How To Find Long Tail Keywords for Increasing Website Traffic
Long tail keywords play an important role in Blogging or online business. Now a days, to rank for competitive keywords is not an easy game like old days. It is easy to rank for long tail keyword as compared to normal keyword. Many times, I get a questions from a newbie blogger – ‘I have written 50+ post at my blog and it is five month old but I am getting only 100 visits daily. How to increase my blog traffic?’
They all need to know first why they are not getting massive traffic to their blog. A good reason may be that they have not optimized their blog posts for targeted keywords. They need to find out long tail keywords to their blog post so that they could rank their post easily in Google and get more traffic from search engines. In this post, I will show you how to find long tail keywords.
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What are long tail keywords?
Long tail keywords are the keyword phrases which have three or more than four words.Working with long tail keywords is like giving a boost to your website or your blog. It increases the chances of your posts to rank on major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing etc.
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#1) Use Google Search Box
This is very easy and effective method to identify long tail keywords. Go to Google and type your target keyword for which you want to target your blog post. Google will show you lots of related search terms. In this way, you will get an idea what users are looking for.
You can see in above image, Google is showing related terms. These terms are those which are used by users often. You should select one of them to rank your post easily in Google, it will helpful to drive massive traffic to your website.
#2) Use Google Related Searches
Did you notice when we search a particular query in Google, it shows searches related section at the bottom of page.
It looks like the image below
This area acts as mine of long tail keywords.To get complete benefit of this long tail keywords mine, type your keyword into Google and scroll to the bottom of Google and select the best one long tail keyword from search related section.
#3) Use Keyword Research Tools
There are several keyword research tools available to find best long tail keywords. When it comes to selecting the right tool for keyword research, I often prefer to use “Google Keyword planner”. This is one of my favorite tool. But to get best result, we should try all. Finally you can select one which best works for you.
I am sharing some important tools below to get more ideas, give a try to all of them.
i) Google Keyword Planner
Google Keyword Planner is one of the best free keyword research tools. It provides related search terms with monthly searches, competition etc. To find good long tail keywords with high searches, medium and low competition, simply type your query into search box and now click on keyword filters option. It will show you four option first average monthly searches, second suggested bid, third ad impression share and fourth competition. Type minimum number into monthly searches option, I prefer to select keywords with 1000+ monthly searches so I like to type 1000 in monthly searches option and select medium and low option in competition section.
ii) Google Trends
Google Trends plays an important role to select best keyword. It shows currently popular searches and high-volume keywords. First go to Google Trends and type your keyword for which you want to rank in search field.
Google Trends provide result “interest over time” based on search volumes and news headlines.
Give a look at Related Searches section. It looks like this:
You can find some useful keywords using this area.
It looks like
Type your keyword into search box and fill the captcha and click the suggestion button. It shows 100s of long tail keywords in alphabetic order.
You can click on a particular character to get further more suggestions. I used query “long tail keyword” and click character “a”. In this case, it shows
#3) Use SEO SearchTerms Tagging Plugin
SEO SearchTerms Tagging Plugin is very popular plugin and has been downloaded 463,572 times. This plugin shows a list of incoming search terms. When you land on any blog post, it will show you all popular incoming search terms. Using those phrases,and you can find some high volume searches keyword by with the help of Google Keyword Planner.
#4) Use Forums And Boards
Forums and Boards are helpful sources to find long tail keywords. For finding long tail keywords using Forums and Boards, first you need to find forums in your niche. Simply go to Google.com and type “your keyword” + forums. Google will suggest you relevant forums and boards in your industry. If you have used forums already, you know thousands of people are asking and answering questions in your niche in every day.
Take a look at queries which are being asked in popular Seo Forum.
Using this method, you can easily find those high volume queries which people are searching in Google. In this way, you can provide exact information to your audience what they are looking for.
#5) Google Webmaster Tools
You can use Google Webmaster tools also to find long tail keywords, Are you surprised? Let me explain how you can use Google Webmaster tools like a keyword tool.First login into GWT and click on “Search traffic” on the left sidebar and select search queries from the menu. GWT will show you a table with query, impressions, clicks, CTR and Avg. position etc. Pick that keyword from this area who has more impressions and type this keyword into Google Adwords, now Google adword will suggest you some long tail keywords. Using those keywords, you can easily rank your post.
#6) Question Answer Sites
Question Answer sites are also one of my favorite methods. You must have heard about popular question answer websites like Yahoo Answers and Quora.To use Quora, first create an account on Quora. After creating account, login into Quora and type your broad keyword into the search bar. It looks like
Like Forums and Boards, Quora will show you most popular queries related to your search term.
Some queries are high volume keywords themselves, Go to Keyword Planner and put those queries and hit enter. Have a look at ‘searches section’ and select one which have high volume searches.
#7) Think Like A User
It is not a tool but this method is very effective. You can drive massive traffic using this method. Think like a user, think if you need to find out long tail keywords, ofcourse you are not going to type long tail keywords and hit enter. You will type query like – ‘how to find long tail keywords’, ‘best ways to find long tail keywords’. In this way, you can find some high volume searches keywords.
You can find awesome long tail keywords using above methods, all are free tools so you don’t need to pay any single penny. Hopefully you enjoyed this post and above mentioned methods are going to help you. If you use any other method to find long tail keywords, don’t forget to share via comments section.
In case you want to know the top performing keywords for your competitor websites, don’t forget to check this post.