Category Archives: Tutorials

Using A Proxy With GTrends SE

To configure GTrends SE to use a proxy, open the Settings window by clicking the “Settings” button from the toolbar (it’s the next-to-last button). Then locate the “Proxy Settings” section.

GTrends SE Proxy Settings

Check Use a proxy and enter the proxy’s address in the Proxy box. The address should be in the form IP:PORT. “IP” is the unique numerical address of a server. If the address you usually use is a domain name, you can find the IP using this free tool.

The Username and Password boxes are just that. Leave them empty if your proxy doesn’t require a username/password.

Proxy settings take effect starting with the next keyword that is checked (yes, this means that if you set a proxy when GTrends SE is already processing a list of keywords, it will switch to using the proxy even if it’s only halfway through the list).

How To Change The Web 2.0 Site List

GTrends SE checks if there are any pages from Web 2.0 sites in the Google search results for every keyword (when searching for an “exact match”). For this purpose it uses a list of domains stored in a text file.

To edit the list of Web 2.0 sites, open the GTrends SE installation directory (it’s “c:\Program Files\GTrends SE” by default) and locate the web20domains.txt file. This is a simple text file that you can open in any text editor, even Notepad. The file contains a list of domains – one domain per row (empty rows are ignored). Any changes you make to the file will take effect the next time you start GTrends SE.

One thing to note is that “example.com” will also match “www.example.com”, “abc.example.com” and so on.

Getting Started With GTrends SE

In this post I’ll explain the basics of using the GTrends SE tool. I’m going to assume you’ve already installed it (if you’ve ever installed any software it should be easy enough) and you’ve set up my Firefox extension. The extension is optional, but I recommend you install it because makes using GTrends SE easier.

Okay, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to find a potentially profitable niche!

Think of a relatively broad niche or something that people would search for. “Sausage making”, “speed reading”, various “how to” topics and similar are a good start.

Go to http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/gtrends/, type in your keyword(s) and hit Enter. For the sake of this tutorial I’ll use the search terms “how to resume” (without the quotes), as I already know they’re likely to return some good niches. This search phrase will return keywords that contain the words how, to and resume.

Searching Wordtracker

Wordtracker will show some related keywords along with estimated search volume.

Wordtracker results

Assuming you’ve set up the FF extension and the toolbar button, just click the button!

Toolbar button

This will put the keywords in clipboard and launch GTrends SE. It will pop up and start processing the keywords. You can wait for it to finish, or go back to Wordtracker to research more niches and leave it running in the background. If you do another search and click the button again, the newfound keywords will be added to the list and checked, too.

GTrends SE startup

Depending on you Internet connection speed, GTrends configuration and the number of keywords to check, the analysis can take a few minutes to complete.

GTrends results

Hey, look, there are some good niches here! Keywords that match the criteria for “good” niches are highlighted in green. Let’s do a quick overview of the columns here –

Keyword – self-explanatory.

Competition – the number of results returned when searching for “keyword phrase” (with quotes; phrase match) on Google. This is the approximate number of pages you’d be competing against if you tried to get your site to rank #1 for the keyword. The recommended value is no more than 30 000 results.

Searches – actually this is the estimated number of visitors/day you’d get from Google if your page would be in #1 position. Typically this will be roughly equal to the number of people searching for this phrase on Google. The recommended value is more than 100 searches/day.

Verdict – whether the keyword matches the configured criteria. Basically if it’s “Good”, you could get your website on the first page of Google results relatively easily, using the free TDC techniques. You can change the criteria by clicking the Settings button.

Web2.0 – this will say “Yes” if any of the most common Web 2.0 content sites were found on the first page of Google results (phrase match). This is generally undesirable, but a “Good” keyword is still worth a look even if there are some Web 2.0 sites optimized for it.

This is everything you need to know to start finding profitable niches faster than ever before (oh I’m sounding salesy, aren’t I 😉 ) The GTrends SE tool has many more features that I didn’t mention here, but that’s beyond the scope of this “Getting Started” guide. I’ll discuss them in another tutorial, some other day. For now, start reasearching and good luck!