The Proven Method to Ranking on the First Page of Google For Any Long-tail Keyword


So you want to write an article that ranks on the first page of Google for a long-tail keyword?

Fine. So does everyone else.

Ranking on the first page of Google for well-selected long-tail keywords remains one of the fastest ways to get your content in front of thousands of people.

But how do you do this?

One option is to sign up with one of the shady SEO agencies that promises “first-page ranking in two weeks!”

I think we can all agree, you don’t want to do that. The days of fly-by-night-snake-oil-salesmen SEO agencies are long gone. If anyone promises first-position rankings, run the other way. There are no guarantees in the world of SEO.

Unfortunately, as a result of these con artists, some people think that first-page ranking is still a myth. I can’t say I blame them.

Maybe you’ve wondered too: is first-page ranking even possible today?

With the search algorithm changing so frequently and millions of pieces of new content being released on a daily basis, it could seem like a fool’s errand to try to create top-ranked content in Google.

But it’s not impossible.

To be completely transparent, you won’t rank for the term “Apple” or “Google” anytime soon. Those are head terms, not long-tail keywords. They are also trademarked, talked about, and dominated by large and established businesses.

But we’re not talking about head terms. We’re talking about long-tail keywords—the kind of terms you want to rank for in order to get more eyeballs, clicks, and sales.

After all, someone has to rank on the first page of Google. The sites that are ranking on the first page of Google right now had to do something in order to earn that rank.

What did they do to get it?

Today, I’ll show you the simple and proven method for ranking on the first page for any long-tail keyword.

This isn’t some shady trick, hack, tweak, black magic, or programming voodoo. In fact, this requires quite a bit of hard work, time, and effort. If you’re expecting “one sneaky trick that Google doesn’t want you to know about,” you’ve come to the wrong site.

This is the honest, no-BS method for truly outranking your competition, authentically gaining rank, and staking your claim in the most valuable digital real estate on the planet—the first page of Google.


1. Do your research

While many people believe that keyword research doesn’t matter anymore, it’s just as important now as it’s ever been.

In fact, the only way you can hope to rank highly for a keyword is to make sure you do your research.

And that’s where we need to start with this whole effort—researching the correct keyword.

What should you look for when researching the right keyword?


The first thing you should always do whenever you are trying to rank for a long-tail keyword is to make sure the keyword is long enough.

I always suggest a minimum of four words.

Take a look at the type and length of searches that constitute a long-tail keyword.


Don’t go overboard and write content for a 10-word phrase, but anything fewer than four words, and you’ll likely face too much competition to get your article ranked.


Whenever you are trying to find a great keyword to rank for, you want to look for something that’s not highly competitive but still has a respectable number of monthly searches.

Long-tails don’t have a lot of search volume. But you shouldn’t worry about this. You’re not going for high volume—you are going for focused intention.

It’s better to have a few searches and rank high than to have tons of searches and not rank at all.

Run your selected long-tail keywords through Google’s Keyword Planner tool to find out how much competition you’re facing:


The good thing about long-tail keywords is that there are many of them. In fact, 70% of all search traffic today comes from the long-tail.


The key to this is to look for more descriptive keywords, ideally keywords that will convert well.

User Intent

Something that’s more important than the keyword itself is the intent behind the keyword.

For example, when someone searches the keyword you are trying to rank for, are they searching because they want to browse, shop, or buy?

The good thing about long-tail keywords is that it’s fairly obvious to figure out what the user is searching for.

Take a look at these queries:


The head terms—”camera” and “digital camera”—aren’t very descriptive. You might not be able to get a focused understanding of what the user is searching for.

But the long-tail keywords are valuable. Someone searching for “sony digital camera 7.1MP with 3x optical zoom” is looking for a specific product.

With a few additional variables, you can create and deliver precisely the kind of content the user is seeking:

  • Buy sony digital camera 7.1MP with 3x optical zoom
  • Compare sony digital camera 7.1MP with 3x optical zoom
  • Research sony digital camera 7.1MP with 3x optical zoom
  • sony digital camera 7.1MP with 3x optical zoom features
  • sony digital camera 7.1MP with 3x optical zoom accessories

If you can figure out the long-tail intent—and it’s not that difficult—you can masterfully craft content that will match that intent. As a result, your content will quickly rise to the first page.

2. Write keyword-rich headlines

One of the keys to ranking in Google is to ensure you write keyword-rich headlines.

Headlines matter. They matter to people, and, therefore, they matter to SEO.


Most people will only pay attention to the first two words of their search phrases to decide whether or not you have the content they are looking for.

So make sure you play with variations of your headlines to include the necessary keywords and grab the reader’s attention as quickly as possible.

For example, let’s take the search phrase “make money online.”

Here are a few headline variations you could use to rank for that keyword:

  1. How to Make Money Online in 3 Simple Steps
  2. The Proven Method to Make Money Online in Any Niche
  3. The No B.S. Guide to Make Money Online This Weekend
  4. How to Make Money Online TODAY Using Skills You Already Have
  5. How to Make Money Online Without Any Marketable Skills

These headlines include the keyword, are clear in their purpose, and let readers know what they are in for right from the start.

When you use your selected long-tail keyword in the title of your article, you make the keyword stand out in the SERPs.


