I have been building exact match local domain names (using .co and ranking well when com, net and org are taken).
I scrape articles from article directories for ideas, and completely rewrite them. I post them to the blog using the keywords (example cityname keyword) I am targeting in the title.
- Keyword in H1, H2 tags.
- Upload 1 image, named with keyword, also KW in description and alt tag.
- KW combination in first sentence and last sentence.
- Bold, UL, Italics and link to home page KW (so 4 instances special total).
- Articles are between 450-600 words.
I am using the Heatmap Adsense Pro Theme (bought WSO here)
I then social bookmark each page using Onlywire free version.
I ping each new post using the free version of Pingler.com
Google sitemap XML
SEO All in One
That is pretty much it. In the past 3 weeks I have created 3 sites that are: citynamekeyword.co in a city with over 500,000 people in reasonably competitive local niches. Things like realtors, mortgage and used autos.
During that time, all 3 have 1st page Google rankings for my main keyword and other keywords in the top 30 results. All without backlinking yet (except for onlywire).
My best one, in less than a week, was 1st position Yahoo/Bing, 3rd position for Google. This one also has 3 other keywords on first page of Google. This site has had over 250 unique visitors in the first week and I have already rented this out to a client for $500 / mo.
The first time I thought it might be a fluke, but now 3 in a row and I am pumped. I will start doing some backlinking and posting more articles and see where it gets me.
Hopefully this is not going to get danced by G, but so far I have one 3 weeks old that once it hit the first page, it has stuck.
Will update on my progress, but just wanted to offer a free share on an easy (and somewhat simple) process that has been working for me.
My next step is going to be using my WP Twin, and clone a site that is citynamekeyword.co and make it cityname2keyword.co and just rewrite the articles, changing the keyword obviously to match the new city and see how that goes.