If ever there was a Holy Grail for website owners, it would have to be a page one ranking on Google for a broad keyword phrase. Gaining a page one ranking and even better, having a page one and then showing up in position 2 is as close as you can get the the ultimate traffic generation Utopia.
Luckily I enjoy over 460 number 1 spots in Google and I can tell you that it isn’t as hard as some SEO gurus will tell you. But you have to start thinking like asearch engine.
If you were Google what would you be looking for if you were going to give a website a page one ranking?
- I would want to know what the website is about without reading every single word. Optimize your page titles, h1 tags, tags and content with keywords that best describe what your page is about. This post is about “How To Add My Website To Google” and I have optimised the page title to reflect those words. I have Optimized the Post Title the same, which is actually a h1 tag. I have included those words in the meta description and I have made sure that keyword phrase is in the page Tags. If you want to also add the keyword phrase you are optimizing for in the meta keywords is up to you. Apparently they are not as important anymore, but I still add them, just incase. And of course having a sprinkling of your keyword through the content is mandatory as well.
- I would be looking for mentions of your webpage elsewhere on the Internet – Backlinks are so important, that even if you didn’t optimize your webpage, you still may get a favourable ranking just from the backlinks. Backlinks are hyperlinks pointing back to your website. Google loves these because it gives your website authority.Someone thinks your webpage is important enough, they have linked to your webpage. However having a backlink that is a plain hyperlink directed back to your homepage is not good enough. You need to have a backlink that not only has a hyperlink to you webpage, it also need to have you keyword phrase as well. For example here is an optimized backlink to a post I wrote on adding your website to Bing. Click on the link and see were it goes. Also just for proof that this technique actually works, click this link to see were my website is on Google for the term “adding your website to Bing” Amazing isn’t it?
Now these 3 things are just getting your webpage ready. Now there are 2 ways to submit your website to Google.
- Go to the Google Add Url page – this page is an easy quick way to tell Google that you now have an optimized webpage ready to submit to them. Here is the Add Url to Google page.
- Another affective method of reminding Google of your webpages existance is to Ping – Pingler.com this is the one I love using. It’s fast and it is completed by a website that Google visits 100’s of times a day. Pingler is a website were you can add your webpage and have it send a reminder to more than 40 other websites, including all the major search engines. I use this services every time I write a new post on this website. So give Pingler a go next time you write a new post.
So there you have it. If you follow the above instructions and follow through with some great Backlinking strategies, you post will be showing up on page one of Google very soon.