How to Uncover an Extra “FREE” Hour Each Day To Grow Your Business Profits…

How to Uncover an Extra “FREE” Hour Each Day To Grow Your Business Profits…

As a business owner like you, I’m constantly on the lookout for ideas that can help me and my team be more productive, and I’ve got a great one to share with you today!

Recently I was reading a book named ‘The Lean Product Development Guidebook’ by Ronald Mascitelli.

I’ll spare you the technical details, but there was one section in the book that made me instantly reach for my highlighter…

It was a list of the Most Common Sources of Business “Waste”

Here are the Top 3…

  1. E-mail overload – the “e-mail avalanche”
  2. Too many @!%8&* meetings
  3. Overdesigning, analysis paralysis

The Number One Source of Business Waste…

Having worked in the corporate world, I expected the number one ‘waste’ of productive time to be meetings, so I was SHOCKED to see that meetings had been trumped – by Email overload.

This led me to do a bit of Google sleuthing, and I quickly discovered that ‘email overload’ is one of the biggest problems facing business owners today.

The Stats Are INSANE!

A report by McKinsey & Company in July 2012 found that the average worker spends 28 percent of their week managing email – That means out of a five day week, you spend about a day and a half answering email!

To put this in perspective, collectively U.S. citizens spend 329 million hours online checking and writing e-mail EVERY MONTH! [source: Nielsen Online]

That is a LOT of time being sunk into a task that rarely moves your business forward.

And the Worst Thing Is…

While you’re buried under your daily email avalanche – you still have to try and get your ‘important’ work done.

All too often this means working late into the night, and losing more and more of your personal time – the time you SHOULD be enjoying with your family and friends.

But What Can I Do About It?

Now you might be thinking, “But Eugene, I have to answer my emails!”

And that’s true – but HOW you answer your emails is another thing entirely…

In the following video, my good friend Pete Williams reveals a simple ‘Email Hack’ that can slash the time you spend replying to your emails.

This hack is quick and easy to implement, and will give you an extra ‘FREE’ hour each day to grow your Business Profits!

Watch the video, give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

And by the way – if you’re enjoying these ‘business hacks’ – make sure to sign up for our FREE upcoming webinar with Pete. But you better be quick – It’s filling up FAST!

Warm Regards,

Eugene Ware
CEO
Noble Samurai

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How To Create High-Quality Products FAST!

How To Create High-Quality Products FAST!

For many years, the 4 minute mile was considered not only physically IMPOSSIBLE, but according to doctors of the time – actually dangerous to the health of anyone who attempted it.

But then on May 6th, 1954 a 25-year-old medical student named Roger Bannister – smashed through the 4 minute barrier in what Forbes magazine has called the “Greatest athletic achievement of the last 150 years”.

When reflecting on the event many years later, Bannister said that at the time:

“There was a mystique, a belief that it couldn’t be done

But as soon as he proved what was possible, other runners began smashing the barrier as well. By 1957, 16 runners had run sub 4 minute miles!

The 4 Minute Mile Of Internet Marketing…

Now you may be wondering what the four minute mile has to do with Internet marketing.

Well… for me, watching the following video was a lot like watching Roger Bannister smash through the 4 minute mile.

You see I used to believe that it was IMPOSSIBLE to create high quality products quickly and easily.

BUT – then I saw this video, and I realised that my beliefs were not only wrong – but they’d been holding me back for many years.

So today I’m thrilled to be able to share this video with you because I know it will change your view of what’s possible in your online business FOREVER.

In today’s video Pete Williams reveals what I believe is one of his most powerful “business hacks”, and shows you how to create high quality products in minutes rather than days or weeks or even months!

This is the most liberating and empowering video I’ve ever seen, so if you struggle to create products for your online business – be sure to watch all the way to the end.

Your business will never be the same again…

If you enjoyed this video and you want to watch Pete use his “business hacks” to get a week’s worth of work done in just 4 hours – make sure to register for his FREE upcoming LIVESTREAM with Rich Schefren

Warm Regards,
Eugene Ware
CEO Noble Samurai

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Market Samurai’s Keyword Research Module Gets Supercharged with New Competition Filters

Market Samurai’s Keyword Research Module Gets Supercharged with New Competition Filters

Hi Folks,

Today we’re excited to launch an important upgrade to our Keyword Research module. Quickly finding the perfect keywords and boosting your online profits just got easier.

As a Market Samurai user, you’ve heard about the Samurai “Four Golden Rules”. The rules that ensure you don’t waste hours (or months…) on the 99% of dud keywords that drain your time, sap your enthusiasm and cause most folks to quit.

You see, in your niche there’s probably thousands of potential keywords you could target, but with Market Samurai’s help, your job is to focus on the handful with:

A. Good traffic

B. High commercial value (e.g. they bring buyers)

C. Relevance to your business (e.g. well targeted)

D. Acceptable levels of competition

In other words, you follow the Golden Rules…

And of these, the most important is “D” – Competition. If you mistakenly target highly competitive keywords, not only will you not rank, but you’ll feel like you’re belting your head against a brick wall all day long. Be smart – pick fights you can win, make money & grow.

But quickly filtering out the hundreds of overly competitive keywords can be tough…

So what’s the best way to analyse competition in your market?

Approach #1 – Analyse Google’s Top 10

To rank on the first page of Google, you must replace a page that’s currently there. That’s why we created the SEO Competition Matrix – to give you x-ray vision into all the key ranking factors that cause competitors to rank on page one (don’t forget, with the “Add Custom URL’s” button you can also see how your page stacks up).

SEO Matrix with a Custom Link added for Comparison

SEO Matrix with a Custom Link added for Comparison

So, if you’re going to spend any real time on a keyword, review the SEO Matrix first.

But, the problem with this approach is it’s manual, making it tough to quickly review the hundreds (or in most cases) thousands of prospective keywords in your niche. We need a shortcut…

Approach #2 – Count the number of “Valid Competitors” (OK, let’s explain that a little…)

Not surprisingly it turns out that keywords with millions of competitors are almost always a lot tougher to rank for than those with only a few dozen (kind of obvious). Your goal is compete for keywords where the number of valid competitors out there is small, and measuring these “valid competitors”, it turns out, can be done.

Let’s consider the different metrics available for measuring the number of valid competitors in a market:

1. Keyphrase anywhere in a page (SEOC) – We can consider the number of pages globally that contain at least one complete copy of our target keyphrase. We’ve used this for years as our primary indicator, but have seen its usefulness degrade over recent months in some markets.

2. Keyphrase in page titles (SEOTC) – I love this metric. Having a keyword in the title tag of a page is, for me, a far stronger indicator that a competitor is genuinely targeting that keyword. Many SEO experts regard getting your keyword in your title tag the most important on-page factor there is!

Early on, Google’s SEOT was a standard Market Samurai filter, but years ago they stopped SEOs doing large volumes of title queries. In recent months we’ve also seen Bing tighten up on large SEOT query volumes too.

Spoiler Alert #1 – SEOTC (title searching) is back – fast & unlimited;more on that below, but let’s look at other options for counting the ‘valid competitors’.

