Every once in a while a really quality piece of software comes out that really changes the way we do research online.
Long Tail Pro is one of those pieces of software.
I love searching for new keywords and niches, but hate doing the research!
If there was a way to make the process much easier and fun I would definitely go for it.
Truth be told, I started using Long Tail Pro early last year then kind of forgot that it was still on my computer because I was working on a few other project. Then I saw that the new Long Tail Platinum software had come out with a ton of new features so I made the upgrade and am loving it!
Before we jump into how you can start using long tail keywords to promote your online business and explore new and less competitive niches, let’s first break down what “long tail keywords” are.
What are Long Tail Keywords?
The majority of us have some form of web site or blog in which we receive organic traffic from the search engines. While you likely have some big keywords that send you a lot of traffic individually, there is even more traffic being generated from your overall long tail keywords collectively. Wordstream does a good job at summing up the best way to explain e
“Long tail keywords are the longer, more specific keywords that are less common, individually, but add up to account for the majority of search-driven traffic. Long tail keywords are the opposite of “head” terms, which are more popular or more frequently searched on. For example, “fish tanks” is a head term, but “compare prices whisper aquarium filters” is a long-tail keyword.” – WordStream
The excerpt and image below from Left Click is also a great way to visualize the long tail keyword process and how it resembles traffic to a web site.
Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine coined the expression â€˜the Long Tailâ€™. His example was how Amazon.com makes most of its revenue from huge numbers of specialised titles, not the blockbuster, high-selling books we see in bookshops. Each specialized title may only sell hundreds of copies per year, but there are just so many of them, compared with the small number of â€˜top tenâ€™ books (which is, of course, always only 10). -Â Left Click
Using Free Methods to Find Long Tail Keywords
This is where the Long Tail Pro software really comes in handle, but I will cover some free and traditional methods first.
There are plenty of ways for you to find long tail keywords, most of which are free. You can even start thinking about some of the most basic and generic keywords that focus around your web site or niche, then expand upon them.
For example, this blog is in the “affiliate marketing” niche, yet there is a whole world of keywords and terms that relate to affiliate marketing. Just by using Google Keyword Tool and the regular Google Search engine we can find a bunch of long tail keywords based off our original “affiliate marketing” keyword.
To the right you will see just a snippet of the Google Keyword Tool results when putting “affiliate marketing” into the tool. You will also see full stats on the competition level and search traffic for each term when you physically use the tool.
Even Google the search engine wants people to use long tail keywords in their search because they are more accurate and refined for results.
Go ahead, the next time you visit Google and perform a search they will try and recommend other useful long tail keywords for you to search from. Not only will you see the results within the search box itself, but also at the bottom of the page in the “Searches related to keyword”.
There are plenty of other free ways to find long tail keywords using search engines and just your thoughts, but at the end of the day these examples are just giving you more keywords and not all of the stats and details you will need to decide if it’s a new niche and long tail keyword worth exploring.
Using Long Tail Pro to Find Long Tail Keywords
Now that you have an idea why long tail keywords are important and how to start your research for finding a new niche, let’s show some examples of how powerful and time saving Long Tail Pro is.
To stay consistent with the article, let’s stick with the “affiliate marketing” keyword.
Once you download and install Long Tail Pro, the first thing you are going to do is select your seed keyword that you want to start finding long tail keywords for.
The main screen of Long Tail Pro is pretty self explanatory but I’ll walk you through the process step by step.
We are going to add “affiliate marketing” as our seed keyword. If you wanted to add more you can do so and click “add” each time. You also have the option to enter all of the keywords you would like to run a search for, as well as applying other data sorting and filtering options.
After clicking the “Generate Keywords” button the software will take a few seconds to go through several hundred related keywords and provide a report for you, which you can see below.
Just like we saw from using the Google Keyword Tool, this software also provides you with full details on each keywords search amounts and advertiser competition, but also include the average CPC (cost per click) amount.
However the most important feature of this software is it’s ability to analyze keywords and provide you with a Keyword Competition score!
The higher the score, the harder it is to compete in that keyword niche.
It’s recommend that you try and find a long tail keyword in the 20-30 range as it’s much easier to rank and compete in. Going after keywords in the 30-40 range is also possible, but anything above that is pretty competitive.
Let’s go with “affiliate marketing training” for this example, as it has a 40 average KC and a nice $8.16 cpc with 82 for advertiser competition. It has a lower volume of search traffic than I would usually go after, but this is only for example. Normally I would say to go after keywords with a 10-20k monthly search traffic.
