Is It Possible for a New Blog To Rank On Google Page 1?
As a New Blogger, I often wonder whether is it possible for me a newbie to Rank on Google Page 1 with a New Blog. I have been writing posts after posts and will any of my posts get on Page 1?
I have learned that it has to do with how you plan your outline and subheadings using long-tail keywords, what you do during the writing, and what to do after you publish. It is about optimizing your title tag, meta title and description, and your images alt text and title. It is also to answer searcher’s intent by answering their questions.
If you are new to blogging and want to get organic traffic coming from Google searches, I want to tell you that you can absolutely rank higher in Google and even on Google Page 1.
Let’s dive in.
By ranking on Page 1 of your target audience’s search results, you get a chance to be shown to millions of eyeballs. And most people will not want to click past Page 2, so being on Page 1 gives you a higher chance of exposure.
There are only limited spots on page 1, say an average of 9 to 10. So there is a big competition and usually, they are dominated by experts in Google’s eyes.
Google will pull from your page contents, and used it as a preview that best relates to a user’s search.
But if you want to read the article, you will most likely click to read it, as it has already grabbed your attention.
My First Post That Got Ranked On Page 1
My first post was How to Choose a Baby Teeth Keepsake Container and I wrote it on 10 Mar 2020.
Being the first post, it was a short post, only 700 words.
But within a month, it was already inching up from page 4, and today, it stayed on Page 1.
In my 4 months of blogging, I wrote 5 reviews for OraWellness which I am an affiliate for.
The other 4 have also climbed to Page 1, either below Amazon or OraWellness, and I am so delighted.
This is a post on Review of OraWellness Healthy Mouth Blend
This is a post on Review of OraWellness Tongue Scraper and today on Page 1 too.
And even my Images of my post are on Page 1.
This next post was Review of OraWellness Eco-Dent Gentle Floss, also ranking on Page 1.
My 5th post was Review of OraWellness Shine Remineralizing Tooth Whitening Powder, and now also on Page 1!
So here I am going to share with you the 23 Steps that It took to achieve that.
If you follow these tips to a T, you will definitely get results.
Your post may not be immediately be placed on page 1, because Google has yet to trust your website first.
You may land up on Page 20 when you first published a post, but do not be disheartened. That is perfectly fine.
Keep on learning and you can always go back to the post and add more content or keyword, and you will definitely see the ranking improved.
Nowadays when I follow these steps, my post gets on to average pages 3 or 4, and I will continue to improve them over a period of time.
As a beginner blog, there is no quicker way to check your blog ranking than to key in your post title, and manually scrolling past all the results.
Your eyeballs will be tired reading and skimming past the titles and blog names, you could be scrolling until Page 20 and getting tired.
For a while, I tell myself to stop looking beyond Page 10 and instead focus on writing content or learning from other bloggers.
How To Rank On Google Page 1 With A New Blog
Before You Write
1. Find Your Keywords.
You want to aim for Average Search Volume to be high, for a start, more than 50, and Quoted Search Results (QSR) to be less than 100. The lower the better.
You can use this tool to find the keywords that will become the title of your post.
You can also use Ubersuggest which is a free Chrome extension.
2. Choose a long-tail keyword. A long-tail keyword is a group of words that are more specific than just a word.
“How to lose weight’ – Average Search Volume – 33 883 | QSR 153 – GOOGLE: 823 000 000
“How to lose weight quickly without exercise” – Average search volume – 136 | QSR 46 (yeah, less than 100!) – GOOGLE
Which keyword will have less competition?
Given that majority of the posts will be written by HealthLine website and doctors’ type of blogs. It is very hard to rank with them.
The more effort you put in to find keywords with low competition, these will be the sort of post titles that you can have a chance to rank higher in Google. They are also known as low hanging fruits. Easier to reach and get results.
This was how the Jaaxy Keyword tool helped me with my first post getting ranked on Page 1. The Average Search was 24 and QSR? ZERO.
You can test out the Jaaxy Keyword Tool for free here.
3. Aim to write better than your competitors.
The next step is to take the keyword that you have decided and put into Google Search Bar and see the results on page 1.
Who are they?
Are they high authority sites, like medical and experts dominated?
Then you can continue to refine your search until you can find one where the Google Page 1 results show results coming from Pinterest, forums, blogs.
Then you have a chance to rank for it, as competition may be less.
4. Include Google Instant considerations for your keywords.
When you are at the Search ar, observe the following.
