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Example of Long Tail Keywords In Action for my Small Personal Blog

ImageThis article will give you some real world examples of long tail keywords on this blog over the last 3 years. I’ve really only thought about making money with blogs but never really made more than a couple hundred bucks. In this website, I want to give those who have some questions about long tail keyword research for their small business or personal blog a small insight to statistics that I think are great for beginners. (I’m not anything but a beginner) 

About This Blog:

Well like everyone else, I wanted to blog and make money! I was on my last $1,500 (after tax refund) and thought I would give it a try. I went to wordpress and signed up for a free blog and posted 10-15 articles over a few weeks. These articles had no real keyword research besides google adwords and what you’re typically used to seeing about finding a niche and starting with low competition “high” volume long tail keywords. 

I shortly realized that hosting on a free wordpress site wasn’t the way to go if I wanted to make some adsense revenue so I abandoned this blog and registered my own domain. I only even remembered I had this blog after google sent me an e-mail stating that I had an adsense check pending for a year and I needed to tell them where to send it. 

Well, these days I’m wanting to get back into blogging. The last 4 years for me was great. As a 20 something year old I went from a box packer to a partner in 2 multi-million dollar companies dealing with eBay, online sales in the mobile industry. While I’m still active day-to-day in one of the companies, I wanted to give blogging a try again as I thought my experiences over the past few years could really help others. 

Thank God 3-4 years ago I used the same password for everything and regained access to this blog!

I’m not even really sure where I’m going to begin this time around but with no real financial strain and my experience being around articles previously written I thought having 3 years worth of stats on my articles could help me get some idea of how long tail keywords worked.

I’ve done so much researching about trying to rank for top long tail keywords I was about to go crazy. Really, instead of researching I should have been writing. 

Anyways, BACK TO THE MAIN REASON FOR THIS POST. I’ve always had this burning curiosity on long tail keywords and what type of traffic and keyword search variations around long tail keywords could drive traffic. These days, the word seems to be targeting adgroups.

Without further ado, ….my list of incoming search terms and the hits they received. (I’ve made some general comments around them below the search terms). Please keep in mind that it looks like (but not certain) that these long tail keyword incoming search terms only go so far back (I think a few months). So the stats below would cover something over a period of a year or so?

