On the keyword tool, first I see where it shows amount of searches for the specific words I've chosen. Then underneath that, it shows "keyword ideas". Do you select from those keyword ideas other words to make long-tail keywords? Or do you do another search for different keywords you have in mind and see if they are searched? I am unclear how you combine keywords to make long-tail keywords. Also, is it that as long you include keywords somewhere in the title, no matter what other words you use, the search engine will pick up on it?
I like to check out as many keywords as I can. Suggestions from the keyword tool, ones I think up, possibilities from the "type ahead" of a search, possibilities from competing articles found in a search - wherever I can get them.
"Dogs" might be a keyword. "Black Labrador dogs with blue eyes" is a longtail keyword (albeit probably a silly one).
Yes, google will pick up keywords anywhere in the title. Having said that, keywords in the front of the title are best, and longtail keywords without intervening words are best. For instance in the above longtail example, Google will see Black Labrador, Black dogs, blue eyes, dogs eyes, etc. It will probably even pick up on black labs. They may not all be weighted as highly because of intervening words, but Google will see them. It's always a good thing to build several longtail keywords into your title.
I too like to check out as many keywords possible. The one thing that has helped with in the keyword tool, is only checking the "exact" and "phrase" box on the left hand side of the page. This narrows down good low competitive keywords so you can rank better for.
I use the "broad" setting to get ideas from, and then check out those ideas under "exact". It gives me more ideas to work with - more possibilities that might be relevant to my proposed subject. It also sometimes gives me a better idea of what Google thinks a keyword is about - it's not always what I think it's about.
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