Last updated on August 31st, 2018 at 06:29 am
Are you ready for this Long Tail Pro review? If you’re a blogger, then you know you need a lot of content to rank your blog. But you can’t just write about anything on your blog. Nope, you have to have a strategy that is going to give you an edge over your competition.
Chances are you just started your blog. This means that it’s going to take you a lot longer to rank for keywords than blogs that have been around for ages.
Now before you throw in the towel because you don’t think that it’s possible to rank your blog posts. I am going to share this Long Tail Pro review with you.
This is the exact tool that I use to do all my keyword research. Now, I have to admit, when I first started this blog, I wasn’t actually taking the time to do keyword research.
I was just writing my WordPress tutorials based on what I thought bloggers would have trouble with. While that’s cool and dandy, the truth is that if you want any chance in hell to rank in Google as a new blogger, you have to have a strategy.
Otherwise, you will continue writing blog posts that are full of competition. You might eventually rank on them if you build backlinks to your blog.
But the truth is that most of us don’t want to spend our days’ building backlinks. I know I don’t 🙂
So the next best alternative is to find keywords that have very little competition.
When I started my very first niche blog several years ago, I had no clue what keywords, SEO, meta descriptions were.
I would sit down and write content based on whatever I wanted to write. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized that in order to create a successful blog, you need to write content that helps your readers.
If you can write content that solves problems and helps your readers, then you’ve won half the battle.
If you can write content based on popular keywords that people are actually looking for and can rank on the first page of Google.
The chances of people subscribing to your email list and buying your products increase big time. That’s why I invested in the right keyword tool to help me grow my blog.
Hopefully, this review will show you how I use it to find low competition keywords that I can rank for over time.
I’ve done my best to share the inside of the LongTailPro dashboard and show you what I look for whenever I write a new blog post.
While I don’t always take the time to find keywords. In 2018 and forward, I am going to be spending more time finding low competition keywords.
Finding the Right Keywords
Yup, you are going to have to find the right keywords that have very little competition. Otherwise, you’re going to be writing a lot of blog posts that never see the front page of Google.
Of course, there is a lot more that goes into ranking your blog posts on Google. I won’t be covering everything that goes into ranking your blog posts on Google.
Today, I am just going to be sharing my tips on how to find the right long tail keywords for your blog posts. It’s critically important, especially, as a new blogger who is just getting started.
Why Keywords Are Important
I’ve heard some bloggers say that they don’t use a keyword tool. I’ve even heard some say that they just use Google to help them find the right keywords to write their blog posts on.
Yes, you can use Google if you want. In fact, when I am lazy and don’t want to spend any time doing keyword research, I will quickly use the Google search to help me find out what people are searching for.
It’s easy and plus it’s free. Let me show you how to do this quickly.
Using Google to Find Keywords
Google makes it extremely easy to find keywords that you can use for your blog posts. All you have to do is head on over to Google and start typing something in your niche.
For instance, if I wanted to find out what the best food for senior dogs, I would just start typing that in.
Google would give me a bunch of results that people have typed in. I could easily write a blog post based on one of those results.
See how easy that is. You could do that whenever you needed to come up with some keyword ideas for your blog posts.
Now, what if I told you that there was a better way. Yes, it’s going to cost some money, but then you have to remember you’re running a business and you can’t always do everything for free.
Should I Use A Keyword Tool?
I’ve heard some bloggers say that they don’t use a keyword tool for their business. Then I’ve heard some bloggers say that they always do keyword research before they sit down to write a blog post.
Me, well, I don’t do keyword research every time I write a blog post. In fact, the first year of my blogging business, I didn’t really take the time to do a lot of keyword research.
Instead, I just wrote articles based on what I thought new bloggers would need.
That’s actually one of the reasons that I think it has taken me so long to start seeing organic traffic from Google.
I wasn’t properly optimizing my blog posts around the right keywords.
Now that I’ve entered my second year of blogging, I am actually taking the time to write more blog posts based on specific keywords.
My blog is still really new according to Google. So I need to give myself a better chance to rank my blog posts on the first page of Google.
