Saturday, May 30, 2009

SEO: Google Page 1 in 10 days for Free

I thought I would share this interesting timeline of Google search engine dominance.  I wanted to place a brand new site on the first page of the google.com search engine.  In this case I needed to be in front of about 539,000 other results.  I find this to be pretty compelling proof that if one has the desired google search phrase (in this case "postfix tutorial") as:
  1. Domain name in .com TLD with and without dashes (postfixtutorial.com and postfix-tutorial.com, with an Apache 301 redirect of postfixtutorial.com to postfix-tutorial.com)
  2. Title of Home Page ("Postfix Tutorial")
  3. H1 Heading Tag on Home Page ("Postfix Tutorial")
  4. Keyword as one of up to 10 meta tag keywords (first one is 'postfix tutorial')
... then if you follow basic SEO principles (see below) you can get page 1 of google pretty quick (in this case 10 days from May 19 to May 29th).  Take a look at our timeline:

DateAction

April 2, 09

Domain Registered, Placeholder site, URL submission to search engines (google. yahoo, msn)

May 19, 09

Site deployed with content, Delicious.com, Flickr.com, Digg article

May 22, 09

1st listing on page 1 of msn.com, 4th listing on page 1 of Yahoo.com, and Page 12 of google.com

May 24, 09

Google Page 16 (changed "Postfix-Tutorial.com" to "Postfix Tutorial" in H1 tag and title)

May 29, 09

Google Page 1 (10th position)

May 30, 09

Google Page 1 (9th position) - Yahoo Page 1 (2nd position) - MSN Page 1 (1st position)

The only basic SEO principles used were a bookmark on delicious.com, an article digg.com, and placement of some comments on a few leading online discussions, and some Flickr.com photos (all submitted to search engines).  This is with a score of only 35/100 on websitegrader.com.  No paid Adwords or any other commercial work - although I have now placed an Amazon advertisement for my least disliked Postfix book.

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