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My definition of ranking well is top 5 for a 2 KW search with over 5 million competing sites.
What's the fastest you have done this?
My goal is to have a brand new site rank at least 20 top 5s in 2.5 months. Do you think it's possible?
I started a new site two weeks ago. I blocked it from all but Yahoo!.
It was known to Google (but not fully spidered) in a day!
Slurp was in there but as yet nothing on Y!
I have got a few in bournd links and have submitted the page (free).
Anything else we should/could do?
I'm learning to laugh about it now. Pretty much the whole top 10 is loaded with pages about the link to my site. My site is clearly an authority on the topic. There is no tricky SEO stuff going on. I just have good content, and many of the links to my site were added without any sort link exchange or request.
So there are a bunch of articles and pages that contain a link to my site that rank higher than my site. If someone is looking for information about the topic, and they search for the keyword, they are shown a series of articles about my site in the SERPS. Then from there they can find my site.
It's poor SERPS, plain and simple.
I'm still a Google fan, but I'm becoming more reluctant to make this statement.
I could throw up 5 versions of a website that would pass for unique content and 2 or 3 may stick.
And another 6 months down the line, 1 may disappear to oblivion all of a sudden.
dvduval, I know exactly what you mean. In Yahoo, if there is a problem or penalty, I don't bother trying to fix it. I just crank out some more.
DaveN, don't you know how to game Y? Where you at?
Yahoo included about 10% of the site right away, and hasn't included any more of it after several months.
3 similar websites. Made for Yahoo. 1 is already indexed by Y!. Several high PR links. Several hundred lower PR links with good anchor will be added over 2 months.
We'll see how it goes. My goal is to rank before the holidays. Usually, it takes me more than 3 months, but I have never had a deadline before.