craigslist 2,972
ebay consignment 2,767
ebay good til cancelled 1,251
camera 1,177
ebay consignment stores 953
good till cancelled ebay 912
ebay good till cancelled 828
online 772
good til cancelled ebay 770
ebay programs 769
ebay gtc 720
ebay shipping to canada 527
ebay good til cancelled fees 441
scams 436
buying 381
new egg 375
ebay franchise 371
ebay consignment locations 353
inklink 326
gtc ebay 313
what does good till cancelled mean on ebay 296
newegg 282
good ’til cancelled ebay 270
craigslist money 234
ebay good til canceled 224
ebay good till canceled 217
ebay labs 213
ebay consignment store 210
ebay stock photos 209
google analytics ebay 197
ebay research labs 195
funny ebay feedback comments 194
make a living on craigslist 193
good til canceled ebay 188
ebay consignment sellers 180
online business 170
good till canceled ebay 169
making a living on craigslist 169
how to make a living on craigslist 167
verizon bring your own phone 160
hammertap review 155
ebay good ’til cancelled 151
scammers on ebay 146
buy on craigslist sell on ebay 145
dazzle postage 145
ebay scammers 144
ink link 144
buy online 142
funny ebay feedback 140
usps dazzle 139
shipworks review 139
craigslist.com 138
ebay google analytics 135
buy on ebay sell on craigslist 135
shipping to canada ebay 131
ebay good until cancelled 130
hammertap vs terapeak 121
ebay consignment fees 121
consignment franchise 120
amazon restricted item 113
amazon restricted items 109
dazzle usps 107
amazon restricted categories 99
ebay store franchise 97
ebay ship to canada 97
ebay stock photo 96
online buy 96
ebay consignment seller 96
easiest things to sell on craigslist 93
good ’till cancelled ebay 92
buzzirk mobile 92
problems shipping to canada 92
please provide the correct information in the highlighted fields. 91
make a living selling on craigslist 90
buying online 88
easy things to sell on craigslist 88
terapeak vs hammertap 87
ebay good till cancelled fee 86
good until cancelled ebay 85
money on craigslist 85
ebay duration gtc 85
scammer on ebay 85
ebaysaurus 84
power seller 83
consignment ebay 78
selling manager pro 75
ebay franchise stores 75
toolhaus 74
good til cancelled fees 73
bayestimator 72
ebay consignment shops 71
online buying 71
shipworks reviews 68
scammer ebay 67
ebay order management 67
fixed price gtc 67
craigslist hustler 66
how long does it take to process a video on youtube 65
ebay good till cancel 65
ebay research lab 64
ebay good ’till cancelled 64
easy money on craigslist 64
buzzirk 63
ebay program 63
how to make money on craigslist 62
make a living off craigslist 62
bring your own phone verizon 61
consignment on ebay 61
bring your own phone to verizon 60
powerseller 60
making a living off craigslist 58
catching scammers 58
what is gtc ebay 58
turbo lister gtc duration available 57
ebay fixed price gtc 57
asking for money on craigslist 56
ebay consignment sales 55
ebay gtc listing 54
google analytics for ebay 53
ebay powerseller 53
interapptive shipworks reviews 53
ebay shipping canada 53
terakpeak 52
ebay tricks 51
money with craigslist 51
ebay gtc duration 51
buy 51
ebay gtc fee 51
easy items to sell on craigslist 50
endicia dazzle 50
how to make easy money on craigslist 50
craigs list 49
what is good till cancelled on ebay 49
dazzle endicia 48
consignment franchises 47
google analytics on ebay 47
how to make a living off craigslist 47
shipworks templates 47
ebay fixed price duration 46
location of ebay consignment stores 46
what is good til cancelled ebay 46
how to sell restricted items on amazon 46
money craigslist 45
research ebay seller 45
how to do craigslist 45
how to make money on craigslist fast 45
ebay consignment shop 45
selling manager pro inventory 45
terapeak 44
what to buy on craigslist and sell on ebay 44
stock photos for ebay 44
hammertap reviews 44
shipworks 3.0 44
stock photos ebay 43
new ebay policies 43
http://craiglist.com/ 43
gtc on ebay 42
good till cancel ebay 42
http://www.craigslist.com 42
camera images 42
ebay scammer caught 42
scammer 41
fp30 41
top powersellers on ebay 40
how to use stock photos on ebay 40
how long does it take for a video to process on youtube 39
good til cancelled on ebay 39
ebay gtc fees 39
camera pictures 39
channeladvisor scam 39
how long does it take for youtube to process a video 38
amazon selling tricks 38
endicia scan form 38
julia backholm 38
how to make a living selling on craigslist 38
bulk acceptance scans 38
easy money with craigslist 38
dazzle mail 38
good ’til cancelled duration 37
what is gtc on ebay 37
stock photo ebay 37
research ebay sellers 37
photo camera 37
ebay consignment store locations 36
