Stealth Niche Research Review Part 10 – Final Wrap Up and Recommendation: To Buy or Not To Buy?

Wow, that was quite a packed course. If you’re just landing here and haven’t seen the whole review of Stealth Niche Research, you can start with part 1 here.

Now that all is said and done, what’s my final verdict?

Let’s start with…

The good.

In the sales letter, Alex Safie promised to talk about buyer psychology, demographics and psychographics, and how to research a niche. He definitely delivered on all of those. The course was set up to give you easy-to-digest chunks of information followed by an assignment to make sure you’d understood what he said. There were examples, including some very professional-looking videos that showed each of the steps of his process. There’s also a lot about understanding your customer that I think is really important when it comes to marketing. He also walked you through some ways to brainstorm a niche from scratch.

His ideas are solid. He promised to teach about T-WEB, which turned out to be useful information. I got the sense that he knows a lot about marketing, and I feel like I learned a lot from him. I also learned some new things about niche research. Throughout the course, there are links to a number of resource websites that are useful in finding out information about a niche you’re interested in. There are also instructions on what to look for and what kinds of questions to ask.

You get some very useful bonuses, too. A couple of ebooks and an email course that all have good, solid information on keyword research, SEO and getting traffic.

Finally, the customer service interactions I had were speedy and got my problem fixed. I was quite happy.

The Good/Neutral

Then there’s the software. Three total programs if you by the OTO, or just one (Stealth Niche Brainstorm) if you just buy the main course.

Stealth Niche Brainstorm worked well and did what it was supposed to: found me a list of keyword suggestions. When I pitted the results against Ubersuggest.org, they varied. In one case, Stealth Niche Brainstorm got nearly twice as many suggestions as Ubersuggest.org; in the other case, it got significantly fewer. Overall, I’d say that Stealth Niche Brainstorm worked as advertised and does a good job at what it’s designed to do.

Stealth Keyword Digger was a little less impressive. It’s supposed to find keywords from a variety of sources. It also filters them based on search results. It did that just fine. However, it tended to time out (possibly due to Google objecting to the work Stealth Keyword Digger was forcing it to do). Overall, I think it would be a better program if you could limit the number of results so Google didn’t have a fit.

As for Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer, I had a bit of trouble getting it started, but I loved it once I did get it going. It does a great analysis of keywords, including a few factors I haven’t seen in other software.

The Bad.

And then we come to what I didn’t like. Overall, it boiled down to one main thing, plus one disappointment. The big thing happened in Chapter 6, where you get a list of criteria that your niche should meet. It’s an extensive list and fits into the whole T-WEB concept.

In my case, the niche I was considering didn’t fit all of the criteria. It fit some beautifully, but failed miserably at others. At no point did the course talk about what to do if your niche didn’t have every bit of the criteria. Were some of the criteria more important than others? Where they all make or break? I don’t honestly know if my niche is a good one based on what he taught.

Then the disappointment: I (maybe) have a niche. What do I do with it? Even though it’s not really promised in the training, I would have liked to see a “where do you go from here now that you’ve finished the course” section. That also makes it hard for me to post my results for y’all to see. I found some keywords in a niche that look pretty good but not perfect.

So … I’ll probably be figuring out how to monetize my keywords, and I’ll let you know how it goes. In fact, I may make that a project for the new year. I’ll keep you updated as I figure it out.

And in conclusion…

The information you do get is extensive. It’s presented in a way that is easy to understand and follow through with. The software is useful, but Alex Safie also shows you how to do the analysis without the software. The bonuses are worth the price of admission by themselves, and the customer service is good.

I would point out that if you’re a newbie, this is not an entire “how to make money on the internet” course. Nor does it claim to be. It’s a “how to do keyword research and find a niche” course with bonuses that help you get traffic and optimize your website for SEO. The part where you find out how to actually monetize the niche/keywords, however, is missing.

When I look at everything, I think this course is worth having. I recommend Stealth Niche Research by Alex Safie. If you’ve done the course, I’d love to hear what you think!

Stealth Niche Research Review part 9.5 – Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer and Other Odds and Ends

Today we’re doing part 9.5 of my IM product review of Stealth Niche Research by Alex Safie. I’m going to review the second OTO program, Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer, and I’ll also talk a bit about various bonuses, customer service, etc.

You can also catch up on the rest of the review starting at part 1 or go back to part 9.

So, Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer. I installed it and fired it up yesterday. It installed easily, and there is a PDF in the same folder as the installation file that gives a link to a video walk-through of the software.

