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PPC Keyword Spying Tools

Discussion in 'Adwords' started by stealthisblog, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. stealthisblog

    stealthisblog Regular Member

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    Hey. I've been reading around about PPC spying tools, but I can't make a decision on which is best to buy. I've looked at ones like SpyFu, PPC Bully, and a few others, but I'm not really sure which will give me the best results - I've read mixed reviews about each here, some saying that the keywords were innacurate, others saying they weren't, etc. I was wondering if any of you guys could recommend one that you have had success with in the past? Thanks!
     
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    Jcsarokin Power Member

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    I think theirs a free firefox plugin that spy's keywords...

    Pay per click toolbar is the name i think. WHen you search on google it has all the keywords each ad is bidding on.
     
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    phpfiend Junior Member

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    Heres another idea for ya. Try traffic travis. Wonderful prog and does more than just ppc.
     
  4. The Infiltrator

    The Infiltrator Junior Member

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    SpyFu all the way. Literally the best tool out there. The free version helps a lot, the paid one is just gold.

    I strongly recommend it.
     
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    xr4ti Registered Member

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    I use the ppc toolbar but it's not good for showing me what keywords my competitors are using. I basically use it to display the dest. Url. As for a good spy I'm not sure about that. I have used www.semrush.com to do a little spying but I think your looking to get all the keywords your competitors are using so that might not be much help.
     
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    funkymonk Registered Member

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    Here's the one I tried keywordspy.com .. they have a free firefox plugin. They just released version 3.0 and here's what they are saying:
    1. Daily scans of over 127 million keywords in our database.
    2. Advanced searching options including destination url and ad copy searches.
    3. ROI Indicator to easily pinpoint profitable keywords and ad copy combination.
    4. Competitor sub-domains related & misspelled keyword results.
    5. Support over 80 major affiliate networks for a high-end affiliate research

    Personally, I don't really depend on these services. If you are running PPC, the best way to learn is through your own campaign over a certain period or time. I use the old school method, which is MS Excel concatenate formula... it's helpful. Plus you add your analytics keyword data.
     
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  7. justdude

    justdude Regular Member

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    I have keywordspy account and what I can say these data aren't accurate. I'm using it on my own campaign so I can compare with real data. First it doesn't show all of my keywords but only part like 500-600 from 2-3K. Second it's showing roi that isn't true or even close to my own research, and showing 10-20% of my real budget on ads. Price per click sometimes is accurate sometimes completly not.

    Now good side is that it gives me more keyword ideas, some of them were valuable most of them not. This soft helps me in this that I'm not English native so sometimes it gives me idea how say this same in another way. I discovered that my competitors bidding on useless keywords and probably don't know it :D

    keywordspy en similar stuff is good to get any ideas for keyword if you don't have any but don't trust this tool. You can see my most popular keywords but you never find all these 5 clicks per month keyword where real money are. I got them from my own research. That sad but it's only way to make your $ back on PPC.
     
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    adam omar Junior Member

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    Justdude , thanks for your VIP reply
    Good review
    Thanks
     
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    I've tried most of them and not yet found one that's anywhere near accurate.

    I tested to see if they could find my own keywords that I'm bidding on and keywordspy and spyfu came up with keywords that I've never bidded on and would never think of bidding on as they have nothing to do with my business.

    It was like they were just doing a few calculations and coming out with a complete guess.

    As things stand - don't bother with any of them is my advice and just concentrate on your own keyword research.
     
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    Mr Ex Regular Member

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    There's also PPC Web Spy. It is a free firefox extension, which will give you some of the keywords but to use it affectively, you need to upgrade and buy platinium version as usual. Haven't tried the paid version though.
     
  11. bl4ck1ce

    bl4ck1ce Regular Member

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    I used to run AdSpy Pro which worked great, but after a few weeks my webhost (DH) blocked it because it was too server intensive.. I'm just too cheap to pay for my own server (yet) Maybe I should dig out my old computer and install Apache on it.. hmm..

    In any case, I definitely recommend you get a dedicated server of some sort if you're going to run your own server-based PPC spying software.