So last week we talked about how we’re going to start using a new strategy for some new sites. Well, we ended up purchasing a few new domain names that were Exact Match Domains (EMD). We did some improved keyword research on it as well. Using Long Tail Pro we filtered out our keyword to only show keywords with 600+ Exact Match Search Volume and over 0.5 CPC.
We set these filters, but when we actually select the final keywords we make sure to follow this forumla:
(Search Volume * CPC) > 1000
In other words “Search Volume multiplied by CPC must be greater than 1000”. Once we’ve found some keywords that meet this requirement we then begin looking at the competition. Here are some of the main guide lines to sort out easy competition within Long Tail Pro:
1) Keyword is not in the domain
2) Keyword is not in the title
3) Keyword is not in description and meta tags
4) More than 2 PR0’s or No PR’s
5) 2 or more rows under SEO Moz Links show Less than 10 Backlinks
After this we like to specifically examine some of the ranking sites by visiting their page. Also we have been checking the other EMD sites. For example, if we found that Joshlikescheetos.com is taken already, we would want to see what that site looks like. If they seem to be optimized for “josh likes cheetos” but they are not ranking, we will examine why they may not be ranking. If they are ranking, then we’ll also look at what strategies they used.
** 4-20-2012 Update ** Obviously “josh likes cheetos” is an easy keyword to go for because within 24 hours we’re ranking at the top of google for it even though this page is not optimized at all for such a keyword ^_^
We’re now using articles with 1000+ words and a keyword density of 1%. Keyword density is the amount of times a keyword is used in the article divided by the total number of words in the article. So for our article we are using our keyword no more than 10 times per 1000 word article. We also raised the quality of our articles as well and with this new batch, we’re using native English writers only. We are even giving our writers a rough outline of the article to help them stay on topic.
Progress Report From New Batch
Since launching this new batch of sites we’ve seen a pretty good trend. All the sites have been indexed and some are showing immediate rankings. We expect the sites will drop in rank for a while and then hopefully they will pick back up. For recording purposes, here is what the sites look like right now:
Just to test is we decided to put adsense on Keyword #4 right away rather than waiting a month and letting it mature. This site has already made $2.16. Like I said, we expect these rankings to bounce a little here and there and do the infamous “Google Dance”.
Yesterday we ordered backlinks from “Micro Niche Empire”. His service is directed specifically towards backlinking Micro Niche Sites. He’ll be running a backlink campaign to keywords 1-5. We’re going to be split testing his campaign against Pat Flynns Backlink Strategy on Smart Passive Income. This backlinking will be done to our new set of sites which we are launching this week. On top of that we’re also planning a big campaign using Magic Submitter. All of these methods will be put to the test – let’s see which one wins!
Progess Report Old Batch
So like we said 4 of our original 16 sites are earning money. Right now we’re seeing a small steady climb in earnings – hopefully this keeps up!
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Goals For This Week
- Get 7 more sites up
- Start working on backlinks
- Start running some WSO Tests! (You may start seeing reviews from us soon!)