Remember, Google is smart. It can figure out what people are trying to search for even if that person isn’t doing a very good job of actually searching for it.

3. Pay attention to user intent

I mentioned this in the first section: align your content with user intent.

In other words, focus on the why behind a user’s search query.


For example, if someone types in “Buy 43” Panasonic TV,” you can safely assume the user intent is to make a purchase.

However, if the keyword is “43” Panasonic TV Reviews,” you can assume the user intent is to gain information.

You can think of these various types of intentions as concentric circles that correspond to the stages in a marketing funnel:


You can take this a step further on your quest for keyword domination by looking for key phrases that have top-ranking, highly-shared articles you could improve.

Here’s what I mean.

Let’s say you are trying to rank for the keyword phrase “content marketing strategies for your blog.”

You plug this keyword phrase into Buzzsumo and get these top three results:

“The Worst Content Marketing Strategy Mistakes You Don’t Know You Are Making”

“How to Do an Audit of Your Content Marketing Strategy for Your Blog”


“Advanced Content Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Blog 10X”

Here’s the thing.

Most people who are looking up the phrase “content marketing for your blog” are probably content marketing newbies, not looking for mistakes, audits, or advanced strategies.

This gives you a fantastic opportunity to write content that better addresses the user intent for that keyword and will, therefore, rank higher in Google.

For example, using the above long-tail keyword, you could write articles titled:

“The Best Content Marketing Strategies to Rapidly Grow Your New Blog”

“Simple Content Marketing Strategies for Your Blog to Double Your Traffic”


“Proven Content Marketing Strategies to Double Your Blog Traffic in 90 Days.”

These titles are much more focused on the user intent behind this keyword search and will quickly rise to the front page of Google.

Why will they quickly rise to the front page of Google?

Because they meet the user’s intention.

Google’s algorithm is focused on providing the best possible search result for user queries. If you can successfully meet those intentions, you’ll be rewarded.

4. Write, write, write

I always tell people that if they want to rank in Google, they’d better get used to writing—and writing a lot.

Let’s face it. If you’re blogging once a month, you’re not generating enough content to get ranked.


Articles that rank in Google are typically 2,000+ words and filled with pictures, embedded videos, and internal links.


Whenever you write an article you want to rank, you should treat it as more of an “Ultimate Guide” than just a normal post.

Make the content so good that you could sell it as a standalone product if you wanted to.

Also, be wary of stuffing your article with keywords. Instead, focus on providing massive value to your audience, not pulling one over on Google…because you can’t pull one over on Google.

5. Market your new article like crazy

Now that you’ve written your article, it’s time to market the living crap out of it.

Ramit Sethi sums it up in his unscientific graph:


Putting it on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn is a given, but there is a lot more to it than that.

What really matters is telling the right people about it.

Reach out to influencers to see if they’d be willing to link to your content; create a YouTube audio version of your content with a link back to the article in the description; or even create a podcast with a summary of your article.

Use every possible avenue to get your article in front of as many eyes as possible.

The more times your article is seen, shared, and commented on, the better your odds of higher ranking on Google.


Most people think that ranking on the first page of Google for a long-tail keyword is impossible, but most people are wrong.

If you put in the effort, write quality content that offers real value, and market your content effectively, you can expect to see your article on the first page of Google in no time.

I’m going to say it one more time: You can’t trick Google.

Instead, you’ve got to put in the long hours. You have to feel the sore fingers and the exhausted brain. This is hard work. There are no shortcuts.

Delivering real solutions to real people is the key to success. Your content must be better than everyone else’s. That’s all there is to it.

By following this process, you are guaranteed a spot on the traffic-scoring, conversion-boosting A-list of marketing power: the first page of Google.

Do you have any Google first-page success stories? How did you do it?


  1. Parampreet Chanana :

    Great!! Thank you bro!

    • 🙂

    • savani chetan :

      LSI is one the key features of SEO. I have seen very few SEO experts who understand the concept of LSI.
      Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) is a part of the Google algorithm. Knowing about it and implementing it as a part of your SEO strategy is crucial.

  2. Great stuff Neil.

    Ranking #1 for any long tail keyword is HARD unless you’ve an authority site, more mentions, social shares and great SEO strategy.

    The simplest thing one can do to get quicker results is this: “focus on low competitive long tail keywords”. We all know finding them is NOT really hard if you have access to tools like Long Tail Pro, SEMrush etc.

    One more important thing to remember while targeting the first page search result for any keyword is, the quality of the content. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, unless you have informative, engaging and problem solving content – it’s hard to get and sustain top page results on Google.

  3. Mind Blowing Guide Neil.
    You Rocks !!!

  4. David Gayson :

    A great reminder for me to think about the users intent before I settle on my keywords, thanks Neil.

  5. Hi Neil,

    Thank You So Much For This Long Tail Keyword Ranking Method 😀

    I’m Your Biggest Fan 😀

    Keep Sharing Like This <3

  6. Hey Neil

    I downloaded Brian Deans eBook about “Getting 25,000 search engine visitors” and I was able to rank on the first page of this term “how to generate viral content”. The article was seen, shared, and commented on just as you said.

    All the points you’ve talked about here are so true and they can truly propel your blog post to the first page of Google.



