Best SEO Strategies & Tactics That Really Work in 2019

Best SEO Strategies & Tactics That Really Work in 2019

Link building has long been the most volatile field in SEO. There has been much misinformation and rancor over the best way to build links, how quickly to build links, which links to build, and even whether or not to attempt link building at all.

What is SEO? 

Let’s start by taking a look what search engine optimization actually is. Search engine optimization (SEO), according to Wikipedia is:  the process of affecting the online visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engine’s unpaid results—often referred to as “natural”, “organic”, or “earned” results. Let’s translate that to everyday language:SEO is the process of optimizing your online content, so that search engines show it at the top of the search engine page results (SERP). What does that mean? It means that if, for example, you have a website that sells handmade jewelry, you can use SEO methods to optimize your website, making sure that when someone searches for handmade jewelry your site appears at the top of search results. Here’s an example of search engine results page (SERP):

Depending on the keyword, the first 3-4 top spots will be usually taken by paid search ads, and below that you will see un-paid (“organic”) search results. Every time you search for something, search engines like Google, Yahoo! or Bing will show you relevant results based on a number of criteria: your search query, location and so on. But SEO is not simply a tool for getting free traffic to your website. Sure, that’s one of the main advantages, but the whole idea behind it is (or should be) is to optimize your website for search intent. Search intent is the reason why somebody starts a search query. In some cases it can be simple: if someone searches for “buy DVD’s online” that person is most likely looking to buy DVD’s online.

On-page and off-page SEO 

There are two broad categories of SEO: on-page SEO and off-page SEO. On-page SEO refers to all Google’s ranking factors that are determined by directly looking at the page you’re trying to optimize, such as: headlines, HTML tags, content, keywords etc.Off-page SEO refers to all the variables Google looks at, which are not exclusively in your hands, such as: number of links to your page, social media mentions, guest blogging etc. Both these elements are important in SEO strategy.

Don’t be afraid of link building. No, you shouldn’t be pulling any old-school link wheels, but neither should you be afraid of creating and unleashing a link-building strategy.

Unlike in the past, when a link was a link was a link, effective backlinks today share a few key characteristics.

First, they occur naturally. Rather than being compelled to add a link to your site for whatever reason, website owners link to yours because your content is too terrific to pass up on.

What makes a backlink high quality is subjective, and every SEO consultant will have at least a slightly differing opinion on the topic, however, most would agree that a good quality backlink would be comprised of several of the factors listed below, and that a backlink that ticks all of these boxes would be the perfect backlink.

It would be unrealistic to expect all of your backlinks to be perfect, and just because a backlink doesn’t meet all of these criteria it doesn’t make it low quality. If you can get a backlink to your business’s website that ticks at least a few of these boxes then it’s definitely worth having in your site’s link profile.

  • From a relevant source

Search engines want to provide relevance in their search results, and so it’s logical that relevance is a consideration when they evaluate backlinks, which are the primary factor affecting where sites rank in their results. A backlink can be relevant on different levels. Search engines consider the overall relevance of the linking site, the relevance of the specific page with the link on it, and the relevance of the content directly surrounding the link.

  • From a trusted source

It’s logical that a high quality backlink would come from a high quality website, and that a high quality site would also be a very trustworthy site. To determine if a website is trustworthy, search engines use a set of trusted seed sites (for example, Wikipedia, BBC, The Huffington Post, etc.), which they know for sure are high quality and which are difficult to get links from. The fewer the number of links away a site is from one of the seed sites, the higher its TrustRank is, and the higher the quality a link from that site is.

  • Sends traffic

This aspect of backlinks too often gets forgotten about. The original purpose of links, before the time search engines started using them as a factor in their algorithms, was to add value to a page by directing visitors to resources relevant to the topic of that page. Visitors still click these links as often as they did when the internet was first created, and having a link in a prominent position on a highly visited page makes it high quality because, regardless of rankings, it will bring your website a continual stream of targeted visitors.

  • On a page with PageRank

PageRank (PR) is the most basic and obvious measure to use when assessing the worth of a backlink – the higher the PR of the page where the link is located, the higher the quality of that link. PR can be a misleading metric though. All webpages start off with a PR of 0 (or n/a to be precise) and the PR of a page can rise and fall over time. Also, the PR value that Google displays for a page is only updated for the general public every 3 or so months, but within the algorithm it’s updated constantly. So, the PR value you see is only an estimate, and could well be a point or 2 off of the true PR.

If a backlink to your business’s website is included on a page that links to high quality sites, especially ones in the same niche as your site, then it indicates to search engines that your site should be put in the same bracket as those high quality sites. If the other links on the page are to low quality sites, then your site won’t necessarily be classed as low quality also, but rather search engines may opt not to include those links as a factor, either positively or negatively, in their ranking calculations.

  • Not reciprocal

Link exchanges were widely abused in the past, which resulted in the value of reciprocal links being reduced. Reciprocal links do still have value, and there’s certainly no risk of a penalty being applied as a consequence of them, however, if you’re looking for a backlink of the highest possible quality, then it should come from a website that you’re not also linking to from your own site.

  • Not easily acquired

The more easily you can acquire a backlink, the less value it will likely have. The chances are that if you can get it a couple of minutes, or with a couple of clicks, then thousands of people will have done it before you and thousands more will do it after you – including your competitors if they take the time to review your site’s backlink profile. If a competitor replicates one of your links then the value of that link to you has been neutralised in your head-to-head SEO contest with that particular competitor.

