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Keyword Search Engine Position Experiment – One Week Report

Keyword Search Engine Position Experiment – One Week Report

By Pat Flynn on

I love experiments. I try something, then I see what happens. It’s so simple, yet so powerful. If only experiments in high school chemistry were as much fun as doing experiments like this on the internet.

Last week, I initiated my keyword position experiment, implementing various strategies to rank as high as possible for the specific keyword phrase, passive income streams, which I was unranked for when this experiment began. Below is a detailed report of exactly what I did and when, and what my Google keyword position was at that time.

The experiment officially began with my blog post entitled Passive Income Streams 101, which included an embedded YouTube video, with the same title. FYI, the keyphrase passive income streams is searched for approximately 1600 times every month. Here’s the log:

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note: my keyword position may have changed since writing this article

I reached the first page in the first week, which is great, but is somewhat expected because I ranked so high already for the keyword passive income. That being said, it was not easy. A lot of things had to happen to get there, as you can see.

Many times, I’d find myself in a plateau, but after implementing something new, I’d move up again the next couple of days. This just shows that these kinds of things do work. Here is some more detailed explanation about some of the things I did:

The Blog Post

  • I included the keyword phrase, passive income streams in the title. This is a no-brainer.
  • I made sure the URL also contained the keyphrase.
  • I included the keyphrase in the description in the All in One SEO plugin for this post.
  • I also included the keyphrase in the first sentence of the blogpost, which is also a must.
  • I bolded the keywords every once and a while in the body of the blog post as well, which has been said to help in the past.
  • I embedded a YouTube video, with the same title, into the blogpost. I also linked to it using the keyphrase as the anchor text.
  • I also included a relative picture, which is named “passive-income-streams.jpg”

Social Networking

  • I immediately Tweeted and Facebooked a link back to the blog post as soon as it was published. I made sure to put the keyphrase into my tweets and Facebook posts. If you lookup “passive income streams facebook”, and “passive income streams twitter”, my name or website shows up near the top, which means it’s doing something for it.
  • Blasting it out on social media websites at least increases the visibility of your post, which gives it potential to be linked to by other people on other websites.

Social Bookmarking

  • When bookmarking the blog post, I made sure to write a title, summary and tags that all contain the keyphrase.
  • Bookmarking on Digg, StumbleUpon, and Delicious should be done manually, and very carefully. If abused, your account will be banned rather quickly. Luckily, I have a history with these websites with normal activity, so bookmarking this new blog post was not an issue.
  • On other sites, I used the tool SocialMarker to make bookmarking a little easier for me. It’s not entirely automatic (like Bookmarking Demon is), but it’s a lot faster than dealing with each site individually.
  • Again, this creates backlinks, as well as increases the visibility of your blog post.
  • Note that you can also bookmark your YouTube video or any related articles, which will all help your campaign in one way or another.

Video Syndication

  • I submitted the video to 5 video websites similar to YouTube.
  • I used TubeMogul to make this process a little easier for me. It allows you to upload your videos to several video websites all at the same time. Depending on what kind of content you are uploading, you may or may not be restricted to upload to certain video sites.
  • Again, I made sure to title the video passive income streams, as well as put that into the description, using html to create an anchor text with the keyphrase in it pointing back to the blog post.

Article Writing

  • Article writing is different than social bookmarking because you’re actually writing new content and publishing it on another website.
  • For this particular keyword, I’ve written new articles on eHow, eZineArticles, GoArticles, and ArticleAlley. I do plan to do more.
  • For eHow, it has to be in the form of a “how-to” article, which is why I wrote How to Create Multiple Passive Income Streams. I also included pictures with the keyword as the file name, and I social bookmarked this article like I did with my original blog post. Of course, I added links back to the blog post in the Resources section at the bottom, using the keywords as the anchor text. I even included a link to the YouTube video as well. Be careful though – if your article isn’t in a how-to format, or just seems spammy, they will not hesitate to delete it.
  • For other article sites, you can write whatever you want, although you still have to provide something unique and non-spammy. I wrote a new article entitled, Passive Income Streams and The New Rich, which I’ve submitted to a number of these sites. In the “about the author” area at the bottom, I include a backlink to the original blogpost using the keyphrase as the anchor text.

Squidoo and Hubpages

  • Squidoo and Hubpages are unique websites that sort of allow you to easily create a webpage from scratch. Instead of dealing with HTML and blogging platforms, you can basically drag and drop different “modules” together and customize your own page. You can also share revenue on the ads that are placed on the site as well, or donate them to charity, which is pretty cool.
  • On Squidoo, I created a “lens” (their name for a page) called passive income streams, which pulls an RSS feed from this blog, includes a few of my YouTube videos, as well as other links and resources about passive income. Of course, I’ve also included backlinks to my original blog article using the keyphrase as the anchor text.
  • On Hubpages, I’ve basically done the same thing, with a page I created entitled passive income streams business.


All of these techniques are great for ranking higher in the search engines because they do help in one way or another. However, they do take time. Much of this can be done by someone else, such as virtual assistant, if you have one to work with.

The nice thing is that the strategies that you implement now will forever keep working for you and your blog. It’s the perfect kind of thing for getting free traffic for any type of passive income stream you may have working for you.

After all of that, I’d love to leave you with one last piece of advice. The best thing that you can do if you want to rank higher in the search engines for a particular keyphrase (especially one that is fairly competitive) is to write a killer blogpost that provides excellent, unique content that others would be crazy NOT to link to and tweet about. If done correctly, you may not need to implement all of the strategies that I’ve outlined above. This is how I was able to make a living online and not spend a dime on advertising.

I’ll keep working at it and shooting for that #1 position, and I’ll report back with more results soon. I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful.

Thanks, and I wish you nothing less than success. Cheers!


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