I wanted to do a Long Tail Pro review because I know that keyword research is important, and finding the perfect long tail keywords can increase your success dramatically. But finding those keywords can also be time-consuming. Getting free and targeted traffic is an important key to blogging success, though, so doing the keyword research is necessary.
I used Wordtracker for a while, but I didn’t find it a good enough fit for me to pay money for it every month. And, of course, I’ve used the free Google keyword research tool to come up with some keyword ideas, but that is hugely time-consuming, and it doesn’t give you all the details you need to figure out the exact right keywords to target.
I had read some great reviews on Long Tail Pro and decided to give it a try, and I will never look back. You can use this keyword finding software on both Mac and PC. If you have been struggling to come up with keywords that bring traffic to your blog, and you want an easy way to figure out exactly what keywords you should be targeting, then this Long Tail Pro review is something you need to read.
Who Created Long Tail Pro?
Spencer Haws is the guy behind the software. He also is the guy behind Long Tail University – offered with the annual plan of Long Tail Pro. He really hasn’t been focused on full-time Internet marketing that long, compared to some people, but his success is outstanding for the years he’s been working online! Besides Long Tail Pro, he has a lot of different niche websites, writes on Niche Pursuits, and buys and sells websites. He actually owns sites that make money through Amazon, so it’s no surprise that Amazon is integrated into his keyword research tool the way it is.
A Quick Peek Into What Happens When You Buy Long Tail Pro
I wanted to include this part in the review because I was a little confused when I first bought the software, and it was a little frustrating. Once you purchase, you will have to download the software to your computer. You can download right after purchase or wait for the email and download from there.
To be able to use Long Tail Pro, though, you need to download Adobe Air. If you don’t download it, you won’t even be able to install the software to your computer, so make sure you download that first. Once you have Adobe Air installed, go into the downloaded zip file and open up the installer package for Long Tail Pro and click on install. Then you have to enter your email and license key that you got in your email after purchasing.
Once that’s out of the way, it’s pretty easy to use. You add a project, enter in the project title, and then filter what country, language, and network you want to check out. Then click on ‘Create Project’, add your seed keywords – the main keywords that have something to do with your site, or add your own keywords that you want to search for, and then set whatever filters you want, such as local search volume and advertiser competition.
If you want to search for certain things besides the keywords, such as global search volume, Google title competition, domain availability, and Bing title competition, it’s going to take much more than a few minutes, but if you are creating a new project, I would recommend it. Giving the software a few hours to populate all the numbers you need to make an informed decision about the keywords you want to use is beneficial to your success.
It’s important to note that the first time, you will be prompted to log into your Google account, but don’t worry – the search that Google has created for you based on your preferences won’t interfere with the accuracy of this software.
The search for keywords alone, without any added requests, literally takes minutes. One keyword will take a few minutes, and if you put in more than one keyword, you can times that by how many keywords you put in. It goes through one keyword at a time, so you have to wait for each keyword to finish populating before you can get started analyzing the data.
The Features Of Long Tail Pro
First, you can get a list of keywords and long tail keywords in minutes. For instance, on one of my keywords, I had 796 results. That’s 795 more ideas for keywords than I had a few minutes before that, and most of them were long tail keywords that I would have never thought of on my own. And, on all five of my seed keywords on one project, I had a total of 2230 results.
Speaking of five seed keywords, one of the things I really like is the ability to put in more than one keyword at a time – up to five. Obviously, this is a selling feature that they point out because some other keyword tools don’t have this ability. You have to search one main keyword before you can search another main keyword. I would rather plug in my five keywords and get going on the results.
Once you get your list of keywords, you can check to see how many Amazon reviews there are for each keyword on the top 10 products shown on Amazon for that keyword. This is hard to explain without showing you exactly how it works. Let’s say you get ‘man seeking woman’ as a long tailed keyword, and then check how many Amazon reviews have been done on the top 10 results for ‘man seeking woman’ in Amazon, you will see a result of 2. That is an average of how many reviews are out there for the top 10 products on Amazon for that keyword.
