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