3. Keyphrase in Link Text, Domain Names or URL’s (SEOUC, SEOAC etc) – we can also count the number of pages out there with our keyword in the URL or just the domain name. We can even count those pages that have a the keyword in a link pointing to them from somewhere else, e.g. those pages with inbound links containing our keyword in the link “anchor” text.

4. Combined Measures – Keyphrase in a Page Title AND an Inbound Link – this is what  Eugene and I have been wanting to see for years. Think about it for a moment, the folks out there doing SEO basically build optimised pages (e.g. they put keywords in page title tags) and then promote those pages by acquiring inbound links (including some links with the keywords in the anchor text).

Now, yes, thanks to the recent Penguin updates, smart people have pulled back from excessive  ‘over optimisation’ and excessive keyword placement in anchor text, but the reality is that if we can count those pages where a keyword is found in BOTH the page title & an inbound link, we should have a great measure of the “valid competitors” out there really trying to rank for a keyword.

Spoiler Alert #2 – A new “Title & Anchor Competition” metric has been added to Market Samurai

OK, so theres a few ways to measure the number of valid competitors. My favourites are Page Title and the combined Page Title / Anchor Text measures. By filtering out keywords with high values on these measures you can quickly hone in on keywords that are most likely to have low or acceptable levels of competition.

Then, with this smaller, filtered list, a manual check of the SEO Competition Matrix is well worth your time.

Where’s the new data coming from?

We’ve partnered with Majestic SEO, arguably the worlds most trusted supplier of independent SEO data to bring you free and unlimited access to five new world class keyword competition metrics.

As some of our pro users will know, Majestic’s entry level paid subscription (to get similar data volumes) costs $ 499 US per year, but thanks to our partnership, you, as a Market Samurai user can now access Majestic’s keyword data and quickly analyse thousands of keywords at no cost.

 

 

 

What are the metrics & where can I find them?

Each of the new metrics are available in the Keyword Research module and show up after you’ve generated keywords for review.

 

The new measures we’ve added are:

1.     Title Competition (MSEOTC)  – the number of pages in the Majestic index that contain your search phrase in the page title. This is similar to Google’s “AllInTitle” search.

2.     URL Competition (MSEOUC)– the number of pages with the search phrase in the page’s URL (either domain name or page name).

3.     Anchor Competition (MSEOAC)– The number of pages in Majestic’s Index that contain the keyword term in the anchor text of an external, inbound link. This is similar to Google’s AllInAnchor search command with the exception that it only reports the count of external links (e.g. it excludes those links from the same domain).

4.     Domain Competition (MSEODC) – Number of times our keyword phrase appears in a known domain. Potentially a good indicator of the number of other niche players in a market.

5.     Title & Anchor Competition (MSEOTAC) – The number of pages in Majestic’s Index that contain the keyword term in both the page title and in the anchor text of an external, inbound link. A great indicator of pages that actually have key SEO indicators present.

Four reasons to love the new Majestic metrics

1.     Insightful, Actionable Numbers – Our use of these stats so far has been really exciting, the ‘hit rate’ in finding good keywords and accessible segments within niche markets is excellent.

2.     Independent, Reliable and Stable – SEO tool providers of all kinds have seen both Google and Bing tighten up on providing keyword research data (for example, Bing now charge for previously free data and last week, two of our contemporaries; Raven Tools and SEOmoz lost access to their Adwords API for traffic estimation).

But, because Majestic use their own, internal infrastructure to maintain an independent index of the web, and because we pay for the service, their data supply is reliable and robust. Also, importantly for users doing high research volumes, this data isn’t capped or rate limited (unlike some current Bing data).

3.     Speed – Keyword research starts by pulling in Google’s traffic estimation data and unfortunately this still takes an average of 3-4 minutes. We wish it were faster, but given others are losing access to this data, it’s nice that we can still get it.

However, once we have the Google data, we can now use Majestic metrics for competition analysis and Majestic’s data comes in fast. In fact pulling back competitive metrics for 800 keywords takes just 5 to 10 seconds (a lot faster than the alternative Bing SEOC data).

4.     Tight Correlation with Google – Before we made the plunge to purchase Majestic’s data (our investment is many 10’s of thousands of dollars), we selected a diverse sample of keywords and analysed the correlation (or similarity) between Majestic’s competition numbers and what Google and others provide.

Whilst Majestic’s overall data set was smaller than Google (but still huge with some 4 trillion pages in their index) we found that the Majestic competition numbers were very well correlated with Google. This was backed up by both human reviews and comparison with other reputable competitive metrics. It was interesting to find that generally speaking, the correlation was tighter for Majestic/Google than for Bing/Google.

 

Sounds a little too good to be true – drawbacks?

The Majestic data is great and their engineers are brilliant, however, it’s not perfect. We see two key drawbacks in the data:

1.     Global, not country specific – the competition metrics are world wide only and not specific to a given country or region. As such we only show the Majestic metrics for users set to doing ‘global’ keyword research. Those doing local searches are advised to continue using SEOC (sourced from Bing).

2.     Current database size – Majestic’s current keyword database runs to about 100,000,000 keywords (a big number). However, even with a keyword database of this size, there are still many long-tail keywords you’ll generate that don’t yet have the Majestic competition metrics available. In my experience this can range from between 5% to 25% of the keywords retrieved for the niche markets I’m interested in.

The good news is that any time we request a keyword from Majestic that’s not currently in their database, they queue it for inclusion in the following 24 to 48 hours.

This means we expect to see the Majestic keyword database grow rapidly as Samurai users continue to explore niche markets and, for critical keywords, you have the option to revisit Market Samurai and refresh after 48 hours (by clicking the “Analyse Keywords” button).

How to use these new metrics…

Experienced Market Samurai users will be aware of our inbuilt ‘Golden Rules’ and “Long Tail” filters created to help you quickly find great keywords.

With the release of Majestic data we’ve added two new filters, called “Majestic Golden Rules” and “Majestic Long Tail”. These filters make use of Majestic’s competition metrics (instead of Bing’s) to help you quickly zoom in on great opportunities in your market.

New Majestic Golden Rules & Long Tail Preset Filters

New Majestic Golden Rules & Long Tail Preset Filters

Help Us Refine the New Competition Filter Values

With these new filters, I was able to easily find dozens of great keywords in all of the niche markets I looked at. However, we expect to be refining these filters over the coming weeks and we’d love your feedback as we do. Here’s how to get involved:

Step #1 – Open Market Samurai and enter a starting or ‘seed’ keyword for a market you’re in.

Step #2 – Generate keywords and filter using the new “Majestic Golden Rules” (helps you find the big, important keywords in your market) or the “Majestic Long Tail” filter (great for low competition content publishing ideas).

Step #3 – Check out what you uncover and let us know – either in the comments below or by email to support@noblesamurai.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy discovering gold nugget keyword opportunities with these new metrics!

Regards,

Ben Stickland

P.S. – Like these new metrics in the app? Share the love with a facebook “Like” below….