  • Not paid for

Paid links can, and often do, improve rankings, however, they can’t be classed as high quality backlinks because of the risk they carry. Search engines explicitly say that purchasing backlinks for the purpose of improving the rankings of your website contravenes their guidelines, and that websites found to be doing so may be penalised. The payment doesn’t need to be made directly to the website linking to you either, it can be via a 3rd party linking scheme, such as a blog network.

Best SEO Practices That Really Work in 2019: 30-Day SEO Action Plan

The first step in your 30-day plan is to identify authority websites relevant to yours.

You can easily use Google for this. Use search operators to zero in on suitable sites more quickly. For example, use, .edu, or .org to limit your search to such sites.

Search for the keyword of your choice to find sites that rank highly for it, and go from there.

Another option is to use the Moz SEO toolbar, which is offered as a free extension for Firefox and Chrome.

It displays useful metrics and information about the site you are currently visiting, including its page authority, domain authority, links, and a general analysis of the page itself.

What to offer

Okay…so far, so good.

Here’s the rub, though: You can’t approach these authority sites without offering anything in return.

Since your website is brand new, what can you possibly offer?

I hate to break it to you, but you should ideally build up a decent content library before attempting to solicit backlinks from authority sites.

Luckily, the content doesn’t have to rank well. It just has to be top-tier in terms of the quality of the information it provides.

Prior to launching your site, devote a few weeks to developing a small arsenal of content. When the time comes to work on your link-building strategy, you’ll have stuff to offer other website owners.

After all, why would they link back to you if you have nothing for them to link to in the first place?

Making contact

When it comes to approaching website owners for backlinks, you already know what to do. Navigate the site in question to track down contact information.

If you can’t snag an email address, use a contact form.

Don’t be blatantly promotional. In fact, you might even hold off broaching the subject until you’ve had a few exchanges.

Flattery will get you somewhere, so try breaking the ice by complimenting the site owner on a piece of content.

Later, show them some of your stuff, and suggest swapping links.

1. Blog – A LOT

According to HubSpot, companies that blog on a consistent basis have up to 97% more backlinks than those that don’t. From day one, commit yourself to posting new posts consistently.

Quality still counts, though; so, create a schedule that allows you to post regularly while offering readers real value.

2. Offer free resources

You’ve got something to offer free, right?

Like you, other website owners are always looking for useful, credible sources of information. There’s no reason why you can’t provide it.

Create a library of white papers, e-books, and other pieces of content that provide detailed, useful, and well-researched information.

Offer these resources free, but make one small request: credit in the form of a link back to your website.

Alternatively, offer the content free as long as it’s directly linked to from your site.

3. Become a PR whiz

When they’re done properly, press releases can effectively plant seeds for new backlinks to your site.

By “properly,” I mean that they provide newsworthy information and that they include a non-promotional link back to your site.

Reserve press releases for truly newsworthy events.

You should have plenty to go on with a new site since so many things are in the hopper.

4. Create and share infographics

Breaking up text with high-quality images is smart.

Not surprisingly, there’s a strong demand for top-notch images online, and infographics are especially popular. Build a library of infographics that relate to your industry or niche.

Whenever possible, create an infographic for an important trending topic that affects your industry or business. Readers love to share newsworthy graphics and use them as a form of social currency on social media.


Sprinkle in a bit of SEO to ensure your infographics are easily found through the search engines.

People will want to share and use your infographics. When they do, organic, high-quality backlinks to your site will ensue.

5. Develop charts and tables

Humans are visual by nature, so charts, tables, and other visual representations of data tend to go over very well.

Load your site with tables and charts pertaining to your niche to plant the seeds for more backlinks.

You don’t have to be a data scientist to make this happen. Find reliable sources of information, and put their data into graph or table form.

Use a site such as to quickly and easily create eye-catching charts and graphs others will gladly link to.

6. Build an image library

Website owners are always looking for images in general—especially if they are offered free.

Make sure the images are of high quality. If you don’t possess the skills to take excellent photos yourself, you need to be willing to hire someone who does.

Post each image on its own page. Include a detailed description, and use SEO best practices to increase the odds of it ranking well in Google Image Search.

Include a form for quickly grabbing the file and link code to ensure you get your links.

7. Repurpose effective content

A quick note: never, ever copy content from the Internet.

I’m not just saying this because plagiarism is wrong; I’m saying it because Google will penalize you so hard that your site may never recover.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with identifying useful pieces of high-ranking content from other sites and repurposing them to suit your needs. But make them truly your own by optimizing them to be relevant to your website.

And don’t just repurpose text-based content as text-based content.

Take a text-based piece and turn it into an e-book, an infographic, a video, or some other form of media.

8. Fill a gap

Yes, the Internet is jam-packed with content.

Chances are, much of what needs to be said regarding your niche or industry has been said. Still, others have surely overlooked important topics. Identify those gaps, and fill them with high-quality content of your own.

Similarly, look for gaps in the types of available content. For example, perhaps there’s an overload of posts and articles about a subject but no in-depth pieces or e-books.

Be the first to provide them, and you will reap all kinds of great link karma.

9. Interview influencers

Seek out influencers within your niche, and create a roundup post.

Such a post essentially includes several links to several different influencers while covering a specific subject.

A great way to round out this type of content is by interviewing the influencers in question. After finding key influencers, follow them on social media. Interact with them to establish a relationship, and then approach them about interviewing them.

Even very busy influencers can usually take time to answer a question or two via Twitter or another social media site, so this is a worthwhile option to consider.

10. Scope out the competition

What kinds of backlinks do your competitors have?

