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Best way to gauge competition?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Nosence, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Nosence

    Nosence Senior Member

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    I am looking at a keyword that I am sure is somewhat difficult to rank, but according to adwords keyword it shows low competition, and on traffic travis it shows extremely difficulty

    what is the best way to gauge competition
     
  2. larrydetuvi

    larrydetuvi Regular Member

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    adword tools refer to ads competition, nothing to do with seo.
     
  3. Nosence

    Nosence Senior Member

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    okay, so what is the best way to get an idea of how competitive a keyword is?
     
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    TermsB Senior Member

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    If you are new I'd highly suggestion using these guidelines when finding a keyword you'll be able to rank for.

    allintitle: <5k
    allinurl: <5k
    Phrase Results <50k

    Look for non-top level domains in top 10

    1. At least 3 of the pages in the top 10 have a PR0
    2. There is only 1 page in the top 10 that has PR4 or above
    3. 4 or less of the pages are optimized with onpage SEO
    4. Most of the pages have under 200 backlinks
     
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  5. teflonbrain

    teflonbrain Junior Member

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    Daniel Tan published a rule of thumb to gauge competition by doing the following:
    1. Go to Google.com, put your keyword phrase in quotes, hit SEARCH
    2. Then to the address bar, insert the cursor anywhere, click the END button (this moves the cursor all the way to the end of your search string)
    3. Then type in the following at the end of your search string
    &start=990
    What this does is take you to the very last search results page.
    4. Scroll down to the bottom on the results page and you will see something to the effect, "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the ### (some number) already displayed.
    If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

    That number is how many pages you're REALLY competing against. 399 or less is low competition, 400-600ish is moderate competition, 650ish and above is heavy competition.

    I've used this strategy for over a year and haven't been steered wrong yet.

    Good luck with your keyword. Hope it's a buyer's keyword.
     
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  6. Dan Da Man

    Dan Da Man Elite Member Premium Member

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    The best way to gauge your competition is to start building back links