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Tenderfoot

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:27 am

OK, let's imagine you have managed to score a optimization rate with your site that is higher for a keyword than with your 10 competitors (recognized by WebSite Auditor and verified in Google); Google will need some time to let your site 'sink in' but after that you will be on the first search result page when searching for that keyword or maybe within the first 3 result pages?

LinkAssistant

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:40 pm

You can get a higher or equal optimization rate as your competitors and this will mean your page is well optimized for Google. But sure this doesn't mean that it's the only thing that has to be done.

Onpage optimization lets you make sure that your content is ideal for getting top rankings and won't prevent you from achieving top results. Quite sure you still have to build links with right anchors.
Sometimes onpage optimization is the only missing thing that enables a site to rank high, sometimes it's just one of the steps to top positions.

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Tenderfoot

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:07 pm

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But sure this doesn't mean that it's the only thing that has to be done.
With that you mean extensive linkbuilding through directories, blogs forums etc. as one of the most important things I persume?

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:18 pm

Yes, you need to build links as well as optimize content. The right link-building strategy is the key component of successful search engine optimziation. However that doesn't mean that you should abandon onpage optimization. Both aspects are important and especially powerful when used together in an SEO campaign.

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Tenderfoot

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:20 pm

What is your view on domain name aging and its influence?

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:43 pm

Opinions differ when it comes to the role of the domain age. Some say it can break or make the rankings, others believe that it has completely nothing to do with one's rankings. From the standpoint of our SEO experience domain name age is a factor, but just one among the others. It is critical, i.e. relatively new websites *can* rank well. And domain name can influence the rankings to a larger extent than its age.

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Tenderfoot

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Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:53 pm

I'm quite sure aging is a very important factor for Google, especially when there's competition. As far as I understand 6-8 months aging is taken into consideration by Google.

Although it is one of many factors that has influence on the appearance in search results, Google's ways also change constantly. So much of our strategies aren't valid until eternity :x It's an ongoing battle ... keeps you occupied :roll:

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Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:47 am

Sorry, didn't quite get your point at once. You're right about the age for Google - that's what is calles the "sanbox" effect. A new site, even if perfectly optimized and having high-quality links, will be nowhere to be found in Google for about 6-9 months.

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Tenderfoot

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Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:55 am

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A new site, even if perfectly optimized and having high-quality links, will be nowhere to be found in Google for about 6-9 months.
Well in fact I have a site that's new and is found, not for the main keywords alone but with some two word combinations with the main keyword.

LinkAssistant

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Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:23 pm

That's normal. It's possible to rank for low-competitive words, but not for your highly-competitve phrases that you might target.

Besides there's another thing. For a totally new site, for about a month, it is possible to rank/be found even for your targeted keywords. But after about a month it'll "sandbox" you.

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