Sure, we all want that, but if you have ever given it a shot the regular way, I bet you can testify that getting your site ranked on Google Page 1 is one of the hardest things to pull off.
It’s simply a cold war out there on the SERPs. Call it survival of the fittest…nothing less!
The good news is that you can still actually rank your blog/website on Google on page 1 with lesser effort, resources and time.
Wanna know how?
I was also getting it wrong in the past when I was looking for how to rank my website top in Google….not until I made some little changes that turned out to change a lot.
In our last blog post, we talked about how to get top rank in google search, where we examined a local yoga blog in Hong Kong we helped to Google-rank in record time by just shifting the focus from targeting high volume competition keywords, to targeting less competitive ones – those types with little allintitle competition.
The simple, yet powerful tip we gave in that article is simply the best method on how to increase rank in Google search.
What we will be doing in today’s post is to expand on the foundations laid in the last post, going into in-depth details to give you actionable tips you can take away and apply to your current or next blog project.
If you have been looking for how to get first rank in Google search, then you want to read every bit of this then act on it.
All You Need To Know On How To Get Page Rank 1 in Google
Whatever you type in this field is actually most likely what Google will show up in the search results as a blurb for your article, so you see why we want to have total control over this?
What you want to put here is a brief summary of your article. Try as much as possible to include your main keyword, as well as your other keywords in there in the most natural way possible.
If that is done nicely, when someone searches Google for any of your terms, your blog should show up in the results, with those keywords bolded.
You can then go ahead to put your primary keyword in the “focus keyword” field, and URL fields too.
The next step is to write a well-researched SEO optimized article around the keyword you found. To do this effectively, you will need to follow some SEO best practices. We wil also be pointing out some tools to help.
Also, you will want to include a good number if images with properly thought out alt tags and title tags within your article as this will help pull on some image search traffic – no traffic is insignificant. More on these later.
Furthermore, you will want to get your internal linking and outbound linking structure right.
Now that you have an over-view of the whole process, can we dive right into the meat of the post?
If you want to go the manual way however, you will need to fire-up your Google Adwords Ad planner tool, plug in your base keyword, then sort the results to display in the order of highest searched to lowest search volume numbers. You are actually free to filter the results according to your preference.
What you will want to do next is to take each suitable keyword that made the cut from the last step and perform a sort of Google competition analysis search using this search operator “allintitle: your keyword.” - you get to replace ‘your keyword’ with the keyword you are running the competition analysis for, then take note that you will be performing the search without the quotes.
What you are ultimately looking for is multiple long-tail keywords with low allintitle competition. Our personal recommendation is anything less than 150.
These keywords are dirty easy to rank for, and what you are trying to do is dig up a handful of them and include them in your article so that you get to easily rank for them. By so doing, you will be able to pull in a significant amount of traffic (sometimes in the thousands per month) when you sum up the individual numbers you are getting from each “cheap” keyword.
The money is in the low-hanging fruits. They are often overlooked. Go for them!
Writing Your Blog Post The Right Way
Now it is time to craft that perfect article that will get your blog post ranked, and the traffic pouring in.
There’s no doubting it, you have heard that “content is king” more than a hundred times, and you have also read up recommendations from a couple of authoritative sources on what word count is best if you are going to go anywhere pleasurable in Google SERPs.
As for the SEO word count, what we personally recommend is anything upwards of 300. It’s often said within SEO circles that the more the merrier, but as you put in the effort to write longer content, be sure to also plug in just as much effort in ensuring that your write-up is engaging and beefed up with value.
If you can pull that off, you will get favored both by Google and your readers – they will be happy to click those share buttons, and guess what? The social shares will in turn boost your Google rankings.
More importantly, you will want to structure your header tags, and Meta description tag very carefully. When you do this nicely, Google will be able to easily determine what to rank you for, rather than making some sort of algorithmic guess.
To structure your header and Meta description tag correctly, we will be making use of a wordpress SEO plugin called WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast to simplify and power-up our ranking efforts.
Yoast SEO plugin is a very powerful SEO plugin that lets you easily and manually set your Meta description, keyword focus, post URL and keyword tags for each post you want to make.
