Market Samurai: Alternative?

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Hi guys, what I'm after is an alternative to Market Samurai which can analyse a link or the top links for a keyword, and tell me where their backlinks are?

The most I can do with a free version on MS is find keywords, what they are worth and how many searches they have. I really need to find the highest ranking sites for specific keywords, and see what backlinks they have.

I want to rank for a site that's not your usual.. it's an aspergers site and I'm not currently selling anything.

Any reliable program ideas will be appreciated!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ray Jonnes
    Why alternative?? It is really top market product for reasonable price!
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    • Profile picture of the author missmystery
      Originally Posted by Ray Jonnes View Post

      Why alternative?? It is really top market product for reasonable price!
      Yes it really is but It's not in my budget right now sadly

      I would just download the trial version of market samurai like I did, and then they let you purchase their software for $97.00 before your trial is up.
      Too late for that, I've had the trial for yonks.
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      • Profile picture of the author outwest
        Originally Posted by missmystery View Post

        Yes it really is but It's not in my budget right now sadly



        Too late for that, I've had the trial for yonks.
        I was 2 to 3 months late after the expiration I still paid 97 pm me and I will tell you how

        There is no free program that can do what Market Samurai does

        these people saying Traffic Travis that IS BS, most of the time it wont even pull up the backlinks, its not near as good as MS
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    • Profile picture of the author dikoro
      Originally Posted by Ray Jonnes View Post

      Why alternative?? It is really top market product for reasonable price!
      Yes i totally agree on the data side. It gives us great data which would take 10 times more of our time to do with Google keyword tool but there are some annoyances how Market Samurai work which i think new updates should fix.

      For example,

      1. on Keyword research you can save custom filter but why not SEO competitor? That's weird.

      2. Another thing, MS is sucked at naming each column. It's very hard to remember when you call each colume like SEOLC, SEOTC, SEOTT, SEOVV it's silly!@@ If it's going to be SEO all the columns then cut the term out would be a wise thing to do. Very basic stuff.

      3. How it open, name and close project. Many would agree on this one. I would like to call my project as some thing like 'phone keywords' but i can't since it forces us to use the first keyword as project name. And make it hard to do otherwise.

      I hope to see better user-friendly on the next update. please!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    If you are after backlinks analysis then the free version of SEO Spy Glass will do the job for you. You can find more info about it here: SEO SpyGlass Backlink Checker Software: X-Ray Your Competition

    For the other features that you miss out from the paid version of MS, give Traffic Travis a go. I think version 3 is still free. Alternatively you can just use the Google Keyword Tool and the firefox/chrome add-on, SEO Quake.
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    • Profile picture of the author riyadsouza
      I also want to buy Market Samurai, How can I do that ?
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    • Profile picture of the author gorentals
      Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

      If you are after backlinks analysis then the free version of SEO Spy Glass will do the job for you.

      For the other features that you miss out from the paid version of MS, give Traffic Travis a go. I think version 3 is still free. Alternatively you can just use the Google Keyword Tool and the firefox/chrome add-on, SEO Quake.
      Thanks for this, I might be purchasing the Seo Suite. Actually looks better then MS. I'm surprised I never heard of this software.
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      • Profile picture of the author imwiz
        missmystery

        pm me if you're still interested in MS at discounted price.
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  • Profile picture of the author gorentals
    I would just download the trial version of market samurai like I did, and then they let you purchase their software for $97.00 before your trial is up.
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  • Profile picture of the author wanjugu
    This discusssion is relevant to what am just about to venture into.Although i own a cakes business,am also looking to set up an authoritative website on IM.Having been connected to the fiber optic grid,Kenya stands to record exponential growth in IM.I desire to offer the needed consultancy in the area.What are the benefits of MS and what would it cost me?Can i get a trial?I have identified a domain name which am registering shortly.My niche will be offering consultancy to young investors to tap into IM.All suggestions will highly appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author derekad
    you can check Market Samurai for free first 14 days
    and if you will like it( you will ) then you can buy it
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    • Profile picture of the author imwiz
      missmystery

      I sent an email to you via your aspergersgirl.com contact form.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde
    Seo spyglass is the best for what you wanna do.

    Another alternative is majestic seo and seomoz.
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  • Profile picture of the author khundawg
    How are you guys able to use the software? I too am looking for an alternative but not because of the price, I would happily buy it... IF IT WORKED! I have been trying it for a couple days now and probably 85% of the searches I try hang and never return results. I've contacted their support but no reply (yet).

    It's all very frustrating. I see all the recommendations. I've watched user submitted videos of the results. I just wish I could get it to do the same.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Donovan
      Originally Posted by khundawg View Post

      IF IT WORKED! I have been trying it for a couple days now and probably 85% of the searches I try hang and never return results. I've contacted their support but no reply (yet).

      It's all very frustrating. I see all the recommendations. I've watched user submitted videos of the results. I just wish I could get it to do the same
      I'm with you, Dawg. I got the trial and the same day their cloud server crashed. A few weeks later, I asked for a renewed trial so I could give it another chance.

