SEO for Beginners: Rank #1 In Google

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today's video I'm gonna show you exactly how to rank on the first page of Google step-by-step in fact I use this exact formula to rank on the first page of Google for competitive keywords like link building tools backlinks and SEO checklist I'm brian dean the founder of backlinko the place where marketers turn for higher rankings and more traffic and if you want to rank number one in google you'll love that actionable steps in this video keep watching I have a confession to make I used to hate SEO that's mostly because my first web site wouldn't rank no matter what I did it was super frustrating I hate you SEO and to make matters worse I was following all the advice that I read from so-called SEO experts great great content add keywords to your page make sure that your site loads fast yeah that stuff can help a little but it's not gonna rocket your site to the top of Google's first page and when I realized that I decided to run lots of SEO experiments I tested title tags backlinks anchor text internal links and more and over the years I started to put the pieces together flash-forward to today and I ranked number one in Google for tons of competitive keywords like nofollow links and success magazine recently called me the world's foremost expert on search engine optimization ok enough bragging now it's time for me to reveal the process that you can use to rank on the first page of Google step-by-step so let's kick things off with step number one find 3 keywords so your first step is to find 3 keywords these are keywords that you'll create content around in the next step and here's exactly how to find great low competition keywords first head over to answer the public this free tool finds questions that people ask on forums blogs and on social media and it turns those questions into awesome keywords the best part the keywords that you get from answer the public are usually longtail keywords in case you haven't heard of them before longtail keywords are just keywords that are long and very specific for example a keyword like keto diet is a short tail keyword but diet breakfast recipes is a longtail keyword even though not a lot of people tend to search for longtail keywords they're also not super competitive which makes them perfect keywords to go after if you're just starting out another great way to find keywords this is believe it or not read it just head over to a subreddit where your target audience hangs out and take a look at the topics that people are talking about you can even pop these topics in to answer the public to find longtail versions of these topics finally head over to exploding topics calm this is another free tool that bubbles up trending topics and industries like tech health fashion marketing and more and because these topics are relatively new the keywords that people use to find information on them aren't usually that competitive so once you have at least three keywords ready to go it's time for step number two create epic content so I recently teamed up with buzzsumo to analyze nine hundred and twelve million articles and one of our most surprising findings was that most content on the web doesn't get shared or linked to in fact we found that 94% of all articles online have zero links zero and there's a simple reason for that most of the content that people publish isn't that great and if it's not great it's gonna get lost among the millions of blog post tweets YouTube videos and twitch streams that come out every day so for your content to stand out it can't just be good or even great for your content to be something that someone else would want to actually link to it needs to be epic now there's no formula for creating epic content or else everyone would do it but there are a few things you can do to increase the odds that people will share and more importantly link to your content first you want to publish content that's long and in-depth the buzzsumo study that I mentioned earlier uncovered a little interesting nugget and that nugget was that longer content gets more links than short content specifically long-form content gets an average of 77 percent more backlinks than short content does this mean that publishing longer content will automatically bring in thousands of links of course not but publishing in-depth content that does cover in our topic in depth can increase the odds that people link to you for example this post of my blog is 4,700 words long and because this post has everything there is to know about link building in one place over a thousand different sites have linked to it next you want to add a hook to your content a hook is something that would make a blogger or journalist want to link to your content your hook can be a stat a case study example a unique strategy a rare interview a tool or widget or even a visualization basically anything that makes someone else say Wow I need to link to this can work for example a few years ago I published this case study of how I increased my blog's conversion rate the hook in this case was a specific case study that people could reference I also wrote about a unique strategy in that case study called the content upgrade which was another hook and because my page wasn't just high quality content but included several hooks lots of people have linked to that post now that you epic content is ready to go it's time for step number three keyword optimize your content on page SEO has changed a lot over the last few years back in the day keyword optimization was all about stuffing your page with keywords but that doesn't really work anymore instead the goal of on-page SEO today is to give Google context about what your page is all about yes you still want to use keywords on your page but you also need to help Google understand your pages overall topic here's how to do it your first step is to include your target keyword and a few important places on your page that way Google can understand that your page is about that specific term specifically you want to add your keyword to these areas of your page next it's time to give Google more context about your page and the best way to do that LSI keywords LSI