OK so I managed to get to no: 1 on Google but still no traffic...

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Yesterday I scored my highest personal achievement and got my blog up to number one on google out of 1200 000 approx with the same keywords. My site is now on number 7... But still no traffic... why?

I have had 180 visitors since about Dec last year. Admittedly I have not worked very hard the last three months on the site but I have made two sales out of the 180 visitors...

Help me get some traffic!!

How do I opt. the site for more than one series of keywords?
#google #managed #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    What term are you ranking for? Is *anyone* searching for that term? You could rank #1 for something nobody actually searches for or is interested in. If you're number #1 and getting no traffic then you have a redundant ranking (Unless you want to refer people to your site that know nothing about SEO by saying "Hey check out my site it's number #1 for "Doing The Funky Chicken Dance" . Target different keywords.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    You are probably ranking for a non-competitive keyword :/
    Non-competitive keywords are easy to rank for but they are useless...
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    • Profile picture of the author TheHutz
      As the guys above mentioned - it's more than likely not getting much in the way of searches.

      Not only that, but if your title and meta description aren't that compelling, people probably arent clicking on the result.

      As for optimising for more than one keyword - you need focused pages/information about each keyword.

      Building links to those pages with the correct anchor text will then help you rank for those additional words.

      If you need any more info, feel free to give me a shout.

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    • Profile picture of the author lalit.burma
      Originally Posted by a-marketing View Post

      You are probably ranking for a non-competitive keyword :/
      Non-competitive keywords are easy to rank for but they are useless...
      Certainly I am agree with you. If you want to get the traffic than I think you should target those keywords which are often (at least 3000 times) used in search box.

      Below that its waste to rank on those keywords.
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      • Profile picture of the author servpro
        yea, its easy to get rank with non-competitive keywords. I always have a trouble getting some keywords. Its funny, sometimes I can get them, other times I can't.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    Joining the crowd here - if no one is clicking on your #1 google position, that could mean only one thing: no one uses the term you are ranking for. A completely different thing is visitors bouncing off your site once they click on the link, that means that they don't find what they have been looking for.

    There can be only one solution: switch keywords and add new ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Liquidgraph
    Don't optimize your site for any keywords until you've done the proper research. Use Google Keyword Tool to make sure that your keyword gets at least 500 searches per month, exact match. Otherwise, you won't be seeing much traffic even if you are #1.

    Alone, #1 means nothing. #1 on the right keyword means everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
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    Hmmm... if you are the only one who knows what is that term you are ranking then definitely you cannot have visitors because no one searches such keyword...
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  • Profile picture of the author koolmeg
    This is a really great thread!
    Its easy to forget that keywords are so important! I'm still in the learning stages and am slowly getting a grasp on stuff!

    You guys make some great points!
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  • Profile picture of the author AmericanWoman888
    Hi Kim,

    That is so frustrating. When I was first starting out that happened to me a few times. I was so worried about entering a market that was too competitive that I chose a keyword with way under 300 searches a month - by the time I realized it, I had to laugh. In my case I could not understand why the sales weren't coming. I had made the rookie mistake of making an entire website focused on two or three really low search volume words. I am sure you can see the problem -> low volume = low or no sales. Looks like all the folks who have already posted have you pointed in the right direction. The mistakes I have made have given me my best insights. Best of luck to you on any future projects.

    All the Best,

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    • Profile picture of the author Kim Andersen
      Originally Posted by AmericanWoman888 View Post

      Hi Kim,

      That is so frustrating. When I was first starting out that happened to me a few times. I was so worried about entering a market that was too competitive that I chose a keyword with way under 300 searches a month - by the time I realized it, I had to laugh. In my case I could not understand why the sales weren't coming. I had made the rookie mistake of making an entire website focused on two or three really low search volume words. I am sure you can see the problem -> low volume = low or no sales. Looks like all the folks who have already posted have you pointed in the right direction. The mistakes I have made have given me my best insights. Best of luck to you on any future projects.

      All the Best,

      AW888
      Err... Reading this I am wondering whether I have misinterpreted the keyword analysis and that in fact it was 300 searches a month not a day.... I was using the tool Market Samurai... Is that the tool you were using?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Andersen
    This is sort of my first online marketing site so I decided to go for a niche market.

    When I set up the site i did do a keyword analysis and came up with about 300 searches a day for the broad match of those exact keywords... So how many a day should I get out of those if I am 1,2,3,4,5,6,7? I am not great at maths:p I have bounced back to place 7 and If I don't update I keep bouncing between 7-12 place.

    My bounce rate is about 1,66% so pretty good I would think (although I don't get a lot of traffic) I have an average page view of 5,5 pages per visitor.

    I have been competing with the actual owner of the affiliate product that I am promoting. So I don't know if that's good either...

    How do you know how many searches a day to go for I mean when you choose your keywords... I think it would be hard for me to get in with keywords that have a lot of searches as far better marketers already dominate that area. Isn't it better to start of with a niche and then push yourself through into a market?
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  • Profile picture of the author petevamp
    Wow and I thought my traffic was bad. I just started my blog in late feb early march and I get around 10 to 50 visitors a day. When I first started my blog though I was not targeting anything imparticular. I was simply going through google trends every day to see the hot key words If I liked it I would start a blog about it. This was when I was able to generate over 100 visitors a day. Since then I have changed to a strickly seo ppc adsense and any thing targeting this group blog. My traffic has gone done but I am starting to get subscribers unlike before. When they would just hear something say on the radio or the news and do exact search for the topic. Yet the problem with that is they just want to see what someone has tosay about it and they will never come back. I wanted to lock them in and bring them back wanting more and more from my blog instead so I changed themes. That and adsense pays well for those keywords added bonus. Then the amazon ads on my site pay better targeting a specific topic vs the completly random post for the hot trend for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author petevamp
    Although it is going to take alot for me to target this niche With in another month I should have well over 500 backlinks minus the articles I have out there that have yet to be published and listed on google I was only able to find 2 of the articles out of 200 plus submissions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Andersen
    I did have a look at google keyword tool and found out that my keyword broad match is about 4400 a month... Don't you think that is enough? But still no traffic...
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    Kim - Use Exact Match.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kim Andersen
      with an exact match it's 1000 a month is that too little?
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      • Profile picture of the author enterprice
        It's depends of your niche - 1000 searches/month might be nothing if you are on the high-competitive field. Try similar words or expressions with more traffic. For example - for my site I use words with at least 4000/m track.

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