When you type in your keyword, look at the drop-down list, also called Google Instant or Google Suggest, you may find long-tail keywords.
5. Consider LSI – Latent Semantic Indexing.
This is the group of Related Searches at the end of Page 1.
Go to the end of Page 1, you will see Related Searches or the keywords in bold.
Use these keywords naturally in your post.
These are called LSI – Latent Semantic Indexing.
6. Choose an Attractive Title
You can use a question as a title, like “What is a keto Diet? 7 Easy Ways to include in your meal planning”.
How-to titles also work well.
How to plan for a keto diet – 5 Simple Ways
Use Odd Numbers to list your post title.
People love numbers!
Make your title emotional sounding, that solves a problem or raises a pain point.
7. Consider Making Youtube Videos
If you see Youtube Videos in Page 1, consider making Youtube videos.
As it has been proven that Youtube videos can get ranked on Page 1.
When You Write
8. Plan Your Outline
Use People Also Ask Sections in first page of Google Search to find possible headings in your post.
By doing so, you are able to lengthen your post to more than 1000 words.
These are Google’s way of telling you that people are also searching for answers to these questions.
You can take the relevant ones and they become your Subheadings in H2 font Size.
Then plan your bullet key points in H3 Font size and then write your post.
Many new bloggers suffer from writers’ block, their minds are at a blank and they do not know where to start.
I was like that. So I learned that planning an outline helps. You can use Google Docs or Microsoft Word to help you list out the headings.
With Wealthy Affiliate, I can write in Site Content, and it does the word count and the formating of the H2 and H3 Font size title tags for me.
9. Include FAQ and Buying Guides
FAQs and Buying Guides can be useful if you are writing about products that you are reviewing.
Include a FAQ section, so that you answer as comprehensively all the questions that your target audience may be asking. This is so that they will not go elsewhere to look for information.
You have given them all the answers and they trust you.
Have a buying guide if you are writing a product post.
Tell them what to look out for when they are considering buying your particular type of item. A 600 word would suffice. That will increase the length of your post.
10. Use Your Keywords in H1, H2 and H3 Title Tag
Use your keyword in your title using the H1 Title tag.
Use keywords like those found in LSI and People Also Ask in your H2 and H3 title tags.
Use them naturally.
11. Use Your Keyword in Paragraph 1.
Front-load your keyword in paragraph 1.
The faster you mention your keyword, Google will likely think that you can answer your audience’s queries.
12. Use Lots of Subheadings (H3 Title tags)
Write naturally like talking to a friend.
Use short sentences. Avoid long complicated words. Keep them simple.
Have short paragraphs.
You can even have 1 sentence paragraphs.
Not more than 3 sentences per paragraph.
By chunking your content into many small readable paragraphs, you make your reader’s job of skimming easy.
Readers are busy skimmers, they will read all the subheadings and then if they like, then they will slow down and read the whole post.
Write out your headers using H2 and H3 Title Tags
Use lots of subheadings so that you can break up your content.
Your readers will most likely skim through your post, So subheadings will help you to chunk down the contents and make it easy for the eyes to read.
13. Have Lots of White Space in between paragraphs.
Leave lots of white space so that readers’ eyes can take a break.
14. Include Internal Links
Include Internal links to your other posts in your blog.
Link your weaker blog posts to high authority posts, and posts that get more visits.
You can track which posts are popular in Google Analytics.
15. Include External Links
Include an external link, because Google likes to see that you like to refer to external pages.
Don’t worry that you are directing your readers away.
You could select “Open In a New Tab” and they will still be on your page if they want to click and read the external source.
A useful external link would be websites like “Wikipedia”, How Things Work” or any authority site that has been around for a while. This gives credibility as you link your website to them.
16. How long should your post be?
For a start, I struggled to write past 1000.
I only managed to write 800 words, but by the 5th or 6th post, I could write past 1000 words, and my latest article was 2900 words. So don’t worry about word length at the beginning.
Google likes long blog posts, but some posts can be long and some can be short.
Just write conversationally like talking to a personal friend.
Write until you have conveyed your points in a logical manner. That will keep readers on your website.
The longer the reader stays on your site, Google will like it and your time-on-page will increase. A good length is 1000 to 2500 words.
17. Do these to extend time on page
How else can you keep readers on your blog?
People like to look at images. There are ample photo stocks online that you can find.
Some of my favorites include
You could embed a Youtube video.
In the beginning, when you don’t have your own videos, you can embed any videos that you found on Youtube.
