How To Search Long Tail Keywords For Your Posts?

Long tail keywords are the 2-3 word phrases that people search on search engines. The main advantage of using long tail keywords is that they narrow down your competition and rank you high. I target Long tail keywords and my posts automatically get ranked for short tail keywords as well. Isn’t it a win-win deal? 🙂

Long tail keywords basically help you rank for multiple keywords and increase your traffic.

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Here in this post, I am going to share some ultimate ways of searching long tail keywords for your posts.

Most of the short tail keywords are very competitive that makes hell difficult for you to rank your pages. So, I would suggest you go for long tail keywords such as “Best Premium Leather Wallets” instead of “leather wallets”.

Just using Long Tail Keywords won’t rank your pages on the #1 position. They need to be analyzed through the keyword research tools to check their competition and average monthly searches.

Earlier, I used to rely a lot on Google keyword planner to search long tail keywords but now as they have removed the exact search volume of the keywords, I prefer SEMrush over Google Keyword Planner but still, I use it to get an approximate figure.

What I do is that I just plug in my competitors’ links in SEMrush and find out long tail keywords with low search volume and low competition. {Even a low competition keyword with a 10 search volume is not a bad deal}. Never underestimate the power of low search volume keywords, they can drive you a hell lot of traffic and make sales.

The main point is that long tail keywords drive you targeted traffic, and more the targeted traffic you get, more sales you generate.

Isn’t it? 

Let’s have a look at common methods to search long-tail keywords:

1. Use Google Suggestions

When you search for a term in Google search engine, it gives you few more suggestions at the end, related to your query. Those queries are based on the related topics on the query you searched.

Suppose I searched “SEO tips”  in Google. It gave me few suggestions for long tail keywords.

research long tail keywords for your posts You can also widen the ideas by clicking on one of the suggestion and now take ideas from the keyword” SEO tips for beginners

Now, if you want to still want more similar ideas then you can click on one more suggestion and grab more long tail keyword ideas from it.

2. Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest is a free keyword suggestion tool that gives you ultimate long tail keyword ideas by adding a letter to your keyword.I am using Ubersuggest from past 2-3 months and I must say it an awesome tool as it helped me in generating sales online.

It’s not so easy to generate thousands of long tail keywords on your own. You need some help and for this purpose, Ubersuggest is highly recommended.

Ubersuggest delivers the results on the basis of info shared by Google suggest and other suggestion services.

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The best part of this tool is that it’s not so complicated. What you need to do is just type your keyword and select the language. It will automatically deliver amazing results through which you can make a relevant list of long tails keywords you wish to target.

Once you get a list, you can plug in those keywords in SEMrush to get their keyword search volume and competition.

You can also expand the results for the particular long tail keywords shown by clicking on the keyword.

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Now, you can generate thousands of Long tail keywords ideas within few seconds. Isn’t it amazing?

3. Forums

Before moving further let me tell you the basic definition of the keyword. The keyword can be a single word or any phrase that user types in the search engines to look for the solutions for his queries.

Now, you might be thinking how forums can be useful to find long tail keywords ideas. Am I right?

Forums give you an idea about which types of queries are commonly searched by users. Use this Google string to search the forums related to the keyword you’re targeting.

 "Keyword" + "Forums"

For example:  I am looking for long tail keywords ideas for the keyword”SEO” through forums. I used the google string “SEO” + “Forums”. Here, I got some useful forums related to SEO.

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Now,  I got some long tail keywords on SEO chat forum.

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Blogging is all about solving problems, isn’t it?

Forums tell us about the most commonly faced problems by users. Once you get the problems faced by your defined audience, you can draft an in-depth post around it and help them! 🙂

4. Soovle

Soovle is an another awesome tool for searching long tail keyword ideas but it would deliver you less keywords ideas as compared to Ubersuggest. Everyone wants to rank his pages on the #1 position on Google, but have you thought of ranking on other search engines besides Google?

 I don’t think so…

Soovle fills that gap.


Search engines other than Google can also drive good traffic to your posts. So, you should consider them too!

5. Google Keyword Planner

Note: As Google Keyword Planner has stopped showing exact search volume, I prefer SEMrush over GKP, but still I use it to get an approximate figure.

Google keyword planner is the commonly used tool in the industry. I am a huge fan of Google keyword planner. The most common mistake that we make is that we never filter the results.

We just enter a keyword and jump to see their average monthly searches and competition.

Here I will tell you how to make proper use of Google keyword planner to get relevant keyword ideas.

Step 1. Sign in to Google keyword planner with your google account. If you don’t have, then create one. It’s free!

Step 2. Click on “Search for new keyword and ad group ideas

Step 3. Time to target your audience. Targeting is a very simple task. You just need to Select the country, language and Search engine for a particular keyword you’re targeting. Leave the “Negative Keyword” option as it is. Negative keywords are the keywords on which you don’t want to advertise. So, this option will only apply to the Adwords users.

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Now, the final step is to search for a keyword and click on keyword ideas.

6. Quora

Have you ever heard of this word before? If not, then you’re missing out something important. Quora is a question-answer website where queries are created, answered by the community.

Now, you might be thinking how this community-based website would get you long tail keyword ideas? Am I right?

Through this site, you’ll actually get to know the queries that people are searching for. What you just need to do is to sign in and type your keyword in the search box.

There it will show you the queries searched by the users. Now what you need to do is the choose the relevant long tail keywords out of it and jump to Google Keyword Planner/SEMrush to analyze their competition.

For example. Your niche is internet marketing. So, you searched for the keyword ” SEO” in Quora. Now, you will get to know the queries that people are searching and what problems are they facing.

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Here, I got the results. I have pointed out some long tail keywords which you can target after analyzing their competition.


Getting higher rankings in the search engines is not a big deal only if you’re following the correct strategy to research long tail keyword ideas. If you’re a newbie then I would recommend you not to rely on short tail keywords as they would rank your pages nowhere. You need to compete with sites having thousands of backlinks.

By-the-way, I have already written a post on how to rank for short-tail keywords in Google

So, what methods are you following to search the most relevant long tail keywords for your posts?

Nikhil Ganotra (Nick)

Nikhil Ganotra is the owner and editor of Universal Blogging Tips. He is a passionate blogger from India. He loves to read and write about content marketing and SEO related topics. You can catch him on Twitter or use this contact form.