How My Website Got to Number One on Google in Less than a Month

My first business website: Accountant Salary Information
My first business website: Accountant Salary Information | Source

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

My first business website got to the number one spot in Google search in less than a month.

I’m excited to share my methods so you can duplicate them for your own online efforts. As you know, moving your web pages up in the Google rankings means more readers for your writing, and hopefully, more advertising earnings. You want to get to page one and preferable within the first five results. Otherwise, your website becomes invisible to searchers.

  • I’ve been studying under an expensive but highly instructive Internet guru. He’ll remain nameless for now because I’ve been with him only a couple of months and am not 100% sure that his techniques work permanently. Once I confirm that, I’ll be happy to share his contact information.
  • This hub is going to be a summary because it cannot contain all the necessary information. The steps will be expanded in future articles and links to those article will appear in this hub. If you’re interested in following along, leave a comment or click the Follow button at the end of the page. I’ll put a note in comments for any new links and updates, and you’ll be notified automatically.

By the way, my website is called Accountant Salary Information.

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1. Pick the right long-tail keyword.

A long-tail keyword consists of two or more words that describe what your website is about. (All the one-word keywords have already been taken by more powerful and more profitable websites. They would be difficult for you to overtake in the Search rankings.) The tool of choice keyword searching is the Google Keyword Tool. You want to look for keywords that have high global monthly searches but medium-to-low competition.

If you haven’t guessed yet, my keyword is “accountant salary.” If you enter that into your Google Search, my website will appear on the first page. Depending on the time and the day, the travels up and down the first five slots. (This is called the Google Dance, which happens to all websites.) For the most accurate search results, use PageWash to eliminate your location information from the results. That free website is explained in my hub entitled Google lies! Why a plain search for your site’s SEO rank won’t work.

2. Use the keyword correctly in your website.

Use your keyword in your domain name (if possible), website title and in most of your pages. You should also have a keyword density of 1% to 5%, which is the number of times your keyword is mentioned in your site’s titles, text, images and references. You must do this as naturally as possible as shown in the next step.

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3. Write quality content.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise since this is the mantra of every online writer and publisher. Before the latest Google Penguin update, you could raise your keyword ranking by performing such artificial techniques as keyword stuffing or creating web pages that just refer to your other web pages. The update penalizes these methods as over-optimization.

The easy way to avoid being slammed by Google is to write useful content. Your website should have at least ten pages, each with about 500 words or more as well as pictures and other multimedia. Include links not only to other pages on your site but to highly-regarded websites such as government pages, newspapers, educational institutions and well-known manufacturers.

My site currently has 11 pages and I add a new one each month. Each page has hard facts and figures that are useful to those looking for accountant salary information. If you can, note how many times my keyword is mentioned on the front page. But also note how it’s part of the writing and not just stuffed into paragraphs willy-nilly.

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4. Backlink your site.

A backlink is a link to your site that is on another site. Google sees this as a sign that other sites are interested enough in your content to link back to it. The ideal is to have other people link to your pages. But that is unlikely to happen within the first year since you haven’t built a reputation. However, you can also put links back to your site.

The easiest way to do that is to post messages in forums and leave comments in blogs. You can then having your messages and comments relate to your site. But you can’t just say, “You wrote a good message. Please see my website.” That’s considered spamming and many sites automatically delete those comments. Instead, add something useful to the discussion.

In addition, the forums and blogs must be related to your website keyword, must have a high page rank, and allow DoFollow links. These are technical considerations that warrant a separate hub. But if you want to explore this on your own, download a free and indispensable utility called the SEO Toolbar.

I try to get 3-5 backlinks to my site everyday.

5. Engage socially.

Your website must have buttons that allow users to Facebook Like, Google Plus, Tweet, Pin, comment, follow or otherwise share your content to social sites. Google thinks highly of pages that are actively linked to social media. Part of social engagement also means guest blogging on other sites and writing outside useful pages that relate to your site.

My site not only has several social sharing widgets and comments, but also its own Facebook Page, Squidoo lens, YouTube video, Pinterest pins, StumbleUpon pages, link on my HubPages profile, and useful external pages on Weebly and Webs.Com. And I will continue to add social engagement features. Sorry for not adding links to these other sites but I don’t want HubPages to pull this hub as overly promotional.

Final Thoughts

As I said at the beginning, this hub is by necessity a summary. (Even then, it’s already a thousand words long). I’ll slowly expand this information in future hubs and mention those updates in comments. So if you want to find out about them, leave a comment or click the Follow button below.

In the meantime, feel free to try any of these methods and let me know how it turns out. If you want to share any special techniques for increasing your writing visibility, please put that in comments as well.

