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Finding Longtail keywords without using software

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by Matthew Sayle, Aug 4, 2015.

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    I am constantly asked how to successfully find decent long tail keywords without using any software, like Long Tail Pro.

    I use a pretty simple method that has worked well.

    I am sure some people already use a similar method, while others prefer software - this is a good way to learn when just starting out - as some software is so feature-rich you almost need a degree in computer programming to figure out how to use them.

    Anyway here we go, I would love to hear your suggestions...

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    Type a parent (seed) keyword into Google - say "Coffee Mug".

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you will see this:

    Searches related to coffee mug

    unique coffee mug

    travel coffee mug

    ceramic coffee mug

    funny coffee mug

    starbucks coffee mug

    custom coffee mug

    personalized coffee mug

    coffee mug descendents

    As you can see, the keywords are beginning to get longer.

    Go ahead and pick any of these terms and search for it again in Google - again scrolling to the bottom.

    I chose 'personalized coffee mug'

    Searches related to personalized coffee mug

    personalized coffee thermos

    personalized travel coffee mug

    personalized coffee mug with name

    personalized gifts

    personalized photo coffee mug

    personalized insulated coffee mug

    personalized coffee mug diy

    personalized glass coffee mug


    Every time you repeat this method, the keywords get longer and longer.

    Let's do it again....

    Searches related to personalized insulated coffee mug
    insulated ceramic coffee mug

    insulated travel coffee mug

    insulated glass coffee mug

    insulated plastic coffee mug

    best insulated coffee mug

    insulated coffee mug with lid

    insulated coffee mug starbucks

    insulated coffee mug microwave safe

    A lot of times when you're doing this, a keyword will pop up from a different niche - and you can start this process all over again by following that tree branch.

    Like this:

    Searches related to personalized photo coffee mugs
    photo message coffee mug

    personalized coffee cups

    picture coffee mugs

    personalized photo message mug

    personalized mugs for mothers day

    photo mouse pads

    personalized womens clothing accessories

    zazzle mug

    I grabbed 'photo mouse pads' and ran it through the search engine:

    Searches related to photo mouse pads
    custom photo mouse pads

    custom mouse pads

    photo mouse pads same day

    personalized photo mouse pads

    photo gifts

    picture mouse pad

    soccer mouse pad

    photo mugs


    When you're doing this, naturally you want to ignore most two-word phrases - as they will be the hardest to rank for.

    Once you have a decent list of longtail keywords - run them through the Adwords keyword planner and begin doing your search/competition research.
    SEMrush
     
    Matthew Sayle, Aug 4, 2015 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Salman Najeeb

    Salman Najeeb Member

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    why two phrase keywords are hardest to rank..??
     
    Salman Najeeb, Sep 9, 2015 IP
  3. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    because we are late to the game and they've already been taken.

    So

    one word domains - really hard to rank
    two word phrase domains - hardest
    three word domains - hard
    four word domains - not so hard
    five word domains- easier (but why would you?)
    etc
     
    sarahk, Sep 9, 2015 IP
  4. Leilani Sniffen

    Leilani Sniffen Greenhorn

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    I think it's neat how you were able to find those long tail keywords by using Google. I will use that in my suite of finding keywords.

    Another way, and it is software, is Traffic Travis. There is a free version where you can put in key words and it will search for all keywords. Especially long tail. It will even show you how much competition there is to ranking with the keyword. There is a free version online for newbies to start with. Will even disclose some SEO stuff too.

    Just sharing.

    Leilani
     
    Leilani Sniffen, Sep 9, 2015 IP
  5. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I always worry about those tools - do they have another tool that analyses the research being done and acting on the results?
     
    sarahk, Sep 9, 2015 IP
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  6. Leilani Sniffen

    Leilani Sniffen Greenhorn

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    I understand your skepticism.

    But for the lack of a newbie having any way of finding keywords, this is just an alternative. I know it helped me to get articles written for my blog.

    Leilani

    PS. To Salman Najeeb, my intent was to share another way of finding long tail keywords because they are important when one cannot rank with shorter keywords.
     
    Leilani Sniffen, Sep 9, 2015 IP
  7. Matthew Sayle

    Matthew Sayle Prominent Member

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    I have found the best tool for this is my eyes.

    It takes some time to check each one, but the longer you do it - the faster you get.
     
    Matthew Sayle, Sep 9, 2015 IP
  8. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    No, I was meaning the guys that make a tool have all their users looking for keywords and then they get to analyse what the users searched for and pick out the gold.

    There were claims a few years ago that a domaining tool was doing just that because people would find a great dropped domain, do their research but by the time they got back to buy the domain would be gone. Harder to prove with keywords but a great way to get other people to do your research.
     
    sarahk, Sep 9, 2015 IP
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    Salman Najeeb Member

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    thank you...!!!
     
    Salman Najeeb, Sep 9, 2015 IP
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    th.sigit Well-Known Member

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    (We do not have a thank you button here in DP so ...) Thanks! Really useful!
     
    th.sigit, Sep 10, 2015 IP