How to Get Ranked on Page 1 of Google. Want to See How Many Times I Did it?

Obviously positioning is one of the most important factors for websites and we all want them to be on page 1 of Google since they get over 90% of all traffic. I have a lot of pages on my websites that appear that high but the way I do it is that I look at overall volume of my website content rather than focusing all my attention on one particular keyword and becauserankingfirstpage I’ve been doing this, I’ve had results like these:

These are some of the many keyword phrases that I have ranked on the first page for. I will also admit, I have a lot of articles which don’t rank as high. As you can also see, some of them have a red arrow indicating the position has lowered. 

This is a normal thing to see because of the Google dance that takes place. So it’s very possible that those rankings may fall of the 1st page overtime or rise and stay in their position, but either way, I will not worry because my goal will always be to keep chasing NEW keywords to rank under.

Note: You can check those positions on Google on your own if you want. The way I looked at my rankings was though a keyword tool’s option to check your ranking for any term you want. The tool is called Jaaxy, but it will give you accurate positions of your website no matter which keyword you type.

 

Before you continue reading, you have to be prepared for this:

You can follow all of my guidelines and what other people recommend to rank high on Google, but know that it will not always happen. In fact, I have never ever seen any website have all of their articles rank on page 1. 

For many different reasons including constantly new people trying to rank their articles high, your content and website will always be competing and fluctuating in the search engines. Rarely will most of your articles rank and stay high. 

You should NOT dwell on any single article or keyword you’re aiming to rank on page 1. What I will show you is ways to improve basically most of your rankings, and in many cases all the way to page 1. This approach also helps your articles be more stable in their rank so they tend to fluctuate less and in many cases gradually rise higher and higher. 

Guideline 1:

I think any website needs to have at least a 100 articles posted. The more you have, the more you are seen as an authority by Google. This by far is going to be the most important factor for your website.

A lot of people don’t realize that SEO and authority depend a lot on how much content your website has and produces. The more, the better and the 100 article quota isn’t a universal rule, but it’s good to try to make your website have at least that much. I used to say it was less, but more and more people are blogging so the quota does increase.

Also another important thing is words per article. I used to say it should be at least 1,000. In 2016, I have heard a lot of people I respect in this business say it’s risen to about 2,000 words. Again, you don’t have to always try and stick to this rule, but just understand that content plays the most critical factor in a website’s success. 

If you complete this guideline, just know that it will help your website continue to see success. I notice my rankings have FAR faster and higher positioning now than they did a year ago. That’s because I had way less articles than I do now and this helped my overall image improve with Google.

This year, I am trying to write at least 200-300 new articles on my website. Each year, I get to about 200. But the more I write, the more I get ranked very high and I will show you a recent article that proves this.

Guideline 2:

The lower your keyword competition, the more odds your site will hit page 1. Online marketers have different ways to classify which keywords are worth chasing, but every time, we all look for the same thing: Maximum traffic and competition has to be as little as possible.

Using my own approach, I actually stick to a more flexible rule: I target ANY keyword that makes sense to write about regardless of how much traffic it gets and I also do look for it to have very little competition. 

Guideline 3: 

Interlink your articles. When you have A LOT of content, you need to create internal links between them to have traffic flowing to different pages. It does help your site get noticed more by Google.

Guideline 4: 

If possible, share your desired article/s with people on social networks. When you get more likes, shares and people talking about your article, it shows Google this article is important. Social shares also play a big role in ranking higher.

Note: While each guideline is important, I would say the first 2 are the most important to follow.

My most recent article got ranked in position 3:

Let us see how following just the first 2 guidelines helped an article I wrote on 2/9/16 get ranked quickly and on page one:

Guideline 1: By the time I wrote this article, I had over 400 posts. 

Guideline 2: The keyword was extremely low in competition (only 1 competing page but only 40 searches a month which as I said I don’t worry about):

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And then when I posted it, a few days later, here is where it popped up:

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I know it’s going to still bounce around the rankings for a bit, but in this case, I found a great term. I don’t normally find these kinds of keywords and in some cases when I do, they still don’t always rank that high, but as I said, it’s not always going to happen this way. 

Any place that says it’ll rank you on page 1 fast is deceiving you:

There are many systems and software programs I classify as black hat which say they will get you ranking high in as little as 24 hours. I am here to tell you those programs only work for a short time before you get penalized for using them. 

I criticize every black hat program I review because of this problem and yet I still get people who say it works. They always say this because they haven’t seen the bad side of it hit just yet so they think it’s going to work forever, it won’t. 