Chances are, you could benefit from receiving links from similar sources too. Do a little sleuthing to discover who’s giving them link love.

Use a site like to track down your top competitors based on relevant keywords. Next, input each competitor’s URL into a site like

You’ll get a list of links to your competitors’ sites, and you can follow them to see where you might want to concentrate your efforts.

11. Try broken link building

This technique is especially valuable for new websites.

Put simply, you seek out broken links on relevant websites and approach site owners with replacement content they can link to instead.

Since 404 pages can negatively impact a site’s ranking, website owners usually appreciate being alerted to the issue. Use something like the iWebTool Broken Link Checker to search a specific URL for dead links.

Contact the owner, but make sure you have something for them to link to instead.

12. Make useful comments

In the old days, conventional wisdom said to post links back to your site in comments sections to boost your link profile.

These days, that comes across as spam, so you need to take a subtler approach.

You need to keep up on industry news anyway, so get into the habit of regularly reading relevant blogs and websites. When you have a useful comment to contribute, do so.

When someone comments on your site, acknowledge the comment!

Chances are, they’ll remember the gesture and reciprocate in the future. Even if they don’t, it’s good karma.

13. Write guest posts

As you already know, generating enough content for a business isn’t easy.

Site owners are often happy to be offered free content for their sites, and you can do so by offering to create guest posts and articles for them.

Get to know a website or blog before approaching the owner. Make sure your content complements theirs. Have a unique angle or insight to offer, and then make your pitch.

One more thing: reciprocate by offering to let them guest-post on your site too.

14. Harness the power of social media

Your site is new, so your social media game has to be strong.

Whenever you create new content, promote it across all social media channels. Even if each post generates only a few shares, the odds of backlinks being generated increase.

Later, don’t be afraid to promote old content on social media again. You may have new followers now, so it certainly doesn’t hurt.

15. Keyword Selection – keyword selection is probably the most important part of the entire process. Thankfully, there are some readily available tools that can make the process a lot easier. SEMrush is one such tool that will allow you to see what keywords your competitors are ranking for and how much traffic they estimate each keyword is sending to their site.

If you are new to finding keywords, this is one of the easiest ways to find some quality terms to target, but I also suggest checking out the keyword research guide from Brian Dean before settling on your target keywords.

16. Competitive Research – Identifying your top competitors is also very important. Finding sites that rank for the terms you wish to target can help you develop a roadmap to follow. The best way to find “online” competitors is to complete various searches for your products or services (in your area if optimizing for local SEO) and then record the sites that appear the most often. Those sites are likely to have a strong SEO strategy. You should review the keywords, citation profile, link profile, meta data and the content of competitor sites.

17. Google Analytics Setup – Analytics will provide you with a wealth of information about the progress of your website. Traffic, conversions, user behavior, popular pages, and so much more can be collected and reviewed for free. Google also offers free training for Analytics so there is no excuse not to set up and use it!

18. Google Search Console Setup – Search Console allows you to view which pages on your site Google has indexed, what terms people are searching to find your site, and it is used to notify you if your site is hacked or manually penalized. Set it up and verify your site, then re-visit in the near future when it comes time to submit your sitemap.

19. GMB SETUP – If your business has a location that customers can visit, you should setup a Google My Business listing. If you want to rank in the local search results, it is vital that you complete this step. To register visit this page and follow the directions: Take the time fill in each field with as much detail as possible, this will save you time in the future. (Image source, Google.)

20. Website Technical Audit – There are a number of issues that your website could have (too many to list) so you need to run or have someone run an audit to pinpoint the exact issues your site has. SEMrush offers a good site audit tool, Screaming Frog is nearly the industry standard and Website Auditor from SEO PowerSuite is also a great option. More importantly, take advantage of the educational material from each service to understand the results and how to correct them. If you are not familiar with website coding, you may need the help of a web developer to correct some of the issues.

21. Website Speed Review – Site speed is important to Google and people trying to visit your website. GTMetrix is a free tool you can use to scan your website and make sure it loads quickly. If your website has speed issues, the tool will outline them so that you can correct those issues. Again, a Web developer may be needed to correct some of the issues if you are not familiar with coding.

22. Link Audit – Low quality backlinks can cause website penalties, de-indexation, or at best, can act as an anchor, reducing the effectiveness of new links built to your website. Additionally, knowing a websites past is the best way to plan for the future. Link Research Tools is a good option but you have to set it up correctly for maximum results. If you are new to SEO, you should enlist the help of a professional for this critical step, if you are more advanced, make sure you closely check the anchor text ratios, look for links with “money keyword” anchors, and links from sites that are not indexed.

23. Create and Upload a Disavow File – Upon completion of your link audit, a disavow file should be created and uploaded to Google Search Console. This is a more advanced activity so, if you have a professional complete a link audit, you should also have them create and submit the disavow file for you. If you want to tackle this yourself, check out  The Complete Guide to Disavowing Links for Google and Bing.

24. Content Audit – There are a number of reasons why you should audit the existing content of your site. Poor content can lead to content-related penalties and poor user engagement, all while making it difficult (if not impossible) to rank. While auditing the content on your site, you should be comparing content length and keyword density to that of your competitors.

You should also make sure that you have pages targeting the keywords you identified during keyword research, and if not, add them into your content calendar to be created. If you are ready to go beyond those basic steps, check out this content audit guide from the Moz blog. As you complete the audit, be sure to make simple spreadsheet that allows you to pair keywords to specific URLs, this is often called a keyword map and it will help you keep things organized in the coming months.

