OMG YES! #1 for a highly competitive keyword :D

by orvn
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I got my first non-local competitive #1 rank on Google today (keyword='costume rentals')
It took me 3 weeks, shot up from #63.

feels pretty gosh darn good.

YESSSSSSS.
WIN

More to come !

Quick outline of strategy used was:
- 5 dofollow inbound links / day (for 20 days, CONSISTENTLY),
- Basic on-page optimization (titles, headers),
- Sitemap,
- 301 redirect,
- FAQ editing to include targetted keywords,
- Linkbaiting some pictures of pretty girls showcasing themselves in costumes, lol.

PS: I'm not going to stop link-building.
#competitive #highly #keyword #number one #omg #rank #serp
  • Profile picture of the author sOliver
    Congratz! Ranking first feels good and will get you the most traffic. You won't believe how much of a difference it makes if you rank first or second.

    You could be making a killing on rank 1 but on rank 2 you will already start making A LOT less money if it is a highly competitive keyword.
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  • Profile picture of the author L41db4ck
    Originally Posted by orvn View Post

    I got my first non-local competitive #1 rank on Google today (keyword='costume rentals')
    It took me 3 weeks, shot up from #63.

    feels pretty gosh darn good.

    YESSSSSSS.
    WIN

    More to come !

    Quick outline of strategy used was:
    - 5 dofollow inbound links / day (for 20 days, CONSISTENTLY),
    - Basic on-page optimization (titles, headers),
    - Sitemap,
    - 301 redirect,
    - FAQ editing to include targetted keywords,
    - Linkbaiting some pictures of pretty girls showcasing themselves in costumes, lol.

    PS: I'm not going to stop link-building.
    costumeholidayhouse?
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    • Profile picture of the author orvn
      Originally Posted by L41db4ck View Post

      costumeholidayhouse?
      Actually A Masquerade
      I swear it was #1 a few hours ago?! WTF? Google can't be dancing that fast

      I have a screenshot.
      What's going on here..?
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      • Profile picture of the author attorneydavid
        Congratulations and it's great to hear stories like that gives me hope for my dreams and aspirations of developing a debt management site and getting it ranking and not spending $100k
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          a masquerade? Yours? Not bad!!!!!!!!

          If this is indeed yours, I love it mostly because it kills the myth
          of keywords in a domain.

          In fact, that domain matches exactly how I preach to come up with one.
          cool, short, to the point.

          I love the site setup as well.

          I always say, go big or go home. You went big.

          But now you have to keep going big. You may be all over the map.

          Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author askloz
    you got a typo in your description tag

    cosutmes

    should be costumes
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    • Profile picture of the author orvn
      Thanks guys!

      It seems one of my social sites (stumbleupon) affected the Google rankings in such a way that it pushed the site up a little.

      When I sign into my account it's no longer #1, but #2.
      I need to keep building, my competitor is at 5k links! ARGH.

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      • Profile picture of the author orvn
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        a masquerade? Yours? Not bad!!!!!!!!

        If this is indeed yours, I love it mostly because it kills the myth
        of keywords in a domain.

        In fact, that domain matches exactly how I preach to come up with one.
        cool, short, to the point.

        I love the site setup as well.

        I always say, go big or go home. You went big.

        But now you have to keep going big. You may be all over the map.

        Paul
        It is mine indeed!

        This has inspired so much confidence I'm just all over the place right now!
        Even though it is only position #2, I can still work it to #1.

        Actually, for a lot of the sites I optimize, I find existing business owners (often with a retail location), so I don't really have to option of using domain name keywords.

        But that gives you a slight brand creation advantage though, doesn't it?

        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        Your #2 when I search your keyword, on Google.

        Cool site!

        I need to get me one of those purple fur Pimp hats!
        Oh man, these guys keep A LOT of cool stuff in stock. I found myself browsing through their collections a lot over the past month & a half!
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        • Profile picture of the author FredJones
          Hi budddy Orvn, great job - osadharon (Bengali for awesome) ... Congratulations.

          Well, this keyword is not exactly too competitive - I would call it low-medium going by its allintitle and allinurl status, but nevertheless, it is a very inspiring job done by you. Now for even bigger guns!

          How did you get the 5 links per day? Blogs? Articles? Videos? Social bookmarks? A mix of most/all?
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          • Profile picture of the author orvn
            Originally Posted by FredJones View Post

            Hi budddy Orvn, great job - osadharon (Bengali for awesome) ... Congratulations.

            Well, this keyword is not exactly too competitive - I would call it low-medium going by its allintitle and allinurl status, but nevertheless, it is a very inspiring job done by you. Now for even bigger guns!

            How did you get the 5 links per day? Blogs? Articles? Videos? Social bookmarks? A mix of most/all?
            Thanks!
            Here's how I generally build my links:

            + First I find relevant directories to submit too. This is really just a bunch of pointless Googling around. They're all Dofollow though, so I can't complain.

            + Now I go to my competitors. Particularly my top competitors, in both the keyword of choice and other, similar keywords. These are mostly sites who have employed other SEOers. I analyze their links and copy their sources. A lot of them are places where I can submit and ping my own link.

            + Forum signatures are great for me, because I like to talk about stuff. I create a new account on a relevant forum and start posting in a whole bunch of places (especially the more popular threads)

            + Scrapebox has given me a LOT of links. I've only been using it for 10 days or so, but wow, powerful stuff. It is sort of spam sometimes though, so I try not to over do it.