Should I Invest In the Popular Keyword Tool?
I know that a lot of bloggers will say that SEMRush is the most popular keyword tool that bloggers should invest in.
While I have never used that tool, I have taken the time to check it out. It looks awesome and looks like it can definitely take my blog to another level.
The main reason that I haven’t personally invested in SEMRush is because of the price tag. Most new bloggers do not have the money to invest in $99 monthly subscription price tag.
While I personally haven’t invested in it at this time and moment. I have used it to get some information for my blog. You can do that quickly and easily by just entering your domain in the box below.
If I ever do invest in this tool, I will take the time to write a review for it. Right now, I am just using the LongTailPro keyword research tool to help me grow my blog.
Using LongTailPro to Find Long Tail Keywords
This is the keyword tool that I use to run my business. I’ve found it to be extremely helpful to help me uncover some amazing keywords that I would’ve never thought about.
I know what you’re thinking, I don’t want to pay for a keyword tool. Well, you don’t have to. Remember, I just showed you how you can find your keywords using Google.
However, if you want to make it easy on yourself and low competition keywords that you can fill up your blog schedule, then I highly recommend the LongTailPro Keyword Tool.
I was fortunate enough to purchase the Lifetime License back in the day. So I get to use it every month for free, thank goodness. Although I did pay a pretty penny for the Lifetime License, I am all about not paying for subscription payments whenever possible.
You can sign up for the free 7-day trial here to get a feel for it. Once you sign up, they have several training videos that will help you make the most of it.
How to Use Long Tail Pro
Everyone uses their tools differently and the great thing is that they do have some training videos that will help you out. I am going to share how I use it to help me find low competition keywords.
At the time of this writing, I have been blogging for about 1 year and 3 months. While that may sound like a long time, it’s actually not. The last time I checked my Domain Authority, it was still really low.
This means that if I want to get any traffic from Google. I am going to have to make sure that I am finding the right keywords.
Finding The Right Keywords
Everything is based on keywords on the Internet. When someone is looking for a solution to their problem, they go to the Internet and type in a search query.
For instance, let’s say that someone wants to know “best mountain bikes under $1000.00.”
When someone types in a search query like that most likely they already know what they want. If your blog popped up on the first page of Google when someone typed in that search query and you gave them the answer they were looking for.
There’s a good chance that you would be making a commission from someone who is looking to buy a mountain bike.
As A New Blogger
You have a much better chance of ranking on the first page for long tail keywords. If you tried to rank for the keyword “mountain bike” chances are you would never rank on the first page.
So if you want to get any traffic from Google, it’s important to start focusing on finding the low competition keywords.
What Are Long Tail Keywords?
A long tail keyword consists of 3 or more words. People who are using long tail keywords are usually closer to a point-of-purchase. So if you target the right keywords, you may be able to increase your commissions online.
The downside is that most long tail keywords get less traffic than the higher competition keywords.
Let’s Take A Look At the Mountain Bikes Searches
I want to give you an inside look at how the Long Tail Pro keyword tool works. So I am going to be using the main keyword mountain bikes and create a project for it.
I’m going to run you through the entire process step-by-step. Then I am going to share what you should be looking for when you are looking for keywords for your blog posts.
Remember, this is how I do it. If you have a better way of doing it, then you can use that way.
Creating A New Long Tail Pro Project
Once you log in and you know what your niche is, it’s time to create a project. Click on the plus sign to create your first project.
Enter your project name. For this tutorial, I just entered “mountain bike.” The project name is just for your information, you will have to enter your seed keywords to start finding some possible keyword ideas.
If you don’t know how to find seed keywords, then here’s a video tutorial that will do a better job of explaining the process than I can.
Enter Your Seed Keywords
Next, you need to enter up to a maximum of 5 seed keywords for your new project. For this tutorial, I am only going to enter 2 as I don’t want to use all my monthly credits to run this search.
I’m not in the mountain bike niche, I am just doing this to show you how to use the LongTailPro tool to find low competition keywords.
