Exactly how long does it take to rank in google?
There are a lot of downright bad techniques people teach to their audience, and sadly they implement them and end up being let down.
They may get rankings and they may not, but when they do they only stick for a couple of weeks or when Google rolls out a new update.
Reaching the first page of Google is a lot easier than you think. Lets discuss exactly what is involved first though.
The Only SEO Signals That Really Matter
- Keyword Selection
- Content Length
- Content Structure
- Social Elements
- Time (Authority)
What I Think About Backlinks
99% of SEO “gurus” will tell you you need backlinks to rank.
And although having backlinks does help, it is not the only way to reach that all-important first-page ranking.
I’m highly against gaming Google, and that is exactly what new blog owners try to do because they are told getting as many backlinks as possible is the only way to rank.
That couldn’t be any further from the truth.
When you “game” Google, you are only asking to be penalized later down the line.
Your entire website gets placed down at least 100 places, so thousands of traffic per week (or even per day) could end up being zero and no money being made.
That is the risk you take if you try to work against Google.
So instead of doing tricks and Blackhat methods, why not work with Google and be rewarded for years to come?
Become an authoritative blog that Google loves and rewards instead of gaming the system to be penalized as soon as a new update rolls out.
The Right Way to Getting Front-Page Google Rankings
Although keywords aren’t that important when your blog is trusted and receiving traffic, it is very important when it’s brand new.
Every post is full of keywords. The more content you have on a page the more potential keywords to rank for.
For example, if you target the keyword “how to bake chocolate muffins“, you will be ranking for keywords like:
- bake chocolate chip muffins
- bake chocolate muffins
- bake chocolate muffin
- and a lot more, but you get the point
Not only that, but all content INSIDE the article will get ranked for different keywords too.
One article alone can rank for 10+ different keywords even if you only tried targeting 1 at the very start.
My camping site is a great example.
Here I currently have 244 articles published:
But I am actually ranking for 2.4K different keywords!
I use Jaaxy to find keywords easy to rank for.
Jaaxy shows me how much searches the keyword gets per month, the traffic I can receive if I reach front-page rankings, and if I can easily rank for it or not.
Because they show so much I don’t even have to do any additional keyword research! Just choose one and begin writing about the topic.
Here I typed in “make quick and easy pancakes”.
Avg – Average searches that keyword gets per month.
Traffic – How much traffic you can receive when on the first page.
QSR – The lower the better. 150 and lower means the competition is weak. We can rank for it even with a new website.
SEO – This shows how much of a chance we have to reach top rankings. 98 means 98%, while 92 means 92%.
Why I don’t worry about amount of searches…
People like to target keywords that have 1000 searches plus per month, but the competition is huge and it’s difficult to rank for them.
There’s an easier way.
Even if the keyword gets over 40 searches a month, that is 1 traffic per day from that keyword alone. However, you will also rank for other related keywords.
So one article can bring in 100+ visitors a day.
Create more articles, rank for more keywords and receive more traffic!
Content length is another SEO signal.
There is no magic rule for content length, but generally the more words the higher the chances for bigger rankings.
This is because longer articles usually provide more information. However, Google knows when you’re adding more words JUST to purposely increase word count.
So write until you think you’ve covered enough of the topic then move on to the next.
If you stick with one article for days trying to “perfect” it, you will get nowhere.
I recommend a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 4000 words.
But on average your articles should be 1000-1500 words.
If you vary your word count and write naturally, Google will see that you’re writing for your audience and not the search engines, which is exactly what it loves and rewards.
So a 500 word article is completely fine every now and then, while a 2000+ word article shows Google you know a lot about your niche.
A rule of thumb: Write until you’ve covered enough of the topic then move on to the next.
The structure of your content can really do wonders for your ranking.
What are you likely to read; a wall of text with no sub-headings, or many sub-headings and a lot of white space?
Well I think we both know the answer to that 😀
When you have lots of sub-headings and white space, people will actually READ your content and click through to other pages, decreasing bounce rate and increasing time on site, which all are ranking signals.
Engagement is when users actually do something on your site.
This could be anything from clicking a link, sharing to social media, viewing other pages, leaving comments, etc.
Constant engagement boosts your rankings by a lot. My favorite is receiving comments because it does wonders for yours rankings and authority.
Getting comments shows Google your audience is active within your blog. They are interested in what you are saying and want to know more, or just want to thank you for the wealth of information you’ve provided!
There are 2 places I know that you can get comments from. They are legitimate and they both boost rankings.
You can get comments from the search engines (organically), or from Wealthy Affiliate.
The more active you are within your blog and related social media accounts, the better.
Sharing your posts to your “brand” pages is a ranking signal, and even bigger when multiple people re-share them.
It shows Google you are truly passionate about your blog and you want other people to see what you’ve posted.
Traffic coming from social media is a good sign, especially when people keep coming back for more!
This ranking signal is very strong in my opinion.
Why would Google rank a 1-month old website over a 6 month? It doesn’t exactly know how the website is going to perform long-term.
And that’s why WAITING is highly important.
People don’t like to wait and it means they just miss out. A lot of them are at the brink of their breakthrough but they simply give up just before it.
I’ve seen it happen more times than I want to, and it’s sad to say the least.
Just imagine the amount of articles you could have ranked by this time next year, by this time in 2 years or even by this time in 5 years?
Your sites’ authority grows with time and consistent blog posting my friend.
Your authority doesn’t grow in a week or two, it grows after months of consistent blog posting.
And in my experience it is 3-6 months.
Basically, you have to show Google you aren’t gaming the system and never will, you are truly trying to provide the best information for your audience.
Google will notice this soon enough and begin ranking you high. It’s just a matter of time.
The higher your authority the higher Google will rank your site. It’s as simple as that!
Google places whatever it thinks is the best content at the top of page 1 for the keyword someone is searching.
In my experience, even if you’ve created something bigger and better than the article in #1 position you still might not even get on page 1.
The reason? There are a lot of ranking signals. Content is definitely king, but it is a numbers game.
Your big articles might not even rank high but your smaller 800 word articles might!
The more articles you have the better your chances of creating one Google loves. It will then rank it high and send you traffic.
And that’s why I say create a good article and move on.
You don’t want to be spending a whole week perfecting an article, because chances are it might not even get on page 1.
And perfection doesn’t even exist, so you will be chasing nothing.
Balance quality with quantity and you will do great things online.
Don’t add more weight to one because it will throw off the balance and make you crash and burn (well, your site will anyway).
Well these are just a few of the many ranking signals Google implements into its algorithm, and in my opinion they are really all you need!
Many “gurus” will disagree with me, however, they are the ones getting penalized with every new site they create.
While I create sites Google loves, they are stressing out over gaming the system, constantly being let down every couple of months because they’ve been caught out and penalized.
Well I’d love for you to join us.
Over at Wealthy Affiliate we are creating content-rich websites that make us rank high for years and make us boatloads of money in the process.
I know you want to as well and we would be happy to meet you!