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My secret to finding the best long-tail SEO keywords with web analytics

This long-tail keyword research tutorial uses Google Analytics, but the idea behind this method can be applied to any capable web analytics software. Also keep in mind that keywords can actually be—and often the best ones are—short sentences.

Getting to your long-tail keywords in web analytics

  1. Open your site in Google Analytics (obviously)
  2. Select a reasonably long timeline (3 months will work)
  3. In the left-hand navigation go to Content » Top Content
  4. In the Top Content table, select the page for which you want long-tail keywords
  5. In the Content Detail page just below graph and "This page was viewed xxx times" header, choose Keyword from the Dimension dropdown

6 things to consider when choosing the best long-tail keywords for SEO

Once you have selected your page in step 5 above, you'll see a table that lists the top keywords for that page ordered by Pageviews. Here are 5 things to consider when choosing the best long-tail keywords for SEO:

Choose your top 15 keywords, slip them into your content and your meta tags. Watch your search engine traffic rise.