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Unread 30th April 2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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Hi, my name is Joseph Archibald (some of you may know me for my article writing on the Warrior Forum) and I welcome you to this 40 day Challenge - “top 5 in Google within 40 days!”.

Let me just clarify this a bit please. Forgive me here – its rather a long definition and explanation as to what I intend to do, but its fully necessary just to make it as crystal clear as I can do so. For anyone remotely interested in SEO it should be interesting reading nevertheless.

One of the recent posts on the WF in this part of the forum was along the lines of “how to define a good to great keyword?”.

Excellent question! But one that can only be answered truly by the person who wishes to make the definition. Meaning one of the following:

* would you wish to attain a high ranking for a keyword phrase that is going to bring you buyers regardless there are perhaps only around 2 thousand searches per month in Google stats? (Very possibly a long-tail keyword).

* or are you looking to rank a keyword phrase that has 50,000 + searches a month and not too concerned about it being a buyer-related keyword? After all, with a large search volume, no matter your chosen keyword you should get at the very least a few sales, right (or wrong)?

* or perhaps the definition for you relates much more about how much competition there is in the likes of Google. If I stipulate something along the lines of 20 million competition for the same keyword phrase you wish to rank for, does that mean its a good or great keyword if you can indeed rank highly for it?


I know there are other ways to define a good or great keyword – some based more upon your own personal reasoning and requirements, perhaps. A good or great keyword is in the eye of the beholder – yes, similar to beauty...

For me then, a good or great keyword (or beautiful keyword, if you like) for this particular exercise would have to encompass a number of those points above, if not all 3 together. Namely:

1. must have potential buyers (not necessarily long tail however)

2. must have over 50 thousand searches a month as per Google stats in the Google External keyword tool – this is the EXACT MATCH and not BROAD

3. well okay, the competition as per the Google stats is not what I would focus on at all. I don't care if there are 5,000 comp or 50 million comp. There are other factors more important at play than this sort of competition. But for the sake of many, I shall indeed mention the competition of my chosen keyword


Okay, onwards. My intention is to detail the process of ranking my chosen keyword/keyword phrase – call it what you will, in Google, in the top 5 within a 40 day time frame from very start (once I have chosen my keyword and announced this on this thread) to very end. I shall only purchase the chosen keyword AFTER this challenge begins, and would expect it to be Google indexed some 5 days or so after I make the purchase.

40 days may be too short a time for a top 5 – this has yet to be seen. There can be no guarantee because ultimately its up to Google, and there are a number of other factors that I am obviously unable to control. I will however, do my best!

Why am I doing this? Why do I want to expose my deep SEO secrets to you, a stranger? And why would I wish to risk my reputation on the Warrior Forum (and beyond). Hmmmm.... good question really – its rather nerve racking!

There are a number of reasons, but one is to help to educate and offer support for many folks who are really struggling with choosing keywords and ranking webpages in the likes of Google. I do totally and absolutely know how incredibly frustrating and seemingly unattainable this whole process seems, particularly when new at the “game” of SEO. I spent a load of time and a load of money (most of which was a waste) on trying out new techniques in an effort to make money online.

Fairly early on however, I realized that perhaps the best way was to learn SEO. And thus I embarked upon learning the ropes and putting into practice various techniques until I had honed my skills enough as to be at least relatively successful.

And no, I shall not reel off my successes and boost my flagging ego – how much money I make, how many sites I have ranking in the top 5 or 10 of Google and how many at number 1... Its not relevant to the Challenge.

Let this Challenge speak for itself as to whether I know and understand the world of search engine optimization or not (SEO Google fashion, that is). If you gain something from it that you can add this to your own ability for ranking a decent keyword, then you can argue that the Challenge has indeed justified itself, at least for you.

After all, ranking sites/keywords/keyword phrases on a regular basis only comes with practice and with practice comes improvement. If you can learn from others who have made a ton of mistakes beforehand (that's me!) then you are a big step forward indeed! Less mistakes for you to make, which means success should come sooner rather than later.

Finally, I shall relay to you in my posts on this thread every aspect to my campaign for the chosen keyword. That's not at all to say that I do this for all my campaigns. It depends upon the competition, the target market and how motivated I am haha!

And for sure, I am not claiming I am some form of genius (ah, if only!). I merely wish to show one way – one set of techniques in reaching a potential goal as far as SEO is concerned.

There are many other ways to go about reaching the same goal – what I shall show to you here is just a single method that can be learned by anyone with half a notion. You are then free to utilize this method or to build on it for perhaps even more successes of your own.

The method I am going to outline here is far and away from being perfect, or indeed its not at all one of the best. Its just one way to achieve high rankings, and to achieve high rankings very regularly - if you have the motivation to do so.

If you've read this far, then many thanks for that – you may be one of few! Lol!

Oh, and further information can be found at my blog here
The Thrill of Good Quality SEO makes my Life a Better Place!

Its fairly new hence there is not a vast amount of content. Interesting reading nevertheless.

I shall make a diary of progress and my reasons why I do things on the blog too.

Now sit back and enjoy the ride!


To our success!

Kind regards
Joseph Archibald



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Hi Joseph, I'll look forward to it.
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Hi Joseph,

After reading your post from the start to the very end, I am sure that I will follow you from the start of your project here to the very end too...

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Will certainly be following with great interest.

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Thanks for your support guys! Much appreciated (and much needed too!)
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Looks like a good thing to follow. Look fwd to it
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I'm using Scroogle Scraper here to work out who is who on my potential top 5 rankings. In the case you don't know about Scroogle Scraper - its a software (website) that allows you to search for Google rankings and its unbiased. Thus, it will not necessarily show up your own site as being number one, simply because its unbiased towards you, whereas Google is not. Google will take a bias towards your own search requirements.

Also, for purposes of this challenge, Scroogle Scraper is okay - albeit it does provide different results in different countries. Over-all though, its probably fairer to assess for a top ranking using the Scroogle rather than a general Google search query.