  7. Shannon Henrici :

    What is your thought on building webpages focused on providing answers to the questions searchers are asking? I see a lot about blog posts answering the call, but don’t webpages have a better ranking ability? Is building new pages or updating current pages on the website (not blog) still a good strategy?

  8. The rules mentioned by Neil hold most of the time. The most important thing is to be as descriptive as possible. Google gives better ranking to pages that promise to give users a comprehensive source of information.

  9. Neil,
    You are so right when it comes to shady SEO companies. They call me all the time wanting $495/month to rank me #1 with Google in 45 days. It usually ends up being a 30min conversation with me asking soooo many questions and them giving me the run around. I just tell them what I read on your blog and they act like they still know it all.
    Needless to say, I take your advice over theirs. Thanks you so much for making people aware of these shady people!

  10. Everything is very clear and easy to understand.Thanks for sharing your Awesome experience with us!!

    • My pleasure Avtar, let me know if you have any questions

      • If you are doing Event blogging , Running your own website or something else.
        Then the post must be of atleast 500 words and every third post must be lengthy of around 2000 words.

        #search your keywords and open the top 5 or 6 websites.
        If the content contains images then save all the images and
        if the content have text then first copy it to notepad and then edit and paste it on your website via .

  11. Mahesh Attapu :

    Hi Nail Sir … Nice Post again

    Another way of looking at this is to see what ‘phrases’ people use to find your core content.
    Then write articles about those phrases.The problem with LT keywords is that this is how search engines think, ie indexing keywords. Users, however, use phrases when typing into the search box. Another suggestion is to drop these phrases into the meta desc tag and the opening paragraph and this will increase keyword density.

  12. Thank you,as always excellent article Neil

  13. Hai Neil,

    I heard that pro bloggers don’t reveal their secrets but you are just awesome just writing which has worked for you.

    You are awesome man thanks for the article.

    • It’s my pleasure putting these blogs together for you Karamth. Let me know if you have any other questions

  14. Hi Neil,

    Really great post! I follow each and every tips you provide here at quick sprout and . I always try to implement what I learn here and results are great 🙂 .


  15. Well said Neil, nice article, clear and to the point.

    We have spent 4 months with an SEO company and have gone backwards. Do you offer hands on consultancy ?

  16. Really helpful post Neil, Thank you so much.

  17. Hi Neil Patel

    First of all thanks for publishing a great article.

    I would like to add my points that if you choose low competition keyword and write an excellent content based on it. You would get good user experience and backlinks also.

    Brian Dean also agreed that your blog traffic depends on three factors 1. how you choose proper keyword 2. Content 3. content promotion

    I also updated my content which covers fast and easy ways for finding low competition keywords. You can check out here:

    Let me know your views on it.

    Thanks you
    Aakash Patel

  18. Himmat Chahal :

    Great article. The graph about 70% searches being longtail was good news 🙂

    I love that hubspot graph about the 16+ articles — I still am really curious if it keeps going up (for 17, 18, 20+ blog posts per month)… I feel like at that point you would have to blur ‘news’ and ‘blog’ together.. hmm..

  19. Fantastic post. Thank you. Gave much to think on. Specifically in the realm of writing quality content – that it’s hard.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Manish yadav :

    Hi Neil Its Manish Here again first of all sorry for asking too many questions – I want to know is I write posts more than 2500 words and sometimes even 3000 to 4000 words. Some of my posts are on on the third page and forth page of google in couple of weeks and some times in one week I reach on third page

    As My website is fairly new Page rank of 26 and Domain Authority of 18 in last 7 months I am finding it difficult to outrank other blogs and reach in top 5 or top 3 and also i have very less links pointing to my site

    please guide me how can I move those posts in top 3 of google

    Manish Yadav

  21. Nice article Neil. It really adds value for content marketers. Thanks for this post

  22. Navin Shriwastawa :

    It’s really a fantastic post on SEO and I can say it- “a post of revision” for me.
    I always go through your suggestion and work on it religiously. The method of including keywords in title tag, always results into good ranking. I’ve many successful cases for my projects. One example is for Keyword- “posm table tops”, which ranks on fifth position of Google serp.
    Sir, All I can say that your insightful posts always help me to understand the things in better way and to deliver expected result. Thank you.

  23. I will try all the things to get results…. Thanks neil… I will update my results after applying your tips…..

  24. Long Tail keywords gives me around 80 percent of my traffic and it works great for just about any industry. Also, I have seen that sometimes not targeting the exact phrase instead of generalizing the topic in your content gives better result.

    An interesting find in this article is the fact that 70% of results come from long tail keywords. I didn’t know that. 🙂

  25. Hello Neil,

    I hope that you are doing good and you always nail the topic.

    I agree with your viewpoints on getting the first-page ranking on Google for long-tail keywords.

    The way you explained the things is really amazing and precise as well.

    I have learned that I should understand the exact need of the audience from their long search query and craft content according to it.

    I accept that the title with keywords matters a lot and yes, it would be better to write the in-depth details.

    Influencer outreach is the trendy way to market our valuable content, I’ll do it.

    Thanks for your comprehensive guide for us.

