Do you want to rank for long-tail keywords at Google?
This case study post will show you how my organic traffic rose dramatically in just one month so that you can experience the same results.
Interestingly enough, the time overlapped with Christmas week, a time when the blogosphere is usually at its sleepiest.
This is a follow-up to my popular post 13 Best Free Tools You Need to Improve Your Long-Tail Keywords.
That post gave you 13 tools to help you find long-tail keywords and improve your search engine rankings.
This post explains five secret methods that will help you find long-tail keywords, rank high for them, and get your website get found in search engines more often.
In addition, the post will offer additional free tools and methods you can use to rank for long-tail keywords and screenshots proving these tips work.
If you rank high for long-tail keywords, you will increase your blog’s visibility in search engines and increase your organic traffic.
By following the tips in this post, you will be able to get your search engine traffic to have a major boost.
My posts have taken many formats. Today’s post is unique. This article is in the form of an email correspondence I had with SEO tips expert Clay. The post then becomes an interview and finally a case study showing these results work.
Consider this conversation:
He did not call me “Mostly Blogging,” and he did not call me “Janice Wald.” Instead, he called me a “DA 40.” That’s how important Domain Rank is.
Fortunately, my good friend and SEO expert Clay agreed to be interviewed for this post and advised me how to improve my SEO strategies, and I am passing along that information to you:
I’m going to give the exact steps that I use to rank for my keywords. This is not a post, or [information] that you can find somewhere else, but this comes from all knowledge that I have on SEO.
How to Rank High for Long-Tail Keywords
First of all, you need to choose a keyword (I prefer a long-tail keyword). Why?
How to Rank For Long-Tail Keywords Using Tools
Install Mozbar – A Google chrome extension that tells you DR and importantly PR (page rank) which matters a lot.
I interviewed Clay about these SEO tips.
(Note: Neil Patel lists posting your article to aggregator sites is one of the first steps you should take after publishing a new post. Neil recommends starting with Reddit.)
How to Rank for Long-Tail Keywords Using Outreach
SEO Expert Matt LaClear agrees bloggers should ask influencers to link to their content. Look at the comment he made when responding to a blog post about how bloggers can avoid making common content creation mistakes:
A tactic I like to use when creating content is to do so with the thought in mind that I am going to reach out to the biggest influencer in my industry to ask him or her to link to it when it goes up as a post.
Having this person as my primary link target for the piece FORCES me to create much more superior content, as I have no intention of asking an influencer to link to weak content. That would kill my credibility with that influencer in a heartbeat.
Now if he or she links to the post I will get a lot of good traffic from it, but even if they don’t link to it, my readers still get to consume a much better version of my content.
According to Matt, asking influencers to link to your blog post is a win-win situation. If they say no, you have still created a quality blog post for your readers.
What are the Results?
These were “secret” tips since Clay had never published them anywhere before.
To summarize Clay’s secret tips:
- Choose a long-tail keyword you want to rank for. Use the free tools he recommends to help you choose.
- Then, Google the long-tail keyword phrase you chose to find what your competitors’ (people already ranking for that word) Domain Authority is. If their DA is lower than yours, don’t pick it.
- Make the anchor text of a backlink the long-tail keyword in your article.
- After publishing the post, share it on content curation sites as well as on social media.
- Remember the competition you Googled? After you publish, ask those bloggers to publish your link in their article (it’s on the same topic so it’s related content and won’t invoke Google penalties). In exchange, offer to publish their link in your article. However, Clay advised not asking any of the bloggers you found on Page 1 of Google since they may not respond to their emails.
Clay recommended many free tools you can use in order to increase your SEO.
If you would like more free blogging tools, click here to get your own downloadable PDF of my free blogging tools list.
Readers, please share this article so other content creators see that you can use these tips, that Clay had never published anywhere, to rank for long-tail keywords at Google.
What’s your opinion of Clay’s SEO tips? He offered you methods and tools to choose long-tail keywords for any blogging niche. Have you already tried to rank for keywords? How are your efforts going? Have you ever checked to see if you rank for keywords? I look forward to your views in the comments section.
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