UPDATE – December 25, 2007:
Since I wrote this update on Hubpages Case Study below, the rankings have changed yet again. And since I didn’t actually mention the Scribd rankings from my Scribd Case Study in my initial update, I’ll include these as well. So here are the Google Search Engine results for both Hubpages and Scribd for the various keywords:
Keyword: Project Quick Cash
Hubpages Ranking: 11 (page 2 of Google)
Scribd Ranking: 12 (page 2 of Google)
Keyword: Project Quick Cash Review
Hubpages Ranking: 3 (page 1 of Google)
Scribd Ranking: 4 (page 1 of Google)
Keyword: Project Quick Cash Reviews
Hubpages Ranking: 1 (page 1 of Google)
Scribd Ranking: 2 (page 1 of Google)
Keyword: Review of Project Quick Cash
Hubpages Rankings: 4 (page 1 of Google)
Scribd Ranking: 1 (page 1 of Google)
I was actually quite surprised to see such a jump in the rankings… and the Scribd pages all of a sudden appeared from "nowhere". It goes to show you that the maturity of pages is a consideration.
My recommendation: If you are going to promote a new affiliate product (particularly an eBook or other courses on Internet / Affiliate Marketing), be sure to get a jump on the creation of Scribd pages or a Hubs on Hubpages. Preferably 3 – 5 weeks in advance (if at all possible). This will allow for your pages to mature and increases the chances of these to rank well in the search engines (for your chosen keywords).
Perhaps some of you read my case study on how you can appear on the first page of google using Hubpages I wrote a couple of weeks ago.
I initially saw a boost in my rankings for my Project Quick Cash Review Hub… however after a brief "honeymoon" period of a few days, my hubs were nowhere to be seen.
A couple of days later it then reappeared and it has "stuck" on the first page of Google since. There are no external links pointing to this site and it still managed to rank…
Here are some screenshots of the results as of today, December 17th, 2007.
Results for my primary search term "Project Quick Cash Reviews" (First Page, Ranked #7):
Results for search term "Project Quick Cash Review" (First Page, Ranked #8):
Results for search term "Review of Project Quick Cash" (First Page, Ranked #10):
And finally, the results for search term "Project Quick Cash" (2nd Page, Ranked #14):
As you can see, I have been able to get decent results from about 15 minutes of work (setting up the hub). I am certain that if I had taken the time to link to the Hub using the appropriate anchor text from a half a dozen to a dozen decent pages, I’d be able to increase the ranking to appear within the top 5 for the above search phrases (with perhaps the exception of "Project Quick Cash").
I would deem this method (of using hubpages) as a good free method (augmentation to bum marketing) to get sales or traffic to an affiliate product / sales page.
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