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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:37 PM
1. How are sites with the same domain, such as tshirts.com, able to market under different title tags for a large number of words? It seems like they have multiple seo campaigns for a single site, and i dont know how they are doing it.
2. Aside from paying for ton of backlinks, what should i be doing to get us these links? Im trying personal emails to sites i like, with good page ranks. I'm trying to whole sem wave but frankly its pretty difficult for a site like ours to take advantage of this. Also its a slow, slow, slow process and we really need to be moving up. Basically my day consists of me checking out blogs, directories, and websites and either signing up or sending out emails to see if we can exchange links.
3. Is there something that you can pay for that helps you that i might b e missing? We think that we have a great site and good content and that we are being held back because of our sites age and amount of quality links.
4. Are sites like tshirthell, tshirts.com, 80stees, etc going to forever dwarf us or is it reasonable to say that given the right combination we could be a few spots below them on some high traffic words?
5. Id like people to check out our site and see what I'm doing wrong, however i dont want to get in trouble by linking it. If you want to see it please let me know.
6. I'm using different tools to give me keyword estimates for daily entries, but they seem so varied between tools. Is there one great and free tool that will be beneficial that i should be using?
I have more questions but i dont want to be overwhelming lol...any input would be great.
Posted 13 March 2008 - 04:16 AM
You'll want to start with our [url=http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php/topic/833-tips-for-new-seos/]Tips for Newbies[/url]. And also pay special attention to the threads you'll see pinned at the top of each section of the forums. Those get pinned for a reason.
To answer your specific questions:
1. As you'll find in the Tips info, it's usually best to optimize each page for 3-5 phrases. Both getting the phrases on those pages and using sensible anchor text in your internal links. Sometimes even when you do this with an interior page the Home page will be the one that ranks because as a general rule it'll have more links pointing to it, and thus have a bit more latent ranking potential. It ends up ranking for the phrase most times because of the anchor text to the interior page appearing on the home page.
2. Try to get links from places where your target audience is already hanging out. Not only will this help you with your search engine rankings, but these links will also bring you qualified traffic, traffic that will convert for you. You're right that it is a slow process.
3. Yeah, that's just the way it works. As a general rule I don't except any new site I put up to start producing at a decent level until 12-18 months down the road. Longer if it's a fairly competitive field. For those I shoot for getting a decent return on my hard work somewhere between 2 and 3 years after I start the site.
4. Not forever. But usually there will be several sites that a few years head start on you. So it'll take time and hard work to start competing with them on a more level playing field. Concentrate on Quality, not quantity. Quality always wins out in the end.
5. Sorry, but that's not allowed. Yet. We do have a site review process, however it is reserved for established, active members of the forums. Read the stuff I mentioned above and you'll probably have more questions. Ask away when you do, help out where you can and you'll be able to request a site review in fairly short order. You may also want to read through some of the previous site reviews. Very often you'll see something mentioned that could apply to your site also.
6. All keyword research tools will give you different numbers, mainly because they all use different data sources. The two that are the best IMO are KeywordDiscovery.com and Wordtracker.com, though they'll give you different numbers too. Both of those have free trials, but there is a cost involved if you want/need to use the full version The trick is to not pay too much attention to the exact numbers they give you, but to look at the relationship between the numbers on your different phrases. Those are usually pretty close. Google also has a keyword tool, one that's free to use. It was originally for the Adwords advertisers, but can be used to get some data for organic traffic too. Do not use any tool that utilizes Overture data. It's been horribly skewed by automated searches for years. Utterly useless that one.
Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:41 PM
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