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Mike reviews long tail keywords, which are three and four keyword phrases that are very specific to a site's content or business. Compared to the relatively fewer top keywords with higher demand, long tail keywords are more plentiful and therefore more cost effective to use.


Transcript from the "Long Tail Keywords" Lesson

>> This is great. So now we know like we want these influential sites linking to us. And we wanna build rich content. And it's gonna come time for us to try to figure out, which keywords are important to our business. And this tells us, what kind of content we should be writing about.

When we start talking about advertising. Keywords are very important in terms of knowing, where to invest some money and where to kind of steer clear. So there's this sort of new way of thinking about which keywords are the highest value, to invest in. And it has to do with this graph here.

So what we can see is that very rich keywords like very important keywords, that are highly competitive and highly sought after. They account for a little less than 20% of total searches. So here's an example of a very competitive keyword a Yahoo, one of our top search terms was car donation.

So can anyone guess why car donation might be like a really hard search term? So.
>> Are you looking for like a tax break?
>> You're looking for tax break?
>> Yeah.
>> Right. So, A you're looking for a tax break B, there's high intent, you're not gonna just search for car donation without really having a car on hand that you're ready to let go off.

You don't really, you want to get it done fast and you're just gonna Google for it, who will take my car and give me a tax break? The third factor here is, whoever gets that conversion, whoever gets the click and you see their address and you drive your car there, you're gonna leave a car with them.

Right? So we were seeing even like nonprofits, were competing for that search keyword at like $70 a click something like that. Which would be maybe a couple hundred dollars per conversion. They were willing to pay that much because what they're getting is for every conversion, a car that on average is worth $1200, right?

So that's a really competitive keyword that people are edging each other out on. Other competitive ones are like credit card, mortgage, diamond, diamond is a really like hot keyword. Like debt consolidation is a really hot keyword. Anytime you have sort of a commodity business where there's a lot of profit to be made by any player in the space like that.

You wanna stay away from that because they're all trying to edge each other out and they're just throwing tons of cash down to pay high dollars for those clicks. So moving down this graph to the right, we've got the chunky middle and that's where we start to put a little bit more intent into what people are searching for and what people are talking about.

Moving further to the right, we get high intent and so in terms of like, tying it back to front end masters. This would be the difference between investing in ads that target like, learn JavaScript or just the word JavaScript verses like an SEO metadata video course. If you're searching for SEO metadata video course, front end masters has something relevant that they can offer and they're looking for a video course and that is what front end masters sells.

And metadata is one of the topics that we're covering. It's so high intent, and there's a lot less competition over that right all of the React JS courses will fall away and you have a much smaller Haystack and they have a giant needle sitting right on top of it.

>> Yeah. I just, another follow up comment to that. I mean, a lot of our stuff is like very, very specific courses. So when people search those specific terms, like that is how we get like the majority of our customers actually, I mean over 30% of our customer, new customers come in through search.

>> Yeah.
>> That's a really, really big deal.
>> I'm not surprised.
>> With high intent keywords.
>> High intent keywords and by the way you'll notice so that long tail that is thick, like all the way out out the window across the to the next building here, so that accounts for 70% of all searches, these high intent, multi word phrases that are very targeted towards the product you have to offer.

And these could be like if you're selling shoes you might be like, you might say, men size 12 Dina's something, and yeah, you'd have to generate a lot of permutations of these things to like, build 1000 keywords that you can then target but fewer people are fighting over those.

And so you end up paying less, you end up getting more conversions like front end masters the same. So and when someone's high intent, they're inherently more likely to convert. Right, if someone's just looking. They heard the word JavaScript that like some, your grandmother heard you talking about JavaScript and they typed the word and they're what's this thing?

That's not something that's not a front end masters customer, so you filter out all of those general knowledge searchers and get people that like they know what they want. These two apps here SEMrush and Wordtracker. They are great for starting with some general keywords and figuring out some great like high opportunity phrases that you can use not only in the content that you write, but in your advertising strategy, right?

And so this would help you understand, what are the words that are relevant to my business that few people are fighting over. And that's where like the ROI for that is very high.

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