I could fire up another software I have (paid for) - SEO Elite, and do further assessments, but this is not entirely necessary I think. I don't want folks to go buying all forms of software for keyword searches and all sorts, when to be honest much of the best research can be done totally and absolutely free.

Take the Google External Keyword Tool as a perfect example of free at its best!!

I think I've finally got my keyword.

More on that shortly...

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When I'm checking out my comp on Google I'll go into Scroogle Scraper, as mentioned, and then one by one I will check through each website of the top 10 on Goog.

Forget the idea about all this who's ranking for your chosen keywords in "" (is that parenthethis?) and who is not. I spent what feels like most of my life using this technique and generally by doing so managed to rank for nothing worthy of ranking for.

So many folks get all worked up about the fact that when they check Google and see there is 25 million other sites ranking for the same keyword that they want - well, that means it can't possibly be done. Waaaa.... not true!!

What I highly encourage you to do, if you are not already doing so is to check for your potential keyword who is top 10 to top 20 in Google. These are your true competition, make no mistake!

Its these guys and gals who KNOW how to rank their sites by using both on-page and off-page techniques. Either they know or they got oodles of cash to splash on some SEO company.

I'll talk more about this very soon...

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Following with interest.

Still searching for the answers
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Joseph,

This is going to be a very interesting thread and I plan to follow it.

Thanks for the information, and best wishes in reaching your goal.
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Thanks Wnatc, Rhodie and Polar Bear - really appreciate your support on this! Its gonna be a fun ride for all (I hope)!

Just a note to anyone who is following the thread but not made any comment as yet. Please do so - I welcome all comments (within reason) - and I really do appreciate just a simple comment like those who have very kindly just done so. I really do!

Even if you have not posted before on this forum I want to hear from you. This thread is for anyone that feels it will be of benefit be that you are making a whole heap of money on the internet and your marketing efforts or that you have still to make a single buck!

I don't care - this is for you regardless where you are at with regards to your SEO!

Best wishes to everyone, and thanks again for reading along!

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So, what am I looking for when assessing my comp in Google?

Yup, top 10 to top 20 ranking in Google for my desired keyword.

I will then go through each of them - check them out - my potential competition in Google that is. Assess their website.

To be honest, I'm not going to be winning any ranking prizes for my site design skills (please read my recent post (30 April on my website

I Made a Mess of Working on an HTML – Based Site

Embarrassing!)

Simple and fast is what turns me on (I'm discussing websites here). So when I'm checking some of these sites now (my potential top competition in Google) - well, they are indeed very arty and nice to look at. Some are a bit clunky though - difficult to navigate around. This puts me off. I like nice simple interfaces.

Take Go Daddy for example. Nice and glossy for sure, but geeee - so difficult to navigate. Far too many offers all over the place. I don't use Go Daddy at all now - in part due to this clunky set up/interface, and in part cos they've caused me all sorts of problems when trying to register a simple domain name. Their security measures seem to me to be way over the top!

I use Dynadot for ALL my new site registrations. Its fairly simple and gloss-free. Its also a bit cheaper than Go Daddy, unless you want .info domains, which are incredibly cheap on Go Daddy - last time I looked anyhow.

After a while, you get what is called "bulk-buy" discounts on Dynadot. Thus, I can get a .com for a low price of $7.50 (almost 11 bucks on Go Daddy!) or a .net for only $5.99. Fantastic! I think .org is about $8 or so.

Hmmm... I got sidetracked...



I look firstly for Google PR when assessing my potential competition. Say my competition in the top 10 all have PR5s or so, well then, I have a job on my hands! If the keyword is really worth going for (its going to offer really good pay-back in one form or another) then this will not necessarily put me off.

What else? How many pages are Goog indexed? Many of the big boys and girls who are ranking at the top for the best keywords (best here I mean by most searched for) have massive websites with often in excess of half a million pages indexed. Don't let that put you off in entirety. But keep it in mind that if you do come across smaller sites your job may be made rather easier to outrank them.

What next? Well of course - backlinks!! Sure thing, you will NEVER find out how many backlinks your comp really have, but you can get a very rough idea by doing a Yahoo search for the site in question (see * below) and then you should at least double that figure and more. Yahoo shows up more backlinks to a site than do Google (by a long way!).

There is a feature in Google Webmaster account where you can find the number of links to a site, which I understand is possibly a more accurate assessment. Don't know though, I stick with the Yahoo determination of backlinks to a site.

There is no software product that I know about that will be able to show all the backlinks to any website. I use SEO Elite on occasion - a product by Brad Callen and his brother Matt, but even this fairly expensive software will not tell me all I need to know.

Now if you were really doing your homework you would also check out these backlinks. Where are they coming from? What is the PR of the sites that they are coming from? Are they very much related sites to the one we are researching - the one we are just about to build?

Unfortunately you can't see the hyperlinked text in the backlink (maybe you could if you want to load up each individual website but that would take days to do).

Next up - domain age. The older the domain the more established it is, and this gives it "weight" and makes it more difficult (although not impossible!) to outrank.

And finally, the Alexa ranking. Obviously if you are competing against a site that is top thousand ranking in Alexa, then again, you have a job on your hands. Stand up all those who work a lot on product-related domains. You all know precisely what I mean here, right? Your Amazons, your eBays, your NextTags, and your YouTubes and EzineArticles etc.

Quite frankly these sites are a pain in the behind if you want to rank high for product-related stuff, for example, toys, work tools, jewelry and so forth. But, one thing you got in your favor against such mighty sites as these is...

Most of 'em don't have time to get backlinks to their specific product webpage. Thus the page will not be ranking on backlinks but on the other factors just mentioned. Well okay then, we all know that backlinks are mighty powerful in the eyes of the major search engines, right? Dang sure they are too! So we can't compete with these mighty sites on most of the above factors can we? But, we most certainly can when it comes to high quality backlinks to our sites/web pages, which is PRECISELY WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO! Wow, we're on a roll now!

