So, you want to make money online?
Of course, you do. Everyone wants (and needs) to make money.
Maybe you have already started a blog because you have heard it’s an easy way to make cash, but you are not quite sure how to actually make money from blogging.
Well, here’s exactly how to make money from your blog.
- Set up your blog
- Create useful content that gets lots of traffic
- Build engagement with the readers that come
- Convert visitors into email subscribers
- Sell products or services your audience wants
That’s it. Five steps.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Well, the process is simple but each step is enormously complicated and there’s a lot to know about each step.
For instance, do you want to sell your own products or services? If so, which ones?
What if you don’t have any products and services to sell? What would you do then?
Well, there are plenty of options left to make money blogging.
Here are just a few of the options:
- Monetize with Google Adsense
- Monetize with Private Ads
- By including affiliate links within your content
- By selling memberships
- By selling e-books
- Or Using content marketing as a tool for Your Business
No matter which group you’re in, if you want to make money from your blog – whether it’s a hobby blog or a business blog – It is possible!
Which model should you choose? What should you do?
It’s all up to you to decide, but before making your decision, there’s one thing that you need to understand:
You need traffic to make money from your blog!
No matter how great is your content or how awesome is your website design, If you don’t have the significant number of traffic to your blog then you can’t make enough to support your family or make a living on your own.
I’m not saying that to discourage you. I just want it should be worth the time and money you are spending on your blog.
Okay! That’s enough with the intro part (I know it was long and boring :P), let’s dive into the part which interests you the most…
Is it really possible to make $1,000 a Month Business?
Yes! It is possible.
I have done it with my blogs and I’m much sure you can do it as well.
The tactics I’ve been using will work for anyone.
If you were expecting a post on getting quick rich things, that’s not necessarily where I’m heading.
Today I will show you every single step that you need to follow to create a blog and make $1,000 per month from it using long tail keywords.
Well, you may think why $1,000 only, why not $2,000 or $5000?
I know $1,000 per month is not much money but it is still a lot for someone.
Also, $1,000 is certainly achievable, you may generate even more or less, but it is realistic for you to make $1,000 per month. So I’ll stick with this numbers only.
On a side note, this post is not to motivate someone to start blogging. It is best suited for someone who already made the decision to start a blog and need some help to generate revenue from their blog.
So, how did I achieve those results, and how can you gain similar ones?
Let’s dive in to find out.
What are long tail keywords?
I know you may have heard this term before, but let’s recall it.
Long tail keywords are those three and four keyword phrases which are very specific what your visitors are more likely to use when they are looking for something related to your business.
They may seem little confusing at first, but they can drive lots of targeted traffic to your website if you know how to use them.
Take this example: If you’re a company that sells mobile covers and cases, the chances of your websites coming on top of an organic search for “cases and covers” will be extremely low or I would say next to never.
Because there’s too much competition for those keywords, but let say – if you are specialized in iPhone cases and covers, then keywords like “iPhone 8 plus covers” are going to reliably find those customers looking for exactly that product.
In virtually every case, whenever a visitor uses a highly specific search phrase, they tend to be looking for exactly what they are actually going to buy.
These type of searches are far more likely to convert into sales than general generic searches that tend to be geared more toward the type of research that customers typically do prior to making a buying decision.
In a 14 month period, Neil Patel was able to generate 173,336 qualified visitors from long tail keywords itself!
If you will publish in-depth content focusing around your targeted long tail keywords on regular basis, you will definitely see an increase in search engine traffic, attract more customers and grow your business.
And how to effectively use long tail keywords in your content marketing? So that you can generate at least $1000 per month.
I will show you how to do it step-by-step in this article. Specifically, you will learn:
- Case studies on long-tail keywords
- How to research long-tail keywords
- Tools to help you select right long-tail keywords
Without further delay, let’s dive in.
1. Case studies on long-tail keywords
There are so many bloggers and business taking full advantage of long-tail key phrases to generate more revenue because the search terms are very less competitive along with very high conversion rate.
I’ll start with my own case studies first then I’ll show you case studies of some other business as well to show you the real power of long tail keywords.
Case study #1: In October 2015, I created a niche blog on electronic gadgets with Flipkart affiliate marketing as my only source to generate revenue.
I wrote 20 to 25 high-quality articles focusing around my targeted long tail keywords.
