I have purchased my first Long Tail Pro in 2014.
Since that was a lifetime license, I’m still enjoying the desktop version despite having the Long Tail Pro Cloud version to date.
I tried the Long Tail Platinum to access the Long Tail Pro University twice but eventually went back to the plain, old LTP since I couldn’t use it without opening my laptop.
In my comparison between the Jaaxy Pro and Long Tail Pro here, I couldn’t help but enjoy the Jaaxy’s online tool since I could check on some keyword ideas anytime for as long as I have my smartphone with me.
But since Long Tail Platinum is already available in the cloud, I’m having this Long Tail Pro Cloud review.
It’s a version that thousands of Long Tail Pro followers have been waiting for.
But has it done a good job thus far?
Since it was rolled out in September 2016, I’ve explored the tool quite heavily to see if it meets my expectation.
Here’s a quick peek of what’s inside this Long Tail Pro Cloud Review.
Long Tail Pro Cloud Review Table of Contents
– What Is Long Tail Pro Cloud (a.k.a Long Tail Platinum)?
– Who Owns Long Tail Pro Cloud?
Who should use Long Tail Pro Cloud?
How does Long Tail Pro Cloud Work?
My Thoughts on the Product
– My Personal Use
– Using Long Tail Pro Cloud Commercially
Long Tail Pro Cloud PROS and CONS
Long Tail Pro Cloud Added Features
Long Tail Pro Cloud Support
Long Tail Pro Cloud Review Conclusion
How To Subscribe To Long Tail Pro Cloud
What is Long Tail Pro Cloud (a.k.a Long Tail Platinum)?
Long Tail Pro Cloud is the cloud version of Long Tail Platinum.
That means you no longer necessarily need a desktop to do a thorough keyword research on your preferred niche.
You may use your Smart phones or tablets in finding good keywords wherever and whenever.
Long Tail Pro Cloud is equivalent to the Long Tail Platinum where the Keyword Competitiveness (KC Score) is accessible.
In the past, only Long Tail Platinum users can access the KC option.
Ordinary subscribers of Long Tail Pro have KC’s locked.
Keyword Competitiveness scores may not be a 100% assurance that you’d get to the first page of Google, but it’s a good leading indicator that you can start from there.
That’s one good thing about Long Tail Pro Cloud.
Everybody can now access the Keyword Competitiveness of the keyword tool.
Who owns Long Tail Pro Cloud?
Spencer Haws, the popular guy who runs NichePursuits.com was the original owner of Long Tail Pro.
He grew up in Messa Arizona and now lives in Richland, WA where his wife grew up (for a family man myself, it’s good to know he’s a family man with 4 kids!).
He also graduated with Business Management from BYU in 2002 at age 21.
Spencer’s work ethics were incredible as he also got his MBA from Arizona State University in 2007 (his back up plan) while performing his duties as a Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank from 2005 to 2009.
He finally quit his job on March 2011 to focus on his thriving online businesses.
You can check out more about his background here.
Bottom line, Spencer’s a real guy.
Though Spencer is by no means a programmer (he didn’t write a single code in Long Tail Pro), he was able to sell the software to the new owner at a very competitive price.
His exit was so timely that both parties were happy of the sale’s outcome.
It’s noteworthy to mention as well that the Long Tail Pro Software steadily increased in revenue and profit since 2011.
Over a period of 5 years, he was able to sell his 80% stake for a great profit.
He retains 20% ownership as a passive investor.
It’s also good to know that the new owner has been a good associate of his the past 3 years prior to the sale (which happened in February 2016) and that their ideas moving forward are remarkably similar.
I can’t talk much about the new owner except that the staff’s are also cool (so far based on their responses in my Long Tail Pro Tickets).
Who should use Long Tail Pro Cloud?
- Small Business Owners
- Web Business Owners
- Internet Marketers
- Niche Marketer
If you’re one of them, you’d probably want to rank some keywords at some point in time.
If you’re a small business owner operating at a local scene, you’d probably want to rank on long tail keywords like “nearest dental clinic to me”, “where to find carpenters in Singapore”, “where to eat breakfast in toronto downtown”, etc.
If you’re a vlogger, you may want to rank some keywords for your Youtube channel.
If you’re a niche marketer focusing on Amazon, you may want to check Long Tail Pro Cloud’s Set Rank Value function (more on this later!).
It’ll make your life much easier!
