It's an age-old question that many in search engine marketing struggle with: "How do I judge competition for keywords?" Do it wrong and you could waste countless hours and dollars chasing after an impenetrable market. Do it right and you could uncover a very profitable keyword vertical.
Given the importance competitive keyword analysis, we reached out to 35 of the world's top search marketers and asked them a single question: “What is your best tip/trick for determining how competitive a keyword is?” We've collected the answers and compiled them into the Web's first comprehensive guide to analyzing keyword competition.
The Ultimate Guide to Keyword Competition features advanced tips and tactics from such search gurus as Aaron Wall, Rand Fishkin, Ann Smarty, Michael Gray, Todd Malicoat, David Harry, Gab Goldenberg, Ian Lurie, Patrick Altoft, Jill Whalen, Michael Martinez, Dana Lookadoo, Garrett French, Marty Weintraub and many more SEO and PPC keyword experts.
Note: the concept for this guide was inspired by Garrett French's sensational article in Search Engine Land on link queries from 21 link builders . Garrett also writes for the Ontolo Link Building Blog .