Improved Regional Keyword Targeting

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Hello Samurai,

In the recent batch of updates, we made some changes to the data that some of our international users receive.

These changes have improved the quality and accuracy of non-English and non-US results in the SEO Competition and Rank Tracker modules.

What’s Changed?

Previously, Market Samurai wasn’t able to “read” or “understand” Google results pages in languages other than English.

This meant Market Samurai had difficulty working out where sites rank for a keyword (the main function of the SEO Competition and Rank Tracker modules) when it had to read results in Arabic or Tagalog (for example).

So to get around this problem, Market Samurai would search English-language versions of Google for non-English keywords.

Unfortunately, this meant Market Samurai would often report slightly different results.

So… We taught Market Samurai how to “read” 41 languages.

With this improved language and region support, Market Samurai is able to give you full SEO Analysis and Rank Tracking for all languages and regions – (9,594 different language and region variations in total – 234 countries x 41 languages… and that’s BEFORE you look at Market Samurai’s multi-Search-Engine and multi-Match-Type options for Rank Tracking).

And this means smart Samurai who are doing SEO in multiple languages, or attacking foreign and non-English-language niches (where the competition is low, and the pay-offs high) can get even more accurate keyword data.


P.S. – If you don’t have access to Market Samurai’s SEO Competition module or Rank Tracker, you can get a 12-Day Market Samurai Trial here, or Upgrade To The Full Version and get lifetime access at the discounted price of $149.

Brent Hodgson a co-founder of Noble Samurai, and an internet marketing specialist.

Brent has written 68 post(s) for Noble Samurai

15 Responses to “Improved Regional Keyword Targeting”

  1.….i see the goldmine. Thanks for all Noble Samurai.

  2. 2
    On December 25th, 2009 at 6:18 am
    Jose Pereira said:

    It means superb.

    Happy Hollidays to all Noble Samurai.

  3. 3

    Great Stuff! Any discount codes for Christmas?

    Happy Holidays!!

  4. 4

    After this changes my SEO Module never got any results in Portuguese-Brazil again. I am waiting for days for our support:(

    Brent Hodgson replied:

    Hi Adilson,

    I see Alex (in support) has gathered your details on the 23rd of December and is currently working to get one of the developers to look into the situation.

    Currently, our development team is away for the Christmas vacation here in Australia, and will be back after the 4th of January. Hopefully it will be a simple issue to fix.

    I’m sorry that it’s taking longer than usual to get back to you on this one. :(


  5. We had several questions and concerns about this latest update, so I’m putting the answers up here.

    “Does this mean results from the USA, Australian and UK were previously incorrect?”

    No – they were accurate before, and they’re still accurate now.

    English-language results from the USA, Australian and UK haven’t changed in any recent update.

    Market Samurai could always read English-language results – it was foreign-language results that it struggled with.

    Has country-targeting changed?

    No. Just language targeting within the countries you target.

    “What about inaccurate SEOC results?”

    Market Samurai has never had difficulty reading the numbers at the top of the page on Google search results (the SEOC figure). These results have always been OK.

    The only issue was reading the web-pages that appeared below.

    If you’re seeing different SEOC results, and you’ve made sure you’re using the same search parameters inside Market Samurai as you are inside Google, then it’s likely that you’re connecting to two different Google servers.

    This is not something that just affects Market Samurai. Even if you try searching Google with 2 or 3 different browsers, often you’ll get 2 or 3 slightly different results. It’s only now that this data is so easily accessible that people have even noticed that Google displays different SEOC figures for the same keyword, at the same time.

    Here’s an explanation of what’s happening:

    How did you discover the language bug?

    We discovered the bugs via support – the Rank Tracker module language bug we discovered a few months ago and have been working ever since to fix. The SEO Competition module language bug we discovered a few weeks ago.

    It has taken us a long time to fix this bug because it meant “teaching” Market Samurai how to read results in 41 different languages, and then testing as many conceivable combinations as possible to make sure the results Market Samurai returned were valid.

    In the mean-time, rather than leave Market Samurai’s Rank Tracker unusable for some users, we developed a work-around.

    The work-around helped users monitoring their results in languages other than English to track their rankings, and determine generally whether their rankings were rising or falling in their region. (The results Market Samurai saw were similar to what it sees today, but not quite as accurate.)

    The latest update now means Market Samurai can more accurately track precise rankings too.

  6. Hey Brent – is 1 of the 41 languages Japanese?


    Noble Samurai replied:

    Yes :)

  7. Hi,

    Can you select which search engines on Google to choose from? I am based in UK and only want to see top 10 SERP’s from and not – basically can you choose which search engines?



    Noble Samurai replied:

    Hi Paul,

    Yes – you can get the UK results inside Market Samurai if you choose “United Kingdom” (and “English” language” obviously) when you begin a project.

    This will give you the results that someone searching would see by default. (i.e. if they use the default search options on – and don’t select “Only show pages from the UK”)

  8. My question is, how do you get Market Samurai to show results for different languages?

    For example, I am ranked #6 on but #4 on (Canadian version) for “dating manual” keyphrase. Other than going to each google site individually, how do I check my ranking in those other versions?

    Noble Samurai replied:

    Market Samurai’s Rank Tracker will tell you your rankings for all of your keywords for a targeted region and language.

    However, if you are targeting several languages or regions, you’ll need to set up a rank tracking project for each targeted region or language.

  9. You guys are amazing. I was doing it the old fashion way… hours of research. You made hours of research only take a couple clicks and you provide so much more than what I was able to dig up. Thanks for the amazing product and training to go with it.

  10. In keyword research should we be looking at SEOLC or SEOC to evaluate competition?

    Noble Samurai replied:

    More commonly you will want to focus on SEOC.