Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Ravi Davda, Nov 30, 2019.
Thanks for the reply. It's called WP Word Count.
I use Ahrefs to analyze every keyword. I don't care that much about certain metrics like KD, but I tend to just observe the pages ranking on page 1 and see if there's room for my website. Whether the answer is yes or no depends on many factors, including the quality and authority of my own website and my ability to build backlinks in that niche aside from what the competition does.
But for a newer website, I'll just focus on the ones that are considered easiest to rank and that can probably rank without any money investment into links.
Thanks for this, great advice. Writing my first article on revised strategy as we speak, let's see how it goes!
In terms of Ahrefs, how exactly do you analyse the KW? What do you look at/for?
Hire a VA, to do SEO For you side by side.
or if you have a friend just tell him to create social accounts of your website and update them daily + interact with groups related to your niche and topics that you are writing on so whenever comes an opportunity share your link.
Create some forum accounts related to your niche and do posting their once in a while about your topic and sneak your link.
+ Good Luck on your journey
Thanks. How important are social signals?
When you say "to do SEO" what exactly are you referring to here?
Too Much important If you are looking for a trusted readbase you must focus on your social medias
To do seo = Normal stuff, outreaching for guest posting or finding your niche related sites where posting stuff is free (there are many). Maintain your profile as a writer in various Forum Sites related to the niche you are writing about. Or simple, someone who can present you as a brand over the internet for a particular niche, so people trust you when they visit your website for the information you are showing them. If you are going to wait till September then do this too. Don't leave SEO and promotional stuff behind if you are planning to run this project long term.
I usually start with an estimated search volume and click through rate. If the click through rate for a specific keyword is too low, then I won't do the keyword, because a lot of people who search for it got an answer without visiting any website.
Then I'll just take a look at the top 10 search results. Who are these websites? Why are they ranking? Can I beat them with what I have at my disposal making this keyword worth doing? So for example, if my website is DR 10, newish, not a lot of authority and the first 10 pages are filled with websites ranging from DR 50 to DR 80 and they all cover the topic in a same way I'd cover it... I'll log the keyword but skip it for now. My time initially is better spent trying to build momentum and traffic through something I can actually rank for at that point.
Good keywords are usually the ones where you see a website of similar quality and authority to yours ranking there. If they can pull it off, you can do it as well, so you'll just analyze their page, see what they did well, and try to analyze what they did wrong and improve upon that. Then go for that keyword.
I would also often skip keywords where a lot of the websites (even of similar quality and authority as mine) have a lot of quality backlinks pointing to them. Links are a huge ranking factor, and I'd obviously need to pay (if I am trying to rank an affiliate site) money to other websites to link to my affiliate content. However, if you have a big budget, feel free to go for it.
Keep in mind that Google always needs to put someone at the top, and it could be misleading to see high authority DR 80+ websites at the top for a certain keyword and get discouraged. But that doesn't mean you won't be able to do it. So recently I was doing keyword research for an affiliate website I am looking to build and the keyword was 'product xyz review'. I went to the first page, and it was filled with high authority websites but none of them actually covered the topic. They just ranked for the topic as nobody else was covering the actual review of the product - so it was filled with a bunch of irrelevant stuff leaving the visitors without an actual review.
And that's a perfect opportunity to snatch all that traffic for yourself.
You'll get smarter about keyword research as time goes by, and you will actually get to see what works for you and whatnot. Building a website is a journey, so enjoy it, take notes and don't quit. You are inevitably going to get where you want to be.
Not only that, but a page might not rank now, but when your site is bigger and more authoritative a year or two down the road, a 3000 word post on a hard to rank topic might float to the top since Google traits the website now. So something written a couple years ago is suddenly working for you. It can happen.
Great will be following your journey how do u plan to monetize your sites
This is great to hear. I'll be waiting for this day. I'll remember you when I'm top for something super difficult, like "best gym workout" LOL.
Thanks for following, I appreciate it greatly.
It's set up as an ecommerce store. But to be honest, I'm not worried about monetizing right now. I don't know what the answer to this, and I'm OK with this. My main objective initially is to create a site with quality content that drives traffic (and hopefully links).
As I read in here the other day, this is the hardest thing to achieve. Once you have this, money will follow, or you need to work it out if and when you get there.
Seeing as a fair few people requested my on-page blogging Google doc from a fair pages ago...
Here's a vid I just saw which shows some interesting things too:
It's been a while since I updated this. I've still been doing my thing.
So, I paid for a KW Research doc on here, and it's given me 1000-2000 "recommended" KWs. I'm started at low monthly search volumes, 50 a month, and I'll be writing articles on the majority of these (or the majority I think I can get on page 1 for realistically). There's loads. This is the updated strategy.
I've done 3 already, but there's about 100 or so in that range only. So this will take a good few months. Then I'll move to 70, then 90, and so on. Seems like this is what most people are doing at the start to rank, and it makes sense.
Traffic is still low, literally 0-5 a day. Annoying. But hey, you gotta learn the hard way. SEO really is a long game, haha.
+1 for starting with content
Nice. How you getting on, or just started?
Half way there...
I am following this
Thanks for following the journey!
Quick update. With regards to this "revised strategy", I've produced blogs on 5 lower competition KWs now, and it's not making much of a difference. I can't even see the articles in the top 10 pages. I know it's early days, but this is worrying.
Some have high DR ranking on first couple pages, but a lot of times, it's not actually 100% relevant to the KW. Whereas mine is.
I'm probably going to produce a few more, but would be open to any further suggestions. It seems a lot of people get good traffic doing it this way, but for me, not sure. Maybe it's just the niche? I've heard health and fitness is a tough one to rank for!
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