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Ok, how is this method of measuring competition

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by forwardedlandlines, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. forwardedlandlines

    forwardedlandlines Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I want to know if my method of checking competition is good enough, or if I'm missing something:

    1. No snifftests or whatever, just go on a hunch of competition being low.
    2. No counts of intitle or indomain, just go for the top 4 when entering the keyphrase into google search
    3. Check how optimized the top results are for the keyphrase. Do they carry it in their domain? title? meta keywords/description? H1, H2 tags onsite? Is there are 3+% keyword spread in the content?
    4. If for step 3 the relevancy is low for the top results, keyphrase is approved. Otherwise proceed with next steps.
    5. Check pagerank and backlinks for top results
    6. Make up the competition score for the combination of all found factors, like has indomain = a score * hasintitlescore * onsite optimization multiplier
    or something like that to create an overall score for the combination of factors.

    Alright, that's it. Good enough? Order of steps good?
     
  2. akazzz

    akazzz Regular Member

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    I just assess it on on-page seo + BLP on market samurai. Giving both a 50% / 50% weight to the difficulty on the keyword.

    I don't pay close attention to PR and DA.
     
  3. forwardedlandlines

    forwardedlandlines Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'm gonna put this out there again in hopes to get some more answers.
     
  4. nikao

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    you are going wrong with step 2; your top 4 might be totally different than someone else's...
     
  5. forwardedlandlines

    forwardedlandlines Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Do you mean this by location?
     
  6. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    location, history, cookies, browser, ...

    and that is when you are not signed in.... ;)
     
  7. forwardedlandlines

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    So how does one then test itself against the top competition? Isn't it very common to take the top 4 results??
     
  8. nikao

    nikao Power Member

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    yes, but using a program at least gets rid of the influence of cookies, cache and history and prevents me from making the mistake to forget to signout of my google account.
    I use keywordblaze (free tool) and really like it...