Real quick I know what I am doing for keywords is working I am using most searchable ones by first typing in google to see what auto fills and doing the same in youtube etc.
Im using my blog, savingtherepublic.com/blog, as a vehicle to get traffic to my main website. I was using ALl in One SEO and have just started using SEO by Yoast. That said my content is similar to other sites in the political realm; from the large sites like Breitbart & Blaze to smaller yet huge traffic recipients WeaselZippers, RightScoop, GatewayPundit. I have seen some of my posts rank higher than these more heavily trafficked sites. Three "smaller" sites I watch get 30000-50000++ visits a day (there is a Sitemeter button that will take you to all their stats)
We all post news articles and videos of whats going on BUT my site has added content from my main site so depending on who visits I have more to offer. Again blog content is a lot alike so you can't say "well its your content" we all do a post on an Obama ad for example I may rank higher on Google than them but cant get the massive traffic they enjoy!?
My traffic comes in spurts, what I may get in a day they get in 1/2hr or an hour!! Let me be clear I contacted two of sites asking how they do it, one went as far as to say "I don't know a thing about SEO, I get very little traffic from google". Yet they get 1.5million visits a month!
Again Ive seen where my posts rank via my stats on google and they are always the first page or 2 back many instances top 5 results! I can also say with confidence many times when many of the political websites are covering the same topic my site is ranking higher on a given post b/c of the SEO I am plugging into the post.
BUT 500-1000 visits in a day is brutal when I am doing what they are doing and they are getting 10's of thousands of visits. They don't advertise and trolling all the poli sites I can say with confidence they aren't getting a backlinks from big sites. They have had shout outs from time to time from high profile personalities but thats maybe once a month or two if that.
Pls keep in mind these are sites who aren't using SEO and keywords etc as many on here advise. Many times I will "view source" on a post to get ideas for keywords and there is NO meta keyword data for their post let alone their homepage!!!!
I am pretty burned out from comment posting (was doing close to 20 a day at one point) and tried posting to article sites which did absolutely nothing. It was quite time consuming and by the time my articles got approved the content was "old" and buried 3+ pages back!
What am I missing here? Clearly I am doing something wrong and its all taking its toll on me. I really need help spelled out in simple manner I am beyond green for all of this.