Then I’ll show you which keywords you should be targetting if you have a brand new site with a low Domain Authority score.
What Is Domain Authority?
I know you’re probably thinking, what the heck is Domain Authority? What is Moz Ranking?
It’s confusing and to tell you the truth, I don’t really know that much about it. What I can tell you is that when you start your blog, your blog scores are very low.
Here’s a great article that will explain everything you need to know about Domain Authority and Moz Score.
Don’t Stress It Too Much
We all start out with a low Domain Authority when we start our blog. There’s no reason to stress it and as your age, your Domain Authority will start to increase.
There’s nothing that you can do to make your score increase quickly. I think it just happens over time.
All you can do is make sure that you’re choosing the right keywords that you will have the potential to rank for.
I don’t really know that much about Page Authority or focus too much on it. All I do is continue to work on my business and let go of everything else.
Enter Long Tail Pro
Long Tail Pro helps you find those low competition keywords that you actually have the opportunity to rank for overtime.
You’ll still have to give it time for your blog to climb the search engines. There’s no guarantee that you will rank for those low competition keywords, but you will have a better chance.
Finding Low Competition Keywords
Let’s go ahead and find low competition keywords for the mountain bikes niche. This way you’ll have a better understanding of how Long Tail Pro works.
Working With Filters
You also have the option to add filters to your searches. The advanced options allow you to add specific filters to your search:
Monthly Searches: You can choose the minimum and maximum amount of searches per keyword. For instance, let’s say that you only want to see keywords that get at least 50 searches per month, you would the rule here.
Suggested Bid: If you are using Adsense on your blog, then you want to make sure that the keywords you target have a high monetary value.
Advertiser Competition: You can filter the keywords based on the level of difficulty based on competition.
Finding the Right Keywords
To tell you the truth, I don’t really use the filters very often. I pretty much just find the keywords with the low KC value.
If you’re a brand new blogger, the lower KC keywords you can find, you’ll have a much better chance of ranking for that particular keyword.
As you can see, I found a keyword for the mountain bike niche that has a KC value of 25, which in my opinion would be a great keyword to target.
Here’s a snapshot of the keyword and the KC score.
Now before you run out and start creating a blog post for that keyword. You want to make sure that you dig deeper into it to see if you do have the potential to rank for it.
Digging Into the Keyword
Long Tail Pro makes it easy for you to take a look at the top 10 results on the first page of Google. All you have to do is click on the keyword that you want to target.
When you do, you’ll be given the following information:
Page Authority: By now you know that the page authority increases over time and the better quality links that a web page has. (there are other factors that increase the score, but I won’t be covering them here.)
Domain Authority: The overall authority of the site.
External Backlinks: This column will show you the number of external backlinks that point to that page.
Getting 20 Adwords Suggestions
One the things that I love doing when I am brainstorming for possible keywords to write my blog posts are is to click on the Adwords Suggestions button.
By doing this, you’ll get several more potential keywords that may have a low KC score. The first time I did this, I found some really good keywords that are sitting on Google Drive just waiting for me to write a new blog post.
What to Look For
The best advice I can give you when you are researching the top sites is to find that do not have a lot of links and their authority is quite low.
If you are able to target keywords with low competition then you’ll have a much better chance of ranking your post on the first page of Google.
Let’s Look At The Competition
Based on the screenshot above, you can see that the first two listings on Google are going to be hard to beat.
However, you might be able to rank your blog on the first page of Google if you are really good with SEO.
Another Thing to Look At
I also make it a point to look and see if that site is actually optimizing their blog post for that specific keyword.
You will need to become familiar with the site meta tag, title tag, and the meta description attribute. If this sounds confusing, read this.
When you first start using the LongTailPro keyword tool, you might be a little confused. There are so many different working parts, I am sure that I still don’t use all the features available.
The most important thing to remember when you are looking for keywords for your blog posts is to find keywords with the low green KC scores.
Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that you’ll always be able to rank on the first page. However, you will have a much better chance if you are targetting those low KC keywords.
