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Brett, what you say is obviously right BUT my site is trying to sell a niche software product. Anyone wanting it uses the 2-word phrase; others may find it using other words but the serious purchasers know what they are looking for and it is this one phrase 95% of the time.
Looks like Google is concentrating (didn't it always)on large information-heavy sites and relegating small focused sites such as mine.
Most advice I see on WW seems to be for large operations able to have 100's of links and 1000's of pages. That is never going to happen with mine or many other sites ... way of the world I suppose.
[edited by: JonnyWales at 11:13 am (utc) on Oct. 31, 2002]
On a different note, how'd webmasterworld.com itself do? :) You guys happy? Hope things went well for this site... This site has so much incredibly valuable information, and not to mention probly the only forum in the world where people are talking about the google update right now! This site knew of the update within minutes, (maybe seconds!) hehe :)
Jumped from #10 to #1 & #2 for all of my major keywords. Been working on my site for the past month.
The question that I have is should I be concerned about competitors copying my codes? I don't want to loose any SERP at all. Or should I just continue focusing on improving my site, link partners etc and more vital content etc. It seems that I was able to beat the other site despite them having 2,000+ links to them.
I don't know what I have done specifically just good SEO techniques.
Any comments or suggestions.
Anyway, let's enjoy it while we can!
Brett, he's right. Your advice is only good for a site that would be about a lot of different things (or, products), and thus you'd want to be succeeding in for a lot of search words/phrases. My 2 little sites are the same. There are just a few keywords that I HAVE to hit on. Odds are my target audience will use them in a search. If you a targeting a niche audience, you have to hit on the keywords that you know they are going to use.
Dang not my fault I ran out of Scotch 3 days ago while waiting for this event :)
Guess I can go to bed now....happy that I can see the true outcome in a few days time ;)
For example: look at how hot "data recovery" is on some of the engines. They go to war over that phrase. You know there are 50 other phrases used around that? Leave the top words to the suckers paying $50 a click, and go rule the roost on those 50 others.