keywords are words and phrases that are closely related to your target keyword put another way there are terms that tend to show up next to your keyword around the web for example if your target keyword was fresh prints LSI keywords would be terms like this and when Google sees these LSI keywords on your page it makes them say we're confident that this page is actually about that topic you can find these LSI keywords by searching for your keyword and then scrolling to the bottom of the search results so bold suggested keywords here usually make great LSI keywords then sprinkle in a few of these LSI keywords on your page and you're good to go with that let's dive right at to step number four optimize your content for users back in the day Google would rank pages based almost a hundred percent and who had the most backlinks yes backlinks are still important and I'll show you exactly how to build backlinks in the next step but to rank in Google today backlinks aren't enough your content also needs to be optimized for users that's because Google pays very close attention to how people interact with your site in the search results and if they notice that people are clicking on your site and then quickly heading back to Google and they'll down rank you barring next but if they see users sticking on your page that's a sign that you're giving Google searchers what they want this is awesome and you'll usually get a rankings boost with that is exactly how to optimize your content for users so they stay on your page first structure content so people start getting actionable info ASAP in other words you don't want to start your post off with a long explanation about why the topic is important that's only gonna make people bounce instead use a short intro then get right into the steps tips recipes workout plans or whatever your going to cover in your posts for example in this post from my blog I don't get into a long backstory about why SEO is important instead I have a brief five line intro then it's time for the first strategy next make sure that your contents design is on point studies show that people largely judge your site based on design first in content second so if your site looks like this you can expect a really high bounce rate now that doesn't mean that your site needs to win and heat design awards or look fancy in fact in my experience a simple design tends to work best for example if you look at this post there's nothing remotely fancy about it but it does have a clean design that makes it easy to read and skim which leads us to our last step step number five build backlinks our backlinks still important for SEO yeah in fact proficient Digital has been tracking the importance of backlinks over the last three years and they found that links are basically just as important today as they were since they first started tracking them and if you follow the steps so far by creating epic content optimizing it for users and adding hooks you already have a strong foundation for building backlinks it's just a matter of getting your content out there to actually build those links and the best way to do that broke in link building in fact I used broken link building to get this link from us super authoritative website here's how it works first find a broken link on a page that you want to get a link from I personally use the helpful check my links extension for Google Chrome which is free it automatically crawls all of the links on a page and IDs broken links next you want to find a post on your site that will make a good replacement for the dead link for example I've recently found a broken link on this page and after looking through my site I found this post that would be a pretty good replacement now it's not a one-to-one match to what the person linked to but it's close enough finally reach out to the person that runs that site and ask them to swap out the dead link for a link to your content now for this process you can definitely work with the email script as you send these out but I definitely don't recommend sending out this same generic email to a hundred different people in fact an outreach study that I recently did with pitch box found that personalized emails got 32 percent more replies than emails that use the same exact pitch for everybody for example you can see that this broken link building email that I recently sent out is super personalized now before we close out this SEO tutorial I want to show you a quick bonus step use unique images can using stock photos on your site hurt your Google rankings as it turns out they might the folks that reboot online recently ran an interesting experiment they created ten brand new websites all optimized around a keyword that they made up for the experiments on five of the sites they used five stock photos that were already used on a bunch of other websites and for the other five they actually took their own images that way they were a hundred percent unique so what did they find they discovered that the five websites that had unique images which are the green lines in this chart you see here outrank the sites that didn't use unique images which are the red lines from the chart so what's the bottom line whenever you can try to use unique images in your content these can be pictures that you take with your phone or illustrations that you make in Photoshop or screenshots that you take yourself as this study showed unique images seem to have a direct impact on rankings did you learn something new from today's video if so make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel right now just click on the subscribe button below this video also if you want exclusive SEO techniques that I only share with subscribers head or Rebecca cocom and hop on the newsletter it's free now I want to turn it over to you which technique for today's video are you gonna try first are you gonna try broken link building or are you gonna try adding unique images to your page let me know by leaving a comment below right now now from a problem the hook here what did I hurt you but you also need to I think it's yeah I was like an action movie line – In today's video I'm gonna
show you exactly how to rank on the first page of Google, step by step.

