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GoRank.com’s Top Ten Comparison http://www.gorank.com/seotools/
If you’ve been banging your head against wall in an attempt to figure out why you haven’t hit top ten results in Google, GoRank.com has a page that can give you important clues to help you figure it out. One of my favorites, Top Ten comparison report, will scrub raw data of top ranking results for a given keyword.
In studying results, you may find it easier to understand where your own optimization efforts are going wrong. Don’t forget to stop by Google for your API key at http://www.google.com/api as you’ll need it to create your free account.
Search Guild’s Keyword Difficulty Checker http://searchguild.com/difficulty/
This one’s an old favorite of mine. When you find what you may think is an ideal keyword, before you start tweaking your pages, it’s a good idea to run it through this tester. Using Google API, it analyzes whether or not a given phrase will be worth your efforts.
You’ll already have to be well-versed in how to find good keywords to plug into tool, but once you have that nailed, it’s pretty reliable in telling you whether it’s worth your time to target that phrase. If you use flash on your site, check out flash viewer on their utilities page as well.
In next article in this series, you can read more about tools specific to Yahoo and Google that will help you track your rankings and study your site.
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