I hope you are all doing well and prospering both personally, and in your business efforts.
I had done a post sometime back on "Keyword Rich Domains", and had taken some considerable heat for my opinions on the matter. I also know that Lenn Harley had done some posting on the matter also and came under some scrutiny. At the time of my post back in August, I had purchased a few keyword rich domains, and also had created some VIRTUAL domains with proper keywords to "TAG" onto my domains. I had said to everyone that these sites would "fly", but had no proof at the time of the concept that I was sharing..
Take a CLOSE look at the following picture. It will help you understand what I am about to share. I use target shooting as a comparison to SEO alot because it is what I know.. A target at 1000 yards is a pinpoint on the reticle of a scope. Keywords are the same. Very pinpoint, exact, precise. When your keywords are contained in your domain and in your virtuals, you have ZEROED in on your target (precise searches). These generally produce very effective long tail searches, and you will be at the top of the results for them (as long as you don't break any of the other rules).
I had shared with you how I own the domain name HomeSalesOnline.Net and how I had planned to create some virtuals
to prove a point on keyword rich domains, and adding keywords as virtuals. I took some considerable heat from some people who strongly opposed this technique. I also know that Lenn Harley had posted on the same topic at some time because she commented on my post in a favorable way. OK... Here are the results for those of you who might be considering employing this technique in your SEO strategy. If you take the time to seriously look at the results, and please go out and verify my statements in the search engines, you will be AMAZED at how easy this technique can get you top rankings.
Take a good look at the chart below, and substitute your Virtuals, Domains, and Keywords accordingly!
|Virtual Host||Domain Name||Search Term||Yahoo||Bing|
|california||homesalesonline.net||california home sales online||1||1|
|california||homesalesonline.net||california home sales||2||6|
|www||homesalesonline.net||home sales online||3||1||1|
|www||omahaautoclassifieds.com||omaha auto classifieds||1||1||1|
Here are my conclusions.. Google does not weigh the virtual domain as strongly as Yahoo and Bing, but there is a major
benefit to using them. Here is the strategy I have employed, and it is working..
My use of virtual domains has helped my primary (WWW) of my domains to get better rank in Google even though the
virtualized keywords are not showing up in Google.. Here is what I bet on, and came out a winner on.. By using the virtuals the way I have, my domains went almost immediately to the top in Yahoo and Bing... This has caused more people to hit my sites. Even though Yahoo and Bing do not command the huge search volumes that Google has, my bounce rate on the sites has gone down because of all the "virtualized" traffic I get from Yahoo and Bing, (plus some sales here and there), but the hidden benefit to it is that since my bounce rate went down, google is favorably looking at my domains because they don't see virtuals as separate domains, therefore all my virtuals for a given domain add into the equation for bounce, thus moving my primary (WWW) up in the serps..
Just because the VIRTUAL keywords do not rise to the top in Google, they will cause the domain as a whole to do more favorably, and there is a nice bonus of getting the occasional sale from Yahoo and Bing.. I do not want all my eggs in one basket anyway. I personally believe Bing is poised to start taking market share from Google.
Also when a site shows up for it's primary keyword rich domain/virtual, other keywords quickly follow.
My Mastersint.Com domain immediately showed up for the search "masters int" which is insignificant, but since day before yesterday when I posted about it's recovery, it is now showing up #1 for multiple other keyword searches to include "quality panda recovery" "quality panda seo", and a few more. My hits have gone on this one site from ZERO to now about 250 per day. That equates to increased business. I have another site that went this week from ZERO hits per MONTH to 150 hits per day almost overnight.
Bottom line here, Virtual Domains, and Keyword Rich Domain Names WORK, and they are a quick way to get
your business back in business after a penalty.
Have a great day, and heres to seeing you at the TOP!