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..only to find that, a day later, someone else has used that exact same long-tail keyword to create a page somewhere that boosts themselves onto Google's front page and messes with your ranking in search engine results?
Am I just paranoid? I doubt it. Share your thoughts on this, please.
Nope - but if it helps cheer you up I have written a hub, spent ages on it, only to realise that when I did my competiton research I had made a typo and it wasn't quite such a niche as I thought - think 1 miliion other pages on google, instead of the 7,000 I found initially.
sorry, I didn't mean to. LOL
Just kidding.. maybe..
I don't do nearly as much SEO research for my hubs as I do for my websites. For hubs, I only use the Wordtracker SEO blogger plugin for KW suggestions and make sure no other hubs are written on my topic.
Aha! I knew it was you! XD
Seriously, though, just to clarify, I wasn't referring to any of my hubs. It seems Wordtracker is just the tip of the iceberg in research. If I may I ask, would you mind elucidating on your more thorough research methods?
oh, I wish I could, but I was literally sworn to secrecy. I have an awesome client for whom I have written web content articles for years. He's an SEO expert and has taught me a lot. (He's also the one who told me about HubPages.) I promised not to share information with anyone.
But yes, it involves more than WordTracker, but I find WordTracker to be an excellent starting point.
SEO is awesome. I still smile when my articles are within the top 5 Google results.
I never sweat the small stuff. Things are going to happen.
I do my keyword research, do my seo and write. I write hundreds and thousands of articles and trust me many do flop.
I have no time to worry about the ones that flop though.
I just focus on whats working and go from there.
Thanks, Dale. I appreciate the words of wisdom. I'm just at the beginning stages of seeing stuff starting to come together, so I suppose I got a bit wrapped up in it.
On another note, my small collection of hubs here is actually something of an embarrassment to me. It's a little experiment in writing sales oriented copy in some hubs, mixing it up in with blunt, "edgy" emotional appeal in others, and sarcastic humor and absurdity in others. Together it's a small portfolio of badly performing tripe, and I'm thinking of wiping it all out and starting over with a more professional attitude. But I digress.
I do refine my keywords but never write with the express intent of generating views--that way if/when it actually happens I'm a bit proud.
Oh, and perplexed. Here's a shot of some of the keywords used to find one of my hubs:
Here is a clue, one reason you do keyword research is to find low competition niches. It sounds like that was what you were doing, so why are you surprised when someone else does the same and knocks you off your perch.
Because the page that is outranking mine was thrown together with a quick paragraph, an embedded youtube video, a news feed, and an amazon capsule. According to Google, it published and indexed within hours after my article.
I know there are tons of off-page SEO tactics out there from the slightly shady to those that outright rig the entire system. I just don't know the extent of what I'm dealing with here.
By off-page SEO, do you mean promoting your articles and getting links? Just out of curiosity, what do you consider shady off-page SEO? I guess I would only consider off-page SEO to be shady if it involved some sort of automated system or SPAM.
If someone does better, then you just have to improve what you have done... Everyone has competition, even if you have free reign today, it will not be long before someone tries to knock you off your perch..
I'm sure it happens fairly often with the amount of new hubs every day. OK start again.
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