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You Ask, I Answer: Long Tail Keyword Search Volume?

Maris asks, “How do you assess how many monthly searches is enough? Some of the terms we want to rank for have really low search volume. But how many is too many and how many is ‘just right’?”

This is a terrific question that can really help to highlight how modern search works. The answer is that you have to use the same kinds of technologies – in this case, a machine learning technique called vectorization – to understand how competitors achieved the rank they have with their current content, then build from that. That may mean words and phrases that have nothing to do with your key terms at first glance. Watch the video for full details.

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In today’s episode, Maurice asks, How do you assess from a keyword research perspective? How many monthly searches is enough? Some of the terms we want to rank for have really low search fine.

But how many is too many? And how many is just right? This is a really interesting question because it relies upon understanding how search engines work today.

In the old days, you just went after the biggest keywords as best as you could, because that’s where all the traffic was.

And over time, some SEO folks did figure that if you just feel went after a bunch of longtail stuff, you could aggregate all that traffic together.

But what’s changed really, in the last two to three years is Google’s ability Google in particular.

But this is also holds true mostly for being as well is that they’re getting away from Justin, keywords into topics into clustered terms that are semantically related.

So in the example, the rest of the question, the the target was meal kits, well, what are the things that are that are semantically and topically related to meal kits that you would want to use that demonstrate the ability, your your authority to speak on such a thing.

So there’s a couple of different ways that you can go after this one is to take the route term meal kit.

And then using the SEO tool of your choice, find all the words and phrases that incorporate that phrase are those terms of those words, or semantically related words like meal kit, meal prep, pre made meal, delivery, Home Delivery meal, home delivery, meal kit, how much does a meal kit cost? There are a number of question tools that will do things like that, what are the best meal kits, meal kit reviews, meal kit service near me, you name it.

And that’s that’s where a lot of the the general SEO community has gotten to know wit, where you want to go.

The level you want to kick this up to, is to use machine learning technique called vector ization, and all of the pages and terms that your competitors rank for.

So again, using the competitive SEO tool of your choice, RF sem rush, spy foo Mas, whoever you want to pay money to the data is the raw data is going to be about the same.

Buzz Sumo would be a good example, RF content, scanner, whatever, go to your competitors site, put their competitors site in the tool, extracted all the pages that they rank for.

And what you’ll need to do is extract the actual text from those pages.

And some of the SEO tools will do this for you extract the text for you.

And you’re going to feed that into a system that will establish mathematical relationships with every word and phrase on that page.

And you’re going to do this for all of your competitors that you compete with and that you aspire to compete with.

So Blue Apron, green chef, red cookie, I don’t know I have no I don’t use meal kits, I have no idea who actually is in that space.

And when you have this massive corpus, then you’re going to use those mathematical relationships, and type in the word meal kits.

Okay, now show me what in all these competitors is semantically related, because you got to pick up things that you wouldn’t think of naturally, with just the term milk as phrase.

So for example, if you did this, you might see like chicken comes up a lot, right is is closely related appears in close proximity in this mathematical model to the word meal kit, asparagus, maybe frying discount coupon.

But what you’re doing is you’re reverse engineering search rankings, your reverse engineering search rankings, using the exact same technology that the search engines themselves use.

So you’ll find all those things that all those related terms.

And you’re going to create content around those terms, even if it doesn’t use the word meal kit anywhere in the term.

That linguistic relationship is what search engines that use the same technology are starting to infer, if you talk about these things, you are an authority on meal kits.

Right? So it’s a very, very fun exercise to do to do this type of advanced competitive analysis and see what is in the universe of words and phrases around the term meal kit.

Find that build out your content based on that, then everyone pick up an even bigger notch, feed those terms back into your SEO tool, get the rankings for traffic on those, build your content in the order of the ranking and then even use predictive analytics to forecast when should we be blogging about chicken catcher Tory meal kits or chicken statutory prep? Or easy chicken category dinner idea? Whatever the thing is? That’s how you take apart this question.

It’s not a question of how many monthly searches is enough? It is a question of are you checking the box on everything that the search engine sees as linguistic really related to competitive sites that you want to take market share away from? And you may want to even think about once you know those terms, repeat the same exercise for those top terms and go out to like recipe sites for ideas and content that your competitors haven’t figured out yet.


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