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My Website vs A Chinese Competitor

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Lucky Ducky, Dec 24, 2016.

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Do I stand a chance against this website?

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  1. Lucky Ducky

    Lucky Ducky Newbie

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    Hello guys, I appreciate you taking the time to look over this topic. So diving right into it, I've been experimenting with SEO on my website for the past year. I hired a company and didn't get anywhere near the results I was expecting. I decided to learn it on my own. Minor stuff - basic on page seo, optimizing meta tags, adding anchor text into the forums in which I advertise on, and building up my social media profiles.

    A Bit About My Niche:

    My niche is selling a virtual currency. More specifically Runescape Gold. My website is fairly well known throughout the community. I get more traffic than any other vendor, and for a long time I thought that this alone would push me to the top of google rankings. I do rank on the front page for many major keywords. I bounce around the bottom and middle of the front page. I am now turning to you guys for a little guidance on how I might be able to push it to the next level.

    My Social Media Profiles:

    I'm including this info just incase it's relevant.
    - Instagram: ~2,500 followers - 1k reach per post - 3-10 biolink clicks per day
    - Twitter: ~1,000 followers - 300-500 impressions per post - 10-20 website clicks per day
    - Facebook: ~1500 followers - ~700 impressions per post - 40-50 website clicks per day
    - Google plus: ~300 followers - other infos is basically negligible.
    - Pintrest: 15 followers: I started this to just experiment, don't think it'll being any real traffic for this niche.
    *All followers are real people with interest in the game.

    My Website VS The Top Google Spots

    My website gets more overall traffic, but they have a clear edge when it comes to organic. Below are the comparable Ahref stats.

    Mine:
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    Them:
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    The Facebook and Google+ share information I don't believe is correct. If I am right in assuming that it's counting how many times my post have been shared, both should be well 100. Unless I am mistaken and the shares represent something different? All SEO on my website has been whitehat, there are very limited spots where we can advertise effectively for this market. Due to the number of referring domains to my competitor I assumed that they were blackhat and would fall off after some time. But that hasn't happened. They have remained at the top of google for over a year in all the major $ terms.

    My competitors do have a smaller facebook page than mine, and no significant other accounts on social media. Over the past few days I have been researching and wondering if I should start posting about my business on several websites with high DR ranking (ahrefs rank that they say is most correlated with search engine position). My website is in the process of being re-made to include a more friendly user experience, and a daily blog systems.

    So my burning questions are:
    - Do you think they are using some sort of blackhat SEO method?
    - Am I overlooking something?


    If you've made it this far... thank you :)
     
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    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  2. terrycody

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    I read all of your OP, from my newbie view, its hard to tell if your competitior used Blackhat methods if they surely hide their ass very good, and all social media things can't even tell if A can 100% rank over B, its just a lot of factors we dont know.

    Chinese like to spam sites as much as they can, because I am a Chinese and I know it. For example, you can count their Ref domains, how could a Runescape site got that much domain refers? So you got me, its all of shit low quality links, and I can bet, their site much be exist for years, and lucky, for some unknown reasons, they got no punishment from big G, which is I am super interested why.

    I would advice: If you satisfy with what you earn with this site now, just do whitehat, never touch PBN or other sneaky things, or all your efforts maybe in one day gone. If you eager to earn more and do not care about loss, you can try some powerful PBN niche links and try to outrank him which is I high recommend not to do so.

    Outreach + Guest Post (later tier linking the guest post page) + High Quality Contents would be a better long term strategy.

    Good luck.
     
  3. MonsterMag

    MonsterMag Power Member

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    First thing that comes to mind is how old is their site and how old is yours? Age is a factor too.
    Disclaimer: I'm no SEO at all ;)
     
  4. javabro

    javabro Power Member

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    You hide your website and show your competitors URL in the screenshot.
    NOT COOL
     
  5. Lucky Ducky

    Lucky Ducky Newbie

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    I have noticed the same trend with the Chinese in this niche. Many of them rank below me and use the same spammy techniques, but this one ranks above. I would like to avoid a PBN as my website as I am happy with the results I am getting and plan to use my current spot to leverage new ventures. But learning to possibly combat this try of competitor would be useful as they also exist in the areas I plan to be moving into soon. Thank you for the input, I will see how my new website and content shapes up over the next 2 months after it's launch in ~2 weeks.
     
  6. Lucky Ducky

    Lucky Ducky Newbie

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    Mine is just over 2 years old. That came to mind too, but I've seen conflicting posts on here about the effects of domain age.
     
  7. Lucky Ducky

    Lucky Ducky Newbie

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    Is there something bad that can come of this? I've mentioned what my niche was and that they were #1 for organic searches.
     
  8. javabro

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    there you go. I corrected it.
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  9. Lucky Ducky

    Lucky Ducky Newbie

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    Appreciate the bump. Any other opinions are welcome :)
     
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  10. We Bring Rank

    We Bring Rank Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    How about your Referring Domains ? Boost your referring domains and do some proper link buildings. And also get some high quality backlinks
     
  11. Lucky Ducky

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    My current domains referring are all very target specific to my niche. Do you think I should get links from other more general gaming related forums just to increase my backlinks? Would this increase my DR over a few weeks? How many should I be considering? Over the past 2 days I've posted on roughly 10 websites all over 50 DR but was wondering if the DR measures were too low, or possibly not the best measure all together. Thanks for the input WBR!