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Is my long tail keyword research being done correctly?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by deanmoney, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. deanmoney

    deanmoney Junior Member

    Mar 17, 2009
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    I use two different programs to help me pick my long tail keywords. First I use Long Tail Pro and select at least 5-word terms that have a "Keyword Competitiveness" score of 30 and under. If they pass that test I take the same word and go to ahrefs and then see if the term has a "Keyword Difficulty" score of 15 or under. Does anyone here do something similar? Should my competition numbers be for both be lowered? Thanks.
  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Mar 21, 2013
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    Most 5 word terms should be considered relatively easy unless it's something truly specific.

    To be sure though, just check the precise term at adwords.
  3. Nick Flame

    Nick Flame Executive VIP

    Aug 26, 2007
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    5 keyword long tails are relatively easy to rank, as long as they define their own category, but sometimes things get tricky.

    best wireless router of all time
    has almost the same competitive difficulty as best wireless router. Mostly, the same websites appear in top, since the extra words are just filler words. So you also need to use a little bit of common sense when evaluating the niches and see if it makes sense for you.

    I think there is more value in evaluating the top 10 results individually and see how many weak websites you find, rather than relying to much on metrics as the final answer. Metrics like KC or KD are good as a general indication, but without a manual look at the top results, you can still miss sometimes.