SEO Content Strategy: 3 Smart Ways To Rank Your Blog Post

So, you want a new blog post to rank on Google top 1o?seo content strategy

I’ve been getting series of email these days from my active readers, and those who found my blog via search engines. The question sounds the same, and I guess I’ve to make a post on it. For everyone who wrote and asked intelligent SEO questions, I want to say a BIG thank you.

So, what question is everyone asking me?

It goes like this: “Can you tell me how to rank my blog posts on Google top 10 within 30 days? I want to get free traffic from Google, but I don’t know what’s wrong with my posts. Is there something I’m not doing right?”

Free Traffic – Nothing Like That!

Do you believe in free traffic? Well, you might not pay for it, Google might be the source and gladly send targeted visitors your way, but it’s still not free. Before your web pages can find favor with Google, quality TIME must be invested.

In life, there are two ways to get to the top – you’re either from the Royal Family, Rich and influential or you’re highly connected to the right people (rich, famous, intelligent, patriotic et al).

So, if you want to drive organic traffic without putting the extra hours, I’m so sorry to disappoint you. Free traffic is only a myth; it’s not obtainable except for hard workers.

All right, now, we’re ready to look at the 3 ways to reposition your blog posts, so that Google spider can crawl, index and start ranking them within 30 days. Off course, if you have been losing out on Google traffic, it means you’re doing something wrong with your post.

But you can change it for the better – I would like to know your experience when you apply these SEO strategies. Let’s go…

1.    Target Long-tail Keywords

Most blogs that attract organic traffic are targeting long-tail key phrases. Any keyword with more than three words is automatically, long-tailed. You could easily dominate such key phrases when apply the right search engine optimization tips.

I don’t know the niche you’re targeting, but if you could research long tail keywords, and wrap your quality content around it, I can guarantee you would rank.

A lot of newbie and intermediate bloggers are trying to rank for “blogging tips.” Good luck to you if you’ve prayed and felt convinced to pursue the seemingly unhealthy journey.

If not, leave such keywords alone and go for easier-to-rank-key phrases like “how to blog for money at home, blogging tips for beginners, ways to blog for money” et al.

Those are long-tail key phrase you can target and start ranking for within 30 days. You don’t even need to build thousands of backlinks to appear on “Google top 10” search engine result pages (SERPs), few would do.

Note: long-tail key phrases have few search-volumes per month. But if you successfully rank 3 – 10 long-tail terms on search engine homepage, that’ll be approximately 30/day targeted visitors or more. Think about it!

2.    Link To Your Previous Posts Using Anchor

In order to enjoy organic traffic from Google, you’ve to link to previous posts using anchor texts. Why is this so important?

Effective blogging is based on facts, data and analysis.

If you write a post that’s independent, it means you’re opinionated and no one is going to trust such gestures, not even Google spider.

But when you cite to a particular post that can throw more lights on the current topic, you would enhance your web presence further.

Anchor texts are important because Google regards it. The search spider will follow the anchor-link to the referred web page.

This also shows that the “anchored-link” is important. It should be relevant to the topic under discussion. If your new post is about ‘content marketing,’ please don’t link to link building. Link to a relevant pages and Google will reward your new post, index and bring it to the top quickly.

3.    Consistency, Consistency!

The goal is to rank a blog post in 30 days, and to achieve that, you need to be consistent and stay relevant with your posts. Google follows a clear-line to judge your content and how helpful or valuable readers will find it.

Consistency may not be possible, except you’ve chosen a unique niche, which you’re passionate about. Why is this important? If you’re not passionate about a niche, when you write a post, it would be difficult to express your thoughts, or develop a unique voice which your audience is craving for.

Mind you, blog readers are not just looking for solutions to problems in their business, family, relationship, social life and so on; they also gauge how you present the solution. Is your product like everyone else’s?

I’ve learnt that to improve organic traffic, grow a blog especially in this highly competitive world, being unique and sticking to a specific niche is important.

If you write about blogging today, and tomorrow, you published social media, a day after tomorrow you published another post on freelance writing, you’re literally CONFUSING Google spider and you had better not – don’t confuse, tell Google what your blog about.

Write consistently on your subject. If you’re into SEO, let your every post revolve around it.

What’s Your Experience?

How long does it take your new post to rank on Google homepage? Is there a unique strategy you’re using which I didn’t mention? Please share your comment and let’s grow together. Share this post with your readers, fans and maybe, enemies. Lol!

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11 thoughts on “SEO Content Strategy: 3 Smart Ways To Rank Your Blog Post

  1. Kalen

    Hey Michael,

    These are some good tips. Far too many people don’t think about long-tail keywords or they think they are too much of a hassle to work with. however, they can be an enormous source of traffic.It certainly doesn’t make sense to focus exclusively on your primary keywords and your blog won’t be all that engaging if people aren’t able to find all of your old posts over time either.
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  2. Gjivan

    Firstly i wanna thank Mike for this post. I am doing the same process even before reading this post. Instead of only concentrating in one niche, i am tareting various niches and diveded them into categories and merging them together to create an authority blog. I have been successful in micro niche blogging but i haven’t seen any future of micro sites for a long run, so i switched to create authority blog. Well, as u said passion is definitely important , but passion in niches without proper keywords research will fail ( i have an experience ). People keep saying , just target in only one niche or market of ur passion, but whats wrong in creating high quality unique posts on various niches and merging them all in one blog cz i think google sees an individual page differently than whole site so page rank for a page is different from main homepage. If i am wrong, plz correct me!!!
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  3. Chadrack@SEO Tips

    Hi Mike,

    Another great post. Let me quickly add that apart from focusing on long tail keywords, your use of them in your page is important. Put them in the post url (link), in the meta description (I consider this very important, bold on italic them in your copy and use them as anchor text in links pointing to that particular post. All of these is very important if you want to put that post among the first ten in the SERPs.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Sanjib Saha

    Hello Nice Post Michael

    You are right regarding the strategies. I completely agree with you. I have seen many blogs ranking in google which are not even 30 days old. Targeting long keyword may be a key as you said, it has got less number of searches and thus competition is likely to be low too so if you are ranked in the first page, you can get good amount of visitors.

    Thanks or a great post
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