25. Page Title & Meta Description Reviews – Upon completing your content audit, you should have a good idea of which pages will target which keywords. This is where competitor research can once again come in handy. For each page on your site that you want to rank, check out the page titles and meta descriptions for the top 5-10 ranking pages. Here are some questions to get you started.

  • Do titles all start with the main keyword?
  • Are more than one of your competitors targeting the same long tail keywords in their title?
  • What pain points are they touching on in the Meta description?
  • Are multiple competitors highlighting the same feature or benefit?
  • Are there paid ads for those keywords?
  • What features or benefits are being promoted most in the paid ads?

Gather all of that information and it will create a basic roadmap for you to follow. That is not to say you should copy your competitors directly, just that you should take note of the key points and include them in your own titles and Meta descriptions to entice more people to click.

26. Corrective Planning – Once you have gathered all of the information you need to start optimizing your website, you need to plan out how you will go about correcting those issues. This will be largely dependent upon your knowledge prior to conducting the audit and how much free time you have each month to work on these issues. Moving forward, you should map out the following:

  • What technical SEO issues were discovered? Will you correct them or hire someone to make those corrections?
  • What issues are slowing down your website load times? Is correcting those within your skill set or should you hire someone to assist in making those changes?
  • How was the backlink health of your website?
  • Do you need new links to replace disavowed links?
  • Do you need to dilute your anchor text ratios?
  • What content needs to be created?
  • What existing pages need more content?
  • Do you need website pages or blog posts?
  • How many page titles and meta descriptions need to be modified?

27. Optimize your website 

Search engines don’t just read your website’s text – they also read your code. Optimizing your code is a crucial part of on-page SEO. There are eight elements of code you need to need make sure are optimized. These are:

  • Title tags
  • Meta tags
  • Headings
  • Sitemaps
  • Domain name
  • URL structure
  • Site structure
  • Alt tags
  • All these elements of code contribute to overall ranking. The better they’re optimized, the more “points” you get with Google when it crawls your page.

28. Find and Fix Broken Links

404 error example.pngWe’ve all clicked on a link only to find a 404 (file not found) error. It can be incredibly frustrating — for human users and search engines alike.

These 404 errors are most commonly caused by broken links, which are hyperlinks that director a reader to an incorrect or nonexistent URL.

Broken links aren’t only a frustrating problem for readers; search engines will find all 404 errors on your website, too. The more errors an engine finds, the less well maintained it assumes your page is and the lower your ranking will be.

29. Refresh Your Redirects

Redirects are simply part of operating a website, they’re pretty much unavoidable. But if you’re smart about it, they don’t have to hurt your rankings.

Status code 302, a temporary redirect, is the most common redirect. They’re used a lot during server relocations, redirecting URLs until the new server is established. The problem is that they’re often left permanently, even though there is a unique status code for permanent redirects: 301.

Review your redirects, keeping only the 302 redirects that are truly temporary, changing the rest to 301s.

30. Strategic Link Building

Now that you know links are important you need to get a lot more of them.

But, you don’t want just any links…

You don’t want Spammy links that have no relevance at all to your site. Don’t fall for the shady operator on the net who is like a street corner hustler whispering “Pssst, hey buddy I got some links for you…. How much you got?”

Most people forget that it’s not just about quantity it’s also about quality

What’s this mean?

Well, good ‘ole Google the ever-watching deity of the net has decided that when links are easy to get, or come from forum spamming or other means that it will devalue them…

and so, directories and other sites are no longer as highly valued by Google.

Top ranking websites have good link diversity which means that links come from many different places and not just several spammy sites over and over.

In addition, links need to come from high DA websites.

What you need are a large number of diverse links from high DA sites in order to get a boost in SERP results

Let’s talk about some proven ways to get these kinds of links:

  • Round-up style content is excellent for this – That’s a post that sites multiple top influencers in your niche or field.

These type of posts have been shown to get more backlinks.

So, find and publish input from influencers in a roundup style post both to get links and as a way to produce great content.

Here’s another method to rank higher:

  • Write quality content more frequently.

Both quality and frequency play a role in rankings…

According to HubSpot, companies that post blog posts more frequently get more traffic.

In addition, you get more inbound links… The reason for this is that you are creating a reciprocal cycle in which you rank more highly in google and as a result get more traffic and more links.

  • So, if you can’t compete with links compete with posting frequency.

It’s a great strategy to generate more traffic and make up for a lower rank.

Here’s an equation for you:

  • More Posts=More Indexed Pages=More Traffic

As soon as you develop content, it is possible to campaign for links to boost that content.

You can outperform sites with multiple approaches.

You can outrank competition for one article or you can write five articles which can generate more traffic. If I were you I’d focus on generating more traffic.

Now comes quality:

As a strategy to increase profit Google is focused on creating the best possible user experience for their search engine.

They care about quick, effective and relevant content delivery free of Spammy results for their users.

If they don’t do this then one of their competitors such as Yahoo or Bing will eat their lunch.

Googles understands that if someone modifies their search engine results after the first search that the content was not as relevant to the user.

Also, if someone sees your article and quickly clicks away from it google knows about it – Remember the dwell time metric.

This means that you need to care deeply about the consumer experience for your content, in the end, that’s what Google cares about too.

It means stop keyword stuffing and start writing quality content or get someone else to write it for you.

You need keywords in your content, but keyword stuffing is out and you also have to be careful of over-optimization which is when your content looks like it was written for the search engine and not the user.

Look, we’ve all been there we just have to stop going there…

A key understanding with modern SEO and increasing rankings in SERPs, is that now you need to have an understanding of copywriting and writing appealing content.

