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View Poll Results: Has your SEO ability ever tripped you up on when doing research?

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    This is a straight-up curiosity question, but since it keeps happening to me, I wanted to see if I was the only one.

    Here's the scenario, step by step:

    1) I've built a site containing some content on a topic.
    2) I'm researching via search engines to add additional content for that topic.
    3) When I do a search for [term], the first one, two, three, maybe four results for [term] all pertain to my site.

    Now in this case, my site doesn't have the specific information for [term] that I want...otherwise, I wouldn't be trying to add information on it. So for my particular case, it's irrelevant. But on the other hand, it is also interesting to note that at least in some cases my SEO efforts are working.

    Just curious to see if this has ever happened to anyone else, where the effort you took to build the site and add content to it almost inhibits your ability to add more content to it in a sense.
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    Happens to me all the time with google... something to do with their regional or local data center caching your search patterns ( based on IP block )... and catering your search results to what you've previously searched for and connected to.

    TOR your searches to google... and you'll get some different results unless your SEO is really that good...

    Yahoo, ASK, Bing not so much... but it happens

    I usually search several meta-search ( not going to name any here )... as they bring you the aggregate of all the major search engines... If it's really tech oriented ( Not computer tech, but industrial tech )... I usually try and find an established directory that focuses on a particular industry.

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    Interesting...

    Anyone else?
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    TOR your searches to google
    OK - exposing my ignorance here - what is TOR?
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    I do my keyword research BEFORE selecting my niche. Keywords, site structure, HTML sitemap are done before the first page is even written.

    I use professional keyword tools. The price is irrelevant when you consider the amount of time saved.

    Each of my sites are started with a plan for a minimum of 300 pages for a narrow niche.

    Sometimes my research convinces me that I should NOT create a site for a particular niche. There are a lot of extremely competitive niches out there, even more than the ones everybody recognizes right off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare, post: 206962
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    delstu: that makes all kinds of sense to me for the most part.

    The only thing I would disagree with (respectfully) is the use of a pro keyword tool. Why not use the Adwords keyword lookup tool? You don't have to pay for it and..you don't have to pay for it

    Again, respek, though. You post good comments.
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    Game, we will most likely always (respectfully) disagree on this one. I have learned a few things and/or clarfied my own thinking through several of your posts.

    The majority of the keywords I find in the Adwords tool have either very little demand or are very competitive. I use Adwords to find a few secondary keywords for each of my pages, especially when I know I will place Adsense on the page.

    I find so many more good keywords with high demand and low competition using paid tools that I gladly pay the price.
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    Okay, that's fair. I can understand that.

    (By the way, kids, this is how you debate on the Internet...you exchange ideas.)
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    delstu, I'm not sure if your'e allowed to post a link, but can you at least provide a name for the software you use for keyword research.

    It wasn't that long ago that I was of the same mind as theGame, but I just find that the adwords keywords tool is very unreliable.

    PS: Thanks for posting TOR, going to check this one out! (been using HotSpot Shield for a while)


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