How to Find Long Tail Keywords For SEO and Rank Today (2018)

Everyone’s dream is to rank for keywords like “Blogging,” “SEO,” “Social Media,” “Google”(Okay that’s too much).

Sadly, if you are just starting out maybe then this wouldn’t be possible for you! {Brutal Truth}

However, there is a technique which you can use to rank for keywords and get targeted traffic to your blog even if you are just starting out.

The technique is known as Long Tail Keywords!

I know many of you must have previously heard the name of long tail keywords! But still don’t know how to exactly find those keywords, rank them, and attract highly targeted users.

Well, today in this mega guide I’ll share with you the ways which I personally use to find long tail keywords and rank my blog articles pretty easily.

Remember, this is the only technique which will help you survive in the initial days of your blogging journey. And to be honest with you guys, it’s always difficult to rank for head tail keywords like “Blogging,” and “SEO.”

I’m not saying that you cannot rank for those keywords, but you have to beat all the authority websites to rank for your desired keyword. Which in my opinion, is a bit difficult if you are just starting out.

So, let’s first understand what long tail keywords are.

What Does A Long Tail Keywords Mean?

Definition of Long Tail Keywords: Long Tail keywords are three to four word phrases which have less competition compared to the head-tail keywords.


How to find long tail keywords for SEO

Image Source: Neil Patel

Let’s understand the types of keywords:

Head Tail Keyword – Blogging
Medium Tail Keyword – Start blogging
Long Tail Keyword – How to start a blog in 2018

Other examples of long tail keywords are:

“How to start a blog and earn money.”
“Blogging tips to get success in 2018.”

I think now you get the idea clear, right? Basically, long tail keywords are made for a very narrow audience and you cannot target mass audience with it.

Let’s now quickly read what are the benefits of a long tail keyword.

Long Tail Keywords Benefits

Here are few points which I feel will be beneficial to all who are targeting long keywords in their article.

#1. Little To No Competition

As I have mentioned earlier, you won’t find many big players competing on long keywords. Due to this, you have a higher chance of getting rankings if you start targeting long tail keywords. All you have to do is focus on keywords that are three or four words long phrases and start writing SEO optimized articles on it.

#2. Highly Targeted Audience

Although you’ll get a little less traffic compared to the head keywords. However, the traffic which you’ll be getting would be highly targeted. The best thing about targeting long tail keywords is you can convert those readers into customers easily.

A visitor searching “Facebook Messenger” will not convert easily compared to a visitor searching for “How to download Facebook Messenger.” You need to understand the user intent before writing your articles.

#3. Better Conversions

As I told earlier, chances of converting those people who are coming to your website are very high. You need to have a strategy in place for them to convert.

A visitor coming to your website from a long tail keyword already knows about the topic beforehand. They just need more information on the topic and they have high chances of converting into a subscriber or a paid customer.

I think it’s now clear in your mind that why you should target long tail keywords and don’t run only for head tail keywords.

How to Choose Long Tail Keywords?

Here are few things which you should look before hopping into any long tail keyword

Keyword Should Be 4 Words: Your long tail keyword should be at least four words. The longer the keyword, the better you’ll understand the searcher intent.

Describe A Product Feature: If this describes a product feature, the search will be more specific.

Low Keyword Difficulty Score: Make sure you are targeting keywords that are low in competition compared to the head-tail keywords.

Let’s know understand how you can find long tail keywords for improving your SEO.

I will cover this in 2 ways:

  • The paid way
  • The free way

Ways to Find Long Tail Keywords the Paid Way

In the paid way I’ll be covering how you can find long tail keywords with paid tools.

NOTE: There is nothing like you cannot find good keywords without paid tools. It’s just that the tools mentioned in the list are specially designed to find long tail keywords (LTK) so that it saves your time.

#1. KWFinder

Kwfinder is in the market since long, and it’s one of the best Keyword Research tool out there currently. I personally use this tool to do all my keyword research.

If you want to know the same strategy which I use to find long tail keywords with KWFinder, then keep reading!

Step 1: Create your account on KWfinder for FREE.

KWFinder Homepage

Step 2: Next you need to enter any seed keyword in the search bar. Here we’ll take the example of “Keyword Research Tool.”

KWFinder Keyword search

Step 3: You now need to apply filters so that you only get low competition long tail gem keywords.

KWFinder Filters

Step 4: After applying the filter you have to collect all the long tail keywords list for your next article.

KWFinder Filtered Keywords

#2. SEMRush

SEMRush is another great tool with which you can find long tail keywords easily. SEMRush is free for 30 days so make sure you check it out.

Follow this steps to find long tail keywords from SEMRush.

Step 1: Enter your seed keyword in the search bar.

SEMrush Search Bar

Step 2: Choose the Phrase Match option so that you get the exact match phrase of your target keyword.

SEMrush Phrase Match

Step 3: Use filters and find low competition long tail keywords.

SEMrush Filters

Ways to Find Long Tail Keywords the Free Way

#1. Google Autocomplete

In this method, I’ll show you how you can find long tail keyword using google autocomplete feature. It’s a 100% free method.

Check out this video:

Step 1: Go to and enter your keyword.

Step 2: In this case, we’ll be taking “Keyword Research Tools” as our focus keyword.

Google Search Bar

Step 3: After typing the keyword just hit space for once and see all the suggestions that Google throws at you!

Google Autocomplete Feature

Step 4: Another thing you can try out is, type in your focus keyword and hit space. After that start typing alphabet like “A,” “B,” “C.”