That’s all there is to it. If you have any extra 20-50 hours this month, follow the checklist above and your site will be in a lot better shape than when you started. If you don’t have the time to spare, you know what to do. Either way, SEO is very powerful means of marketing for small business and failing to take action will cost you big now and in the very near future.


Additionally, just because you rank well for one keyword or key phrase, does not mean you will rank well for a similar key word/phrase. And remember that Google is constantly updating their ranking algorithms so today’s rankings may not equal tomorrow’s rankings.

Expect to see your site move up and down in the rankings on a daily or weekly basis – it may even drop from the rankings altogether. This is why SEO should always be ongoing.

Remember, your competitors are likely following the same protocols you are. They are likely optimizing their web presence using the same methods you are using. Keep blogging and getting links. Improve the content you already have on your website. A lot of diligence and patience will prove to be worth it when you get that coveted spot at the top of Google page 1. Depending on your business, it could literally be worth millions of dollars in revenue. Something that valuable will never come easy.

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What Are the Major Factors in On-Page SEO in 2019?

What Are the Major Factors in On-Page SEO in 2019?

Many studies have been done, and a lot has already been written, about how to improve your chances of getting high Google rankings for your website in 2019. These studies have thrown up some very interesting conclusions.

One of the most surprising observations to come out of the studies is that social signals will play an increasingly important role in Google’s ranking algorithm. Some have even argued that the combined impact of social signals will surpass backlinks as the dominant overall ranking factor. If this is true, then it’s possibly the biggest fundamental shift in how Google ranks sites in the last decade.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean that businesses or websites that don’t have linked social media channels will not be ranked by Google; it just indicates a relative growth in the importance of social signals over other factors.

On-page factors will continue to be of massive importance in determining how well your site ranks. The key things that you need to consider are as follows:

  • In general, the shorter domains and URl’s rank better than longer ones.
  • Sub-domains are slightly harder to rank than main domains.
  • Placing the keyword early in the title is four times more important than having it in a domain or URL.
  • Including a meta description, H1 tag and H2 tag all have a positive correlation.
  • You should include your keyword in the meta description title and body of the content.
  • Keyword density is not important anymore.

Let’s also take a look at on page content, which is something else we have great control over and it provides the perfect ranking foundation. The following are key things to consider to rank your site in 2015:

  • Longer content generally ranks better (provided of course the quality is good). You should aim for a minimum of six hundred words but I would encourage a thousand.
  • Try and include relevant images and videos where possible.
  • Don’t add external links that use a keyword that you want to rank for. For example, if you want to rank for how to start a blog, don’t add a link to another website with that anchor text.
  • You should also create internal links from other pages with keyword focused anchors. So find other pages on your blog and add internal links with the keyword you want to rank for to that page. You should also link the page to itself with your target keyword.

Not surprisingly, Backlinks will continue to play a big part in determining a website’s ranking. These are some of the key things to consider:

  • The quantity of backlinks is important. But the quality and contextuality of these links will play a more significant role. In other words, focus on getting links from web pages that attract good volumes of traffic and where the content of those pages closely relate to your site.
  • You should be diversifying anchor text wildly; forty percent of your links should include keyword variations,
  • Sites that rank well tend to have a balance mix of no-follow links diverse keywords and generic anchors.

So let’s start looking at how we can put it all together. First of all you need to change your mindset. Google has fundamentally changed how it ranks websites over the past year and you need to evolve with that. We are going to see social signals play a much stronger role over the coming years and, while backlinks are still very important, I wouldn’t be surprised to see less and less reliance on them in rankings over time. So it is important that you create a diverse mix of social signals and backlinks.

It’s time to evolve your approach to SEO. But, don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. First of all you need to realise that social signals and backlinks aren’t the main ranking factors…great content is. If you publish crappy content that has no value, or doesn’t help people in any way, then it won’t get shared. It’s critical that you create content that is engaging and helps people solve their problems in one way or another. An easy way to create great content is just by selecting the specific topic and solving five problems the average Joe faces with that topic. (Read my previous blog post about easy & effective ways to create content for your website)

How Long It Takes to Rank on Google

A study by Ahrefs turned up some interesting information, in terms of how long it takes to rank on Google.

Among the main takeaways:

  • On average, a page that ranked in the top 10 was over 2 years old. Moreover, the average age of pages that ranked first was nearly 3 years old.
  • Among the pages that ranked in the top 10, only 22 percent of them were less than 1-year-old.
  • Of all pages in the study, only about 6 percent appeared in the top 10 search engine results for at least one keyword within one year.
  • Zooming into the top 6 percent pages, most of them were able to get to the top 10 from nowhere in 2 to 6 months.

So, based on their findings, about 94 percent of the pages in the study never made it to the top 10 search engine rankings within a year.

So what is the best way to rank your website in 2019?

Step 1: First of all, fine tune your website and make sure it’s optimised to drive social signals. Every visitor offers you the potential of a social share which means higher rankings and more traffic.

Step 2: Create the very best piece of content on the web for your target keywords. Find out what your prospects’ problems and worries are and help them out with your content. See what other content is available on the web and improve on it. Once you have done that you can start engaging your target audience directly with a content promotion in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. Not only will this bring you traffic, but it will also drive social signals and relevant links from quality sites.

Step 3: Try and replicate the highest quality backlinks of the websites that rank in the top positions for your keywords. We know that Google likes these sites because they are high in the rankings so why not use this data to boost your own backlink profile? Here are some backlink checking tools which offer free options which are more than enough for most users:

Step 4: Update Your Content Regularly: Metadata

You’ve probably noticed that we feel pretty strongly about content. Search engines do, too. Regularly updated content is viewed as one of the best indicators of a site’s relevancy, so be sure to keep it fresh.

