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:

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  1. Patricia Fry says:

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

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  3. 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?

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

  5. @Ann – thanks for the response!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!


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