shipping to canada on ebay 36
how long does it take to process a youtube video 36
endicia ebay 36
using stock photos on ebay 36
good till cancelled on ebay 36
consignment store franchise 36
fixed price (gtc) 35
key automation 35
good till cancelled ebay fees 35
ebay seller research 35
tips for shipping to canada 35
ebay research tools review 35
ebay “good till canceled” 35
catching a scammer 34
can you make a living on craigslist 34
how to make money off craigslist 34
dazzle postage software 34
what is ebay gtc 34
ebay good til cancel 34
buzzirk mobile scam 34
programs for ebay 33
craiglist money 33
easy money craigslist 33
most profitable items to sell on craigslist 33
shipping ebay to canada 33
ebay canada shipping 32
restricted item amazon 32
what does good til cancelled mean on ebay 32
random computer tricks 32
how to email a shipping label from usps 32
ebay power seller 31
amazon closed categories 31
problems with shipping to canada 31
fixed price (good ’til cancelled) 31
how to email a usps shipping label 30
ebay software reviews 30
new ebay rules 30
seller manager pro 30
set windows password 30
ebay good til cancelled listings 29
amazon restricted 29
ebay good until canceled 29
clark howard verizon 29
ventrilo.exe 29
ebay franchises 29
ebay cosignment 28
buy craigslist sell ebay 28
email usps shipping label 28
good till cancelled ebay fee 28
consignment shop franchise 28
ebay feedback comments 28
ebay stock images 28
how to make quick money on craigslist 28
how to use a stock photo on ebay 27
email postage label 27
what does good till cancelled mean ebay 27
making a living off of craigslist 27
how to make craigslist 27
ebay software review 27
funniest ebay feedback comments 27
how long does it take for a youtube video to process 27
how to run 2 same programs at the same time 26
good til cancelled ebay fees 26
buy from ebay sell on craigslist 26
ebay good till cancelled fees 26
newegg facility 26
ebay good til cancelled listing 26
how to research a seller on ebay 26
making a living selling on craigslist 26
easiest items to sell on craigslist 26
ebay fedex scam 26
craigslist money makers 26
craigslist easy money 26
restricted items on amazon 26
imageshack ebay 26
how to make money fast on craigslist 26
easiest thing to sell on craigslist 25
can you make a living selling on craigslist 25
ebay seller manager 25
good ’til cancelled listings 25
craigslist hustlers 25
shipping to canada tips 25
selling manager pro templates 25
camera photos 25
amazon category approval 25
ebay ranks 25
setting a windows password 25
how to ask for money on craigslist 24
return to sender 24
funny positive ebay feedback 24
ebay franchise store 24
good ‘til cancelled ebay 24
find ebay powersellers 24
ebay fp30 24
how does good til cancelled work on ebay 24
funny ebay scams 24
funny feedback comments 24
buy from craigslist sell on ebay 23
craig’s list 23
ebay shipping rules 23
who made craigslist 23
selling restricted items on amazon 23
usps return postage 23
google analytics and ebay 23
easy items to sell on ebay 23
amazon seller tricks 23
stock photos on ebay 23
how long does it take youtube to process a video 22
how to research ebay sellers 22
ebay consignments 22
ebay listing software reviews 22
what is good till cancelled ebay 22
make a living with craigslist 22
dazzle return label 22
ebay shipping to canada advice 22
quick money hustles 22
ebay what is gtc 22
how to look up a seller on ebay 21
how to make a craigslist 21
funny ebay comments 21
ebay listing good til cancelled 21
search ebay feedback 21
inklink game 21
how to open 2 ventrilos at the same time 21
good ’til cancelled fee 21
ebay fees good til cancelled 21
power seller ebay 21
how to find powersellers on ebay 21
best money makers on craigslist 21
shipping to canada problems 21
ebay good til cancelled fee 21
making a living from craigslist 21
tiphut 21
make a living off of craigslist 21
how to make money off of craigslist 21
ebay 21
setting windows password 21
ebay feedback research 21
shipworks 21
setting a password on windows 21
email postage 20
add google analytics to ebay 20
consignment selling on ebay 20
can you bring your own phone to verizon 20
fixed price gtc ebay 20
camera photo 20
buy ebay sell craigslist 20
make a living craigslist 20
fotoğraf makinesi 20
dazzle scan form 20
make quick money on craigslist 20
how to buy on craigslist and sell on ebay 20
how to make alot of money on craigslist 19
ebay labs estimator 19
dazzle ebay 19
what is fixed price gtc 19
most profitable items on craigslist 19
terapeak or hammertap 19
amazon restricted category 19
easy craigslist money 19
make a craigslist 19
craigslist.org 19
