Are YOU having Problems with SEO? How to get your website ranked on the first page of Google is not easy. All about how to get ranked. 6 things you should always do for SEO. A Keyword Research Tool is ESSENTIAL.
The top priority of every website owner is to get her/his website ranked on the first page of search results.
Things like keywords, content but also Google trust are essential criteria and some more. Learn how to get on the first page of Google by following these rules.
First, we need to understand, Google is a commercial profit-oriented organization and our websites are their product.
Without our websites, Google has nothing to deliver and, of course, they choose the best products to show on page one. Our job is to provide a great product that helps Google increase popularity and business.
It would be easy if only a good keyword would decide whether or not your blog/page or post shows up on the first page of search results.
With billions of articles being on the net, it takes a bit more. How to get your website on the first page asks you to follow certain critical steps.
Of course, you need to have a good website title for your website, representing the “niche“ resp. the content you want to provide with helpful information.
And you want to write a website meta description Google can publish under your title when someone finds your site in Google search.
The location, where you write this small meta text is depending on your website host and editing platform. I work with a WordPress website and use the all in one SEO plugin to edit my meta description.
Six steps to get your site ranked high in Google
Let’s concentrate on the six most important criteria Google looks at when deciding how to rank your site.
On each criterion, we can improve, which leads to better rankings. Googles search algorithms are not static but these six topics have succeeded over time.
- Title – Keyword
- Great content
- Post Engagement
- Social media
- Site trust
1. A good post title is an essential first step – find good keywords
When you start researching a keyword title you want to help people find out what your article is all about. It is important to choose a keyword representing your content as precise as possible.
Search engines and your audience don’t like to be misled by catching keywords leading to unmatching content.
Next, you need to make sure your keyword has not too much “competition”. You can let a keyword tool do that for you or you can do some research your self.
A way I like to check my competition is to write a chosen keyword between quotation marks into Google search.
“Good keywords” for example. The search result shows, there are 105’000 similar articles targeting this keyword.
I will hardly be able to compete with those, especially if my website is rather new, by that I mean younger than a year or so.
The much better and accurate research on keywords I can do with a keyword research tool. The Jaaxy keyword tool, for example, shows me the exact number of searches per month and how many articles target the same keyword.
With Jaaxy I see that targeting the “good keywords” is not a good idea because it really has almost no monthly searches and a huge competition.
All I want to say here, is, take your time by looking for the perfect title for your post. It should inform about the content, be of interest and not have too many competing website posts.
Something else I have learned in using keywords, if you want to sell products, be aware many article keywords are hard to get on page one as Amazon and other online stores fill the place with paid ads. To get above these is impossible unless you pay more than for example eBay or Amazon does.
Content, the show that attracts your audience and Google ranking.
All your keyword efforts are for nothing if you don’ follow it up with great and helpful content. The content has to, as already mentioned, to cover the topic you shout out in the title.
A good content article wants to consist of text, 1900 plus words, relevant pics and if possible a youtube video.
All these criteria get ranked by Google and other search engines. An in-depth content with titles, subtitles, sections and everything you can see in newspapers or other mature websites are helpful and will lead to a higher ranking.
The content has to be helpful and interesting to your audience.
Good content is easy to understand, can be read easily, means, bigger letters, many short paragraphs and preferably written dark on light.
Most texts are written in black/grey on white and not by accident, it is easy to read and people are used to it. I sometimes like to use a small variation but still want a dark letter on white background.
Make your content interesting and catchy. Interesting subtitles and descriptions can catch a reader and make him stay on your page or even check out other articles. (Master the art of writing blogs)
Use internal links to articles that weren’t on his mind before entering your site. Google follows the movement on your website, the more momentum you have the better you rank.
Try to get a comment from your reader. Comments are a very important part of your content. I ask questions at the bottom of my page to try to engage my visitors and provoke a reaction and make it easier to comment.
Google registers comments as a site being active and ranks it better. Sleeping pages are not what Google is interested in.
A user-friendly website ranks better – Let your audience enjoy them selfs.
Structured menus, helpful side widgets, and internal links can help your website being more attractive and therefore rank better.
You need a search bar and should have a help or FAQ section (I’m not there yet). Make navigating on your site easily and provide access to every relevant article.
User friendliness is very important to keep your audience interested and Google happy.
An optimized loading speed, for example, is something you should be aware of. There are many tools to check your site loading speed and find helpful tips to optimize it.