YOu see, ranking in the search engines is really about being just that bit more savvy than your competition - and that includes those massively powerful guys and girls up there that we all know so well. THEY CAN AND WILL BE BEATEN BY US LITTLE (VERY SMART) FOLKS!!


Mmmmm... there is something else here too that can go in our favor/favour - our choice in domain name! Now okay, I don't work much with Bing.com nor with Yahoo! Search, so I don't really know for sure if they really rate a relevant domain name like Google does. I suspect they actually do though - and I say this because I have obviously done some checking with regards my own sites in the past, and often times I've been ranking rather nicely in Yahoo and in Bing too. More on this to come.

Okay, so what do I mean by our choice in domain name? Most IM'ers (internet marketers) know that by plucking out a domain name with an exact match to our keywords/keyword phrase we wish to rank for, we will certainly be given some advantage, some kudos in and by Google.

I have to say that its not so unusual to see some site with a PR0 that is less than a year old that is ranking well against some other sites that have high PR and are years and years old. Furthermore, sometimes these PR0 sites have little to no backlinks to be seen.

So what the heck is going on here?

The site owner nabbed the domain name that was up for grabs that was a 100% match to their desired keywords. For example... desired keywords "toys for Christmas 2010". Our domain name would be www.toysforchristmas2010.com (or .org or .net). Hmmm, I ain't checked to see if that domain is available... If not, what about Christmas 2011 and so on...?? If we were to get those domain names some years in advance imagine the power they would have in Google's eyes come Christmas time of that particular year. There you have a hot tip for free!

Okay, I will not labor on about this as most of us get it anyhow. Its not so easy to get decent domain names now anyhow, if this is your game. I have another method however, that it seems to me to provide equally good results, and ultimately "can" lead to top Goog rankings.

No secret but its often overlooked by folks who are glued to the idea of getting a precise match no matter what!


There is one more thing I did not mention - cache. If the site has been cached recently it generally means that its been updated, which is no bad thing. After all, we are told that one of the advantages of a blog (no matter its a WordPress blog or what) is that its set up to be updated fairly regularly, thus it will be cached in Google etc fairly often.

To be honest, I don't necessarily think this makes a large difference because it seems to me that many of the top-ranking sites are not updated often at all. By all means come back to me if you have a different opinion on this, thanks.

More soon...

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* If you use Firefox for your searches then you should if not already done so, download the SEO Quake tool. Free, of course! Once you have this installed, for every web search you make you will see (provided you turn the tool on for use) all the stats for Google PR's, the number of indexed pages in Google, Yahoo and Bing.com, age of domain etc. etc. Totally
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Just bookmarked this thread and I'll keep an eye on it

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Regarding domain names, I couldn't agree more about Godaddy. They are an absolutely awful site to navigate.

The other popular domain provider that a lot of IMers use and recommend it Namecheap. If you check namecheapcoupon.com, before registering a domain, you can always get a coupon to knock of a dollar or two.

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Mohammad, welcome and thank s for stopping by! Enjoy the "ride"!

UMS, yup, totally! Go Daddy should now be called "SLOW DADDY". I find the site so, so slow to work with cos its gotten so clunky and big.

Good tip about NameCheap.com and the coupons being available. I'm sure I checked them out a couple months back for a small glut of domains I was going to bye up only to find that cos it was the beginning of a new month all the coupons had expired. Life goes on, huh...

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Joseph,

Thank you for letting us into your mind and look over your shoulder while you do your stuff.

Can you help me in this...

How do you narrow down to the keyword that you think you may have found? Do you start off with any random seed keyword or do you find out a rising trend or whatever did you do before you move on to narrow it down?

Pardon me if I am not quick to catch any hint(s) that you may have mentioned.

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I think I've finally got my keyword.

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Hi Terence,
thanks for following the thread here!

With regards your question...
"How do you narrow down to the keyword that you think you may have found? Do you start off with any random seed keyword or do you find out a rising trend or whatever did you do before you move on to narrow it down?"

Do you mean how do I start out on my niche and then narrow down to a particular keyword, or are you referring to when I have my niche area defined and now wish to search out a hot keyword to target?

Cheers!

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Okay now, I've chosen my keyword and snapped up a relevant domain name! Let's take a quick look at what I have:


http://twilightposterz.com




This domain is targeting the keywords "Twilight Poster", in case you did not realize.



Of course, www.twilightposter.com is not going to be available! Hence I inserted the "z" to make it sound like Twilight Posters. Its of little consequence to my requirements. I should still be able to rank nicely for this regardless of the "z" sticking on the end a bit like a sore thumb sticks out!


Sounds perhaps a little bland (not perhaps the right word), but Twilight being such a SIZZLING HOT topic there are indeed sales to be made here!


I was looking at "New Moon Poster" which according to the Google Keyword Tool has over 165,000 EXACT global searches. Now we are clear as to what Global and Local searches mean, right?


Global is as it says - based on Google search figures from around the world over the period of the preceding year, broken down to a monthly average.


Local stats are for the previous month alone (no average over the year) for the Google server that you have chosen to use. Ya, you can use this feature on the free Google Keyword tool, which is very neat! There's a tab at the top where you can change to your desired country to get Google traffic stats for that country alone.

"Twilight Poster" has some 60.5k exact Google searches globally - as an average per month. Its a little risky to base my "presumptions" on this being a really hot keyword on this figure. Let me explain why.


Let's say I want to tie this product in with Amazon.com okay?
Amzon.com are based in and around North America, right? If I'm targeting "global" then this may include a load of ladies and gents for the likes of Russia. And I don't think that many Russians who live in Russia would be buying from Amazon.com - do you?



Sure has happened to me before. Where I load up my Google Analytics to see some nice figures for a couple of my sites - high level of unique hits. I go a bit deeper cos I see a lack of sales of my affiliate products and hey, its mostly Russian (from Russia) who are hitting up on my sites. Nothing against Russians of course (my ex was one of 'em). But they are not the buying crowd that I'm looking for!


