Someone’s link baiting. I’ve read his blog post yesterday. I should have let it go. But it kept me sleepless last night. Nice link bait man! He is telling people I’m fooling newbies on my post: Localized SEO. Ok, I’ll bite the bait. Now, let me defend myself. (Update: 11/15/09. The link to my post was taken down by the blogger to make this post appears baseless. He now wants to remove all the comments on this blog in which I disagreed. )
The blogger is insinuating that I am telling newbies to optimize for localized keywords ONLY so that I can enjoy less competition on the international keywords.
First, I did not advise newbies to optimize ONLY for those localized keywords, did I? I am advising newbies to ADD local SEO to one of their focus, not to focus on it alone. Why? Because it’s much easier to gain rankings on it. Less competition, the higher chances of ranking even if you are competing with some established blogs already.
Second, I am actually giving myself more competition by sharing it. Instead of only me enjoying traffic from local keywords, I shared it with the newbies so that they can join me. Do you think, they will avoid international keywords after reading it? Of course not. They will just add the local keywords to their arsenal of keywords to optimize.
Now, he says that it’s not advisable to optimize on localized keywords because:
“… even if you will try to use highly localized keywords, the tendency is that you will still be eclipsed by the other blogsites, like his own, and you will not be able to rank high. Remember that Google also considers the authority factor of the site which may be a combination of the blogâ€™s age, link backs and overall number of contents. So how will you fare? Tell me.”
Now, that’s pessimistic thinking. Localized keywords have less competition. You might be outranked by other established blogsites, but it’s easier to reach the first page on localized keywords because you are competing for a less number of established blogs. Yeah, you will always fail if that is your mindset. But if you are really determined to succeed, you can beat the s#*t out of those established bloggers too! However, if you think you can’t beat established bloggers against localized keywords, what more on international keywords? Tell me, what keyword should newbies optimize then if you think they can’t rank on an easier localized keywords?
If you think I am malicious on that post, think again. I give SEO advise on this blog from time to time to help people, not to take advantage of them. I could have kept all the knowledge to myself and enjoy it alone. But I want to help others. I want to change lives in my own way. I’m sure, a lot of bloggers are now enjoying monthly Adsense income because of the things they learned from this blog. I just felt sad that despite all those things I did, some people think I’m fooling them on my advise.