Long tail keywords – Future of SEO

Getting traffic from the search engines is a great way to scale website traffic, for free. The quality of the visitors are high and it doesn’t cost like paid ads. But the biggest challenge for marketers is getting good rankings on the search result pages.

Getting good rankings for competitive keywords is extremely hard. The website needs to have a good domain authority and relevant backlinks from trusted sources. That cannot be created overnight.

However, you need not wait forever to start tapping into high-quality search engine traffic for your relatively new website. Instead of trying to rank for short-tail keywords, rank for long-tail keywords. You will start ranking faster, because there is less competition in the long tail keywords.

In this article, I want to show you some of the strategies that you can used to tap into the search traffic from long tail keywords. Short-tail keywords are highly competitive and have a lot of search volume. Long tail keywords have low search volume, but there are many possibilities.

A good thing about long tail keywords is that the quality of the traffic will be better than the ones from short-tail keywords. That’s because the internet users who search with long tail keywords are deeper into the buying funnel than the people who search for short tail keywords. The following graph makes it clear.

Someone searching for “digital marketing training institutes in Chandigarh” is more likely to sign up for a digital marketing training program than someone who searches for just “digital marketing” or digital marketing institute.

To scale your search traffic using long tail keywords, you need more content. This increases your investment in content generation. As long as you believe that the investment in the content is going to produce enough returns, you can go ahead with it.

The Long Tail Concept

The long tail is not limited to SEO. The concept of the long tail has been there for quite some time and exists in retail and e-commerce business as well.

Amazon was able to beat other traditional book stores because Amazon has “unlimited shelf space”.

A traditional book store can only store so many books on their shelf, so they only store the best selling ones. This is the short tail. High demand, popular, known to everyone. Let’s say, for a book to qualify to be on the shelf of a typical book store, it needs to sell 500 copies a month.

Amazon stores all their books on warehouses which are away from the city. There is no shortage of storage space, so they can store even books which sell only 50 copies a month.

More than 50% of Amazon’s book sales come from the long tail topics, which are large in number but each topic will have limited demand.

Amazon is a disrupter in the books space and they used the concept of long-tail. They competed with well-established book stores like Barnes and Noble, and crushed them. All with the power of long-tail.

If you want to compete against the big websites, focus on the long tail. Competition in the long tail will be low. Big players will not focus on niches because the market size is not big enough for them.

The long tail, with so many possibilities, together can sometimes be bigger than the short tail, as seen on Amazon’s case here. That’s why long tail is the future of SEO.

There is also a book called The Long Tail by Chris Anderson which is an entire book only on this topic.

As the book’s title says, the future of business is all about selling less of more.

Have more product options, sell a little bit of everything.

And the future of SEO is getting less traffic to more number of pages on your website.

Together, the total traffic will be more than the short tail keyword traffic that your well-established competitors get.

I hope this article gave you ideas and inspiration on how to tap into the long tail keyword possibilities available on the web. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

Via – Digital Deepak.

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