      In spite of the fixed server, it's given me nothing but frustration. I seriously want to love this POS, it seems like 90% of WF swear by it.

      I, on the other hand, find myself wanting to bash my screen in everytime I power the program up.
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      • Profile picture of the author simpleguy
        Originally Posted by Carl Donovan View Post

        I'm with you, Dawg. I got the trial and the same day their cloud server crashed. A few weeks later, I asked for a renewed trial so I could give it another chance.

        In spite of the fixed server, it's given me nothing but frustration. I seriously want to love this POS, it seems like 90% of WF swear by it.

        I, on the other hand, find myself wanting to bash my screen in everytime I power the program up.
        I feel your pain!

        I'm also using the trial.

        But a at this rate I can do it faster manually. This thing crashes and hangs up a lot.
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        • Profile picture of the author mhh
          Hi, I tried Backlink Cloner. I love it - very fast and easy to use. Good for spying Backlinks on Page 1 Google SERPs.
          To find comprehensive niche keywords, I have downloaded and tested Free Keyword Optimizer Pro (KOP). Note: I bought Niche Finder and love it before I found KOP. KOP is free now but not forever. Very very fast. Superior technology. Easy to install. I LOVE IT. I think KOP has great money making potentials and you must try KOP first before buying other keyword software. I hate slow software.... (but KOP does not have as many features as Market Samurai)
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          • Profile picture of the author mason1
            Originally Posted by mhh View Post

            Hi, I tried Backlink Cloner. I love it - very fast and easy to use. Good for spying Backlinks on Page 1 Google SERPs.
            To find comprehensive niche keywords, I have downloaded and tested Free Keyword Optimizer Pro (KOP). Note: I bought Niche Finder and love it before I found KOP. KOP is free now but not forever. Very very fast. Superior technology. Easy to install. I LOVE IT. I think KOP has great money making potentials and you must try KOP first before buying other keyword software. I hate slow software.... (but KOP does not have as many features as Market Samurai)
            dude...thanks for sharing about KOP.. i just downloaded it.. its awesome
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            • Profile picture of the author barefootsusan
              I know this thread is old, but was wondering if you Market Samurai users are still using it now that they're pulling data from Bing instead of Google.

              I'm trying to pick good keywords for a real estate client and "property for sale north carolina" looked like a good phrase. Market Samurai makes it look like it is anyway.

              Searching in quotes, you get:
              52 results in Bing
              15 MILLION results in Google

              That is a HUGE difference! How can I justify making some pages to target that phrase for Google search results with such high numbers?

              I want to do right by my clients, but Market Samurai just lost a LOT of its luster with this example...and now I'm shopping for keyword tool alternatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kooza
    I haven't been able to use Market Samurai consistently for a few months now. I think it has something to do with Google changing their keyword tool. I also have Traffic Travis but that seems to be facing the same issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    Yeah market samurai has been a real pain in recent weeks. It has been awful in fact at times.

    Now do not get me wrong I LOVE MS, but get totally frustrated with it when it just hangs or doesn't work which has been quite alot lately.

    I really hope the guys at MS get it sorted out soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sclark
    Yeah, try either Spyglass or SEOmoz .
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    • Profile picture of the author rakeback
      How are you guys able to use the software? I too am looking for an alternative but not because of the price, I would happily buy it... IF IT WORKED! I have been trying it for a couple days now and probably 85% of the searches I try hang and never return results. I've contacted their support but no reply (yet).

      It's all very frustrating. I see all the recommendations. I've watched user submitted videos of the results. I just wish I could get it to do the same.

      Anyone have any suggestions?
      Hi,

      I downloaded the free trial yesterday and am also having major dificulties.


      Every time I try to analyse 4000 keywords in keyword research, the captcha comes up and I enter it, the program stalls and have to cancel out of search..

      I am trying to analyse 4000 keywords in keyword research. I have selected only , Total Searches, AWCPC, SEOC, max 100000, Match Type = phrase and period = monthly.
      Sometime it looks for captcha before it starts to analyse and other times it gets to 84% before it looks for a captcha but when i enter in the captcha there it then stalls at all times.

      any one else having this problem? It is so frustrating
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  • Profile picture of the author intelinside
    I would vote for Link Assitant's Spyglass. It is quite stable (more than MS).

    Rank tracking is not at all accurate from MS in last 3 months or so. Rank Tracker is far more accurate and I schedule it to check rankings of about 150 keywords every night on my VPS.

    For backlinks, it gives data of more than 1000 backlinks as it checks on numerous sources and not just Yahoo. Plus the data about all those backlinks is very accurate as well.

    Also, you can check the ranking of your competitors for those keywords in the same go which is really handy ! The human simulation feature works really well and doesn't temp block you from search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Olivier Soren
    +1 to seospyglass it's really good for analyzing backlinks.
    For researching keywords try keywordspy or semrush.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    I would say "Niche Finder". Really great software for keyword research.

