02 Mar 11 6:37 am
Advice on these keywords, please.
I am building a site, http://liveinasiablog.com
. that is going to sell Chinese language learning software.
I am building a free Chinese language course....with the intent of "upgrading" the visitors to a paid software program.
I've researched hundreds of keywords and here is what I have found....
1. Average Page Rank of the sites in the top 10 is about 5 for most keyword phrases(very high). I have never seen a site below PR 3.
2. Most pages have thousands of backlinks. Many are well established domains, like the BBC.
3. Most of the pages, because they are education related, have lots of links from .edu and .gov sites (some are .edu and .gov sites themselves).
Sounds terrible, right? But here is the thing....
....there is almost zero on-page SEO being done. Even short keyword phrases, like "learning chinese," with thousands of "phrase" searches per month aren't being put in page titles, domain names, or H1 tags.
The reason is, I think, pretty simple. The people putting these sites up are not "Internet Marketers" selling e-books. They education people who have put up education sites. They, for the most part, know nothing about on-page SEO.
So, here is my question. I am going to have a brand new site that has no page ranking. With good on-page SEO and a good backlinking campaign, how difficult do you think it will be to rank among these established sites with high PRs?
Have any of you tried going up against sites like this--sites with high PR and many backlinks but poor on-page SEO?
All thoughts and opinions will be appreciated!