So keep this in mind when you are assessing stats for your own keywords!




Why not just use AdSense? If you have a look see, the potential income for "Twilight Poster" is just below the US dollar mark - 93 cents. Which literally means that I potentially would earn around 25 cents a click. Hmmm, okay I suppose, but perhaps I can do a bit better hooking up with the likes of Amazon.com or eBay. I can always change these about later on and see what happens.

If one monetizing platform performs not so well, then its good to keep other possibilities in mind. So, for product-related stuff this becomes relatively easy. Just take AdSense off (if its AdSense you have been trying out) and hook into a product from the likes of Amazon or eBay etc.


Say I initially found a nice product-related keyword that was going to pay me around the dollar mark per click. Yes, I go for that! I check it in SpyFu (or where-ever) to ensure that there are advertisers for the exact keyword. That's the basic SpyFu, so its free!


Lo-and-behold, there are 17 advertisers - great!


But what if, for some very odd reason, my sparkly site is nicely ranked, getting some good amount of uniques now that its gotten into top 10 in Google, but its not pulling many clicks. How come?


Sure thing, would not take too many clicks to make some really good profits at around 1 buck a click, but you see my point, I'm sure. I mean, let's imagine we get $1 per click, we are ranked at say... 9th in Google, we are getting some 150 uniques a day and our site is set up so that we can pull a click through average of 12% per day (pulling a higher click % is indeed very possible!).


This would work out at... 18 bucks a day for one single highly optimized web page! Nice work! Getting away from the point though...


Due to the fact that my site is product-related its now a simple matter for me to go check Amazon.com or .co.uk or something and see if I can find highly-related products that I can affiliate for. Well, yes, of course there are!


Get me here? You are covered for different angles should one thing not work out for you at the start.


You are hardly going to start up selling your own physical product here but you can indeed turn to the likes of Amazon, eBay, Commission Junction etc. to get some great products that you can aff for, should your AdSense fall flat!


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I'll make another post to carry on with this discussion or else it may turn out to be a tome like the last post I made




(If you did miss my point here (I do waffle on a bit, sorry) the main thing I'm saying is - if you are not so sure about a niche and whether you'll get buyers/AdSense clickers, its no bad thing to cover more than one base - AdSense, eBay, Amazon etc. Thus, should one option fail then you can try out one of the others. You can think about that when next going for a different niche). You don't have to change all your site articles etc. if you want to change from one monetization base to the other, if you thought this through at the start.
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Hi Promojack, thanks for stopping by!

I hope my techniques are as effective as they sound too

The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.

However, I do think that many folks who know SEO to some extent are possibly sitting up and taking some notice here. Cos what I'm divulging is what I use day to day. And what I'm divulging is based not only on my own "fiddling" around but upon many other TOP SEO'ers and what they do too, day in day out.

What I've done is to take a bit of many different techniques, experimented with them myself and then do what works for me.

Thus these techniques are actually almost totally tried and tested and found to be very workable and very successful too.

I'm not one for re-inventing the wheel when the wheel works really well. All I do is to tweak the wheel to make it work that much better for me!

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Hi Terence,
thanks for following the thread here!

With regards your question...
"How do you narrow down to the keyword that you think you may have found? Do you start off with any random seed keyword or do you find out a rising trend or whatever did you do before you move on to narrow it down?"

Do you mean how do I start out on my niche and then narrow down to a particular keyword, or are you referring to when I have my niche area defined and now wish to search out a hot keyword to target?

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Hi Joseph,

I am referring how you would pick your niche to start with... Especially for this challenge here.

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Hi Terence, with respect to this particular challenge it was a case of pick something out of the blue, really. I did not want to go with AdSense cos I would not be able to provide the domain name on the Warrior Forum if I did so.

So it had to be something that I could either have no product at all - no monetization, or something that even if it was to be viewed a thousand times via the forum and clicked through with no sales to speak of, there would be no harm done. No repercussions to my account (if it were AdSense I'd be banned in no time).

At the same time, I wanted to pick a niche that everyone is aware of - so even if not Twilight fans, at least they know of Twilight. I'm no Twilight fan myself, but I do enjoy the movies and my girlfriend daughters love Twilight, so I'm at least aware of it to say the least.

Further, I wanted to "hit" my initial criteria for the Challenge. In this case I did not entirely do so, but the last one - 20 million competing in Google is neither here nor there to be honest. As mentioned, there are other ways to determine the true level of competition.

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In general and not related to the Challenge, I would pick a niche depending on whether I'm following the technique I just talked about - the products-based stuff. That narrows things down a bit. And then all I do is to get my notepad that I've written down about 200 ideas in over the past couple weeks and check out what's what with both the Google Keyword Tool (great piece of kit that is!) and with Micro Niche Finder software (James Jones product).

Its good to just write down stuff as you walk around the shops. As you see TV ads - loads of stuff on TV in general to generate great niche ideas from. Or just talking to folks - someone says something about something and my brain is suddenly ticking over about a potential hot niche. Weird perhaps

I think its just being always open to ideas and potential markets. Heck, even sometimes when I wake up early in the morning I have an idea about a new niche that I will write down or go straight online and check it out there and then.

Niches are almost everywhere around us, its just a case of "seeing" things as potentially your next hot niche! And it need not at all be product related. There are so many other things that are worth checking out for their potential.

Hope that helps Terence!

Best wishes to you...
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Hi..Joseph...really looking forward to your article...and good luck for your success.

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what a great thread..tq joseph for the sharing
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Yes Joseph,

Thank you for taking the time to explain my simple question in great detail. Now I am able to follow you tighter since I know your starting point now.

Thank you and JUICE Joseph!

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SEOForU, LordGryn, Edd Fulus - many thanks for stopping by and offering up your support guys - much appreciated indeed! I've a lot more coming your way so please bookmark the thread - a lot more real juicy stuff coming up!

