Around 2004 when I was still finding my feet in SEO and was confused by the SEO noise that was out there I played about with buying keyword rich TLD’s and tried to get traffic to them to see how well they ranked. I never really witnessed the true potential, and whilst me and a mate made a little bit of money from slapping some AdSense on them once they hit 2nd page, I can easily say that I never ranked in the giddy heights where traffic enabled me to just sit back and watch the pounds roll in.
That was a long time ago, and whilst the tactic for keyword rich TLD’s still exists, I have never truly witnessed their natural ranking potentials from scratch at the time as I didn’t understand SEO fully enough to employ all of the tactics needed. Thankfully I have been given the opportunity recently with a few TLD’s that I have been dabbling with and I can say that it is pathetically easy to get a 1st page ranking for a phrase you want to target if you have the .com/.net/.org
I recently bought alcoholaddictionclinics.com and lo and behold I now have a 1st page ranking for a low-competitive keyword.
Let’s look at the stats for this:
The rewards for a 1st page ranking for this domain are pretty much non-existant but for the sake of “testing” I was surprised at how quickly I achieved 1st page rankings – and how highly:
“Non-Competitive” I hear you say, and I agree. I just find it worrying that a site with no links (I built none!), a simple XML site-submission and a default WordPress installation with a made up article can rank so highly – and so quickly.
Knowing my luck this blog post will end up ranking higher 🙁