How to Use Your Long Tail Keywords
Once you have taken the time to find some keywords, I recommend putting them into Google Drive. This is what I use to help me keep track of my editorial calendar.
Next, you will need to write a blog post based on every keyword that you found and want to target. Yes, that’s a lot of work, but that’s the only way that your blog will be able to rank for those keywords.
Now it’s time to sit down and write your new blog post.
Don’t Spend Too Much Time On Searches
One of the biggest mistakes you’ll probably make at the beginning is you will spend too much time doing some searches.
I know when I first started using Long Tail Pro, I would spend hours trying to find the right keywords.
Growing a blog is hard and you are going to need a lot of content. If you write a blog post on a keyword that has too much competition, it won’t be the end of the world.
Eventually, as your blog grows and increases in authority, you may be able to get some traffic to those tougher keywords.
As long as you are targetting more lower competition keywords over time you should start to see some organic traffic from Google.
Once You Find Your Keywords
Spend time writing content for your blog. You are going to need to get comfortable with writing thousands of words each and every month.
One of the best things that I have done to help me grow my blog is to start batching my content. I make it a point to sit down every day and write a new blog post.
Whether I actually use that blog post for my blog or give it away as a guest post. It doesn’t really matter.
The most important thing is that I am developing a habit to write every day. This daily habit has made it easy to stay on top of my editorial calendar so I can spend time promoting my content.
How Long Will It Take Me to Get Traffic?
Once you start writing content, you’re going to start wondering where your traffic is. I wish I could tell you that a month after writing a new blog post on a long tail keyword, you’ll start to see traffic.
The truth is that it takes a while to start seeing traffic on your blog. Don’t worry about the traffic, just keep pumping out the content and focusing on promotion, before you know it your blog traffic will increase.
Keywords Do Matter
If you want to make money on your blog, you are going to have to get comfortable with finding the right keywords that people would type in to find solutions to their problems.
Don’t overcomplicate it.
By now you know who your audience is. What type of issues would your targetted audience be looking for?
If you can answer these questions, you shouldn’t have any issues finding the right keywords that they will be Googling to find answers to their problems.
Check Your Blog Rankings With Long Tail Pro
Do you know where your site ranks on Google, Yahoo, and Bing?
If not, well the great news is that with Long Tail Pro, you can keep track of your rankings in the three search engines.
All you have to do is enter your blog URL and the keywords you want to check. Long Tail Pro will keep track of where your blog is ranking in the search engines.
While I don’t spend a lot of time using this feature, it is kind of nice knowing that you can keep track of your rankings.
It’s also nice knowing that you do not have to invest in another tool to start tracking your kewyord ranking efforts.
Finding A Domain
If you’re considering starting a new blog then you can use Long Tail Pro to help you find a domain.
Word of Caution: I would avoid getting an exact match domain. Years ago, it used to be so easy to rank an exact match domain. Today, I believe that Google penalizes these types of domains.
Before you register a domain, make sure that you do your due diligence about the types of domains that Google likes.
The last thing you want to do is start a blog in the wrong domain. Only to realize that you get penalized by Google.
Export Your Long Tail Pro Data
If you are like me and you like doing things the old school way. You can easily export your keyword data and go through the keywords using excel.
This can make it easier if you want to spend time away from your computer and still get things done without having to sit in front of your computer.
Long Tail Pro Free Trial
I know that you’re probably blown away by everything we just covered. The best thing you can do is sign up for the free trial.
Watch all the training videos to get educated on how to do keyword research. Then you can decide if this is the right tool for you.
Final Take Away
If you want organic traffic and you’re targetting a competitive niche, you owe it to yourself to take the time to find low competition keywords.
Just by taking the time to do this, you will be giving yourself a much better chance to rank your blog posts on the first page of Google.
Don’t get stuck in paralysis Analysis and wondering if you chose the right keywords. Just keep producing the best content possible and I have no doubt that you will see the results of your hard work.
Hopefully, this Long Tail Pro review helped you realize how I do my keyword research. Everyone does their keyword research differently.
So if I missed something or missed something, let me know. I’d love to hear how you find the keywords to find on your blog.
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