Hey Everybody! It's Craig Borglum, this weeks punching bag! How ya'll doin!
Thanks for the applause, I'll be here all month and don't forget to tip your lovely waitress!
Seems that we got a little problem here.
I'm not a big NAFTA guy, but I learned in grade school that a healthy and competitive marketplace was not only good for America and good for the consumer, but it raises the bar of commerce and leads to better customer service for the end user.
Does anyone here agree, or am I the only poster on this thread to graduate with a 6th grade economics education?
It looks like Matt is a bit ticked off that after bragging on an earlier post that he had 7 out of the top 10 SERP's (search engine return pages) for the keyword "Dothan lawn care", that he now has a competitor.
Sorry, I just assumed that at least one other guy in his town cut grass.
I guess my reply would be "Why brag that you can shoot fish in a barrel?" Anybody can shoot fish in a barrel.
That geo-specific long tail keyword phrase is not like trying to rank for "lawn care" or even "Miami lawn care." It's Brim fishing versus Marlin hunting.
I make most of my living by getting paid by website owners that want to compete on Google with guys like Matt (I still do some sprinkler repair for long term customers). The main difference is, unlike Matt's site, my clients are trying to rank against serps that are over 300,000.
Bigger game fishing, not dock fishing for perch.
It ain't easy (shed a quick tear for me). It normally takes me 3-4 months to have links appear on the first page, and then another 6 months for the website URL to appear "above the fold."
But I realized when I first joined this forum around year ago, that a lot of the SEO stuff I was reading here was not very sophisticated. Some of it is completely wrong. Some of it is just plain stupid.
It was obvious while watching the "housing bubble" burst in a circular motion starting in Australia, going to Japan, moving to Europe and finally making it here, that a lot of people were going to lose their jobs.
I knew that terrestrial real estate (versus virtual real estate) is going taking a big hit and that a lot of guys with industrial pensions or construction workers were going to look for something to do, and lawn care has a very low barrier to entry, so lawn care start ups would increase (and quality probably go down). Still, more competition.
I bought around 50 or so "lawn care" domains for big cities, installed a scraper script on a WordPress, and let them percolate. I have only done link work on 3 or 4, and they are doing "mas o menos" for their returns. If I have the time to apply any of the tactics I'll be telling everyone about, they will skyrocket toward the top. It's just not a priority for me right now.
I'll let them sit another 6 months and then install an exit pop-up saying "this high ranking website is for sale". Virtual real estate is on the up! So this is why "Emo Kid" was freaking out. He saw all my lawn care sites. Making sure I was not "ripping people off." Sound the alarm!
Hey Emo, you ever buy a Pepsi? Ya should have called Coke about the "big ripoff" going down.
Sorry to hear it took you a year
to get to #1 for "french river lawn care."
Watch this post. It will take you 3 months to do it better next time.
If you own a website called "DenverLawnCare.com", don't think for one minute your competitor is not going to buy a keyword phrased URL like "Denver-Lawn-Care.com" similar to yours. Or "DenverLawnCare.net" or "Denver**Lawn**Care.com". Lots of possibilities to rank on SE's other than Google that pay attention
to URL's. Not everyone uses Google.
To think nobody is gunning for your SERP right now is just dumb. Rather than focus on the key phrase in the URL, focus on back links. Give Google the love they want, and they will love you back. Simple.
So let's get back to Matt, crying that "somebody is competing with me. It's just not fair
Why am I competing with him for the SERP "Dothan Lawn care?"
Just proving a point. You should always
believe that someone is competing with you, because some one is
. It's not paranoia. Matt has kicked *** online in his market because the other guys don't know as much as he does.
That's all about to change.
I've got around 8 hours into getting above the fold to the #4 position for "Dothan lawn care" for a brand new
Not in a year.
Not in 6 months.
In one freaking week.
"Google sandbox" comments anyone?
And I'm gonna show everybody exactly
how to do it.
Just so Matt knows;
I have no more apologies to you for competing online than I would if I was starting a new lawn service in your town and putting door hangers on your customer's houses. This is America. Competition is in our blood. You don't like my website? Think it is a copy of yours (this goes for ritchiem too)?
Run it through copyscape
On the other hand, once my 30 day experiment is through, I had planned all along to 301 re-direct all my links to your site. And I will.
If you don't want them, let me know.
Some unsuspecting lawn guy will check his dothan landscaping site in a month and go WHOOO-HOOO!
And "riechiem"? The reason that I asked what you charged was so I could determine whether that "balls to the wall" SEO optimized site you did
was affordable for the average guy looking for a new website.
You told me it was $500 to make one just like that.
In my opinion, having paid many website builders, that is not only one of the nicest SEO layouts I have ever seen, but the cost is way too cheap
That site should be $1000.00+ Forums and everything? I will
recommend your services, and I'm not kissing ***.
I could care less if you think I'm a jerk, or understand me or not. I know good work when I see it. Oh, and that 'copy my site" comment? Get a grip. A flash header does not a "truly original" site make. We all
build (including you) on what we see. Imitation (not copyright infringement) is a form of flattery.
You did not invent WordPress coding. And there is
a "no cache" tag for Google if I wasn't going to 301 my links to Matt.
"Long term damage" to ranking?
Long term damage to ranking is done by website owners to themselves
because they haven't got a clue how to deeply embed themselves in the SERP's.
I'll clue you guys in, and everybody else in, soon.
Until then, keep forking over $29.95 to the "submit you to 500 directories sites"! L-O-fing-L!