If you have a website and are looking to get it ranked in search engines like Google so that you can get free traffic then keep reading. If not, well then I don’t know why you clicked on my post.
How to get your website on search engines is super easy, but actually getting your website ranked high on search engines is more difficult. And of course I’m guessing you want your website ranked high in the searches. After all, around half of the billions of people searching on Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc, each day click on the top 3 results.
Ideally you want to get your website ranked up there in the top 3 but that is often times not achievable. But you are at least going to want your site ranked on the first page of results. If you aren’t on the first page then you are really missing out.
And if you are wondering if I even know what the heck I’m talking about…. well… you found this post when searching online right? Exactly. I got this post and my website here ranked in the search engines by doing exactly what I’m going to be covering here…
Steps to Getting Ranked
#1) Research a Keyword to Target
The first thing you are going to need to do is research a keyword to target. And if you don’t know what I mean let me explain.
When someone searches a word or phrase of words in Google (ex: dog foods, best baseball bats, how to fish, etc) these are called keywords. And as a website owner you want to find keywords that are relevant to your website and try to get ranked for them.
So if you have a website about men’s watches, then you could target keywords like “top 10 mens sport watches” and all sorts of things like that.
However…. its not quite that easy… and you will need what is called a keyword research tool to do this.
Basically what a keyword research tool does is analyzes keywords and tells you how many people search for that keyword in a given time and how many other websites are ranked for that keyword. So with a tool like this you can find good keywords that people actually search for and that don’t have too much competition, thus giving you the ability to get ranked and get free traffic.
It is possible to rank without a keyword tool but you would likely be wasting a bunch of time trying to rank for things that you have no chance of ranking for.
And by the way, I use a keyword tool called Jaaxy if you are interested.
#2) Write Content Around Keyword
The next step is to include the keyword you chose in an article. You are going to want to write around this keyword so that it is the subject of the post.
Ex: if you chose the keyword “how to play the guitar in 3 simple steps” then you are going to want to write about “how to play the guitar in 3 simple steps”, which I think is pretty obvious.
You also need to put the keyword in the title of the article as well as in the body of the article itself. Putting it in the title will give you the best chances of ranking for it. It also helps to include it in the first 160 characters of the body so that it shows up in the meta description in the search engines.
Its important that you write unique content and don’t copy and post. If you do copy and paste you will not get ranked and this will defeat the purpose.
#3) Share on Social Media
Having more social sharing on a page/post on your website actually helps when it comes to ranking. The algorithms that Google, Yahoo, etc run off of take the social aspect into account. They want to bring viewers the best, most liked content around so it only makes sense to take this into consideration.
It would be good to share your page/post on Google +, Facebook, Twitter, etc. but if there is just one that you need to share it on it would be Google +. The reason is because Google favors this social media platform the most, because of course they own it and Google also is the most used search engine.
#4) Submit to Webmaster Tools
Lastly you are going to want to submit your new page/post to Google Webmaster Tools (aka Google Search Console) along with Bing Webmaster Tools.
This is not a completely necessary step to take but it can help you out. Basically what you are doing here is alerting the search engines that you just published a new page/post and that they need to check it out and rank it. They will more than likely rank it anyhow but for safe measures you can do this.
You Don’t Want to Just Get On Search Engines
I just want to reiterate again that you don’t want to just get “on” search engines. This isn’t going to necessarily do you any good. If you are ranked on a search engine but are on the 100th page you will probably never see any traffic the entire time you are ranked there.
It is essential to get ranked high in the searches, preferably the first page.
These are the exact steps that I take when I try to get posts ranked on my websites like this one. I have been doing this since 2015 and make a living off of it now.
There really is no secret to it all. You just find keywords, write content around them and get ranked. You actually don’t even need to share them on social media or submit them to webmaster tools, but when your website is new this will help your chances.
Something else that is important to know is that you won’t rank high when you first start out. When your site is new Google will not trust it and therefore will not rank it. It will take a while to gain Google’s and other search engines trust. As you gain their trust and get ranked more an more your site will gain authority and you will find it easier to rank as you move forward.
The key to getting ranked is patience. It doesn’t happen all at once. Its a slow process but its free traffic and well worth it.
Questions, comments? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