Same is true if you’re an Internet Marketer or a blogger.
Though it’s wiser to also look at trends from Google Trends and Social Media places, starting from historical data of what people are already looking for is simply too tempting to pass up.
This is what keyword research is all about.
And this is where LTP Cloud exudes with excellence.
How does Long Tail Pro Cloud Work?
After selecting your preferred pricing, Starter, Pro or Agency Plan (regardless if it’s Monthly or Annual), you’ll see a display similar to this.
You’ll notice at the topmost portion 10,000 of 10,000 (or 25,000 of 25,000 or 60,000 of 60,000) as your keyword allocation.
Depending on your usage, you may or may not consume everything that you’ve been allocated for.
I consumed only about 1500 keywords on my first month since I wasn’t very active.
Hopefully this time, I’ll find more time and eagerness to research for keywords for my own or for clients’ requirements.
I may upgrade it to the Pro plan in a couple of months if my freelance plans would push through.
Adding a Project
At first, you won’t be able to see anything at the left portion of the display since you haven’t started anything yet.
As you add a project, you’ll start building the list of project names (normally related to the keywords that you’re looking for) at the left side of the screen.
Click the Add Project and start searching for your keywords.
Your Project name will be indicated at the middle of your page.
In this case it’s Weight Loss.
Keying Seed Keywords
Google Adwords Suggestion
By default, you’ll be using the Seed Keywords box of Google Adwords Suggestion.
List down 5 of your keyword intents. You may define any number as Max results per seed keyword. If there are 50 possible combinations of your certain keywords, then 50 credits will be deducted from your keyword allocation.
Thus, if you have an initial of 10,000 and you’ve defined 5 seed keywords which resulted to 50 keywords on each, then that’s 250 less, resulting to a balance of 9,750 keywords for the month.
You may filter using Monthly Searches with Min and Max figures, Suggested Bid as well as Advertiser competition, however, pre-filter settings are ignored for seed keywords.
If you want to explore further on certain keywords, you can dig further (for lack of better name!).
You may dig on each keyword further by clicking that blue button on the right that looks like a magnifying glass.
It will bring back 20 keywords related to your specific keyword, provided there are still recommendable keywords.
You may do so until it can no longer suggest any other keyword.
In this case, I tried to do further research on belly fat burner cream.
It tried to suggest keywords, but since there were less or zero keywords, it displayed “Sorry, no suggestions were found on “belly fat burner cream”.
My Thoughts On The Product
My Personal Use
I’ve been using Long Tail Pro Cloud for more than a month now.
Except for the glitches that it had when it started to roll out in September, everything seems to be much better now.
In fact, I’m elated!
I’ve been using it for this site as well as for other planned sites and niches and so far, I’m enjoying each experience.
Looking for great keywords to build a project/site/article on is even addicting.
Long Tail Pro Cloud makes my keyword research a thousand times easier enjoying most of the results.
Ideas for contents just keep flowing as I sometimes see keywords I haven’t even thought about. That’s probably why I can come up with hundreds of keywords from a simple seed keyword.
Long Tail keywords are even more exciting every time they pop up.
I’ll continue to use the cloud version of Long Tail Platinum not just to do keyword research but to also help the new owners in any way I can to further improve the software.
I know there are a few things that can be tweaked to make keyword researching more satisfying, but the creators have to be fed with quality inputs from their customers.
If one day Long Tail Pro Cloud becomes even more successful, I’d be more fulfilled to have contributed regardless how minute it would be.
Using Long Tail Pro Cloud Commercially
Truthfully, I may not be able to create hundreds of contents or projects related to the thousands of keywords that I generated using this tool.
Some of them have even been exported to a CSV file thus, they’re occupying spaces in my hard drive.
Thus, I thought of doing something about it.
As of today, I’m thinking of doing any of these 3 simple things that might convert some passive keywords to productive ones.
1. Create an ebook for 30 niches with at least 500 keywords each. That’s about 15,000 keywords that specific audiences (with no access to a powerful keyword tool like LTP Cloud) may grab in exchange of their email addresses.
2. List down a hundred keywords on certain niches for a blog post. Since I won’t be creating contents on all the keywords found when researching, I might as well give it away through a blog post. I might create a full category giving away keywords under niches that I don’t have so much interest in.