Just go to the SHARE tab in any Youtube Video, then click and choose “EMBED”.
When the code comes up, you take and paste in the Text Box of WordPress Editor.
Useful ideas are always to insert pictures, images, infographics. You can use free tools like Canva to create infographics and cover pictures.
18. Input the keywords into Images Alt Text, Image Title Attribute When You Upload An Image.
Alt Text and Image Title Attribute are Google’s way of helping the visually impaired to know what the pictures are about.
I use the ShortPixel (Read My Review of ShortPixel – Why I switch from Smush) to optimize my images and with Lazy Load, it only shows the images when readers scroll down, so it will not slow down the Page Speed.
Before you hit “Publish” in WordPress, make sure to check that the title url contains only your keywords for great SEO.
After You Publish
Hang on a while more!
Some more bits to settle.
19. Use an SEO Plugin like All-In-One
I use Aii-In-One SEO Plugin to optimize my posts.
Once you Log in to your WordPress Editor, choose the post that was just published, go towards the bottom.
You should be able to see
1. Main Settings
Update the Title and that will be called the Meta Title
Update the Description and that is the Meta Description
2. Go to the Social Settings tab and also fill in the
Title and Description.
Use the keywords that you have put in your post title and fill up the 2 fields.
Google may use these words to show up as search results, or they will pick extract from your content.
20. Set up Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools if you have not done so.
To get your posts indexed faster in Google and Yahoo and Bing, submit your Post URLs to them.
To do so in Google Search Console,
1. Go to URL Inspection on the Left menu.
2. Paste your Post URL on the part where they say “Inspect any URL in your website”.
3. Press “Enter”
4. Then it will show up as “Not Yet Indexed”. Request Indexing? Press “Yes”.
5. When it is successfully indexed, then click “Got it”.
This will let Google put your post in their directory ready to show up in Google Searches.
For Bing Webmaster, follow these steps.
1. Log into Bing Webmaster Tools.
2. On the left menu, click on “Submit URL”.
3. Follow the instructions and submit the URL of your post.
21. Submit to the YouTube Discussions tab
Even if you did not create a single Youtube Video, you can still use this simple technique to add some Google Juice to your post.
Sign up and create a Youtube Channel. It’s free!
While you are there, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel
Under “Discussions” Channel, you can put in the title of your post and the URL like this
1. Insert * before and after your post tile like this : *7 Female Bloggers and Mom Blogs To Follow If You Are New to Blogging*
2. Paste your URL like this in the next line: 7 Female Bloggers and Mom Blogs to Follow If You Are A New Blogger
3. Click “Comments” and your Entry will be shown. Your post title will show up in bold.
22. Make a Pin and Pin to Pinterest
If you have not already used Pinterest to promote your post, I would advise starting one.
For a new blog, it is a quick way to get traffic.
I use Canva to create my pins. Try out different pin images design to test out which will fetch you more clicks.
Once you placed your pins to Pinterest, you can pin it into your post.
Use the Pinterest Widget to embed your Pin in your post
1. Click the “pin” and save your pin URL into the field.
2. The widget will show you 2 codes, which you will take and paste into the “Text” box of WordPress. Paste it where you want the pin to appear. It should be near the top of your post.
3. Once you have done it, your pin will be embedded in your post.
23. Share to Social Media like FB page, FB Group, Twitter, and Instagram.
I use the plugin GROW by Mediavine and I absolutely love the sharing feature, and you can customize the icons.
These are the 23 steps that I have followed that have helped my posts getting ranked higher on Googe and 5 of these posts are on Page 1.
WAIT! There is one more factor and it has nothing to do with the way you write.
Its the Page Speed of your Website.
Google loves its users so if a website gives users a slow loading experience, it will not rank well.
Remember your own experience? If a website loads slow, do you click away fast?
So the solution is simple from the start.
- Choose a good host. I host with Wealthy Affiliates so I have no worries with that. You can host with SiteGround (great value and speed, starting with $6.99 per month) or with Bluehost (cheapest by far).
2. Choose a good lightweight theme. I choose GeneratePress. Astra theme works well too.
3. Update your Plugins. Too many Plugins in your WordPress can slow down your website. Have only necessary Plugins and keep them under 10. Once there are updates, just update them.
Summing Up How To Rank On Page 1 of Google
Did you have any success tips that have helped you rank on Google or any other search engine?
I love to hear from you.
When this post is published, it went to Page 2 of Google!
And on 14 Jul the next day, it is on Page 1!
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