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Some Free Christmas Cheer…

Some Free Christmas Cheer…

In 2013, Outrank Competitors & Pick Keywords with Confidence:

Two Powerful New “Authority” Metrics

Have you heard this SEO “story” before? :-)

Two African explorers who realise they’re being stalked by a hungry Lion. The first drops everything and runs for his life while the second scoffs and says, “why bother, that Lion’s faster than you!”. The first laughs as he makes good ground and answers back, “I don’t need to outrun the Lion, I just need to outrun YOU!”

The same is true for SEO. Your job is to overtake those sites holding rankings on the keywords that will drive you revenue.

In my last post, I did a quick recap of the four golden rules of keyword research, the most important of which is “pick the battles you can win”.

Pick your battles carefully and then do the work to “outrun” your competitors. You don’t need to be the biggest, baddest site in the jungle… you only need to be a TINY bit better than your competition.

The bad news, however, is that if you pick a keyword that’s too TOUGH… then you can literally spend months of futile hard-work trying to outrank a competitor, never budging your rankings… when instead you could have ranked on the front-page for dozens of low competition keywords!

One of the great features of your Market Samurai SEO Competition Matrix is you can also directly compare YOUR WEB-PAGE with the current top 10, to see what work you still need to do.

Here’s an example for the keyword “resume advice” where we’ve added a comparison to our target page “http://www.swiftworldwideresources.com/Candidates/Resume/CV-Advice/”.

If you’re doing ANY work to rank for a keyword, it’s critical to review your SEO competition matrix.

Picking a keyword based on just keyword competition alone (such as Title Competition, for example), is NOT enough… There’s plenty of keywords out there with low Title competition which have fierce front-page competition!

So, make sure you double check to make sure you’re not trying to outrank the 800 Pound Gorillas in your market with high authority, squillions of backlinks and targeted on page optimization!

However, there’s a problem! Understanding Competition & Backlink Analysis Can Still Be Really Confusing. Here’s Why…

While your Market Samurai Competition module gives you a concise, “at a glance” view of your key competition indicators, many of these are far from perfect. For example:

  • Google PageRank (PR) – this is Google’s own measure of web-page “importance” and has long been to many the industry benchmark. It’s a scale from 0 to 10, with a score of 9 to 10 representing extreme authority (think sites like twitter.com, Facebook.com etc) and scores of 0 – 2 being low authority sites. Whilst we like measures from Google (especially as we optimise for Google), the problems with PageRank (or PR) are numerous:
    • Unwieldy Increments – The scale Google use is “logarithmic”, which means the gap between a PR 5 and 6 is huge (and gets bigger every day). To give quality feedback on your progress in building authority, your need far more granular measures (e.g. decimal scores like 5.2 out of 10)
    • Slow Updates – Internally, Google’s measure of PageRank is updated dynamically any time a new link is added, but the number that Google gives YOU is only updated about every three months. That means you can only get feedback 4 times a year! That sucks. To make it worse, when your competitors (or you) launch a new page, that page will INSTANTLY gain authority from any internal site links, but will show up as a PageRank of ZERO until the next update happens (leaving you to think your competitors are weaker than they really are – a fatal rookie error!).
    • Pending death – This one will probably draw a few comments, but I predict Google’s Page Rank will be pulled very soon. PageRank was initially a publicity tool and has now been removed from display in the Google toolbar. While tools exist that can still access the data (including Market Samurai)… Very few real REGULAR people are using it. Practically the only people who look at PageRank now are us SEOs… What’s the benefit to Google in maintaining it something that’s basically only used by those in the SEO industry? That’s why I don’t think it’s long for this world.
  • Backlink counts – Market Samurai provides a range of backlink counts including the number of links to a site, to a page and the number of different domains linking to a target site or page. These are great measures of the QUANTITY of links but give no indication of QUALITY. In a world where one good link can drive more authority than 1000 poor ones, quantity measures are limited.
  • Specialist Indicators – The competition module shows links from speciality sites like educational sites and high profile directories like the Yahoo & DMOZ directories. These give us a hint as to the presence of “quality” backlinks, but it’s very possible to have an incredibly powerful link profile and not be linked from these sources.


Good News – Now the mystery is gone with two brilliant new measures…

We’re really excited to announce the integration of two BRAND NEW, insightful metrics from our data partners at Majestic SEO.

Update Market Samurai today, and you’ll find these two new data points in the SEO Competition Matrix:

1. New Importance Measure – “Citation Flow” or CF
(Like Google’s Page Rank but built the way SEOs need it.)

Majestic SEO recently released a new metric called “Citation Flow” and it’s ready to go.

Citation Flow is very similar to Page Rank. We were privileged to be part of Majestic’s Beta trials (and indeed gave quite a bit of feedback direct to their developers). As part of this, we did a broad comparison between Citation Flow and Google’s PageRank. The correlation between the two is excellent.

Plus, to help SEOs like you and I, you’ll also get these critical (and long awaited) features:

  1. Precision for Sensible Measurement – Citation Flow is a measure from 0 – 100 (rather than 0 -10), meaning you can track your progress far more accurately.
  2. Regular Updates for Fast Feedback – Majestic update their metrics DAILY (rather than Google’s approximate 90+ day update cycle).
  3. Longevity – as a commercial metric from a long established provider, we can reasonably expect this data source to remain stable. (PageRank won’t be with the SEO community too much longer we predict!)


2. New Authority Measure – “Trust Flow” or TF
(The ‘secret sauce’ in modern search algorithms?)

It turns out the web can be broken up into neighbourhoods – trusted sites generally link to trusted sites and nasty, dodgy and spammy sites tend to link to each other too.

It’s why many SEOs talk about “authority” or “hub” sites… What they really are talking about is the concept of “Trust” or “Authority”…

Our second new measure, “Trust Flow” is built around an analysis of the flow of “Trust” through links from trusted, higher authority sources.

Similar to Citation Flow, it’s a score out of 100 and as you’d expect, reputable sites get high scores and new or dodgy sites get low scores.

SEO commentators have long been talking about the influence of links from trusted sources, and with Majestic Trust Flow, we now have a quality measure of this.

For those SEO Nerds out there – Trust Flow is similar to Yahoo’s famous TrustRank

Anything not to love?

Whilst these new metrics are visible the majority of the time, in a couple of markets I was able to find ranked pages with no Citation Flow or Trust Flow values. These were mainly obscure pages from mega sites like Amazon, Pinterest or YouTube. However in each case, by reviewing the Citation and Trust Flow values that were available, I was still able to get a good gauge of competition.

So, where do these new metrics fit in?

To see Citation Flow and Trust Flow in action, simply open up the SEO competition module for a keyword of interest and generate results.

(And don’t forget, with the “Add Custom URL’s” you can add your own websites for comparison)

Here’s the above example again, but with the new metrics showing (note the new “CF” and “TF” columns).

(Click the image above to see a larger screenshot)

Extra Awesomeness #1 – Citation Flow in Detailed Backlink Report

In addition to integrating Citation Flow into the SEO Competition Matrix, our detailed back link analysis report (which lets you spy on your competitors and see where all their high power links are coming from) is now also powered by the Citation Flow metric.

