how to find low competition keywords with high traffic

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Another great and detailed article.
Thanks for sharing

Thanks for dropping by Deepak, let us know how you get on with your own keyword research and if you have anything extra to throw into the mix.

Wow! What a great post it is. The info you have provided is really valuable. And this post is very helpful for me. Thank you

No problem, glad you found it useful to find low competition keywords that will make you money online.

I am just saying that this article is better than any other article I read on finding low competition keywords and a very good explain everything is very clearly explained.

Thank you very much for the feedback, it is much appreciated.

Awesome article. This explains everything about using Long tail Pro. I am using this software . I have never used SEO content machine. I am thinking to use it. Thanks for suggesting this . Great info πŸ™‚

No problem, glad you liked it. SEO Content Machine is perfect for getting content for your web 2.0 sites.

Very impressive and Detailed post about long tal pro and low compitition keywords, Its a must have tool for bloggers. Recommended

I have find some lowest competition keywords. The keywords average competition is 6-8 and average search 100-1k. Should I choose those keyword or I should choose 20-25 competition keywords.

Definitely go with the low competition keywords, however you need to make sure you don’t just rely on seo competition tools. Check the SERPs yourself and pick keywords where top sites have few backlinks and the content on those sites is thin.

Hi nick,
Is the cloud version of long tail pro capable of pulling low comp. Keywords of between kc 15 and 20???

The Cloud version of Long Tail Pro is awesome, it pulls Keyword Competition scores within a few seconds for every keyword, you do not have to select the keywords individually for the software to analyse keyword competition. I have found some really low competition keywords in my niches under 15, you can find a lot around the 15 to 30 mark, which is awesome. Definitely a big time saver, that’s all it is though, you can find these keywords for free, but it takes a lot longer to do.

Hi Nick,

I am thinking to use Long Tail Pro for 7 days on a $1 Trial basis so can I stop using it after that because I have no plan to go for monthly or yearly subscription. I mean I just have to use Trial period so I just had to ask one thing that they will not deduct money automatically after using LTP for 7 days as a trial.

Yeah, you can cancel through Long Tail Pro dashboard with ease. Simply click on your email in the top right hand courner of the screen, then select “Billing Information” and then click the “Cancel Account” button. This will cancel the account before the $37 monthly fee kicks in. On the 7th day do that and you will not be charged the full regular amount.

Hi Nick,

The keyword that you have chosen to rank for this post has a low competition according to Long tail pro and you are ranking on the 1st page but Kwfinder is showing 41/100 and Keyword Revealer is showing 27/100 that makes me think twice that how every keyword research tool works on a different factor and algorithm.

Goes to prove my point, never solely rely on an seo competition score tool…you need to check the top ranking sites yourself….Google the keyword:

1. Look at the quality of the content on the top sites
2. Does the exact keyword appear in the TITLE TAG
3. Does the exact keyword appear in the URL extension
4. Do the top sites have contextual backlinks from authority sites

That’s pretty much it….each seo tool will have a different system to check seo competition…

Yeah, all of these keyword tools have caveats. You should use them as a general guide only.

I have a few pages ranked in the top 5 for keywords with 40-50 as competitive scores on KWfinder. You really need to evaluate the competition manually once you find a decent looking keyword with the tools.

As Nick said, check for the basic on-page elements. Check out the length and depth of the content of the top 5-10 results. Look to see how much content the site has overall and if they’re doing any interlinking.

If the sites look even remotely weak – on-page elements aren’t 100% there, content is lacking, thin content on the overall domain, etc – take a stab at it.

Most of the keyword tools utilize metrics such as DA, PA, and MozRank without factoring in content, relevancy, or on-page structure. I can tell you from experience that KWfinder focuses heavily on Domain Authority, Page Authority, and link COUNT (important to note that it’s count, not quality).

Utilize your keyword tools to find great long tails and phrases you wouldn’t think of on your own – use your knowledge of SEO and common sense to determine if you can actually rank for something.

Another important thing to keep in mind – don’t let listings like Wikipedia, Amazon, eBay, or other shopping sites scare you off, either. You’d be surprised how easy it is to outrank those pages.

I will leave your link in there Brad, good to see your affiliate/seo site up and running πŸ™‚

Cheers, Nick.

Haven’t gotten around to doing much with it just yet. Been busy building up my affiliate sites. But I’ll get to adding some valuable content to it somewhat soon.

I will keep my eye on it for new content πŸ™‚

If you install free keyword everywhere chrome extension it automatically inputs vol, cpc and comp on many searches like kw shitter, ubersuggest, etc.
Also, take a look at Jaaxy.

Btw, you have great posts all the time!

Thanks Bryan, I will take a look at Jaaxy when I get time.

Good to know πŸ™‚ I took it off months ago because it stopped working….I will give it another go…sounds promising πŸ™‚

thanks for article nick. i have ltp but never really use it. i use keyword revealer. i found a keyword there with 17 keyword difficulty and 260 searches (enough for 1 keyword in my niche) but the sites listed in the top ten all have a lot of backlinks. if they have so many backlinks why is the competition so low?

