How to Get a First Page Ranking on Google

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  1. Margaux Daughtry
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 16:33:35

    Huh, he is a genius! That was almost too easy!

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  2. Instanceofjava
    Dec 14, 2014 @ 04:53:18

    thank you so much its really helpful to my blog

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  3. Huy Nguyen
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 10:55:09

    Great video! I’m try to improve traffic to my blog daily, but is not have more changes. I will try with the way in this tutorial.
    Thank you again.

    Reply

  4. Antone Goyak
    Sep 09, 2014 @ 09:20:19

    Jon, thank you for both the time and effort you put into these videos. Though short, they are packed with very helpful material. I have been reading some of your other posts on doing guest posts. What is the best way to go about finding guest post opportunities? I have never done a guest post before but see the value in what you are saying.

    Thank you for any help that you can provide.

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  5. Rakesh Aryal
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 13:56:21

    Really a great video. It is not necessary to be your site page rank higher if your blog is ranked in first page in any most searched keyword.

    Reply

  6. John Jarvis
    May 28, 2014 @ 23:31:39

    Hi Jon,

    How are you doing?

    I hope that your class is going well and I’m sure that your
    students are learning things they’d never learn anywhere else.

    Guest blogging is something that I’ve been studying for few
    years now and as a content creator, well let’s just say that we
    feel about our blogs like they are our children and we’re very
    careful who we let come near them, right?

    I have been following Matt Cutts for quite some time and
    you should be aware of something.

    If you do a Google search for the term:
    “The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO”, you will
    see a post he did on his blog on the subject of guest
    blogging.

    Of course there are right ways and wrong ways to do
    just about everything, and I thought Matt’s post may
    help you and your students.

    John

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    • Marsha Stopa
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 11:50:59

      Hi John,

      Marsha here.

      Jon wrote a post on Boost Blog Traffic about how to interpret that post of Matt’s: http://boostblogtraffic.com/guest-blogging-is-dead/

      Many people have misread what Matt said. Hope that helps.

      Marsha

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      • John Jarvis
        Jun 06, 2014 @ 12:29:55

        Thanks for clearing that up Marsha.

        I’ve been “doing SEO” since Yahoo and Alta Vista were search Kings, and I can tell you the more I learn, the more I can get confused.

        I like Jon’s post and it completely makes sense.

        By the way, if I were Matt Cutts I’d probably be ranting a lot more often than he is. I really have no use for Black Hat SEO types. ;)

        John

  7. Hope Nwosu
    May 09, 2014 @ 08:17:23

    Thank you so much for this tip.
    However, I am new blogger and wonder if any one would accept my offer to guest post in their blogs. I am into creative writing and I would be grateful if you can recommend similar blogs where I can pitch my queries. I know I have what it takes to write a great post for someone but I don’t know where to begin from. Any advice here?

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    • Marsha Stopa
      May 09, 2014 @ 09:45:33

      Hope,

      We have an entire module in the GuestBlogging course on how to find blogs to guest post for and another module on how to pitch them. :-)

      Search Google for blogs that accept fiction stories. I will warn you that they will likely be smaller sites. We haven’t found any big blogs focused on creative writing.

      Hope that helps.

      Marsha

      Reply

  8. Travis Peters
    May 09, 2014 @ 07:14:11

    Thanks so much, so glad I found your site! I’m researching where I could potentially guest post and then I’m going after it! Great tip on this video. Thanks again.

    Reply

  9. Miriam Risager
    Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:23:26

    Inspirational as always! Thanks for another great video, Jon.

    Reply

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    Apr 24, 2014 @ 13:40:40

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  12. Michel Gerard
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 00:56:37

    It’s very hard to have a blogspot blog rank. You’d better use your own domain on a self-hosted WP blog.

    Reply

  13. Kelli
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 07:53:37

    Okay, Jon, I’m a bit naive, I think!

    With certain key words typed into Google, my blog shows up on the first page of Google, from number one, to number six.

    I know what you mean, I think, by guest blogging. I’ve had a few blog on mine, and my traffic never increased.

    It’s just me writing now, but I visit other blogs often and I link others to mine.

    BUT, I think the reason my blog is doing well and continues to increase in traffic, is the subject matter, the thousands of ‘survivors’ that are typing key words into Google looking for answers to their experiences with their abusers.

    I realize my blog topic is very serious. And it is, but it’s also one that is popular, unfortunately (insofar that there are lots of survivors out there!).

