I'm number #1 on Google ...

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... for the term 'personal development' - wow!

I have been on page #1 before but never actually the 1st result. Steve Pavlina's site has occupied that slot for years, but today I displaced his site.

I feel rather pleased with myself!

Will
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  • Profile picture of the author JECKELLL
    Well done Will! Its great to hear about people hitting number one in the organics!
    There are not a lot of feelings like the sense of achievement obtained from achieving such things!
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  • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
    Very nice! Congratulations!
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    Woah, that's huge! Congrats!

    Asher
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    Wow, Congratulations!
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  • Profile picture of the author RichKent
    I still see Steve Pavlina's site as #1. If you're logged into Google it shows you results that are customized to you, so that may be why you see your site as #1?
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    • Profile picture of the author ken_p
      Originally Posted by RichKent View Post

      I still see Steve Pavlina's site as #1. If you're logged into Google it shows you results that are customized to you, so that may be why you see your site as #1?
      from my end i see steve's on the second slot, and on the first is chuck g.
      hmmmm interesting discrepancy.
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  • Profile picture of the author dimitri.richko
    Congrats Will, but I still see stevepavlina in #1, wikipedia #2 and your on 3rd
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    • Profile picture of the author Asher
      Originally Posted by RichKent View Post

      I still see Steve Pavlina's site as #1. If you're logged into Google it shows you results that are customized to you, so that may be why you see your site as #1?
      Originally Posted by dimitri.richko View Post

      Congrats Will, but I still see stevepavlina in #1, wikipedia #2 and your on 3rd
      It's likely Will's #1 in the UK Google. Nevertheless, #1's
      still huge. And being page 1 for personal development
      is quite a statement in itself.

      Asher
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      • Profile picture of the author RichKent
        Originally Posted by Asher View Post

        It's likely Will's #1 in the UK Google. Nevertheless, #1's
        still huge. And being page 1 for personal development
        is quite a statement in itself.

        Asher
        Ahh, you're probably right. Congrats then! I see more than 200M results pages, so that's VERY impressive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Orris
    Excellent! I've managed to get on page 1 for my key words but that climb up to the final spot at the top is really hard to do. Sometimes I slip back to page 2, so you may not stay there. Keep at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author han55
    that's just on your computer, that might have cookie
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    I think we are witnessing the Google Dance in action - if you didn't see me in position #1, try again & see if I'm there now. I think it takes time for the change to ripple through Google's sever farm.

    Still feeling pretty Cool
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    • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
      You're at #72 on my Google for that keyphrase.

      Steve Pavlina's site is #1.

      KJ
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      • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
        Originally Posted by Killer Joe View Post

        You're at #72 on my Google for that keyphrase.

        Steve Pavlina's site is #1.

        KJ
        Hey KJ - try again!

        Will
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        • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
          Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

          Hey KJ - try again! Will
          Still #72.

          I use google.com, which search engine/version are you using?

          KJ
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          • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
            Originally Posted by Killer Joe View Post

            Still #72.

            I use google.com, which search engine/version are you using?

            KJ
            It is showing me as #1 on both Google.com and Google.co.uk

            Again - I think it is called the Google Dance. I think it's just a matter of time before your see my site ripple through the farm.

            Will
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    • Profile picture of the author AlexTampa
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      I think we are witnessing the Google Dance in action - if you didn't see me in position #1, try again & see if I'm there now. I think it takes time for the change to ripple through Google's sever farm.

      Still feeling pretty Cool

      you also have to think that many people that are seeing this thread will google it, and click on your page, and hit back. Which is a negative vote for you. Thats assuming your average user stays longer.

      Even worse if they check out the competition after that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Congrats. You're showing up as #2 for me though. Guess it's working it's way up there for the rest of Google's servers.
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  • Profile picture of the author scriptillusion
    I see the same thing as KJ. I even used SEO Tools and checked it and it shows you at position 70 for the term "personal development" w/o quotes, but when i checked myself at google it showed you at #71.

    Good luck though and maybe it hasn't gotten around to all of the google servers yet, but a jump from the #70's to #1 is a jump quite unlike I have ever seen.
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
      Originally Posted by scriptillusion View Post

      I see the same thing as KJ. I even used SEO Tools and checked it and it shows you at position 70 for the term "personal development" w/o quotes, but when i checked myself at google it showed you at #71.

