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Method for evaluating SE competition

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by MarkUSA, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. MarkUSA

    MarkUSA Newbie

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    Hi,
    Do you guys use a particular method for weighing search engine competition? I am not talking about the SEOC value (# of results for a search) but rather the strength of the competition on the first page of Google.
    I am using Market Samurai and their training videos say "if there is a lot of green in the SEO competition module for your keyword, that's good, if there's a lot of red, that's bad!" Does anyone have a more precise system to determine if you can compete on the first page for a particular keyword?
    I think this is very important because going for the wrong keyword wastes a lot of time! Thanks!
     
  2. keir1984

    keir1984 Newbie

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    Just be careful with market samurai as it is very insightful but not to be taken literaly. I tested the SEO competition module and had all red with pages older than 3 years and a large dose of backlinking and social media camps have pushed the site to the top.
     
  3. chota_hanuman

    chota_hanuman Registered Member

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    I second that. I have keywords with SEOC values of more than 85k having pages with less than 100 bl's on the first page.
     
  4. nice1

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    find out how many backlonkc your comp has and aim to beat that -- as long as your h1 and other basic seo stuff is good you should be good with that
     
  5. dirtylittle

    dirtylittle Registered Member

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    Like stated above, the onsite seo is very important. I use ms personally and then double check the first couple of sites with firefox seo quake. If the answers are legit and I know that i can beat it, then I go for it.

    One thing about ms and the competition, don't just look at the colors. Look at the actual numbers. I was doing a little research today and some of the results on ms said that the competition was hard, because there was 98 backlinks. Now if I can't get 98 backlinks to a site, I will quit IM and go work at McDonalds.