In this article, you’ll learn, how can a newer website outrank an established website by using the right keywords. Broad keywords are the keywords, which have mostly 1 or 2 words in them, whereas long-tail keywords start from 3 words and they go up to 7 or even 8, 9 words. Broad keywords bring in high traffic, but it also comes with lots of competition.
So it's highly difficult to rank number one for the broad keywords. Even it's less likely to get into the front page of Google search results for a broad keyword. Whereas long-tail keywords bring medium to low traffic and at the same time, it comes with a medium to low competition too.
So, they are easy to get ranked number one, and even in the first week, you will directly enter into the first page of Google search. Let's see an example for the Broad keyword.‘Facebook’, this is a single word Broad keyword and when you search for Facebook, you obviously get ‘facebook.com’ as the first search result.
Can you imagine that any other website comes as a first search result for the term Facebook? That's nearly impossible, right? Because the domain authority and the search relevancy for the term ‘Facebook’ with ‘facebook.com’ is unbeatable by any other website. But if you have searched for ‘how to create an eCommerce WordPress website’, which is a long-tail keyword, then the first search result you get is from ‘nyctechclub.com’.
Earlier ‘Shivarweb.com’ used to be the best free tutorial available to a WordPress eCommerce website’. But now ‘NYC tech club’, a comparatively newer website targeted this long-tail keyword with better content and achieved the first position in Google search. In an article like this, the keyword relevancy should be very high and the bounce rate should be very low.
Before we see, ‘why experts recommend targeting long-tail keywords, let's see the basic types that prevail within Broad and long-tail keywords. Broad keywords can be divided into two main types.
Navigational and then General Most of the Broad keywords are of navigational type. For example, if you want to go to a website
such as Facebook or Amazon it's less likely that you type facebook.com directly in the address bar of a browser. Most of the users just search for the term ‘Facebook’ on Google and then they click the 1st search result to go into the website,Facebook.com.
So, they are navigating to facebook.com through the broad keyword Facebook. That's why these types of broad keywords have got the name ‘navigational’. Other than navigation, you have got general broad keywords such as ‘Sales’ or ‘best processor’ or ‘top monitors’.
These are some other broad keywords. Now let's enter into the long-tail keywords. Long-tail keywords are mainly of 3 types.
They are informational, Transactional, and again comes General Now.
let's see an example for an informational long-tail keyword. “How to use a laptop”.
Here you are searching for some information out of a blog or a website you're going to visit. So basically, you're just searching for information. That's why these are called informational long-tail keywords.
Now, let's see an example for transactional long-tail keywords.
‘Buy 8GB RAM card online’ or ‘buy monitor online.
Here you are trying to buy something or you are trying to make a transaction and you want the best advice or the best site which has
got the product with the lowest price. That is why you are searching with the keyword ‘buy’, right?
Since you are trying to make a transaction, these long-tail keywords are categorized as transactional long-tail keywords. The last category of a long-tail keyword is general long-tail keywords. Here comes an example for a general long-tail keyword, ‘eCommerce WordPress website’.
This keyword has got three words. This is neither informal nor a transactional long-tail keyword. Whereas if you add ‘how to create’ in
front of this ‘eCommerce WordPress website’ keyword then it becomes an informational long-tail keyword.
Because you're trying to acquire information. i.e. ‘How to create.
So all long-tail keywords, which start with ‘how to’, can be categorized as informational and if it has the word ‘buy’, then it can be categorized as transactional.
If you have an e-commerce website or an online store, that is selling products, then you should target transactional long-tail keywords. Whereas if you have a content-based website or blog then you should target informational long-tail keywords.
Broad keywords are best suited only for higher authority blogs or content websites.
Let me justify my statement with an example. Here I have searched for the term ‘best
processor’. This contains just 2 words and this is a broad keyword.
You can see that the first search result is from techradar.com and the second search result is from Futuremark.com. When I analyzed both this website in Moz Open Site Explorer, the domain authority is just above 80 for Futuremark and it's 90 for TechRadar.
So, what you can infer from this? For Broad keywords, very high competition is prevailing, as they get very high traffic. So, a newer website or a website with lower domain authority cannot compete for broad keywords.
If you're just starting out or if you don't have so many higher authority backlinks, then I recommend you to target low competitive long-tail keywords, first. Get the initial traffic, which will trigger more social shares, then you will get backlinks or inbound links from higher authority websites.
Eventually, the domain authority of your website will rise, then you can compete with these higher domain authority websites for broad
keywords. Do you know, how to do the competitor research in the right way?