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4:09 pm on Dec 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone out there have a rough idea of how many inbound links it takes until you start getting incoming Google searches? I'm pretty sure it only takes a handful of halfway decent links to start getting search traffic.... but I suck in this area ;)
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It depends on the market. The more the competitors the harder you'll receive links.

However you don't need any link to start receiving visits, I've seen more than one of my site receiving visits just validating in the webmaster tools and uploading a sitemap without building any link.
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Once G has your site indexed the number of incoming links is just one of many factors that will get you high enough into the SERPS to get traffic.
5:08 am on Dec 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Even if you're not ranking in the top 5 pages for a particular keyword, Google will still send you some traffic for the keyword that you have been trying to linkbuild for (usually).
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Google will still send you some traffic for the keyword that you have been trying to linkbuild for (usually).

Yes there is the occasional person who will scroll through dozens of pages of SERPS. The important word in BaseballGuy's post is "keyword". Search results are all about keywords not link juice. If the key terms do not appear on your site no amount of high quality linkage will get you results in searches.
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Adding your website to Google Webmaster Tools and thereby submitting a sitemap has accelerated the process many times for me.

Alternately if GWT isn't agreeable to you a sitemap ping could be done. Another choice is to submit the URL via Google's public new URL submit page. Sitemap ping in my experience is the faster of the two.

I usually put up a temporary link to new sites I build on one of my existing (known to be crawled by Google) sites to aid this as well.
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My sites get indexed in Google in just few days (Wordpress & Sitemap & Google Webmasters) on the primary keyword (that is usually the domain name - the market isn't very developed, I prefer the small ones). The problem is that the position is higher than 100.

In few weeks (1-2 months) I get indexed in the first or the second page (after using blog comments & directories).
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I agree with above posts, good advice.

My 10cents: I always try to 'bracket' my keyword choice. If the main keyword is 'busy', I'll look for half a dozen side-keywords that relate to the main one. Hoping to catch a couple of hits from each, rather than the big one from one, that others are aiming at.
I find that this helps me fine tune for the keywords that pertain to just me.
If the bot is looking at you, it's just a matter of time and fine tuning 'til you get hits that pertain to you.
Hope this helps
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All above are one part of the "where's my traffic?" question. Where it starts is content. Keywords without context (content) don't do well. If content/keywords match queries, traffic follows... and links, too.

What tipping point --- number of links = more traffic/referrals --- remains a great mystery.
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One good link is enough to get the traffic started on longtail phrases. Not going to get rich on that traffic, but just mentioning it to give you an idea.
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Thanks for the advice, everyone!

I miss the good ol' days when a lot of people didn't know what WordPress was.... ha ha
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Does anyone out there have a rough idea of how many inbound links it takes until you start getting incoming Google searches?


Exactly 32. no wait...69. All jokes aside, theres no magic number. I think you should worry more about creating content that is going to attract visitors. That way you not only will get links, naturally, but if your site is truly useful it will make a name for itself and your direct traffic and referal numbers will build steadily as well.
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...but if your site is truly useful it will make a name for itself and your direct traffic and referal numbers will build steadily as well.


That is a GREAT long term strategy.

Unfortunately, you really need to gain some short term traction to be able to execute that long term strategy.

In my niche, I see some BRILLIANT sites that rank on pages 2, 3, 4, etc., of the SERPS. Their material is great (much better than mine), Yet I (and many other lesser sites) rank ahead of them.

Being so far down in the SERPs means that no one ever finds their great content (except for SERP sleuths like myself), and thus, no one ever links naturally to it. Hence, they never rise in the SERPs, and their great content continues to go undiscovered.

It's the search engine equivalent of a tree falling in the forest; if no one actually FINDS your brilliant content, does it actually exist?

BTW: There is a great link development opportunity in this if you are interested in lending a hand to those poorly ranking sites. It was pointed out to me by wheel several months back, so you know it has been tried and tested.
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and their great content continues to go undiscovered.


That's why I spent hundreds of dollars per month on AdWords for several years, advertising important pages for specific keyword phrases, exact match. It helped get my pages noticed and linked. Not arbitrage, strictly for getting them noticed and linked.

Re longterm versus short term, I see everything as long term. I don't believe in short term.
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concentrating on main keyword and getting back links by doing forum posting,blog commenting,external blog posting we will get good backlinks.
7:13 am on Dec 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There are various facotrs involve to start getting incoming Google searches.

1. The website should be seo friendly
2. Baclinks from articles, blogs and other relvant website
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Well my experience says that if the website is new then your really need to cross a huge distance to enter in to competition.
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In my opinion it depends on the competition for the targeted keyword and moreover when google indexes your website after that traffic starts coming to the website as users start seeing it in Google resultís.