SEO has been there for long, and it will always be there because ranking your website on Google and other search engines is indeed an art, and that is what SEO all about.

A website that doesn’t rank on top pages for the most important keyword of its industry, then making sales or conversion is either tough or impossible.

Long tail keyword research tools

That is why SEO comes into the picture as it helps websites rank well on SERPs.

There are many people you will find online saying that SEO is Dead!

Don’t give a damn to this misleading information because SEO has been changing a lot in recent years due to the frequent Google Algorithm updates, but that doesn’t mean SEO is dead rather the way of doing it is now more creative and challenging.

What is long tail keyword?

longtail keyword is a keyword phrase that contains at least three words (though some say two or more is considered longtail). Longtail keywords are used to target niche demographics rather than mass audiences.

Keep things natural in SEO, and you are good to go!

When we talk about SEO, the very first thing that comes to our mind is keywords because you need to know the keywords that people use to search for information on the search engines.

Then only you can target and optimize your content for them. So those people when a query for those keywords, your site appear, and hence the traffic comes to your site.

The method of finding keywords is called Keyword Research on which the whole on page optimization strategy is based because when you start optimizing your content, you need to know the keyword first you are going to optimize for.

To research for keywords, you can make use of a number of tools available online. There are two broad categories of keywords: Short Tail Keywords and Long Tail Keywords.

Long Tail keywords are comparatively more than 3 words whereas Short Tail Keywords can be of 1-3 words.

If you are just looking for the traffic of any type, short tail keywords are the best, but if you want to get some really well-targeted traffic, Long Tail Keywords are the way to go.

What is long tail keyword research? Before I get into what is long tail keyword research and why you should be doing this type of keyword research. This is a 100% safe and SEO method. They will give keyword variations.

Long-tail keywords, in my experience, helped me sell more affiliate products than short-tail keywords because people who want to buy always try to search for some specific conditions.

For example, if a guy is from India, and he wants to buy a headphone, he will probably search “best headphones in India” rather than just “best headphones.”

In some cases, if that guy has a limited budget, he may also search for “best headphones in India under 1000 rupees.” 

Such keywords have low search volume mostly but these are buying keywords, and hence, they can skyrocket your sale.

List of Best Long tail Keywords Research Tools

In this blog post, I am going to list a few free and premium long-tail keyword research tools.

What is the best free keyword research tool?

So, let’s take a look at those tools below:

1. Google’s “Searches related to”

Google Search related to results

When you search for anything on Google, you always see some similar queries suggested by Google at the end of the page under “Searches Related to.”

For example, when I searched for “on-page SEO,” I received the following results:

These results shown by Google are based on the users’ queries. Not all of these suggestions are good, but you can always find at least one great keyword out of them. Once you find one, you can try that keyword in Google, and look for “searches related to” to find even better long-tail keywords.

Important Note: For one topic, you can try searching different variants of a keyword to get a big list of such related keywords. Then you can find the best ones that you can target in your next piece of content.

2. Long Tail Pro

Long Tail Pro is one of the best keyword research tools for finding long tail keywords, as its name says. Long Tail Pro integrates with Google’s keyword planner to calculate the search volumes of the keywords and with Majestic to get the link details to find the organic average keyword competitiveness (AKC) of each keyword.

This tool offers you everything that you need for finding profitable keywords. You can even find out the sites that are ranking for a particular keyword as well.

long tail pro keyword research result page

The search volume and the AKC are very important. The lower the AKC, the less competition there is. Hence, you can find good short-tail and long-tail keywords using these metrics.

When it comes to AKC, anything less than 30 is good to target.

If your blog has authority, you can even target the keywords with 40 AKC as well.

If you want to see which sites are ranking for a particular keyword, you can just click on that keyword from the list shown above, and you get the details like this:

long tail pro single keyword research analysis

Along with the article links, it also shows their backlinks, CF, TF and other details that help you understand whether your site is able to outrank them or not, and accordingly, you put your efforts on those keywords.

You can consider every detail you get from the tool, and then choose a good keyword and write killer content, and if needed you can later work on some link building strategies to beat the competition.

Without doing research, you may keep putting efforts on the keywords for which ranking is nearly impossible.

So, it is always good to find out the feasibility and then put your effort to rank.

That is why thorough keyword research is very important.

3. SemRush

SEMRush is another excellent keyword research tool for both short-tail and long tail keywords. You just need to go to and signup SEMrush and enter the seed keyword.

SEMRUSH Longtail keyword tool

As you can see in the above screenshot, you only need to enter the seed keyword, and the tool will give that keyword’s details as well as other related keywords with Keyword Difficulty, SERP, volume, and other stuff.

To tap the real potential of SEMRush, go for its pro version. You can read this blog post to learn more about researching keywords with SEMRush.

4. Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest is a tool to get all the possible keywords that can be made with a word. Enter a word in the tool, and it will show you a lot of keywords by adding different letters to the seed word. This tool was recently acquired by Neil Patel (internet marketer and Co-founder at KISSmetrics).