    • You would be surprised with how many people aren’t taking advantage of influencer marketing yet. There is a lot of opportunity there to grow your network and also build quality backlinks from other authority websites

  26. I think this makes a lot of sense for online companies or sites where blogs make sense, but regarding the content and publishing strategy for small, local, service oriented businesses, it’s hard for these business owners to be both confident in their writing abilities and find the time to publish content. I don’t see very many of these businesses producing content, including the ones showing up top of the page or top of the maps results.

    Do you feel this article’s advice is for certain types of businesses and have you written more specifically for the local business?

  27. This is spot on with how I rank for search terms. Anticipating the intent in the search results was something I see I need to brush up on.

    As always, another excellent post.

  28. Howard | Backroad Planet :

    Thanks for the confirmation that I am moving in the right direction with learning learning and doing keyword research, Neil! It takes a lot of time, but hopefully it is worth it.

  29. In the age of impatience, Longtail SEO focus is so conveniently ignored. Glad that you pointed it out. However, it is extremely important to ascertain a particular threshold number of searches, otherwise all the effort might sound futile.

  30. Luke Glowacki :

    I’ve noticed that if you write an article about something as the first one, then you usually rank on the first page (first spot) on Google.

    For example you’re the first one to promote the given product. You write an article about it as the first one. And you have the first spot on Google. Even if other people later will write an article about the same product, you still should be ranking highly on Google. This is what I noticed.

  31. I have a dutch success story. I focused on one SEO optimised YouTube video. Got it on page one in Google and then added several video’s the YouTube channel. In almost every YouTube video is a link to my website giving more details and an explanation of the video. Over time these backlinks generated so much traffic to my site, my site is now on the first page in Google

  32. Thank you so much Neil. I have a very beautiful blog however I have never though of putting long tailed keywords. Also I didn’t even think of finding users intention. Your post has given a great idea I’ll apply these tactics to my blog and get it on top. Thanks again <3.

  33. This is live saviour method neil brother.
    Surely gonna try it ?
    Thanks for sharing such proven stuff with us!
    Stay blessed 🙂

  34. Simon Cranston :

    Hi Neil,

    I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on creating 1 piece of great content of 5000 words around a broad topic that would include say 8 long tail keywords (all highly related). Versus creating 8 posts of 600 words where the topic is broken out into its component parts, each long tail keyword is in the title tag and has uber focused content through topic modelling?

    The long post would likely get a lot more cumulative links over time, but the shorter posts would be more focused, and potentially in Google’s eyes be a better fit for the different queries. Would be great to get your opinion.

  35. Gev @ ucraft :

    Hey Neil!

    This is Gev from ucraft. Thanks for the great article!

    I have recently posted an article on our blog called “What are keywords? SEO. Ads. Luck?”

    I am speaking about what are keywords, how to discover them and how to use them and where!
    It also contains a small yet interesting research on how to do keyword research with Keyword Planner Tools for a local business like “burger bar in Chicago”.

    Please take some 2 min to read the article and if you like it, maybe you can link it in one of your upcoming articles:


  36. Nice post! 😀

  37. Sourav Pathak :

    Mind Blowing Post. I am Already Following Almost All Tips Above on My Blog- .I am a NewBie Blogger ( Just One Month old) So have To Wait For a Time.Thanks For Great Post.

    • Great to hear! Let me know if you have any other questions

      • Sourav Pathak :

        Sir, i Know You Are Too Busy.But Want To get Reply in Just Two Line.What’s Your Best Advice For NewBie Blogger Like Me To Get Success In Blogging Carrier??( in Just Two Sentences.)

        • Create a blog around a topic you love so you can write weekly. Write stories that are educational, entertaining, and inspirational

  38. Kawser Ahmed :

    A nice post indeed. A good summary of what you have already written on Longtail Keyword Research.

    I have a question for you.

    For example, I am going to write an article with this long tail keyword “Excel Accounting Number Format”.

    Now to get welcomed by the audience of this search keyword, I will plug this keyword in to find other relevant search queries related to this keyword (“Excel Accounting Number Format”) to make a complete guide on the topic (2000 – 2500 words content)!

    Here some results when plugged the main keyword in the website:

    1) excel accounting number format negative brackets
    2) excel accounting number format show zero
    3) excel accounting number format adds _ to the value in the cell
    4) excel accounting number format center align
    5) excel accounting number format shortcut
    6) excel accounting number format in thousands

    Did I correctly summarize your ideas?

    Best regards
    Kawser Ahmed

  39. Excellent article Neil, what really resonated with me was when you mentioned focusing on user intent. I think I really need to work on that.

    Thank you!

  40. Good article Neil, But how many articles should we write covering the long tail keyword?

  41. Todd Connelly :

    You raise some good points Neil. I’ve found after some years of trying to rank that if I follow what you outline, I get some good rankings. The hard thing is that I tend to follow the newest ‘shiny object’ principle and try the latest fad. It turns out the latest fad is terrible and return to the tried and true steps you mention here. A good read, thanks for sharing!

  42. Chinedu Ngwu :

    Hey Neil,

    This is indeed very informative. I recently started giving much attention to long tail keywords on my niche blogs using long tail platinum. I must say that the result have been overwhelming.

    Thanks for sharing this information with us.


