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Old 03-22-2009, 04:36 PM
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I read the rules and I don't think I'm violating any rules by posting this.

I have a web hosting review website and I've found it to be fairly unsuccessful. If you search for popular keywords for the niche, you'll get multiple review sites at the top of natural search rankings, with ridiculous amounts of links, and multiple review sites using adwords. The keywords they're using are costing them anywhere from $6-$12 for #1-5 placement. I've used adwords on multiple occasions to see if the cost would compare to the productivity that it brings; and it didn't.

It leads me to believe that popular hosting companies just might make these sites rating their own hosting as #1. Popular hosting wouldn't care about spending $150 to per signup for advertising costs. The end user setting up a hosting review company could never afford these costs.

The only option I see is to gain natural high rankings to avoid adword fees. Or focus on specialized hosting reviews, IE: ecommerce hosting, linux based, joomla hosting, green hosting etc. which, while still being a challenge, would be considerably easier to achieve top 10 rankings than a generalized keyword like "best hosting" or "hosting reviews".

I assume hosting affiliate links would do wonders on, for example, a template website, or something of that origin.

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Old 03-22-2009, 11:59 PM
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What is sucess of the suc kind web sites should be and you expecting for?
 
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:15 PM
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what? =] I'm sorry I don't know what you were trying to say
 
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:34 AM
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Have you thought about including colocation into the reviewed services?

Or adding a feature helping users to enter their disk space and bandwidth requirements and budget and a list of companies they can go with?
 
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I know what you mean, I've tried using adwords with many keywords that should of been successful but nothing worked, it's way too expensive and there's no way possible that some of them sites are making a profit.

Like how could these sites that are ranking high in adwords for the term "hosting" be getting a ROI, as the cost is just too much and the conversions are too small.
 
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:44 PM
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I know it just doesn't make sense. The only thing I can think is that it might be the main sites themselves making these unprofitable ads. But then is it worth it for them considering ROI is crap? I'm really quite confused hehe
 
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:48 AM
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AboveState,
it might be partially true, as "bigger" companies are definitely interested in getting best rating at review sites, but review sites also need these bigger companies presence at their sites to make money.

Natural high ranking idea is absolutely correct, but it's known that SEO should always go hand in hand with PPC advertizement.
 
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:30 AM
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afffiliatetalk or ometinglike that (quite big forum) I suppose that visiting that would be very interesting for you.
Good luck
 
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My suggestion, like stated above is pick a niche and allow someone to enter their requirements. It's going to take lots of time for it to get good rankings as there are lots of sites out there already.
 
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