Competition Analysis

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 43 minutes

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: Better plan on at least a couple of hours – maybe more if you are having any issues with Google or Market Samurai.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.


Day 03 Introduction Video | Thirty Day Challenge


Another great leap in competition research – we’ll learn how to measure, analyze, and how to assess the competition. GuruBob walks us through competition analysis using Market Samurai.


SEO Competition Using Market Samurai


Use Market Samurai’s SEO Competition module to assess the competition.
Pick a keyword that meets the traffic (80 or more), page competition (less than 30,000) and optimization criteria.

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SEO Competition The Old Way


Learn how to use SEO for Firefox – it’s always a good idea to have a plan B…If you’ve gone through the preseason training, you should already have this add-on, if not – here’s the link:

SEO For Firefox

This is an alternative to using Market Samurai for your competition analysis. At the end of this lesson, you should have narrowed it down to a keyword that meets our traffic criteria and our competition factors.

Believe it or not – this is where most people get messed up. I fell in love with a niche once, not quite enough traffic – too much competition, and not much commercial intent. It was a lot of work for very little money. Save yourself the trouble – follow these research steps. If you do, you’re a lot less likely to end up doing a bunch of work for nothing 🙂

Taking It One Step Further

There’s even more about how to choose a niche on Lynn Terry’s site –



Thirty Day Challenge TV – 2008.08.03 Episode 1

About 43 minutes…

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Today’s video shows several extensions (or add-ons) that we’ll be installing in Flock.  These extensions add certain functionality to Flock and alow us to leverage Flock for internet marketing purposes.  Before we get into the video and the add-ons – could I just say something?

If you haven’t signed up for the thirty day challenge yet – please do.  The training really is given freely, there is no obligation to buy anything after you sign up – not ever – and I will continue to post my own version of notes and tips here.  But there is so much more available on the forums and within the thirty day challenge community, you’re missing out on something if you’re not a part of it.

For instance, this particular lesson has a downloadable PDF file that goes with it.  It’s free to download if you’re a Thirty Day Challenge member – it’s not available if you’re not signed up…

I would call this blog my own version of “Cliff Notes” for the 2008 Thirty Day Challenge.  I used Cliff Notes for certain subjects in high school and college – they served their purpose, I could get a passing grade on those tests.  But I know I missed out on the full experience when I took that shortcut – I cheated myself out of fully learning something by relying on the Cliff Notes alone.

Don’t cheat YOURSELF out of the full Thirty Day Challenge experience – go sign up at this link (if you haven’t already) Thirty Day Challenge – and then come back here for more of these notes…I’ll get off my soap box now…onward to the Flock add-ons:

Pimping Out Flock For Fun And Profit – But Mostly For Profit

Here’s Ed Dale’s video from YouTube…


And here’s an easy to follow list of the add-ons, complete with links to go get ’em – so go get ’em…

Google Global

This extension allows you to view search results from other parts of the world – this will be something you can take advantage of later in the thirty day challenge.

Go To Google Global Flock Add-on

Google Notebook

Allows you to research and make notes without leaving your browser – a brilliant way to help with niche research.  Having a Google account is something you’ll need going forward – Ed will be showing us how pretty soon…

Go To Google Notebook Add-on For Flock

SEO for FireFox/Flock

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization – This is a pretty deep tool.  You’re able to get a lot of interesting data by using this add-on.  Install it for now, but leave it off.  Ed mentions the red lines-no follow tags in the video.  For now, it’s not a big deal – he’ll show us how to use it when the time is right.

Go To SEO For FireFox Add-on For Flock


Another tool that is helpful in niche research – SearchStatus.

Go To SearchStatus Add-on For Flock


This one is very helpful way to let people know about great sites – and to let people know about YOUR sites.  Ed will show us more about how to use it soon…

Go To StumbleUpon Add-on For Flock


This is a handy way to post to Twitter – with fewer clicks.  Instead of interrupting your work flow – you can type directly into your address bar and post that text to Twitter.  As a bonus, it shortens URL’s for you too.

Go To TwitterBar Add-on For Flock

Thirty Day Challenge Toolbar

The 30DC Toolbar is a big time saver for Thirty Day Challenge Members – it’s not critical that you install it – but it does give you access to a lot of well thought out tools specific to the Thirty Day Challenge.

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