This is a review of the SECockpit keyword research tool. It is simply the best keyword research tool I have ever used.
So, if you’re wondering whether SECockpit is for you and if you’re looking for a high quality keyword research tool please read on. I’m going to explain the difference between SECockpit and most other keyword tools.
What’s The Problem With Keyword Research?
Keyword research is necessary if you want to systematically increase your site’s pull on organic traffic. But the problem with keyword research is that:
- It requires that you know what you’re doing
- It’s time consuming
- It requires high levels of concentration for long periods of time
- It’s very boring
However, if you care about organic traffic, it will help your site enormously.
Because it can help your site so much, a good keyword research tool will pay for itself many, many times over. If you’re interested in so-called free, organic traffic, it’s one of the best investments you can make in your online business.
What’s Great About SECockpit?
- SECockpit Was Created By Real Developers
- SECockpit was created by a team of software developers, lead by Sam Hänni, himself a developer.
Many tools presented to the IM and small business community are assembled for fast profit by internet marketers. This practice makes lots of money for marketers. But it also tends to lead to poorly written, badly supported software.
The Warrior Forum is littered with dead plugins built like this.
By having a professional development team in charge of development, you’ll almost certainly get better support, product longevity and greater on-going innovation.
Buy your tools from professional developers who know what they are doing. They are more likely to fix problems as they come up and have the interest and passion for their product to keep on developing it.
- SECockpit Is Fast
- This probably has a lot to do with 1) above. They have concentrated on the most important things keyword researchers need. Speed, consistency and on-going development.
This tool will speed up your keyword research activity simply due to the way it works, which as far as I know, is unique.
- SECockpit Is Geographically Unbiased
- SECockpit is not restricted to, nor is it biased towards North American users.
Many tools produce good quality results only for those interested in traffic from the United States. Or, if they have even considered the rest of the world, it’s as an afterthought, or will be “coming soon”.
SECockpit is relevant for users everywhere, not just in the US.
- SECockpit Works Unlike Other Keyword Tools
- SECockpit has solved the two problems that most (all?) other keyword tools suffer from.
- Reliability of keyword difficulty criteria
- Extensive manual work during, or at the end of the process to figure out good keywords you can actually use.
This is explained further below.
How Do Keyword Research Tools Work?
In most keyword tools you proceed through 6 steps.
Keyword Research Step 1 – Create A Short List Of Seed Keywords
This is where you dream up a handful of keywords called seed keywords. You can use any technique you like to come up with these initial seeds.
You might use your own imagination, or type a few ideas into Google and see what else they suggest.
This step, no matter how you choose to go about it, is required for all keyword tools and is pretty easy to do.
This step is done before you start using a keyword research tool.
Keyword Research Step 2 – Expand Keyword List
Next you enter the seed keywords into your keyword tool. The tool will take those initial keywords and go searching for others that are similar or related to them.
The point of this step is to data mine, or uncover more niche related keywords that you would not have thought of by yourself.
Each keyword tool is different. But eventually, after some intervention from you and some work by the tool, you’ll turn your initial 10 seed keywords, into a list of supposedly related keywords, anywhere from 100 to 10,000 keywords long.
I say supposedly as typically the whole thing will spiral out of control.
You’ll churn out large numbers of keywords that are either nothing to do with your niche or are to do with your niche but are worthless to you for various reasons.
Also, accept that at this point you will have a headache.
Sadly – this is normal and is also when most people get confused, go and lie down, and/or give up.
One problem is that the process becomes somewhat circular and repetitive as it edges you further and further off topic.
SECockpit provides many easy, AUTOMATIC, ways to expand your list without leaving the tool. No need for EXCEL spreadsheets. In fact no need to even think.
Keyword Research Step 3 – Remove Low Traffic Keywords
Now that you have an enormous keyword list, it’s time to ask your keyword tool to remove all those that do not get searched for often enough. All keyword tools will let you know how many times approximately, per month, a keyword is searched so you can decide the minimum searches per month to tolerate. This will be your individual decision.
For example, you might eliminate all keywords that are searched for fewer than 100 times per month, 30 times per month, 500 times per month, or some other number to suit you. This will prune the list of keywords down, removing all those that have insufficient traffic potential for your needs.
If you are using SECockpit, you can ignore this step.
Keyword Research Step 4 – Remove Off-Topic Keywords
Next you can remove any keywords that are not relevant to your niche. These would have been added during the big keyword expansion phase at step 2.
As this is a manual process, it makes sense to do it after the previous step as there will be fewer keywords to sift through and make a decision about.
It’s a time-consuming step but if you don’t do it when using a normal keyword tool your results will be cluttered with lots of keywords that you can never use and it may make the list unwieldy.
Don’t worry – if you are using SECockpit you can also ignore this step.
Keyword Research Step 5 – Remove Difficult Keywords
At this point you will have mined a lot of keyword data with a view to figuring out which ones are Keyword Gold. Next you have to remove all the keywords that you do not stand a chance of ranking on page one of Google, for.
Keyword Gold is when a keyword is heavily searched for, while at the same time being easy to rank on page one of Google because hardly anyone is trying to rank any authoritative sites/pages for it.
So Keyword Gold = lots of searches + little or no competition.
To figure out if you have found any Keyword Gold you have to check the competition of each and every remaining keyword (Holy Moses!).
There are lots of checks to make. To do all the work manually for large numbers of keywords quickly, is impractical.
Have no fear – if you are using SECockpit this step is effectively already done for you.
What Do Most Keyword Tools Do?
Most keyword tools will get you to click a button for each keyword whose ranking difficulty you want to check. This makes an already tedious process, mind-numbing.
Each check – as there is so much to do – takes about a minute – or sometimes more. If it takes any less time, the checks the tool is performing may well be ineffective and therefore likely to return misleading data.
For example, some keyword tools actually count the number of competing pages (as reported by Google) for each keyword and then commute this into some sort of difficulty score.
But even if they make better evaluations than that, this stage of the process is always painful as it requires so much manual intervention, time and thought, with most tools.
What Does SECockpit Do?
This is the second place where SECockpit shines. You don’t have to do this step AT ALL as it has already been done. There is no further waiting – all the competitive information has already been gathered.
At this point you can simply filter out all the keywords you don’t want to see based on various aspects of competitiveness. For example, you could set filters that reveal every keyword that is
- easy to achieve page one ranking in either position 1, 2 or 3 on page one(how many keyword tools can do that!)
- that has more than 500 searches per month
- has no Amazon pages competing
- that contains the word “cheese”
- that costs more than $1 to bid for on Adwords
and you are immediately left with a list of keywords you can use, right now. The exact filtering criteria is up to you and the choice of filters is vast.
You can even sort by any of this criteria – which means you can sort by any of the competition criteria. I don’t know of any other keyword tool that can do this.
Keyword Research Step 6 – Organise Your Golden Keywords
Most keyword tools make this step very time consuming, and complicated. It usually involves a lot of cutting and pasting and manipulation of keyword data using Excel spreadsheets.
Not so with SECockpit. SECockpit makes this step super easy.
There is no need to even open a spreadsheet program. Forget about it. Every manipulation you could need is available via SECockpit dashboard.
However if you should want to do it, you can export the data to a spreadsheet. Not just the basic keywords data but also the keyword detailed data. SECockpit is my keyword tool of choice.
All you have to do for this step is learn how to manipulate lists of keywords with SEOCockpit. Which is actually quite fun to do.
There is a 30 day money back guarantee if you decide to give it a try