Is there any rhyme or reason to Google's rankings?
This may be a bit of a vent. My website is 20 months old and some of my articles with a decent search volume and low competition (under 30) are nowhere to be found on google.
Out of curiosity I just did an incognito search for a particular article. The keyword gets 130 monthly searches and the QSR is 27 (the article was published about 6 months ago and has comments). I gave up looking for my article after page 3.
What is more shocking than not finding my article (it is 2550 words by the way) on the first 3 pages of google are the articles I did find. The first result was for amazon, but the next 2 were for beyond crappy articles. One was from an authority site (result #2) but they pretty much just had a slide show of pictures. The 3rd result was from a very spammy looking site. Plastered in adds. The article had a total of 218 words and 2 links to amazon.
The articles after that were a bit better, but did not contain anywhere close to the information mine does.
This is so frustrating because I put hours and hours of work into every article I write. And I am getting outranked by pieces of garbage.
My keyword is in all the right places (Title, first paragraph, last paragraph, sometimes 1-2 times throughout the article and in the alt image tags).
This is just an example for one article, but there are many others. This particular article is a page, not a post. Not sure if that could be the problem.
I am sure I am not the only one going through this as I have seen a few other members rant about this as well.
But does anyone have any tips on what is going on?