    Truthfully, I blog because I love it so much. Writing is my oxygen. But most of all, it helps people. And right there, is the gift. I guess, until I saw your first post, I didn’t think about this kind of stuff much. And I didn’t realize that people struggle so much at first.

    I really liked the recommendation to a doctor hypothetical. I really do believe, that there is a combination that makes a blog popular: recommendations from trusted sites (I have many), recommendations from other bloggers, reblogged posts of mine, and word of mouth. NETWORKING. This has been THE number one way in which my blog has done so well.

    The subject and the content are equally important.

    But this is just my experience. I appreciate all of this information, Jon and you’re providing a valuable service to many bloggers who are just starting out.

    I love what I do so much, but it doesn’t make me a living. I suppose How To sites, will do well. But given the population of those I work with, they don’t have a lot of money and have been brutalized already. I believe what I do is a true gift for me and I’m mindful of that. I want to do all I can, to pay it forward.

    God Bless you all and good luck in your aspirations in blogging. ALWAYS remember, even when it looks bleak, DON”T GIVE UP!

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  14. Nadia McDonald
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:33:22

    These videos are crash courses themselves! They speak life and CPR into my blogging career.

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  15. Nadia McDonald
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:30:54

    Jon these videos are crash courses in how to master the art of blog writing. I recently started my blog, and it has zero recognition and miserable ratings. The content was great, however the traffic doesn’t exist. I scratched my head wondering: What am I doing wrong? Was it my inexperience? Definitely the talent was there. I didn’t know anybody.
    It’s a struggle writing a blog being a nobody. I haven’t written my blog in weeks, and the website at wordpress.com never took notice of my absence.
    There is so much I want to share. The talent is there. But something is fundamentally missing. I need that leap to bring me over the top.

    Reply

    • Michel Gerard
      Mar 11, 2014 @ 19:44:21

      Nadia,

      It’s very hard to get traffic on a WordPress.com blog. Why don’t you use a self-hosted WordPress blog or another platform?

      Reply

  16. Amarnath
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 15:51:52

    Rea;ly a very inspirational

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  17. Michel Gerard
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 08:59:06

    Now that Matt Cutts has announced that links from Guest Blogging won’t be counted, I don’t think this method will continue to work long. What do you think?

    Reply

    • Blaine Wilkerson
      Feb 18, 2014 @ 09:10:26

      Michael,

      Matt Cutts was referring to guest blogging spam techniques.

      Check out this article by Jerod Morris at Copyblogger. He breaks down Matt Cutts’ statement and smashes all the hype.

      Hope this helps!

      Blaine

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      • Michel Gerard
        Feb 18, 2014 @ 09:27:33

        Thanks Blaine. Of course the spammy guest posts will get a hit. I do believe that legitimate guest posts will also take a hit because there is no way for Google to know if they are paid or not. They will be still good for traffic and exposure but not for link juice. I agree that blogs with multi contributors will be not affected, but in that case we can’t really call them guest posts.

      • Blaine Wilkerson
        Feb 18, 2014 @ 15:11:03

        Michel,

        You nailed it regarding the death of “link juice” – as it pertains to spam and lame seo tactics. Google has amped up the focus on social approval, link context, and link authority to better identify quality content and natural connections. And I dont blame them.

        The online junk pile is enormous – it’s filth is overflowing into the SERPs. Google must clean house.

        Ever sweep the floor and accidentally dump a quarter or two in the trash? Yep, me too. You don’t start out with the intention of tossing some shiny coins away. It just happens. So yeah, causulties will occur. Some posts will suffer a crushing kick to the gut. And while that’s a hard pill to swallow, at least they get a chance to update their strategy.

        The dude in the video received his rank due to posting relative, high quality content supported by high authority sites and the social approval that followed – not just links. Paid or not, the right people loved his content. And that’s the trick.

        Kick-ass guest blogging on kick-ass sites will continue to…you guessed it…Kick Ass!

        -Blaine

  18. JonLuc
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 17:44:04

    Hi, Jon,

    I only recently discovered your blog and greatly appreciate your comments. While guest blogging makes intuitive sense, I remain uncertain that a few links even from a trusted site will make the difference to Google as noted by others above. Perhaps, a ‘techie’ subscriber can clarify – as most sites have ‘no-follow’ links that Google supposedly does not recognize.

