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If I where to start a new site, and my goal was to rank in the "top 5" for a SUPER competitive keyword.
Would it be possible to do so within one year span, given the sandbox effect?
Has it been done?
Keyword 1 -- 900k on Yahoo - assume 9M on Google
Keyword 2 -- 140k on Yahoo - assume 1.4M on Google
Keyword 3 -- 5k on Yahoo - assume 50k on google
I currently rank in Google for those search terms as follows.
Keyword 1 -- #36
Keyword 2 -- #12
Keyword 3 -- #8
I didn't rank at all for any of these keywords until EXACTLY 1 year after my site went up. I'd guess it was the sandbox, filter, trust, whatever that caused it.
This wasn't a problem because I did rank #1 for some 3 and 4 word keywords. I didn't pay for a single link to get there. I simply followed the advice I see on this forum the most. Write good content and try to get back links. If you follow the same advice, you'll rank in the top 10 for enough decent keywords you won't worry so much about the rank for the most competitive keywords. As an example, I now rank in the top 10 for over 40 mildly competitive keywords (500 to 1000 searches a month on Yahoo -- assume 5k to 10k on Google).