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My Journey to the Top Search Engine Ranking on Google

Updated on November 6, 2013

If you're curious what it takes to get the top search engine ranking on Google then you need to read this article!

I'm going to tell you why I'm doing this, how you can help make it happen and what I'm going to do to ensure it happens.

By the end of this journey we should all know what it takes to rank in that #1 spot on Google.

Why Am I Doing This?

Well, as I've been writing more and more internet marketing articles on this site it is evident that traffic is the hot topic that everyone wants to know more about. HubPages got hit hard with the new algorithm changes so it makes a lot of sense that people are scrambling for new ways to get traffic. So I thought to myself, "How can I show people the best way to get the #1 spot on Google for their keyword?"

And this article is the answer to that question. A lot of people may not think it's possible, with HubPages to rank that high, especially with a new article. But I don't believe that, I don't want to believe that and I don't want you to believe that. I want to show you exactly how I reached that number one spot so that we all can achieve it. If not just realize that it is still possible.

Yes, this is an experiment but I will not quit until I hit that number one spot for my keyword at least for a split second. And hopefully I remember to take a screenshot as proof and we can close the chapter in the book of doubt about ranking high with HubPages. My keyword phrase that I will be targeting is "top search engine ranking" so that's the phrase I want to rank number one for. And I want to rank in that spot as a broad search term; no quotes or brackets. Yeah, it's a big challenge but you're going to help me get there.

How Can You Help?

I know that there are a lot of you on here that are good at SEO, backlinking and have achieved that top search engine ranking on Google at one point or another. So I'm not going to go at this alone. I've seen how you all have commented my other articles that I recently posted about traffic. You have swarmed them with comments so that the comment section is almost three times as long as the article itself!

So you're actively giving me your input, even if it is just a thank you. But we all have ideas and we all have our different methods for getting traffic. So what if we brainstormed together? Do you think that our collective minds could come up with a winning combination of traffic tactics to ensure a #1 spot on Google? Well, I do! I know we can do it together so I'm not even going to attempt it alone. My backlinking strategy works alright but I know I probably need help to be able to hit that top search engine ranking on Google.

So, how can you help? All you have to do is leave me a suggestion in the comments below as to what you think I should do to boost the search engine ranking for this article that you are reading right now. Let me know what traffic methods and SEO methods you normally use and the ideas will build up in the comment section. Do you see how this is going to help you too? You're going to have a huge resource of ideas in the comments below. But you're not just going to have ideas because I'm going to put one idea into play each day.

What Am I Going to Do?

What I'm going to do is check the comments on this page once a day and find a good traffic method that I think I can quickly do before I post an update for the day. So keep that in mind when you leave a comment; don't suggest something that will take me a month to do or cost me a couple hundred bucks. When I find a suggestion I like, I will approve that comment and then I will carry out what they suggested for this article. To start out I am going to use this >> backlinking strategy to get things rolling.

And then I will post a new article that targets a different keyword as an update to let you know how things are going. I'll start out by telling you what I did that day to help boost the ranking for this article. I'll even mention if I made any tweaks to the idea. Then I'll get right into what matters the most; where I am ranking for my keyword. I will manually look at the first 5 pages of Google to see if I've broken that barrier yet.

I'm even going to add this article as a channel in my Google Adsense account to see how well it performs. So I'll let you know each day how it performed the day before in terms of overall money earned. I'll also let you know how much traffic this article got in the past 24 hours, the top 3 sites that are bringing in the traffic and the top 3 keywords that are bringing people to this article. The first two items can easily be found by looking at the stats for this article but the last thing I'll have to check Google Analytics to see what entrance keywords are bringing this article traffic. And then I'll link each new article below so you can come back here and go through the methods I used as if this page is the table of contents.

These methods that I carry out WILL be proven to help anyone achieve the top search engine ranking in Google. So leave your search engine rank boosting ideas in the comments below and let's crush this goal in record time! Now we're firing on all cylinders!

