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My Four Secrets on How To Be On Page 1 of Google Search Results Page

A fellow blogger asks me: “How did you get your blog to be on page 1 of Google search results?”

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The question is nothing new. Many bloggers and webmasters have been wanting to get listed on the first page of Google’s search engine results page (SERP).

Why Google SERP? It is because estimates have it that Google accounts for about 80% – 90% of all search engines traffic to blogs and websites.

In addition, as a blogger I believe that search engines  traffic, especially coming from Google, is the only source of free and steady traffic to your blog.

Actually I have already published a post on this topic sometime ago. Based on my experience, getting listed on the first page of Google SERP is a function of four (4) factors. Of course, there are other factors, but I think the following four (4) are the most important.

1. Content

Content is king. To get high on Google search rankings, it is important to have good quality and updated content.

This is so because everytime Googlebot, the web crawling robot,crawls your website pages, it collects documents to build a searchable index for Google search. The more updated your content is, the more it is added to the Google index by which search results are taken.

2. Niche

To be able to get high rankings on Google, it is also necessary to have a niche –the specific class of readers and subscribers with their own needs for information, knowledge and data, who regularly visit (patronize) your blog and read your content.

If your blog is a hodge-podge or mixture of unrelated topics and offers articles taken from “free articles” sites, or a private label rights that can be found on dozens of other blogs, then it won’t get high rankings on Google SERP.

So, what’s the solution? Simple. You publish a unique or high quality content, and have a niche. This way, the pages of your blog are related, since Google always wants to show relevant sites in the search results.

For example, if your niche is business, don’t publish unrelated topics such as celebrity gossips and write about photography. Focus on your blog’s niche.

3. Links.

Links are small routes leading to your website, and the more links you have, the more visible is your blog in search engines.

Thus, when people type in a search relating to your content or blog title, it is possible for your blog’s uniform resource locator (URL) to be exposed even if the search results may be revealing another website housing your link.

Therefore, link building is necessary. However, if you regularly publish unique and good quality content posts in your blog, you will be able to generate links with other websites and blogs.

Another technique to build your links is to comment on other good blogs and include your URL in your comment. This will not only increase your visibility to Google and Yahoo! for example, but will also contribute to improving your page rank.

In short, the more links point to your blog, the more chances that your blog gets positions in Google’s search results. However, as I’ve previously discussed in my other posts, the links to your blog must be from trusted sites, and not from porn or gambling sites, for example.

4. Keywords.

When you write your post, use keywords. Why keywords? The reason for this is that when people search the web, they do it in keywords.

For instance you want to go for a vacation in Singapore and you want to stay in a budget hotel. So you want to search for keywords, like: “Singapore budget hotels.” You don’t just search for hotels or for Singapore.

In short, keywords add strength to the title of your post and topic, thus improving your blog’s visibility through search engine optimization (SEO)

In conclusion, these four are the important factors that influence the position of your blog in Google’s search results.

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  1. thanks again for sharing such an informative article. i’m still working on the “niche” part. i don’t know what to focus on.

    happy blogging!

  2. I am impressed with the fact that you can really write well about these kinds of topics! You are indeed an intelligent man.

    I am quite familiar with some of these since I am working in a web hosting company.

    Substantial and useful information as always Eli! 🙂

  3. I am familiar with all of these four. Easy as you read but it is actually of hard work to do. Specially link building and keeping your blog updated.

  4. The hardest thing for me is to keep the content original. Granted I have many animals to write about, but it is still hard to find something that hasn’t already been written about. I am still figuring out the link building. I keep my blog updated but not always with the best of content. Thanks for this great information.

  5. Eli, when I started blogging about seven months ago, I kept seeing “content is king.” I firmly believe that. I started out as not ranked at all, moved up to the 25 million range in Alexa rankings, and I’m around the 119,000 range now which I believe is due to original content and my niche. Plus I have some great readers like yourself that visit my blog. Another well written article from you as usual.

  6. thanks Eli, as usual I picked another pointer from you, I may not often left comment, but I visited you regularly, not a click and go visit. LOL..

  7. Very helpful to many bloggers and web masters. There is nothing better then keeping fresh content and staying on topic. Of course stopping by other blogs like yours, and commenting doesn’t hurt either. Especially when there is good articles to read!!

  8. Very helpful tips as usual, Atty. Submitting our blogs to various directories would also help our blogs to be on top of the SERPs. I once joined a SERP contest. I learned to research on how to do some tricks and my friends Uncle Che and Windy also helped me out in getting to the top.

  9. thanks for such a wonderful information , i will try that but i have a question
    you always say content is the king .
    but what if my website is just a tool website not a blog . what i should do to SEO it ?
    sorry for my bad english

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