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Search Query Sunday, 41st Edition

November 30th, 2008

search-traffic-statistics-41.jpgSearch traffic dropped off significantly this week, beginning on Thanksgiving day and remaining relatively low through the weekend. This is following the same pattern that I noticed last year; traffic is slowest during the holiday season but rebounds after the start of the new year.

Meanwhile, I am trying to focus my efforts on producing more keyword-targeted “money pages” that can actually generate sales or leads in addition to providing useful information. Income from this site is still pitifully low compared to the amount of content that I have, and I am keen to free up more time and money that can be used to expand my operations. My situation has reached the point where I really need to start outsourcing some of my most time-consuming activities, but I want to have enough cash flow in place to justify the additional expenses.

Fortunately, Google’s improved keyword tool has made things easier in this regard; with more reliable figures for search volume, I have been able to compile lists of juicy keywords that satisfy bum marketing criteria and can be used as a basis for future money-making articles. Some of the keywords that I have already targeted (or at least their long-tail variants) can be found in this week’s list.

best deviled egg recipe — After managing a steady level of around two or three visits per day, this page suddenly shot up in the rankings for a brief period on Wednesday and began receiving much more traffic. This particular keyword alone brought in 50 visits, and total search traffic to the page was 101 visits. After this brief spike, however, the page seems to have dropped out of the rankings entirely. I can probably bring it back up by dropping a few links to the page and giving it a fresh crawling.

megalido down — This one brought in eight hits, and the single word “megalido” was good for an additional seven. Traffic is coming in mostly due to people searching for information about the apparently failing autosurf program. Targeting other such programs that become hot news items for a short period can be used for trend marketing.

kubotan techniques — This page received very little traffic previously, but after consulting the Google keyword tool and adding the word “techniques” to the article title, it is now picking up enough traffic to justify AdSense placements.

black friday trivia facts — Another example of picking up traffic from trends, this page was actually a SendEarnings newsletter filler piece that happened to mention a few trivia facts about “Black Friday.”

meaning of amigos — This was part of a fun little SEO experiment where I wrote an article explaining what the word amigos means (it actually means “friends” in Spanish and Portuguese) after I discovered that this keyword had relatively little competition. Part of the fun was that I could use blog commenting to bring in link juice more easily than normal because I could use the single words “Amigo” or “Amigos” in the name field of English language blogs. Most of the owners of these blogs would not recognize this as a spammy keyword, so fewer comments under this moniker get deleted. I always get a few chuckles when I consider the idea that the other bloggers are probably thinking that I am some type of Hispanic person with a surprisingly good command of English :)

foodnet recipes — This is another example of how writing about another website or domain can bring in some targeted traffic. FoodNet is a fairly popular recipe site.

leap year rules — This one has been somewhat of a surprise for me. I originally wrote this article on February 29 to coincide with the leap day because this only happens once every four years (or eight years during certain century changes). Although I thought that this would be a trendy type of thing that would die down as we moved away from the leap day, interest in leap year rules and trivia has persisted regardless of the time of year.

the debt to pleasure — This is one of several examples of book titles that have attracted targeted traffic. Although I hoped to monetize this by using the rather obvious tactic of linking to the appropriate book from Amazon, it is not generating many sales, and the pitifully low commissions would likely still put this in the “not worth it” category even with increased traffic to these pages.

bo derek whoever said money couldn’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop — Quote pages have been one of my best sources of traffic because people will often search for snippets of the quote or even the author’s name. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to figure out how to effectively monetize this type of traffic. I have already tried the ubiquitous AdSense, but this has actually diluted my CTR values, not to mention the fact that the bounce rate to these pages is almost 100%. I could try programs that pay on a cost-per-impression (CPM) basis, but revenue from this model usually does not become significant until we have impression counts in the millions, which would take me far too long to achieve. The only other thing that I can think of trying at this point are CPA offers or affiliate banners targeting products that have a wide appeal across multiple demographics.

good rejection letters for job applicants — This is a topic that has been consistently drawing searches for me since last year when I posted an article purchased from Constant Content about how to write a rejection letter. Unfortunately, this particular article did not provide any actual samples of such letters even though it did a fairly good job of explaining how to tactfully deliver this bit of unfavorable news. Interestingly, there seems to be a general lack of rejection letter templates out there, prompting some people to request these in the comment section.

Eventually I might get around to writing some of my own and updating the post with them, but if you would like to get some free publicity (along with a free backlink if you happen to own a website), you can submit your favorite rejection letter templates through the Contact page. You will, of course, receive credit for any of them that I decide to publish. They can even be actual rejection letters that you have received previously and still have on file.

2 Responses to “Search Query Sunday, 41st Edition”

  1. comment number 1 by: bloggista

    Hi Karl, I am still fascinated by this Search Query Sunday of yours, and definitely, the post alone is so full of keywords that will draw visitors from the Search Engines.

    I have also achieve my goal of getting 65 - 70% of my traffic from the search engines, so even if I can’t update my posts regularly, there is still a good amount of traffic everyday.

  2. comment number 2 by: Pushhyarag


    Thanks for a very useful post here. And for sharing good info on SEO optimization. I am desperate for some SEO stuff but I am poor at jargon and the tech tools for doing it. The Google Tool-thanks for that too. I noted the holiday season drop but wasn’t sure. You’ve the data to put it in perspective. Like what I read.

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