Originally Posted by Manish Pandey
Would love to hear what have you been doing.
Well the point is that I haven't done anything really. If anything I have taken away more than I put in.
When I launched my main site about a year ago (the top one in my signature) I didn't know any better and I had a paragraph of keywords in the left column (that would be seen first by the crawlers) and another at the end of the page, i.e. I was keyword stuffing. I didn't get penalized for that, but I removed those paragraphs a couple of weeks ago without it harming my SERPs and they have actually improved as I have already said. In fact I have 20 keywords on page 1 and 8 on page 2 out of the 30 (which is marginally better than when I had those paragraphs).
I also began my link building last year by doing exchanges, but not big-time - at the most I had around 150. But in the last couple of months I have deleted most of them, I'm left with 55 at the moment but I may get rid of them all, not because of anything new that Google is saying but because my site is different now. I have PR4 home page and PR2 link page and in terms of link juice in most cases I was now giving out more than I was getting back. Also I have links from many other sources.
My keywords are high competition but not always high search, because there are very many trying to sell real estate where I am but only so many looking to buy
The important thing for me is to be high in SERPs for as many keywords as possible, so that I get a good share of a small market.