I also want to talk about what kind of traffic you can expect to get for a number one ranking in Google and also where you really should be looking for the majority of your traffic. It does probably not where you think so, as you can see here, I’ve got the the keyword tool page open and we’re going to go ahead and use coffee mugs for this.
For this demo before you do run any queries I suggest clicking. This only show ideas closely related to my search terms, box it’ll, give you much better results out of the gates and I like to search by local monthly search volume to begin with so real briefly, we’ve got all the keywords here. Obviously the competition in the Google ad network lets you know how many people are bidding for this keyword, the global monthly searches and the local monthly searches.
If you’re doing this for e-commerce, you’ll want to focus on the local monthly searches, those will be much more applicable. So the most important thing to understand, and probably the biggest mistake people make when using the keyword tool, is not understanding how match the different match types work and, as you can see, there’s three different types of matches: broad exact and phrase and the keyword tool defaults To broad, so broad match, like the name implies, is going to include pretty much anything related to your search terms, so for coffee mugs.
If somebody typed in what type of coffee should I put into my mugs, that would pop up, you know ignoring the fact. It’s a ridiculous search to begin with, but the two words don’t have to be next to each other. You know the order isn’t as important. I think it might, even if mugs was for some coffee was there that might show up as well. So it’s really going to give you a huge variety of different searches.
So broad, isn’t quite is isn’t real. Accurate. A phrase is much better and phrases going to only return, search, queries that use the phrase. Coffee mugs in that order. It’ll still return some extra things and some extra queries. So, for example, if someone typed in where, where can I buy coffee, mug or I hate coffee, mugs or my wife keeps hitting me with coffee mugs, you know any of those would pop up under you know.
Under phrase match, but it is a little more accurate, but but the best of all these is going to be exact match. An exact match like the name. A prize is only going to is only going to show search, queries or report search volume for the exact search, coffee mugs, and this is going to be usually what what I use and what I recommend using when you’re doing research, because it’s going to filter out A lot of that extraneous information, so we can see down here now: coffee, mugs, we’ve got you know: 12,000 local monthly searches and which is great.
So you might be thinking: oh, hey, 12,000, local monthly searches. If I’m number one for Google I’m going to get. You know I’m going to get almost all of those and as wonderful as that would be that’s just not the case, and the reason is because Google’s gotten more aggressive recently with their advertising here, I’ve got the the Google listings for coffee mugs and you can see Zazzle is, is the number one organic listing or than the number one non paid listing that Google at Google displays, but above them, they’ve got three ads here and you’ve also got this big side bar on the right with a bunch of pictures and paid advertisements, and So there’s a lot of you know, there’s a lot of stuff competing for that number.
One spot that’s paid advertisement, and I can tell you, based on a number of keywords, that my business is ranked number one for that. Based on the results, Google will show you in the keyword tool. You can. Probably you can you can plan on getting about thirty percent of the volume if you rank, if you have a number one ranking and that that’s a little squishy, it could range anywhere from thirty to fifty percent.
But 30 percent tends to be much to be much more accurate in my experience so out of 12,000 local monthly searches. If you have the number one ranking that Zazzle site, it’s probably only seeing four thousand people a month for this. So maybe you don’t just a few over. You know. Maybe one hundred twenty hundred thirty people a day which can be a little a little little depressing, but the good news is you’re not going to get the majority of your traffic from this.
This number one money term is what I refer to it. As you know, kind of your route term, where, where you’re going to get probably 80 to 90 percent of your traffic, is in the long tail of variations of that term. So, for example, we’ve got coffee mugs here, but listed below that. The second second highest volume query is personalized coffee, mugs with 3600 custom, coffee, mugs, travel, coffee, mugs, funny coffee mugs, and these are what I refer to as long tail variations or long tail keywords and they’re.
Just the root keyword, obviously with some additional modifiers on there and the thing that’s great about these long tail keywords is: is one they’re easier to rank for because not as many people are going after them and two they usually convert at a much higher rate than Kind of your primary primary keyword, because they’re more specific and if you serve up a page, that’s optimized for for that term, whether it’s travel, coffee, mug or you know, personalized coffee, mug you’ll be able to get a much higher conversion rate on there.
So this is where you’re going to get 80 to 90 % of your of your your traffic and when you’re researching a niche, be looking for lots of these variations in this coffee mug example. You know, we’ve got you know almost a dozen here with with more than 500 500 search terms, maybe more than that. So look for lots of variations in the long tail and also look for the search, the search phone. You want to make sure that it’s you’re always going to have it drop off.
You’re, never going to have or very infrequently are you’re going to have the long to variations have as much volume as your money or route keyword. But you want to see once you do get into those long to variations. They don’t drop off to significantly, and here there’s you know four coffee, mugs, it’s pretty decent you’ve got thirty. Six hundred twenty-nine hundred you know you’ve got about all looks like six or seven they’re in the thousand range and then we’ve got another dozen.
Probably you know in the four hundred to a thousand range, which is what I would call a deep niche. So that’s that’s a really encouraging sign. So let’s look at a different example: fishfinders I’ll sort, these by local monthly search volume, again we’re on exact match here and you can see fishfinders. It has about 2,400 exact matches per month and then we’ve got. We’ve got a few variations: we’ve got Eagle, fishfinders L’Orange fishfinders hummingbird fishfinders, but you know really only a couple in the just there’s three they’re in the thousand range and then we drop way off to three hundred and two hundred and by the time where a dozen Down or in the 100’s or even you know, ten down around the 100’s.
So this isn’t to say this mark would be awful, but I would I’d be a little leery of the fact that it’s not a deep market, there’s, not a lot of longtail variations, and so, instead of maybe getting you know, you know 80 to 90 % of Your ear keyword, traffic from longtail variations – this might be something where maybe it’s more like 65 to 75 percent. Again, these are ballpark numbers, but you do want to look look for those longtail variations, they’re, indicative of of good markets getting into and and indicative of, the possibility of a lot of your traffic coming from those longtail variations.
So three key takeaways for this article. The first is make sure you’re using phrase or even better exact match to get more precise results when you use the keyword tool. Secondly, just remember that when you are looking at those those money term volumes that you’re only going to get a fraction of those – and that’s even if you’ve got a number one listing in Google. So don’t don’t overestimate how much traffic you’ll get from those and finally make sure you’re.
Looking at how deep a niche is and looking for those longtail keywords, because the more you have of those and the less the volume drops off with those longtail keywords, the better chance, you have it getting a lot of traffic in that niche. It’s also a great strategy to pursue those longtail keywords in terms of SEO and marketing, because you’re going to be able to rank for those more easily will be less competition for them and they’ll convert better.
So if you have any questions about this article or about using the keyword tool in general love to answer them, they’ll do my best too. I just please leave them in the comment section below if you did enjoy this article and are interested in in learning more about niche evaluation, market research, ecommerce and how to start your own business or how to how to do research and improve your existing e-commerce business.
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