Last year, I started a giant authority site project. The combined total of keyword searches for the 5 main keywords is 745,000 searches with the biggest one getting 245,000 searches per month. Did I think I would get that much traffic, passively all free traffic from Google when I started the project?
No. I expected more. As I noticed with all of my authority site projects, the traffic from long-tail keywords far outweighs the traffic from the main keywords. However, ranking for the main keywords (the most competitive, and most searches) maximizes the traffic I receive from long-tail searches.
Throughout all of last year, I slowly moved up. There were no sudden spikes. I went from page 10 to page 1 moving 4-5 spots at a time. It was really interesting to see. Usually for a lot of other easier keywords, I would point a few powerful links at it and I would see a big shoot up in rankings. Not for this site.
Well, today I woke up and saw that my main keywords were all ranking on page 1 with 2 of them at the #1 spot. It’s amazing because they’re all related to each other, just different phrases of the search query. So when one ranking moved up, it only made sense that the others would.
It’s crazy to see how much traffic you can really get for the really big search volume keywords. My traffic has more than doubled today. Yes, it’s that big of a keyword. I won’t be revealing my niche, as this is going to turn out to be one of my biggest money-making sites, and as I’ve mentioned before the income from my websites are my main source of income.
However, I’m going to be writing another post sharing everything about how I ranked this site, and how I discovered the keyword in the future, but for now, I just wanted to write about this big achievement here.