Now that we have chosen a keyword it’s time to look at the competition and who is currently ranking organically for the keyword.
The next thing we are going to pull another report using the software, this time it’s a Competitor Analysis report. In this keyword report we will get to see who is ranking for “affiliate marketing training”, their site rankings and the overall competitiveness to rank for your selected keyword.
From the screenshot above you will see the top ten rankings for “affiliate marketing training” in Google, along with the full site details such as page authority, links, juice, domain authority, moz rank, page rank and site age.
Two of the most important factors in ranking among these listings is going to the be Page Rank and Site Age. In other words, if you were going to start a brand new site it would take a decent amount of work and content / link building to compete for this keyword since the majority of sites are in 4-10 years range. Though you will also see than there are a few PR1 sites listed, which means it’s definitely possible for you to rank in the top ten.
All of the stats here are important, but the Long Tail Pro software is still putting all of these details into consideration to show you that the Keyword Competitiveness is a 38 for “affiliate marketing training”.
Using Long Tail Keywords to Build a Niche Site
Lots of people think the long tail keyword and niche site business is now dead since Google is throwing exact match domain and thin sites out of the search results. Actually it’s the complete opposite! This just means that you now need to focus on quality content and link building more than ever.
In this example we used “affiliate marketing” and broke it down to discover more long tail keywords we could use, but think about all of the other possibilities out there. What about the education training, small business, how to and exercise market? You can approach long tail keywords from so many different angles.
Don’t rush into the keywords you think you are going to use. Take the time to use Long Tail Pro to come up with new search and ideas… the stuff that you never even thought of might be the next hidden long tail keyword that does well for you.
If you’d like to grab a copy of Long Tail Pro for yourself, right now is an excellent time.
The software is usually $97 (and still is through ClickBank), but the software is available for the next few days only for the low price of $37!
Be sure to grab a copy. I’m sure you will love it and be addicted in no time!
Meet the Entrepreneurs and Experts of Affiliate Summit West 17
Thousands of internet marketers, entrepreneurs, content creators and brands will ascend upon Las Vegas this weekend for Affiliate Summit West 2017. Not only has Affiliate Summit become one of the largest affiliate and internet marketing conferences in the world today, it’s also one I’ve been closely associated with ever since the beginning. From it’s first conference in a small room in New York City with just a couple hundred people to now having more than 5,000+ attendees and conferences twice per year, it’s always been great to attend as both an attendee and speaker.
At the same time, it would be a huge mistake to discount Affiliate Summit as just another networking of marketing conference. The relationships, businesses and life experiences that are a result of the event is second to none — which I why I always recommend everyone to attend, no matter their current level of expertise.
By the way… if you are attending, don’t miss the awesome “How to Become a Millionaire Blogger” panel with myself, John Chow, John Rampton, and Syed Balkhi. It’s almost always standing room only, and rated as one of the highest attended and most valued sessions of Affiliate Summit.
Over the years I’ve literally met thousands of people through the conference and built many powerful relationships and business opportunities as well. With each new year, new speakers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers will take the next step in becoming financially independent, starting a side business or simply changing the world in some way or another.
To help you not only get inspired for this year’s Affiliate Summit West conference but also get inspired with just a glimpse of the talent at this event, I wanted to highlight some of my previous podcast guests, who will also be speaking at #ASW17. Enjoy, and I hope to see you there!
Inspiring Stories and Marketing Tips from Affiliate Summit Speakers
Below you will find a list of speakers currently on the agenda for ASW 17. However, through my podcast I’ve interviewed more than 80 different industry experts… many of which who will be also attending the event in one way or another. Be sure to check out the full list of interviews here.
Shawn Collins the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, which has become the largest affiliate marketing conference in the world today.
I’ve been good friends with Shawn for a while now and we’ve both been able to experience the affiliate marketing industry completely transition and develop over the past 15+ years. We were both in attendance at the Affiliate Force cruise, which was one of the first attempts at an affiliate marketing conference, but knew it could be done better. At that point Shawn and Missy decided they could do it better and the rest is history!
John Chow is one of the most well-known and successful bloggers in the world. If you’ve ever Google’d “how to make money online” or “how to make money blogging”, you’ve probably come across his name and site several times.
The amazing thing about John Chow was that he was never supposed to make money with his blog in the first place. What was originally just going to be a blog on his personal life and what he ate for lunch, soon became a “money making case study”. As John learned new and exciting ways to monetize his blog content and audience, the money just kept rolling in.
