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9 SEO Tips to Dominate Google Search Results
In this article I am going to share SEO tips that I use to dominate Google search results. There are absolutely no tricks involved here as it is all hard work, and very transparent. All of the content that I publish to promote is definitely original content and highly valuable for each website.
I am going to use a real life post as an example that was not ranking on the first 10 pages of Google. I do not like revealing my exact keywords to certain pages, however I have so many high-ranking pages that I can afford to use a few as examples for you.
Please do not take advantage of my keywords that I am using in this search engine optimization tutorial. It is simply not the right thing to do.
#1. Choose which keyword you want to rank for
The first thing I do is create a list of potential keywords that I would like to rank for, all being similar. If I have a post or page that already exists then I can research what keywords the post is ranking for through Google Analytics.
I can see which keywords bring in the traffic for each particular article. Then I can research those keywords and see which one is getting the highest search volume as shown below.
Please note that I often go for many keywords in the one article. This means that I can rank number one for many different search combinations. This is one mistake that people often make. They presume that you can only go one or two keywords in an article.
#2. Research the keyword in the Google keyword tool
Criteria for keyword:
- Over 1000 exact monthly searches
- Over $1 CPC if Adsense website
- You can also check competition and earnings potential.
There are more things to look and everyone does this differently. Please feel free to share your criteria for picking keywords down in the comment section.
In the screenshot below I have entered the keyword “computer maintenance” into the Google keyword tool. I have chosen to see exact match and broad searches. In this case I am going off the exact searches.
You will see me optimizing a page for this keyword in the video below. This process alone can take a lot of your time, and if you have the money I would suggest buying Keyword winner as it will deliver the best words directly to your post. Then you can use them to your advantage.
#3. Research your Competitors
I like to type in the keyword and go to at least five of the top ranking websites. I then see what content they are offering, and more importantly what content they are not offering. The question is what is missing, and what can you do better?
It takes experience to recognize an opportunity or loophole that is available. Therefore do not panic if you cannot pick anything wrong with your competitors websites. The knowledge will come with experience.
#4. Perform Onpage SEO
You know the drill. H1, H2, H3, keywords, meta descriptions, and so on. Onpage SEO techniques are a massive part of how I make money. As you will see I am using SEOPressor because I know it works! You can see my latest SEOPressor review which includes the new updated version 5 which is absolutely amazing for your Onpage SEO.
Also after researching your competitors websites, you now know what to include in your content. You can also take the best parts of all your competitors and use them in your one article. That makes your article the one stop shop for that keyword. I do not suggest that you copy any content at all, but I do think you should write everything in your own words and add your own tips.
The big difference between you and your competitors is that you would have optimized your content and will dominate Google search because you have invested the time to succeed.
#5. Write for Humans – SEO tips
Read through your post after doing your onpage SEO optimization and make sure you have killer content that is suitable for humans and not made for the search engines. Yes we do need on page SEO, but there is a delicate balance between writing for the search engines and writing for humans. You can definitely incorporate both methods into your post and with experience, this will not be noticeable. Your post will simply look like you have not performed search engine optimization it at all.
#6. Internal linking
I believe that internal linking within your website is one the best SEO tips and is far more important than any other linking. Lets face it, if you are not giving your own post a thumbs up, then how can you expect others to do so? Years ago I did not even know that link building even existed, but I did, for some unknown reason, incorporate internal linking into my website. I did not even know that I was helping my own articles to rank in the search engines until I studied the reason for my success later.
When internal linking you will need to use a variety of keywords that all mean the same thing. For example if I want to do some internal linking for a post about “computer maintenance” I would make a list of all the keywords that can mean the same thing.
Some examples could be:
computer maintenance tips
computer maintenance help
computer maintenance articles
about computer maintenance
If I was to just build links using the main keyword of “computer maintenance” it simply look like spam.
#7. Articles distributed
Yes, I still do all sorts of article marketing. This can include submitting an original article to Ezine articles, posting an article on blogger, also on a free WordPress blog, Squiddo, Guest posting, and so on. Everyone has their own way of promoting their websites and all of this is part of mine. There is no right way or wrong way, the only way is the one that works the you.
#8. Other linking
I am not big on other forms of linking, however if I am on a forum and see the opportunity to mention something, I will. I will only mention a link if it adds value to that post. I do not want to be seen as spammer and leaving links where they are not welcome.
I do however leave links on Yahoo answers, but I actually give very valuable answers in exchange for those links.If you are looking linking opportunities see Ben’s 18 backlinking techniques.
#9. Using your Websites
I like to use some of my existing websites to also get a possible back link to the article I am promoting. Of course the two topics have to be related and this is why I like to make websites that are in a similar niche. This is a huge advantage and is one of the reasons I do not venture into outside a topics. This is not shown in the video because it is not totally necessary, but is definitely an advantage if you have this opportunity.
SEO Tips Video – Dominate Google Search Results
It is very hard to learn how to dominate Google search results unless you can really see it for yourself. This is why I have made a video showing exactly what I did to get to the first page of Google. As you can see there are no tricks or secrets here. Please excuse the audio as it is a bit up and down.
Notes about this video:
- Video was originally uploaded on 11 Sep 2011
- In April 2013 the page I show here is ranking for “computer maintenance tips” in position 5 on page one.
- This is not a scam, it is very real.
- No further promotion was done except the occasional bonus link created by other people.
I have to tell you that I have entered a highly competitive niche using the words “computer maintenance” as I am competing with software manufacturers, big company computer websites, and even IT repair guys. Of course I will have to work extremely hard to keep a position on the first few pages of Google. If I slack off, which I probably will, I will be blasted out of the rankings.
Also bare in mind that I did this for $0 when other companies have a huge budget to play with. If I gain a .edu or .gov link for this page it will cement my position better. At the moment I do not have one..
Please note that when searching in Google if you are logged into your Google account or you have a cookie on your computer, they will deliver results that are tailored to your needs. For example they will show pages you have shared or visit often, pages your friends share, and more. The search may be geared towards your location. This is a problem when trying to see the true SERP (search engine rank placement).
Here is a video I made showing how to search Google anonymously
This video will help with keyword research
Video showing how I use Scribe SEO from CopyBlogger
Will all these SEO tips and promotion keep me at the top of the search engines?
Yes and No. If your competition is slack and is not fighting for the position, and you have done all the hard work then yes, possibly you could stay at the top of the search engines. However if your competition notices that you have taken over in the rankings, they may fight back and a war could be started.
I have noticed with Google’s latest algorithm, you really have to be on the ball and have the latest and freshest content to be up in the top of the search engines. For me to keep my computer maintenance page on the first page of Google, I need to update the post often and also build links to it. If your page is very important and brings in a lot of money, then I suggest you work hard on it. Unfortunately you will have to prioritize your own promotion methods and choose which SEO tips to use to benefit you. I have used this page as an example but it is not listed as one of my important pages compared to others. Therefore if I had to make a choice, then I will let this one go.
Have you got any SEO tips to share on how you dominate Google search results?