Using the Google Traffic Estimator to Find the Best Keywords

Whether you are new to Internet Marketing, or you have been at it for a while, having a system to find the best keywords is one of the critical success factors in this business.

In the video below, I show you exactly how I use the Google traffic estimator to do my keyword research to find keywords around which to build profitable niche sites. In this video, I show you:

  • What settings I use in the Google keyword tool and why they are important
  • I show you how to determine the level of competition for a given keyword, as well as give you my rule of thumb for the upper limit of competing sites
  • I show you how to analyze the strength of the competition
  • I show you a super fast way to find out if an exact match domain is available

Isn’t that a Lot of Work?

At this point, you might be thinking, Trent, that looks like a lot of work to find just one keyword! And yes, it is a lot of work, however, consider the following idea: What if you could find one keyword to build just one niche site a day and that site ended up earning you just $100 per month?

What does that look like after working 5 days a week for a year? Well, you’d have about 200 sites and you’d be earning $20,000 a month! Wouldn’t that be worth all that keyword research?

You bet it would!

How Can I Accomplish this in Less Time?

Most new marketers have a day job. Few can devote a full-time effort to building sites, at least initially. I am full time, however, even I don’t want to spend all day every day doing such repetitive work. (although I WOULD do it if there was no other option because the rewards are so worth it)

The “secret” to getting this done with very little of your time (but with some of your money) is to hire a virtual assistant to do this for you.

I Only Invest 30 Minutes of My Time Per Niche Site

The key to scaling up your niche site business is to outsource every little thing. In other words, you want to have a VA build your entire website and then deliver it to you ready to go. The only thing I do is to provide them with a few seed keywords. (I explain what a seed keyword is in the video above)

Now how many sites can you build a day? How about, as many as you want!

Consider the following facts:

  • It takes about 90 minutes to find a viable keyword, sometimes less, sometimes more
  • It takes about an hour to pick a theme, decide on your LSI keywords, configure your link structure, and install a few plugins, etc…
  • It takes about 2 hours to write 3-5 blog posts

What this means is that a niche site can be constructed in about 4.5 hours. Heck even if it takes a full 8 hours, its still so very worth it!

Why Building Niche Sites is So Profitable

I pay my VA $3/hour. She lives in the Philippines and that is the going rate for this type of work. So, even if she took a full 8 hours to build a site for me, my total investment is $3/hour X 8 hours = $24 + $10 for the domain = $34 per niche site. Yes, that’s right, about $34 per site; however, just to be conservative, lets use a nice round number of $50 per site.

My goal for each niche site is to have it make a profit of $100/month. That’s it, just a “measly” hundred bucks a month. That’s $1200 per year. If a site costs me $50 to make and returns even $1,000 over the next 12 months, that is a massive rate of return on my invested capital. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything else that offers so little risk with such a huge rate of return. Real Estate? Stock Market? Not a chance in hell!

Don’t have, or don’t want to invest any capital? Do it yourself, or just stay working for someone else. I can’t help you with adjusting your mindset for putting your money at risk. What I can tell you is that you will not likely succeed in business if you aren’t will to take a risk.

In other words, wealth starts from the shoulders up.

If you didn’t understand what I just wrote, you might want to read those last two paragraphs again.

So How Do I Get Started?

I want to make this as easy for you as possible so here is all you need to do. Just join my mailing list and I will send you the exact set of extremely detailed instructions that I use when I hire a VA to build sites for me. I am willing to provide you with this for no charge and only ask one thing in return. Tell people about this blog post. Share it, tweet it, email it…whatever. I just want to spread the word to as many people as I can so that more people will have a chance to change their lives for the better. (disclaimer: there will be affiliate links in the report, so if you click them and buy anything, I will make money. However, with that said, aside from a hosting account, you don’t NEED to buy anything to succeed. The tools I use just make it easier and faster to succeed)

Have a thought or an opinion you want to share? Please submit your comments below.

Trent Dyrsmid started his last company in 2001 and in the years that he was CEO, it generated over $7 million in sales; with the bulk of it for IT services delivered over the Internet. In 2008, at the age of 38, he sold the company for over a million bucks and retired to San Diego and now blogs at Online Income Labs.

45 thoughts on “Using the Google Traffic Estimator to Find the Best Keywords”

  1. Jacob says:

    I thought duplicate content was bad for SEO. With the Panda update, I don’t think posting an exact carbon copy of an article is going to benefit either site.

    1. Certainly google is coming hard against duplicate contents, but however this is not fully implemented yet. We saw many case studies and example of it.

    2. Hey Jacob,

      Trent here. John was kind enough to allow me a guest post and as soon as he published my post, I took it down from my own site to avoid the duplicate content issue.

      With that said, I have an ongoing experiment at That site has ranked on page one of G since the day I’ve launched it and almost the entire site is duplicate (autoblog) content. Its been up for about 4 months now and gets a new autopost each day.

      Don’t believe everything you hear about duplicate content. The best way to know for sure is to run an experiment yourself.

      1. The thing Google hates about duplicate content is where information is being duplicated on the same site – the success of article directories points to the fact that having a lot of interesting content on the one site is something Google appreciates – even if that content is also being syndicated somewhere else (or in a lot of different places online) – that is the backbone of article marketing


    3. Google’s tools are pretty good. Google Insights has helped me find a lot of trending keywords that I’ve made a bunch o’ money with.

