How to get in the first page of Google

How to get in the first page of Google

Whenever I write content for my website or blog, I want a page 1 ranking on Google.

It’s important to learn techniques about how to get in the first page of Google, because most people searching for information these days don’t look much further than the first or second pages of their search results. If you’re not on the first few pages, it’s likely that your article will never see the light of day, let alone reach its intended audience.

So, with no further ado, here’s 5 easy steps to show you how to get your article or blog post ranking on Google – and how to appear on thate all important first page of Google search results.

Step by Step: How to Get Ranked on Page 1 of Google

Firstly and foremost, you need to make sure your website or blog is set up for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

  1. Clearly define the purpose of your article and the points you want to cover.
  2. Research your topic for suitable long-tail Keywords using an application like Jaaxy
  3. Write your article, using the keyword in the title and first paragraph
    1. Avoid keyword stuffing
    2. Write naturally with a conversational style
    3. Follow a logical structure for your article or post
    4. Make good use of headings and images to break up the content
    5. Aim for an article between 1000-2000 words if possible
    6. Invite comments and feedback at the end of the post
  4. Publish and submit your article to Google (you can also use webmaster tools to do this)
  5. Share your content via Social Media (Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Linkedin etc)

Keyword Research in Action

Recently I wrote a landing page article for Wealthy Affiliate using Keyword research. As Wealthy Affiliate is already fully optimized for search engines, I’ll just walk you through steps 2-6 listed above, to show you how I went about it.

1. Purpose of Article

In this case, my article talks about how to build a free website or blog to inspire more people to get creative and write about topics they are passionate about.

In this instance, I targeted horse riders, as many take on ‘project horses’ (horses that need a lot of work and TLC) so I wanted to demonstrate how a blog is a great way to document their journey and the progress of their four legged friend.

2. Keyword Research

I jumped on to Jaaxy to do my keyword research. Jaaxy is an absolutely fantastic application and I could spend hours on it. It’s highly addictive and I always finish up with many topics and keywords that I save for future articles.

Start with a broad search term. In this case I started with “create a free website.”

As you can see from the screenshot below, this gets an average of 13,247 searches per month. But the Quoted Search Results (QSR) is high and the Keyword Quality Indicator (KQI) is poor.

Jaaxy SEO Keyword Research Tool
As rule of thumb, I try to find keywords with:

  • Avg. (searches) of 50 or more
  • QSR of 50 or less (but anything under 200 is fine)
  • and KQI needs to be Great

Jaaxy will suggest keywords, and as you can see, it suggested “how to create a free website” which fits all my criteria for a perfect keyword. However, I decided to see if I could find an even better keyword and after a few minutes research found this one:

Jaaxy SEO Keyword Tool
This keyword is a great example.

But, in the end I decided to call my article “How to create a free website for a small business or blog” as this was made up of many of the keyword combinations I had researched…

Below are all examples of long tail keywords within the title of my blog post:

  • How to create a free website
  • Create a free website
  • Create a free website for a small business

Why not try Jaaxy for yourself, just type in a phrase in the box below and check out the results;

 

3. Write article naturally with a conversational style

Big rule of thumb:

Don’t compromise the readability of your content when using Keywords!

I use a pretty simple structure for my posts as follows:

  1. Introduce topics
  2. Point of wisdom1
  3. Point of wisdom2
  4. Point of wisdom3 etc.
  5. Summary
  6. Conclusion or call to action

Use of images throughout your articles helps illustrate ideas, creates visual flair and enhances the overall content and readability of the page.

4. Publish and submit article to Google

Submitting published articles to Google can speed up the process of getting indexed on Google, and it’s pretty quick and easy to do.

add url to googleI also use XML sitemap for all in one SEO and Webmaster Tools on my WordPress sites as this ensures any content is quickly submitted and search able on index.

5. Share content on Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and similar applications are a great way to generate traffic to your content quickly and invite feedback. You can even set up WordPress to automatically share content on social media through the use of plug-ins.

Or just copy the post URL and paste directly into a new post on Facebook etc.

If you are prepared to spend a few dollars, you can also set a budget on Facebook and boost your post. This is quite effective, especially if you narrow down your target audience to people who like topics related to the content you have written.

Boost Facebook Post
If you are going to boost a post on Facebook, or do any advertising, I’d recommend you set a budget on what you want to spend, and monitor results carefully, to make sure you’re getting the results you expect.

The proof is in the results!

After 24 hours, my latest post was indexed and showing on Google. A quick Google search shows that I have been ranked on PAGE ONE. Now that’s what I call a result!

Google search
Interested to learn more?

Visit Karen at Wealthy AffiliateI hope you enjoyed this simple overview of how to use SEO keyword research when writing content for the web.

If you’d like to find out more about this topic and everything else you’d ever need to know to build a successful website, I recommend you check out Wealthy Affiliate. It’s free to join, plus, you can build your very own website in less than five minutes.

Please feel free to connect using the comments box below, or visit me over at Wealthy Affiliate.

Thanks for reading, Cheers, Karen

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24 Responses so far.

