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Ranked first, but getting no traffic

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Xalamon, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Xalamon

    Xalamon Junior Member

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    Using a combination of George's Brown Google Sniper and autoblogging, I'm already ranking first on Google for my targeted keyword.

    The problem is that there is no traffic coming in.

    Here are the keyword stats:
    Match type: Exact
    Local Search Volume August: 27,100
    Global Monthly Search Volume: 12,000
    Under quotations SERP: 105,000

    I was expecting some 100 UVs from Google alone, but after a week in the first place, I am only seeing 1 or 2 visitors a day according to Google Analytics, and around 10 according to AWStats.

    It's cool to reach the top spot, but I was expecting a lot more traffic.

    Is this normal? Is being on the top spot for Google SERP overrated?

    Please give me some clues.
     
  2. allrecycle

    allrecycle Regular Member

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    ....you sure your ...searches are right??? Ms seems to be more acurate with finding out what trffic a keyword gets ....if you want pm me the keyword and ill get the exact daily searches it gets .......dont worry im 110% into ewhoring dont got time for the big g right now lol
     
  3. mirrorer

    mirrorer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    search using proxy form different country.Check results with different browser.Also if you are using google services,log out and check again.
     
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    is this a long tail keyword? is your meta description relevant for what people are looking for?
     
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    Keep in mind that Google regularly rotates content and you may not rank the same on every nationalized version of Google.
     
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    nufaman Elite Member

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    Unless you say the keyword you are talking about all you will get here are a bunch of guesses and "I think"s
     
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    Eglobalmoguls Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have actually had that happend to me. I went into a niche based on the keywords results for the google keyword exteranl tool only after achieving first results find out i did not get close to the main number of results.
     
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  8. Xalamon

    Xalamon Junior Member

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    Wow, thanks for all the replies!

    As per your suggestion, I tried MSN Keyword Forecast but it doesn't seem to take two words keywords. Then I tried something called spacky.c0m and got these results:
    Google 14,800 ; Yahoo 7,696 ; MSN 3,552

    So it does seem like a good keyword all across the board.

    I did check on a different browser and got the same results. Will try the proxy tip in a while but can't imagine it making a difference.

    Don't have the budget. The CPC on the keyword is at $2 and don't want to spend the money when I am already ranked first.

    It is a two words keyword.

    The meta description is the only thing I can think of could be shying people away from my site. As far as I can tell, it is exactly what people are looking for, but I will have to try other Meta descriptions to be 100% sure.

    I also tried searching the keyword on google US (I am in Canada) by going to:
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    http://www.google.com/ncr
    My site is also listed first there.

    Good point nufaman. I am not too excited about sharing the keyword though. Call it n00b jitters.

    I can tell this much:
    • The domain is the keyword .com
    • First word is a TV show
    • Second word is "video"
    • And yes, people search for the two words together
    So did you keep trying using the same technique? I am taking IM step by step, first working on my keyword research skills, then working on my SEO skills. But now that I know how to rank first on a well researched keyword I would like to start getting traffic so that I can move on to writing copy.

    Maybe I just need to bite the bullet, and keep trying with other keywords.
     
  9. mosoi148

    mosoi148 Regular Member

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    Yep. one of these times you will hit it right...keep trying.
     
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  10. Ed4252

    Ed4252 Power Member

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    That's really strange especially when you're using the keyword.com

    Is that keyword placed throughout your site? Is it a string of words?


    Did you check google trends?
     
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    I totally agree for some reason when I am logged into my G account and search my keyword it always shows me #1...I guess its where I have visited it so much. But after logging out I am usually at the bottom or somewhere on page2.
     
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  12. Albert

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    When going for a keyword, my best advice is to use common sense. No tool is 100% and most are misleading. Stick to what you know when it comes to searching for common terms.
     
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    my 0.002 cents says this:

    Google KWT divide exact results by .67 as .33 is their SEARCH PARTNERS RESULTS INCLUDED (aol etc) - then - be conservative

    1000 really = 670
    670 may be 350??

    what do you guys think ?

    Also - is the KW in question a BUYING PHRASE - like bbest widget at the best price - or best widget for sale etc
     
  14. Silversten

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    I recommend getting a proxy and searching with that. Google displays pages you have visited higher in the SERPS unless you turn off the option somehow. Your site will appear much higher in the SERPS for you than anyone else.
     
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  15. Xalamon

    Xalamon Junior Member

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    IM can be frustrating at times, so thanks for the encouragement.

    I am not sure how to use google trends correctly. Do you compare your keyword against some popular keyword? If so, what keyword do you compare against?

    Big thanks to you jdog37! This is it! When I log out of G, I drop from #1 to #8 in page 1.

    So now I do need to work on SEO. Linkwheel, backlinks, etc. Will report back if I get to the #1 spot.

    Again another big thanks... upon searching from a proxy, I dropped from #1 to #4.

    This is great. Now I have lots to work on. Thanks for all your advise for taming the G00gle beast.
     
  16. Xalamon

    Xalamon Junior Member

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    BTW, you were right all along mirrorer. I didn't get your instructions first but after other members doing some explaining, I can see you where giving the right tips. Big thanks.
     
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    Weird, if your first in ranking with that much volume, you should be getting traffic. I don't see why your not getting traffic. Maybe the description is weird, where it scares the viewer away or maybe your stats is just weird. No clue. What is really up, just my thoughts.
     
  18. robertodelgato

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    I wonder if there are some really, really compelling paid ads on the page that are sucking all the traffic juice to their squeeze pages.

    If the meta description/title is not filled with juicy sales words/incentives, it may not be the most intriguing.

    You know, "Click Here For Free Eternal Life & Endless Riches!"

     
  19. m0nd0

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    Try using http://www.google.com/insights/search/ and search your keyword, then try search your keyword by country or period of time, etc., maybe that keyword has diferent trafic levels along the year.
     
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  20. Xalamon

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    Yeah, the thing is that I am not first. I'm more like #8. Figured it out by following some of the tips in the thread.

    The keyword and potential is still there, so I am working on a linkwheel to see how far up in the SERPs can I get.

    Yeah, at this point I think I messed up by not logging out of google while searching for my keyword. The SERPs were showing me as first because of my own clicking on my SERP link.

    Cool tool, bookmarking it now.