      Good luck though and maybe it hasn't gotten around to all of the google servers yet, but a jump from the #70's to #1 is a jump quite unlike I have ever seen.
      Yes - it's indeed odd - and I see I am now back at my usual positions on the 2 engines in question. I'm on page #1 of the .co.uk engine in position #8; and page #3 of the .com engine in position #24

      Don;t know what's going on over there, but it was nice while it lasted. It actually gave me the shock of my life when I saw it there in position #1 of the .com site.

      Still, perhaps it's some kind of indication that Google is thinking about upping my ranking - I'd like to think so.

      Not so cool now

      But still hopeful

      Will
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      • Profile picture of the author s4nt0s
        Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

        Yes - it's indeed odd - and I see I am now back at my usual positions on the 2 engines in question. I'm on page #1 of the .co.uk engine in position #8; and page #3 of the .com engine in position #24

        Don;t know what's going on over there, but it was nice while it lasted. It actually gave me the shock of my life when I saw it there in position #1 of the .com site.

        Still, perhaps it's some kind of indication that Google is thinking about upping my ranking - I'd like to think so.

        Not so cool now

        But still hopeful

        Will
        To find what you really rank, you need to view it through a proxy. Go to www.pagewash.com and search through google under the proxy. This should show your real rank.

        It looks like you're nowhere on the first page using the proxy. =(
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
    I am seeing you on page 3, but nevertheless it is a huge keyword and I see you have a PR5 site with plenty of backlinks which is a great effort.

    My niche as well
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Congrats hope you get number 1 on lots more terms.

    kind regards

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    • Profile picture of the author raylm123
      I just checked on google.com and I see you at #72.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Brite
    Congratulations!

    Keep building those all important backlinks so that you keep that top spot!

    Tom Brite
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  • Comes up number one on my machine.

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    • Profile picture of the author pluto1
      Even showing on page #1 is an achievement. I checked your website, it is showing at #3. I guess you have another site that is showing on #34.

      Using this position checker tool, you are:

      #3 in Google (US)
      #8 in Google (Canada)
      #3 in Google (UK)

      Job well done. Congratulations!
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      • Profile picture of the author s4nt0s
        Originally Posted by pluto1 View Post

        Even showing on page #1 is an achievement. I checked your website, it is showing at #3. I guess you have another site that is showing on #34.

        Using this position checker tool, you are:

        #3 in Google (US)
        #8 in Google (Canada)
        #3 in Google (UK)

        Job well done. Congratulations!

        Looks like your site is ranking high in the SERPS! Congratz Will!

        BTW thanks for sharing the ranking tool Pluto! Good stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Awesome work! Looks like there is a fair bit of competition for that term
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    Congratulations:
    But we are eager to know some secrets that how you got this?
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    wow! wtg! i will be too. soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffdean9297
    Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

    ... for the term 'personal development' - wow!

    I have been on page #1 before but never actually the 1st result. Steve Pavlina's site has occupied that slot for years, but today I displaced his site.

    I feel rather pleased with myself!

    Will
    Congratulations man!! How long did that take you to do??
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    • Profile picture of the author 4morereferrals
      Tough keyword their champ ...

      Ive got ya in at #70. Be sure your using google while NOT logged into webmaster tools or a gmail account ... that will skew your search results big time.

      I make the top 5 slots anytime I search for google whilst unwittingly logged into my google accounts.

      Keep rockin !

      Whoooa! #1 domain has 131,000 of indexed pages of content and 201,000 backlinks in Yahoo Site Explorer.

      You, my friend .... have some titanium cajones chasing that bad boy down.
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  • Profile picture of the author BurgerBoy
    Congratulations!

    I have a bunch of pages #1 at Google for Collectible Dolls Shop also and they're not screen shots.

    And, I have never looked for or build any backlinks for the site. It's a bit over rated to say that you have to have a bunch of backlinks for a site to do well.

    Example:

    Hannah Montana collectibles - Google Search=

    collectible dolls shop - Google Search

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&r...h&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...s&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...q=f&oq=&aqi=g1

    and thousands more.

    Normally if I'm #2 instead of #1 the merchant that I'm an affiliate with is the only one above me.
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    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Originally Posted by BurgerBoy View Post

      Congratulations!

      I have a bunch of pages #1 at Google for Collectible Dolls Shop also and they're not screen shots.

      And, I have never looked for or build any backlinks for the site. It's a bit over rated to say that you have to have a bunch of backlinks for a site to do well.

      Example:

      Hannah Montana collectibles - Google Search=

      collectible dolls shop - Google Search

      Charles Wysocki Collectible Bountiful Tin Basket Collection - Google Search=

      Mimi Jobe collectibles - Google Search=

      Hummingbird collectible - Google Search

      and thousands more.