Terence, pleasure is mine! Anything else that's not clear then please let me know and I shall do my best to explain it further. I've just been out to one of Kuching's (Malaysia) wonderful hawker centers - wow, the food is soooo delicious! Anyhow, I was thinking - mmmm... is there a niche for chopsticks? You know, the really decorative ones that you get in this part of the world. Worth having a quick check, no?

My girlfriend is often wondering what's on my mind when I look in a bit of a daze... well, there you have it!
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Here's where I'm at now... its gone midnight in Malaysia so I'll be "retiring" for a few hours, shortly.

I've set the site up and its ready for content. Not much to see right now but just to show you that its actually live, here it is...

http://twilightposterz.com/

Really needs a nice header, so if anyone can do this for me (paid, of course) or can suggest someone to me, I would be obliged!


When I look at the domain name written here it looks good - got something neat about it. Anyhow, its up and its running, which is the key thing.

I've also managed to write up one article tonight, which I shall work on early tomorrow morning to create much more content. I'll discuss what I intend to do to begin getting backlinks tomorrow. I did wish to begin this process tonight but it was not to be. No worries.

I have a post that I put together in Notepad earlier on today which is still sitting on my desktop. I wrote it up when WF was down for maintenance, so I shall post that straight after this one as its important to explain the processes further. Sorry, this makes the process seem a bit disjointed. Hopefully it ties in reasonably well without causing confusion.

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Back to my choice in keywords.

As I was saying, I was checking out the keywords/phrase "New Moon Poster" simply because it has 110,000 exact global searches according to the Google Keyword Tool. This is a nice amount of searches going here for sure! But to rank for it in top 10, let alone top 5 is going to take quite some doing.

Thus for this particular WF Challenge, where I am trying to rank top 5 within 40 days, its best I go for something a bit less tricky.

Let's see if I'm meeting my original criteria for a "good to great keyword"...

1. Exact search stats in Google are 60,500 per month.

My requirement was a minimum of 50k exact per month.

2. A buyer keyword/keyphrase? Yes, no doubt about that! Although I would expect Christmas time sales (November and December) to perhaps even equal that of the rest of the year in sales! Although when a new movie comes out (could be in November, as it has been in the past couple of years) it does of course generate extra sales of Twilight-related merchandise*.

3. What about the Google results if I do a basic search without the parenthesis?

Oh, its only 6 million 220 thousand. I wonder if I would be forgiven that one please? As I mentioned before, this has got nothing to do with ranking a site/web page. It is simply not something I would even consider now.

Anyhow, I guess ranking top 5 within 40 days of buying the domain name for the site is still impressive when there are suppossedly around 6 and a quarter million competing webpages for the same keyword. Agreed?



Let's go through the criteria that I mentioned before to give me the reason to go for this particular keyword with regards to the competition for it on the front page of Google (according to the Scroogle Scraper search, that is!).

In first place for "Twilight Poster"

Ultimate Twilight Shop Twilight Posters, Official Twilight Merchandise, Twilight Jewelry, Books, DVDs, CDs

PR1; Pages indexed in Google: 493; Links according to Yahoo: 67; Alexa rank: 5,180,735; Age: no matches (so its not an old domain).

Can I get to number one without it taking me the next 6 months? It sure looks possible. Not sure if I could do it within 40 days however.


Let's peek at number 2 in Google rankings for the same keyword:

Twilight Posters at AllPosters.com

PR2; Indexed in Google: 591,000; Links according to Yahoo: 19; Alexa ranking: 2148; Domain Age: Jan 1999.

Now for this particular web page or site if you prefer, there are some tough things to outrank it for, as you can see. Indexed pages, Alexa ranking and Domain name age are all going very nicely in its favor! However, how many backlinks to this site and are they even relevant I wonder? I'll take a peek right now...

Seems like they've done well on their backlinking campaign. Seems like a nice mix of domains linking back and many of which are relevant to the product they are selling.

Therefore, its interesting why this web page is not ranked first. But that's Google for you. Having said this, perhaps the hyper text they use in their backlinks is not ideal. Could be a number of factors. I've not checked for on-page SEO which might be playing a part here.


Let's look at third place for those keywords:

askville.amazon.com/Twilight-Poster/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=3730530

PR3; Google indexed: over 2 million; Backlinks: 5; Alexa rank: 597,990; Domain age: September 2006.


Fourth place:
Yup, a YouTube video.
PR4; Google indexed 580 million; Backlinks: 3; Alexa: 3 (ouch!); Domain age: April 2005

... and so forth... you get the point.


You may be thinking when you look at those stats that its going to take a heap of work to outrank these sites, and thus its going to take quite a bit of time too. That's to be seen, but I "sense" that I can still do this within my time frame. And if I can't do it, I shall not be far off. That's my thinking, anyhow! The proof is in the pudding, so to speak!



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Seems that the WF was down for quite a while.

I have my domain, I've pointed my nameservers to my hosting account. I use Hostgator.com having relocated from my previous company some 8 months ago. I use 2 seperate accounts with Hostgator due to my own requirements at this time. And I've gotta hand it to them - Hostgator are as good as all the reviews say!

Its time to build this hot dang website!


*** I wonder if anyone who's reading this is decent at producing headers? I'll pay of course. The topic as you know will be Twilight Posters. ***



I'll be using the most up-to-date WordPress.org platform. Its about the only thing I can use cos my programming skills are next to nil!

I used to be a landscaper back in the UK and my eye is pretty good - relatively decent with regards to artistry. And so the site should look reasonably good too. Mind you, any pointers to the contrary would be appreciated (no real rude comments please!).

I'll spend some time (usually I can get up a simple looking WP site within 25 mins or so - practice makes faster!) setting up the site, but obviously because setting up WP is not what I'm discussing here, there will be no "tutorials", thank you.

I'll be back to posting on here shortly...

Best to all!

