Let's be honest, who wouldn't want to be on page one in the #1 spot of Google for your most desirable keyword?
I know I want to get there for WordPress Manuals but I still have a long and scary road to go…
You and I know that if you want to get to the top we have to give Google a reason to give us that number one spot.
We have to create content that is page one material for our visitors. Google is all about finding the best material for their search engine visitors.
We have to show them that our website is worthy of that number 1 spot.
And we will need to work hard to stay there as well.
My Current Ranking for WordPress Manuals
So far I have reached 5th place on page 2 competing with 712.000 other results. This 15th place is from the 24th of September 2016
That ranking is checked from an incognito session with Chrome.
Always use an incognito session to check your rankings.
If you use a normal search session you might see that you are rankings are higher because they are based on your search interest.
The Value of a Goole Nr. 1 Ranking
A number 1 ranking in Google natural listings has the highest value because you don't have to pay for the clicks.
If you really want to get the top spot on a search result page you have to pay.
You need to get into Google Adwords and bid on your keywords hoping it will not cost you too much money.
Once you stop paying, your rankings will get back to the organic results. T
As someone, once said: Free traffic from Google is the holy grail for SEO.
As far as search engine optimization goes, there are some myths that you should not believe. Some SEO companies or SEO service providers claim that they can guarantee a number one ranking on Google.
No, not even with a Google Adwords campaign. Someone might overbid on your keyword leaving you on a second spot or not even listed in the ads results.
How to get started with SEO
I always find the best way to start learning something like SEO is by searching Google and by using their Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide.
But here is a video that is showing you the basic concept of SEO in 60 seconds.
On this site, WordPress Manuals, I use The SEO Framework plugin together with WP-Rocket to speed things up. I hope these pages are loading fast enough for you (and for Google).
Page loading time is also a factor in the Google search algorithm. You can check your site / page loading time on https://tools.pingdom.com/
This sites speed comes from different factors that I tried to combine:
- A fast hosting company that has optimized the server for my WordPress website wich is Siteground.com
- A speed optimized theme from StudioPress
- A premium cache plugin from WP Rocket
I also used the free https certificate that Siteground.com offers to get this site from http:// to https://.
Going for that https options is just to give this domain that little extra push to Google to trust this site.
So if you and I want to get that Nr 1 position on Google, we need to create that content that Google thinks is worth that spot.
It will be a long walk and the climb will be uphill as well as downstairs. If we are going down again, we know what to do. Start creating and sharing good content.
Creating good content in WordPress
There is a lot you can do to create good content on your WordPress website.
You can create pages and posts and upload great images to include.
Images do give just that little edge to get a visitor to start reading
There are a couple of elements that you need to take care off:
- Write a good title, this will be the first line that people will see in the search engine results page
- Write a nice snippet in the Yoast SEO field. It's not a ranking factor but could just make that Google visitor click to your page.
- Use sub-headings for new sections
- Use bullet points (Yes, indeed) to make it easier for your visitors to scan your page
- Watch your grammar and write in a clear voice, your voice
Remeber, the visitors to your page will scan that pages first before they start reading!
Make is simple for them to see if they will find what they are looking for.
The better your visitors experience with your site and content, the better you will rank in Google. You might even get to the #1 spot!
So start writing, create posts and pages!
I hope you liked this one and if you have more suggestions, let me now in the comments!