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SEO Competitive Research Series at Search Engine Journal

SEO Competitive Research

I will be posting on competition research at Search Engine Journal. The first post is already up and you are welcome to let me know what you think: Make the Most of SEO Competitive Research: Evaluating the Competition.

In the series I will be looking into:

  • Evaluating your overall competition.
  • Determining your direct competitors.
  • Defining who to compete with.
  • Exploring your competitors’ SEO strategies.
  • Best free and paid tools to analyze your competitors.

You may get a sneak peek on what I will be talking about via the slideshow:


SEO Competitive Research is part of Don’s Home based business group project


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  1. 9 Responses to “SEO Competitive Research Series at Search Engine Journal”

  2. that was just an awesome post, i learned a lot. thank you for your great work

    By Patricia Fry on Feb 19, 2008

  3. can you tell me how to finf no follow bolgs on goolge

    By WEBPLUSSESO on Feb 21, 2008

  4. Hey Ann, great post, and still quite relevant, although a bit old. Here’s a question for you: do you think that aggregating intitle: and inanchor: data separately add value to competitor research? If what we’re looking for is the competition, the only real “competition” is inanchor:”-” intitle:”-“, correct?

    By Hannah on Aug 11, 2010

  5. @Hannah, I’d still use both to get the full picture.

    By Ann Smarty on Aug 11, 2010

  6. @Ann – thanks for the response!

    Truth be told, it’s an issue of resources – namely time.

    By Hannah on Aug 12, 2010

  7. Ann, Would you kindly share your favorite method for producing a total of sites that have the keyword I’m researching in both intitle and inanchor?

    Google allows these commands to be used individually, but not together, so I can get a list of URLs that have my keyword intitle, and a second list that have my keyword inanchor, but I cannot directly produce a list of sites that have both.

    Do you like to produce both of these lists, place them in Excel, and then do a clever manipulation to see which sites appear in both lists? If so, will you share how you do this? Even just a little hint in these comments will be enough to get me started, so if you would do that I would be grateful.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

    By Greg on Aug 22, 2010

  8. @Greg, actually google does allow to search both intitle: and inanchor:


    You might be confusing that with allinanchor: and allintitle: queries – these two are exclusive (meaning they don’t work together with any other search operator)

    By An Smarty on Aug 23, 2010

  9. Ann,

    You’re right. I was confusing intitle with allintitle.

    I just did a little google search for these two terms and found out the differences.

    Thanks for your help!


    By Greg on Aug 23, 2010

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