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A SERP (SEO) discovery

  1. RonElFran profile image100
    RonElFranposted 12 months ago

    I have a hub with a title along the lines of, "I smooched with my wife." For that keyword, it places first in Google results.

    I also searched for "kissed my wife," which doesn't actually appear in the hub or title, but is of course closely related. Google figured out the relationship, and places that result 2nd.

    But here's what surprised me: when I search for "I kissed my wife" (note the addition of "I") my hub doesn't even appear on the first page! I think it's because there are lots of articles with that specific phrase in the title. I never thought including, or not including one character in the title could make such a difference.

    I just edited the hub to add "I kissed my wife" in the text. We'll see if that makes a difference in search results.

    1. theraggededge profile image97
      theraggededgeposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Don't forget, to get true results you must be logged out of Google, otherwise it serves up results tailored to you. It's good to get someone else to do the search on a different computer. When I search "I smooched with my wife" no hub appears on the first three pages of results. Checking the Adwords tool, there are no monthly searches for that phrase.

      "I kissed my wife" doesn't get any searches either, but "kiss my wife" gets between 100 and 1000 monthly searches.

      1. RonElFran profile image100
        RonElFranposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I always check Google results from an incognito window, so I'm not getting personalized results. Note that my hub title is "along the lines of" . . .  I used "smooched" and "kissed" to avoid giving the actual title of my hub while demonstrating the point I wanted to make.

  2. NateB11 profile image94
    NateB11posted 12 months ago

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the algorithm update. I might be reaching. But I lost traffic to my two main accounts but did not lose positions in the SERPs for the main keyphrases I've used.

    1. RonElFran profile image100
      RonElFranposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Interestingly, that's exactly my experience with this hub. It's way down in views, but doesn't seem to have moved down in search results. I thought at first it was down because Fred was pushing it down in the search results, but that doesn't seem to be the case. So, I don't know why it's down.