5 Backlinks - Page 1 Of Google. Im confused...

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Hey Warriors,

I have a mystery for anyone to try and solve.

I have a web page for a medium competition keyword. I have not built many links... (Maybe 4-5 guest posts) yet this page has recently secured a number 1 spot in Google.

It is not a highly profitable keyword. Although I get about 60 unique visitors every day, I don't make much more than a couple bucks a day from it.

My question, however, is how the hell is this ranking so highly with such minimal effort?

I spend hours and hours getting links and promoting other pages to no success. Yet this page jumps to page one with nearly no effort.

Has anyone else experienced this? Or can you lend some thought as to why this is happening? Or is Google just a mystery that will never truly be solved...
#backlinks #confused #google #page
  • Profile picture of the author dailyseo
    i think your write a unique and good article
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    • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
      You didn't tell us the PR or strength of the pages you did guest posts on. Could be very powerful links.

      Or could be that what you thought was "medium" competition is actually "easy"??

      Either way, nice work!
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  • Profile picture of the author scruffy77
    curious to see what the pro's have to say about this
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  • Profile picture of the author Chucky
    IMO, could be multiple things.

    1. These blogs that you guest posted on were high trust, high authority, high relevant pages
    2. I'm guessing the anchor text were editorial type
    3. Could it have gone on the sidebar of any of the sites - with some kind of a recent posts widget (even if you can get 100s of backlinks this way, not sure if Google would count those as 100s because they come from a single domain name)
    4. Could your post have been syndicated to other blogs?
    5. What is the competition like?
    6. How well optimized are your competitors? If they are not so optimized (on page factors) and you are, you need only a fraction of their efforts to rank your site/page
    7. Does your competition have backlinks with the anchor text you targeted?

    Could be any one of or multiple of these IMO! Anyways, try to get to the bottom of it and rinse and repeat
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  • Profile picture of the author akasheg
    Please let us know the complete data about the posts you guest posted and where?

    It can be of two possible reasons -

    1. The sites you guest posted on is one of the reputable ones in your niche, and the due to your post bening featured on an important and popular site has generated more links.

    2. The keyword you are ranking for is not that competitive and the links you have generated are enough for ranking your page.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael scott
    check the internal link structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Larkive
    Thanks for the responses everyone.

    The backlinks are not super high authority. Specifically, they are all PR 0 - PR 1 Guest Posts. The Domains of these pages are PR 3 at most.

    It's just really confusing because I have replicated the link structure with a similar keyword and gotten even more direct PR 3 and PR 4 links with much worse results.

    JRCarson - I think you may be right, maybe the competition is less than I originally thought. Although I was able to rank this number 1 very quickly when my competition has been there for a long time.

    Because I am not making much money from it, everyone can feel free to check it out.

    The keyword is "motivational sales quotes"

    If anyone wants to examine the link structure and lend some insight as to why it managed to rank number 1?

    Also, if anyone has any advice on how to monetize the 60 or so Unique Visitors I get here a day, please let me know! AdSense just didn't work great for me...

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author TheFBGuy
      Originally Posted by Larkive View Post

      Thanks for the responses everyone.

      The backlinks are not super high authority. Specifically, they are all PR 0 - PR 1 Guest Posts. The Domains of these pages are PR 3 at most.

      It's just really confusing because I have replicated the link structure with a similar keyword and gotten even more direct PR 3 and PR 4 links with much worse results.

      JRCarson - I think you may be right, maybe the competition is less than I originally thought. Although I was able to rank this number 1 very quickly when my competition has been there for a long time.

      Because I am not making much money from it, everyone can feel free to check it out.

      The keyword is "motivational sales quotes"

      If anyone wants to examine the link structure and lend some insight as to why it managed to rank number 1?

      Also, if anyone has any advice on how to monetize the 60 or so Unique Visitors I get here a day, please let me know! AdSense just didn't work great for me...

      Cheers
      The page is very welcome optimized and friendly to Google. People tend to forget how important a site's friendliness is to the Search Engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    If your on-page SEO is spot-on, little to no backlinks are needed for some keywords. Also, if your links are high quality links, you obviously wouldn't need many to rank well.

    Or it could simply be the famous 'dance'.
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  • Profile picture of the author hpad06
    I had a site on page 1 with around 5 back links, was receiving 200 visitors a day

    once I added adsense and some blog network links , it quickly dropped to page 5, now less than 20 visitors
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