good til cancelled fee 19
picture of a camera 18
find powersellers 18
usps first class international to canada delivery time 18
ebay good till cancelled listings 18
“good til cancelled” ebay 18
hammertap 18
consignment for ebay 18
gtc in ebay 18
how to make on craigslist 18
ebay consignment contract 18
good till cancelled fees 18
good \’til cancelled ebay 18
ebay research tools 18
ebay fixed price good til cancelled 18
please provide the correct information in the highlighted fields 18
ebay endicia 17
what does assign automation rules mean 17
is it easy to sell on craigslist 17
fixed price good till cancelled 17
setting a password for windows 17
dazzle post office 17
what is gtc in ebay 17
gtc vs 30 day 17
backholm@amazon.com 17
ebay consignment stores orange county 17
how hustlers make money 17
how to get a stock photo on ebay 17
craiglist 17
how to catch a scammer 17
usps acceptance 17
ebay return policy template 17
ebay how to ship to canada 16
duration gtc ebay 16
ebay good till canceled fees 16
run 2 programs same time 16
fixed price 30 16
how to catch an ebay scammer 16
ebay and google analytics 16
ebay what does good till cancelled mean 16
amazon selling tips tricks 16
research methods for dummies 16
ebay top powersellers 16
how to make big money on craigslist 16
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how to look up sellers on ebay 16
ebay good ’til canceled 16
can you ask for money on craigslist 16
how to research an ebay seller 16
how to catch ebay scammer 16
begging for money on craigslist 16
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ebay dazzle 16
ebay consigment 16
how to make a living off of craigslist 16
how to look up ebay seller 16
ebay duration good till cancelled 16
gtc vs 30 days 15
can i ask for money on craigslist 15
how to make money on ebay and craigslist 15
“good ’til cancelled” ebay 15
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stats on the most successful ebay selling tricks 15
ebay good til cancelled listing fee 15
gtc ebay duration 15
what does good till cancelled mean 15
ebay listing duration gtc 15
фотоаппарат 15
camera picture 15
ebay feedback search 15
best alarm clock 15
canada 15
ebay fees good till cancelled 15
how to find powersellers 15
ebay seller franchise 15
sorry the ability to create a listing for this item is restricted. amazon 15
tips on shipping to canada 15
ship to canada ebay 15
how to email usps shipping label 15
fixed price good til cancelled 15
scammer in ebay 15
sorry, the ability to create a listing for this item is restricted. 15
buy on ebay and sell on craigslist 15
ebay consignment selling 15
ask for money on craigslist 15
how to catch ebay scammers 15
“ebay consignment” 15
random computer code 14
what does good till canceled mean on ebay 14
restricted item on amazon 14
ebay good ’til cancelled duration 14
ebay store consignment 14
ebay hammertap 14
ebay fixed price good till cancelled 14
ebay gtc? 14
usps bulk acceptance scan 14
how to look up an ebay seller 14
good until canceled ebay 14
tricks to selling on amazon 14
how to make a nice craigslist ad 14
ebay stock photos search 14
ebay research tool 14
how to make a living with craigslist 14
funny positive feedback ebay 14
how to use stock photo on ebay 14
random computer knowledge 14
ebay progs 14
picture of camera 14
look up ebay seller 14
selling manager pro vs auctiva 14
most profitable things to sell on craigslist 14
ebay feedback tricks 14
what to buy on ebay and sell on craigslist 14
ebay consignment franchise 14
ebay “good ’til cancelled” 14
earn a living on craigslist 14
hammertap or terapeak 14
gtc+ebay 14
terapeak hammertap 14
what is good til cancelled on ebay 13
tiphut.wordpress.com 13
making a living with craigslist 13
how to run 2 programs at once 13
dazzle printer ebay 13
where is the money in craigslist? 13
issues shipping to canada 13
can i email a usps shipping label 13
acceptance usps 13
camera image 13
games like inklink 13
what is ebay good till cancelled 13
good till cancelled ebay listing 13
ebay listing gtc 13
buy on line 13
best things to buy on craigslist and sell on ebay 13
how long does it take to process youtube video 13
ebay fees gtc 13
terepeak 13
how do i use a stock photo on ebay 13
ebay please enter your correct information in the highlighted boxes below 13
endicia 13
ebay scammer 13
return to sender usps 13
good till canceled on ebay 13
good til cancelled 13
ebay selling manager pro inventory 13
research seller on ebay 13
change duration from 10 days to good till cancelled 13
usps dazzle download 13
camera foto 13
how i made money on craigslist 13
how to scam on ebay 12

