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Will long tail keywords rank if short tail keyword is included?

1:18 pm on Mar 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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My question is this - if you have a long tail keyword, that includes the short tail word in it, will it still be seen as that keyword? Or will google just see the long tail keyword - example

Widgets Wood Round Brown

If my short tail keyword is Widgets Wood, would it still be seen like that - or will google only see the 4 word long tail keyword?

2:24 am on Mar 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Assuming the semantics make sense, your content can still be rated as relevant for the shorter phrase as well as the longer one. To rank well is definitely a higher hurdle to clear, in most situations. it's very common only to rank for the longer phrase for a long time.

Eventually (if the site continues to grow and appeal to its visitors) ranking for shorter phrases is a real possibility. However, it may take more pages about the shorter phrase which I assume is more general.

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