            + Lastly, some fantastic free tools:
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            • Profile picture of the author theentry
              Originally Posted by orvn View Post

              Going to try this one, thanks

              Tried it, but they sent me only a list with irrelevant sites
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              • Profile picture of the author olamilekan2
                Hey, This is brilliant and an inspiration for those that still based there business concept only on targeting the Micro Niche, This shows you can target the more competitive keywords in your niche and get on top of SERP if you are consistent and know what you are doing.

                Thanks for the headup, now keep up the work to stay on top.

                I wish you more of that.

                Moruf
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by orvn View Post


          Actually, for a lot of the sites I optimize, I find existing business owners (often with a retail location), so I don't really have to option of using domain name keywords.
          And if people would realize that, they would not spend a month fretting over
          some domain choice. Just pick the darn thing and have at it!

          Paul
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          • Profile picture of the author orvn
            Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

            And if people would realize that, they would not spend a month fretting over
            some domain choice. Just pick the darn thing and have at it!

            Paul
            I'm in complete agreement with you here. Everyone seems to over focus on keywords in the domain name.

            At times it can even make the site feel less professional, especially when you hyphenated, however good that may be for SEO.
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      • Profile picture of the author askloz
        that;s cos of your cookies re: second position (after logging out - loggin in turns on the preference search, even if its turned off - at least thats what i gather when I do my rank checkings and some times the rankings are different if i turn off instant search).... delete your cookies before running any searches ... google little way of saying they tricked ya, dont worry about getting more backlinks.. the crafty buggas.
        this happened to me when i was optimizing a friends page for a while, when i deleted my cookies and ran the search again, i got the true rankings of that page.


        Originally Posted by orvn View Post

        Thanks guys!

        It seems one of my social sites (stumbleupon) affected the Google rankings in such a way that it pushed the site up a little.

        When I sign into my account it's no longer #1, but #2.
        I need to keep building, my competitor is at 5k links! ARGH.
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        • Profile picture of the author orvn
          Originally Posted by askloz View Post

          that;s cos of your cookies re: second position (after logging out - loggin in turns on the preference search, even if its turned off - at least thats what i gather when I do my rank checkings and some times the rankings are different if i turn off instant search).... delete your cookies before running any searches ... google little way of saying they tricked ya, dont worry about getting more backlinks.. the crafty buggas.
          this happened to me when i was optimizing a friends page for a while, when i deleted my cookies and ran the search again, i got the true rankings of that page.
          Sneaky!! hehe, I'll watch out for that in the future (:
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  • Profile picture of the author pianochris
    Well done, trick is to stay there.
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  • Profile picture of the author wsotoolz
    Originally Posted by orvn View Post

    - 5 dofollow inbound links / day (for 20 days, CONSISTENTLY),
    I would love to hear more about how you got your dofollow inbound links. Are you using a particular software or service? If not then how are you locating the places to get them. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Vappingo
    That's a great achievement, I am still hovering around the page 2 mark for my keyword phrases but will keep on trying!

    Thanks for the tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlo_sim
    Hi,

    Great work! Congratulations! =) keep it up and thanks for sharing it here =)

    Gian Sim
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    • Profile picture of the author rinor81
      Great work and great news for you!
      It really gives a lot of hope and motivation to continue with IM and hopefully making a living out of this.
      Thanks for sharing and good luck man.
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  • Profile picture of the author WealthWithin
    Brilliant work!


    Thanks for sharing.

    Keywords in domain are way too overrated. The same goes for exact match domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreshPLR
    That's a very impressive result, orvn! Perhaps I could just say that you will get more visits as a result of your other keywords, which are not as competitive. There will be many not-so-long as well as long-tail keywords which get you traffic. In the aggregate this word you are focusing on might only get you say 2-3% of overall traffic, but it doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mwesty
    Your showing at #7 for me on Google UK? Is that right?

    I know the feeling.. I managed to get the site I'm working on at #1 for a number of national keywords including 'bouncy castles', 'bouncy castle', 'bouncy castle manufacturer', 'bouncy castle for sale'.

    And it's true, ignore the myth about the keyword being in the domain. My domain couldn't be any further away from my keywords.
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    • Profile picture of the author JasonValens
      Congratulations sir, jolly well done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
    Nicely done. You are also in position for some of the longer tail to that search phrase as well. Site looks good too so conversions will start coming in which makes you look even better.
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    • Profile picture of the author orvn
      Originally Posted by theentry View Post

      Going to try this one, thanks

      Tried it, but they sent me only a list with irrelevant sites
      I had that problem myself a few times. Try a longer tail keyphrase.
      Also, everytime I use it, I take advantage of flexible gmail addresses.
      username+x@gmail.com
      username+y@gmail.com
      username+z@gmail.com


      Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

      Nicely done. You are also in position for some of the longer tail to that search phrase as well. Site looks good too so conversions will start coming in which makes you look even better.
      That pretty AJAX/JQuery is all me (did some redesign)

      I spoke to my client today who is absolutely thrilled with me. I could sense a slight bit of disappointment that this didn't happen before Halloween season, but oh well!
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  • Profile picture of the author yanivkalfa
    400k in search results is hardly a competitive keyword man.

    but congratulations .

    Nice job.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazlas
    Congratulations man, you inspire me to keep on rolling to a light in end of the tunnel
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  • Profile picture of the author mayorlan
    Nice job,It feels nice to see top spot in google.So how long does this takes you if I may ask.
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    • Profile picture of the author orvn
      Originally Posted by mayorlan View Post

      Nice job,It feels nice to see top spot in google.So how long does this takes you if I may ask.
      Under a month in this case.
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    Congrats and keep backlinking.
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