When it comes to getting on the first page of Google quickly there are many SEO experts that will promise you the world and guarantee you a top ten ranking for your website.
But the truth is no one can guarantee you a first page ranking, but there are a number of ways you can optimise your webpage successful to ensure you have a much better chance.
In fact, by sticking to a number of basic rules and simple strategies, you can get a good ranking on the first page for a blog post in just 15 minutes or less.
Here are a few search engine optimisation tips to help you rank fast:
1. Keep your content fresh and real.
Many SEO experts will tell you that keywords are dead. This is however not true. To ensure a good ranking Google still need to know what your website is about, the services you provide, etc, and the best way to do this is through content that identifies this. But to do this successfully make sure your content is natural, and not overstuffed with keywords and phrases you want to be found for. Google is quick to spot a keyword-stuffer, so keep the articles content fresh, unique and real, as if you are speaking to someone naturally about your business.
2. Treat your SEO like a fitness workout.
When you want to get fit you workout, but if you workout too little you won’t get any benefits, and if you workout too hard and too often you end up burned out and in pain. Your website is very similar..too much optimisation too often can lead you to being penalised, and too little won’t be enough to get your site moving. Plan an SEO schedule and post new content, refresh existing content and do your usual SEO maintenance regularly and you’ll see massive improvements quickly.
3. Optimise EVERYTHING.
If you own a WordPress website, achieving a first page ranking is quite easy, if you ensure it is well optimised.
The free Yoast plugin for WordPress allows you to add search engine friendly titles, tags and descriptions to your pages and posts. But what most WordPress website owners fail to realise is that you can also go a lot deeper in your optimisation, and also give every image and tag it’s own title and description.
Keep in mind Google reads your website by code, not by physically viewing it like we do as humans, so ensuring you provide as much information as possible to every possible element of your site will assist Google in knowing how and where it should rank you. By even adding descriptions to your tags will tell Google a lot more about your website, and if the content you add is good, it will add a lot more authority ranking to your site as well, which Google values.
4. Backlinks are not dead.
Many SEO gurus will tell you back-linking is dead. But in fact this is untrue, however how you backlink and to whom you backlink, and how many backlinks you have are the key to a successful backlinking campaign. Linking to the right sites of value can increase your authority, but too much and the wrong sites and it can also penalise you. Best to leave this to a Backlinking SEO specialist that is a firm believer in the practice and knows how it works successfully.
5. Social Media Connectivity
One of the best ways to rank faster is to gain authority, and one of the best ways to do this is via social media. Getting people to share and like your content and also link through to your website from your social media pages can generate good authority value for your site.
6. Monitor your site and rankings regularly.
You won’t possibly know how you are progressing with your website’s rankings unless you use a good monitoring tool that can spy on your competitors and see how you rank, or better still, outrank them.
As a web developer I usually check my own sites and my clients against our fellow competitors on a weekly basis as a minimum, especially after a good seo session. Knowing your competitors website weaknesses makes it super-easy to focus on outranking them.
7. Security equals rankings
If you own a content-managed site, such as WordPress, you are basically running an operating system, and just like any operating system such as your car or your computer, it requires a service from time to time to ensure it is running efficiently and safely. Google don’t want to send its visitors to potentially dodgy sites that have outdated plugins or themes as these promote potential security risks and can also make the site load slow. So ensure you give your site a regular checkup and keep the site maintained and running efficiently will give you brownie points with Google.
8. The need for speed
Everyone knows that a faster loading site usually means more visitors. It also means that Google can crawl your site more efficiently. It is recommended that you run your site through the free GTmetrix.com website and check your loading time and see where it can be improved. If the size of images are slowing the site down, add an image optimised. If the site overall is loading slow add a Cache optimiser plugin, and also check you don’t have any additional plugins installed that might not be required. Plugins can weight the loading time down a lot, so remove any that are not needed to speed up the site.
So, use these cost-effective helpful hints above regularly and you’ll find that you also can get your site ranking for on the first page of Google within 15 minutes, by doing it the natural way.