The Death Of A Keyword Tool
Yesterday evening, I got an email from Noble Samurai that they will no longer be supporting the Market Samurai keyword tool after March 2021.
Effective immediately they have ceased to let people purchase the product, and all affiliate links will no longer be active.
Although there are several reasons for Noble Samurai to do this, it mostly has to do with the fact that Adobe is abandoning its support of Adobe AIR, which is the platform that Market Samurai requires to run.
This put the nail in the coffin.
My History With Market Samurai
When I first got started learning SEO, Market Samurai was the markets best value keyword tool.
You paid for a license once, and could run all the keyword research you wanted.
They started to slip when Google announced they no longer give exact traffic data through their API. So they had to switch to the Bing API instead. It is ok, but not quite as thorough as Google.
Market Samurai has struggled to be a relevant tool ever since.
The Better Keyword Tool Option
All of us here at Wealthy Affiliate get access to the Jaaxy Keyword Tool which is a far more reliable option going forward.
I am using a Pro license myself, and I find it very useful to doing:
- keyword research
- generating niche ideas
- assessing keyword difficulty
- assessing my competition
- compiling a keyword list
- exporting keyword data
I personally like using multiple keyword tools, Jaaxy being the main one I use, but I use several because each one utilizes different methods to extract keyword ideas. The more keywords, the better.
Updating My Content and Affiliate Links
Since this event has occured my plan is to create a blog post talking about what has happened, and recommend a few Keyword tool alternatives.
Next I will replace the affiliate links with links to the blog post.
I will also use the autolinking function built into my Affiliate link cloacking plugin to link any mention of Market Samurai to my new blog post.
I will also make an announcement on my Old Market Samurai Review. Letting my audience know what has happened.
This insures that my audience is well informed about what has happened and can get educated some better alternatives going forward.
Have You Used Market Samurai?
If you use Market Samurai there is a pretty good chance that it will still work for you up to March 2021, after that it probably will probably cease to function.
What keyword tools are you using now? Let me know in the comments.