Aug 27 2009

DON’T BUY Keyword Elite V2 till you read this review

There has been much expectation around the launch of Keyword Elite V2. And as is my custom I bought it as soon as it was released and began testing it and comparing it to Keyword Elite V1. In this article I will explain my opinions of the new version and whether or not you should upgrade. Please keep in mind that my reviews are unbiased and based on personal experience… so please read them carefully and decide yourself whether or not to take my advice.

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But before spending $200 on this tool you need to hear some crucial information… so please keep reading.

 As soon as I opened Keyword Elite V2 I noticed the new tabs feature, I was very excited because it now means I can run multiple features, multiple times, without losing my previous reports. You know that feeling when FireFox came out with the tabs and you stopped using IE? (sorry, I am assuming you use FF lol)
Anyways, I can now compare data and use a keyword list I just created using the ‘Keyword Surge’ tool in ‘Adwords Competition Sniper’ or ‘Adwords Time Machine’. So I am very excited about this addition! I was always upset that Keyword Elite V1 made me quit my current project to run a new one. For ME, and maybe your different, but for me this addition alone will save me hours of time… and time is money so I would have to say for me the addition of tabs makes the $200 a small price to pay for me…

Initially my first concern was on the Keyword Surge feature,  previously known as “Create a Keyword List” in Keyword Elite V1- this feature is important to me because with it I have been able to uncover literal gold mines of keywords, so if this feature has gotten any better, easier to use or more exciting, this alone would be worth the $200 to me.

Keyword Surge (Create a Keyword List in Keyword Elite V1)
I went to look at this feature and did a few searches and I have to admit, I really like the new setup, one VERY important addition is the searches/month column immediately available without exporting to option 2 (for those who use KE1 you know what I mean…) – this means I can easily sort the keywords and make quick decisions based on projected search volume without having to run a second report for that data. This saves me a lot of time and helps me quickly decide on what keywords to run with and what to wait on or discard.  Including the addition of search volume to the columns, Brad’s team have also added ‘number of words’ and ‘number of characters’ columns which are also sortable.  I am sure this information is far more important to many other people then it is to me but I guess it could be useful. But what I do like is that all columns have sorting ability which allows me to view reports in many different ways without exporting.

What I also love about Keyword Elite is the ease at which you can eliminate keywords from your list, sort the list and export to TXT… one thing I do wish Keyword Elite had was the ability to export the keywords into spreadsheet format with search volume data but I guess the main idea is to build the keywords and export them to TXT format for an Adwords Campaign or organic SEO campaigns.

Lastly on this feature, you can select the keywords you like and right click and send them to “Market Research Sleuth”, “Search Engine Dominator”, “Adwords Time Machine”,  “Advanced Google Site Targeter” or “JV Diamond Miner”. Something that may seem simple but which saves a lot of time and makes things a whole lot easier.  I can then create my list of keywords, delete garbage or outlandishly competitive phrases (which I already know) and then send my customized list to Market Research Sleuth for further analysis and trimming. This latter feature is where I make ultimate decisions on keywords. So for me this is invaluable!

My only problem with this feature is that in the upgrade somebody felt the # column was not need so in V2 it was disabled. This may seem simple but it was always an easy way for me to determine how many keywords i was dealing with at a time. I hope that in a future update this is added back in. I will send a support ticket in regarding this and maybe they will do that for me.

For simple illustration purposes I did a quick search using the primary keyword ‘web hosting’ using the Keyword Surge tool. Below is a screenshot of that report:

Keyword Surge Feature - Keyword Elite V2

Keyword Surge Feature - Keyword Elite V2

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Market Research Sleuth – (Previously ‘Analyze Keyword Competition’ in V1)
I don’t really see a lot of difference in this feature except a bit more convenience in filtering functionality and the added Search Trends column which I have found handy for many niches.  All you have to do now is click the little ‘filter’ image: and you can sort any column using this method (this is the case with any feature of Keyword Elite V2)… instead of the KE1 method of clicking “edit filters”… so not a new feature just more convenient and pretty. But as far as I am concerned convenience interprets into saved time and time is money… atleast for me it is. I get between $100-250 an hour for consultation so wasted time costs me.

Here is a quick screen shot of the Market Research Sleuth feature and the filtering option:

Market Research Sleuth Feature - Keyword Elite V2

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The search trends addition is really the only new part of this feature that I noticed however it seems to be more efficient at getting the results then the old version was which is always a big plus.

I will write another post on each individual feature and how to use them later on, but at this point I am basically trying to give you a honest comparison of each of the features to the old version and give you an unbiased opinion of whether or not you should buy Keyword Elite V2. I hope to soon have video tutorials of the tool…

Adwords Time Machine
Actually a really useful and interesting feature of Keyword Elite V2 is the Adwords Time Machine which gives you 6 months history on the top Adwords campaigns for your specified keywords.  Allowing you to quickly note if your competitors have changed their campaigns recently, what doorway pages/affiliate pages they are using to convert traffic and their exact ad copy.   I did a quick test of this tool this morning and found the information quite useful.