  1. Great article Karen, as a blogger myself, gaining any kind of understanding on how to make my content rank quicker and higher in Google is always something I am interested in. I also am a huge fan of Jaaxy. I use it for researching and narrowing all of my post ideas.

  2. Simo says:

    Hi Karen, thanks for the informative article.

    I was just wondering if there are any possible drawbacks on publishing every blog post url to Google?

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Simo, if you are only posting 2-3 times a week, that shouldn’t be a problem. But there are other ways to increase exposure on the web which will all contribute to boosting your rankings including: adding the page to your XML sitemap (make sure sitemap is submitted to Google), add the page to your RSS feeds, tweet your page, Facebook status update, GooglePlus Update etc, email your post to your subscribers. I will try and expand on these ideas in a future post, thanks so much for your feedback, Cheers, Karen

  3. Simon says:

    Well done for accomplishing first page results status for your post. To achieve landing posts on the first page of search engine results has your website got to be well established?
    You mention there are WordPress plugins for automatically uploading shared content to Social Media channels, this is something I will be looking to initiate in the not too distant future. Can you name a good plugin for a newbie to get started?
    Thanks for all your tips regarding attaining the first page of search results, I’ve learnt loads from your review. I’m determined to achieve your status one day.
    Thanks for your time,
    Simon.

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Simon, thanks for reading and I’m glad you got some tips from this article. There’s so many auto sharing plugins, it really does come down to personal preference. A few good ones are JetPack Publicize and Social Media Auto Post & Scheduler. I suggest you do a google search on ‘best auto sharing plugins for social media’ as there’s heaps of reviews online which will help you decide. All the best with your website and feel free to drop me an email any time. Cheers, Karen

  4. brad says:

    So glad to see a well written and easy to understand article explaining how to index and what it is required to get that first page ranking. A lot of great suggestions that work for yourself, so not just pulling them out of a hat. I enjoy working with Jaaxy, and is a great keyword tool for anyone who has not used it. I will be implementing some of your suggestions into my best practise methods. Thanks!!

  5. Tucker says:

    Hi Karen!

    Great site and post! I’m taking notes on those social media sharing plugins you mentioned to Simon above. I’ve built accounts for my new site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but managing social posts from one easy plugin or application is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
    Overall, thanks for the insights!
    Tucker

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hey Tucker – Sounds like you’ve been pretty busy with your social media strategy. I’ve used Hootsuite for a while now to manage my social media and it’s a pretty good platform. Perhaps worth checking out? Cheers, Karen

  6. I love your post. This is such a nice concise description of what is needed to get indexed by Google. Great graphics and descriptions to match. Thank you for pointing out the call to action and asking for comments. Those last few tasks are so easy to overlook.
    Michelle

  7. akbar zaib says:

    that was a very informative post. I really like the way you explain all steps and then show the proof in the end. I am also using the Jaaxy for my keyword research and found it the best one.
    I have recently made a website and now in a process of writing posts. I’ll always come back to your post during my writing to make sure I’m heading in the right direction, as the ultimate goal is to be on page 1 of Google.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Nicole says:

    Thanks for this great information! It is really valuable to me, especially where I am at now.

  9. Ingojace says:

    Wow! I usually find tutorials like this a bit of a slog to get through, but you were amazingly clear and concise. I value every “trick of the trade” I can pick up — always learning. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for more posts from you! Thanx for the great job!

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hey thanks, I’m pleased to hear that this was easy to follow. It can be tricky to get the right balance of technical and information – there’s nothing worse than having TMI to try and wade through! We’re all busy people right? Best wishes with your online blog or website, cheers, Karen

  10. Nick says:

    Amazing article! There was a lot of extremely valuable information and I really look forward to seeing your future posts!

  11. shannon says:

    This really gave me confidence in what I have been trying with my website I have at least 3 of these reccomendations done on a regular. It could be more often but I am working towards that! How long have you been writing online and do you feel the need to be good writer to reach first page accomplishments?

    Thanks for sharing

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Shannon, great question. Unfortunately for our readers, no you do not need to be a great writer to reach first page accomplishments, but if you want to truly engage with and create trust in your audience, working on your writing style is a must. Otherwise you’ll get lots of clicks through to your site, but a really high bounce rate and low conversion rate. Another topic for another time perhaps! Thanks again for your feedback and comments. Cheers, Karen

  12. Brittaney says:

    Great article Karen! You have outlined the steps to a great article so clearly, with each step being simple enough to follow. I also really like that you have encouraged us to utilize Jaaxy, as I think it is a really wonderful tool to do keyword research, and it is very easy to use!

    I think the hardest part for a lot of people in this process is the writing normally without keyword plugging. I have seen too many posts with keywords just randomly thrown in there. It has been a cautionary tale for my own blog for sure, and I definitely strive for a more casual and conversational tone in my writing. I always try to keep my audience and how they’d likely want to be spoken to in the back of my mind!

    I hope others find this post as helpful as I know I did!

    • KD Forsman says:

      Hi Brittaney, glad you found this info of value… yes keyword stuffing is NOT the way to go at all. Mr Google does not like it at all. All the best with your writing, Cheers, Karen

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