if I find a keyword with a very high qsr (300) but with an article power of 9.5, is that good keyword to use? I read that article power is how likely I can rank on page 1, so is the 9.5 mean I can rank well despite the high 300 qsr?

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Vesna2 Premium
QSR is more important, but, it's good to have a look at article power, too. More stats - better choice, I guess.
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Sharlita Premium
Even though that is a high article power you still have to contend with the other 300 pages that have that same keyword. It still comes down to competition. You can always just write the post as a test and see how it does versus maybe another post with a low hanging keyword that's similar. Hope that helps :)
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MrKent Premium
but doesnt the high article power suggest that the 300 competition would be easy to out rank?
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Sharlita Premium
No not really because the keyword you're searching with the high article power....there's 300 pages already with that same keyword with that same high article power. They have most likely done the keyword research and seen it was a good article power and wrote with it to get ranked. But 300 people have done that same thing with that same keyword and article power. So now you will be competing with the 300 that did it before you. Does that make sense?
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MrKent Premium
hmm.. then I don't really understand why a high article power even matter. if what you're saying is true, then why not just look at QSR only? if QSR is low then what difference does it make what the article power is?
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Sharlita Premium
Well the main thing we focus on is QSR. Article power is more like how good your title looks. So instead of Making Money, Making Money While You Sleep will have a higher article power because it's more closer to a sentence and more closer to what someone would want to click on because it's offering more. People will want to click on that title more but you still have to take into account your competition. If there's 300 people with the post Making Money While You Sleep. You can't all be listed on the first page of Google when there's only 10 spots. You have to be better than 300 people to get a spot up there. So always pay attention to QSR first in my opinion :)
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MrKent Premium
Ok I understand. So when I'm looking for a good keyword, the order of importance is looking for at least 50 searches, a QSR of under 30, and a article power of at least 8. I've been doing it this way and I really hope it is correct.

The thing is I read something last night about QSR that had be reeally confused. Basically the above post says QSR is useless and that UNquoted search results is your real competition. and he also says to look at the 1st page to get an idea of how well you can rank. So even if QSR is 0, you still have to check the 1st page of google to see the "page authority" of the compeition on the 1st page... I'm just really confused now, all my keywords have low QSR and after reading the above post I'm getting the feeling hes saying I was supposed to check the competition on google manually.. I haven't done that and now I feel like I've been doing it all wrong.

Thanks for taking time to write all this out to help me, I appreciate any advice you give me.
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Sharlita Premium
Oh no problem you're welcome! I read that post and I see what he is saying. I get it. I don't think we need to worry so much about that because our sites are still so young. Our authority isn't established. QSR is good to use and the lower the better. People all have different methods and opinions. Many things work. For simplicity sake I'm following Kyle's instruction for now and implement other ideas here and there. But Kyle is my main foundation for now so I can keep progressing. It makes sense though but Kyle and many others have used the QSR under 300 as a guideline and have ranked :)
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