No problem Shannon, it’s probably because they have poor quality backlinks…I can’t tell you for sure unless you email me the keyword. Also, sometimes SEO tools get it wrong….only use them as a guide…the best way to know if a keyword is easy to rank or not is to look at the top 10 sites in the serps yourself….do the top sites have the keyword in the TITLE TAG and URL extension? Is the content really thin….500 words or less? If so, you have an easy to rank keyword….doesn’t really matter how many backlinks a site has if they have poor content….look for the weaknesses and exploit them πŸ™‚

You’re right. I definitely need to look at those things as some of the sites in the top ten have really good content and a lot of it. i will experiment with this keyword with the given information that i have and see if it ranks or anything. thanks.

Let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

I actually moved away from that keyword because the sites are not thin affiliate sites. However I found another low competition keyword. The only thing is that it is not per say a buyer keyword.

Say for example the keyword is ‘Playstation 4 system’ but ‘best’ or ‘review’ is not in the keyword. The sites that have them sell Playstation 4 systems, they don’t have a lot of content, high domain authority, page authority or backlinks. Do you think I can rank number one based on those factors? It looks like i will be one of the few affiliate sites with ‘playstation 4 system.’ Is this a good idea?

Hi Nick,

There are so many “Keyword Research” software or website in the market right now that tells difficulty level and all other sorts of things to rank 1 in google and every other keyword research tool shows different results in terms of ranking.Some tool shows that particular keyword is easy and some not so it is really overwhelming for the beginner who just enter into keyword research.

That’s true, Long Tail Pro stands out for me because you don’t have to click on each keyword to get an seo competition score….you can also analyse the top ten ranked sites with the click of a button….take a look at important ranking factors in an instant…keyword in TITLE TAG, URL and also internal and external links that the site has.

Long Tail Pro is very easy to use, it is perfect for a beginner…however the cost might put most people off. The free version of Rank Tracker is good…you are not limited to monthly search quota and the seo competition score is very accurate.

A beginner should be looking for long tail keywords with at least 4 words in them, the more words the better….no need for backlinks to rank and it will start the traffic flow into your site.

Hi Nick,

Thank you for your reply. Let say you are ranking a word called “body building tips” and you set up the 10 web 2.0 property so do use same sub domain URL in all 10 web 2.0 property with the keyword that you are trying to rank. I mean you will use anchored text only in post not in the sub domain URL.

I don’t use same sub domain URL on all web 2.0 properties. I will make sure that the keyword is in the sub domain URL together with other random words like “bestbodybuildingtipslist” “bestbodybuildingtipssite” “bestbodybuildingtipschoice” etc. Remember to mix up your anchor text and you will be set to rank up πŸ™‚

Hi Nick.its been a while I visited your blog.
You really provide many alternate ways of keyword research both free and paid
My current favourite free tool is …..
Sorry if you about to take dinner.lts Keyword Shitttter lol.real awesome! But no volume provided.
By the way for keyword search volume just pop it into terms of my favorite as well and comes with keyword difficulty metric.
Chrome extension called Keyword Every where and keysearch( an awesome keyword research tool by a blackhatworld member).free.
U pop your keyword into Google search and the extension will show volume and keyword difficulty.good for the budgeted .
My current paid Keyword research tool is Seo spyglass from Seo power suite.
It’s time to rank my Amazon affiliate site and look forward to your new post soon!
I am currently testing using GSA ser to blast at my tier 2 URL shortener to tier 1
Web2.0 blogs and also testing blasting at hub pages which I had created my content.
Cheers!Wish fellow rankers here a happy fruitful new year ahead!
I love this blog!

Hi Jeff, Good to have you back at Rankers πŸ™‚

Wow, is awesome….thanks for the share πŸ™‚ I will certainly be using that one from now on….combined with Long Tail pro of course LOL. You can get the search volume stats from for free….copy keywords into from keyword shitter….awesome….will take a little bit of time….but definitely worth doing. I will be importing keywords from keyword shitter into Long Tail Pro to get seo competition score…great tool πŸ™‚ looks good too…great keyword tool for free….perfect for those doing keyword research on a budget. I had not used term explorer before, just signed up…looks good.

I have used Keyword Everywhere before…works well showing keyword search volumes in the Google SERPs. looks good too….free account is limited to daily searches….but it is a good option for people on a budget.

I love SEO Spyglass too…only ever used the free version though.

Hope those affiliate cheques start to roll in big for you πŸ™‚

Thanks for dropping by again and leaving a useful comment we can all benefit from….

Here’s to a great year ahead for all affiliates out there…..

Hi Nick,

Recently I had build 6 web 2.0 backlinks to rank one of my post ( Newly created by me so no expired web 2.0 property ) and every backlink got indexed in Google by using google webmaster tool but after 4 days, 2 of them got de indexed. I am really confused what went wrong. Is it name of the sub domain that I pick up in that web 2.0 or it is the content or what. I am really really………..really confused right now what things went wrong.

