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    Hi,

    I was just thinking, at what point do you class a keyword or phrase as being 'competitive'?

    is 1,000,000 results competitive, or 2M or 10M?

    Thanks..
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    There is no easy measure, it's all to do with how many companies are agressively pursuing rankings for a particular keyphrase. So, broadly, if you search for a keyphrase and the top sites all have that keyphrase in the title then it's competitive. If in addition you do a Prog search for a keyphrase and all the top sites have high PR then it's very competitive.
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    Thanks - just had a look on Prog.. most of my keywords show the top sites with PR of at least 6, most PR7 or PR8. The titles aren't all stuffed with keywords though.

    Maybe that's why my allintitle is pretty good but SERPS arn't?
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    There are lots of search terms with an enormous number of results that are not very competetive. At the same time there are terms with rather small search volume that are fierce with competition. It all depends how much money is being spent around that keyword.

    IMO opinion a survey of the PR of the top ten sites will give you some idea of how competetive.
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    IMO, it is a highly subjective conclusion based upon objective data. Some of my more competitive keywords are dominated by authority sites with lower PRs and fewer BLs. While others have PR7s, 6s, and 5s throughout the first few SERP pages. Some of my more competitive keywords bring > 8 million pages, while others < 600,000. I cannot find any consistent formulation that totally defines how to identify a highly competitive keyword.
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    I think that it's actually based on the number of affiliate style / SEO sites trying to market to that keyword.

    If it's a "money phrase" it will attract the tough competition.

    Example:

    "blood test" has about 6 million listings in Google, whereas "hotels in Rome" has about 4 million.

    I believe it would be significantly easier to get a top listing for "blood test" than it would be for "hotels in Rome" because a top listing on the latter would generate significant revenues for the site owner.

    I think a keyword would be considered "competitive" whenever it attracts SEO interest.
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    Definition of a competative keyword - a keyword you are optimizing for!
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    it's competitive if people are actively trying to rank for it- usually this means they're spending money on doing so- ie, buying text links.

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    To put it plainly - It really isn't the number of search requests, it's the number of SEOs trying to get good SERPS for the term. A combination of the two will tell you if a kw is worth going after.

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