In fact I used this exact formula to rank on the first page of Google for competitive keywords,
like link building tools, backlinks, and SEO checklists. I'm Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko, the place where marketers turn for higher rankings and more traffic.

And if you wanna rank
number one in Google, you'll love the actionable
steps in this video. Keep watching. I have a confession to make. I used to hate SEO. That's mostly because my
first website wouldn't rank no matter what I did.

It was super frustrating. I hate you SEO! And to make matters worse, I was following all the advice that I read
from so-called SEO experts. "Create great content." "Add keywords to your page.

" "Make sure that your site loads fast." Yeah that stuff can help a little. But it's not gonna rocket your site to the top of Google's first page. And when I realized that, I decided to run lots of SEO experiments.

I tested title tags,
backlinks, anchor test, internal links, and more. And over the years, I started
to put the pieces together. Flash forward to today and
I rank number one in Google for tons of competitive
keywords, like nofollow links.

And "Success Magazine" recently called me "The world's foremost expert
on search engine optimization." Okay, enough bragging. Now it's time for me to
reveal to the process that you can use to rank on the first page of Google, step by step.

So let's kick things off
with step number one, find three keywords. So your first step is
to find three keywords. They are keywords that
you'll create content around in the next step. And here's exactly how to find great, low competition keywords.

First, head over to AnswerThePublic. This free tool finds questions that people ask on forums,
blogs, and on social media and it turns those questions
into awesome keywords. The best part? The keywords that you
get from AnswerThePublic are usually long tail keywords.

In case you haven't heard of them before, long tail keywords are just keywords that are long and very specific. For example, a keyword like keto diet is a short tail keyword. But keto diet breakfast
recipes is a long tail keyword.

Even though not a lot
of people tend to search for long tail keywords, they're
also not super competitive. Which makes them perfect
keywords to go after if you're just starting out. Another great way to find keywords is believe or not, Reddit.

Just head over to a subreddit where your target audience hangs out and take a look at the topics
that people are talking about. You can even pop these
topics into AnswerThePublic to find long tail
versions of these topics.

Finally, head over to explodingtopics.com. This is another free tool that
bubbles up trending topics in industries like tech, health, fashion, marketing, and more. And because these topics
are relatively new, the keywords that people use
to find information on them aren't usually that competitive.

So once you have at least
three keywords ready to go, it's time for step number
two, create epic content. So I recently teamed up with BuzzSumo to analyze 912 million articles. And one of our more surprising findings was that most content on the web doesn't get shared or linked to.

In fact we found that 94%
of all articles online have zero links. Zero. And there's a simple reason for that. Most of the content that people
publish isn't that great. And if it's not great, it's gonna get lost among the millions of blog posts, tweets, YouTube videos, and Twitch streams that come out every day.

So for your content to stand out, it can't just be good, or even great. For your content to be something that someone else would
wanna actually link to, it needs to be epic. Now there's no formula
for creating epic content, or else everyone would do it.

But there are a few things you can do to increase the odds
that people will share and more importantly,
link to your content. First, you wanna publish content
that's long and in-depth. The BuzzSumo study that
I mentioned earlier uncovered a little interesting nugget.

And that nugget was that longer content gets more links than short content. Specifically, long form content gets an average of 77% more
backlinks than short content. Does this mean that
publishing longer content will automatically bring
in thousands of links? Of course not.

But publishing in-depth
content that does cover an entire topic in-depth
can increase the odds that people link to you. For example, this post from
my blog is 4,700 words long. And because this post has
everything there is to know about link building in one place, over 1,000 different
sites have linked to it.

Next, you wanna add a
hook to your content. A hook is something that
would make a blogger or journalist wanna link to your content. Your hook can be a stat,
a case study example, a unique strategy, a rare interview, a tool or widget, or even a visualization.

Basically anything that makes someone else say wow, I need to link to this can work. For example, a few years ago
I published this case study of how I increased my
blog's conversion rate. The hook in this case
was a specific case study that people could reference.

I also wrote about a unique
strategy in that case study, call the content upgrade,
which was another hook. And because my page wasn't
just high quality content but included several hooks, lots of people have linked to that post.

Now that your epic content is ready to go, it's time for step number three, keyword-optimize your content. On page SEO has changed a
lot over the last few years. Back in the day, keyword optimization was all about stuffing
your page with keywords.

But that doesn't really work anymore. Instead, the goal of on page SEO today is to give Google context about
what your page is all about. Yes you still wanna use
keywords on your page. But you also need to help Google understand your pages' overall topic.

Here's how to do it. Your first step is to
include your target keyword in a few important places on your page. That way Google can
understand that your page is about that specific term. Specifically, you wanna add your keyword to these areas of your page.

Next, it's time to give Google
more context about your page. And the best way to do that? LSI keywords. LSI keywords are words and phrases that are closely related
to your target keyword. Put another way, they are
terms that tend to show up next to your keyword around the web.

For example, if your target
keyword was fresh prince, LSI keywords would be terms like this. And when Google sees these
LSI keywords on your page, it makes them say we're
confident that this page is actually about that topic.