Google Autocomplete alphabet feature

For better understanding see the above. And if you liked the video don’t forget to subscribe to the channel. It keeps me going! 😀

#2. Google Related Searches

This is another good way to churn out FREE long tail keywords for your article. Follow the simple steps listed below:

Step 1: Go to Google and type in your target keyword.

Step 2: Now, directly go down and find the Related searches section.

Searches Related To Keyword Research

Step 3: You can now see a bunch of long tail keywords in related searches.


This is a premium tool which you can even use for free, but there are certain limitations with it. I personally use this tool to find all the long tail keywords for my articles. In my opinion, this is the best tool to find four to five word long tail phrases.

Step 1: Head over to

Step 2: Search for your keywords and select the destination country and the preferred language.

Step 3: Hit the search button, you’ll find some crazy long keywords with this tool. Search Results

Pro Tip: You are not restricted to Google. In fact, you can find keywords for YouTube, Amazon, Bing and other platforms.

#4. Answer The Public

It’s the best free software available out there in the market for finding long tail keywords in my opinion.

It has a unique feature of showing you the question-based queries which people are searching in Google.

Questions are related to: “how,” “why,” “when,” “what,” “which,” “where.”

You can go crazy with this tool if you use it properly.

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: enter your keyword into the search bar.

Answerthepublic Search Bar

Step 3: Enjoy unlimited long tail keywords. You’ll find keywords related to questions, preposition, comparisons, and alphabetical.

Answerthepublic Keyword Suggestions

#5. Spy On Your Competitors

The next way is to directly spy on your competitors and steal their keywords. I know this sounds shady, but you need to do it to outrank them.

For this tutorial, I’ll be using Ahrefs. If you don’t have Ahrefs, you can use SEMrush.

Watch this quick video to completely understand the trick

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Next, you’ll see a search bar wherein you need to feed your competitors URL.

Ahrefs Search Bar

Step 3: Now you need to click on their organic ranking keywords.

Ahrefs Organic Keywords

Step 4: Here you need to be smart, instead of just checking all the keywords you need to use the filters.

Step 5: Check the image below for knowing the filters I use.

Ahrefs Filters

Step 6: Once you apply these filters you’ll definitely get meager competition high search volume keywords.

Step 7: Take any of those keywords and use Answer The Public to find long tail keywords for SEO purposes.

#6. The Wikipedia Way

This is a unique way of finding long tail keywords. However, it depends on the niche you are in whether this will work or not.

The trick is very simple, and you’ll be amazed how you can find so many good long tail keywords with Wikipedia.

Step 1: Go to google and type in “your keyword” + Wikipedia.

Keyword Research Wikipedia

Step 2: You’ll be taken to the Wikipedia page of your target keyword. Scroll down a little, and you’ll find Table of Contents.

Wikipedia Table Of Content

Step 3: BOOM! All those are your long tail keywords.

I know you have never thought of this trick ever before. But, this is how a smart blogger works. Now, as you know it you can call yourself a proud and smart blogger. 😛

How To Implement Long Tail Keywords in Your Article?

The best way to use your keywords is to naturally sprinkle them in your article. Instead of forcefully inserting the keyword you should use other variation of long tail keywords. Like if you’ll notice I have used so many long tail keywords in this article.

The other way is to use Latent Semantic Index (LSI) Keywords to keep a balance between your keywords density. Keep in mind that you don’t exceed the limit of 1.5-2% keyword density and use variations of long tail keywords and LSI Keywords.

Where To Put Long Tail Keywords?

  • First 100 words
  • H2 Heading
  • Sub Headings (LSI Variation)
  • While ending the article.
  • Sprinkle variations all over the article.

Are Long Tail Keywords Better to Target In 2018?

Yes, they are, without any doubt. Long Tail Keywords is the best opportunity for any new website owner who wants to rank in a short period of time. It’s working since long, and it still works very like a charm. I’d highly recommend you guys to try it and experience the results on your own.

If you are targeting a single long tail keyword, you’ll be surprised by how many other keywords you are ranking for which you haven’t even targeted in your article. So, it’s definitely worth the try.

Over To You

I hope you know have a detailed understanding of what long tail keywords are and how they work. It’s the best and the easiest way to rank a website in a couple of months. I’d highly recommend you to try out this method. I have tried covering all the question, however, if I miss out on any question then feel free to add it in the comment section below, and I’ll add it soon. 

If you are still reading then do leave a comment below. It will make my day 🙂

12 thoughts on “How to Find Long Tail Keywords For SEO and Rank Today (2018)”

  1. Well covered Yash,

    Yes, It’s easy to rank with long tail keywords. But now a days, Big marketing Gurus also focusing much on long tail keywords.

    So as a new owner of website, we have to be more smart to rank in the search engine.

  2. Thanks for sharing this amazing information with us. But I have a doubt in my mind that should I go for high competitive long tail keywords as you mentioned in the article that they are easy to rank or should I go for less competitive long tail keywords? Waiting for your suggestions…

    • If you can find low competition long tail keywords with medium search volume that would work great for you in the initial days. Once you gain some authority, you can then target high competition long tail keywords and rank high in few months (But only after you make your site authoritative) 🙂

      All the very best 🙂

  3. Hi Yash!

    What an impressive work! This article is awesome, You explained everything in simple and easy to understand language. And thanks for sharing this knowledge about Keyword Tools, especially Answerthepublic method. Earlier I didn’t know about Finding long tail keywords from Wikipedia. Thanks again for this Wikipedia tip.

    Thank you

  4. Detailed Article on Long tail seo keyword ranking. Thank you very much. I would now start working according to your article and try to rank my website. Thank you once again.

    Manal Shaikh

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