I ran into a problem almost immediately when I opened the CSV file I’d saved from Stealth Keyword Digger. Once you’ve loaded up your CSV file (which can come from Stealth Keyword Digger or from Google Keyword Tools), you’re just supposed to press “Start” and the program goes to work.

Well, it didn’t. I poked around in “settings” and a few of the other buttons, but didn’t find anything that looked like it would help. So I went to the program’s support site (http://www.stealthhelp.net/) and opened up a support ticket. That was about 8:30 p.m. my time. About 10:30 a.m., I had a reply with a suggestion to try running the program as an administrator, accompanied by a screen capture that showed how to do that. Very easy instructions to follow, and it worked! Yay!

So I loaded up a CSV file again and ran it. I had the option of focusing on Global or Local Monthly search results. For a little over 20 keywords, it took about 15 minutes to run. In that time, I got the following results:


  • Searches Per Month

  • CPC

  • # of Competition Pages

  • # of REAL Competition Pages

  • Competition Strength

  • Average Page Rank

  • (How high is the) Competition

  • (Is it) Commercial

  • Ads Count

  • and finally, a Keyword Rating

There’s a lot of good info there. And if you don’t necessarily know what good values are for each of these categories, the final category breaks it down for you in one word. The keyword is Terrible, Bad, Good, and presumably some other options, but … well, I clearly didn’t have a list of great keywords. The good news is, I found out in under 15 minutes.

Other things you can do with this software: Export your info to CSV, find out if exact match domains are available, see the trends of the keywords, use proxies, and adjust the country that you’re searching from.

Overall evaluation: I have a few other programs that do similar things. What I like this program for specifically is that it addresses the Real Competition pages vs. just the pages that might show up in a google search but aren’t really competition. It also tells you whether the keyword is a commercial keyword and gives you an ad count.

Bonuses

One bonus that I’ve mentioned before is the Evergreen Traffic email course. I’ve received three lessons so far. They’re good, solid lessons. Not exactly new concepts for how to get traffic, but good explanations of how to go about doing some things that have been suggested by many people (video marketing, forum marketing, etc.). It’s one thing to say you should do forum marketing; it’s another to actually give ideas on how to forum market. This course gives ideas on how. Definite thumbs up!

Another bonus is the ebook Cutting Edge Keyword Research (updated) by Alex Safie. This is the ebook I griped about in part 8 of the review. As I said at the time, the info is good. I just wasn’t happy about having to go deal with another whole ebook, especially one that contained an upsell.

Well, here’s the deal. It actually contains two upsells, what I’m pretty sure is an affiliate link, links to several other useful free SEO tools (or tools with free versions), and what amounts to niche/keyword research 101. Seriously, there is a lot of good information in this ebook, especially if you’re new or new-ish to internet marketing. I suspect experienced IMers could benefit from it, too. This is worth the price I paid for the course.

Another bonus is the Evergreen SEO ebook by Alex Safie. This is essentially SEO 101. I’ve only skimmed it, but again, it looks like lots of good info for newbies and new-ishbies, plus at least some good refresher info for oldbies.

There’s another bonus, but since it was labeled a surprise, I’ll let you be surprised. Let’s just say it looks useful, okay?

Customer Service

I already talked about submitting a support ticket. I got a useful answer back within 24 hours; you can’t argue with that. I’m pleased.

Alex Safie also sent out a “Christmas gift” to his lists that seems like it could be valuable — a whole course on getting traffic by a different marketer. While this freebie does get the other marketer more people on his list, it wasn’t a “watch this, then look, upsell!” kind of thing. I haven’t had time to look it over yet, so I don’t know how good it is. Still, I do appreciate someone who isn’t all “sell, sell, sell” all the time.

And that, I think, wraps up all the different parts of the course. I’ll be posting my final analysis and recommendation in the next post. Hope to see you there!

Stealth Niche Research Review 9 – Good Information and the End of the Course

Today we’re doing part 9 of my IM product review of Stealth Niche Research by Alex Safie. You can also catch up starting at part 1 or with the most recent post, part 8.5.

We’re closing in on the end now. Just one more chapter to go.

Chapter 7

This is the promised chapter about demographics and psychographics. I like what he says about communication and appropriateness. That’s something I tried to get my students to understand.

On the other hand, he’s making an assumption here that isn’t necessarily true. He says that if you’re interested in a niche, you’ll probably already know most of what you need to know about it (main websites, products, etc. as well as “the lingo,” so to speak). He’s brought this up before, too.

