Sounds like a bad infomercial, doesn’t it? But it’s completely true. You can do it with HitTail.
That’s actually just a link to the blog of the PR firm, Connors Communications, that developed HitTail.
Without asking for reciprocal links from other higher PR’d sites. Without link building campaigns. Without doing all that other STUFF that SEO/SEM firms claim are the ONLY way to get your rankings up. Four months to get a relatively high PR. A task that would take SEO firms a longer amount of time to complete.
I gotta say, I’m pretty proud of myself for accomplishing what I did without knowing explicitly what the long tail was. I knew my niche, and was going to continue blogging on that niche because I wanted to — not being pigeonholed into a certain strategy — because that’s what the search volume said.
Trying to get ranked due to search volume sounds a little counterintuitive. If several million listings appear for a certain keyword — why would you want to try to get a ranking there? Sure it’s competitive — but how successful will an unknown site (much less an unknown blogger) be? Why not start out in a niche that has several thousand or better yet several hundred searches? You will probably get a more focused and devoted following from those smaller searches than the ones with huge search volume.
Proof is in the pudding (so to speak):
25 cent life – Started in June 2006. PR5 in Oct 2006.
Web.Impact – Started in Nov 2006. PR5 in Feb 2007. (ok, that’s like 3 months — but isn’t that pretty darn good?)
I can only use blogs as an example because that’s my personal experience. How much more for new websites?