    Thanks,

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  20. Mark Tong
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 08:52:59

    Hi John – great video – so simple – Literally just starting out , zero social media, zero relevant links, zero traffic so everything’s up for grabs and there’s nothing to loose and everything to shoot for. Have shared this around

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    Jan 24, 2014 @ 04:34:40

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  22. naveen kumar rajput
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 01:40:14

    it’s really helpful for me ,i like this video and this website also. Thanks to share such helpful with us.

    Reply

  23. ahmad ali
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 06:32:07

    i try to watch the videos but error is displayed vedeo not found

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  24. logan mathis
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 21:47:25

    Hey I have a question that I have been boggling in my mind about SEO. How does the Hummingbird update Google released affect guest posting? I know they have a different algorithm but I am not sure exactly what is different. Anything from anyone will be great! Thank you!!

    Reply

  25. Peter paul
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 11:11:05

    I like video. Thanks for share

    Reply

  26. Shubham
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 06:38:02

    I never thought that guest blogging can do this much. Well from today onward I started writing article for other blog :)

    Reply

  27. Kamal
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 07:37:03

    Amazingly simple tips for ranking Bravo!

    Reply

  28. Karma Friendly
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 03:24:11

    Very helpful – Thank You.

    Reply

  29. Esh
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 08:20:01

    James martell, one of the guys that teach SEO use to teach just this method as his ‘the’ way to rank with guest articles (he calls it PAD, professional article distribution). I have been observing his students blogs (he shares them) and everyone got knocked off from Google after the 2012 Panda update. They gave up “anchor text” spamming. So I think this would not apply for 2013, but hey I checked and Gllen’s site is still ranking 8th. So I conclude “anchor text” spamming won’t help you, it’s the moderate use of those “anchor text” on popular blogs, without going overboard. Awaiting your response Jon :)

    Reply

  30. davion
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 10:58:57

    Usefull, although it’s a little bit hard to do it since most people don’t allow backlinkinng on their website.

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  31. anonymous
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 22:13:49

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  32. Sarah
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 00:26:06

    I find your turn of phrase so funny, I laughed out loud. Thanks for being so open with your personality.

    Reply

  33. Improve Page Rank
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 04:09:52

    The oldest trick is still the best trick!

    Great share.

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  34. Aleena
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 09:04:24

    Hi, Great things we know. Thanks for your support

    Reply

  35. William Del Pilar
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 18:55:13

    This is as simplistic and common sense as it gets. Great video!

    Reply

  36. Maïder
    Oct 29, 2013 @ 06:15:08

    Really useful video about, thanks for sharing!

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  37. Globus
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 00:53:16

    Great Information. Please keep posting valuable information its really interesting.

    Thanks

    Globus

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  38. Degtev
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 08:28:11

    Thanks Jon, as is often the case it seems the simplest ideas are the best ones. I can see why Google value these links, the top blogs are extremely careful and protective so Google know every post has been fully vetted.

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  39. Manoj Dhanuka
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 13:56:11

    Hey, great advice. I’m new at blogging and have been following your tips religiously, they are really helpful.
    Though, I have been unable to get guest posts, my page-views have tremendously increased nowadays.
    Keep going on. Looking forward for your videos.
    Thanks!!!

    Reply

  40. Reema
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 08:55:44

    Thank u for this tips i hope my blog would be in the first page

    please come n visit :)

    http://www.spreimurahmurah.com

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  41. Ansa du Plessis
    Sep 24, 2013 @ 08:18:04

    Great to see a fellow South African doing something great! I’ll have to try this and let you know, it might just be a South African thing :)But seriously, this is great advice.

    Reply

  42. Tanvir
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 05:44:38

    This is probably the best video I ever seen based on how to rank first page on Google.

    Very very inspirational and smart presentation.

    Thanks a lot

    Reply

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  44. Mary Lou Green
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 17:02:02

    Thanks for this video, Jon. I appreciate your insight and clarity. What do you think of William Guamanoy’s advice about using the Ultimate Blogging Theme from WordPress?

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  45. Florian
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 13:47:50

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    Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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    Apr 27, 2013 @ 07:15:10

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  48. Debra
    Mar 30, 2013 @ 00:54:48

    Thanks a lot for this post Jon. I hope it’s okay is I shared it. :)

    Reply

  49. MD Galvin
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 12:24:31

    Now I feel like a genius! Thanks!

    Reply

  50. Vasiliy Neo
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 21:33:05

    Wow, I really impressed of how genius and most of all simple this is!
    Great tip, Jon!

    Reply

  51. Rahat Bashar
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 18:06:49

    I’ve never felt this compelled to comment before. Honestly, thank you. It took me over 1 year of trying to figure out how to use keywords, but you solved it for me in 5 mins.

