Several people asked me to write an update on the previous Semrush + Forums = Win post (I wish I'd named it that), so here it is.
For those who haven't read the previous post, here it is, and for those who haven't read it and want the TL:DR version, here's a recap of the strategy I outlined:
You find forums in your niche, then use Semrush to identify the keywords they rank highly for. Doing this essentially gives you a list of easy to rank keywords, since any term that has forums ranking for it is generally an easy target.
The added bonus of this strategy is that you find keywords that might not otherwise show up in traditional tools. Double the power!
What Happened Next
At the end of the post, I highlighted some of the keyword positions after posting around 20 articles targeting “forum keywords”. I was pretty impressed by the fact a handful of these articles found their way to page 1 without having any link building done at all.
This was a good sign that the keywords were indeed easy to rank for, but what happens when you actually do build links to them?
The next thing I did was that very thing, link build.
How did it go? Spectacularly well.
No PBN's And Only One Page Targeted
Note, I did not build any PBN links to these sites. The links I built were not done via white-hat outreach or other long-winded methods, but were also not from PBNs. My attitude for this site is “Try to rank without PBN's first”.
I also only built links to one of the posts in question, but every single post benefitted (this isn't surprising, as link building to one post will benefit the entire domain).
In total, about 30 links were built in two rounds, and those links were a mixture of contextual links and text links, with a diversity of anchor texts.
Before link building, I had 2 of the 20 keywords on page 1, but none in the top 5.
Now (see below), there are 8 keywords on page 1, 2 of which are in position 2 (yes, one of these was the post targeted). Many of the other keywords crept up as well.
Note on chart below: The keywords aren't loaded in the same order as the previous post, they are just the total rankings for the 20 or so posts published.
On top of that, the posts that are ranking well are also ranking for multiple other keywords that I hadn't been tracking. The post I built links to actually has about 4 or 5 different keywords that it ranks for.
Checking the screenshot below will let you see that since the previous post went live on April 12th, traffic has more than doubled, ranging from 53 visits per day, to around 150. Not quite tripled yet, but close!
Remember, these keywords were all buying intent keywords too, so income has naturally increased as well.
As I highlighted in the first post, this is a really fantastic strategy, and just a few hours with Semrush allowed me to find 21 new post ideas, targeting buying keywords in my niche.
Not only that, those keywords were all a lot easier to rank for than normal, but were NOT necessarily low-hanging fruit. Some of these keywords have searches of 1,000+ per month.
Without any link building, the posts ranked well, but when I did some minimal link building to just one of the posts, they all started to climb even higher, and the post targeted hit position 2.
I'm sure if you invest time to do this strategy, you will see similar results. Imagine what happens when you link build to several posts?