5 Reasons Why You Need to Focus on Long-Tail Keywords

March 22, 2019

Kerrie Ashall

Long-tailed keywords are powerful weapons for  websites – they account for 70% of all web searches. Here are 5 reasons why you need to focus on long-tail keywords.

1 – They are great for drawing traffic

A website that reviews credit cards will have little use for long-tailed keywords. The name of the credit card being reviewed is the most powerful keyword. The second most powerful keyword is the name of the credit card followed by the word “Review.” SEO revolving around these keywords would help a financial website business thrive.

However, a website giving tutorials on the Blender 3D animation program will benefit from long-tailed keywords that span into questions, and it will benefit from the content, questions, and answers contributed by followers in the Blender community. Such a website will even draw traffic from long-tailed keywords embedded in questions that people have asked on its forums.

2 – Google Images Appreciates Long-Tailed Keywords

Stop underestimating Google images. If people cannot find what they are looking for, they will check Google images and Google videos. In fact, many times, people cannot remember the name of what they are looking for, so they will enter a search phrase and check Google images to see what looks familiar. Title your images and include descriptive Alt text, and this will act as your long-tailed keywords.

Also, as a side note, try creating your own images, either through graphic design, photography, or both, and then add them to your website because they will rank higher on the Google images search engine results, as Google recognises when you have copied an image from another online source. Also, images are handy for people who are aiming to improve their mobile SEO.

3 – Marketing Companies Are Leveraging Long-Tailed Keywords

Do not misunderstand, there are marketing companies that are concentrating on smaller key-phrases, but they are only doing so with businesses that thrive on smaller/popular keywords. For example, if a marketing company is promoting the new Suzuki Katana, then the keyword “Suzuki Katana” will be the most powerful keyword. However, many marketing companies are refocusing their efforts towards long-tailed keywords and they are doing very well.

4 – Long Tailed Keyword Movement Is More Stable

The shorter and most popular keywords are heavily contested. One week, on Google’s first page, the keyword “orthotics,” the SERPs are full of different results that may not always be what you’re looking for, as shorter keywords provide broad results and thus more competition.

However, if you enter the long-tailed keyword, “Best orthotics for climbing,” then you are more likely to see a smaller range of results on the first page of the SERP (search engine results page). This means there is less competition, and that it’s quicker and easier to rank at number one.

5 – Google Suggestions Are Long-Tailed Keywords

Type in a few words, and Google generates suggestions based on what it thinks you want. The Google suggestions function is the reason why long-tailed keywords are so powerful. Google suggestions are written as sentences, and these sentences may act as long-tailed keywords in and of themselves, and/or they contain usable long-tailed keywords.

It is often a good idea to search Google for your web pages and steal a few long-tailed keywords from the Google suggestions that are generated.

Conclusion – Experience Teaches the Best Lessons

Your own experience will verify what you have read here. As you upload content and you search for suitable images, you will see your own images appear for the oddest long-tailed keywords, and you will notice how the keywords you stole from Google suggestions seem to generate consistent traffic.

Experience will teach you what is working and what is not, as SEO is fluid, dynamic and shifts whenever user interest shifts.

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