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Over the last month I’ve poured a bit of time … (everything that my clients didn’t get) into UltimateSEO.org and by chance UltimateSEO.net which was unregistered.  UltimateSEO.org was the focus because previous to my use someone else used it and built it up to a domain authority of 36.  Its taken me over six months to engineer this domain to a 29 so I wanted to see what I could do with a slightly further ahead domain name that included keywords.  This began the experiment.

Ultimate SEO Concept

To begin with a DA36 was great and all but why not improve on that I thought, so here’s a graph from ahrefs.com concerning backlinks and referring domains.

Ultimate SEO Backlinks

Ultimate SEO Backlinks

Yes, I’ve been busy.  The site needed built but as the graph shows I’ve worked hard on the off page SEO increasing domains linking to the site from under a hundred to over 300.  The sites rank on Ahrefs has climbed past 22,410,000 other sites in a month.  Its seen some fun traffic scenarios, least of which was the catalyst event for starting this experiment.  On Christmas Eve I redirected an SEO domain I had bought to this one and the search results where above the clouds, but just for the night.

Christmas SEO Miracle Or Late Night Fluke

That night magically I was ranking on page 5 for the impossible one word SEO keyword “seo” which if you aren’t into SEO you’d say page 5? Thats horrible…but think of how that affects your rankings for longer terms if Google considers your site about the 50th best SEO match then searching “anything SEO” is likely to swing up as well.  “SEO Tools” and “Google Data Studio Slow” where doing well, I was even ranking 67th for “Neil Patel” … and I’m not Neil Patel but he is kinda a big deal in the SEO world.  Searching “Upwork” I was ranking 43.  “Free SEO Tools”, “SEO Profiler Login”, “Political SEO” where all ranking UltimateSEO.org it only lasted the night.  A Christmas Miracle … why wasn’t it sustained?  Well I assume that Google quickly realized the content on the site was not the 50th best in the world.  But it was too late I had a taste or a glimpse of something possible.  I’d need content, optimized and more off page metrics…and thats what I’ve been working to achieve.

Side note I like my logo.  Its very me and I felt it sums up my personality style and the ultimate goal of any SEO.

Make An Impact

Make An Impact

“Make An Impact” along with an image of a comet or meteor hitting the earth sends a message.  Its explosive, it killed all the dinosaurs and brought us movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon Day.  So you’ll see that carry forward in later images.

Content Is King In SEO

Google Indexed Pages

Google Indexed Pages

Content was lacking I had just started so that was to be understood.  I’ve addressed content to some degree and the amount of pages that Google has indexed has reflected that I think.  December 12th Google found 38 pages worth indexing now it has 841, with 2,450 excluded and that exclusion is nothing but potential in my mind.  Not every page on a site is worth indexing, who cares about the login page?  The site has actually evolved into 3 WordPress installations on one domain.  I did that to isolate use areas so that they didn’t collectively slow the whole site down.  You can’t tell because I kept the theme the same.  But the site is 3 different sites that share a common table for users.

Ultimate SEO Blog

Ultimate SEO Blog

The homepage and the blog section of the site makes up the first installation.  This means the homepage loads without having to worry about the other two installations.  Its faster and has less baggage in the form of page requests.  This freedom from dependences puts the site at just about 50 total requests which I think is pretty darn streamlined.  This section is themed for the general public.

Ultimate SEO Client Site

Ultimate SEO Client Site

The second section is focused on customers and client relationship management.  I call it the “portal” it allows users to login and retrieve documents I’ve made for them or for them to offer documents to me and it has a billing functionality as well as a Support Desk which is available to the general public.  The support desk aspect also adds an “employee” type resource which I decided to expand to include the G Suite resources that I opted for … its a class act.  I may be one person but I have internal chat rooms and I can make telephone calls and issue HR policies on the intranet site.

Ultimate SEO Forum

Ultimate SEO Forum

While the first section offers something to bring a new person in with information and blog posts the third install hopefully adds the interactive element that non-clients or not-yet clients need to come back. Its a forum where in theory people can post and discuss SEO with others and offer each other advice and build relationships.

Each install has its audience and purpose and that largely dictates the content there.  Its lead itself to become the largest site I’ve made to this point.  Here is a visualization of the site.  Keeping in mind each dot is a page and the lines are the links. The brighter a dot the more traffic and activity it has and the colors reflect the state of the page’s functionality.

SEO Visualization Of Ultimate SEO

So let’s take a glimpse at traffic and I’ll try and tamper down initial thoughts on the numbers, if its too good to be true…it is.  Traffic is good but its not what you think at first, and the bad isn’t bad.  I use cloudflare so a lot of the traffic actually never reaches the site so lets look at Cloudflare’s metrics first.

Traffic Metric For Ultimate SEO

Cloudflare Traffic For Ultimate SEO

Cloudflare Traffic For Ultimate SEO

First thing to note from 30 days of tracking is 9,407 unique visitors is pretty good.  Maybe too good..you see these unique visitors are causing 1.1 million requests of the server I think its been like 100 a minute and its not even so a week ago the site migrated to its own new cPanel AWS server.  You can see where that happens in the top graph where we see a drop in traffic which funny enough was caused by me forgetting to redirect subdomains that the previous owner used to the main domain.  It still meant anyone going to an actual domain I made an intended to have got there I’ve since reinstated those redirects.  But the lower traffic gave me a bit of time to just deal with a few hundred visitors a day.

A lot of this traffic is likely not human but robots trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

Ultimate SEO Site Traffic

Ultimate SEO Site Traffic

Now in the graph above we can see the traffic since the January 23 move to the new server.  This also is only reflecting the traffic to the first main installation of WordPress.  Its strong and its been without the redirected traffic I described earlier.  This will begin to reflect that traffic.  But considering 634 visitors hit the site yesterday an increase in traffic is going to need to be managed without increasing my hosting requirements and bandwidth expenses much.  A site that currently has no revenue stream but a big expense isn’t a long term solution if you’re looking to call this your job.

Now a lot of this traffic is again robots.  The site has about 400 registered users in the last week, even some of these are likely bots…but if 10% is human thats good enough for me.  Google ranks a site based on a combination of 200 factors and one is traffic so I’ll accept the traffic boom for now.  So Google Analytics metrics are the stricter of these and only reflect visitors to the site that trigger Javascript.

Google Analytics Traffic Of Ultimate SEO

Google Analytics Traffic Of Ultimate SEO

Even with these stringent requirements, and also with it not necessarily seeing all traffic due to Cloudflare we have 574% more users than last month.  The sites bounce rate or a metric used to discern visitors interest in the site shows a robust 15% bounce.  That number is so good I reviewed it and it appears valid.  I have software that records a video of each users experience and can watch folks clicking around and they are clicking around.  That plugin also warned me that as a free user I was maxing out the limit of concurrent recordings.

Future SEO Efforts

So whats next?  I think I have delivered the traffic, I’ve built a baseline of content and made it technically scaleable and agnostic.  Its all now a matter of building a niche audience that feels engaged and ranking keywords in Google Search.  I’ll check back in a month with how the experiment goals.  I’ve been working to build up SEO Tools both onsite and lists of other sites tools.

Feel free to message with questions and as this progresses of course the How and Whys will be posts on that site and this as I have time.

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