How to Find Long Tail Keywords for SEO

How to Find Long Tail Keywords

If you’re looking for ways on how to find long tail keywords, you’re probably already aware of how they differ from generic (or “head”) keywords. In a nutshell, long tail keywords are search phrases that typically consist of 3+ words and feature the following qualities:

– Have low SEO competition (which makes it easier to get into the Top 10 of search engine results pages).
– Are highly specific to certain niches (hence, can bring you highly qualified visitors that are very likely to convert to your customers/readers/followers).
– Have lower search volume compared to generic 1- or 2-word keywords. (However, in every niche there may be only a few of generic “head keywords”. While there are usually hundreds of long tail keyword variations, which, when added up, can potentially generate a decent volume of relevant traffic for your website.)

If you’re still not sure whether long tail SEO is the right strategy for promoting your website or blog, I highly encourage you to read this article first.

In this post I’m going to provide you with a plain-English guide on how to find long tail keywords. To make it as practical as possible, I divided the guide into 2 chapters:

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Keyword Ideas – a Brand New and Ultimately Useful Tool in HitTail

Keyword Ideas HitTail

Today we’re pleased to announce the release of a brand new tool, called Keyword Ideas. It allows you to get keyword ideas based on your entered term or phrase.

Unlike existing HitTail keyword suggestions feature, this new tool is not dependent on your website’s traffic, meaning you can use it even if you’ve just launched a new website or blog.

All you have to do is to enter a phrase (which could be a topic, service or product) and click Search. HitTail will generate keyword ideas highly relevant to the entered phrase, which people use in real life when searching Google. Each keyword idea comes with an estimated number of monthly searches and the number of web-pages you will have to compete with when targeting a given keyword. You can try the new tool for free by signing up on this page.

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Long Tail Keyword Examples

Long Tail Keyword Examples

Let’s face it – the Internet is flooded with tons of articles claiming numerous benefits you can potentially get when targeting long tail keywords. But what those articles lack most of the time is real-world, practical examples that can give you a clear idea of what long tail keywords actually are and how you can apply them in your SEO strategy.

In this post we’re going to fix this omission and give you long tail keyword examples taken from real-world case studies. But before we continue, I just want to quickly remind you what long tail SEO is all about (feel free to skip this chapter and head over straight to the example #1 if you are already well-familiar with the theory).

Definition: long tail keywords are search phrases that are highly relevant to your specific niche, product, service or topic, have low competition level, comparatively low search volume and, generally, consist of 3+ words.

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The Hidden Value of Long Tail SEO

Long tail SEO is a lesser-known, yet incredibly powerful technique for building up organic search traffic for your business. Numerous studies suggest that long tail keywords are easier to rank for, bring in more combined traffic, and convert more visitors to customers, as compared to "head" keywords. In this article we're going to discover in detail what long tail SEO is and whether you should use this technique as a part of your keyword strategy.

What Is Long Tail SEO?

To answer this question, let's first dig deeper into different keyword targeting strategies.

When researching keywords, most SEOs consider the following three core keyword qualities (you should consider them too!):

Search volume – the average number of times people have searched for a given keyword during a specified period. Naturally, the larger the search volume a keyword has, the more visitors you can potentially bring to your website by targeting this keyword.

Competition – how easy/hard it is to outrank competitors with a given keyword.

Relevance – the more relevant to your specific product, service, or website topic a keyword is, the more likely it is that visitors who've found your website with this keyword will actually convert to paying customers.

Early SEO adopters (at the beginning of the Internet) were focused on targeting keywords that have high search volume. There wasn't much competition those days, making it relatively easy to get into the Top 10 of the search engine results page (SERP) virtually with any keyword.

Relevance wasn't of a much concern either due to large traffic volumes. For example, when you're in the Top 10 with a keyword that has over 100,000 searches per month, and your website's CTR (click-through-rate) for this keyword is only around 3%, you still get as much as 3,000 visits per month (100,000*3%). And if you are in the Top 3 with this same keyword, your website's CTR may rise up to 30%, meaning you will be receiving around 30,000 visitors per month from a single keyword! Chances are that some of the visitors will actually find what they are looking for on your website and become your customers.

But things have changed since those days. According to Netcraft's March 2016 Web Server Survey the total number of sites across the Internet has reached more than a billion (1,003,887,790). Compare this to only 603,367 sites that have been registered in the late 1996:

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Meet the New HitTail Team

Greetings to all HitTail users and followers!

Today we have exciting news – HitTail has been acquired by a new team of experienced search engine marketers, developers and designers. Stas Tatarin – HitTail’s new manager – has over 8 years of experience in search engine marketing and is happy to become a part of the HitTail team.


“I feel truly grateful to Rob, who has been building HitTail during the last several years, for the opportunity to take HitTail over and continue its success. I believe that search engine marketing will remain one of the most efficient ways to promote businesses and brands online for the coming several years. Whether you have an e-commerce website or blog as a hobby, being found easier on search engines is the key to success.

At the same time, I realize that not everyone needs to be a SEO expert to be able to drive targeted search visitors to their websites. And not everyone has the resources needed to hire expensive search engine marketers or agencies. If this is the case, HitTail is a great and efficient solution.

What’s more, most keyword tools require the website owner to come up with keyword ideas, but HitTail analyzes existing traffic and provides suggestions for new keywords each month, based on existing traffic. HitTail works in the background and provides you with new keyword suggestions daily or weekly, while you can focus on other tasks. It is easy to set up too, as it doesn’t require any code snippets to be deployed across the website.

It is kind of “hands off” tool that I’ve been asked for many times. I was excited when I first found HitTail and now I’m really happy to know that we just acquired it.”

– Stas Tatarin

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