  43. Neil, this was soooo well written. Did you do anything extra when you wrote this?

    P.s. Just what I was looking for in topic

  44. Hi Neil, again, thanks for the great info and reminder.
    I guess most people know what to do to rank higher in Google.
    Just that they need a reminder and a ‘click’ to tell them what’s the right thing to do.
    Like me. 🙂

  45. this is perfect guide to try on. Thanks Mr. Patel

  46. Andreas Christodoulou :

    You can no longer ignore the power of long-tail ?keywords. Especially if you are a small business, don’t be left behind…

    Thanks Neil. Outstanding research!

  47. Thanks for sharing this article. yes i agree long tail keyword still effective and good for business.
    through long tail keyword we didn’t get more traffic but obviously effective for getting business.
    How we are targeting long tail keywords thats more important.

  48. Yugandhara P. :

    True..Long tail keywords are important to rank high in Search Engines. Also, I suppose it’s easier to rank for a long tail keyword compared to a single term as the competition is quite low in most of the cases. Agree, that it’s important that the written blog/article should reach to the targeted audience else it’ll waste of efforts.Besides Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), Influencers which are other platforms to find the targeted audiences.

    • Using those platforms will the best way for you to reach and connect with the right audience. With long tail, it’s not as fast, but the results will accumulate over time

  49. Such a great article. Most prospects are yet to test personally. Appending few terms to the long tail is a new concept. Will try it 🙂

  50. None of this is new, however, the idea of “user intent” is absolutely golden!

    Never thought about this. Basically, a high volume keyword could be absolutely worthless (from a monetary standpoint) while some long tail keyword with unsubstantial traffic could bring in $$$.

  51. Hey Neil,

    It’s a very convincing article for me. As I also believe, one should write for the user and not for the Search Engines, after all SE are not going to buy anything from you. Yes you are right, we have to understand the intent of the user to get him converted. Here I would like you to help me understand one thing. Several times, I have seen many websites are ranking for some keywords but they are not optimized well nor they have worthy content. All they have just Spammy Back Links and keyword stuffing. But still they are ranking high for several years on first page. Does Google gives them preference just because the domain is too old? or it is because,they ranked very earlier (4-5 years ago) for that particular keyword? What is your take on this? Can we outrank them?

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • An older domain can have more value, but only if the was an actual website built on top of it. If there’s spammy links, I would remove them as quickly as possible. If you’re competing against an aged domain, it’s possible, but it will definitely take you some time

  52. Mind Blowing Article this article covers almost all aspect how to rank a keywords must read thisone with great attention i sure after reading this one you will be able to rank any keyword on SERP.

  53. uthman saheed :

    Thanks for this. I always have a lot to learn from your SEO posts. They are always epic and so useful. I always make sure my topics are rich with researched keyword.

    Thanks for this post.

  54. Great Neil,

    This is good article for me. THANKS FOR SHARING!

  55. Hi Neil and everyone,

    Great set of rules and advice to reach your goals, which works most of the time. In my experience though it sometimes takes less than that, to my surprise.

    3 years ago I wrote 4 articles on choosing a business name, from different perspectives, released a week apart from each other. The 3 lengthy and informative ones however performed significantly worse than a very short and focused, list-based, humorous post, with a search optimised image and long-tail headline. All things as described here but the article length.

    It just did exceptionally well conquering a keyword search niche at the time. It still ranks number 2 for “quirky names for your company”, and a bit lower but still on page 1 for “quirky company names” If you’re interested, it’s “How to come up with a quirky name for your new business”.

    Looking forward for more great content on the topic.

    Many thanks

    • haha, that’s a pretty interesting thing to rank for. Has that keyword resulted in any positive activity for you?

      • It’s bringing a consistent chunk of organic traffic each month and encouraging some visitors to see more of the interlinked posts in there. It was an interesting experiment on using image tags and catchy titles the right way.

  56. Great article Neil,
    I do agree with your points. Headlines are really very crucial to get good rankings. There are many awsome free tools such as coschedule headlines analyzer and AMI headlines analyzer.
    Alone getting to the first page of Google will not help if someone does not click on the link. Headlines are crucial in generating clicks. Because Google just pushes back the article if it does not attract clicks and it believes that the article might be irrelevant for a certain keyword.

    • Those are great suggestions Cinefolic, thanks for mentioning!

      Having the right headline, increasing your ctr will definitely improve your search positions

  57. Vishal Agrawal :

    Amazing Article Neil. We can Always Rank better on Long-Tail Keywords if we work hard on our Proper Keyword Research + Nice Detailed Content Writing and Content Promotion. But if we try to be smart and trick google by Manually building shady links, we will lose visibility on the Internet. 🙂

  58. Muhammad Imran Nazish :

    Great article, just going to follow this guide for my next blog post. Thanks Neil for sharing this. 🙂

  59. Bhuboy Villanueva :

    Thanks for this Neil, I just learn lately that you can use Moz for keyword research for free, I used to just use it for checking DA and PA, when you say don’t worry about the search volume , is there at least a minimum no of search to look for ?

  60. Hello,
    You have taught me a lot about getting high ranks. But can you suggest me that how may I chose a keyword for homepage of a blog which has different categories? I am having trouble in chosing keyword for my homepage where I share stuff about women abuse, women empowerment, relationships and making money. Can you suggest me anything?