Jump forward several years later and his blog is now generating over six-figures per month, and most of it recurring and automated through his amazing sales funnel system — all of which John talks about in this episode.
Rachel Honoway is the CEO of For Me To Coupon. However it’s not her current position that we are focusing on, instead it’s the great journey that’s led her to where she is today.
The start of Rachel’s journey in the world of online marketing is nearly 20 years in the making. Rachel’s first job was at an internet marketing company called Kowabunga, where she first came in as an intern. As the company continued to grow in size, so did Rachel’s daily tasks and her job title. The company was soon acquired and Rachel was then managing more of the company than ever before. Once leaving Kowabunga, Rachel had a wide range of opportunities over the years before ending up at For Me To Coupon, where she is the CEO today — which is all discussed in this latest episode.
Syed Balkhi is not only a master at WordPress, but he is also an awesome entrepreneur.
Since an early age Syed has always had a passion for business and building success. This could be seen from the early years of his life when he was just a kid in Pakistan and selling greeting cards. Then later in life while in high school, Syed started developing sites of his own while quickly discovering what the internet had to offer.
Today Syed runs some of the most powerful and heavily trafficked sites in the world… and yes, they are all powered with WordPress!
Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert. He’s also the author of Google Power Search and co-author of The Art of SEO… so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff when it comes to SEO and ranking sites in the search results.
How sites rank in the search results can go all the way back to before 2000, which is when Stephan and his NetConcepts company started getting heavy into SEO services. The thing about SEO is that it’s always changing, so to be one of the best SEO experts in the industry, Stephan is continually at the forefront of the industry and connecting with some of the most successful experts, businesses, and brands in the world.
Geno Prussakov is an affiliate marketing expert, author, and international speaker.
In the world of the internet, being an expert is key. Geno has mastered the art of affiliate marketing and affiliate program management and through this expertise has been able to grow his personal brand and business at the same time. As the author of many best-selling books on affiliate marketing, and also haven spoke at 50+ different conferences on such topics, Geno is the voice many people turn to when looking for answers to their affiliate marketing questions.
Having trained thousands of marketing professionals through his various books and online blog, Geno also went on to create Affiliate Management Days, which is a conference solely focused on the art of successful affiliate program management.
Oliver Roup is the founder and CEO of VigLink, a company that helps content creators make money through the use of affiliate marketing, while not having to deal with all the complexities of individual tracking, manually creating links and joining multiple programs.
Before getting active in the online marketing space, Oliver had accumulated quite an exciting resume of previous work with Space X, Microsoft, Paul Allen and many others. However, what might be Oliver’s most exciting experience to date was taking his business at Viglink from an idea to the flourishing business it is today.
For Oliver, this isn’t something that would happen overnight. Instead, it was a long journey of meeting with investors and VCs, trying to convince them that his idea was worth their time and investment. After many failed attempts, Oliver finally found an investor that was interested and things started to move fast!
Years later and over $20 million dollars in funding to date, the company continues to grow and scale in size while also helping sites of all sizes make money with their content while also connecting them with some of the largest brands and advertisers in the world.
Russell Brunson is an entrepreneur and the founder of DotComSecrets and ClickFunnels.
While finishing up his last year in College, Russell wanted to figure out a way to make enough money so he could continue with his passion for wrestling and to take care of himself and his girlfriend. After dabbling in the online marketing space and going through various failed projects, Russell discovered that one of the most successful ways to make money online was through the use of ebooks, guides and selling information. While messing around with some friends, Russell wanted to create a potato gun and went to the internet to find out how to create one. Once he found that there was nothing out there, he quickly threw one together and made a little course of his own on how to do the same.
Jump forward several years and today you will find Russell Brunson with all of his attention focused on ClickFunnels, a WYSIWYG editor and seamless way to create high converting landing pages and sales funnels. Not only has ClickFunnels become a huge success, it’s also taught Russell how to grow and scale a company, while also learning how to remove distractions and only focusing on what matters most.
John Rampton is an online entrepreneur who has become a master at pay per click marketing, but even more importantly — making connections and networking with the right people.
I first met John Rampton several years back when he came up to me and asked for an interview while at Affiliate Summit. Since then we just seemed to click and started working on various projects together. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal, John’s writing can also be found on Forbes, HuffingtonPost, Entrepreneur and many other top media outlets and news sources.
One of the major reasons for John’s success in the world of online marketing can be attributed to his outgoing attitude, willingness to help others and talking with just about everyone he meets. Each of these are all required skills for making it in the world of business and forming new partnerships. With all of this in mind, it only made sense for him to leave his home state of Utah and make the big move to Silicon Valley, CA — the central economic focal point for everything internet!
