Have you written some great posts on your blog and are looking to get some visitors? As you may know, your blog is nothing without traffic. You may be writing incredible content, but if nobody comes along to read it, what’s the point? I know how to get my blog on Google, and I know how to keep it there.
Today I will show you exactly how I do it!
It’s actually not as hard as you may think. All you need are a few proven methods and some patience. In 5 minutes, you’ll know exactly how to get your pages shown in the Google search results!
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It All Boils Down To Content… High-Quality Content
Ask yourself this: Why are you blogging?
Is it to make money? To help people?
Whatever the reason may be, you always need to create content that your readers will find useful. If your visitors don’t like your posts, chances are high that Google doesn’t either.
Focus on providing as much value as you possibly can. Really spill the beans and go out of your way to help your readers with any problems they may have. If you are genuinely helpful and care about your readers, the sales will follow naturally.
Aim towards creating lengthy, in-depth content that provide incredible value to your visitors. 1,000+ words is ideal, but I’d say if you need more words, keep on writing. The more words you have, the easier it will be for Google to match your blog content to phrases that people are searching for. (Keywords)
Focus On ONE Keyword Per Post – Don’t Stuff!
If you’ve not implemented a keyword strategy to your blog yet, you need to start immediately.
Keywords are words or phrases that people are searching for on Google, ideally several times a month. By including these keywords in each one of your posts, you to target that specific audience.
A keyword also becomes the main subject of a post, which means that you focus on talking about things related specifically to that keyword in that post. The more relevant you keep your post to your keyword, the more Google will relate your post with the keyword.
By doing proper keyword research, you can easily find phrases that people are searching for on a monthly basis.
NOTE: Knowing how to properly research keywords is crucial. Unfortunately, it stretches beyond the scope of this post. I suggest that you check out my favorite training platform to learn more about mastering keyword research.
So, how does this work in practice?
As an example, let’s say the phrase “How to make money on Instagram” gets 150 searches per month and you wish to write a post around that very subject.
How should you go about and write that post, then? Fill your entire post with the main keyword, and its related keywords?
No. Google is smarter than that, and will most likely punish your blog for doing so. (This is called keyword stuffing, by the way)
It’s actually simpler than that. All you need to do is to include your main keyword/phrase in the following:
- The title of the post.
- The 1st paragraph (or above the fold) of your post.
- The META title.
- The META description.
Then write naturally and focus on the reading experience of your readers. Ultimately, your readers are those who will consume your content. They’re the ones who will buy from you. The longer you can keep your readers engaged, the more Google will love you.
Give Google A Map To Your Blog
Adding your blog to Google’s Search Console comes with many great benefits, but the main one we’ll focus on today is the ability to submit a sitemap.
A sitemap outlines the structure of your blog, and makes it easier for Google to find and crawl all pages on it. This helps to get your blog posts indexed (added to Google) faster.
If you don’t have Google Search Console set up for your blog yet, I suggest you first learn the basics of building a money-generating blog from the very same place I did.
Your plugin may require that you enable the sitemap feature before you can use it. In AIO it’s just a matter of clicking “Activate” on the “XML Sitemap” in the Feature Manager. See the screenshot below.
When you have your sitemap all setup on your blog, head over to the Google Search Console.
Make sure you have your website property selected (in my case it’s amcritic.com), and then click on “Sitemaps” in the left hand menu.
Where it says “Enter Sitemap URL” enter sitemap.xml and then click Submit.
Aaaand… you’re done!
Google will now read this sitemap periodically. As you continuously write posts, Google will peek into this file more often and eventually you’re gonna start seeing your posts get indexed sooner.
Be Predictable With Your Posting Routine
Being able to get high rankings on Google is great.
However, maintaining those rankings for a long time is awesome!
Keep posting content regularly. Set a weekly or monthly posting goal and hold yourself accountable. Google loves fresh content and active blogs.
How many posts per week/month, you ask? As many as possible, but don’t burn yourself out.
The more content you have on your blog, the easier Google can find keywords to match with search queries.
Life always comes first, though, so set a goal you’re comfortable with and confident that you will be able to hit week after week.
Personally I go for 3 posts per week or 15 posts per month.
I often overshoot my goals, but I can be confident that if anything unexpected would happen in my life, I’d still be able to reach that minimum goal fairly easy.
Set goals that suit your lifestyle and schedule.
Have Patience… Lots. Of. Patience.
Even after implementing all the aforementioned strategies, you still need to be patient and avoid setting unrealistic expectations and goals for your blog.
If your blog is new, Google needs time to establish that you are in it long-term and not just another temporary “smash n grab” opportunity seeker. Regularly provide your readers with high quality content and the rankings will follow.
The first six months can feel extremely dreadful, but if you hang in there, and stay focused and determined, you’ll hit those rankings eventually. It’s all a matter of persistence, and when it comes to a long-term business like your blog, a period of six months is nothing.
When progress starts to feel slow, imagine yourself a year from now. The income that your blog will be generating and the visitors that will keep trickling into your blog, more or less on autopilot.
Finally, I recommend that you avoid looking at your stats too often. I’ve been guilty of this on more than one occasion. Looking at your (lack of) stats every single day will trick your brain into thinking that your blog will never be able to get any traffic, never make any sales.
Eventually, you’ll drive yourself insane or, worse… unmotivated. In many cases, lack of motivation leads to quitting – not too uncommonly, right before you start seeing some success. So stay away from the stats as much as you can!
What Have We Learned?
So, before hitting that “Publish” button for your next post, you should make sure that you go through this short 4-step checklist:
- Does your post contain 1,000+ words of high-quality content?
- Is your post constructed based on the results of proper keyword research?
- Can Google find its way around your blog, with the help of a sitemap?
- What will you write about next, in order to make sure you publish posts regularly?
Keep doing this, and you’ll be seeing results in the search pages eventually. Just remember to be patient. You’re in this for the long haul, aren’t you? Let it take time. If SEO was instant, more people would be doing it.
Luckily, I know how to get my blog on Google, and now you know how to do the same with yours! Keep writing and stay focused. Good things are coming your way!
If you wish to learn more, check out my personal go-to training. There’s tons of knowledge being shared on a daily basis, by bloggers like yourself.
Let me know in the comments below if you need any help or if there’s something I’m not very clear about, and I’ll take a look as soon as I can.
To your success!