  61. Nice and very clear post Neil.
    But Google is strange as for me.
    Our online store had been ranking on the 1st G page for 4 very traffic-able keyword phrases for 6 years. But a year ago, it was booted out from the G front page.
    We never used black-hat, never bought back links and etc. But the site dropped from 5 and 7 places down to 16 and 21 ones.
    The site is mobile friendly since 2012.
    It doesn’t have many dead links.
    Webmaster tools said nothing bad of the site.
    It’s crazy. And I have no idea why this happened.

  62. Good rankings require quality content and relevant long tail keywords. 1k words or better.

  63. Chetan Upadhyay :

    You are one of the best bloggers in world who provide great information about SEO . I love the way you present the information.One small request for you can you post a article on authoritative sites that can rank long tail keyword with a signal link please reply at-least with comment.thanking you for the post.

    Chetan Upadhyay

  64. Anoop Bhandari :

    This whole article is really a proven method to rank with the long tail keyword, though I know a few of them but half knowledge is a dangerous thing and that’s why this article gave me the proper guidance to rank for a long tail keyword in future. Thanks Neil 🙂

  65. Neil,

    I love that you focus mostly on the important part when it comes to ranking on Google, keyword research and keyword intent.

    The times that I managed to rank on the first page of Google was mostly thanks to good keyword research, as well as determining the competitive of keywords I’m trying to rank against.

    Thanks for sharing!


  66. Nice Blog. Neil you are awesome guy. First you have lots of information related to link building. thank you for sharing.

  67. yogesh jadon :

    Great article!!!

    but I have two queries.
    First :
    Above in section 1 >>DoYou reaearh>>Competition .
    There are two keywords

    Keyword 1 : starting a small business checklist
    Competion: Low

    Keyword 2 : best small business to start
    Competion: High

    between both keywords which keyword we should target?

    and Second : for targeting both keyword one web page is enough or create two different web pages for each keyword?

    • Start with keyword 1, that’s something you can rank for pretty easily. You can also target the other keyword phrase by interlinking the two pieces of content.

      1 page for each is good to start, but you’ll obviously want to create more content around these topics as well

  68. Thanks for this awesome post. Again, it became very clear that guest posting and blogger outreach are critical to success.

  69. How to rank for brand new website which don’t have any authority?

    Should I build quality content than move to link building?


  70. Angelina Grey :

    Hi Neil… I totally agree about the Writing Awesome Content Strategy you shared with this post.

    Google will love you only and only if everyone else loves you more… and that could only be possible if you are helping your audience to get above their problems..

    Neil I need your help… For a high competitive Niche I am ranking but stucked on 2nd page of google..!!

    What could be the possible strategy now should I follow…
    Thanks in advance

  71. As usual, again a excellent information provided by you. Neil you never disappoint us. Thanks!!

  72. How likely a well researched 3000+ words article rank in top of SERPs, even if they don’t have any back-links pointing to it.

  73. Hy,

    My new website id ready. I Need to start SEO of my new technology site.What should i do?What is my first step?. If you have any idea then tell me.

  74. Damn this article is great. Btw Neil, does this guide can be applied to native language? Or it is best with English language?

    Thank you

    • Bican Valeriu :

      SEO is same for every language. But usually even high educated people in your country search information in English.

  75. This is a great share Neil.
    Nowaday, many bloggers write long content for rank multi long tail keywords. Could you please tell me how much words should my post length

  76. Theron Claude :

    Another great piece once again, I read all your stuff and I don’t see how you find the time to produce so much usable content. I realize that Google is king, but I wonder if am the only site owner who wishes that things were different. I love the internet, not the Google, do we spend too much time considering what will google think and how will this affect google rankings; seems we have given all the power to one engine. I know to be a success I need to play the google game, but wow, they have too much power. Just my humble opinion…

  77. long tail keywords could you should use rank quickly in search engine result pages.

  78. Prince Sharma :

    How to rank for long tail keyword like “download free antivirus”. I mean how to rank for three word keyword in short time.

  79. Himanshu Kumar :

    Helpful and engaging.
    Thanks bro

  80. Great job! Excellent reminder “you cant trick Google” 🙂

    One question (kind of unrelated to this page): how do you control the comments and not get spammed when comments are auto-approved?

    Or do you have someone monitor all comments?

    Cheers 🙂

  81. Palla Sridhar :

    Hello Neil,
    Your writing is too good to be addictive. Getting on first page and first ranking have different advantages. But I would like to add some more strategies to rank on first page.
    1. Find LSI keywords using
    2. Find related keywords using SEMrush.
    3. Write more content based on keywords from the above two tools.
    4. Social promotion each day.
    5. Update content.

    I have been applying this methodology and getting modest results. As we know, blogging takes lot of time. As you mention, keyword research is not that easy. You need to find all those target keywords which focus on a “typical base keyword” article. But there is no easy way around. Also I see sometimes, some stupid articles ranking for good brand terms. So even black-hat SEO works for sometimes. But for normal users, I advice the above. Thanks.

  82. Muhammad Fahad :

    Hi neil.
    I am following you. you are really helping internet community. Its just great.