Thomas Smale is the co-founder of FE International, a company that was founded in 2010 that focuses on website brokering for mid-market online businesses.
Back in 2009-2010 Thomas wanted to get involved in the world of online marketing, but with little technical experience, his options were limited. It was then that he fell upon the concept of buying and selling websites for himself. With only a few hundred dollars at a time, Thomas began buying and flipping websites and getting quite good at it in the process. As his reputation and experience in this space started to grow, so did requests from other individuals asking for his support in selling their own websites — thus, a new business venture begins!
Today Thomas is the co-founder of FE International, which has offices in two different countries and 11 team members — all with the focus on website brokering and mastering the art of buying and selling websites.
See you at Affiliate Summit West!
10 Strategies to Take Your Facebook Marketing to the Next Level
How should brands that rely on Facebook marketing shift strategy in light of Facebook’s latest newsfeed update (which makes brand pages more dependent on users sharing posts with friends)?
Facebook, with over 1.7 billion users, is a powerful marketing platform for any business. It allows you to reach consumers on a platform that they are already using every day.
But when users told Facebook that they wanted to see more stories from friends and less promotional content, Facebook implemented a news feed update that gave them just that. So what does that mean for your marketing efforts?
Businesses now need to work harder to ensure that their content is shareable rather than promotional. We asked ten entrepreneurs from YEC to share their best tips to ensure that your content still makes it on the news feed.
1. Be the Supplier for News Breakers
Step back and think about the sharing behavior of your own friends. They always want to be the first to share content that others have not already seen. Be fast and be first to break new stories relevant to your audience. Your Facebook page fans are more likely to share exclusive and engaging content to their own personal audiences if they feel it’s fresh and new.
2. Stop Selling and Start Engaging
Unless you want to pay Facebook to promote your content, you need to push more content that your audience is likely to share. The more shares and likes you drive, the more reach you get with your content. With Facebook’s recent change, the key is to stop using Facebook to sell and instead use it to educate, entertain and engage your audience.
3. Pay Facebook
Facebook is a public company. Any updates to its newsfeed algorithm are meant to help the company maximize its return to shareholders. My advice? Play the game. Pay Facebook its advertising dollars to ensure your content gets discovered. The cost to create content (designers, copywriters, etc.) is usually more than advertising. Budget a little extra for Facebook ads to produce your best content ROI.
4. Embed Interactivity
Reduce the number of links that you post on your page and focus on embedding content – articles and videos – into Facebook instead. Since Facebook users prefer to stay on Facebook, giving them content without sending them away will help to guarantee they actually share your content, which will then place you in front of other audiences. Share stories that are informative, not promotional.
5. Focus on Proven Tactics That Yield More Shares
Tactics like video content and helpful advice are some of the most commonly shared type of posts, so businesses should redirect their content strategy toward these tactics if they haven’t done so already.
6. Diversify Your Marketing Strategies
It is not a good idea to be solely dependent on just one marketing platform. In this fast-paced world, change is inevitable when it comes to marketing via various social media platforms. Diversify your marketing strategies across numerous platforms because safety comes in numbers. If changes on one platform don’t suit your business, move your marketing money to another.
– Engelo Rumora, List’n Sell Realty
7. Make Ad Campaigns Pop
With social media platforms now “competing for screen time,” companies need to make their advertising campaigns funny or memorable. We always remember those funny Super Bowl commercials, share them and talk about them. Making an emotional connection through storytelling will make potential customers remember your brand and create more buzz.
8. Network and Be Personal
You need to connect with friends and family on a personal level. Then you can market your services, just like you would in real life. You would not consistently blast your friends and family with announcements of your services, so don’t do it on Facebook either. However, a well-placed announcement for something interesting or important can be effective.
9. Make Content Sharable, Then Pay
If you have the right approach, this shouldn’t be a problem. You’re already creating shareable content targeted to the right audience. But even if your content is popular, you’ll have to pay to promote posts to a wider audience. Find out which posts generate the most engagement and pay to promote them. For brands, Facebook isn’t the free ride to huge audiences that it used to be.
10. Provide Value
Facebook is a game changer for any business that can master it. By providing value to the users that share your posts, it will give them an incentive to do so more often. For example, if you have an e-commerce business, offer a coupon code to anyone who shares your post. If you’re providing a service, give the users access to an exclusive blog post for sharing.
The answers above are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
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