Joseph


* WaHa! I just heard that the new Twilight Movie is to be released on the 30th June of this year. How's this for good timing regards picking a Twilight-related domain name?!
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hello,

really interesting thread, will definitely follow.

btw, the alexa rank for that particular youtube video is wrong. its youtube.com which has the alexy rank of 3!

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Unfortunately you can't see the hyperlinked text in the backlink (maybe you could if you want to load up each individual website but that would take days to do).
I am sure you know www.backlinkwatch.com where the linktext of backlinks is also shown.

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Hi SOED, thanks for stopping by and leaving your feedback. Nice to have you following along!

As I mentioned in a previous post, its not the Alexa rank of the particular web page that I am discussing here, its the over-all Alexa ranking of the sites that I am competing against that I'm looking at.

Thus YouTube is 3, ezinearticles.com is something around 130 etc.

Its the "juice" that is given by these sort of factors which then has a number of other knock-on effects, which I was interested in here, not the actual Alexa ranking of the video itself.

Thanks for pointing that out however.

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Shock horror!

Well no, not horror at all - the site is already indexed in Google and in Yahoo. No content up yet either. I bought the domain some 12 hours ago!

Funny that - most of my sites struggle to get indexed in Google within 7 days. This one is indexed within 12 hours, even with no content!

Flying start, kind of...:p
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lol, interesting. have you done anything to it?
btw, why do you use this kind of template?
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Nothing what-so-ever SEOD!

I suspect its due to the traffic generated from the forum here, hence big ol' Goog is sitting up and paying attention, which is PRECISELY what I want!!


The template on my site? Its cos I CAN use it very easily. I like the very simple set up and I am not one for fiddling around with such things - I'm not at all good at it!!

I have of course tried various other templates in the past - paid hundreds of dollars for this that and the other, but I much prefer this simple one by Denis Bernardy (who is a very helpful chap indeed!).

Furthermore, I find that such a simple set up is great for click thru on AdSense. Some of my sites, even though they get little traffic, generate regular very high click thrus cos of their simplicity. Works a treat!
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UPDATE!

This morning I spun my first article to make a whole heap of good quality articles. I took my time composing the first spun version - I try to be very meticulous with this part of the process simply because:

1. it saves me time from having to thoroughly check every spun version for bad syntax (does still happen but its kept to an absolute minimum!).

2. I am not comfortable with the thought of producing rubbish and posting it on the net. In my early days it was a case of churning out a whole heap of stuff, no matter that it was very far from perfect. Now however, I'm looking much more at quality of my articles and content. I feel its only right to put effort into quality writing. Plus, over-all, I would say that the benefits are going to be far greater than churning out rubbish. This depends to some extent on the type of niche you have or type of site you are creating...



Next up after creating a heap of spun (high quality) content, I have to have some pages to link the content to, right? So I went into my site's back office department, had a coffee with my feet on the desk (sorry, just having silly fun!) and set up a couple of posts which will target these keywords:

Twilight posters
New Moon poster


Further, I then set up a page (static, in WordPress) for my main keyword - Twilight poster.

So now I have 3 keywords to target (I shall generate a few more to enhance the variety for my backlinks). I have 3 places to send the backlinks - 2 posts and one static page. I will create at least another page before completing the structure of the site.

Twilight Posters for the Discerning Twilight Fan!


Next, I shall post different articles to various DO-Follow article directories, which will be used for what I call my "anchor articles".

I shall then generate a further set of articles which will be used to "smack-up" those anchor articles. Meaning, I'll backlink to the main articles in the DO-Follow directories, just to give them some juice.

I can't do that of course until the articles are published, which they should be within about 3 days.

More to come soon...

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Here is the list of article directories that I use most often for posting my articles to for SEO purposes...

Ezinearticles.com

GoArticles.com

ArticleBlast.com

Amazines.com

ArticleAlley.com

ArticleDashboard.com



The last one there take an age to approved and publish, but its probably worth while simply for the quality of the single backlink - do-follow. All the others are published within 3 days, which is ideal for a fast-track ranking campaign like this one!



All these are DO-Follows which is obviously highly beneficial for hyper-text links and SEO.


I also have a up-to-date list of 25 DO-Follow Social bookmarking sites ranging from PR3 to PR8 (if memory serves me well!) on my own website here...

DO FOLLOW Social Bookmarking Sites

Be sure to bookmark this page and come back for updates!
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Hey J,

Thank you much for your insight on the subject. I am following very closely and I have picked up some few things.

Good luck on this challenge and I will be following you, NOT ON Twitter but on this thread.
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Hi ReferNShare (nice username!),

thanks for following along! Its good I can be of some help to your own campaigns in future - that's what this is all about, really. Its not perfection in itself and there is room for some improvements. Although having said that the internet is fast moving so we all have to constantly try to adapt as best we can do.

Twitter - I'm missing out on Twittering actually. Its not something I have embraced nearly enough. So there is one imperfection of my technique for sure!

I would certainly be appreciative of anyone who wishes to Twitter and Tweet this thread! The more people who I can help and encourage, then the more I feel I have done my "job".

Actually, once this 40 day challenge is complete I am going to further embrace the social-media type scene - Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon etc. Although I have learned that "this sort" of site visitor is not going to be a buyer, there is much more to be gained than this somewhat blinkered view would suggest.

Furthermore, because I now put much more emphasis on real quality stuff - giving much more to the community, so to speak, I suspect that my work is going to be much more appealing to the social networks than it was previously.

Thus there will be a much more natural progression in the search engines rather than so much "falsity" in the pursuit of attaining backlinks.

This is my point of view as an SEO'er and I don't mean to offend anyone. I just think that SEO should be much more natural - where internet searchers actually choose the best content for their needs, rather than trying to force feed them what is not actually best for them.

Hope this makes sense. Its a bit of a rant actually....

Onwards with the Challenge!

Thanks again...
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Hi BBDirect, thanks for stopping by and reading ALL my posts!

