Fun fact, I used to use Long Tail Pro for keyword research when I was starting out, when it was still owned by Spencer Haws of Nichepursuits.
Then I switched to SEMrush and haven’t looked back.
However, for this honest comparison of SEMrush and Long Tail Pro I renewed my license just to test LTP to the fullest and give it my honest assessment.
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SEMrush vs Long Tail Pro in 2023- Overview
Here’s a brief overview of SEMrush and Long Tail Pro keyword research tools.
You’ll come across many reviews and online recommendations from SEO experts in favor of SEMrush. Well, to be honest, SEMrush pretty much covers all your SEO needs.
With SEMrush you can do:
social media management;
and so much more.
You can read my SEMrush tutorials and guides to learn everything you need to know about this SEO toolset, but in this guide, I’ll cover SEMrush as a premium keyword research tool.
Long Tail Pro
Long Tail Pro is a premium keyword research tool that specializes in mining long tail keywords that even new blogs can rank for easily.
Long Tail Pro say how they discover hidden gems other tools miss and how buying their tool is an investment that’s guaranteed to pay off quickly.
We’ll see if that’s true below.
SEMrush vs Long Tail Pro- Keyword Research
Both SEMrush and Long Tail Pro are excellent keyword research tools.
Let’s see how they compare right below.
SEMrush Keyword Research Tool
There are several ways to do keyword research with SEMrush.
First, SEMrush shows you all the keywords your competitor is currently ranking for.
For example, here are the keywords bringing in traffic to one of my competitor’s sites (SEMrush Competitive Research>Organic Research).
SEMrush gives you these keyword metrics:
Search intent- this tells you whether a web searcher wants to buy what they need or learn something new;
SERP features- this tells you how crowded the SERPS are;
Position- where you rank;
Position difference- did your rank improve or decline;
Traffic- how much traffic your page is getting
Search volume- how many times per month is the query searched;
Keyword difficulty- as measured by SEMrush’s proprietary algorithm;
CPC (in USD)- how much will you have to pay when bidding for a keyword
Ranking URL- which of your pages rank (good for spotting keyword cannibalization);
SERP snapshot- see the SEPRS live within SEMrush;
Update time- the last time keyword metrics within SEMruh were updated;
There’s also a set of basic and elaborate filters you can use to really drill down into keyword reporting.
You can filter keywords based on:
Depending on your needs, this can be either an advantage or a disadvantage.
If you’re just looking to use the key metrics, the SEMrush keyword report may feel a quite bit cluttered. But for someone who needs to do in-depth keyword analysis for hundreds of keywords at a time, this can be really helpful.
All this above was examining competitors for their lucrative and best keywords, but SEMrush also offers a traditional keyword research tool called Keyword Magic.
SEMrush Keyword Magic (Overview)
Here you get to enter your keyword, then see search volume and competition based on the keyword or phrase that you typed.
You can also delve deeper into the reporting to uncover questions, related phrases, and keywords about the topic.
Below this initial report, you can also get a SERP overview for any keyword right within the SEMrush dashboard.
All you have to do is scroll to the bottom of the report SEMrush generated for that particular keyword.
This is an excellent feature that can save you a lot of time as you can easily see if the current SERP for a desired keyword is out of your reach.
For my test keyword (SEMrush alternatives) I see the SERP is relatively open for my authoritative website but the same keyphrase might be too competitive for your site.
That’s why SEMrush showing you the current live SERPs is invaluable.
Long Tail Pro Keyword Research
There are 3 ways to research keywords with Long Tail Pro.
Here’s how to do keyword research with Long Tail Pro.
First, in the left sidebar click on the “Keyword Research” tab.
Then enter your seed keywords and click the “retrieve” button and wait until LTP populated the data.
Once you can see the info, Long Tail Pro shows you:
AKC– average keyword competitiveness;
Volume; search volume;
Bid– are marketers bidding on this keyword (this means it makes them money);
Words– number of words in a keyword;
Rank Value– the worth or the keyword;
Language; language of the keyphrase;
Location– search market.
The second way to do keyword research with Long Tail Pro is to examine a competitor URL and extract all keywords the page ranks for.
First, take the page you want to mine for keywords and put it in Long Tail Pro.
Second, wait for Long Tail Pro to show you the data.
Finally, the third way to research keywords with Long Tail Pro is by examining manual keywords one by one.
SEMrush vs Long Tail Pro- Which Keyword Research Tool is Better?
Long Tail Pro advertise themselves as experts at uncovering the best hidden keyword with no competition.
But honestly, I haven’t seen that in action.
In fact, from my testing, I haven’t seen a single keyword that LTP found that SEMrush didn’t
And I’ve seen many phrases SEMrush uncovered where Long Tail Pro turned out blank
Another thing to consider this that Long Tail Pro limits how many keyword searches you can do per day (800kw for Starter, 2500kw for Pro and 6000 kw for Agency), while SEMrush does not.
Moreover, this limit is quite large and you’ll probably never hit that barrier as an individual blogger.
However, if you’re a content agency wishing to uncover thousands of keywords at once and not do keyword research every day, then SEMrush is a better choice for you because you can do unlimited keyword research with it.
Both SEMrush and Long Tail Pro have excellent keyword rank trackers as parts of their SEO toolsets.
Let’s see how they compare.
SEMrush Rank Tracker
Semrush Position Tracking app allows you to monitor both your mobile and desktop rankings for a preselected group of keywords.
To start tracking keywords, first, you must have an active project running in Semrush. Once you open your free SEMrush account, SEMrush will immediately prompt you to add a website as a project.
I already did with my site nikolaroza.com as you can see in the image below.
Once you’ve set up your project, go to Project > Position Tracking > Set up.