The back link analysis provides a comprehensive summary of both link authority and anchor text. Here’s a sample:

So, you can FINALLY get an SEO Blueprint of the link-network of your competitors, based on DAILY UPDATED authority data!

Extra Awesomeness #2 – Link Authority Visualization Graphs

In addition to providing Citation Flow and Trust Flow as numbers, Majestic SEO also provide a great visualization graph that plots a sites ENTIRE link profile on a graph with Citation Flow vs Trust Flow and color density for link frequency.

Here’s three examples, for popular car manufacturers.

Hyundai

Audi

Toyota

These are great to see, at a glance, how weak or strong a competitor’s link-network is.

You can access these visualization graphs simply by clicking on the Citation Flow or Trust Flow numbers in the SEO Competition module.

Now it’s your turn: Check out how YOUR sites perform…

If you’ve been struggling to gain rankings (because you suspect that you’ve picked a keyword that’s too tough)… and are finding it hard to see WHY…

…or you’d like to know really how far behind or in front you are of your competitors in building authority and trust, then open up the Market Samurai SEO Competition Module and take a look now.

(Remember: You’ll need to update to the latest version first to see this new data.)

From all the Noble Samurai team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and safe Holiday season!

Cheers,

Ben

P.S. – If you like the update, share the love by clicking the “Like” button above!

P.P.S. – Stay tuned in 2013 – two game changers are coming :-)

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Rank Tracker Update – Free Plans & Pricing Revealed

Rank Tracker Update – Free Plans & Pricing Revealed

I’m really glad to be able to share with you some more information about the new Rank Tracker service.

This blog post contains a lot of information, but I wanted to answer as many of your questions as possible about our new service. In particular this blog post will cover:

  1. A recap on the current status of the Rank Tracker module.
  2. A status update of the progress of the new Rank Tracker service.
  3. What’s different about the new Rank Tracking service?
  4. Details of our FREE keyword tracking plan – based on our usage data I’m pleased to announce our free offering will satisfy the needs of over 92% of our users.
  5. Details of our pricing plans – and how you can get access to a 50% discount.
  6. How our new Rank Tracker service is different to other services on the market.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

1. Rank Tracker is currently working and functional in Market Samurai

It’s important to reiterate that the current Rank Tracker module is currently working and functional.

After the Google change our first priority was to restore core functionality as quickly as possible. Rapidly, over a period of several days we released updates which restored functionality to all our core modules.

Most importantly, Rank Tracker IS currently working. The large majority of our users monitor fewer than 50 keywords and our service should be running smoothly for these users.

If you’re checking a large number of keywords (100+) you may be asked to complete a captcha to continue pulling back ranking data, but you can still fetch the full set of keyword data.

2. What progress has been made on the new Rank Tracker service, and when will it to be ready to use?

Since restoring full functionality to Market Samurai we’ve been tirelessly working to bring you the new “cloud” version of our Rank Tracking service.

Here’s a quick update on how we’re going:

  • We’ve already made significant progress building the back-end infrastructure and services to deliver the new Rank Tracking service.
  • We’ve spoken to over a dozen rank tracking data providers and negotiated a great deal on your behalf to be able to reliably handle the demands of our user-base – at over 200 million ranking checks per month, this is a significant load for many of the providers that we’ve spoken to!
  • We’ve designed an easy-to-use interface for quickly and easily migrating your existing Rank Tracker information to the cloud and for managing your online campaigns.

So when will this be ready for you to use?

While we have made significant progress so far, our current best estimate is that we’ll be in a position for a large beta test in approximately 2–3 weeks’ time, with a public launch about 2 weeks following that.  This will give our beta testers a chance to get a few weeks of ranking reports through, to flush out any problems before we make it available to everybody.

I realise that this is longer than we originally estimated, but I think you’ll agree that it’s more important to make sure that the new version is as reliable and stable as possible, and that involves a few more weeks than we originally estimated.

Please rest assured that this is our #1 priority, and every available resource at Noble Samurai is working to bring you the new Rank Tracking service as quickly as possible.

Once again, the existing Rank Tracker module is currently working and will be able to serve the majority of our users’ ranking requirements until we’re in a position to roll out our new service.

3. So what’s different about the new Rank Tracking Service?

If you’ve used Rank Tracker you’ll quickly realize its main drawback – it’s slow! It’s a problem that the current Rank Tracker module shares with all desktop rank checking software.

If you’re serious about checking your rankings, you have to fire up the software each week, click the “Update Rankings” button, and then wait up to half an hour or more before all your rankings data has updated! And the more keywords that you are tracking, the slower it becomes!

And that’s for each Rank Tracker data file that you have. Many of our users have multiple sites or clients that they need to check the rankings for, and each of these in a different project file. If you have 3 or 4 files, the whole process can take several hours to complete, which is not ideal.

The new Rank Tracking service is very different. Instead of having to check your keywords yourself, we’ll check the keywords on your behalf automatically, and send you an email each week when your keyword rankings are ready.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. First, upload your existing Rank Tracking files to the Noble Samurai “cloud” servers, where your ranking data will be stored.
     
  2. Then, choose which keywords you want to monitor on a weekly basis. You also nominate which day of the week you’d like your ranking checks updated.
     
  3. Once a week, our “cloud” servers will check your rankings on your behalf (you don’t even need your computer to be turned on! Everything happens automatically on our servers).
     
  4. When your rankings have been checked and your ranking reports complete, we’ll send you an email notification to let you know.
     
  5. You can then open Rank Tracker, and instantly view your ranking data.
     

Because we do all the heavy lifting from our “cloud” servers, you spend less time waiting for results, and can spend more time interpreting your data!

4. What are the details of the FREE Rank Tracking plan for existing Market Samurai owners?

Our big hope was that we would be able to offer a FREE rank tracking plan for existing owners of both Market Samurai and Article Samurai.

We’ve spent the past few weeks analysing the usage patterns of our current customers, and also aggressively negotiating with ranking data providers to understand:

  1. If a FREE plan is economically possible at all; and
  2. What a FREE plan would include for our existing users.

The good news is that we will be able to offer a great FREE plan for all current owners of our products.

In an analysis of our ranking usage data over the past year, we uncovered the following usage pattern for our current customer base:

92% track less than 50 keywords
7% track between 51-500 keywords
1% track over 500 keywords

Our goal was to provide a FREE plan that would ensure that as many of our customers as possible would be completely unaffected by the Rank Tracker changes.

I’m happy to announce that ALL existing customers of Market Samurai and Article Samurai will be eligible for a free 50 Keyword plan.

That means that over 92% of our customers will get the benefit of the improved Rank Tracking service (where we look up your rankings for you automatically each week), and won’t have to pay a penny for it!

There are some important things to note:

1. While the free plan will be free to you, it is NOT free to us – We will be paying thousands of dollars each month, on your behalf, to underwrite these free plans. We’ve set the freeline at a level that should satisfy the vast majority of users (over 92%), while setting the amount of cash that we need to outlay each month for our customers to a sustainable level.

