I published a page (a WordPress post, to be precise, even though I'm running a self-hosted WordPress site, not a WordPress blog) with some money-related content on my newly started 3-pages web site 9 days ago.
This was my first experience with kewyord research and SEO.
You may have seen several recent threads, started by me, that were about my site quickly reaching Top 5 ranking on Yahoo and Bing, but not ranking AT ALL in Google.
Yeah, I bitched about this a lot.
Today, ladies and gentlemen, my 9-days old post, residing on my 1 month-old domain, is ranking #4 on Google. Just like that!
What did I do to get to the #4 spot?
I only manually wrote (not spun) a 800-word post with the keyword mentioned in it 3 times, added the KW to the WordPress tags and made a smart title for the post.
And that was it!
Also, the keyword is totally different from the domain name of my site! I started the domain name, targeting a different keyword.
In other words: no exact domain in this case.
I did not build any backlinks and my site has no page rank (my PR is ZERO - can't be otherwise for a brand new 3-page site).
I did not use any bullsh*t link wheels or black hat software to spam articles around the internet or anything like that.
And let's not forget how competitive the money-related market is!
Nine days ago I did not have Market Samurai or Micro Niche Finder. I was doing keyword research only using the Google Keyword Tool.
And I got mislead by it big time.
Now I do have both MS and MNF and guess what - they both reported that my keyword has a truckload of competition! Not a big surprise at all - everything money-related is overloaded these days.
Let me tell you something: if I had these programs 9 days ago, I would have NEVER gone after this keyword. Never.
The comp is just brutal... but I beat them without even knowing it!
Alright, at this point you must have already guessed that this thread is about me bragging about my first SEO success.
I may be a newbie but I gotta be a natural to have such success, right?
Actually, this is a great idea. Call me Mr. Natural.
I don't mean to say that backlinks or exact domains and page PR are not important! Sure they are. Actually, from what I have read, they are vital.
However, sometimes Google surprises us pleasantly.