The thing is, that can be true, but isn’t necessarily always true. Take me, for example. In the past two years, I’ve had three things on my mind: teaching middle school, which is not a niche I’m going into; being pregnant/having a baby, which might be a niche I’m going into at some point but not for this course; and learning how to make money online to supplement my family’s income when I quit teaching. Which, again, not the niche I’m looking at for this course. Aside from that, I have a certain hobby niche where it’s pretty much a point of honor not to monetize anything.

The niche I’m looking at for this course is one I have a lot of interest in, but I don’t know much about it yet. Does that make it a bad niche? I don’t think so. But I don’t automatically know everything about it, either.

Moving on … he gives a website that’s good for checking demographics and then shows an example of the information he got when he used it. Interesting.

Then we gome to psychographics (interests, lifestyle, etc.). He talks about things to look for when determining psychographics. He also gives a tip for using YouTube. Smart.

Oh, and a way to use a search engine to get the info you need, too. Good idea.

In the next section, he explains how to pull all of this information together. It’s a technique I’ve seen before when considering your ideal audience as a writer. I can definitely see how it would help as a markter, as well.

Hmm. This next section is something I never considered before. Good idea. He says that he rarely sees other marketers do this, so it might give you a step up.

We also have the return of the homework assignments to pull together all the information he’s given us. As I mentioned before, I like that he does this. It’s so easy to read and not do. This forces you to do.

Conclusion

(which I will also read)
He gives a plan of action. That’s great! All this info is a bit overwhelming; here’s basically a checklist of what needs to be done. Very helpful if you’ve just read through the training and now are going to implement it.

Okay, he does sort of address one of my concerns here. He says that you don’t do the whole process if you don’t find T-WEB in a niche. You just stop and go to another niche idea. He doesn’t address what to do if you find some of T-WEB but not all, though.

And then we get the call to action that most of these things end with. Well, he does have a point. You’re not going to get anywhere if you don’t get started. And that’s the end of the training.

I’m a little disappointed that he doesn’t go into what to do once you know your niche. In all fairness, the course is called Stealth Niche Research, not Stealth Niche Website Creation or whatever. But I’m still kind of feeling like “now what??”.

I’ll probably do two more posts: one to go over the odds and ends of the course that I haven’t addressed, and one to sum everything up and give a final recommendation. Hope to see you in the next part of the review!

Stealth Niche Research Review 8.5 – Stealth Keyword Digger Software Review

Instead of proceeding with part 9 of my IM product review of Stealth Niche Research by Alex Safie, I’m going to side-step. Call this part 8.5 if you want. Since yesterday’s steps involved reading an ebook that took you through using Stealth Keyword Digger, I decided to review that software.

You can also catch up on the entire review starting with part 1 or just go back to part 8.

On to the software. It was an OTO when I bought Stealth Niche Research along with Stealth Keyword Competition Analyzer. Installation was pretty typical and required an unlock key that I got via email the day I bought the course. Inside the same folder as the program installation file was a PDF with a link to a video that showed how to use the software.

The purpose of Stealth Keyword Digger is to help you come up with keyword ideas. Yes, you can do this manually. The software is just supposed to shorten the process.

To use the software, you have to enter your Google Keyword Tool email and password. In the training video, Alex Safie suggests signing up for more than one account because the software puts some pretty intense demands on Google Keyword Tool, so you can get temporarily locked out if you only use one account.

You have the option of having the software remember your account information. Also, if you click on the “options” button at the bottom right, you can enter each of your email/password combinations for the Keyword Tool and have the software save them all. If you want, you can click a box in this section that tells the software to automatically switch accounts when you reach the 70% mark on the progress bar at the bottom of the interface. That’s a nice feature.

In the “options” section, you can also choose where you want your keyword suggestions to come from. There are ticky boxes for Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube, and Amazon. Also a useful feature.

When using the software, you enter a keyword. You can have it “only show ideas closely related to my keyword” if you want. You can also select a country (or all countries) and a language (or all languages) as well as global or local searches. Basically, the options you get when using Google’s Keyword tool. Another option is to only show keywords with a search count above whatever number you choose.

Once the software finds all the keyword ideas, it puts them in the “keyword filter” box along with search volume and CPC. You can specify a range of search volume that you want to target and then export the file as a CSV file (Comma Separated Value — short version: you can open it in Excel or OpenOffice.org’s Calc).

When I tried to use the software last night, it got about half way through it’s analysis and said that there was some sort of error and it couldn’t continue. I honestly don’t know if the error was Google saying to back off or if it was an internet connection issue on my part.

So I’m repeating the search as we speak. And…I just got the message again “Could not complete the search due to a connection error.” I told it to pause and will try again in a little bit.