A few points to remember 

  • My blog had a total of 54 articles
  • All of which were poorly written with some knowledge behind the content but masked in the rush to pump some items out in hopes of making some money.
  • The articles were about eBay mainly (1/2), craigslist and cell phone related topics.
  • It was written on free wordpress.com site.

So how does the traffic break down? (In my own 20 minute review)

  1. First, I actually did write one “great” article about how terrible eBay franchise businesses were. I was a fool and took the article down and redirected it to my new blog only to abandon that one after I was employed and forgot to pay the hosting fee at godaddy. This one article ranked on the top page for keywords such as “eBay Franchise information” and “eBay consignment”. These were short tail ones back in the day. They probably generated about 1/4 of the overall traffic until the post lost rank on this blog and picked up on my other .com blog. 
  • It didn’t take long with a crappy looking blog and terrible command of the english / typing language that some other bloggers and sites linked it up and the rest was history. It drove “a lot of traffic”. One blog post for a few short tail keywords and many surrounding long tail keywords drove about 25% of my traffic.

2. Many others came from the wordpress theme “tags” associated with my blog post. I defiantly would pay more attention to these tags and use of them this next time around.

3. While I didn’t rank many times for the keywords I was trying to (or research told me to go after) I did get a lot of traffic around keywords that google adwords showed no search volume for.

4. Some search terms I competed with the big boys. Top 10 search result for over a year for what was a growing trend around ebay consignment stores was a real surprise! This article I probably spent the least amount of time writing and think I did very little to no keyword research before hand. It just flowed naturally and I suppose readers and this the search engine picked up on it. 

So that I don’t get too chatty here, for anyone who’s just starting out on a blog, please remember a few simple things.

  • Traffic takes a little bit of time to pickup. Sometimes weeks to months, or a year. 
  • Using a free wordpress site to being with isnt a terrible idea. While you might be limited with ads and the likes, they will feed your articles down global tag categories which can get you some rank and free traffic right out of the gate. Later on you can upgrade or write other articles linked back and forth.
  • Don’t spend too much time researching long tail keywords and regular keywords if it prevents you from writing something. In my case, I probably spent 80% trying to learn SEO and keyword research and my stats suggest I should of just kept writing and I would of generated more visits.
  • A lot of the long tail keywords that came up in the incoming search results page would guide me more this time around on how MY SPECIFIC audience is searching for me and outlying search terms to get there. 
  • Posting AUTHENTIC and helpful/useful comments on other peoples blogs is a great way to get some traffic to you site overtime. 
  • There is no BS about writing good content. You can spam all you want, write crappy content and do it all for the money. That can even work! But if you have a niche, write about it, help others around the net in your niche and it should grow overtime.

My #1 thought: 

If i had it over again (and if this blogging for money helping others) this time around does take off, I would spend less time cranking out pitiful articles (even though they do bring traffic) and spend more time concentrating on fewer articles that really have something to offer the reader.

In my case, 1 article that took me 1 hour to write from start to finish consisted of 25% of my traffic hits and 35% of my google adsense earnings.

Being that this article is way too long, I thank you for getting to the bottom. If you did, leave a message or something. I promise I won’t take 3 years to respond this time. I’m going to make a few other articles highlighting the traffic statistics and how it grew and declined after a while also.