    Can’t thank you enough, hopefully I’ll start ranking up for my keywords.

    Reply

  52. Amanda R.
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 01:13:06

    Great video! Such a simple trick. How can you find out what the rankings are for search terms? For instance, My blog is called Two Americans in China, so how can I find out if “Americans in China” is a popular search term?

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  53. Monica Suma
    Nov 08, 2012 @ 15:34:33

    The kid is a genius for sure. It also helps that he picked a more niche term (although it did have a lot of searches) to market himself for, instead of a broad term like blogging or digital marketing. Correct?

    Thanks for sharing! I wish my guest posting would have brought me 4,000 subscribers :)

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  54. J Brett Abbey
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 08:41:03

    Jon, Excellent post. Thanks for the tip!

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  55. Karen
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 20:21:16

    Hello….just wondering how guestblogging is different to posting an unique article on the article directories and using the keyword as a hyperlink?

    Thanks in advance,

    Karen

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    • Marsha Stopa
      Nov 16, 2012 @ 14:27:38

      Karen,

      Yes, huge difference.

      Getting a link from a big blog that is trusted and respected by Google is hundreds of times more effective than wasting your efforts on the article directories, which are not ranked highly in Google’s view.

      Plus, the quality of traffic is far superior.

      Marsha

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      • Ana
        Aug 04, 2014 @ 21:40:27

        Yes (although this reply is nearly two years later) … it’s understandable that guest blogging for top blogs will rank far higher in Google. Therein lies the classic catch: posting to article directories is just posting, whereas for guest posting you have to get accepted. Just like trying to get published in a top print magazine.

  56. Brendon Held
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:52:04

    Hey Jon, I’m delighted to see you mention Glen in your video today. In fact, as I read your intro in your email where you mention a 20 year old in South Africa, I immediately thought of Glen.

    I have been following Glen for a few years now, and have learnt a ton from all his insights and epic (in size) posts… I think it’s amazing what he has achieved at such a young age, which just shows that anyone can apply what you (and Glen) are teaching, and find success if they are diligent enough…

    In addition to following your awesome blog, I highly recommend that people take a look at Glen’s blogging site, http://www.ViperChill.com.

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  57. Arvin
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 07:03:59

    Nice.. Its amazing..

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  58. Fredrik
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 03:39:17

    Great video!
    Personal development is actually a term I would like my blog to rank for…

    After following Jon for a while this video was what nudged me over from “I should probably sign up to his course” to “Dammit, I gotta get a seat!!”

    See you in class! ;-)

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    • Marsha Stopa
      Sep 08, 2012 @ 16:06:44

      Awesome!
      See you in class, Fredrik.

      Marsha

      Reply

  59. Ernie
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 16:59:07

    Hahahahaha! I have to laugh so I don’t cry. I could have been doing this all along with a bunch of my websites!
    In response to Ryan’s comment, it is highly likely that most of those links came as a result of guest posts as well.
    Maybe not 15K but several thousand for sure. Maybe 10k. It would really depend on the audiences reading the guest posts.

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  60. Ryan
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 11:50:16

    Hi Jon,

    I’m a huge fan of your tips and guestblogging site. Though I would like to respectfully comment on this Video.

    While Guest Blogging can be a wonderful way to get your site ranked in the search engines, the email was quite misleading because it didn’t take 15-20 guest posts to rank in page 1 of Google.

    The site had about 17,000 backlinks according to ahref and it had blogroll links and authority links from Glen’s viperchill site.

    Still, guest blogging is a great way to get direct traffic from the authority of the host domain and the SEO benefit is just secondary to that exposure.

    Cheers! :)

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  61. Matthew White
    Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:35:08

    This was exactly how I was planning on doing it. I’ve contacted a blogger and they responded positively. In the middle of getting him some talking points for the post now.

    Its nice to hear that I was thinking on the right track :)

    Cheers

    Reply

  62. Kevin Turner
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 16:20:35

    Always really useful stuff. I appreciate the help!

    Reply

  63. Trung Nguyen
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:48:11

    I have to admit that SEO is my most thing to care about when building a blog. How to get high ranking on SERPs is my big question too, so thanks for your video, it can help me improve ranking on Google now.

    Reply

  64. Susan Friedmann
    May 08, 2012 @ 17:34:54

    A day doesn’t seem to go by without learning a cool new tip. Jon, you’re amazing!!! You’ve set the bar very, very high!

    Reply

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