When you provide great content, Google will reward you:

This is what Wealthy Affiliate has always said and they have always been right about this. It is the only real, long term way to achieve page 1 positions as well as stable rankings. I have never seen a better way to do this that isn’t black hat. 

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13 Comments

  1. Lively Prince

    A great article indeed. I myself believe in long quality articles. There are some people for whom short articles work the best, but I’ve found that majority of big names in blogging & marketing industry to be writing long quality articles without making it boring.

    I don’t really think one needs 100 pages to rank well in google or rank well for some keywords. I agree that more quality content helps, but it’s not really necessary to have 100 pages to rank that well.

    Creating 35-40 articles, long ones and making them all about quality can be just enough to help you stand out in the crowd.

    Though you do need to appoint some strategies to make your content reach a wider audience.

    But overall, it’s a great read.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Vitaliy

      Not everyone will need to go as far as the 100 article mark, but that is more meant for people who have no social media or general following. Lots of the big names you speak of have a big following, so even writing 1 article and having that following crave the content and comment on it, while also sharing it is why certain blogs and people reach results faster than those who start without those perks.

  2. Linda

    I have seven content driven websites, some are e-commerce with blogs and I have found what you are describing to be the absolute truth. My two main websites are only over a year young :)….it seems the more quantity I write the better it ranks. I also agree the best keywords are still available, as the world changes so does the reader’s interest and search phrases.

    Since you seem to understand this process better than most, what are the biggest changes you are experiencing within Google? Do you forecast any new conditions to shake it up a bit? Congratulations on 400 posts, this takes a lot of dedication and I can tell you treat this with a scheduled determination. It seems I need to get busy, I can see the goals I need to reach now.

    With Kind Regards,

    Linda

    • Vitaliy

      Hi Linda, as usual, it is a pleasure to get your thoughts on my posts. Regarding both your questions on the changes I see from Google and forecasts, I really sum it up in my post on Penguin 4.0 which is basically all you need to know regarding both those issues.

      I personally see nothing but improvement from Google on ranking content based on the same parameters I’ve been talking about to reach page 1.

  3. Alexx Armstrong

    I totally agree with so many things you said, and can really take it to heart.

    100 pages is a good number. I think a lot of people think their little starter 5 pages is going to get them where they want to be and it’s just not practical.

    I also agree about the length of articles. I’m really tired myself of looking up information and seeing these cryptic short responses to my search surrounded by a million ads which take forever to load followed by a pop up that covers the miserable little paragraph I’m trying to get to LOL.

    You’ve set a huge writing goal for yourself and I’m totally impressed by how much you’ve done so far. 400 posts is a lot of great work. Good job and good info… thanks for the article.

  4. Owain

    I am very glad that I came across this article. I have only just started my website but I see I have a very long way to go. I can’t think how I will get to 100, let alone continually add like you do. The tip about internal links is good also and I will try to implement that.

    • Vitaliy

      You’re not going to get to a 100 articles quickly and especially alone, but if you set a schedule for writing a certain amount every week, you will eventually reach it. Honestly a 100 articles, written once a day would only take you 3 months and a few weeks to reach.

  5. Franklin

    Thank you for the great post it is very useful. I have a website under construction and getting it ranked on top in the google search engine has been quite a challenge. How long did it take you to get the top rankings? I will try and apply the tips you have stated. Thanks so much.

    • Vitaliy

      You’ll get some first page rankings within a few months if your keyword’s competition is low enough but for more popular search terms, I would say over a year, but it snowballs in that you’ll get more and more 1st page rankings as time goes along.

  6. Kevin

    Wow. This is very interesting and it does make sense. I agree that you need a good amount of articles. Though I’m not sure about 2,000 word articles. I would think that people would consider quality over quantity. I suppose some could be that length though. Thanks for the information!

    • Vitaliy

      They do Kevin, but if you offer quality, the more you offer it, the better which is why articles that tend to rank higher on Google also by correlation have longer content.

  7. Karlo

    Obviously you have a lot of experience about ranking on page 1 and you can give people great tips about rankings. I agree that you have to look for low keyword competition so you can have more success. The problem is that most of good keywords are already taken (QSR over 300).

    • Vitaliy

      This is not true Karlo. In fact, I would say most of the good keywords are NOT “taken” and you have more “green” keywords at your disposal than competitive ones, just add some extra terms to your keyword search that makes sense and you’ll see it has less competition.

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