A while back I took all of the posts on my blogs and ran their keywords thru this formula
intitle:"keyword" inurl:"keyword" inanchor:"keyword"
The ones that ranked within 2 weeks all fell around the same number of competition. The ones that took a month, seem to fall under the same number and so and so on.
I then put this to the test by ONLY choosing keywords that would rank within 2 weeks, according to the formula. Low and behold...9 of the posts hit page 1 within 12 days.
Before it was hit and miss, but I had effectively removed all guess work.
Intitle:"keywords" works, but your real competition are those covering all three keyword bases. Everyone else is half-arsin it.
100 or less competitors seems to be the sweet spot.
ESPECIALLY WITH VIDEO!
EDIT: I wanted to add this for those that doubt...I don't teach theory, if I'm not doing it with success, I'm not teaching it. I have results, and so do my students.