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Talk about avoiding the sandbox...LOL
number one of 450,000!
Think this is the telling part.
Not that the # of "competing pages" in an exact indication of difficulty - but at this low a level you're probably not tripping any filters.., no matter how much or little you optimize for it.
[edited by: whitenight at 10:08 pm (utc) on July 25, 2006]
<added>What whitenight said - he posted it while I was writing mine. The 450,000 is a big part of why you're there. Still, don't be surprised if it drops down in the serps over the next while, unless, of course, it attracts some decent unsolicited links quickly.</added>
[edited by: Stefan at 10:13 pm (utc) on July 25, 2006]
In the past new sites have gone into the google serps and ranked well for a short time before being "filtered" - Age filtering
Yep... I was immediately listed in the serps for relevant terms but NOT for my main key words. I only appeared in the SERPS for these key words after a year. Yes, age filtering IS a reality!
Thanks for all the great responses, BTW.
[edited by: Heartlander at 2:17 am (utc) on July 26, 2006]
Are we talking rankings achieved on google.com, or a regional google?
EIther way, to gain a top ranking on an obscure search with virtually no competition is unlikely to be either difficult or valuable.
Google, does not prevent immediate top rankings on ANY term, it just makes it harder with new sites getting newness penalties. If the competition is of no consequence, the penalties simply don't prevent the rankings being achieved.
My problem is that on this occasion I don't know what I did so well but some sites do appear to beat the sandbox filter.
Mattg, Sandpetra, why were you two guys still up at that time in the morning? I am near Loch Lomond and it's not that hot!
Usually there's no need for adwords if you're at the top of the organic listings for these types of searches, but you'll have to experiment and see.