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Alternative options for Overture Keyword Selector Tool

As many of you know, Overture keyword selector tool located at “inventory.overture.com” without doubt, was one of the most useful tools (if not the most) for webmasters, domainers and SEO and SEM professionals for years, returning a useful and detailed report for free.

I was definitely one of the regular users enjoying this great free tool, but unfortunately it has been a while since Yahoo stopped maintaining it and it was up and down randomly, returning out-dated data. Anyway it has been weeks since I couldn’t even open the page and keep getting timeout error messages.

There has been rumors of Yahoo launching a new improved tool to replace it but a quick research in Yahoo’s official blog and other reliable sources didn’t give me any hope.

Searching Google for “overture keyword tool” gave me the old dead url and the same search in Yahoo gave me nothing but other people’s posts and articles about it. For sure if there was any plan to support it, it would be at the top of Yahoo search results but it isn’t, so I should probably give up and look for an alternative solution.

My quick research for a good alternative solution for keyword suggestion tool had the following result:

Wordtracker keyword suggestion tool seems the most popular one somehow the numbers doesn’t seem equal to overture results but still it’s a great tool to find the best keyword to optimize your site or your campaign for.

While the free tool is useful enough for some basic usages, the paid subscription gives out much more detailed information, saving a lot of manual research time and cost. Besides that they have a free trial so you can experience working with the paid version to see the differences.

The other tool that I’ve found useful is KeywordDiscovery‘s free service offered by a company called Trellian.

They also have a paid service and a SEO software which I haven’t tried yet but the description seems useful.

Also there is a comparison page of Wordtracker Vs. KeywordDiscovery (can be found here) and in that KeywordDiscovery seems much more featured than Wordtracker but I can’t judge till I try at least their trial version and compare it to the other one.

I’ll keep here updated,

Cheers,

Soroush

5 comments

5 Comments so far

  1. webrunner January 8th, 2008 10:38 pm

    thanks for the link to keywordiscovery.
    I have been using wordtracker and wanted a second tool to compare results. I always worry about the accuracy of these tools and that’s why I hesitate paying them.

  2. soroush January 10th, 2008 1:48 am

    You’re welcome:)
    I’m actually impressed with keyworddiscovery’s results and soon I will write a detailed review about it.

    Cheers,
    Soroush

  3. MattR February 6th, 2008 7:52 pm

    keyworddiscovery.com not working in IE or FireFox. Jumps back with a new code to enter. Will try back.

  4. MattR February 7th, 2008 3:19 pm

    Ha! Sorry make sure to use all caps if that is how the verification code is listed. Carry on. It works fine.

  5. soroush February 7th, 2008 4:12 pm

    Thanks MattR,
    I forgot to mention that as I always fill the verification as a case-sensitive field and this time it really is case-sensitive.

    Hope you find it useful.

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