For example, I typed a seed keyword as “headphones.

ubersuggest keyword analysis

Now, see what it shows:

ubersuggest keywords overview

Finally, click on the View All Keyword Ideas button to get a complete Keywords list. Here you will get two options to export the keywords list. They are Suggested and Related keywords. 

export keywords list from ubersuggest

Just choose one as per your requirement, then select all keywords and hit the button Export to CSV.

Ubersuggest gets this data from Google Auto Suggest.

Google instant results

However, Google shows the most frequent ones only. And, Ubersuggest shows all of the keywords that Google has in its database to show as auto-suggest.

You can further check the trend for each keyword by clicking on the down arrow.

On clicking on Google Trends, you get this:

Though this keyword tool doesn’t show you the search volume or competition, it is still a good tool to get all the possible keywords that can be targeted. Google Trend data gives better insights to know the trend for a particular keyword. As you can see Headphones wireless keyword has had some great trends in recent times so we can consider this keyword as a good one to target.

Moreover, once you get a good list of keywords from this, you can check their search volumes using Keyword Planner.

5. Moz Keyword Explorer

It is another good keyword research tool for long tail keywords. I liked this tool as it quickly gave the result and fetched a long list of keyword suggestions as well.

To use this tool, you have to create a free account. After registration, activate the account, enter the keyword, and press the search buttons. You will get plenty of keyword suggestions.

moz explorer for long tail keywords

You can see the above screenshot to get an idea. You can give this tool a try to get a fair number of good long tail keywords to target.

6. AnswerthePublic Tool

To be honest, I am not an experienced user of this tool, but I found it out a few days ago while researching for something, and I found it quite cool. You can enter a keyword, and it will share content ideas as well as a long list of keywords.

It categorizes the ideas into three sections: questions, prepositions, and alphabetical. For example, I searched for “best headphones,” and it shows the result as.

Answer the public Sample keyword result

Now, you can click on any to get the data.

When I clicked on questions, I got this.

Answer the public tool question results

When I clicked on a preposition, I got this:

Answer the public tool question results 2

And, when I clicked on Alphabetical, I got this:

Answer the public tool results in Alphabetical order

So, as you can see, there are a lot of ideas this tool can generate. You can select quite a few, and check their search volume using a keyword planner to be sure if they are good enough.

7. Google Keyword Planner

As you have already read, Google Keyword Planner is the best one on the list, as most of the keyword tools get their search volume data from this alone. As you have already read, I have mentioned it many times above in the article.

With this, you can calculate the search volume of the keywords along with the competition for paid search. However, the competition it shows is not for organic search, so don’t get confused.

This tool is mainly designed for Adwords advertisers so that they can calculate the search volume and competition along with the bid, but if you are only looking for organic, you can still get an idea of search volume from there.

download keyword ideas

You just need to enter the keyword and click on “Get Ideas.” The tool will show the details of the keyword(s) you entered as seeds and other related keywords as well. You can enter as many keywords, separated by commas, as you like.

Don’t forget to read these Guides:

Final Words

Keyword research tools are very important because searching for keywords in bulk is not an easy job to do manually. These tools make your work easier by putting a lot of information in front of you. Your own intelligence, on the other hand, can determine which ones are the best to target.

I am sure you will love these keyword research tools to find both short-tail and long tail keywords.

If you have any questions, do write in the comments. I will try my best to respond at the as possible.

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  1. john smith says:

    Good Article long tail keywords are very helpful for On-Page SEO.
    Thanks for the great article.

  2. Brittany Wolfe says:

    Keep Going dear!! such an amazing article regarding Keywords research. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. Praveen Rajarao says:

    Nice share Atish.

    I have always wondered about keywords and how I can get the right ones in my new posts. This helps a lot, all tools look promising, i will definitely try out the free ones first 🙂

    1. Hello Praveen,

      Glad you find the post useful. Do try, and share your experience in the comments.

      Good Day!

  4. Hi Atish,
    Thanks for sharing great tools for keyword research. Ahrefs also provide keyword research option, and I think its worth using as it also suggests number of backlinks to rank for that keyword.
    By the way, Market Samurai is also good software.

    1. Hello Imran,

      There is a plethora of keyword tools. I have listed the once I have used 🙂

      Thanks for coming by. Have a nice day.

  5. Hello Atish Ranjan,

    Long Tail Keywords is really helpful, Good article. Informative. Keyword research is very important part of online marketing. i use mostly Google search suggestion for finding Long tail Keywords. Long Tail Keywords is really helpful. It is very Nice for me and also for the newbie bloggers to know that which keyword research tool is use pro bloggers.

    Personally, I like Long Tail Pro, Semrush and Google Keyword Planner.

    Thanks for the all details… Happy Blogging 🙂

    1. Hello Pavitra,

      Keyword research is indeed the most important part of any SEO strategy. Thus, having some tools in your arsenal is always great to work efficiently.

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for coming by.

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