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Spending $600 to rank ONE keyword.. Too much?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Smart SEO, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Smart SEO

    Smart SEO Senior Member

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    Hi guys, my SEO strategy for a single keyword costs me around $600, this is for easy/medium competition keywords. For hard keywords i spend around $1000. But it has been working amazingly and passes well with all Google updates (in fact most of the time they get a boost from the Google updates)

    My question is: Do you think $600 per keyword is too much for SEO? (+ $30 per month addiontaly for maintenance)

    How much do you guys spend PER KEYWORD on average? Would love to have an estimate
     
  2. rugbyjack2005

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    Is that what you are paying someone else to do it for you or what it is costing you?
     
  3. darkjolly

    darkjolly Junior Member

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    Zero, nada, none. I order content and articles for people that want to read it and my rankings are good as gold. I spend no money on SEO- all I do is simple forum backlinks and do meta tags and stuff.
     
  4. mseostrategy

    mseostrategy BANNED BANNED

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    Experiences of medium competition keyword spending 100$ for mouth, when you site in top 10. first mouth expenses is 500.
     
  5. Smart SEO

    Smart SEO Senior Member

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    Thats how much it costs me. I just outsource everything apart from article writing. For example i pay for web 2.0 creation, high PR blog posts etc.
     
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    If you're making good ROI, then of course it's worth it :p
     
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    Certainly too much, It depends on the niche though

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  8. twistedtrick

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    If your rankings hold/increase through Google updates, I would say that's well worth it. It really depends on your niche/actual keyword difficulty though, catch-all phrases like "easy" "medium" "hard" difficulty don't mean much to me :)
     
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    Whats your ROI.

    Thats your answer.
     
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  10. innocent_kid

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    depends on keywords
    how much these keywords of your have searches per month?
    honestly 600$/month for keyword with easy competition is bit too much isnt it?
    but yet as above said
    Its all on ROI
     
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  11. mickyfu

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    Not if you are making $500 back a month, it really does depend. If I were spending $600 a month for one keyword, I would want to be making about $6000 a month or close.
     
  12. Smart SEO

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    Thats the problem. It depends really. Some keywords can make me around $400 a month, while others barely make $10, yet they both took around $600 to rank. Its a bit of a gamble really. Although i could just change all the backlinks to the crappy keyword and reuse it for my next keyword, but that tells me that its a huge footprint for Google for some penalty so i dont want to risk it.
     
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  13. innocent_kid

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    it really depends
    keywords earning you 10$ month are useless..
    others earning 400$/month are worth it(i hope you meant 600$ to top not 600$/month)
    as in 2months you are on profits
    but still try finding better to outsource
     
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  14. mickyfu

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    Sounds like you are wasting your time then really, for $600 you should be able to rank a fair decent keyword which would bring a good enough ROI and not just a gamble.
     
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    Your ROI is very low and it is a non winning business. How do you define low to medium keyword competition? Try getting ranked for keywords that sell...
    Here is what you can do, rank for the keyword in a month or two then when the money starts rolling and you get 400$ a month, go sell it on flippa. You may sell it for 4000 - 5000 and then you have a profit of 1000$ - 2000$ ...
     
  16. Z0mbie

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    Then you've obviously never been in even moderately competitive niches.


    $400 is a decent figure, while $10 is not, obviously. You need to research and target your keywords properly and go after the higher paying ones - and don't just stick to adsense.

    Also, rather than outsourcing learn how to do it yourself, then hire and train a fulltime VA to do it, you'll cut your costs by atleast 40-50%
     
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    The question is - are you earning money from these rankings? :)
     
  18. Smart SEO

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    But after 2 months a good keyword i have lets say the $400 one. it will make me $800 profit while i only only spent $630 ranking it. 6 months later it makes $2400 while i spend $800 ranking it and maintaining the ranking. How is that not good?
     
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    If you're confident it will rank and are certain it won't be decimated by any future Google updates...I guess a one-time $600 investment would be worth it IF it will make a profit.

    Personally, I like the challenge of ranking websites on a $0/month budget.
     
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  20. rugbyjack2005

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    If I understand rightly, you are asking whether you can achieve the same rankings for less money and increase ROI?

    The only way you will know this is by shopping around for the different parts and comparing the results. Likewise trying different SEO strategies. E.g. do you need 50 web 2.0s, 50 social bookmarks, 50 press releases etc. or can you make do with only 40. With time you will be able to look at what others have done for a particular keywords and what level of SEO is required so you will know if you were doing too much.

    I would recommend outsourcing your articles as these are very time consuming. I found the only way was with VAs and it takes a while to find good people for the right price but you get there in the end.
     
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