You can find these LSI keywords by searching for your
keyword and then scrolling to the bottom of the search results. The bold suggested keywords here usually make great LSI keywords. Then sprinkle in a few
of these LSI keywords on your page and you're good to go.

With that, let's dive right
into step number four, optimize your content for users. Back in the day, Google would rank pages based almost 100% on who
had the most backlinks. Yes, backlinks are still important.

And I'll show you exactly how to build backlinks in the next step. But to rank in Google today,
backlinks aren't enough. Your content also needs
to be optimized for users. That's because Google
pays very close attention to how people interact with
your site in the search results.

And if they notice that people
are clicking on your site and then quickly heading back to Google, they'll down rank you. Boring, next! But if they see users
sticking on your page, that's a sign that you're
giving Google searchers what they want.

This is awesome! And you'll usually get a rankings boost. With that, here's exactly
how to optimize your content for users so they stay on your page. First, structure your content so people start getting
actionable info ASAP.

In other words, you don't
wanna start your post off with a long explanation about
why the topic is important, that's only gonna make people bounce. Instead, use a short intro,
then get right into the steps, tips, recipes, workout plans, or whatever you're gonna
cover in your post.

For example, in this post from my blog, I don't get into a long backstory about why SEO is important. Instead, I have a brief, five line intro, then it's time for the first strategy. Next, make sure that your
content's design is on point.

Studies show that people
largely judge your site based on design first and content second. So if your site looks like this, you can expect a really high bounce rate. Now that doesn't mean that your site needs to win any design awards.

Or look fancy. In fact in my experience, a simple design tends to work best. For example, if you look at this post, there's nothing remotely fancy about it. But it does have a clean design that makes it easy to read and skim.

Which leads us to our last step, step number five, build backlinks. Are backlinks still important for SEO? Yeah. In fact, Perficient
Digital has been tracking the importance of backlinks
over the last three years.

And they found that links are basically just as important today as they were since they first started tracking them. And if you follow the steps so far by creating epic content,
optimizing it for users, and adding hooks, you already have a strong foundation
for building backlinks.

It's just a matter of getting
your content out there to actually build those links. And the best way to do that? Broken link building. In fact, I used broken link building to get this link from a
super authoritative website.

Here's how it works. First, find a broken link on a page that you wanna get a link from. I personally use the helpful
Check My Links extension for Google Chrome, which is free. It automatically crawls
all of the links on a page and IDs broken links.

Next, you wanna find a post on your site that will make a good
replacement for the dead link. For example, I recently found
a broken link on this page and after looking through my site, I found this post that would
be a pretty good replacement.

Now it's not a one to one match to what the person linked
to but it's close enough. Finally, reach out to the
person that runs that site and ask them to swap out the dead link for a link to your content.

Now, for this process
you can definitely work with an email script
as you send these out. But I definitely don't
recommend sending out the same generic email
to 100 different people. In fact an outreach study that
I recently did with Pitchbox found that personalized
emails got 32% more replies than emails that used the same
exact pitch for everybody.

For example, you can see
that this broken link building email that I recently sent out is super personalized. Now before we close out this SEO tutorial, I wanna show you a quick
bonus step, use unique images.

Can using stock photos on your site hurt your Google rankings? As it turns out, they might. The folks at Reboot Online recently ran an interesting experiment. They created 10 brand new websites, all optimized around a
keyword that they made up.

For the experiments, on five of the sites they used five stock photos that were already used on
a bunch of other websites. And for the other five, they
actually took their own images, that way they were 100% unique.

So what did they find? They discovered that the five websites that had unique images,
which are the green lines in this chart you see
here, outrank the sites that didn't use unique images, which are the red lines from the chart.

So, what's the bottom line? Whenever you can, try to use
unique images in your content. These can be pictures that
you take with your phone. Or illustrations that
you make in Photoshop. Or screenshots that you take yourself.

As this study showed, unique images seem to have a direct impact on rankings. Did you learn something
new from today's video? If so, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel right now. Just click on the subscribe
button below this video.

Also, if you want exclusive SEO techniques that I only share with subscribers, head over to backlinko.com
and hop on the newsletter. It's free. Now I wanna turn it over to you. Which technique from today's
video are you gonna try first? Are you gonna try broken link building? Or are you gonna try adding
unique images to your page? Let me know by leaving a
comment below right now.

Now from. Okay, we don't need a prop. The hook here. – [Man] Did I hurt you? (laughs) – But you also need to. (clears throat) I think it's, yeah. That was like an action movie line.

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