Making money online should never be considered an easy or overnight task, but there are some ways to make the journey shorter. I have a tech blog at TechWalls but honestly I have to use money from other sources to maintain it. One of my major online revenues comes from micro-niche websites.
As I stated in a previous article, the most important step to build a successful niche website is choosing a niche or keyword research. Long Tail Pro is the new keyword research tool that has gained a lot of attention in the last few months. The tool is developed by Spencer Haws and it’s just got released in January 2013.
As many famous internet marketers like Pat Flynn SmartPassiveIncome or Justin Cooke and Joseph Magnotti from AdSenseFlippers recommended this tool, I was also very excited to give it a try. I’ve used the tool for just a couple of weeks but it brings good results for my niche sites already.
That’s the reason why I write this post to introduce some great features of Long Tail Pro and how I am using it to research keyword effectively.
1. Add seed keywords and generate ideas
To get started, just add the keyword that you are interested. Click on generate keywords to start fetching keyword ideas. For example, I am interested in skating, so I use the keyword “humidifier” to generate more long-tail keywords. The program works very fast and just about 10 seconds later, I ended up with 801 results. This is faster than all keyword tools I’ve tried before.
You can’t browse hundreds of the keywords to determine which one is feasible because it takes a lot of time. The tools has some ways to narrow down to your desired results.
Choose Customize Data and pre-filter to apply some filters. Here I use the two filters, which are Local Search Volume and Suggested Bid (Average CPC). I set the global search at 4,000 and bid at $0.6.
You may also want to know if the exact match domain is still available and the tool is offering this feature as well. On the same screen, check on the option Domain Availability.
The number of results now decrease to 410, however, there are just a few keywords coming with available domains. You scan though the whole list and you will find out a suitable one. For example, here I found the keyword “ice skates kids” with the domain iceskateskids.com. It is not a bad choice.
2. Keyword Competitiveness
That’s just the beginning. The most awesome feature of the software is Calculate Keyword Competitiveness but you will have to pay extra $27 per month to upgrade to Long Tail Platinum. I just click on the Calculate button and the score will show up. The score is calculated on a scale ranging from 0 to 100. The lower the score, the higher chance you can get better ranking. It represents the authority and how well other competitors are targeting the keyword. The special feature is included in the Platinum version only. This is actually an algorithm that analyzes important factors of the current top 10 Google Results for this keyword. Most other keyword research tool doesn’t have the quick analyzing tool and we were often confused with the large amount of information. The input data of this algorithm include whether the keyword is included in URL, title, page authority, page links, juice page links, domain authority, mozRank, Page Rank and site age.
The score of 0 to 30 means that you have low competition for the keyword and your website could reach the top 10 results soon. Higher score from 30 to 50 means that you have moderate competition and it will take more efforts. If the score is ranged from 50 to 100, your keyword has very high competition and you shouldn’t go with it.
If you use the Pro version, you still can see the competitor analysis but there will be no Keyword Competitiveness Score. Therefore, you will have to analyze the information by yourself. Here is how the screen looks like.
3. Rank Checker
The last feature of Long Tail Pro is Rank Checker. Just like its name suggests, you can use this feature to check rankings of different keywords for any website. Just fill in your keywords, website address and they will get your rankings on the 3 major search engines including Google, Yahoo and Bing.
This plugin is promised to add 2 more awesome features in the near future. The new features include Auto-search and Track Rankings, and custom calculations from keyword results. Overall, this is the best and most friendly keyword research tool I’ve ever used. I’m using it to research keywords for my 2 new niche sites and it works pretty well. More reviews with detailed results will be posted here in the upcoming time. In the mean time, you can try the Long Tail Pro/Platinum tool immediately as it comes with free 10-day trial.