Hi Tushar, this can happen from time to time. It’s nothing to worry about. If the content is not unique on the Web 2.0 site then it will drop from the index….if the web 2.0 site has just one post on there then it is considered to be an orphan page and will drop from the index unless it has a or some backlinks pointing to it…this is why I recommend the link wheel strategy when building new web 2.0 properties. My free backlinks post shows you how to set up the link wheel. To get the two sites to index that have dropped from the index simply drop a backlink to them from the 2 sites that are indexed. Also, backlinks from Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest help index web 2.0 sites, high profile social sites like these get crawled on a regular basis by the Google spiders to find new content like our web 2.0 sites…as long as the sites have unique content on them they are sure to index at some point with the link wheel strategy in place πŸ™‚

Another good post! I am going to use it for my keyword research, I may update how it works in the future to support this post. I don’t know how it works now, We’ll see

Thanks Vincent πŸ™‚ It is definitely a big time saver, you can find these keywords for free, however it can take days to put a niche keyword list together that can be done in minutes using Long Tail Pro. Let me know what you think of it…

Hi Nick,
Thanks for this fabulous post. I think i came accross LTP few years ago when the desktop version was lunched at I want to ask that

1.hope the cloud version of LTP does not flunctuate the kc score because i learnt from one of LTP users on their forum that he discovered an easy keyword of kc 30 but later jumped to over 40 in a week after (because LTP make use of TF and CF to give keyword competitiveness and these metric are not static)???

2. if i am right, i think any keyword that score 30 or less on and score 24 or less on is consider as easy to rank on the first page on google, so what is the ideal kc score on LTP to rank on first page of google for any keyword???

3. what feature gives LTP egde over kwfinder and keyword revealer???

Hi Kayode,

No problem πŸ™‚ I didn’t go with the desk top version because you had to click on each individual keyword to get an seo competition score, which was something I could get for free using spyfu or kwfinder. The new cloud version of Long Tail Pro is awesome, a real time saver, all seo competition scores are loaded up right away next to each keyword, no need to press any buttons to get these stats.

1. Yeah that’s a slight flaw in the system, however you just click on the keyword itself inside Long Tail Pro which reveals the top 10 sites in Google search for that keyword….if the sites don’t have the keyword in the TITLE TAG or URL you can be certain that the low seo competition score is correct. Just to be sure it is also worth doing a Google search for that keyword to check Moz metrics of the top 10 sites. Long Tail Pro itself lets you know how many backlinks…internal and external that each site has….which really helps analyse the competition…you can tell if a keyword is easy to rank for just by those few steps alone…it’s a great research time saver…I am loving the cloud version. If you have Long Tail Pro and SEO Content Machine you can’t fail to drive traffic to a site. Like I say, it can be done without these tools, it just takes a lot more time, which many affiliate marketers don’t have…definitely worth getting when you have some money flowing in πŸ™‚

2. That’s about right, for Long Tail Pro it all depends on your seo skills, the power of your PBN or the ranking strategy that you are going to use. I currently have keywords ranking on the first page of Google search with KC score between 15 and 20 without any backlinks at all, drop 10 backlinks to these pages and they will rank no. 1 for sure….that is why SEO Content Machine is a good tool to get…you get content generated quickly and can post to web 2.0 sites on a schedule….super easy way to rank…set and forget. I know some people target keyword with seo score below 40 on Long Tail Pro….between 40 and 30 you are going to need some backlinks….anything under 20 will hit the first page without backlinks if your on page seo is good…also if you drop some internal links it should hit the top spot.

3. The fact that you don’t have to click on every keyword to get an seo competition score gives Long Tail Pro the edge over kwfinder and keywordrevealer. Also, Long Tail Pro gives you 10,000 keyword searches/competition score per month…it’s unlikely you will hit that amount…the others give a lot less….they are a little cheaper but don’t offer half as much stats and no. of searches….Long Tail Pro is the best option by a long way at the moment.

Nice post Nick. Have you used Market Samurai software to find low competition keywords. That tool is also amazing. I had a question about 1500 social signals for $1 which is basically a seo clerk service. I have provided the web link that I need social signals but I have no idea about “Keyword” and “Description”. Do I have to provide just single keyword that I want to rank or different anchored text keyword. Also let me know what kind of things I have to provide in the description as well. Waiting for reply very soon.

Thanks Tushar. I did use Market Samurai quite a while ago…can’t remember much about it LOL…..The new cloud version of Long Tail Pro made me try it, I am glad that I did, going to be a big research time saver.

For the social signals….give your main keyword and do a short description with your main keyword in there. You just provide the single keyword that you want to rank for, no need to supply any other anchors for social signals.

Make sure your description is unique, write 100 to 200 words….quick description of what your content is about…make sure your keyword is in there πŸ™‚

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