Case study: website with no backlinks

homeriscool

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I wrote 35 articles, no backlinks, finance niche.

Recently, a huge boost from my friend Google: View attachment 153845

Can't wait to see if it will ever stop growing.

This is exactly what happened to me. I had 1 link....a GMB.

My site blew past all of the authority sites and it's still there now but I have built links to it since. I was ranking high in a tough niche with 1 GMB link :anyway:
 
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This is great to see. Thanks for sharing your journey!
I'm going to spend more to pump quality content and not worry about backlinks for some time. Especially with the latest Dec update, you never know who's getting punished for what. Best way is to keep heads down and concentrate on content!
 

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Sorry if someone already asked that, but how is was your content wrote, did you perform a keyword research? If yes, were these high competition keywords? This looks really interesting, I mean it's the finance niche, it should be really difficult to rank with only content, or am I missing something?.
 

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This is why on-page and topical authority are critical for a site to rank. I have a site that has like 10 proper articles and some filler useless articles and after about 6 months it started ranking and now I have constant 100+ sessions a day. No backlinks, articles of mediocre quality but excellent on-page and all the articles are on the same topic. Congrats on your project, hope it'll continue growing.
 

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Looks like no backlinks is the new trendsetter in Google's eye. Gald to see a site succeed on serene WH. What's average length of each post?
 

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Keyword research: for the keyword research, I use my own method (I am a mathematician).
I have about 300 domain names of competitors in my niche in a file: forums, small blogs, big blogs, etc. First, I do basic exploratory data analysis: I enter domain names URL in ahrefs to see if some topics are popular with low competition.
Then, I enter all popular topics in an excel file with the corresponding data and metrics (see attached file) View attachment 153897)View attachment 153897.
I have four estimators: Article Production Cost (based on the average number of words to rank in google and topic difficulty), Probability of Ranking (based on Ranking difficulty and my personal experience looking at the serp), Potential Traffic (based on search volume) and Revenue per Thousand (based on CPC from Google keyword planner and experience).
I use these four estimators to build a rank: see file. The formula is Rank= APC*PoR*PT*RpT and the higher the rank, the better the article.
Post length: depends on the article, some are 700 words, some are 3000 words. I would say around 1200 words on average.
Keyword density: I don't measure keyword density, I make sure I use primary and secondary search terms/keywords in the article
H1 tags: usually the primary keywords I want to rank for
How have I been writing my content: I pay a writer to write the content (around $35 per 1000 words), I do the editing and I add thumbnail with Canva.com. Sometimes, I also add a thumbnail for <h2> subheadings.
May I know the theme you are using
 

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Do you also want the URL?

FYI, I did not use the keywords you can see in the screenshot.
Saying or quoting the theme will not reveal anything (Unless the theme is niche centric....which are very rare.)
This helps us to understand what works and what doesn't.

I enjoy this forum because people "grow" and at the same time help each other.

If you are not eager to help other, why post? Better enjoy your work.
 
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