  83. Good rankings require quality content and now content is King

    Now i got Good idea about Long-tail Keyword

    Thanks a lot for sharing this article…

  84. Hi Neil.

    Thanks for another great post today. I have always thought that going for a must more focused small group was a key to success.

    Other marketers favour volume but I am glad you clarified your reasoning in the post.

    I also love the way you explained the “Intent” of the searcher. That for me is a big takeaway.

    Thanks again.

  85. Great article as always Neil. As you say you have to write a nice long article filled with long tail keywords. I have an online jewellery shop. I have a blog on the site too but It’s not easy to write long and very meaningful articles or post about jewellery. It’s not like online marketing or fitness etc. What’s your advice? Thanks 🙂

  86. Hi Neil, I built a site in the “freebie” sector and it gets traffic Im happy with but conversions are awful.. as people are freebie hunters(not buying)… I monetize with adsense but its abysmal, do you have any tips I could consider to increase earnings/monetize?


    • Tell me more about your site

      • My site finds giveaways and free stuff such as free baby nappies, free coupons and lists them on the site. Ive since looked at other sites who dont monetise like me.. instead they seem to attract what i can only guess are paid sponsors who advertise their freebies for example if pampers give away a free baby pack then i presume they charge a fee based on email list size..

  87. Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up.

  88. A very informative article Neil, I love how detailed your posts are.

    Just to back up your point about content length; since I started to write longer content (i.e. 1500+ words minimum) my blog post and webpage rankings have increased a lot, and I can now sometimes rank above other, way more authoritative sites than mine, for certain keywords where their content is shorter, less thorough and of a lower quality than mine.

    Creating long, high quality and authoritative content is the closest thing I have to a personal SEO ‘golden rule’ right now.

  89. Thank you for including so many real-life examples of things we should (or shouldn’t) be doing. User intent is one of the things I need to be careful about since I seem to get it wrong in some cases. It gets confusing sometimes, at least for me. It’s also good to see bigger articles ranking well in Google – it makes sense although bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.

    • You’re welcome Jonathan. Yeah pay attention to user intent. It gets confusing for all of us 🙂

      Absolutely agree, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.

  90. Kuldeep Kumar :

    Hi Neil, I read this post step by step, Find so much Valuable, I suffer to rank my blog.. its helpful for me..

  91. Hey Neil

    I really like your tips and methods and you are my inspiration Although i cannot afford 1 on 1 training with you but still you helped me a lot to dominate the SERP.

    I am a continuous visitor of quicksprout and i will

    Thanks for this awesome share . 🙂

  92. Well, first thing first, this is so far the best-explained post about the LT Keywords. I am a huge fan of Neil and the posts are really helpful . Thanks for this one 😀

  93. Hi Neil Sir!
    really a informative article for me. i have 3 sites one of Multi Niche an other on Entertainment and 3rd one on Cosmetics. i think every niche “SEO ” is different. i mean to say my entertainment site is always do on first page of google whenever i post on it. because i known the myth of how to rank Entertainment Blog .but if that strategy i put on Blogging, its not working.
    its my point of view.
    i am struggling to find out the myth of for Blogging site.
    And after reading your this article my concepts now more clear and i will put on it.
    Thanks for it 🙂

  94. chetan savani :

    Firstly thanks for sharing this great article on LSI Keyword.

    In start i’m totally confused what is LSI? but after reading totally clear what is LSI and how we use this for SEO.

    again thanks! thumbs up!

  95. Hi, Neil Sir.
    How are you?
    This is an amazing article.
    Today I have learnt many new things from a single article.
    Now I want to mention that. I have participated in Online Summit, First I hit 4th position, but then I am at 6th (that is good position).
    A fan from India… A Village boy, struggling hard to fulfill dreams…
    You can read my story, by clicking on my name.

  96. Aditi Aggarwal :

    Very nice and well written article. It is quite Informative. I really haven’t consider LSI as one of the effective way to score high in search engines. But this article really aware me of LSI and its effectiveness. Thanks again for this article. thanks

  97. I made Google first page by accident once, the traffic boost was so good I was overwhelmed but with time I got kicked out of the first page and my otger articles weren’t fending well either but I think now I can give it a shot by doing the things you say. Thank you, I’ll be sure to get back to you when I see changes.

    • Getting to the top is the first step (well done). But staying there is the harder bit.

      I look forward to your next update Ibrahim 🙂

  98. I am very grateful for this tutorial article, thanks very, I have the basic ability to make long tail keyword..thank very much

  99. Very nice and well written article. It is quite Informative.

    You are really good blogger. by heart I Followed you

  100. Thank.
    It really helped me rank my much blog

  101. It’s a long and good post, but I wonder about you statement “a keyword that has low competition and good number of searchers” . Whatbyou are talking about dude.

    • It means if you don’t have a lot of sites offering content or paying traffic based on that keyword. But you have plenty of traffic to it, then it is worth considering.

  102. Hi, Neil, Thanks for such a worth post I’ve ever read!

    Learned a lot from this! Thank You

  103. Adarsh kumar Maheshwari :

    Hey neil,
    I am regular reader of your blogs and follower in social media, i like your article and going to follow your tips.
    Thankyou brother 🙂

  104. Wow hey dude i am regular seo content reader thanks your Article is very helpful also very quality write content
    Thanks dude…

  105. Hey Neil, your posts are always long… but I never quit in between and read it till the end. Your suggestions on using LTKs are really great. I have a doubt here. You have suggested to use variations of a long tail keyword. They are variated using prefixing or postfixing any variating words. If I use the variating LTK variations, will it not be keyword stuffing?

