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Google ranks me higher than expected, is it too high?

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Msg#: 3655155 posted 10:51 am on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi, we run a news portal, various political stories, but also music reviews, history articles and we have a video section.

I did make the portal to be extra SEO friendly, description, titles, rewritten urls so they look nice etc.

I did hope that all the effort will produce results, but recently it has become over optimistic.

I check my results on google.com and google.(mycountry), majority of users use localized google in my country.
Anyway I started adding some music reviews recently and these articles rank higher then Amazon ! Sometimes I add a video and it ranks higher then youtube !

I do pay close attention that all my articles are original, that is I write them. No copy paste involved. But again, I rank too high for some major keywords, be it history, politcs, music... whatever I write about.

Site is new, it's been online for only 3 months now. Google indexed all of my pages, about 700. Every new page I add is being indexed in 48 hours.

I still have no page rank, actually I do - its zero (what does this mean?). I still didnt do any link exchanging, I was planning it, but as my results where strong I postponed it.

All in all my rankings are too good, I'm starting to get reeeealy paranoid about it : )
Can anyone shed some light? All my SEO is strictly white hat, I didnt do anything to "push" my results in front.

Will I eventually go down?

Thanks everyone



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Msg#: 3655155 posted 4:09 pm on May 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

Congratultions on your early success. Everyone would like to have your problem, you know :)

Have you been picking up a number of natural backlinks - mentions without even asking for it? That would be the best possible situation for you, and it could account for Google rewarding your site. A new site that starts picking up natural backlinks at a decent speed is in the best possible position.

Don't worry about PR on the toolbar - it updates quite infrequently (about 4 times a year) and often does not reflect the present time strength of your site. You can learn more about this in the Hot Topics [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.


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Msg#: 3655155 posted 5:00 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Site is new but ... is your domain new? I'd look in the Archive.
Maybe someone had it before, has links, has age ... :)


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Msg#: 3655155 posted 7:02 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Make sure that your rankings are not being influenced by Google's personalised search functionality. If you're logged in to your Google account and have been checking SERPs and then clicking on your own links, Google may be giving you an inflated personalised ranking.


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Msg#: 3655155 posted 4:44 pm on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi again,
I am aware of Google's personalised search functionality, and have always been critical about it : ) However I checked with 5 of my friends, results are the same.

My articles did get some linking, but not much. Maybe 5-10 mentions on some message boards and forums.

My domain is new (I guess), although I dont have much experience with domain age factor. I did have a similar news portal, but decided to get new domain and go from local to national audience. My old domain was 3 years old and the old portal was never doing so well.
I did redirect from old domain to new via htaccess.
So all my old links from my partners go to the new domain.
Again I did not have many link partners, maybe like 20 and of average value.

I'm still kinda puzzled and refuse to get excited over this newly success, by doing so It'll be much easier to survive if google knocks me down : )

p.s. All my articles have been indexed and rank high, but as of today one partuclar article (which ranked very high) disappeared completly from google (!), it cant be fined anywhere. Not dropped down to second, third page, it is just gone. Is this something that is normal from time to time or bad forecast ? : /


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Msg#: 3655155 posted 12:22 am on May 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sounds like you're doing everything right, making a clean and friendly site with relevant and original content. Hopefully with this visibility you'll get quite a few more backlinks. Out of interest you may want to check where you rank via other Google locales.

There seems to be a bit of an ocean affect in rankings at the moment. A lot of people were affected negatively around May 9, then around 2 weeks later the reverse happened. Enjoy the wave whilst it lasts (hopefully its a long one).

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