Within a short time, that articles started ranking in top 5 positions in Google SERPs.
And as the time passed by, those articles continue to get over 25,000 visitors per month from the search engine.
As you can see in above image also, one month after publishing the articles I have made Rs. 19,781 in the first month.
In the second month, I made Rs. 63,215 and in the third month it was dropped to Rs. 13,526 because I’ve made a switch over to another affiliate program (You can read the complete details here).
But after that, I again started promoting Flipkart products within my affiliate links and I was able to make 46,383 in the fourth month.
Since I have created this blog for an experiment and it was quite successful so after running it for few more months, I decided to shut it down as I was not able to focus on my other blogs.
Case study #2: Nothing fancy here but in July 2016, I published an article on how to make money from Payoneer affiliate program.
I have created this post just to show how much you can potentially earn from the Payoneer referral program itself because I was getting lots of email regarding this, that they are not able to generate a penny from this program.
So I created a post and sprinkled some of the long tail keywords into my post and after some time that post started to rank in top 3 positions in Google SERPs.
I can’t say about now but you may find my post on the first page of Google, and talking about revenue I was able to generate $350 in the first month.
I know it’s not big but just think this way I just spend two-hour in writing that post!
Two hours and $350 in revenue – For me, it’s not bad at all, and that post still drives me at least $100 every month.
They published 50 in-depth blog posts in just 5 weeks, each targeting a long-tail search query.
Resulting in instant high rankings in search engines and improved search traffic.
I hope by now you have understood the potential impact of long-tail keywords on your website growth, let’s learn how to research long-tail keywords for your business.
2. How to research long-tail keywords
Many website owners and business owners think that keyword research is no longer important.
All they think is that they have to insert some long tail key phrases in their posts and tons of traffic will fall into their laps.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case!
Keyword research is extremely important, and when you are doing particularly for long tail keywords then you need to take extra care because targeting wrong or irrelevant long-tail keywords will not grow your sales in any way.
Here are some examples of good long-tail keywords in the shoe niche:
To research long-tail keywords related to your business, follow these simple steps:
Step #1: Start with seed keywords. Let’s assume that you want to target the keyword “Men’s shoes.” To find long-tail variations on that seed keyword, go to the Google Keyword Planner and type in “Men’s shoes”. Then, scroll down and click “Get ideas.”
Step #2: Click on the keywords tab to show all of the keywords related to Men’s shoes.
Step #3: Now look for the most relevant keywords that match with your business. The keywords you select, make sure they are relevant because we will need it for longer variations.
Step #4: Now copy one of the keywords highlighted in black above and put it into the search box for long-tail variations.
Now, to generate up to 10-15 long-tail versions, follow these three simple steps:
Step one: Visit Ubersuggest, Enter your keyword and click on suggest.
Step two: Now it will show you tons of long tail keyword examples but you need to pick the ones that best describe your business.
Let’s say you have picked:
- Formal shoes with jeans
- Formal shoes brown color
- Formal shoe combo offer
Now you need to write a piece of content and use each long tail keyword for your subtitle and bullet points.
Now there’s one important thing that you need to consider – What kind of traffic you want to target for your business.
You don’t know what’s running on your customer’s mind, all you can know is what keywords they are searching for in Google.
Most of your customers aren’t ready to buy yet, some of them prefer to browse while some want to learn more about the product before placing the final order. What buying cycle does your keyword fall into?
If consumers haven’t made up their mind to purchase, they will probably search for “informational keywords.”
Some of the examples for informational keywords are:
- foot massage tips
- On-page optimization tips
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However, when the prospect is ready to buy, you can use keywords displaying commercial intent.
Commercial keywords usually contain certain prefixes or suffixes, which modify the long tail keywords.
You need to learn the importance of them.
For example, A keyword like “watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S. show online free” is not the keyword you need to target as the person is not at all in a mood to spend any money.
On the other hand, keywords like “Buy F.R.I.E.N.D.S. TV episodes”, “F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DVDs” will convert much better.
Here are some of the examples of keywords that people use just before making a purchase:
While doing your keyword research you will find both informational and commercial intent keywords.
But you need to target those only that matches with your business.
Let’s understand this situation with the help of an example.
Situation #1: Let’s say you are the owner of a website that provides specifications, news and other stuff related to television.
