August 15th, 2008

Niche Research: Brainstorming and Mindmapping

I had a consultation with Derek at ClickConsultants and he advised that I create a mind map in order to brainstorm all the possible phrases and keywords used in the debt relief niche I’ve been working on.  Since my campaign hasn’t been performing as I liked, I started from scratch in order to get a good idea of my niche.

So I went through Google looking for phrases to discover more about my niche.  As I was doing that I put them in a mind mapping software called Freemind.  This software is free and you can get it at:

http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Anyway, here is the mind map that I came up with for the debt relief campaign

debtoffersei5.jpg

Now, I didn’t just combine words and just throw them in a list.  I basically used these to create a base keyword list and started plugging it into keyword tools like Wordtracker, Wordze, and the Adwords Keyword Tool.

I ended up with around ~50k, but after grouping them by 1,2,3-kw phrases, I ended up with a list of ~27k keywords.  I just re-imported them back into Yahoo and YSM declined about 6-7k, which left me with 19k in my campaign.

To sum it up, it really helps to discover the terminology and wording used in your niche.  Use it as a guideline and start plugging them into the keyword tools.  Use your brain, use the search engines and then use the keyword tools.

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3 Responses to “Niche Research: Brainstorming and Mindmapping”

Matt Levenhagen says:
August 15th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Nice tip Jasper! FreeMinds a great tool.. I haven’t used it for keywords before (mostly to plan my business, mapping projects, ideas.. niche sites etc..), but this is a cool use for it too I hadn’t thought of!

Thanks for sharing! :D

-Matt

JasperP says:
August 15th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

You’re very welcome sir! Glad you found it useful!

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