When designing your website, each page contains a space between the <head> tags to insert metadata, or information about the contents of your page. If you have a CMS site, the UMC web team will have pre-populated this data for you:

  • Title Metadata
    Title metadata is responsible for the page titles displayed at the top of a browser window and as the headline within search engine results. It is the most important metadata on your page. For those with a CMS website, the web team has developed an automated system for creating the meta title for each webpage.
  • Description Metadata
    Description metadata is the textual description that a browser may use in your page search return. Think of it as your site’s window display—a concise and appealing description of what is contained within, with the goal of encouraging people to enter. A good meta description will typically contain two full sentences. Search engines may not always use your meta description, but it is important to give them the option.
  • Keyword Metadata
    Keyword metadata is rarely if ever used to tabulate search engine rankings. However, you should already know your keyword phrases, so it doesn’t hurt to add them into your keyword metadata. You’ll want to include a variety of phrases. As a general rule, try to keep it to about 6-8 phrases with each phrase consisting of 1-4 words. A great example would be “computer science degree.”

Step 5: Promote

This step is important and should come immediately after publishing – in fact, for big pieces of content, it’s great if you can do some media outreach before the piece goes live. Make sure you do what you can to get your content in front of as many eyeballs as possible before it even has a chance to rank for the keyword:

  • Share your content through your business’s social accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn et al. If you can, do this through your personal accounts too.
  • Use social buttons or widgets on your site to promote independent sharing – Make it easy for readers and viewers to keep the chain going. They’re more likely to tweet or share your article if all they have to do is click a button.
  • Build links to your content – Whatever the future of PageRank, link building is still a huge part of SEO (even if it is the most annoying part).


As Google continues to close the door on spammy techniques and schemes, anyone serious about digital marketing needs to take a long view.

The strategies mentioned above aren’t sexy or new. They do, however, require work and a continual investment of resources.

So that’s how to rank your website in Google in 2019 and beyond. If you would like more information about how we can help you with an SEO Action Plan, get in touch with us!


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Get Your Business on Google Page One: The Ultimate Guide for 2019

Get Your Business on Google Page One: The Ultimate Guide for 2019

Is Your Company Website On
The First Page Of Google?

If Your Website Is Not On Page 1 of Google,
For Your Marketing Keyword,
Your Missing Sales and Losing Money!


You can only grow your business in three way

• Increase the number of prospects to your business.
• Increase the conversion rate of prospects to customers and
then to clients.
• Increase the total value of each and every customer and client.

There are a few different areas of the search results you can rank #1 for: PPC ads at the top, organic listings at the bottom, and local listings in the middle. That means you have three separate opportunities to rank your content on page one. Blue Corona’s philosophy and strategy to get that spot on the first page and outrank competitors starts by breaking it down into solving three main questions, each one aimed at a different part of the search results page:

  • How do you get your pay per click (PPC) ads on page one of Google?
  • How do you use search engine optimization (SEO) to get page one real estate?
  • How can local search engine optimization (LSEO) help get more page one listings?

Below you’ll find the answers to these questions along with some on-the-ground tips to help you claim that coveted number one spot on the first page of Google.

Editor’s Note: We started writing this post in 2013. Google has changed since then, so we’ve updated it—a lot—and will continue to do so to reflect the most recent statistics and information on getting your business on the first page of Google search results. Enjoy!

What Goes Into Google’s Ranking Algorithm

Before we dive in, you should know what the ranking factors are that Google looks for:

“You want the answer, not billions of webpages, so Google ranking systems sort through the hundreds of billions of webpages in our Search index to give you useful and relevant results in a fraction of a second.

These ranking systems are made up of a series of algorithms that analyze what it is you are looking for and what information to return to you. And as we’ve evolved Search to make it more useful, we’ve refined our algorithms to assess your searches and the results in finer detail to make our services work better for you.”Google

There are more than 200 actual ranking signals, but here’s what you should focus on if you want to get your business on page one of Google’s search results:

How to Get On Page One of Google for Paid Search Campaigns

While you might think there would be an office rivalry between the content marketing and PPC teams, spoiler alert: there isn’t. They actually work hand-in-hand, and I highly recommend you invest in both.

However, if you want to get on the first page of Google tomorrow, investing in paid search is the way to go. SEO campaigns can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to deliver results, so you’re unlikely to get more organic (non-paid) traffic, leads, and sales early in your investment.

Pay-per-click ads have always been a cost-effective way to get more leads and sales from the Web.

Most marketers and advertisers have accepted that many people have “ad blindness” towards PPC listings—meaning they purposely do not click on paid ads. But if you look at the search engine results page, the first half is all ads!

If you’re not investing in PPC, you’re basically giving those clicks to your competitors.

How to Improve Your Organic Google Rankings with SEO and Get Your Website to Appear Higher in Search Engines

We’ve seen that the paid results claim the first half of the page, but if you want to rank higher in search engines for free, you need to rely on SEO. To be exact, you need to be in one of the first three organic positions.


Take a look at the graphic above. That’s the percentage of users that click on the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth positions. A whopping 55 percent of users click on the first three entries. 

Getting in those spots, especially if you’re a new business, is tough. The best way to get in one of those top spots is by adding content to your website. High-quality content increases your rankings and also creates a better user experience for your customers. In addition, the more quality information you have on your site, the more likely others are to reference it. When other people link and reference your website, the search engines interpret your site as more authoritative and display it more prominently in search engine results.

