Tracking Long Tail Keywords through Google Analytics

Many SEOs agree that there is power in the long tail.

There are also several solid stats to back up this claim.

Recently I was asked the following question on LinkedIn and I think the same question bothers you too:

There may be millions of ‘rare’ search terms in the tail, but the important things to ask are how much of the traffic they generate is relevant to a particular business and is there enough ROI to make it worth spending to chase those searches

Ivor Morgan(Head of Sales & Marketing at Morpheus Limited, UK)

You may have been waiting for reports like the one below for a long long time:

tracking long tail keywords

It is not very hard to conclude that majority of one word keyword phrases are brand terms.

It is also evident from the report that two words keywords phrases are driving more traffic, conversions and revenue for this website.

You can even go ahead and calculate the impact of 4 words, 5 words, 6 words (or even more) keyword phrases on website traffic:

tracking long tail keywords 3

Such type of insight becomes even more useful in case of PPC campaigns where you have to pay for each keyword:

tracking long tail keywords 2

This is a real life example of the power of tracking long tail keywords.

Now the question that arises is, how I generated these reports?

First of all, your Google Analytics property must not be suffering from not provided keywords issues.

Not provided keyword is a keyword without ‘keyword referral data’.

not-provided-keywords

In order to reveal not provided keywords in your Google Account, you need to use a tool like ‘Keyword Hero’.

Without using such tool, you can not truly benefit from the power of tracking long tail keywords as there will be no long tail keywords data to analyze.

Now if you already have enough long tail keywords data in your GA view then follow the steps below:

Step-1: Navigate to ‘All Traffic > Channels’ report and then click on the ‘Organic Search’ link under the ‘Default Channel Grouping’ column:

Step-2: Create and apply following new custom segment:

I created ten similar advanced segments using regular expressions.

Use following regular expressions to create such segments:

^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){0}$ =>Filter 1 word keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){1}$ =>Filter 2 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){2}$ =>Filter 3 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){3}$ =>Filter 4 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){4}$ =>Filter 5 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){5}$ => Filter 6 words keyword phrase

^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){6}$ => Filter 7 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){7}$ => Filter 8 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){8}$ => Filter 9 words keyword phrase
^[^\.\s\-]+([\.\s\-]+[^\.\s\-]+){9}$ =>Filter 10 words keyword phrase

^\s*[^\s]+(\s+[^\s]+){3,}\s*$ => Filter 3+ Words Keyword phrases

Once you have created these custom segments, apply them one by one to your Google analytics report.

 

Do you know the difference between Digital Analytics and Google Analytics?


99.99% of course creators themselves don’t know the difference between Digital analytics, Google Analytics (GA) and Google Tag Manager (GTM).

So they are teaching GA and GTM in the name of teaching Digital analytics.

They just copy each other. Monkey see, monkey do.

But Digital analytics is not about GA, GTM.

It is about analyzing and interpreting data, setting up goals, strategies and KPIs.

It’s about creating strategic roadmap for your business.


Digital Analytics is the core skill. Google Analytics is just a tool used to implement ‘Digital Analytics’.

You can also implement ‘Digital analytics’ via other tools like ‘adobe analytics’, ‘kissmetrics’ etc.

Using Google Analytics without the good understanding of ‘Digital analytics’ is like driving around in a car, in a big city without understanding the traffic rules and road signs.

You are either likely to end up somewhere other than your destination or you get involved in an accident.


You learn data analysis and interpretation from Digital analytics and not from Google Analytics.

The direction in which your analysis will move, will determine the direction in which your marketing campaigns and eventually your company will move to get the highest possible return on investment.

You get that direction from ‘Digital analytics’ and not from ‘Google Analytics’.


You learn to set up KPIs, strategies and measurement framework for your business from ‘Digital analytics’ and not from ‘Google Analytics’.

So if you are taking a course only on 'Google Analytics’, you are learning to use one of the tools of ‘Digital analytics’. You are not learning the ‘Digital analytics’ itself.

Since any person can learn to use Google Analytics in couple of weeks, you do no get any competitive advantage in the marketplace just by knowing GA.

You need to know lot more than GA in order to work in digital analytics and marketing field.


So what I have done, if you are interested, is I have put together a completely free training that will teach you exactly how I have been able to leverage digital analytics to generate floods of news sales and customers and how you can literally copy what I have done to get similar results.

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Himanshu Sharma

Digital Marketing Consultant and Founder of Optimizesmart.com

Himanshu helps business owners and marketing professionals in generating more sales and ROI by fixing their website tracking issues, helping them understand their true customers purchase journey and helping them determine the most effective marketing channels for investment.

He has over 12 years experience in digital analytics and digital marketing.

He was nominated for the Digital Analytics Association's Awards for Excellence.

The Digital Analytics Association is a world renowned not-for-profit association which helps organisations overcome the challenges of data acquisition and application.

He is the author of four best-selling books on analytics and conversion optimization:

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