Oh, dear. After waiting a few minutes and trying again, I got the same result. It’s basically stalled out at 56%. Even so, there are a lot of keywords that it found, so I’m going to go ahead and export them.

On a side note, I heard some “clicks” like something was trying to open/start before the program stalled out. I suspect that Google may have tried to get me to fill out a captcha, but it never actually showed up anywhere where I could fill it out and keep the search going.

When I opened up the results that I got in Calc, I ended up with a total of 40 keyword suggestions. The bottom 10 are only vaguely related to what I started with, but the top 30 are good.

My opinion? The software could definitely be useful. It lets me research keywords in the background while doing other things. However, either user error, Google’s quirks or a limitation of the software left me with an incomplete result, so … I’d give it an A- overall.

Next up: more of the main review. Only one more chapter to go!

Stealth Niche Research Review 8 – I Get My Panties in a Twist, and I’m Happy to Tell You Why

Today we’re doing part 8 of my IM product review of Stealth Niche Research by Alex Safie. You can also catch up starting at part 1 or just go back to part 7.

A word of warning. The baby didn’t sleep much last night. Therefore neither did Mama. Mama is not in a mood to take an bull today.

I’m starting with Step 24. Now, yesterday, I did Step 21 and stopped (we had to put up the Christmas tree, and it took way longer than I thought it would). So what happened to steps 22-23? I have no idea. Step 21 has 7 questions to answer to help you determine if your niche is evergreen. Then he starts talking about competition, and a paragraph later, we’re on step 24.

He says not to worry too much about competition, but there are two things to check. The first one, in step 24, I’m going to go ahead and talk about because otherwise my reaction won’t make sense. Plus, it’s hardly giving away the whole program.

He says to see if there are “famous or prominent people going after your sub niche (for example we will most likely fail if we try to go up against someone like Ryan Deiss).” (italics mine, quote his)

Now, this is good advice. I am not, for example, going to outsell Bill Gates when it comes to computers. However, and this is a big however…

How do I know if famous or prominent people are going after my sub niche????? And who the heck is Ryan Deiss???

Sorry. I just get the feeling that he’s closing in on the end of the training and he’s wanting to get it done, so he’s not giving the level of detail he did at the beginning. So, for step 24, I’m going to hope that no famous or prominent people are going after it and just move on.

Step 25. Instead of telling how to do this step, he gives a link to a 23 page report (which I think was one of the freebies that came with the course, because I already have it downloaded. I don’t know. I haven’t really had time to look at the freebies yet.)

I am not entirely sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I’m sure it’s good information. On the other hand, now I have to work through an additional 23 pages??? *headdesk*

So I’m skimming the special report. It does have some good information about buyer keywords, search volume, etc. Oh, and there’s kind of an answer to my earlier question about how many search results made a keyword good, although the number he gives is for exact match and he was showing broad match at the time I had the question. But you know what this report is mainly focused on? One of his software programs, Stealth Keyword Digger, that was part of the OTO. So if you didn’t buy the OTO, here’s your chance! Woo-hoo! (That was sarcasm, folks.)

Back to the main course. In the next paragraph after giving the link to that report, he has the balls to say “and now we’re done”. Seriously?

It gets better. “If your targeted sub niche has T-WEB, congratulations!” And if it doesn’t, then what? I’m just screwed?

This irritates the fire out of me. It’s not that the information he’s giving is bad, it’s that the information he’s leaving out is needed, and I don’t really appreciate having to click on a link to go to a whole separate report that’s essentially an upsell just to find out the last freakin’ step of the process.

I need a nap.

Just to clarify, I don’t mind the upsell. If he’d said, “look for this, this, and this. Oh, and if you think all that is a pain in the butt, try my software that does it for you (or use my software if you already bought it as part of the OTO for the course)”, I’d be fine. But this whole “go to this other report because I can’t be bothered to tell you here” just doesn’t sit well with me, especially when the other report is basically an advertisement for another product. Plus some admittedly useful information, to be fair.

And then there’s the lack of direction on what to do if you don’t quite have everything he said you needed for T-WEB but do have some of it. Is it all or nothing? I don’t know.

All right, so here’s what I’m going to do. I did buy the Stealth Keyword Digger software as part of the OTO. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m going to pull it up and put it to some use. I’ll review it in a separate post, probably tomorrow because I’m just not feeling it today.

So, to find out what the software is like and to see if Chapter 7 is as irritating as the end of Chapter 6, join me in the next part of the review. You can also sign up for email updates whenever I post a review using the handy-dandy opt-in box in the right sidebar.