Monday, November 30th, 2009 | Author: Zeke Camusio

screenhunter_07-nov-30-18091Google Keyword Tool is great to figure out how many people are searching for a keyword. The only problem is, if you offering catering services in the LA area, you can only serve your local market, and it doesn’t matter how many people are searching for “catering services” in New York or Miami.

So, how can you calculate how many people in your local area are searching for your services?

1. Go to Google Traffic Estimator Tool

2. Enter Your Keywords
You can use Google Keyword Tool to get ideas.

3. Enter a Maximum Cost Per Click (CPC) of $50
Don’t worry, you won’t be paying anything; you’re just doing research.

4. Enter a Daily Budget of $50,000
Again, you won’t be paying a dime, so don’t worry about it.

5. Select Your Target Market
You can select cities, states, a bundle of cities or, for example, “Los Angeles and 60 miles around it”.

6. Multiply the Number of Total Clicks by 10
OK, this is not very scientific, but it’s pretty accurate. Google will show you how many clicks you’ll get if you get the #1 spot as a Google AdWords advertiser. Most ads at the top (if they are well written) get a click-through rate of 5%-10%. That means that for every 10-20 times the ad is shown, it gets 1 click. So, if Google tells you you’ll get 100 clicks per day, it’s safe to say that your ad will be shown 1,000-2,000 times. That’s the approximate number of searches the keyword has.

Note: as with any search volume tool, you won’t get an exact number, but if you follow this step-by-step system, you’ll get a pretty accurate estimation.


Author: Zeke Camusio

Zeke Camusio is a serial entrepreneur, marketing speaker, author of The Internet Marketing Bible and CEO of The Outsourcing Company, an Internet marketing agency based out of Portland, Oregon.

Related posts:

  1. How to Rank for Long-Tail Keywords Broad keywords will bring you a lot of traffic, but...
  2. FREE Webinar: SEO for Local Businesses Last year Google changed the way they show local results...

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

4 Responses

  1. 1
    David Green 


    An interesting experiment! I tried doing this for my main business keywords in my local area and got no results – or not enough for Google to show me:

    “Not enough data to give estimates.”

    Guess I need to go into a new business!

    David G.

  2. 2
    Zeke Camusio 

    Maybe. Maybe you’re not using the right keywords. Or, maybe your audience doesn’t use Google to find your kind of product. Ask yourself this question: if I were a person who wants/needs [what you sell], how would I find it? Would I ask a friend, go to the Yellow Pages, search online? Is my product something people know it exists? Maybe you have a product that solves a problem people don’t realize there’s a solution for.

    Next time a client calls you, ask him where he found you and why he decided to call you instead of your competitors. You’ll learn a lot from your clients.


  3. 3

    “Next time a client calls you, ask him where he found you and why he decided to call you instead of your competitors. ”

    Then multiply the answer by 100 because you’ll have 99 people with that opinion who you don’t GET to talk to.

    Treat the info as if it were $1000 bills…..just floating in the air.

  4. 4
    swagmit seoweb 

    good analysis

Leave a Reply