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US based SEO consultant, Dustin Woodard, has just published a guest blog post over at Hitwise, the Internet research company.
In his article, “Sizing up the Long Tail of Search” he highlights the gulf between the top search terms when compared to overall search volume.
Naturally, he used Hitwise for his research and in September of this year reviewed the previous three months data for the US. He discovered that, in this period, 14 million search terms had been tracked and then exported the top 10,000 searches.
Clearly the chart is of little value other than to highlight the extreme tail-off (pun intended), bearing in mind this is just reflecting the top 10,000 search terms.
In his article, he goes on to show the result of narrowing his search to the top 100. He concludes that the top 100 terms account for 5.7% of total search traffic and even extending to the top 1,000 searches would only be responsible for approximately 10% of searches. The point here is that there’s 90% of all search traffic in the long tail; you could argue even more depending on where you believe the tail starts.
As a site owner or online marketer, you should be aware of the value of long tail searches and find ways to capitalise on this traffic. It may be tempting to go after ‘golden goose’ search terms but you need to be realistic with your aspirations given the competitive landscape of the Internet.
Towards the end of 2007 it was established that, for the first time, the average search was made up off four words. As searchers become ever more ‘net savvy’, searches will continue to become more precise and you should try and accommodate this in your marketing efforts. From an SEO point of view, that means performing keyword research and, rather than simply ignoring the perceived low volume terms, find ways to blend the relevant terms into your web copy, blog posts and articles.
As part of our SEO copywriting services, we research long tail keywords and take these into account when creating new copy. This can provide a boost to your site’s traffic that is not short-lived and likely to suffer from swings in the search rankings for ultra-competitive terms.
Last month, we tuned in to listen to our very own Samantha Noble become a radio star. As a guest on Xan Phillips’ The Business on Voice FM, a programme dedicated to promoting the good news stories about business from the Southampton area and beyond, Sam shared her insights into paid media.
The Drum Network has launched a new initiative called ‘Create Britain’ which aims to show the world that Great Britain is still an awesomely creative marketplace, despite Brexit.
Create Britain is an online interactive map that invites businesses from the creative industry to contribute a short video to claim their own pin on the map that links to their video clip. The video clips need to answer one question: ‘What makes British creativity so great?’.