Rest assured, this won’t bankrupt us, but it’s important to share that as we’ll be footing the bill for these FREE accounts, we had to draw the line somewhere, and a 50 keyword plan strikes a balance of meeting the vast majority of user’s needs, as well as managing our ongoing costs.

2. This offer will ONLY be available for existing Market Samurai (and Article Samurai) owners, or anyone who purchases Market Samurai before April 30th – As our existing customers and trial users are those who will be most affected by the changes, this offer will only be available to the existing ownership base – anyone that has a full version of Market Samurai or Article Samurai, as well as any current trial user who upgrades to the full version before April 30th.

3. After the 30th of April, the FREE plan for any NEW customers of Market Samurai will drop to 10 keywords per month – As there is a substantial ongoing cost in providing these FREE plans the 50 keyword free plan is only available to existing owners (and anyone who upgrades to the full version before April 30th).

With almost 60,000 customers, you can start to understand why providing this FREE plan will cost us thousands of dollars per month.

That’s why we can only make this offer available to existing customers. Future customers will be limited to a 10 keyword / month plan.

4. This FREE 50 keyword plan is equivalent to PAID plans that cost up to $ 22.50 a month – We’ve done a thorough analysis of the competition in the rank tracking service space. Most rank tracking services fail to provide a FREE plan at all, and have a minimum entry price of $ 29 to $ 49 a month just to sign up. This being the case, the actual value to you for a comparable 50 keyword plan is anywhere between $ 5 to $ 22.50 per month.

Only existing customers, and those who purchase the full version of Market Samurai before April 30th, will be entitled to this free 50 keyword plan – which provides up to $ 22.50 per month of keyword ranking checks, for FREE.

5. Details of our pricing plans

Our ranking usage data analysis shows that our 50 keyword plan will be more than adequate for over 92% of our customers.

However, if you’re one of those who are in the 8% of users who track more than 50 keywords, then we want to make sure that we look after you too.

Before I reveal what the pricing plans are, it’s important to review the competition and see what the cheapest available options are on the market to track more than 50 keywords on a weekly basis:

Competitor

A

B

C

D

Cheapest 50+ keyword plan

$ 49 / Month

$ 24 / Month

$ 19 / Month

$ 99 / Month

Keywords tracked

250

100

100

1000

Price / Keyword

$ 0.20

$ 0.24

$ 0.19

$ 0.10

So, if you need to track more than 50 keywords then the cheapest plan from competing services begins at $ 19 / month, and you can pay as much as $ 99 / month!

While this might seem like a lot, there are good reasons for the price. There are hard costs to providing an infrastructure to check large numbers of keywords.

When doing our analysis and pricing model we have two definite advantages over our competitors:

  • Most competitor pricing is targeted at SEO agencies – companies with deep pockets. Agencies often charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to their own clients every month, and can therefore afford to pay substantial amounts each month to get their keyword rankings updated for them.
     
    Agencies manage multiple clients – needing to track hundreds or thousands of keywords each month. The pricing structure of the plans currently offered in the marketplace reflects this need. Unfortunately, this puts it beyond the reach of many small online business owners, particularly if they only need to track a few hundred keywords.
     
  • Most of our competitors serve a relatively small client base of SEO Agencies – and so are unable to spread their infrastructure costs across tens of thousands of users as we are.

We know who our customers are, and they are very different from the SEO agencies! While we do have some agencies and SEO consultants using our software, most of our users are small online business owners who don’t have hundreds of dollars per month to spend on tracking their rankings.

We’ve taken this need into consideration when coming up with our own Rank Tracking plans.

To ensure that existing customers get the best deal possible, we’re offering two sets of plans:

  1. Plans for our existing customers (or new customers who purchase before April 30th).
  2. Plans for new customers who purchase after April 30th.

Here’s a list of what our plans will be for Noble Samurai’s Rank Tracking service:

Rank Tracker Plan

Special Existing
Customer Pricing

(Sign up Before April 30th)

Retail Pricing


(Sign Up After April 30th)

White Belt

Keywords: 50
Price / Month: FREE
Price / Keyword: ZERO
Keywords: 10
Price / Month: FREE
Price / Keyword: ZERO

Yellow Belt

Keywords: 100
Price / Month: $ 5
Price / Keyword: $ 0.05
Keywords: 100
Price / Month: $ 10
Price / Keyword: $ 0.10

Orange Belt

Keywords: 200
Price / Month: $ 10
Price / Keyword: $ 0.05
Keywords: 200
Price / Month: $ 20
Price / Keyword: $ 0.10

Blue Belt

Keywords: 500
Price / Month: $ 25
Price / Keyword: $ 0.05
Keywords: 500
Price / Month: $ 50
Price / Keyword: $ 0.10

Brown Belt

Keywords: 1000
Price / Month: $ 40
Price / Keyword: $ 0.04
Keywords: 1000
Price / Month: $ 80
Price / Keyword: $ 0.08

Black Belt

Keywords: 2500
Price / Month: $ 99
Price / Keyword: $ 0.04
Keywords: 2500
Price / Month: $ 198
Price / Keyword: $ 0.08

So, if you’re an existing customer with 100 keywords, you can track your rankings for only $ 5 per month. That’s only $ 0.05 per keyword – less than a quarter of most of our competitors’ offerings!

For all existing customers (and for anyone who upgrades to the full version of Market Samurai before April 30th), you’ll get access to all our retail plans, but at a 50% Half-Price Discount!

If you study the plans above, you’ll see that even our future retail plans (which kick in only for new customers who purchase after April 30th) have a price per keyword less than half of most of our competitor’s offering. To get the same price per keyword from competing services, you’d need to spend at least $ 99 per month!

We’d love to be able to offer FREE ongoing Rank Tracking to all our affected users, however, for reasons I’ve already covered, economically this is just not possible.

Our 50 keyword FREE plan, which meets the needs of over 92% of our customers, will cost us thousands of dollars each month to cover.

If you’re one of the handful who tracks over 50 keywords (and you’re an existing customer), we are able to give you special pricing – less than a quarter of the price of our competitors.

Anyone who purchases our product after April 30th will be able to choose from our retail plans, which are still great value – at less than half the price of most of our competitors.

All the Rank Tracker plans provide weekly reports. How will this work, and why aren’t we able to provide more frequent updates?

With just a few exceptions, the majority of our competitors provide only weekly ranking updates, and for good reasons:

  1. If you do regularly monitor rankings you’ll notice daily fluctuations in your results. This daily “noise” distorts the real picture of what is happening to your rankings.
     
    The vast majority of SEO professionals check their rankings on a weekly or fortnightly basis. It is generally accepted among SEO circles that checking rankings more often than this provides little value. It’s the equivalent of monitoring the stock price of your shares on a minute by minute basis. It’s too granular to provide any meaningful or actionable trends.
     