If for whatever reason you don’t already have it installed, please take a second to do so right away. You can download it here, and read up a guide on how to do most of the advanced configuration here.
You will want to get it in somewhere in the beginning of the title, as Google tends to crop your title from 70 words going.
Also ensure that this title is the only heading you assign a H1 tag to throughout your article.
For example, in addition to 4 other low competition keywords we intend to rank this article on Google page 1 for, our main target is “how to get first page on google quickly,” so we made sure to include it in our post title – notice that it came first too in the whole post title length too?
So, as much as you can, always try to include your main keyword in the post title. Be careful though that it does not begin to sound unnatural when read.
When you have gotten your main post title worked out, sprinkle your target keywords throughout the body of your article at will (aiming for a density not above 5 percent though), and also try as much as possible to have H2 subheadings including them.
Notice how we have subheadings relating to our main keywords used as H2 titles?
You should try to implement that too where possible.
Most people just upload images into their post, do some image styling, then push the publish button. If you guilty of this, I am sad to announce to you that you have been leaving considerable search traffic on the table.
Image SEO is not exactly rocket science. It starts with how you name the image on your PC.
If you are writing an article about sports cars, and you intend including the image of a red McLaren F1, it is advisable you name the image (I am assuming it is one relevant to the theme of the article) red_mclaren_F1_sports_car or something along that line. You get the gist/
When you have treated that, the next thing you will want to put in place is the image Alt tag.
An alt tag is an avenue via which you literally feed Google bots info and instruction on what your image is all about, and how to rank them on Google Image search – remember the bots can’t see images the way we do.
If done well, your image will be high up the row in image search result pages, and then visitors will have the possibility of clicking through the image and landing on your site. If not done right, oh well, you know how it goes…
From that little explanation, you can see that if you leave out the alt tag, when the Google bot visits to index and rank your article it will be confused on what category to place your image, so it might as well not appear for any search term in Google Image search.
Using the sports car example, you can write “Mercedes Benz Sports Car” as the alt tag. This way, if someone searches Google Images with that search term (which they are likely to), you’d get some Google lovin’.
That is it for Image SEO optimization.
Internal links are links within this article you reading that points you to other articles still within this same blog.
These types of links are important for 3 reasons:
- It helps your user experience as it points your users to articles within the site that will be helpful to them
- They reduce your site’s bounce rate (how long people stay on your site before leaving) as they will get visitors going deeper and deeper into your site. Did I forget to mention that bounce rate is now one of the several factors Google looks at to rank a site/blog?
- They spread the page rank around your site.
Now you know how useful those are, need we say more on how important it is to link out to your own articles when creating a new post? I guess not.
External links on the other hand are links that you give within your article to articles on sites other than yours.
While it might seem counterproductive on the face level – I mean, why should I be sending my traffic and precious Google Page Rank to another blog? – but they actually help in boosting your SEO and Google ranking efforts.
These are 2 ways we can think of that it helps:
- When you link out to other relevant and authoritative websites, you are providing a great service to your site visitors. Google loves this, and values your site more.
- You get noticed by influencers in your niche, which might give you a shout-out in one of their posts. This can send both traffic and page rank your way.
Now you know how useful it can be to link out to other similar sites, perhaps you’d link out more often (where necessary).
By incorporating these few tips that seem small, but have been proven to have huge impact on the long run, you will be well on your way to ranking your website fast in Google search.
- Increase your site load speed. Google is paying attention to this metric these days as it borders on user experience. Use cache plugin and clear your site’s headers of excess scripts and codes.
- Create a couple of social bookmarking links from high Pr and high authority sites to your new post once published, so as to jump start the ranking process and give your article some authority from the get go. If it seems difficult doing this yourself, you can buy a Fiverr gig for $5 to get it done by someone else. It is worth the investment if you meet the right seller.
Now you have at your fingertips the very method we use to rank our website fast on Google, we ask that you implement these techniques and reap the benefits too.
Remember, most importantly, it starts with finding the perfect low competition keyword. If you get it right, everything else becomes so easy. If you don’t it might be a war ranking.
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See you at the top!