3. Create a gig in Fiverr. To date, there are hundreds of entries under Keyword Research or SEO. That’s simply because people still look for keywords. Instead of paying monthly for $27, $37 or $47 for keyword research tools, they’d rather pay a one-time fee for 500 or 800 keywords related to their niches. That’s where I can also probably come in. Haven’t done it yet, but things may change in the next couple of weeks.
That’s one advantage of owning Long Tail Pro Cloud.
You can even start at $1 for 7 days. That’s already a lot if you’re not doing either of the 3 above.
Just a simple tip.
Focus on certain keywords that you’ll create projects soon after having the keyword suggestions. Click the Suggest button as often as you can until no keywords are suggested.
That way, you can maximize your 7 days for a dollar.
Long Tail Pro Cloud PROs and CONs
Let me walk you through a number Long Tail Pro Cloud Pros and Cons at least from my own perspective.
The objective of this is simple: to keep you objectively informed of what is likeable and unlikeable about the product from a standpoint of a user who also holds other powerful keyword research tools.
That somehow lessens, if not eliminate, my bias towards the product.
- Smooth Learning Curve
- More Thorough Competition Analysis
- Sufficient Training Materials
- Availability of Relative Filters
- Easy Sorting
1. Smooth Learning Curve.
Some of the keyword tools out there are just too complicated to explore.
Long Tail Pro Cloud version was probably designed for any type of beginner as it’s remarkably easy to use.
After naming the project, punch in your keywords (5 at a time), define how many results per seed keyword, click Retrieve Adword Suggestions and that’s it!
You’d be on a roll.
2. More Thorough Competition Analysis
Although the Avg. Keyword Competitiveness Score is a good way to start to look for the easiest keyword to rank for, going further on analytics can even give you an advantage.
Going for each of the 10 URL’s that are ranking and checking how weak or strong they are in terms of relevance (whether they’re using the exact keyword match or not), Trust Flow (measures the quality of links to the URL), Citation Flow (measures the link equity or “juice” the website carries) and Site age (2 years or less would be great.
Other essential factors to consider are Domain Trust Flow, Domain Citation Flow, External Back Links, Page Referring Domains, Root Referring Domains, Indexed URLs and Internal Links.
3. Sufficient Training Materials
When the software was rolled out, there were only about 5 or 6 initial video tutorials, a.k.a Bootcamps, to explain how things work under Long Tail Pro Cloud.
As of this writing, there are 14 bootcamp lessons under the Video Tutorials section.
Although there’s some form of finality with Video 14, I think there will be more tutorials especially if members would request for further detailing.
Let me list them all down for your reference.
Bootcamp Lesson 1. Finding Seed Keywords
Bootcamp Lesson 2. Understanding Intention and Finding Better Seed Keywords
Bootcamp Lesson 3. Seed Keyword and Basic Keyword Research
Bootcamp Lesson 4. Competitor Analysis
Bootcamp Lesson 5. Using Rank Value To Determine Keyword Profitability
Bootcamp Lesson 6. Combining Keywords and Serp Crossover
Bootcamp Lesson 7. On-Page SEO
Bootcamp Lesson 8. Site Structure and Silos
Bootcamp Lesson 9. How To Fill Out Your Silos
Bootcamp Lesson 10. Outsourcing Your Content
Bootcamp Lesson 11. Outreach
Bootcamp Lesson 12. Beyond Google
Bootcamp Lesson 13. More On-Page SEO
Bootcamp Lesson 14. The Final Day
4. Availability of Filters
Filters are outstandingly useful in sorting your searches.
Since there were about 728 keywords that came out of my seed keywords and further keyword suggestions, I could easily filter words accordingly.
In this case, I looked for all keywords containing the keyword “belly”. There were 31 out of 728 that showed up.
I then filtered it further by excluding KC’s that were greater than 40.
It resulted to only 8.
Of course you can adjust the filter such that the KC would display only figures according to your satisfaction. The lesser the number though, the lesser keyword results will probably show up.
Safe number is 35.
If no keywords are displayed, it’ll report back “Sorry, there are no results matching your filters!”
To go back to the original keyword search, just tick the “x” in the filter section.
5. Easy Sorting
You can also sort out all keyword researches according to the following:
Keywords – according to alphabetical order
Favorites – Add Keywords to your favourites
Bid – The Suggested Advertiser bid is calculated by taking into account the Costs-Per-Click (CPCs) that advertisers are paying for this keyword for the location and the Search Network Settings you’ve selected. The amount is only a forecast and your actual cost-per-click may vary.