A lot of people will find the Amazon little feature super interesting, especially if they have big ticket items that they can review from Amazon because that is where the real money is as an affiliate for Amazon. What I do is go through the keyword results and look for 0 or 1 Amazon product reviews (low competition), run over to Amazon and plug in that keyword to see what the products are, and if they are profitable, and if they are, I add a review for them into my editorial calendar.
Another thing that I need to mention in this Long Tail Pro review is that a lot of the tools you buy for Internet marketing don’t come with updates, so they are pretty much useless after a few months. We all have the software that we need to delete from our computer. In fact, I can’t count how many different services and tools I’ve used over the years that were super exciting in the beginning and became incredibly useless after a short time. But, with Long Tail Pro, you get updates for life. They are constantly working on their platform and making it better. That makes this a good investment for your online success!
You can also see how competitive your keywords are and how hard it will be to rank for it. You have to create a Moz.com account if you want to see how competitive your keyword is. Not that this is a big deal, but it is an extra step that takes a few minutes to set up right after you buy Long Tail Pro. With this feature, and with the Amazon feature, you can set a minimum and a max as a filter so that you are only shown results that are worth your time.
For instance, if you want the keyword competitiveness to be below 30 (the scale is from 1 to 100) then you can set the minimum to 1 and the maximum to 50. You can reveal the competitiveness and Amazon reviews for all your long tail keywords at one time, but it will take a few hours for the platform to sort through them, so you should have something else to do in the meantime.
Besides keyword research, you get an inside look at how your site’s keywords are ranking on leading search engines. That information is important to know when it comes to keyword creation, because if you are already ranking really well for certain keywords, then your main focus should be turned towards link building and maintaining the lead you have in the search engines, or building new keywords.
A while ago, you used to be able to check manually how you were doing in the search engines and had a pretty good idea of what you were being ranked for. But with Google+ and other personalized search results, you are not going to get an accurate idea of what your site is doing because the results will be skewed. Long Tail Pro takes care of that for you by giving you the accurate rank for your keywords on your blog or site.
For instance, if your domain name is meditationlover.com, you can check your URL against keywords like ‘how to meditate’ to see if you are ranking in Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The rank checker is a pull-up part of the program that sits on the bottom of the screen until you want to check it. It’s easy to use and informative. And, you can export your results to your computer.
When I first used the rank checker, I was surprised that I was not ranking for some keywords on a blog I’ve had for years. I wasn’t even found on Google! And I wasn’t anywhere in the first 250 results on Yahoo or Bing. It was a huge eye opener for me, which is one of the reasons I really like the Long Tail Pro software. You can’t fix what you don’t know.
And, any keyword tool wouldn’t be complete if you were not able to check out your competitors and how they are ranking and using their keywords. Long Tail Pro makes it easy to see what’s going on with each long tail keyword that comes up in your search results.
On each keyword you get, you can expand it to see the top 10 titles and URLs that are ranking for it. You can click on the URL and check out the article or web page, and you can get all the juicy information that helps you figure out how to surpass your competition. You can see the site’s age, page rank, Moz rank, domain authority, juice links, page links, and page authority. And, just like pretty much everything else on this software, you can export the competitor analysis.
Checking out the competition is important! Whether you are a new or old blogger, you need to understand that if you are willing to take a look at successful people, and do more than what they are doing, you can have more success. It’s such an easy and obvious concept, but most people aren’t willing to put in the time to check out their competitors and figure out how to outrank them. Moreover, most people don’t know how! That’s where Long Tail Pro can help you. If you are willing to just do a little bit of work, Long Tail Pro will do a lot of work, and you can use that information to move ahead of the competition.
To sum up the features, you get:
– Access to thousands of keywords in just minutes
– Access to all future updates for free
– Can look for keyword ideas with up to 5 seed keywords
– You can search by country, language, and network
– You can include adult ideas
– You can see average Amazon reviews for each keyword (Top 10 products for that keyword)
– You can see the advertiser competition and all the stats that help you determine who you need to beat and how
– You can see the local search number for the country and network you plugged in
– You get a suggested bid if you are thinking about advertising for keywords
– You can see the average competitiveness for each keyword
– You can install the Long Tail Pro software on up to 3 computers
– You can check where you rank for certain keywords in Google, Bing, and Yahoo
I’m sure I’m missing a few of the pros of this keyword tool. You will probably find some more for yourself as you use the software.
