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Search phrases: casting light on the numbers

What do the numbers mean?

     

pr0purgatory

4:15 am on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I need some perspective - am I wasting my time?

I'm a noob so I don't know what the numbers mean (yet).

I found a 4 word phrase on Overture that I'm considering optimizing my index page for.

It was searched for 153 times in September according to Overture.

It yields a search result of "about 1 060 000" pages according to Google.

My site is currently sitting at SERP no 431 with this search phrase. The page is unoptimized with hardly any backlinks or on-page tweaking. It also jumped from PR0 to PR4 in Sept.

Now for the questions....

Question 1:

Can I realistically get the page in the top 10 based on these figures if I start working on the backlinks and the on-page optimization?

Question 2:

The page is indexed and cached roughly every 2 days by Google. As I make changes to the page, will the SERP changes reflect every 2 days or only when Google crawls?

Question 3:

Let's say a seach result yields "about 2 000 000" results on Google and my site is not ranked even in the first 1000 SERPS for a particular phrase, but out of morbid curiosity I want to see how badly I'm losing. Is there a way of seeing my position beyond 1000?

Question 4:

I'm using [snip]. Do I risk my site getting banned using this online tool to find out my page position? (It's easier than groveling around looking for the page manually)

Some input would be greatly appreciated, even if you just have a point about one question.

Thanks :),
Pr0purgatory

[edited by: pageoneresults at 3:58 pm (utc) on Oct. 20, 2004]
[edit reason] Removed URI Reference for Rank Checking Tool [/edit]