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Competition Factors of a Keyword !!!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jokel661, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. jokel661

    jokel661 Regular Member

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    Hi,
    Please forgive me if i posted this thread in the wrong section.
    1. I want to know what criteria to take in consideration to decide if a keyword has a low/medium/hard competition
    2. Does the EDM domain still working in this new Google update ? with of course original contents
    for 1) : i use the Allintitle parameter and the top 5 competitors, i have Market Samorai legal version.

    Any addition will be good and add values to the community.

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    1)Allintitle results < 50,000
    Allinurl results < 50,000
    2) EMDs work
     
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    Jinko Regular Member

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    Allintitle and allinurl are nice to know but really all that matters is the strength of the competition on the first page, particularly the top 3/5. There could be <5,000 for allintitle/url but if the top results are solid authority sites with high PR and many strong links you still won't rank. The criteria I use when picking keywords:

    - Search Volume (exact match)
    - CPC (cost per click)
    - OCI (online commercial intent)
    - Strength of first page competition (broad match search) - PR and backlinks.

    That's it!
     
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    Thank you guys for the info.
    I did some researches and i found that many of the top 3-5 websites are ranking there just because of the weight of the domain name. according to MS : Top 10 in many cases have less that 200 Backlinks to that pages but tons of the backlinks to the domain name or other pages. is that a good signal or no ?
     
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    Hmmm, it's a good and bad sign!

    It's good in the fact that they've ranked for that term, even though they're not particularly targeting it but bad in the fact that it's a high-weighted, authority domain. You could probably rank on the first page quite quickly if the competition is low but it'll take a little longer to displace the top 3. I've been working at one such keyword for 3 months and I'm now at #6. Will get in to the top 5 soon! Good luck.
     
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    I like this but I also look at on page like Title, H1 tags etc.... For example a Wikipedia page may have a ton of links and hihg PR but all to often the page itself is not optimized and I have been able to outrank them.