Unfortunately for you, there’s much more to SEO than just adding content to your website. From a technical standpoint, you also need to make sure the search engines can easily crawl, understand, and index your website (read more here). This involves things like improving your site speed, using a search-engine friendly site navigation menu, creating a well-structured XML sitemap, building a responsive site for mobile and tablet users, and more.

A huge part of dominating search results is to focus on more than one service or key phrase. At Blue Corona, we always recommend you try to get as many listings on the first page as possible (what we call “maximizing your online real estate.”)

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How to Get More Local Leads from Local SEO

When you Google something like “plumber,” “ac repair,” “best damn digital marketing company ever,” you’ve probably noticed that Google uses your location data to display nearby businesses. Obviously, if you own a local business, you want to get in those local listings (the “local-pack”) in-between the PPC ads and organic listings.

To show up in the local listings on the first page of Google, you need to optimize your NAP (name, address, phone number) citations across the Web. The more local citations you can build with consistent NAP information, the better.

Other Strategies for Getting More First Page Results on Google

While the paid listings, organic listings, and local listings are the main three SEM strategies for getting your business on the first page of Google, I have a few other (arguably) under-utilized tactics for getting even more listings on the first page (especially following Google’s decision to limit domain crowding):


A lot of companies—especially those with multiple business lines—opt to have more than one website. These companies tend to have a main or primary domain complemented by one or more microsites.

A microsite (sometimes called a minisite) is a website used to supplement a company or organization’s primary domain. More often than not, the microsite will have a URL distinct of the primary domain and has its own unique design and navigation.

Microsites can help you target different buyer personas, appear more relevant and authoritative, as well as get multiple listings in organic search results.

You can read more about the benefits of microsites in one of our older posts, “Should I Build Multiple Websites?”.


To improve its own customers’ user experience, Google likes to display a wide variety of media in its search results—including videos. Take a look at the organic listings below–a video hold the second spot. A video is 60 percent more likely to get ranked in a search result than a landing page on the same topic.

Having a YouTube channel and embedding videos onto your site are great ways to increase the chances that you’ll show up in related search results.

Using YouTube ads are also a great way to bypass organic and go straight for paid results at a low cost per video view.

Social Sites

You already know about social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But depending on your industry, there are other social sites you should consider joining to increase your chances of showing up on the first page of Google. Pinterest, Houzz, Tumblr, and Yelp are all good examples.


Optimizing the images on your site can help you get on the first page of Google when it displays image results….

The way Google and other search engines display websites is this: Google has automated computer systems working around the clock that randomly visit websites all over the Internet, take snapshots of each page, and file them away in a massive database.

As part of taking a snapshot of each web page, Google’s system reads every word and other content on a web page (like photos, videos, audio files, etc) in order to determine the specific subject of the page. Google uses this collected data to determine which web pages to show, and in what order, for a particular keyword search.

In other words, Google’s computer algorithms dynamically determine which web page on the Internet is the most relevant for a specific key word or key phrase and displays it first. It then displays the second most relevant page, and so on. The resulting list of web pages is known as a Search Engine Results Page (SERP).

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A SERP can be made up of several sections:

  • The top section usually consists of 3 or 4 paid text ads that relate to the keyword used to conduct the search
  • If Google thinks the user is looking for a local business nearby, it will add a section below the paid ads called the Local Map Pack
  • The main section in the middle consists of “organic” (non-paid) listing of web pages that are relevant to the keyword used to conduct the search

How Do I Get My Site On Google?

First, you need to make sure your website has been indexed by Google. To find out if it is, type into the Google search box, replacing with your actual domain name. If you see a listing of your website’s pages, then Google has already indexed your site and will continue to visit it occasionally to check for updates. If your website is not listed, submit it here: It will take 1 or 2 weeks for Google to visit and index your website.

Secondly, remember, Google will only display web pages that are relevant to the keyword being searched. The first step is to make sure your web page’s text is related to the keyword in question. If it’s not, chances are Google won’t show it.

Third, just because your website does not show up on the first page, doesn’t mean it is not showing up at all. Go to the bottom of the results page and click “Next” for page 2 and so on. Your website may be on page 2, page 82 or somewhere in between.

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Okay, My Website Is On Google, But It’s On Page 41! How Do I Get It To Show On Page 1?

Ah! You’ve asked the million dollar question. An entire industry has been built to answer this question and millions of dollars are spent each year to accomplish this! My first question for you is, “How much money do you have?” Just kidding, but seriously, the good news is there are two main ways to get your website to show up on the first page of Google:

  1. You can pay to be on the first page of Google and it doesn’t have to be a lot of money. This is called Google Ads.
  2. You can get your website to rank “organically” without having to pay for ads.

Google Ads (Pay to Play!)

The quickest and easiest way to get on page 1 of Google for a particular keyword is to pay for an advertisement. You sign up with Google, choose the keywords you would like to target, then “bid” (yes, like an auction) on how much you would like to pay every time your ad is clicked on. This is called “pay-per-click”. The higher you bid per click, the higher your ad will appear to the top of the page, all other things being equal.

You can also set a daily budget so that when your budget is met, Google will not show your ad any more that day so it won’t be clicked on and you won’t be charged. For most industries, this is a cheap and easy way to show up on Google’s first page.

For other industries (like lawyers, for example), it can be very expensive. Some keywords cost up to $100 per click or more!