    Bernard
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    +1 for Traffic Travis...
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    A friend of ours created a MarketSamurai competitor you can check out: LongTailPro.

    Honestly, I prefer Market Samurai overall because it's so much more robust, but it has been having issues the past few weeks/months. LongTailPro is much faster, even if it doesn't have all of the bells and whistles. We use to to analyze the first page competition right now, but I've found a few niches with it as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    IMO no free tool can analyze the top 10 on Google, in a manner which is quick enough to make it worth using
    If you do the top 10 on Google by hand, for free, and do it correctly, you would need to spend at least 20 minutes PER KEYWORD

    Sure SEOspyglass analyzes backlinks, for each url in the top 10 ONE BY ONE
    what if the site has 10,000 backlinks, you going to sit there and wait for that? and thats only one site?

    I can analyze at a glance the top 10 competition for a kw in Market Samurai in 30 SECONDS, show me a free tool that can do that

    Why is that necessary? Sometimes in one day I do 100, 200, 300 kws
    Try doing that for free? taking 20 mins for each kw

    Do NOT use Market Samurai to generate KWs , it takes too long for that, thats whya lot of people badmouth Market Samurai, the kw search function

    Use Adwords Google kw tool (free) for that

    Then use Market Samurai to analyze top 10 in Google competition its lightening fast for that
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
      Originally Posted by outwest View Post

      IMO no free tool can analyze the top 10 on Google, in a manner which is quick enough to make it worth using
      If you do the top 10 on Google by hand, for free, and do it correctly, you would need to spend at least 20 minutes PER KEYWORD

      Sure SEOspyglass analyzes backlinks, for each url in the top 10 ONE BY ONE
      what if the site has 10,000 backlinks, you going to sit there and wait for that? and thats only one site?

      I can analyze at a glance the top 10 competition for a kw in Market Samurai in 30 SECONDS, show me a free tool that can do that

      Why is that necessary? Sometimes in one day I do 100, 200, 300 kws
      Try doing that for free? taking 20 mins for each kw

      Do NOT use Market Samurai to generate KWs , it takes too long for that, thats whya lot of people badmouth Market Samurai, the kw search function

      Use Adwords Google kw tool (free) for that

      Then use Market Samurai to analyze top 10 in Google competition its lightening fast for that
      Good post.

      That's pretty much what I use it for. I do use the other functions but the main draw card is getting that quick overview of the top 10. If it looks like a decent KW then I drill down from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author provitall
    The best, fastest, and most expensive keyword tool is SECockpit. It isn't even close. Market Samurai is just too unstable for me to use it anymore. It's been freezing up on me for months
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  • Profile picture of the author rohit888
    I m using sherseo and i m very much happy with it .

    It has 60 days free trial and it gives real time ranking and backlinking information .
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    • Profile picture of the author outwest
      Originally Posted by jayanuaria View Post

      The free version of serpattacks can do that, see Free SEO Software Download - SerpAttacks
      SerpAttacks free version shows

      1. backlinks (to what? to the page or to the domain? doesnt say)
      2. site links (guess thats backlinks to the domain
      3. Pagerank ? does not display, currently, (market samurai works for PR )

      Serp Attacks does not show
      1. Site age
      2. Domain Age
      3. Onpage SEO factors
      4. Yahoo or Dmoz status of that url
      5. Indexed pages
      6. it does not analyze Backlinks anchor text or PR

      pretty useless this "free tool"
      if the paid tool is similar I would not purchase it
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  • Profile picture of the author Larry James
    MS is too much money for me, I was looking for the best possible keyword research tool in the $47 dollar range. I have to wait till the end of the week, but I have decided on Brad Callen's niche finder.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    No need to spend money on MS to research top 10 competition. The free version of Traffic Travis has this feature. (And, I believe, up to 10 keywords at once.)

    Google Keyword Tool + A spreadsheet app for sorting and filtering the data
    Traffic Travis

    Those are the only tools you really need for basic keyword research.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ketcham
    Traffic Travis - I upgraded to the paid version and I supplement it with Google Adwords for keyword research and SEOMoz for backlinks. I just wish SEOMoz would update the Open Site Explorer data more than once a month.
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    • Profile picture of the author barefootsusan
      Thanks for the suggestions. I'm downloading Traffic Travis now to see how the keyword suggestions compare.

      Really disappointed in the changes Google has made that make MS less functional.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paramhansa
    Originally Posted by missmystery View Post

    Hi guys, what I'm after is an alternative to Market Samurai which can analyse a link or the top links for a keyword, and tell me where their backlinks are?

    The most I can do with a free version on MS is find keywords, what they are worth and how many searches they have. I really need to find the highest ranking sites for specific keywords, and see what backlinks they have.

    I want to rank for a site that's not your usual.. it's an aspergers site and I'm not currently selling anything.

    Any reliable program ideas will be appreciated!
    dude use MS!

    On my opinion is the best market research tool on the net!

    Regards!!
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