  2. There is a real, tangible hard cost to providing large volumes of keyword rankings. There is a significant infrastructure that needs to be built to look up millions of keywords per month. Providing weekly rankings means four checks per month per keyword. Providing daily rankings involves seven times as many keyword lookups, which translates directly into seven times the cost. Services that provide daily rankings are significantly more expensive per keyword to track – and rightly so!

In the interests of keeping keyword rankings as accessible and as affordable as possible to our customers, we have opted to initially provide only weekly ranking reports. If there is sufficient demand we may introduce daily rankings, but these plans will naturally be much more expensive to provide.

6. What’s unique about our Rank Tracker service? How does it compare with the competition?

If you haven’t really used the Rank Tracker module before, or haven’t checked it out for awhile, here’s a quick recap about some of its unique features beyond being just a quarter of the price of the competition.

They say that “feedback is the breakfast of champions”, and from the beginning Rank Tracker was designed to provide rapid feedback about the “effects” of your SEO link-building work and SEO strategy.

  1. Rank Tracker not only checks your ranking in the 3 major search engines, but also reports the number of links that are pointing to each of your ranking pages – Typically, as your link-building work increases, you’ll see an increase in the number of links, followed by an increase in your rankings. It’s a leading indicator to rankings, and only Noble Samurai’s Rank Tracker offers this feature. (SEO professionals love this feature – because it provides evidence of all the hard link-building work you’ve been doing)
     
  2. Rank Tracker shows you the rankings for EVERY SINGLE WEB PAGE THAT YOU CONTROL – It’s common in modern SEO to use multiple domains to rank for keywords. Most other Rank Tracking services can only track one domain, and only tells you the highest ranking you hold. We allow you to track any number of domains, as well as special URLs like YouTube videos. We show you all the rankings you hold in the top 100 results, not just the highest one.
     
  3. Rank Tracker allows you to track unlimited domains for a single keyword – Most other rank tracking solutions on the market charge their customers based on a concept called “keyword pairs”. If you wish to track your keyword rankings on a keyword for 5 different domains, you’d have to enter that keyword in 5 times, eating into your monthly quota. In Rank Tracker, that will count as only a single keyword – so your Keyword quota goes a lot further.
     
  4. Rank Tracker allows you to track the rankings on Web 2.0 sites (such as YouTube and Squidoo), that you control, but don’t own! – Many solutions on the market limit you to only tracking pages on a single domain, or force you to track each Web 2.0 site as another “keyword pair”, eating into your limited keyword quota. As you know, YouTube and Web 2.0 sites often comprise a critical part of modern SEO. Only Rank Tracker allows you to add as many Web 2.0 web pages as you like – while only using up a single keyword of your weekly quota.
     
  5. Rank Tracker supports the full range of search engine language and country combinations – Speaking to many rank tracking data providers we realized that very few support the full range of Language and Country combinations available in Google and the major search engines. Market Samurai has become very popular for non-US, non-English speaking customers because we’ve worked very hard to support right-to-left languages such as Hebrew, and “Unicode” languages such as Japanese and Chinese. The data provider we’ve chosen is one of the few who is able to provide the full range of Language / Country combinations.
     
  6. Rank Tracker manages the issues of Google “localization” and “personalization” – Google often serves up different ranking pages based on where you’re situated. Google also personalizes your search results based on the sites that you frequently visit. This “localization” and “personalization” behaviour can make it very challenging to get an objective set of general search results as a benchmark for your SEO activities.
     
    As a result, you often see very different results searching Google from your own web-browser than what a rank tracking service reports. The ranking data provider we’ve chosen does an excellent job of removing such biases from the results.
     

Summary

Phew! That’s a lot of information to digest! Here’s a quick recap if you’re short of time:

  1. If you’re an existing Market Samurai (or Article Samurai) customer you’ll get access to a FREE 50 keyword Rank Tracker plan – which our usage data shows will be suitable for over 92% of our customers.
     
  2. If you’re part of the handful of customers who need to track more than 50 keywords you’ll be able to get access to special plans which are less than a quarter of the price of most of our competition.
     
  3. We’re working really hard to get the new Rank Tracking service out to you as quickly as possible. We hope to have a version to Beta test in the next two to three weeks. We’ll send an email with the details of how to sign up to the Beta when it’s ready.
     

A big thanks once again to the incredible support and encouragement we’ve been receiving from our customers!

If you have any questions which aren’t directly answered in this post, please feel free ask them in the comments below.

Noble Samurai

Rank Tracker Update – Free Plans & Pricing Revealed

Rank Tracker Update – Free Plans & Pricing Revealed

I’m really glad to be able to share with you some more information about the new Rank Tracker service.

This blog post contains a lot of information, but I wanted to answer as many of your questions as possible about our new service. In particular this blog post will cover:

  1. A recap on the current status of the Rank Tracker module.
  2. A status update of the progress of the new Rank Tracker service.
  3. What’s different about the new Rank Tracking service?
  4. Details of our FREE keyword tracking plan – based on our usage data I’m pleased to announce our free offering will satisfy the needs of over 92% of our users.
  5. Details of our pricing plans – and how you can get access to a 50% discount.
  6. How our new Rank Tracker service is different to other services on the market.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

1. Rank Tracker is currently working and functional in Market Samurai

It’s important to reiterate that the current Rank Tracker module is currently working and functional.

After the Google change our first priority was to restore core functionality as quickly as possible. Rapidly, over a period of several days we released updates which restored functionality to all our core modules.

Most importantly, Rank Tracker IS currently working. The large majority of our users monitor fewer than 50 keywords and our service should be running smoothly for these users.

If you’re checking a large number of keywords (100+) you may be asked to complete a captcha to continue pulling back ranking data, but you can still fetch the full set of keyword data.

2. What progress has been made on the new Rank Tracker service, and when will it to be ready to use?

Since restoring full functionality to Market Samurai we’ve been tirelessly working to bring you the new “cloud” version of our Rank Tracking service.

Here’s a quick update on how we’re going:

  • We’ve already made significant progress building the back-end infrastructure and services to deliver the new Rank Tracking service.
  • We’ve spoken to over a dozen rank tracking data providers and negotiated a great deal on your behalf to be able to reliably handle the demands of our user-base – at over 200 million ranking checks per month, this is a significant load for many of the providers that we’ve spoken to!
  • We’ve designed an easy-to-use interface for quickly and easily migrating your existing Rank Tracker information to the cloud and for managing your online campaigns.

So when will this be ready for you to use?

While we have made significant progress so far, our current best estimate is that we’ll be in a position for a large beta test in approximately 2–3 weeks’ time, with a public launch about 2 weeks following that.  This will give our beta testers a chance to get a few weeks of ranking reports through, to flush out any problems before we make it available to everybody.

I realise that this is longer than we originally estimated, but I think you’ll agree that it’s more important to make sure that the new version is as reliable and stable as possible, and that involves a few more weeks than we originally estimated.

Please rest assured that this is our #1 priority, and every available resource at Noble Samurai is working to bring you the new Rank Tracking service as quickly as possible.

Once again, the existing Rank Tracker module is currently working and will be able to serve the majority of our users’ ranking requirements until we’re in a position to roll out our new service.

