Google Will Only Send You Traffic That They Believe You Deserve
Has anyone ever read the story about a man and a woman who started a network of sites that targeted low quality keywords? It was an awesome success story. They had capitalized off of bad seo for low traffic keywords that no one was targeting. They started a billion dollar website.
Once I read the read the story, I immediately tried to see how well I could duplicate their success. So I started a "blog about anything" website in which I essentially blogged about anything. Everything had it's own category and I knew the idea was a sure winner. It was a forum platform website but I didn't care about it being active. I just wanted to see what I could do.
In less than a month Google was sending me traffic for the low traffic targeted keywords. I was up to over a thousand people a day. I realized that using this method I could build success online if this worked. But it was too good to be true. Which I had a feeling, but at least I learned a lesson in dealing with their algorithm.
Once I grabbed non competitive words in the search engine, I would lose other keywords. It took so much effort to win too many different keywords at a time, and I found this wouldn't be profitable. Especially, because of the low target from the keywords, they weren't really worth any money. My excitement turned to dismay.
The lesson I learned is that you must plan for the type of success you want. Google is not in business to make any of us rich! i changed the concept of the blog to something that Google's robots would understand better. Eventually it didn't matter what keywords I targeted because of the concept of the blog. Certain topics get traffic and some do not. The traffic level hasn't increased since then only because I lost my drive with the website. Now it's simply a celebrity forum (not to be confused with porn celebrity forums).
So I suggest, when you launch your website, please don't be all over the place with it. The more well defined your niche is, then the more success you will have. If your website is focused radios, don't talk about MP3 players. Just a story I thought I would share with you.
I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is not narrowing their niche down enough. That is so incredibly important today. Long tail keywords can still bring in nice traffic without a lot of backlinks.
That is true. I have witnessed good results in the past from using long tail keywords. Still got the benefit of a shorter keyword anyway, once my topics got around. For instance, on one of my blogs I did a topic on Jill Scott Weight Loss. For a time the keyword that was sending me the most traffic was Jill Scott by itself. Though now that I think back, I wonder if Google detected that I wanted to target weight loss so I could help a friend promote a product without using Adsense. Hmmmm, you never know with these search engines. lol
Also, I've had good luck ranking for keywords in Yahoo and Bing. I think it's easier to rank with top level domains with those guys. Can't believe they both had my celeb gossip site on the first page once for the term increase traffic. The traffic they send you is minimal but it's still nice to rank high for any search engine that people use. I would just expect Yahoo to send at least half of what Google sends because they are number 4. But according to Google, only Google sends me about 95 percent of my traffic.
I have to ask myself if this is language specific. My sites, I have about 10 of them now, tend to get in the top 10 search results after a year or so, by just adding content and some backlinking. I never ever ever ever think about targeting anything. The competition for non english sites is ofcourse a lot less. I write what I want to write. Sometimes I check the most used synonym and use that. But I don't even do that anymore because they changed the google keyword tool and I don't wanna learn again.
(I'm getting old, my ranting is getting worse.)
Anyway. Those of you who speak another language besides english, might want to give it a try. It might get you more traffic that way.
@ Spirit A year is a while to wait. Let me ask you, is there a reason you have ten websites? If the niche's are closely related you may try categorizing the information as much as you can on one website. Or are all of your websites keyword specific? Even so, 10 is a lot to work on unless you have a strong team. I just think that a year to rank for a non competitive keyword/s is a bit long.
All my sites are completely different and I own two seperate webshops that have blogs attached to them.
I didn't mind waiting. Actually I wasn't. I started the first website because I felt I had something to say about a subject, and, I really didn't care about visitor numbers. I only started monetizing it after 3 years or so, can't remember actually. And it wasn't actually a non competitive keyword. It was very competitive.
The rest I made because I got hooked on internet stuff.
Congratulations for your success. It takes a lot of hard work to get competitive keywords that actually send you the traffic. Good job!
Originally Posted by Spirit