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supermom_in_ny profile image

supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

Congrats on your achievement. Your adsense is going to soar! I had a couple of my pages on the first slot for long tail keywords and had several days that were over $20.00. I hate when it fluctuates because your earnings drop significantly. Great hub as usual! ;)


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Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

Hi Alocsin,

Nice and useful hub. I have been using these ideas on my hubs and can confirm that it does work. Unfortunately initially it does seem time consuming.

But it is a MUST for everyone wanting a increase in organic traffic to their sites or content online.

Thanks for sharing


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks supermom_in_ny. Glad to here of your success with your own keywords.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I always love to read your hubs because I learn valuable information with each post. I feel like you are my guru teacher! Thanks for the information and help, you are so kind to share from your hardwork and experience.


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

Thanks for the great info. It's very timely for me, as I'm just in the learning curve with a new blog. This will be a huge help!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks so much! I really learn from your Hubs and gain reinforcement. I will check out SEO utility too!


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

This is superb advice for all of us, especially since it's getting harder to rank on search engines, or so it seems. Your advice helps make it a easier though.

Thanks for the hub.


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chaturrajneesh 4 years ago from India

Great Hub Dear! waiting for the name of that expensive but instructive internet Guru. Rating it useful.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Congrats on the success of your website! You say that keyword density should be 1-5% but I had read elsewehere that between 3-7% is good.. I wonder if there is a standard or if it depends on type of content? Thanks for the share.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congratulations on your #1 placement by Google...and then for sharing your information of "how to" with others. I guess that I need to rethink allowing Pinterest? The one thing that stopped me is that the photos then become public domain. Isn't that right?

Up votes as usual with your hubs. Thanks.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I try to keep my keyword writing to 1 percent, ChristyWrites, and let the natural writing boost that percentage. Google automatically takes related synonyms and words and adds that to your keyword density.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I don't believe they do become public domain. But that doesn't prevent people from stealing them. I think if you put your website info on the photo, at least people will be directed back to your sites if they do steal them.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Alocsin, you have really helped me out in so many different ways with your useful articles. My stats have increased and it is apparent that you know exactly what you are doing. It is always a pleasure to learn this valuable knowledge you share friend. Always thankful.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank-you Alocsin for your help. I really appreciate it!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi alocsin, your info is always really easy to read and extremely useful, thanks!I just noticed one of my hubs that had never been written on the web before I did it, has now totally disappeared underneath pages and pages of others who have copied my hub! not necessarily word for word but have written about it, oh well, thats the way of the world or the web! lol! voted up and thanks for sharing!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

A great overview of successfully promoting websites. Thanks for continuing to provide good information in well-done hubs.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Congratulations for you. I learn many things here. Unfortunately, my website has been hacked with someone. So, I decide to not extend the hosting rent. You had done a great job with your site. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and success for you!

Prasetio


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am a true believer that there is a formula... but it is a matter of time and effort and persistence to get it to work out for you. Especially since everybody's style is just a litttle different. Congratulations on your awesome success and getting Google to rate you number one!


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

That's great, Alocsin, I wish you the best of luck. It does help if you have a niche website. My blog is very random and I write all kinds of things including some articles. I have a following but mainly because I've had it for so many years.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

alocsin,

you have such informative hubs that honestly for a non-techie like me...takes me longer to digest...lol

you should consider making a video of your informative hub. it will be easier to follow and i guess hubpages is trying to promote those hubs as well...so, win win situation for you and your readers :)

ending it with many votes and interesting!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I think you as my online writing guru. Your tutorials are wonderfully written. I'm going to memories your points.

Keywords

Quality content

Backlink

Social media promotion

Thanks for sharing your experience.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm always amazed by the wealth of information you share in your hubs. As a newbie, I don't pretend to understand it all, but I am taking notes and little-by-little increasing my knowledge. Thank you so much for sharing wiht us.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Awesome, useful hub. I'm going to download the SEO toolbar - I want to try that out. :) Great information - I didn't know there was a "Penguin" update; I'm so used to hearing about the "Panda" update. Hehe. Thanks for sharing this information.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sorry to hear that Nell Rose. But proper backlinking might be able to raise your page up again. (I'll hopefully have a hub on that process soon.)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sorry to hear about the hacking incident, prasetio30. I hope that doesn't happen with me.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

You've got it right, Vinaya!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Well Congratulations Alocsin...I am so Impressed! You've always done an Excellent Job here on Hub Pages, writing such "Timely & Useful Information". Thanks for sharing this Wonderful News, and again, an Excellent Hub.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Congratulations on getting to number one! It obviously pays to work hard and make sure you use all the appropriate and available advice and methods. I find it daunting enough to use everything for a good hub but I will persevere to try to make my website reach a wider audience. Your hubs are always good value! Voted interesting and useful.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Cheers and congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Congratulations, I hope the success lasts for you. I found that keyword sites will often do well, but they take a lot of work to hold that position long term.