I agree - everything I post is well worth reading. To skip any of it is simply potentially missing out on something really juicy that can benefit someone no-end in their own SEO methods, and more besides.

I don't say that to bang my own drum here. Much of what I have learned I have taken from some of the top SEO'ers around on the internet. Most of it I had to pay quite a lot of money to get access to. Thus its very high quality and workable stuff I'm providing. And no, I'm not breaking copyright - this stuff has been tweaked around by me, so if you like, its all my own stuff (unique content), although without re-inventing the proverbial wheel.

Add to this the fact that I have tried out and tested the methods I am discussing. Some can be improved upon as I just mentioned re Twitter for example, but even if you were to use a few of the methods I have discussed and will be discussing in the coming days to weeks, you will be pushing your own SEO campaigns forward, perhaps even by leaps and bounds!

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Just subscribed to your thread, looking forward your progress. Good luck to you!

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Hi Angela, thanks for popping by!

Did you notice the lack of lady SEO'ers on this thread? I'm unsure as to why that is. So from that point of view a special welcome to you!


As mentioned Angela, yup, the site was indexed by Goog within about 12 hours - and the reason why I can only suspect is the traffic its getting from the forum here.

For sure there are already a number of backlinks to the site - from this thread and perhaps from other webmasters or Twitterers etc. This should also help no doubt!

Its a bit too much effort to make to merely get rapid indexing, sure you agree Angela.


You wish to index your backlinks to your site/s. So for example here, you want to ensure your articles are all indexed by Google, is this what you are asking me?

If so, you can ping them using various online ping services such as this very handy tool...

Ping-o-Matic!


Or you can indeed supply those articles or your social media posts etc with some backlinks. I shall be doing some of this in the coming days.

However, if you are mass producing stuff and sending it out all over the web then its impossible to trace everything - or, if not impossible, simply not worth your time doing that. There are other ways to utilize your time that is/are much more productive.

Check out Andy Black's website for finding out your stuff that's not yet indexed and how to index. His site is full of good content.

How To Find Out Your Competitors Top Keywords | Andy Black: Online Entrepreneur

Hope this helps!

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Thanks NouseForAName! Nice to have you here too!

What a thoroughly interesting usename you have! Got a laugh out of me so well done on that one!

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Hi Joseph..

Great thread you've got going. I'm listening in and enjoying the ride. Looking forward to more posts from you

To your great success!

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Liz, great to have you here!

As the saying goes... "all for one and one for all!".

Yes, The Three Musketeers...

You are here for me and "pushing" me along and really motivating me, while I am here for you in providing some HOT stuff that's gonna help kick-start your campaigns, if they are struggling to be kick-started in the first place that is

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Joseph,

Looking forward to seeing your results.

Now lets stop beating around the bush, what seo techniques are you using (forum profiles, linkwheels, ect) to get this site ranking?

Or is this something your gonna try to sell us as a wso.

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Hi Daniel, thanks for stopping by!

I have been "revealing" my SEO techniques from the get-go and am certainly not hiding anything. As surely you noticed, no? So there is no beating about the bush as you quaintly put it.

And as for a WSO at the conclusion of the Challenge. No actually, not something I had thought about, but thanks for the suggestion anyhow.

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bookmarked...you might want to consider writing an ebook about your challenge....
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Hi Fated, thanks for bookmarking!

An ebook... Yes, I'm open to all forms of possibilities really. But never did set out with the intention of profiteering directly from this thread, as some would suggest.

I'm utterly driven by ranking sites and not much else comes close to that when we're talking motivation. And trying to impress on others that it can be done and it does not take years to do, simply drives me even more.

Thus it may be a good move to set up a forum and "teach" various techniques to all those in need of some direction when it comes to SEO'ing. Would be good to get some feedback from everyone on this approach.

But for sure, we all have bills to pay and we all crave for a decent lifestyle.

We'll see how things pan out Fated. Maybe this whole Challenge will fall well short of expectation, and everyone departs in total disappointment

Thanks again and look forward to seeing you again on here!

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Okay then, here is what I have managed to do so far today. Still a few hours left for more, of course!

I completed my spinning of an article I wrote late last night to provide me with some 250 different versions of this article with around a 50% uniqueness over-all. Having used a few of those articles today for submissions etc. (including to Ezinearticles.com who happily accepted the article), I find that they are not absolutely perfect with regards syntax. This is to be expected though, particularly when you are trying to write/compose articles when the old brain is a bit tired.

Nevertheless, I do go through each article before submission to any article directory or to my own site (or submission to any where for that matter) and ensure the article is at the very least good quality. Its a stipulation that I ensure I fulfill these days, at least for the vast majority of my submissions. These are not Pulitzer-prize winners. They are not even on par with my writing work on the WF for clients - those were generally very high quality stuff - go read the feedback on my other thread if you wish to see for yourself. You know my username on here so just search for it.

Enough banging my own drum. Do forgive me!


I then went on to submit to the 6 Do-Follow article directories mentioned in a previous post. Rather than submitting the same article to each directory I submit my spun articles instead, thus reducing any potential for a footprint, particularly thinking about Google here! I don't just change the title and the bio box. I actually change every thing and also vary the hyper-text too in the bios.

By the way, if you are interested, the spinning software I use is Jon Ledger's The Best Spinner. Its simply superb! Before using this piece of software I tried a number of other spinners but I simply disliked them rather intensely. Now its a different matter.

Here is my own personal review of The Best Spinner

The Best Spinner Review

It saves so much time that in my opinion if you are serious about SEO'ing your sites this is a MUST HAVE! Providing you don't already use spinning software that is.


I then took a couple of paragraphs from my previously spun article and did a further spin on those to provide me with 120 word snippets. What do I use the snippets for?

I can use the snippets to then insert a link back to my web page of choice. A single hyper-text link per 100+ word snippet. The hyper-text can be anything of choice, albeit no vulgarity or sex stuff or gambling related.