The Downside To The Software
For some results, it can take a while to go through. For instance, if you are looking to see how certain search terms are ranking for your URL, it can take a while for all the numbers to appear. Or, if you want to find out all the average Amazon reviews or average keyword competitiveness, then that can take a few hours. When it comes to the keywords, you get them within minutes, but the aspects that help you filter through the keywords you want to use and need to use takes a while.
The amount of data you get is huge. And, it’s fun to go through everything and see what’s happening on your sites and other people’s sites. But, that can waste a lot of time! You need to be disciplined enough to use the software for finding keywords, and then get busy on those keywords to start ranking and have more success.
The Price For Long Tail Pro
They used to charge a fee of $97 and then $27 for each month after, and other people have paid a one-time fee. This is why you will see different Long Tail Pro reviews have different prices; however, I think this last price change they did not long ago is going to be around for a while.
For each option, there is a $1 trial for ten days. After your trial is up, you will be paying:
– $352 per year for the annual plan. This plan includes all features of the tool, including access to the Long Tail University. There you will learn how the creator of this tool ranks for their profitable keywords. There are ten lessons in total, and they cover all you need to know about keywords, on-page SEO, and tracking. It’s like training on how to do things right, and the lessons are in depth enough to not leave you with more questions than answers like some other training sites out there.
– $37 per month for the monthly plan. This is cheaper than other keyword tools, such as Wordtracker, as of this Long Tail Pro review, but the monthly price doesn’t include the access to the Long Tail University. If you are comfortable with keyword research, and you feel like you know how to make it work for you, then that obviously won’t be an issue. Keep in mind, though, that if you pay monthly for a year, you will be paying $444 instead of $352.
It’s important to note that with the monthly version, you have the ability to cancel anytime during any month that you want. So, if you only want to use the tool for a few months, then you will pay $74 instead of the $352 annual fee. However, if you are serious about Internet marketing, then you may want to give the annual plan a try. Not only do you get the university training, and a 20% discount from the monthly payments, but you also get to try it out for enough time to see just how much it can improve your online business.
Try It Risk-Free
There is a risk-free trial of 10 days for $1. If you don’t like the software, you can cancel and move on to other things. We all know that reviews are in the eye of the beholder, and what one person loves isn’t for everyone else. That’s why risk-free trials are so valuable in the Internet marketing world. Without them, we would all be spending thousands of dollars on useless products that will don’t like. But, I don’t think you will find that Long Tail Pro is a useless product! So, I urge you to give a try risk-free. You’ve got nothing to lose – expect for a dollar!
Do I Recommend Long Tail Pro?
We have all created that list of keywords, not knowing if they are going to bring in the traffic we want, but after spending hours putting it together, we feel like we have to try. Going forward with that lack of confidence in your keyword list sucks, which is why I love Long Tail Pro. In the end, I feel confident with the keywords I end up with.
I’ve tried other keyword tools, and I can honestly say that I like this one the most. It’s so user-friendly that anyone can use it. And, if you don’t have a lot of time, you can outsource the work to someone else and have them work with a list of long tailed keywords that are going to be easy to rank for and pull in a lot of traffic. Remember, you can install this on up to three computers.
I like that I can quickly see what titles and URLs are ranking for certain keywords, and I can quickly figure out what they are doing that I need to do better. I can also figure out how well I’m doing in the search engines for certain keywords, and adjust the amount of work I do towards those keywords.
In the end, this is the ultimate keyword tool, and I believe it’s the last keyword tool you’ll ever need. I hope from this Long Tail Pro review you can see how awesome it really is. It gives you insight into everything you need to know to find the perfect keywords quickly and rank for them. If you have an online business, and you want to rank in search engines, then you need to use a keyword tool. Try out Long Tail Pro for the trial period and I think you will be hooked.