Are you one of those writers who follow the unwritten rules of SEO?
Do you meticulously count the amount of keywords that you put into every article to reach that “perfect” keyword density?
Maybe you have contracted out to Fiverr to spread your backlinks around as part of your grand SEO strategy?
Do you make sure that even your pictures have your keywords or phrase?
Here’s the little secret that I found out about how to rank on page 1 of Google:
None of that really matters.
That’s right. You’ve been fooled. Bamboozled. Hoodwinked.
Maybe it once mattered greatly. Or maybe it still matters a bit. It’s hard to decide, as many people have tried and failed to keep up with the way that Google and other web search engines rank webpages. In fact, many experts don’t even know when Google changes its search algorithms until they publicly say so.
What does matter, however, is that there is one simple technique to let you rank on page 1 of Google.
You don’t have to spend money on any so called SEO experts, or replicate any strange black hat SEO strategies.
It’s a simple method should be in great demand, yet none of the vaunted SEO guru’s seem to be talking about it.
It’s something that will have even sites with the tiniest bit of web traffic leap up the search charts. In fact, this simple hack works best for people who have little traffic and can’t afford expensive SEO tools or consultants.
What is this secret?
Genuine and unique comments
Getting genuine comments is the one simple and easy way to shoot up the search engine rankings and cop the number one spot.
Don’t believe me?
Just a few months ago, I found myself ranking at the number one spot on the entire internet for my particular search term, without even employing any of the fancy techniques that are supposed to be necessary to do so.
The crazy thing is, just a week before, I hadn’t even found myself anywhere on the first few pages for that search term.
I had received a handful of genuine and relevant comments.
At first I wondered if it was a fluke. Surely being able to rank on page 1 of Google couldn’t be that easy! I had to test it again. I soon published another post. After a couple of days, I entered my keyword search term and looked.
And looked some more.
After reaching page five without seeing my article turn up, I decided to sit back and let the comments roll in. Within a few days, I had received a couple comments. I checked again to see my ranking.
There on the first page, and since then climbing steadily, was my post.
Why are genuine comments so important?
Despite all of the work that goes into making great search engine algorithms, there isn’t (and may never be) a way for these algorithms to work out how to perfectly rank content. As a result, search engines have to depend on a human element in order to figure out how valuable the content is to other readers. Simply using traffic as a measure won’t work, as traffic can be easily sent to non-quality content.
So they use user interaction in the form of comments to make that judgment.
My guess is that Google not only measures the number of comments, but also the quality. If I had allowed any of the many spam comments that regularly come in with enticing yet confusing comments on tarot cards or unfortunate accidents, it’s unlikely that my ranking would have improved much. But by receiving quality comments that are relevant to the original content, I was quickly able to improve my search rankings.
Have you figured out how to rank on page 1 of Google? Do you find that comments make a difference in how your content is ranked? Let me know in the comments section below!