Competition – A value of Low, Medium or High indicating amount of advertisers for each keyword relative to all keywords across Google for the location and Search Network targeting that you’ve selected.
Words – total number of words in the keyword. It’s designed to help you filter and sort the number of words.
Rank Value – the estimated monthly value of ranking in the top organic search result. This is calculated using the Adwords suggested bid and and estimated click-through-rate, but you can customize it for Google Adwords, Amazon Affiliate or a custom visitor value using the “Set Rank Value” option in the Bulk Actions dropdown.
Avg. KC – a number from 0 to 100 that measures how difficult it is to rank on the first page of Google for the keyword. This metric is calculated using the page title, Majestic Trust Flow and Citation flow, links, site age, and other factors of the top 10 results found in Google for the keyword. Higher numbers indicate a higher level of keyword difficulty.
I often use the sort functions for Avg. KC and Volume before I jump into creating contents. It’s in that order as I don’t quite mind if the volume is low.
I normally look for keywords lesser than 35 regardless of volume.
If you’ll find low Avg. KC on your niche with at least a thousand searches a month for the volume, then that’s a probable goldmine.
- Relatively New
- Can’t Key In Keywords Anywhere
- Missing Rank Checker
- Unavailable Domain Availability Function
- Inaccurate Error Messages
1. Relatively New
Being new to the market has its own birth pains, thus disadvantages.
Since Long Tail Pro Cloud is barely 3 months old (as of this post), some glitches could be encountered.
In fact, I’ve raised some support tickets to clean up those unnecessary bugs.
However, since it’s the same Long Tail Platinum that members were accustomed to (great relationships with Spencer Haws helped it to soar as it is today), the acceptance of the market isn’t as difficult.
It may take time to bring out some flaws (corrupted data like volume with 1001, 100100, etc., bids worth $9,999.99,etc.) but I’m sure it’ll be further cleaned up.
2. Can’t key in keywords anywhere
Because you have to group your keywords according to the projects, you can’t key in keywords without looking for or creating new projects.
This takes time especially if you already have thousands of keywords under dozens of Projects.
You have to go to the related projects and key in the relative keywords.
If there is just one box that can be used to key in keywords regardless of niches but would be segregated accordingly after the search, it’d be much easier.
3. Missing Rank Checker
What’s noticeable in the Long Tail Pro Cloud version is the non-existence of the Rank Checker.
While you can input your URL and keyword in the desktop version to identify where it’s ranked in Google, Yahoo and Bing, you just can’t do it in the LTP Platinum cloud.
It would have been a helpful function just to check if your keyword is ranking or otherwise.
Though there are third parties like SEMRUSH and SERPLAB where you can just key in your url/keyword to check your rank, it would have been easier if you were doing it from one software.
4. Unavailable Domain Availability Function
The new management has decided to get rid of domain availability function as it no longer believes in exact match domains.
So if you’re still thinking of looking for good keywords with low KCs and relatively high volume and registering them with a .com, you’ll somehow get frustrated with Long Tail Pro Cloud.
5. Inaccurate Error Messages
I tried to research the keyword “cartoon marketing”.
It went back with a message
“No keyword suggestions found matching your filter settings for seed keyword ‘cartoon marketing’. Try broadening your search filters or using a more common phrase.”
However, there was indeed a result.
I also tried “best left handed wireless mouse” but it simply returned:
“Data wasn’t available for ‘best left handed wireless mouse’. In most cases this is because Google does not provide search volume data for those keywords. Try shortening this term or using a more common phrase.”
Though it’s probably not so much of a big deal to many, especially that they might consider it as a waste of credits, I still think this needs to be improved.
Long Tail Pro Cloud Added Features
Set Rank Value
Long Tail Pro Cloud has added a Set Rank Value function under the Bulk Actions tab.
To me, this is indeed a critical deciding factor in building a content or a project on certain keywords or not especially if you’re considering profitability.
Let’s face it.
Not all keywords are profitable.
They do somehow work in other useful ways to make your pages rank.
Thus, if you’ll consider profitability as part of the equation, you must take a peek at the Set Value Rank function.
You may configure it for Adsense, Amazon Affiliate or a more Customized one.
It simply means that if your preferred keyword is on the first page of Google, then most likely, you’ll probably have that monetary value each month.
It’s an estimate, but it’s good enough to play with considering that some keywords are more competitive than others.