There is a blue blob (please note screenshot) for each month that a specific advertiser was running a campaign for said keyword. A orange star lets me know quickly that the advertiser changed the ad copy for that specific month compared to previous months. For advertisers this information could prove useful because of how easily it can be obtained.  I do comparatively little PPC advertising to Organic search engine optimization so I am not the best person to comment on this feature, but for the little I do,  I am pleased with the simplicity of it and how useful it could prove to be.

Adwords Time Machine - Keyword Elite V2

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Search Engine Dominator
This is probably the most useless feature of Keyword Elite V2, in fact I am surprised Brad made such a big deal over it in one of his clips on the tool.  The information provided in this feature is largely outdated SE techniques, probably the most important of the data provided being that of the backlinks of each of the competing pages.

Basically what this feature does is provide information about the top 10 organic competitors for Bing, Google and Yahoo. It sounds good on paper but when it boils down to it, the information provided is largely useless and outdated. It provides keyword density information which we know most search engines don’t even factor in anymore… the truth is, if any of this information is used in the factoring of search engine ranking it is very minimal. (excluding of course backlinks)

Now I know saying this won’t earn me points with Brad but I am not promoting this tool for Brad, I am reviewing it for my readers… and so I am going to give you the lowdown on everything because you deserve to know what the tool really does… and what it doesn’t do.

HOWEVER if you buy Keyword Elite V2 you will (for a short time) get Seo Elite V4 absolutely free. Seo Elite has a feature which analyzes the top competing sites and is actually very useful. It provides good information on how many and what type of backlinks each of the top sites has. Not sure why Brad didn’t just integrate this right into KEV2. But as far as I am concerned SE Dominator is useless and don’t buy KE for this feature or you will be disappointed.

But if you only knew how much money and time i have saved by using Seo Elite’s Analze Competitors Backlinks feature you would buy Keyword Elite V2 just for that bonus. When in consultation I do a lot of manual work but my first action is a quick run of this feature in Seo Elite. So if your looking for something like Search Engine Dominator promises to be then you might buy it for the Seo Elite free bonus.

Search Engine Dominator - Keyword Elite V2

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Adwords Competition Sniper
I don’t have a lot to say on this except that it allows you to monitor competitors campaigns yourself  and discover keywords they are repeatedly running. The idea is that if they keep running a specific campaign then it must be effective and if they drop others then they, consequently are probably less effective.  I have not had enough time to properly test this, so I can’t honestly rate this feature.  I can however see where it could prove to be very useful, especially if used in conjunction with Adwords Time Machine data. I might try and run some video tutorials on this feature soon to give you  a better idea of what it can do. For now just look at the screeshot or feel free to drop me a line with questions on it.

Adwords Competition Sniper - Keyword Elite V2

Adwords Competition Sniper - Keyword Elite V2

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Advanced Google Site Targeting
This feature allows you to find niche sites that are using Adsense. That way you can use Google Adwords Site Targeting feature to advertise on these sites for more targeted advertising. This would primary be useful for Adwords advertisers however the data could also be used to request one-way links.

I can’t see myself using this feature too much unless it proves to be useful in finding potential sites to get one-way links from.

Advanced Google Site Targeting Feature - Keyword Elite V2

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JV Diamond Miner
This feature is actually pretty cool and I have found it very useful although it isn’t perfect. The idea is that you enter a keyword and the tool looks for related sites that are ranking at the top of Google who send out mailing lists.  You can then contact the owners and see if they might promote a product/tool or website for you in their mailing list.

It is a interesting feature and I have found it very useful in the last two days I have used it…  you can go 200 deep into the Google results for your specified keyword however for most cases you will want sites that rank high so may not go that deep. I have used this feature already to contact potential partners and already have gotten a few favorable responses for the few I have done. So I can see myself using this feature quite often and of course reusing the reported data for years to come… so this could prove invaluable.

I am not sure this feature alone is worth the $200 that Keyword Elite costs for the average person but it definitely is to me and I am sure if you have any kind of marketing experience you can make your $200 back in no time, with this feature alone.  Don’t underestimate the ability to use your competitors to promote YOUR agendas.