3. So what’s different about the new Rank Tracking Service?

If you’ve used Rank Tracker you’ll quickly realize its main drawback – it’s slow! It’s a problem that the current Rank Tracker module shares with all desktop rank checking software.

If you’re serious about checking your rankings, you have to fire up the software each week, click the “Update Rankings” button, and then wait up to half an hour or more before all your rankings data has updated! And the more keywords that you are tracking, the slower it becomes!

And that’s for each Rank Tracker data file that you have. Many of our users have multiple sites or clients that they need to check the rankings for, and each of these in a different project file. If you have 3 or 4 files, the whole process can take several hours to complete, which is not ideal.

The new Rank Tracking service is very different. Instead of having to check your keywords yourself, we’ll check the keywords on your behalf automatically, and send you an email each week when your keyword rankings are ready.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. First, upload your existing Rank Tracking files to the Noble Samurai “cloud” servers, where your ranking data will be stored.
     
  2. Then, choose which keywords you want to monitor on a weekly basis. You also nominate which day of the week you’d like your ranking checks updated.
     
  3. Once a week, our “cloud” servers will check your rankings on your behalf (you don’t even need your computer to be turned on! Everything happens automatically on our servers).
     
  4. When your rankings have been checked and your ranking reports complete, we’ll send you an email notification to let you know.
     
  5. You can then open Rank Tracker, and instantly view your ranking data.
     

Because we do all the heavy lifting from our “cloud” servers, you spend less time waiting for results, and can spend more time interpreting your data!

4. What are the details of the FREE Rank Tracking plan for existing Market Samurai owners?

Our big hope was that we would be able to offer a FREE rank tracking plan for existing owners of both Market Samurai and Article Samurai.

We’ve spent the past few weeks analysing the usage patterns of our current customers, and also aggressively negotiating with ranking data providers to understand:

  1. If a FREE plan is economically possible at all; and
  2. What a FREE plan would include for our existing users.

The good news is that we will be able to offer a great FREE plan for all current owners of our products.

In an analysis of our ranking usage data over the past year, we uncovered the following usage pattern for our current customer base:

92% track less than 50 keywords
7% track between 51-500 keywords
1% track over 500 keywords

Our goal was to provide a FREE plan that would ensure that as many of our customers as possible would be completely unaffected by the Rank Tracker changes.

I’m happy to announce that ALL existing customers of Market Samurai and Article Samurai will be eligible for a free 50 Keyword plan.

That means that over 92% of our customers will get the benefit of the improved Rank Tracking service (where we look up your rankings for you automatically each week), and won’t have to pay a penny for it!

There are some important things to note:

1. While the free plan will be free to you, it is NOT free to us – We will be paying thousands of dollars each month, on your behalf, to underwrite these free plans. We’ve set the freeline at a level that should satisfy the vast majority of users (over 92%), while setting the amount of cash that we need to outlay each month for our customers to a sustainable level.

Rest assured, this won’t bankrupt us, but it’s important to share that as we’ll be footing the bill for these FREE accounts, we had to draw the line somewhere, and a 50 keyword plan strikes a balance of meeting the vast majority of user’s needs, as well as managing our ongoing costs.

2. This offer will ONLY be available for existing Market Samurai (and Article Samurai) owners, or anyone who purchases Market Samurai before April 30th – As our existing customers and trial users are those who will be most affected by the changes, this offer will only be available to the existing ownership base – anyone that has a full version of Market Samurai or Article Samurai, as well as any current trial user who upgrades to the full version before April 30th.

3. After the 30th of April, the FREE plan for any NEW customers of Market Samurai will drop to 10 keywords per month – As there is a substantial ongoing cost in providing these FREE plans the 50 keyword free plan is only available to existing owners (and anyone who upgrades to the full version before April 30th).

With almost 60,000 customers, you can start to understand why providing this FREE plan will cost us thousands of dollars per month.

That’s why we can only make this offer available to existing customers. Future customers will be limited to a 10 keyword / month plan.

4. This FREE 50 keyword plan is equivalent to PAID plans that cost up to $ 22.50 a month – We’ve done a thorough analysis of the competition in the rank tracking service space. Most rank tracking services fail to provide a FREE plan at all, and have a minimum entry price of $ 29 to $ 49 a month just to sign up. This being the case, the actual value to you for a comparable 50 keyword plan is anywhere between $ 5 to $ 22.50 per month.

Only existing customers, and those who purchase the full version of Market Samurai before April 30th, will be entitled to this free 50 keyword plan – which provides up to $ 22.50 per month of keyword ranking checks, for FREE.

5. Details of our pricing plans

Our ranking usage data analysis shows that our 50 keyword plan will be more than adequate for over 92% of our customers.

However, if you’re one of those who are in the 8% of users who track more than 50 keywords, then we want to make sure that we look after you too.

Before I reveal what the pricing plans are, it’s important to review the competition and see what the cheapest available options are on the market to track more than 50 keywords on a weekly basis:

Competitor

A

B

C

D

Cheapest 50+ keyword plan

$ 49 / Month

$ 24 / Month

$ 19 / Month

$ 99 / Month

Keywords tracked

250

100

100

1000

Price / Keyword

$ 0.20

$ 0.24

$ 0.19

$ 0.10

So, if you need to track more than 50 keywords then the cheapest plan from competing services begins at $ 19 / month, and you can pay as much as $ 99 / month!

While this might seem like a lot, there are good reasons for the price. There are hard costs to providing an infrastructure to check large numbers of keywords.

When doing our analysis and pricing model we have two definite advantages over our competitors:

  • Most competitor pricing is targeted at SEO agencies – companies with deep pockets. Agencies often charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to their own clients every month, and can therefore afford to pay substantial amounts each month to get their keyword rankings updated for them.
     
    Agencies manage multiple clients – needing to track hundreds or thousands of keywords each month. The pricing structure of the plans currently offered in the marketplace reflects this need. Unfortunately, this puts it beyond the reach of many small online business owners, particularly if they only need to track a few hundred keywords.
     
  • Most of our competitors serve a relatively small client base of SEO Agencies – and so are unable to spread their infrastructure costs across tens of thousands of users as we are.

We know who our customers are, and they are very different from the SEO agencies! While we do have some agencies and SEO consultants using our software, most of our users are small online business owners who don’t have hundreds of dollars per month to spend on tracking their rankings.

We’ve taken this need into consideration when coming up with our own Rank Tracking plans.

To ensure that existing customers get the best deal possible, we’re offering two sets of plans:

  1. Plans for our existing customers (or new customers who purchase before April 30th).
  2. Plans for new customers who purchase after April 30th.