Too many “plugins” and widgets can hurt the user experience. Don’t overload your site with unimportant gadgets.
These slow down the loading process and provide little quality improvement to your site. Keep it simple first and track the behavior of your site after every new gadget you add.
To have hundreds of interesting and long articles don’t help much if they can’t be found.
Promote your posts, add internal links from one post and back, show categories or latest publications. Interconnect your website as good as possible.
Have at least two but better more internal links on every post you publish and one external link (youtube movie or source).
Make sure your internal links link to relevant content. The user experience suffers if you send them to content they are not interested in. Internal links are good for SEO, search engine optimation and for your visitors.
For external links use pretty links, these are made by a free plugin called “pretty link” and help you having short links that Google prefers.
On my Thailand site, for example, I have a lot of Google map links and these are very long and ugly so it is essential to pack them into a pretty link.
Let your users have fun and some things they can get active and click on. Today’s internet users are used to having automated apps and games and websites that let them move forward or enter a choice of sub-topics and options.
I know it is a lot of work but try to present playful options to your audience.
Engage your audience – make them get active
An often underrated feuter of getting best Google rankings is the visitor engagement, comments. If Google sees you have activity on your site they know it is interesting and want to show it to as many people as possible.
I can not stress this part of good ranking methods enough. As I already mentioned before, a sleeping website is not of much interest to Google.
It is your job to get activity on your site. The website must be visited and people should get engaged.
There are several methods to get people visiting your website like social media, promoting it with friends and family.
Join forums, discussing your niche and get people there to see your site and visit it.
You can get pay for clicks as well, (PPC), Google has this service and many other websites.
Once you get visitors though you are best off if your audience gets involved and leaves comments. I know it is not that easy to get people involved, we experience this on Facebook posts.
We need to grow our authority and trustworthiness and this takes time.
But nevertheless, try to get comments right from the start. Ask people you know to leave a comment and then reply. Ask them to leave a question for you to answer and add more relevant content to your post.
We at Wealthy Affiliate have a “give and take comment thread“, exactly for this purpose.
Check this video and learn some more tricks.
Share on social media – get a wider publicity on Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc.
Every post/blog or page you publish should be shared on all social media you are involved in. If you aren’t yet doing social media, you have to start now.
It is the easiest way to spread the word. Create colorful posts on Facebook, add your URL and write some comments and questions.
I do that a long time already and to tell you the truth, the reactions are still pretty lame. Why I still do it is because I know it takes time for my followers to appreciate my work.
Every once in a while I get clicks from social media and this is better than nothing. Google+ especially, due to being a Google thing is even published in the search engine and often ranks better than my website.
With some friends, we opened a facebook group that lets us post our latest articles and receive likes and shares form the members. I now have my own FB group.
Pinterest is a good medium for specific niches. Many people get the most traffic from using Pinterest the right way.
Be creative, build communities or join existing groups. Not let anything left out to get traffic to your website. Traffic = Momentum = Higher Google Rankings.
Last but not least be pertinacious and let your site grow.
A new page is never ranking on the first page, you just have to forget that. It takes time, months, during this time Google is watching you and registers all the actions discussed above.
More and more Google trust will grow and give your site a chance to be on their first page.
I know this point is a bit discouraging but it is as it is. At the beginning of your online journey you yourself will have a hard time finding your posts in Google search.
With time you find them and after a year or less, you have articles on the first page. Your site grows all the time and Google realizes that.
With every article you publish, Google trusts you more. With every comment, you receive, and answer, Google notices there is something going on.
With every well-researched keyword you post, Google has to rank you somewhere and gets a new impression.
You will get insights of keywords with the best queries on your site and can optimize something there too. You add a sitemap etc.
Don’t worry, if you are new in the business, your trustability by Google grows at about the same speed your website skills grow.
And once you find, now you know what you are doing, it is also the time your articles start appearing on the first page.
Website building and affiliate marketing, actually every way you want to make a new business online takes time. Rome was not built in a day but it was built and the same counts for a successful website.
Within a year you will have a hundred articles written or more and getting ranked on page one starts to be worth something.
I have a post on page one, after three months already. At the moment, one at least is even on top. But due to my little experience when I made that post it is not one that is searched for a lot and therefore is not of very much help except for me to feel good about it lol.
Thank’s for looking in 🙂
My dear visitors and friends, I will have to leave this for now. I hope you could use something or another and walk away from here a bit better informed. I’ll be back with another important topic for you to get an insight and will be glad to see you here again.
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