14 May 09 3:56 am
Let me add to jpastorizo's response about comparing keywords returned by Traffic Travis or Google's keyword tool.
Remember that the number of "hits" shown by Google is based on average monthly search volume by everyone who enters each keyword phrase--not the total number of search engine hits with that phrase. The smaller the number of organic listings found using your keyword phrase, the less competition you have.
Using a spreadsheet or on paper, enter your final 25-30 niche keyword phrases in one column. To the right, enter the average number of searches on those keywords from the Google keyword tool.
Then Google each keyword phrase on your own twice--first without quotation marks, then with quotation marks, and enter the number of hits you get on each.
If you get hundreds of thousands of hits without quotes and only tens of thousands of hits with quotes, then you can conclude there's less competition for that keyword phrase. Ditto...you're more likely to rank higher with Google.
learn to play flute = 464,000
"learn to play flute" = 22,900
how to stop puppy biting = 225,000
"how to stop puppy biting" = 8,210
Now try this one:
making money online = 194,000,000
"making money online" = 3,280,000
Would you rather compete with "learn to play flute" or "how to stop puppy biting" or "making money online"?
It's a judgment call, of course. But the lower the number of keyword phrase hits in quotes, compared to the total number of hits for the same keyword phrase without quotes, the less competition you'll have.
With less competition, people are more likely to find your article on puppy biting and you'll make more money.
Just Googled "make more money" (3,280,000). You can Google the keyword phrase without quotes.