  106. Great article. For most people it will be the biggest challange, to rank for number 1 or at least page one in Google. After that the work begins, to keep the good ranking without falling behind compettiors again. For low competition keywords that should be easy, at least if the contenct gets some upgrades here and there and Google realizes, that the website owner does actively work bringing new releavant content to customers.
    But for high competition keywords you are always fight against big players. 1/2 big authority websites and the other half SEOs that dont linke white hat that much…

  107. You are one of the best bloggers in world who provide great information about SEO . I love the way you present the information.

  108. interview questions :

    hello Neil
    i have saw your sponsored add on facebook….i was really inspired….i have also make a blog but dont know how to go up…can you give me some better suggestions

  109. I have implemented some of these tactics in the past. I will implement the rest right away

  110. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout
    of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got
    to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only
    having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  111. You are on of the idol person who is sharing real content about SEO and quilty understandable concept that who else never does it a pleasure to Great Content that you were written thanks for your great article 🙂

  112. Adarsh Kumar Maheshwari :

    Hey neil,
    This article is really usefull and informative.
    I like few of points more.
    Thanks that was great

  113. Hi Neil,
    Thanks for sharing such proven information with us!!

  114. I will try all the things to get results…. Thanks neil… I will update my results after applying your tips…..

  115. Very Helpful Artical Thanks Alot Neil Patel

  116. express cardiac care :

    Amazing….!!! You are one of the best bloggers in world who provide great information about SEO . I love the way you present the information….great information in this article….

  117. Thanks for sharing such a great and useful SEO post for bloggers and webmaster. I like it 🙂

  118. Very nice and well written article. Already subscribed to your blog 🙂

  119. Very useful blog. Thanks for sharing.

  120. Thank you for sharing the post.

  121. Thanks to share with us ,Very useful and helpful article to share in this blog so thanks Neil sir

  122. Annax Technologies :

    Oh, these are such great ideas! Thanks for sharing

  123. Hey Neil,
    I started trying long tail keywords recently, and I got amazed at the result I got.
    This is a must read guide for taking advantage on long tail.
    Thanks for the big share.

  124. Hey, it really works long tails on my blogs and get awesome impressions and gaining visitors graphs.. thanks for sharing this awesome article.

  125. Hi Neil,
    Glad to read such a good article.
    Well wanted to know why a page ranked in 2nd page ended up in 6th page inspite of following the rules and regulations to be followed in SEO.

    • If Google sees how users react with the page and then others improve that could easily knock the page down.

  126. Cathy Anderson :

    which blog i am going to choose?

    blogger, wordpress,……?

  127. Hello Neil,

    Have a nice day.

    Hope you are fine.

    I need your help because i dont get too much sale in my E-commerce store and i am not so rich to spend more money on it.

    So,please help me.


  128. How we top on google from a salon website with selected keywords client want home page from all keywords like makeup in Lucknow….

  129. Hi Neil, thanks for the tips you gave. It was superb. I have reached first position in Google Search for several keywords now. What should I do next to solidify my position there and get more connections? Can you give me some tips or point out a page?

    • My best advice is to keep creating content. Make sure that the pages you’re ranking with are optimized for conversions (CTAs, etc.).

  130. Sreenivasa Reddy :

    While your page loading i did see some distractions.I rechecked if in case it was my internet or browser issue .Its not its page issues

  131. Sheela Prajapati :

    Hi, Neil Sir,
    I had applied all these strategies that you have explained above. Can you please help me that how to get my website on the first page of the Google Search Engine for the specific keywords within one month?

  132. Abdul Majeed Siddiqui :

    You didn’t mention about building backlinks, everything you explained is good but still the link building is most important to rank in SE. What you think?

  133. Thanks for your shared article , Very useful

  134. How we rank to on google if our website is new i mean what are the tips for beginers.

  135. The very very very nice blog I am getting excellent and helpful technic from your site. Really my site is very weak. For an example, My keyword is MBA courses in UAE that is not getting any rank so I think I should write several blogs and create quality backlinks. I have got the secret idea from your blog that is great

  136. Sir, I am new to SEO my site is very weak. So how to write a good blog for BBA Courses and MBA Courses. Just give me some tips

    • You could focus on study guides, study tips, potential career trajectories, etc. Good luck! Your SEO will improve with practice.

  137. Office Installation :

    Hello Niel,
    It has been a while since i regularly visited your website for your awesome tips.
    I am new to SEO thing and i have been working on a site which is on the 9th page of google.
    I work hard, i tried evreything as you shared in your posts with us, but still im not getting much success.
    I want my website on the first page of google.
    As far as you are concerned, you are an inspiration to me.

    Thanks for educating us!
    You are my GURU..
    Also visit my website:-

  138. Hello sir,
    I’m a newbie in this field and I accede you, my mentor. I eternally visit your website also follow your youtube videos. Your videos and website really encourage me and help me a lot. please keep sharing these kinds of information.

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