Why the first page of Google? FREE traffic!
Who doesn’t want it?
Think about it, if we can get hundreds or thousands of visitors every day to our website, what happens the next?
Higher chance to convert!
As an affiliate marketer, the best thing to see is that traffic comes into my website every day. Because that means my website can work for me 24/7/365 and will bring in income again and again even when I’m not working.
I am not an expert, I just did what I learned and it works. So in this post, I am going to show you how to rank on the first page of Google.
How to Write a Post?
1. Use Long Tail Keyword
So, what is a long-tail keyword?
Here I am going to use a travel niche as an example, and explain it.
(My the other website is a travel niche website and it is relatively new. I know I shouldn’t have done this… started 2 websites almost at the same time only because I love both niches…but I did. So… anyway..let’s continue…)
Let say I am going to write a blog post about travelling to Japan.
If my keyword is “Japan”, obviously there would be too many competitors. There are too many topics that could be related to “Japan”.
The users who typed in “Japan” might not be looking for information about travelling to Japan at all.
In fact, the chance that they are looking for general information about this country might be bigger.
So if we use “Travel to Japan” as our keyword, there are still too many competitors.
When you go to Jaaxy, there is a data call “QSR“, which basically tells you how many websites are trying to use the same keyword.
So Jaaxy shows me that there are more than 250 websites use this exact keyword. Which means the chance to get ranked on the first page for this keyword is very low.
But if we try the other long-tail keyword “How to travel to Japan on a budget”, the competitors straight away going down to 35. So that is low competition, and I will have a higher chance to be on the first page once my post gets ranked.
So, let’s have a look at the pictures below.
You can see the long tail keyword get my post ranked the first page of Google and also the great position.
2. Where to Put the Keyword?
This is a great question. Because if you use your keyword too many times, you won’t get ranked better. Instead, Google is going to penalize your site.
The suggestion is to use it in the following places:
- Post title
- The first paragraph
- Meta title or description
- Image alt tag
It also depends on how long is your post, you could place it a few more times throughout the content. But not overdensity.
3. Use H2 and H3 Subheadings
This is also important for SEO. The reason for that is very simple. No one likes to read a big block of content. Well… at least, majority.
We need to consider the readability for people who visit your site.
If you have a big wall of the content without any separation, most likely people will leave your site very quickly.
Subheadings can help people quickly find the information they need. Also, if you could make your content into small pieces, readers can easily go through without feeling too much stress.
Google can also pull the excerpt from your post, that is easier for readers to have the preview too.
4. Meta Title and Meta Description
You will need to customize the meta title and description the way you want them to appear on the search engine when someone searches it.
So the picture shows how I type in my meta tile, I use a capital letter for the first letter of each word. It is not necessary, but it can help your title stand out a bit.
And my meta description also has some of my keywords too.
5. Alt Description for Each Image
When you have supporting images, you need to customize the alt description for each image.
Because your image will also get ranked.
For example, look at the following pictures.
The one on the left shows that only “jpeg” on the picture, but no description. So the readers don’t know what it is, neither does google.
Think about it, when you go on Google, just right under the search bar, there are filter options for you to choose. You can search for keywords, shopping, news, images, videos, books..etc. They are there for a reason.
And that’s why you need to have the alt description for all of your images.
6. Internal Link and External Link
The internal link here means that you need to have at least one link that goes to your other post.
The reason for that is because Google then will know that your website has valuable content to offer to the readers.
And it will also to help the reader to stay on your website for longer.
The external link means that you also need to have at least one link that goes outside your website. This way will show Google that you are not just trying to hold everything within your site. You are also sharing some valuable stuff from other places.
7. Write More than a Thousand Words
You don’t need to write EVERY post over 1000 words, but you don’t want it to be too short.
A thousand words are not too long but also still provides a lot of information.
If you also break this a thousand words down to small pieces to make it easier to read. Readers would most likely read the whole thing. (Which means they will stay on your site longer too)
8. Site Speed Also Matters
If you are using WordPress as your platform, you can choose from many themes that help with your SEO. Because they can load faster. For example, GeneratePress is the one I’m using for this website. Lightweight and has everything you need, very easy to customize. And the service is awesome too.
1. Fetch as Google inside Google Search Console
So Google can index your post quicker. I always make sure that I fetch as Google after I hit publish. If you haven’t done that before, you can sign up Google Search Console here. You can also follow this guide to help you to get started.
Whether you have Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or other social platforms, share it. So when people link back from those authority websites, you also get a better chance to rank on the first page of Google. You are also creating engagement with your audience, and Google likes that.
No one knows how Google ranks posts and pages exactly. So there are many tips telling you how to rank on the first page of Google. But I always make sure that I do everything that I mentioned above, it works for me and sometimes it gets ranked within a couple of days.
Once your site gets more traffic and builds authority, it will get ranked more and easier.
So… keep working hard and share it! Consistency is the key! ( Yes, I’m telling myself too! )
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