Below is a screenshot of a simple report I did for illustration purposes, results can (as usual) be sorted by Alexa, ranking, domain name, page PR(the actual PageRank of the page), and whois info can be found by clicking a link next to each url – definitely not as convenient as live but it is available.  What I would really like to see is Brad integrate email reports and export options for this feature… it would make it much easier if I could just email myself a report for my archives and future reference…

JV Diamond Miner feature - Keyword Elite

JV Diamond Miner Feature - Keyword Elite V2

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CPA Magnet
Perhaps more than anything else this is a teaser for Brad’s Affiliate Elite program (which by the way is AWESOME) but it is, like the JV Diamond Miner feature, a really cool addition to the tool. If there is anything better then a good tool it is a couple of great tools all coupled together.  And I guess that is what Keyword Elite is… If nothing else the CPA Magnet feature gives the user a VERY quick method of finding potential affiliates. As is the case with all of the features of this tool, you may sort the results by each column, for this feature the primary columns would be highest payout, lead and sales/percentage… providing you easily a great deal of data on which of the results will best suit your purposes as an Affiliate marketer.

I must say that if your serious about affiliate marketing this feature is but the tip of the iceberg, I would however recommend you spend the $4.95 and get Affiliate Elite because it is worth every penny you will pay.

And that wraps up the individual review of each of the features. My final opinion? Buy Keyword Elite V2, it is worth every penny you will pay and even if you already have Keyword Elite V1 you will find the new upgrade very profitable… within a few hours of purchasing while just testing the tool for review I made back my whole investment.

I have absolutely no doubt that someone who is serious about Keyword Research and SEO will find this tool worth every penny of the asking price. But if you should buy it and decide differently you have 8 weeks to get a full no-questions asked refund. So I recommend you make the purchase and see what Keyword Elite can do for you. If you have already purchased Keyword Elite V1, please email me at randy(at)1strankings[dot]com and ask for a coupon code that will save you a considerable amount on the purchase of V2.

Please watch for future articles featuring video tutorials of Keyword Elite and more in-depth tutorials on using each of the features of the tool.  Please post your comments and experience in using the tool here, I would love to hear about your experience.

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12 Comments on this post


  1. JR said:

    Good Post Randy….U have uncovered some really good points.

    August 27th, 2009 at 8:35 pm
  2. jsteele823 said:

    Thanks for taking the time to post this review. I can see you put a lot of work into it.

    August 27th, 2009 at 8:38 pm
  3. Rachel said:

    Randy, you are awesome! I can’t tell you how much this review is worth to me. I will buy the software this afternoon.

    August 28th, 2009 at 12:20 pm
  4. BarryT said:

    Very in-depth review — I’m pretty certain I’ll buy it, just doing a little homework first.

    One thing that always itches me about tools like this — how likely are we to have that Google “are you human” problem from sending so many automated requests? Does KE allow for use of proxy servers?

    Just wondering if this is really an issue, or whether it’s nothing to get hung up about…

    September 4th, 2009 at 6:44 am
  5. visio said:

    Barry, because your doing 1000′s of searches or queries using KE there is a possibility your IP might be flagged for potential robotic usage. So immediately after using Keyword Elite if you do a search on Google it is likely you will get the captcha page a few times, however usually confirming a couple times in a browser gets rid of the annoying verification (at least for me) – An easy fix for this is just to renew your ip… just open START >> RUN and type CMD

    When the command prompt opens, type the following:

    ipconfig /flushdns

    [press enter]

    ipconfig /release

    [press enter]

    ipconfig /renew

    [press enter]

    After doing this I never have problems. Unfortunately Keyword Elite does not have proxy abilities (yet) but what it does have is an option called “Search Engine Courtesy” which allows you to set how many seconds to wait in between queries. Setting this manually will prevent Google from suspecting anything but also will slow down searches.

    Overall this has never been a problem for me.

    If you have any other questions feel free to ask.


    September 4th, 2009 at 6:13 pm
  6. drywall stilts said:

    The preview is very nice and helpful for me.Thanks for sharing the preview.

    January 30th, 2012 at 3:35 am
  7. drywall stilts said:

    you are awesome! I can’t tell you how much this review is worth to me. I will buy the software this afternoon.

    April 2nd, 2012 at 3:52 am
  8. drywall stilts said:

    Unfortunately Keyword Elite does not have proxy abilities Just wondering if this is really an issue, or whether it’s nothing to get hung up about…

    May 21st, 2012 at 6:24 am
  9. drywall stilts said:

    It is quite wondering that keyword elite has not any proxy abilities. Is it really an issue ?

    June 12th, 2012 at 10:04 am
  10. drywall stilts said:

    This is very surprising that there is no proxy abilities in the keyword elite.So if this feature is easier to use or more exciting, how much will be its worth.

    July 2nd, 2012 at 5:03 am
  11. drywall stilts said:

    these charts are more use full for me.

    July 18th, 2012 at 10:16 am
  12. drywall stilts said:

    One thing that always itches me about tools like this — how likely are we to have that search engine “are you human” problem from sending so many automated requests? Does KE allow for use of proxy servers?

    September 7th, 2012 at 4:44 am


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