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    SEO Case Study

    I recently registered a domain with the keywords: speed and site in it.

    My web host had some problems with the server for whatever reason so a search on my keywords does not show my site at all last time I checked.

    But I expect to hit #1 soon since I have been building great content compared to my lame competition.

    The key is to outdo your competitors with way better content than they can ever hope to achieve.

    If you have passion and drive, then it is easy!

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    Very interested in watching this. I have a site with the domain rhesusnegative.net and it does no longer show for "rhesus negative". It used to be number 3 for it. Either Google changed the algo, or I did something wrong, but other than adding blog content I cannot think of anything.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    For some strange reason Google is refusing to let some home pages rank well for the exact match domain. I have been working with a site for several months where no pages showed up in the top 500 for the exact match domain search. It was a one page site when I picked it up, but now has a dozen or more good quality, completely original articles. Over the past few weeks about 5 of the article pages started showing up in the top 200 for the exact match domain search, but the home page is nowhere to be found in search results--for any search phrases. This is the first time I have seen that happen with a .net EMD.

    Google is as Google does.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    For some strange reason Google is refusing to let some home pages rank well for the exact match domain. I have been working with a site for several months where no pages showed up in the top 500 for the exact match domain search. It was a one page site when I picked it up, but now has a dozen or more good quality, completely original articles. Over the past few weeks about 5 of the article pages started showing up in the top 200 for the exact match domain search, but the home page is nowhere to be found in search results--for any search phrases. This is the first time I have seen that happen with a .net EMD.

    Google is as Google does.
    What have you noticed in regards to the tld?

    I see the .com for my term rank number 4, and it has 5 pages of copied articles linking to the original.

    Is the .com ranked regardless and the others not?
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    I own the .net and others own the .com and .org.

    For an exact match keyword search:

    the .com home page is #5
    the .org home page was #7, but I just checked and it is no longer in the top 100
    the .net home page is not in the top 500, but most of the inner pages do show up.

    The inner pages on the site are working their way up quickly, but the home page appears to have some sort of penalty that is holding it back. It is #1 if I search for the domain, but that is the only way that the home page shows up.

    When I picked up this site there was nothing strange about the site, the link profile or the content. It has a PageRank of 1, but zero Google traffic.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I own the .net and others own the .com and .org.

    For an exact match keyword search:

    the .com home page is #5
    the .org home page was #7, but I just checked and it is no longer in the top 100
    the .net home page is not in the top 500, but most of the inner pages do show up.

    The inner pages on the site are working their way up quickly, but the home page appears to have some sort of penalty that is holding it back. It is #1 if I search for the domain, but that is the only way that the home page shows up.

    When I picked up this site there was nothing strange about the site, the link profile or the content. It has a PageRank of 1, but zero Google traffic.
    Interesting. My suspicion is Google may give special status to the .org within limits considering the original intent of the tld being for non profit orgs while the .net is usually looked at as an escape for those too late for the .com and unable to buy the .com from the owner.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by firetown View Post
    Interesting. My suspicion is Google may give special status to the .org within limits considering the original intent of the tld being for non profit orgs while the .net is usually looked at as an escape for those too late for the .com and unable to buy the .com from the owner.
    There is something strange going on here. I do have several other .net domains and each of those ranks in the top 3 for the exact match keyword search. Most are #1. The site I am wrestling with is an anomaly.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    I would be interested in looking at it, so if you feel comfortable, inbox me.

    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    There is something strange going on here. I do have several other .net domains and each of those ranks in the top 3 for the exact match keyword search. Most are #1. The site I am wrestling with is an anomaly.
    The only strategy I have is create new blog content and then promote that through social media. It helps get me new links, natural ones from people sharing the articles without me having to buy or ask for those links.

    My .net is getting more Google traffic from that as well, but only because offbeat terms are increasing through it, but it does add up.

    However, the lack of rankings for the main term in the domain leave me with a bitter taste. Especially since the .com is absolutely worthless content wise and claims rh negative people come from aliens and have reptilian traits rather than giving people the medical information they are searching for.

    ~ Mike

    ---------- Post added at 13:58 PM ---------- Previous post was at 13:55 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy101 View Post
    They should do this for my domain name since it is for the promotion of open source software.
    If it was my site, I would probably optimize for the term "site speed test".

    It might be easier to get and seems to draw traffic and from there, you should move up for the main term as well.

    ~ Mike
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    I would consider filing a reconsideration request: Reconsideration requests - Webmaster Tools Help

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    Yeah, I may do that, but I have not yet brought this site into Webmaster Tools and I have not been able to identify the problem. I have been waiting for any past penalty to time out. This one is an interesting challenge.

    This is nice site with good content. I am considering moving all of the articles over to another site in the same niche. That site is doing fairly well and the articles will likely make it stronger. It is in a very competitive niche.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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