Then some of the keywords you can use are:
- Sony LED TV Specifications
- Panasonic LCD TV pixels ratio
- The number of USB ports available in LG TV.
- And so on..
Situation #2: Let’s say you are the owner of some store that sells Television offline as well as online.
Then some of the keywords you can use are:
- where to buy Sony LED TV
- Panasonic LED TV cheapest price
- LG TV best buy
- Panasonic LED TV lowest price buy
- Deals on LED TV
- Offers on Samsung AMOLED TV
- And so on..
Situation #3: Let’s say you are the owner of a website that provides reviews, prices, comparison on Televisions.
Then some of the keywords you can use are:
- Sony LED TV Reviews
- Is Sony LED TV worth the price?
- Panasonic LED TV V/S Sony LED TV
- Samsung 32 inch LED TV prices
Did you notice the difference between these situations?
You need to target different keywords depending upon business.
If you try to mix the keywords or target wrong ones, then you will end up receiving irrelevant traffic.
You don’t need tons of traffic to make money, you only need targeted traffic.
In the first case study, I have created a website that revolves around situation 3rd, and that’s why I targeted the people who are looking for review and comparisons on electronic gadgets.
And despite the low traffic, I was able to generate money from it because I was targeting right keywords.
I hope you have understood the difference between selecting long tail keywords and selecting right long tail keywords.
Now I will give you the list of some tools that will help you in doing your long tail keyword research.
3. Tools to help you select right long-tail keywords
Since our goal is to make $1,000 a Month Business From Long Tail Keywords, we need tools that will make the work easier.
With so many options available, it’s important to avoid wasting time and to choose wisely.
Some of the tools that you can use to research long-tail keywords very quickly are:
1. Ubersuggest – I have already talked about Ubersuggest earlier in this post, it is a great tool for finding long-tail search terms.
This tool can give you easy to rank key phrases and tons of long-tail keyword variations.
Just type your seed keyword (e.g., create online store) into the search box and click “Suggest.”
2. Keywordtool.io – You can get up to 750+ long-tail variations of your keywords for free with this tool. Just visit their site and input your primary keyword (e.g., search engine optimization) and click the search button.
Here are the results that you will see:
3. Google Adwords Keyword Planner – I have already talked about it in the post and explained as well so I will not explain it again.
4. Google related & auto-suggest – This is not a tool but this is a great way to generate long tail keywords on the go.
To do this just visit Google, and enter your keyword and you’ll get relevant long-tail keywords:
Don’t forget to scroll down the search results page to find any related search phrase at the bottom.
SEMrush – When it comes to keyword research tools SEMrush is my favorite. However, it works a bit differently than the tools I’ve shown you so far.
You don’t need to enter a seed keyword in order to get a long list of keyword ideas, SEMrush shows you keywords that your competition already ranks for.
Here’s how it works:
Head over to SEMrush homepage and enter your competitor URL and click on “Start now”. (I’m using moz.com, just for example)
On the top, you will see domain overview of your competitor and number of backlinks they have.
When you will scroll down a bit, you will see a list of top organic keywords that your competitor rank for, you will also see a list of main organic competitors.
There are tons other things that you will see there but I can’t give a full explanation here itself. For that, you need to go and check out yourself.
Also, you can use SEMrush search with a keyword instead of a competitor’s site, just enter your keyword instead of your competitor URL in the search box and you’re all set.
This tool is not free, but it’s worth the investment if you’re really serious about SEO.
If you want to give it a shot, here’s the link that will give you 14 days free trial (worth $150).
In conclusion, all I want to say is keyword research is a lot more than simply typing in a keyword into the Keyword suggestion tool and downloading the results.
You need to target right keywords in order to achieve best results.
I know long tail keywords are not the only factor that Google considers to rank any website on the first page of google.
But if you write really high-quality content focusing around your targeted long tail keywords, you will definitely see an increase in your search engine rankings.
Don’t expect sudden overnight increases in rankings and organic traffic, SEO is a long-term game.
It can take some weeks if not months, to achieve tremendous search results.
Making $1000 per month is not a hard task, you need to do some hard work and keep some patience.
Sooner or later, you will definitely achieve it (or maybe more 😉 )
And as always, If you have any questions – feel free to ask in the comment section.