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How Did I Get on Number One on Google Search

Updated on February 20, 2009

My Best Kept SEO Secrets

I have recently signed up with suite101.com as a contributing writer. The purpose of the exercise is to get feedback on my writing. They have a reputation in providing advice to improve your writing (probably only from the SEO perspective). You first have to apply and submit sample articles. When they have accepted you, they'll give you some guidelines to follow to make your writing more searchable. Writers are instructed to kjeep these guidelines to themselves as their in-house secrets. Hence, I am not describing the details in here. Your first article will be reviewed with suggestions made, even repeatedly, by one of their editors before it's deemed publishable. I went through all that and finally had my first article published 9 days after I first submitted it. I searched the keyword tags on Google today and was really amazed to see the linking page to my article appearing as the first item on number one of the search results. (You can see the search results here)


Was this a pleasant accident?
I had previously published different versions of this content on hubpages, associatedcontent and ezines. These earlier versions somehow got loss in pages of Google search results. This experience seems to me an evidence that their guidelines and editing, probably together with the way they lay out their website, work well for search engines. For the purpose of improving your SEO skills and exposure to search engines, I think it's worthwhile giving them a try. However, they only accept around 20% of their applicants who can submit sample writings in the style of objective journalism rather than subjective blog writing. You'd also have to prepare to publish 10 articles in 90 days, otherwise they de-register you. Another thing you'd have to face is handling suggestions and flags to change your writing (which can be damned good as it is, to you). Some writers are apparently very happy with their income and experience there. Give it a go if it sounds like your cup of tea.


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    • Benson Yeung profile imageAUTHOR

      Benson Yeung 

      8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi scheng1,

      they go through the exercise of search engine optimization. you can also do it by engaging yourself in this kind of exercise. it takes time to get good at it, though.

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      scheng1 

      8 years ago

      I wonder what they do to make the article reach the top position

    • Benson Yeung profile imageAUTHOR

      Benson Yeung 

      9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Juliet,

      thanks for commenting.

      regards,

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      Juliet Christie Murray 

      9 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      Con gratulations I might check them out I want to improve my righting skills

    • Benson Yeung profile imageAUTHOR

      Benson Yeung 

      9 years ago from Hong Kong

      quicksand,

      thanks for your support.

      cheers.

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      quicksand 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations, Ben! :)

    • Benson Yeung profile imageAUTHOR

      Benson Yeung 

      9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Amanda,

      thanks foryour support.

      cheers.

    • Benson Yeung profile imageAUTHOR

      Benson Yeung 

      9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear ellena,

      thanks for commenting.

      cheers.

    • Amanda Severn profile image

      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      That's quite something Benson. I've managed the first page with one or two things, but number one is very impressive!

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      ellena 

      9 years ago

      congratulation! keep on your good work:)

    • Benson Yeung profile imageAUTHOR

      Benson Yeung 

      9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear KCC Big Country and Cris,

      thanks for dropping by and your support. I've had Google search number one before. I was only surprised by getting there on day one. Thanks all the same.

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Way to go Benson! And I'm not surprised! :D

    • KCC Big Country profile image

      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Congrats Benson!

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