  2. Thanks John for providing this tutorial!

    1. AffDaily says:

      This post was written by Trent Dyrsmid.

      Great stuff anyway, very useful for affiliate marketers 🙂

  3. Bobby says:

    I agree with Jacob. But otherwise, great article!

  4. 90 minutes=1hr 30 min so it isn’t that long.Looked a lot longer.

    Thanks For Sharing,
    Bradleyi Nordstrom

  5. d3so says:

    Does it really take 2 hours to write about 3-5 blog posts?
    It takes me more than an hour to write one. 😛

    1. Nice to see you again here …

      1. d3so says:

        haha thanks!
        I took a vacation. Looks like you’re still dominating here 😉

        1. PPC Ian says:

          Yeah, welcome back D3so! It’s great to have you back! 🙂

    2. Hey D3so,

      My VA now regularly cranks out entire sites in about 5 hours and that includes writing 3 articles for each site. If you’d like to get a copy of the instructions that she uses to launch niche sites, you can get it by subscribing to my blog’s newsletter.


      1. PPC Ian says:

        I’m sold. I’m going to subscribe to your newsletter to get this info. 🙂 Great guest post by the way. I own 100+ niche websites which were built through my own hard work with some smart outsourcing from time to time. I’m looking to get more done with less and definitely looking forward to learning from your blog.

  6. good guest post brent….thats a sick tool

  7. Zeke says:

    This is very good information. Several expensive courses teach this kind of thing. Now the trick is get the people to buy the product you are trying to sell.

  8. Jason says:

    Hi All,

    I don’t mean to be rude but does anybody else find that the information provided is incomplete and the emphasis on the amount of site competition is in most cases not that important?

    I think that if you really want an accurate measurement of competition you need to include the amount of back links and the quality of the back links. The amount of competing pages mean nothing if the site at number one has 3 edu links. (personal experience)

    While it was nice to see some filtering on the keyword tool I felt that you were leaving out really critical information and for it to be off value and benefit the readers it needs to be complete.


  9. some interesting info, and a good tutorial for using google keyword tool.

  10. Miller says:

    I used google traffic before, this is a great post!

  11. Matthew Loop says:

    Good video Trent… Keyword research is where the money’s really at. Most overlook this completely.

  12. sneha says:

    I have used Google traffic its the best one to analyst the keyword easily for our website

  13. Papa Bear says:

    I have not progressed very far yet when it comes to Google and keywords… duh…

  14. I have tried with Google adwords its suggest many keywords

  15. internetsalsa says:

    That was quick Trent. I remember you requesting for a guest post on this blog during the webinar.Great Trent. Your wish was granted.
    Good Job and good luck to you…

  16. Good potsing, but sometimes you need to buy keyword software more than1 to make sure your on right path, and update on IM Forum as well.These free Google Keywords far to my experience also being manipulated by Gooogle, they marked up the search by 30%.So be carefull.

  17. This looks like great information for me. I’m working on building new niche sites but first I need to dominate the keywords for my own blog. I also use to find out what keywords my competitors sites are found for and I try to write posts about those.

  18. Allen Walker says:

    Keyword research is really one of the most important foundations before beginning your work.

    Always good to have a solid system at hand. 🙂

  19. John,

    Thanks very much for allowing me the guest post. The last two days have been a record for traffic and optins at my Online Income Lab blog. Awesome stuff!


    1. Thats the positive benefit of providing really useful information that actually helps people rather than just selling a product – I found your video really helpful, thank you 🙂

  20. fas says:

    Well looks like hard work pays off.

  21. google analytics only i am using for my keyword analysis

  22. PPC Ian says:

    Great post! 🙂 As a corporate SEM professional, I use this tool every single day, it’s truly invaluable.

  23. I really enjoyed this post because I have always been unsure on what a workable formula might be for keyword research – some people say over 50000 searches, others say less but I can see from this approach that focusing on the “low hanging fruit” can be worthwhile if the search figures are over say 2000 – great post and thanks for the information 🙂

  24. Mr.Ven says:

    Nicely said, 1 question. How long it takes for a niche site to rank in the 1st page of search engines (esp. Google & Yahoo) for that keywords ? Just tell in avg how long your niche sites takes ?


  25. singer divya says:

    google adwords and word tracker also giving good results in keywords analytics.

  26. NETbloger says:

    Great article, you have great content here. I like Market Samurai to keyword analytics too

    1. Fazal Mayar says:

      market samurai is definitely the best software imo since its so detailed and you can easily check the competition for any keyword!

  27. I subscribed on Trents site and the free information is worth giving up your email address for, lol.

  28. Thanks for sharing these cool tips of making niche websites and earning income from it

  29. Health Blog says:

    Another masterpiece from you John. Thanks a lot for this.

  30. I am a financial advisor in Lexington, KY, and have learned a lot reading these articles and others on the web. Thanks John.

  31. Christine says:

    Great video. I was under the assumption the wonder wheel was discontinued (I had trouble finding it in the past). But I tried again, good to see it is still there. It is a rather helpful tool. So was this video. Can’t wait to give this method a try and start building my passive income.

  32. anitha says:

    i use to prefer wordtracker its giving the good result

  33. i am using wordtracker for choosing the keywords

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