You have shared useful info here, so SHARING with my followers ... even if the site drops, what you suggest does work in the long run!


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

Amazing, this is cool. I too have started a new website, the link is on my profile page. It is totally related to law. I am yet to begin a good advertising of the same.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Got your email, dilip and left a response.


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learner365 4 years ago

Very useful and easy to understand article it is. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and not to forget congratulations on your achievement.


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Congratulations! You are an inspiration to those of us just starting out. Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

This is great and I will save and read more thoroughly later. I know once I typed in a search and saw my own hub come up and that sure was a thrill!


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

Wow! Thanks for sharing.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

You always have such useful and helpful personal information. This was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing your personal means for success.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Aurelio, I always admire the wealth of info you provide in your hubs. This is no exception. I'm bookmarking as I need to refer it again. Getting back links is my priority but I will be putting other ideas contained in this hub to use too.

Thanks for sharing.

Voted up and across. Shared too.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

As always, everytime I read one of your Hubs I learn something new. Everything you write about does not apply to me, but some of the info does. Thanks for all the info. and for taking the time to write this Hub. I voted this UP, etc.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Congratulations that your website got number one spot in Google search. Useful and quality information! Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!


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molometer 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Excellent work on the mysteries of page ranking.

Your website got to number one on google because it is well written, informative and contains information that people are searching for.

The extra tips helped it get to number one a lot faster and that is really helpful.

I just checked it and it is still at number one well done buddy.

Voted up and appropriate buttons sharing.


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twentyfive 4 years ago

Congrats! Wow you are my idol now :) You inspire me a lot. Keep it up.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

I wanted to congratulate you on your number one rank. Thanks for sharing valuable information. I learn so much from hubpage people.


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BJC 4 years ago from Florida

Everyone else has already said it - so I'll just say, "thank you".

BJC


Wes 4 years ago

This info explains why Google and other searches suck. Everyone's been manipulating petty crap and now we have to suck Facebook and others for recognition. Wow, congrats on first page status. I tend to delve deeper these days...


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Another great hub. I have created a website three years ago and I think it really needs some makeover. Thank you for all the useful tips. Voted up and shared.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan

alosin, You clarified some details about backlinking to me. I could never figure out how to do that and you said in comments and pertinent forums ... I can do that. You also shared the number of backlinks to place on a site: "I try to get 3-5 backlinks to my site everyday."

Thank you, your practical advice is so helpful!!!

Voted Useful.

Mekenzie


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Thanks for the info! I always learn a lot from your hubs. I am going to go through my hubs and try new long tail keywords. I am not very good about going to blogs and backlinking. I need to start doing that! Voted and shared! :-)


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Awesome hub, I've been doing this for a few years and still learned a few things here! Thank you for sharing your advice with us!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad Mekenzie this has helped. It can be confusing at first, as it was for me, but you slowly get the hang of it.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Hi Alocsin,

From my search, you still seem to be on page one. How is it working out for you? Is it profitable? Are you finding the techniques you learned were effective, or have you changed your tactic? Oooooo, many questions ... maybe answer them in a Hub if you like! lol

Wanted to check back, sharing, up and useful.


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Congratulations! Thanks for the great hub full of information. I've got the beginnings of a website, but it still needs some significant work. This has been really helpful.

How has this strategy been working for you post-Penguin? Did you see any significant drops?


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed an excellent task in this topic! I think a lot of people will be benefited from your writing. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Voted up and useful.


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How to - Answers 4 years ago from Ireland

I have a few blogs that are not doing so well in the search engines. There are a couple of things I can improve that you have highlighted here

Thanks for the information

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Cool, I did not know you could download the SEO tool bar! Gotta try it. My website is gonna get finished much faster now and with more attitude thanks to your wonderful leadership!

Kudos on the congratulations for getting on Google front pages.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

So far, everything is working great Brett. My website is usually in the top three and I'm earning a few dollars every day from it. Not as much as I'd hoped, but then I only spend a few minutes building backlinks to it so it's a good trade. Hope I do better with my next website.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

No drops at all, Modern Lady, but my website concentrates on solid information, which Google likes, no matter how it updates.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

So much great information! I need to do more back link building. I always enjoy your information hubs, they are so useful! Thank you for sharing this information with us! Voted up, useful and sharing! Have a wonderful day!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

This is good information. Thanks.


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Thanks for the information.


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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I usually go on Yahoo and answer questions about dog health and behavior each evening. I leave the link to my hub profile page each time I answer. Do you know if these will these count as backlinks? Thank you for your help. I have learned a lot from your articles.


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LTaylor99 4 years ago from USA

Great hub! Curious to know the name of the internet guru...


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

LTaylor99, still feeling him out.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

These are great ideas - I am still working on the keyword research part of it, but I hope someday it will click! Voted up.

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