why would anything else matter? If I cant BEAT #X, then i will never be >#X

    Please help me to fully understand the role of this articles contents in relation to what I just said.

    Thank you :)

  82. Hi guys,

    love to work with MS, and THANKS for everydays updates. THANKS!!
    As I use MS in Germany, I’ve got some special issues. Send you an email. Cheers!

  83. 83

    Great job, hope to see some training videos soon….

  84. Thats a revolutionary tools again. Thx
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  85. Great new features, this will add my buying keywords target.
    Thanks y’all!

  86. It’s good to know that there are updates available because it only means that Market Samurai is continuously innovating it’s module. Thanks for the heads up about this and very detailed information.

  87. you mention SEOAC in your article and state that we can determine which pages have our keyword in the anchor text of an inbound link. although i see MSEOAC in my MS software, i do not see SEOAC. i also dont see it in the screenshot that you attached.

    Noble Samurai replied:

    Hi Ben – SEOAC or MSEOAC was not one of the metrics previously available in Market Samurai, sorry for the confusion!