Just a quick update to let you know that my niche site has made it to page one of Google. As I show in the screen shot below, I am currently ranking number one for the term “learn guitar basics” without the quotes. (And yes, I am logged out of iGoogle, GMail, etc). While this result is really cool, we should not declare victory yet. The most important reason for that is the fact that new WordPress blogs tend to “rank and tank”. What I mean by that is I fully expect rankings to fall again before they settle out on page one (hopefully in position one on page one).
But for now, it's sure fun to see the site in position #9.
Side note: Now here is the difference between me and Pat Flynn. I just jammed a screenshot in a post with no formatting. I wrote the post in 7 minutes. Pat would have clipped the below graphic with photoshop (using those cool torn edges that he always has), added a 3D shadow and circled the 9th ranking position with a red pen. Everything Pat produces is very high quality. You should pay attention to that, because good quality translates directly to your brand and (eventually) money.
Some errors (opportunities)
Note that in my haste to get the site up that I incorrectly specified the most important on-page factor — the title tag. The home page should have the title “learn guitar basics.” Instead, the page is titled “learning guitar basics.” Oops. Looks like there was a typo in what I sent to the VA.
No worries. Since we are using the All-in-one SEO plugin, this is very easy to change when we are ready. I am going to leave it as is for the moment. We'll change it during the “tank” phase.
You'll also note that the site description is defaulting to something goofy that needs to be corrected. It is important to use the site description to call the searcher to action, compelling them to click through to the site.
More on this and other topics in the next update.