Here’s a list of what our plans will be for Noble Samurai’s Rank Tracking service:

Rank Tracker Plan

Special Existing
Customer Pricing

(Sign up Before April 30th)

Retail Pricing


(Sign Up After April 30th)

White Belt

Keywords: 50
Price / Month: FREE
Price / Keyword: ZERO
Keywords: 10
Price / Month: FREE
Price / Keyword: ZERO

Yellow Belt

Keywords: 100
Price / Month: $ 5
Price / Keyword: $ 0.05
Keywords: 100
Price / Month: $ 10
Price / Keyword: $ 0.10

Orange Belt

Keywords: 200
Price / Month: $ 10
Price / Keyword: $ 0.05
Keywords: 200
Price / Month: $ 20
Price / Keyword: $ 0.10

Blue Belt

Keywords: 500
Price / Month: $ 25
Price / Keyword: $ 0.05
Keywords: 500
Price / Month: $ 50
Price / Keyword: $ 0.10

Brown Belt

Keywords: 1000
Price / Month: $ 40
Price / Keyword: $ 0.04
Keywords: 1000
Price / Month: $ 80
Price / Keyword: $ 0.08

Black Belt

Keywords: 2500
Price / Month: $ 99
Price / Keyword: $ 0.04
Keywords: 2500
Price / Month: $ 198
Price / Keyword: $ 0.08

So, if you’re an existing customer with 100 keywords, you can track your rankings for only $ 5 per month. That’s only $ 0.05 per keyword – less than a quarter of most of our competitors’ offerings!

For all existing customers (and for anyone who upgrades to the full version of Market Samurai before April 30th), you’ll get access to all our retail plans, but at a 50% Half-Price Discount!

If you study the plans above, you’ll see that even our future retail plans (which kick in only for new customers who purchase after April 30th) have a price per keyword less than half of most of our competitor’s offering. To get the same price per keyword from competing services, you’d need to spend at least $ 99 per month!

We’d love to be able to offer FREE ongoing Rank Tracking to all our affected users, however, for reasons I’ve already covered, economically this is just not possible.

Our 50 keyword FREE plan, which meets the needs of over 92% of our customers, will cost us thousands of dollars each month to cover.

If you’re one of the handful who tracks over 50 keywords (and you’re an existing customer), we are able to give you special pricing – less than a quarter of the price of our competitors.

Anyone who purchases our product after April 30th will be able to choose from our retail plans, which are still great value – at less than half the price of most of our competitors.

All the Rank Tracker plans provide weekly reports. How will this work, and why aren’t we able to provide more frequent updates?

With just a few exceptions, the majority of our competitors provide only weekly ranking updates, and for good reasons:

  1. If you do regularly monitor rankings you’ll notice daily fluctuations in your results. This daily “noise” distorts the real picture of what is happening to your rankings.
     
    The vast majority of SEO professionals check their rankings on a weekly or fortnightly basis. It is generally accepted among SEO circles that checking rankings more often than this provides little value. It’s the equivalent of monitoring the stock price of your shares on a minute by minute basis. It’s too granular to provide any meaningful or actionable trends.
     
  2. There is a real, tangible hard cost to providing large volumes of keyword rankings. There is a significant infrastructure that needs to be built to look up millions of keywords per month. Providing weekly rankings means four checks per month per keyword. Providing daily rankings involves seven times as many keyword lookups, which translates directly into seven times the cost. Services that provide daily rankings are significantly more expensive per keyword to track – and rightly so!

In the interests of keeping keyword rankings as accessible and as affordable as possible to our customers, we have opted to initially provide only weekly ranking reports. If there is sufficient demand we may introduce daily rankings, but these plans will naturally be much more expensive to provide.

6. What’s unique about our Rank Tracker service? How does it compare with the competition?

If you haven’t really used the Rank Tracker module before, or haven’t checked it out for awhile, here’s a quick recap about some of its unique features beyond being just a quarter of the price of the competition.

They say that “feedback is the breakfast of champions”, and from the beginning Rank Tracker was designed to provide rapid feedback about the “effects” of your SEO link-building work and SEO strategy.

  1. Rank Tracker not only checks your ranking in the 3 major search engines, but also reports the number of links that are pointing to each of your ranking pages – Typically, as your link-building work increases, you’ll see an increase in the number of links, followed by an increase in your rankings. It’s a leading indicator to rankings, and only Noble Samurai’s Rank Tracker offers this feature. (SEO professionals love this feature – because it provides evidence of all the hard link-building work you’ve been doing)
     
  2. Rank Tracker shows you the rankings for EVERY SINGLE WEB PAGE THAT YOU CONTROL – It’s common in modern SEO to use multiple domains to rank for keywords. Most other Rank Tracking services can only track one domain, and only tells you the highest ranking you hold. We allow you to track any number of domains, as well as special URLs like YouTube videos. We show you all the rankings you hold in the top 100 results, not just the highest one.
     
  3. Rank Tracker allows you to track unlimited domains for a single keyword – Most other rank tracking solutions on the market charge their customers based on a concept called “keyword pairs”. If you wish to track your keyword rankings on a keyword for 5 different domains, you’d have to enter that keyword in 5 times, eating into your monthly quota. In Rank Tracker, that will count as only a single keyword – so your Keyword quota goes a lot further.
     
  4. Rank Tracker allows you to track the rankings on Web 2.0 sites (such as YouTube and Squidoo), that you control, but don’t own! – Many solutions on the market limit you to only tracking pages on a single domain, or force you to track each Web 2.0 site as another “keyword pair”, eating into your limited keyword quota. As you know, YouTube and Web 2.0 sites often comprise a critical part of modern SEO. Only Rank Tracker allows you to add as many Web 2.0 web pages as you like – while only using up a single keyword of your weekly quota.
     
  5. Rank Tracker supports the full range of search engine language and country combinations – Speaking to many rank tracking data providers we realized that very few support the full range of Language and Country combinations available in Google and the major search engines. Market Samurai has become very popular for non-US, non-English speaking customers because we’ve worked very hard to support right-to-left languages such as Hebrew, and “Unicode” languages such as Japanese and Chinese. The data provider we’ve chosen is one of the few who is able to provide the full range of Language / Country combinations.
     
  6. Rank Tracker manages the issues of Google “localization” and “personalization” – Google often serves up different ranking pages based on where you’re situated. Google also personalizes your search results based on the sites that you frequently visit. This “localization” and “personalization” behaviour can make it very challenging to get an objective set of general search results as a benchmark for your SEO activities.
     
    As a result, you often see very different results searching Google from your own web-browser than what a rank tracking service reports. The ranking data provider we’ve chosen does an excellent job of removing such biases from the results.
     

Summary

Phew! That’s a lot of information to digest! Here’s a quick recap if you’re short of time:

  1. If you’re an existing Market Samurai (or Article Samurai) customer you’ll get access to a FREE 50 keyword Rank Tracker plan – which our usage data shows will be suitable for over 92% of our customers.
     
  2. If you’re part of the handful of customers who need to track more than 50 keywords you’ll be able to get access to special plans which are less than a quarter of the price of most of our competition.
     
  3. We’re working really hard to get the new Rank Tracking service out to you as quickly as possible. We hope to have a version to Beta test in the next two to three weeks. We’ll send an email with the details of how to sign up to the Beta when it’s ready.
     

A big thanks once again to the incredible support and encouragement we’ve been receiving from our customers!

If you have any questions which aren’t directly answered in this post, please feel free ask them in the comments below.

Noble Samurai

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