Just click the keyword that you’d like to examine, click Bulk Action tab, change it to Set Rank Value and click Apply.
You may then define the Earning Methods either Adsense, Amazon Affiliate or Custom (for commissions, ebook, video, etc.).
In this case, since it’s a tangible product I set it to Amazon Affiliate with an Average Purchase Price of $10.
Click Save and that’s it!
With 1600 Search Volume, the keyword “cheap gaming mouse” could probably give you $30 a month when it’s on page 1.
With that result, you can have a much easier option to not pursue that project.
You may change your Earning Methods to either Adsense or Custom and see different results (when the value was changed to $9, supposing that’s the value of your commission or ebook, you may generate $4,499 a month).
That’s how critical this information is.
Of course that’s just an assumption. Your conversion rate can depend on many other factors.
Just do your very best to convert them from visitors to fans to raving fans a.k.a. buyers.
Manual Keyword Entry.
If you’re familiar of Uber Suggest (ubersuggest.io), the Manual Keyword Entry function of Long Tail Pro Cloud is greatly helpful.
Just enter your seed keyword in Uber Suggest, i.e. “weight loss“, and click View as text.
Copy all resulting keywords and paste it inside the Manual Keyword Entry box (separate multiple keywords with new lines).
You can paste up to 2000 keywords provided you still have sufficient credits.
Click Retrieve Keyword Data and wait for hundreds of keyword suggestions.
This is appropriately helpful as you’ll encounter dozens, if not hundreds, of keywords with surprisingly low KCs and relatively high monthly search volumes that you haven’t actually thought of.
Don’t worry about your credits though.
If you’ll eventually find it helpful for you and for others (especially if you’re considering of commercializing your keyword research skill), then it’d be time to upgrade from Starter plan to Pro.
You’ll probably not consume 25,000 keywords in a month by then.
Long Tail Pro Cloud Support
The new management of Long Tail Pro is fairly responsive.
Just don’t expect a 24-hour turnaround time.
The first 2 months after they rolled out, there were a lot to fix.
Thus, there were a lot of us complaining.
The good thing though was that they were highly motivated to fix the issues.
In fact, when I got too many 1001, 10001, 100100, etc. (they called it corrupted data), they even asked for the the CSV file and manually fixed them.
I think that was an extra mile.
If you’re having issues about the product, just click that speech bubble at the bottom right of the screen and you’ll have your answers in the next 48-72 hours.
I haven’t raised tickets recently, thus I wouldn’t know if they have improved a lot.
One thing for sure.
You’ll be taken care of.
Long Tail Pro Cloud Review Conclusion
Long Tail Platinum or Long Tail Pro Cloud (probably it’ll be more known as Long Tail Pro Cloud in 2017), is definitely worth your $37 per month if you’re a beginner.
You may probably not consume 10,000 keywords in a month unless you have a very specific purpose of the tool.
With all the PROs and CONs, features and potential of the tool featured in this guide, which probably is the most definitive one in the market today, it could be one of your best investments in the online world.
You can absolutely subscribe on an annual plan, which is much lesser compared to the monthly plan, but just to be extra certain if you’re really happy with the tool or not, feel the monthly plan first.
You can upgrade to annual anytime you wish.
It’s my second month now at the Monthly Starter plan.
I do have a special rate since I already bought the lifetime license about 2 years ago.
So far, I’m pretty much contented with the tool.
In fact, I’m happy with it.
As a long-time user of Long Tail Pro, the cloud version is indeed a great welcome.
Using it anytime regardless of what I’m doing where and what I’m using it with was one of my wish lists then for Long Tail Pro.
And now that it’s here, I just can’t let it pass.
How To Subscribe To Long Tail Pro Cloud
For a dollar, you can gather all the keywords that you want for 70 hours or more (if you’ll do it in at least 10 hours a day!) and experience what I’ve been referring to above.
Visit here or click that image to start the trial.
After 7 days, you’ll be automatically set to a 1 month subscription until you’ll cancel it.
Just raise a ticket to the support team (that speech bubble at the lower right) that you’re no longer pursuing the monthly subscription.
They’ll attend to you the soonest.
Meaning, you won’t be billed with $37 any longer.
That was what I did prior to my monthly subscription.
If you’re happy otherwise, just keep it for 30 days and explore the tool as much as you can.
You may be surprised how much keywords are there in your niche that are waiting to be uncovered.
And given the right content, you might just come up with a money page one of these days.