      Normally if I'm #2 instead of #1 the merchant that I'm an affiliate with is the only one above me.
      Hi Burger Boy,


      I sorry to burst you bubble, but those are obscure keywords that have little or no competition. "Hannah Montana collectibles" for instance has an average global search volume of about 1 search per day and there seems to be only one other website that has a backlink with that keyword in the anchor text.

      It's not hard to rank #1 for keywords nobody much cares about. Now if you could do that with important keywords with commercial value, that would be impressive.
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      • Profile picture of the author BurgerBoy
        Originally Posted by dburk View Post

        Hi Burger Boy,


        I sorry to burst you bubble, but those are obscure keywords that have little or no competition. "Hannah Montana collectibles" for instance has an average global search volume of about 1 search per day and there seems to be only one other website that has a backlink with that keyword in the anchor text.

        It's not hard to rank #1 for keywords nobody much cares about. Now if you could do that with important keywords with commercial value, that would be impressive.
        That's strange. I make thousands of dollars a year off of that site so I guess people that are into collectibles are using those product key words and many others on my collectibles site.

        In the site's Awstats stats it shown that Google is refering hundreds of searchs a day to the different products on the site that you say nobody is searching for.

        Either you're wrong or Awstats is wrong - I'm going with you're wrong because I'm getting the sales to show Awstats is right.
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        • Profile picture of the author dburk
          Originally Posted by BurgerBoy View Post

          That's strange. I make thousands of dollars a year off of that site so I guess people that are into collectibles are using those product key words and many others on my collectibles site.

          In the site's Awstats stats it shown that Google is refering hundreds of searchs a day to the different products on the site that you say nobody is searching for.

          Either you're wrong or Awstats is wrong - I'm going with you're wrong because I'm getting the sales to show Awstats is right.
          Hi BurgerBoy,

          I never questioned whether you were making sales or getting lot's of traffic, only that you were not getting much traffic from that specific keyword search term.

          How many referrals are you receiving from Google for that specific search query? If you look deeply enough into your data you will see that I'm correct. Don't trust me, look closely at your own data for that revelation. You are likely to find that your traffic is coming from other search terms and while that is good, it doesn't make my original assertion wrong.

          By having a clear understanding of exactly (not generally) where our traffic comes from we can learn and improve our techniques. I feel it's helpful for everyone on this board to get the most accurate information possible so we can all benefit. If you can show us actual data the contadicts my assertions that would be a revelation I would welcome.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan6
    No, no, no. Wiki has the first place in Google.com and Steve Pavlina has the second place. Pretty much everyone will go to Steve Pavlina as well, he's a well known dude.

    Well done on page one anyway, nice to see a fellow UK'er doing the business.
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  • Profile picture of the author chimeara27
    congratulations for being the number one.
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  • Profile picture of the author tazsolmarketing
    Wow.. Congratulation Will Edwards you've done and reach your target goal
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  • Profile picture of the author megaresp
    Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

    ... for the term 'personal development' - wow! I have been on page #1 before but never actually the 1st result. Steve Pavlina's site has occupied that slot for years, but today I displaced his site.
    Excellent work Will.

    I'm still working my way up for lead generation, and am currently 4th/7th respectively in .co.uk/.com. But I'm still very prone to the Google dance, and tend to lose 6-12 places within seconds of telling somebody I'm now on page one. So I better not check again today!

    But your post gives the rest of us lesser mortals cause to hope, and the motivation to keep on keeping on.
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  • Profile picture of the author terrapin719
    I always try to remember to log out of Google before I search for anything. I don't really like the idea of G watching every thing I search for... it kind of gives me the creepy crawlies.
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    • Profile picture of the author pluto1
      Do you really think it matters whether you are logged in or out of your google account? I have read this before but it did not make much difference when I checked my web site rank.
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    Well done and congratulations. But it will be better if you could share a few tips how you did it will be very helpful for all of us.
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    Congrats, keep up the work to stay up
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    Nice work! It's a satisfying feeling to say the least!
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  • Profile picture of the author janicejan
    Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

    ... for the term 'personal development' - wow!

    I have been on page #1 before but never actually the 1st result. Steve Pavlina's site has occupied that slot for years, but today I displaced his site.

    I feel rather pleased with myself!

    Will
    That's awesome Will! Congratulations on the milestone achieved! Feels good to have a fellow warrior reach such an achievement. High five!
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    Congratulations. That is a great keyword.
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