Add your location (your business’s target market), select the device (desktop, mobile, or tablet), and add your competitors’ domains.
Next, add a list of keyphrases that you want to track.
Hit the “Start tracking” button to generate your position tracking report.
This initial report will take time to populate but once it does it’ll display three graphs showing you estimated traffic, visibility, and keyword position trending.
Next, you can drill down into keyword rankings to see how specific keywords are ranking.
SEMrush shows you:
Intent– search intent of the keyword
SERP features– Google SERP features presence;
Position– current position of your URL;
Difficulty– keyword difficulty as judged by SEMrush;
Visibility– visibility score;
Difference– the difference between your rankings day by day;
Volume– the amount of traffic your URL is getting;
CPC– Cost Per Click;
URL– your URL ranking.
Above these keyword metrics, there’s a header menu where you can filter keywords by:
top positions and changes;
SEMrush Rank Tracker is available on all paid SEMrush plans, but depending on the plan you have access to different keywords tracked quotas.
SEMrush Pro– 500 keywords;
SEMrush Guru– 1500 keywords;
SEMrush Business– 5 000 keywords.
SEMrush also allows you to buy additional keywords to track. The price is $60 per 500 new keywords added to Rank Tracker.
For all plans, the keyword ranking updates are every 24-48 hours.
Tracked Keyword Quotas
Keyword Tracking Update Frequency
Long Tail Pro Rank Tracker
Long Tail Pro also has an excellent rank tracker.
To access it within the dashboard simply look for the “Rank Tracker” tab in the left sidebar.
Once you’re there, add your keywords you want to track, pick your target market, pick the desired search engine (you can pick from Google, Bing, and Yahoo) enter your domain and pick daily tracking (the default choice).
Then hit “retrieve” and wait as Long Tail Pro’s rank tracker does the work. Depending on the number of keywords you added, you’ll need to wait between 1m to 5m.
Second, within the same interface Long Tail Pro will display your results.
For each keyword you added you can see:
Keyword– keyphrase you added;
Location– keyword rank location;
Rank– your current ranking in the SERPS;
Yesterday– rank exactly yesterday;
Last week– rank exactly one week before;
Last month– rank exactly one month before;
Updated- the number of hours keyword rank was updated;
Next update– next keyword ranking update in Long Tail Pro;
Notes– your note for the keyword.
And that’s it.
Long Tail Pro’s rank tracker is accurate and updates daily.
Note: with different Long Tail Pro plans you get to track different numbers of keywords.
Long Tail Pro Starter– 30 keywords;
Long Tail Pro Pro– 200 keywords;
Long Tail Pro Agency– 1000 keywords.
SEMrush vs Long Tail Pro- Which Tool Offers a Better Rank Tracker App?
Bothe SEMrush and Long Tail Pro are excellent rank trackers and using them saves you from having to buy a dedicated keyword rank tracker software.
However, the question here is not of quality, but of keyword quotas.
Long Tail Pro gives you way to few kw’s to track, almost to the point of unusability. For example, Long Tail Pro Starter which costs $59.99 gives you only 3o keywords to track.
That’s pitifully few.
And SEMrush’s cheapest plan (SEMrush Pro) costs $119.95 and gives you 500Kw’s to track.
If you are ready to pay annually, you’ll get a discount of up to 17% (that’s colloquially called the SEMrush lifetime deal). Also, if you aren’t satisfied with this tool, you can request your money back within seven days. No questions will be asked when you request your money back.
$240 on a yearly payment
$460 on a yearly payment
$900 on a yearly payment
SEMrush free trial is also available (you can read my SEMrush free trial guide to learn more about the SEMrush trial offer).
Long Tail Pro Pricing
Long Tail Pro also offers three plans you can choose from:
Starter– ($59.99 monthly);
Pro– ($89.99 monthly);
Agency– ($299 monthly).
Above is Long Tail Pro monthly pricing, and below is yearly pricing which gives you a large discount (4 months free).
Starter– ($539.99 yearly);
Pro– ($809.99 yearly);
Agency– ($2699 yearly).
Long Tail Pro Plan
There’s also a free trial for Long Tail Pro.
Long Tail Pro also gives you a free trial. It’s a paid trial and the cost is $8 for an 8-day free trial.
SEMrush vs Long Tail Pro- Which Tool is More Affordable?
When you look at the surface, Long Tail Pro is significantly cheaper than SEMrush.
However, when you consider that Long Tail Pro is just a keyword research tool, while SEMrush is an all-in-one SEO/SEM toolkit that allows you to run entire marketing campaigns from one dashboard and interface.
When you look at it like that, it’s clear that SEMrush has a clear advantage over Long Tail Pro.
#5- Is There a Cracked Version of Long Tail Pro? What About SEMrush?
There is no cracked version of Long Tail Pro. If you search for “Long Tail Pro cracked” in Google and Bing, you will see some shady sites offering you to download malware and viruses instead of cracked Long Tail Pro.
My SEMrush vs Long Tail Pro guide for 2023 is over.
Having read it, now you know that both SEMrush and Long Tail Pro are excellent keyword research tools.
SEMrush is a better tool, but Long Tail Pro is cheaper.
However, LTP is also just a keyword research tool, while SEMrush boast the same feature+ 55+ other features from competitor research to backlink analysis and anything in between.
Overall, SEMrush is always going to be my pick, but LMK what you think in the comment section below.
Nikola Roza is an affiliate marketer and blogger behind Nikola Roza- SEO for the Poor and Determined. He writes for bloggers who don't have huge marketing budgets and who still want to carve out a niche online and a better life for themselves. He's also passionate about precious metals IRAs and how to invest in gold and silver for a safer financial future. Learn about Nikola here, or read his blog posts and guides here.
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