I find creating snippets of text like this a breeze! Even when your motivation is flagging (my own certainly does at times!), writing out some snippets with the spinner is simple. Thus it does not take much motivation to make progress.

I love using snippets like this for getting a link back to my site, its simply so simple, it simply is!

But, you are asking, what do I do with the snippets of text?

I use a service called Blog Blueprint to upload the text snippets and then these are drip-fed at the rate of 20 per day to blogs and other websites, thus I am able to attain rather a lot of very nice little text links without too much work.

Want to learn more about Blog Blueprint?

Yup, you guessed it, I did a review of that one too on my site which you can find here...
Blog BluePrint Review


I have reviewed most of the tools I use very, very regularly for my SEO work and posted those to my website at...

The Thrill of Good Quality SEO makes my Life a Better Place!

I think this is a fair way for people such as yourself to see for yourself what actually really does work, and work well, with regards to attaining backlinks or for other jobs that we SEO'ers have to do regularly.

And please, before anyone takes a swipe at me for hard-sell. This is merely telling people who come to read this thread about great bits and pieces of software. Its informing my fellow SEO'ers, as I would do a good friend really!


More to come....

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I updated my website at Twilight Posters.

Well, not quite updated rather than posted some content to it. So its starting to look like a website now. Go have a look and do please give me feedback if you feel inclined. Again, I am no web programmer, I think that's obvious, right?

I should discuss a bit about how I do on-page SEO, or at least did for this particular website.

The main thing for me was to get some fresh content. I don't find writing about products in general to be particularly easy or fun. So what I decided to do was to bring in some posts from eBay.com re Twilight posters of course, and then spruce up the content a bit.

I will go back again and do more sprucing to ensure that this stuff is unique, particularly the home page (static page) of the site, as this is where my main keyword is and this is the page I am trying to rank for.

Try ranking a page where your content is not unique and you could be in for a hard struggle!

Its well worth the initial effort of gaining some uniqueness for your web content where you wish to try and rank for a particular keyword. otherwise, its very probable that the amount of backlinks you need will be a lot more than if your content is relatively unique.

How unique does it have to be? Not too sure is my answer to that. I've tried various techniques - change the first paragraph and last paragraph, change some sentences around, change some paragraphs around. Its a tough call but you can only really tell by trying it out for yourself.

However, if you are really keen on ranking a web page then I would suggest you go for a minimum of 50% unique. That should be just fine for Google and for the others too. That's my experience anyhow.

After all, its totally impossible to write a fully unique article if you think about it. You would have to invent a new language!

You've heard about silo structures for sites etc. right? Well, this sort of thing bores me to tears and I switch off so fast as soon as I begin to read about it. So don't ask me for a run-down of what it is and what it is not, thank you!

The Twilight Poster site only has 5 pages of content (I think :p) so the way I go about optimizing that bit more is to pop in links throughout the pages with my chosen keywords as hyper-text. Most of the links will go back to my home-page with a variety of hyper-text, and not just my main keyword. Some others will go to other relevant pages.

Nothing at all tricky here whatsoever, and lo-and-behold, very, very often I find that when I'm ranking top 5 or 10 for my keyword of choice, I've got another page of my site hanging on in the top rankings at the same time. I guess I must be doing something right here, right?

If I don't get 2 pages in the top 10 then I will sometimes go back to the site in question and put in a few more hyper-text links from one page to another. Maybe just 3 or 4.

Certainly not an over-haul! Generally this will do the trick and I'll see my newly-optimized page rising up nicely.

What else?

Of course you need to get your keywords in your title (or H1 tags if you prefer). I often captitalize these too. You know why? Cos if I'm ranking say at number 3 for a keyword and I have those precise keywords that have just been searched for all capitalized and also BOLDED by Google due to their relevancy in the search, then my site's page is going to really stand out!

I've tried this myself a number of times. Often in a Google search I will forgo the top-ranked site if I see another site a few places below that have my precise search keywords bolded out by Google and CAPITALIZED by the web site owner.

I don't always use this technique, it depends on the subject matter - the niche. If I sense it has to be treated with some delicacy then I may not place the page title in capital letters.

And ya, you should ensure you hyper-text your chosen keyword that you are trying to rank for. I kinda mentioned that before - just up there. So if I'm trying to rank for "pigeon food" then I would have to get those keywords in a link on my page. Fairly obvious stuff I know, but not to everyone. At one time not that long ago I would have been baffled by this!

Another thing which is not exactly on-page SEO... I try to make it that there are not many clickable things on the page other than where I want the page visitor to click. So this would be things like AdSense of course, maybe a search box if my site is large, my own hyper-text links, which really don't go anyplace - just to my own site, or to an affiliate link which could be through an image or a plain text link.

Otherwise, I want my recent posts showing and perahps categories for a larger site. Occasionally pages, and its required that you insert a privacy policy link if you use AdSense as we all know.

Other than this, that would be it really. I don't want folks clicking away from my site unless I'm producing really hot stuff and I know that they will come back anyhow. In this case its no bad thing to pop in some links to other websites that are offering your site visitor relevant info or whatever. It heightens the user experience, it really does.

If your own site is of good to excellent calibre, you should have no concern about popping in a few links to other good sites that will be helpful to the visitor. After all, this is what the internet is about - sharing good quality info with one another, agreed?

Image alt text is also a decent way of on-page optimizing. Its so easy now with WordPress that I shall not go into it.

If you've got problems with your own site regarding on-page optimization then do give me a shout. I'm no big time expert on it, but I can quickly pick up a few things that seem not quite right and I am very happy to provide pointers where I am able to do so!

I think that's it for on-page SEO, although I've probably forgotten something. I just write all my posts off the top of my head so I do sometimes forget things. Old age, huh?

More to come later on - Social Bookmarking etc. Its a long day!

Best wishes!
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That is a really interesting thread, and I am looking forward to following all your updates!
And I have to tell you that this was a very smart choice of keywords
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