Consider Hiring a Google Ads Pro

Be careful with Google Ads. They make it very easy to sign up and start showing ads on their platform (Bing has a very similar platform). But if you don’t know what you are doing, you can waste a lot of money with Google Ads. Considering the fact that I happen to be a professional who is certified by Google in AdWords campaign creation, management and optimization, I suggest you leave it up to a pro to create and manage your Google Ads campaigns.

If the professional or agency you hire knows what they are doing, they will more than pay for themselves when it comes to return on investment. For example, if your pro or agency charges you a fee of $1,500/mo to manage and optimize your AdWords campaigns, and they are doing things right, you should get much more than a $1,500/mo benefit from having hired them.

There are literally hundreds of different settings and features you can add or tweak for any one Google Ads campaign. If you don’t get them all correct, you could waste or lose out on a lot of money each month. Hire a pro with proven results if you have the budget. If you don’t have the budget to hire a pro to manage your Google Ads campaigns, I recommend staying away from paid search advertising.

Getting on Google Organically

The other way to get on page 1 of Google and other search engines is the organic, or natural, method. These are the main results that show up below the ads or local map section on search engine results pages (see graphic above).

These results cannot be achieved by paying money to Google – they are achieved with careful and long-term optimization of many factors that Google uses when ranking relevancy. The practice of optimizing your web presence so that it shows up organically on Google is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Some of the most important factors that influence your Google page 1 ranking are:

  • Quality and Length of Your Page Content – Your website’s pages should be full of unique and useful information that will benefit your ideal customer or client. The longer the better, as long as it is high quality. Strive to help your target audience by creating quality content that they will want to consume (like this article!).
  • Quality and Number of Inbound Links – If other sites are linking to yours, especially big important sites that have content relating to yours, then Google will rank your site higher. Third party links to your website provide a “thumbs up” or vote of confidence that signals to Google that your content might be worth pushing higher up the SERP.
  • Mobile Friendly Website – The majority of people are now using mobile phones to search for information on the web. Are your website pages mobile-friendly? Your site should be optimized for mobile devices and easy to navigate so users on any device can find what they need quickly and easily.
  • Page Speed – Your web pages should load fast on all devices. Slow loading web pages could negatively affect your ranking on Google. Nobody likes to wait several seconds for any website to load. You can conduct a free page speed test here or use a tool like Gtmetrix to test your website page speed.
  • Keywords in Page Content – Obviously, if the keywords you are targeting actually appear on your site in the text and titles of the pages, you will rank better for those keywords. Don’t “keyword stuff”. That practice is outdated and will only hurt you now. Write your content for humans, but do keep Google in mind. Don’t use too many keywords. When in doubt, keep it natural sounding.
  • Authority of Domain Name – The longer you’ve owned the domain, the better. The more pages of quality content you have on your domain name, the better. Also, include keywords in your domain name if you can (although Google says this does not directly impact your rankings, it could help influence a user to click on your website vs a competitor’s).
  • Secure Pages – Your web pages should load via https so they are secure. Google, and regular humans, like to see secure pages, even if you’re not processing credit cards or obtaining personal information. In their Chrome browser, Google is now labeling all pages that load with an SSL as Not Secure. Don’t be one of these naughty sites…get an SSL isntalled by your web hosting company so that all your pages load securely.
  • URL Structure – “Pretty” URL’s are better ( is better than If your page URL’s are human readable, that’s a good thing.

Other Things You Should Do to Rank on Google Page 1

Google My Business
Claim and optimize your Google My Business listing, especially if you are a business that serves only your local community (like a bakery or plumber). Then, get as many positive reviews as you can. This will greatly increase your chances of showing up in the Local Map pack section above the first organic listing. This can be huge if you do it correctly!

Start a Blog
One of the single best things you can do to rank highly on Google is to start a blog and post articles regularly. If you’re not sure what to write about, think about the top 5 questions your customers ask you. Then write a thorough answer to each question – one blog post per question. Notice the title of this blog post?

Get a Few Quality Links
Partner with a non-profit in your local community and do a contest or giveaway. Maybe the local paper will pick up on it and give you some free PR (and a link to your website). Join your local Chamber of Commerce or BNI and get a listing on their website. Offer to write a guest article for the local paper or neighborhood magazine. They will often include a link to your website in your bio at the end of the article.

Create Citations
What is a citation you ask? A citation is a listing of your business on a local directory site. Go to sites like Yelp, Foursquare,, Angie’s List, etc and make sure your business listing shows up there and that the information is accurate. This helps create a robust link profile for your domain name and will send signals to Google that the information they find on your site can be trusted because it is found on other sites around the web.

You’re Never Done

Additionally, just because you rank well for one keyword or key phrase, does not mean you will rank well for a similar key word/phrase. And remember that Google is constantly updating their ranking algorithms so today’s rankings may not equal tomorrow’s rankings.

Expect to see your site move up and down in the rankings on a daily or weekly basis – it may even drop from the rankings altogether. This is why SEO should always be ongoing.

Remember, your competitors are likely following the same protocols you are. They are likely optimizing their web presence using the same methods you are using. Keep blogging and getting links. Improve the content you already have on your website. A lot of diligence and patience will prove to be worth it when you get that coveted spot at the top of Google page 1. Depending on your business, it could literally be worth millions of dollars in revenue. Something that valuable will never come easy.

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None of this matters if you rank behind your competitors. That’s the point, right? Outrank your competitors in Google’s search results?

Getting on the first page of Google in 24 hours isn’t realistic if you don’t have a partner that knows what they’re doing. Give me a call, and we can talk about a unique strategy for getting your business on the first page of Google.

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