3 Weeks Later...

Well, I gave it three weeks to let this article marinate in the link juice to see if it would climb up in rankings. So let's take a look and see what's happened so far. I just recently switched over to a subdomain on here, 8 days ago, so that will have to settle in too. But, in theory, that is supposed to help my ranking on HubPages.

First, let's look and see if the old URL is still ranking in any search engines for the keyword I targeted. Alright good, Bing is the only search engine that has yet to de-index it. Funny that it's sitting way down at 93 though. Now let's check the new subdomain URL and see where we're really at. HA... wonderful! It's not in the top 100 on any of the search engines for my keyword... I think I need to wait a little until everything switches over and sits for a while. Bad timing I guess.

Looking at the stats now, the Google ads only got 24 impressions so far in July, so traffic is down even though this is a highly rated article. Yep, only about 60 views for the month, with HubPages being the top source. My own hubs are of course bringing me traffic, Info Pirate brought me a hit, Google got me a couple and PhilPlasma on here also got me a hit. But there are no specific keywords bringing me traffic from Google... at least none that are listed.

I think what I'll do is wait another 2 weeks and see how well the subdomains settle in. This may or may not have been a failed experiment... only time will tell!

5 Weeks Later...

And NO top search engine ranking! I have given the subdomain a bit of time to settle and it settled itself right out of the top search results in all 3 major search engines.

So, does this mean that the linking strategies above don't work? NO! It means that...

  1. I may have picked a keyword to rank for that was a lot harder than it seemed.
  2. I probably shouldn't have put Google in my title because I'm sure they don't like people trying to cheat the system, which is kind of what we all do when we try to boost our rankings ourselves.
  3. I probably should have done this after the subdomain switch to see the real power, but I didn't know there was going to be a switch.
  4. And it just takes a little bit more work than what I put in... and people need to keep coming back for more!

So it was an experiment, without an achieved result other than a lesson learned. It's not easy to get to the top, it takes time and backlinking helps but you can't be the only one doing it!

As of August 26, 2011...

I am ranked number 73 on Google for this keyword, which puts me on page 8 of Google. FINALLY! It took a while and traffic has been surging on HubPages lately so I thought I'd check and sure enough I have broke into the top 100 on Google. I'll have to check back from time to time to see if it jumps any higher.

As of September 1, 2011...

I am ranked number 60 on Google for the keyword I targeted which means I'm on the very bottom of page 6! It's happening folks... and all it took was time. It will be a slow climb up, and I'm sure it will slow down as I reach page one, but the linking method I outlined above really does work when you focus on targeting an easy keyword to rank for. I'll give updates when I think about checking my rankings again.

November 5th, 2011

I'm going to go back to all the places that I submitted links and update so that they...

  1. Are no longer linked to the old HubPage link (that redirect drains link juice)
  2. Contain no referral code in the link (that redirect also drains link juice)

And then we shall see what happens in terms of where this page ranks in the future.

Keep your eyes peeled!

As of November 9th, 2011...

Well, that was fast!

I checked to see where I was ranked after switching my links around, so that I got the full strength link juice, and this article is now ranked #23 on Google!

That means that within days of changing my links over, I'm at the top of page three.

So, if you really want to get your rankings back up there, then do this:

  • Change any and all links you can over to the new subdomain links
  • Stop using the referral code so much when you're doing linking

Yahoo and Bing haven't caught onto the link edits yet, but things are looking good! I'll check this again maybe in a month.

How are YOU going to Help Me get that Top Search Engine Ranking on Google?

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    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Oh, things have definitely taken a nosedive on this site, aesta1. I don't dabble with internet marketing that much anymore though.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What page are you in now? Have you done anything new?

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My traffic has picked back up and hopefully my subdomain will stay out of the sandbox now, Dave Framer... but that is a pretty good idea.

      On my daily hubs I post two pictures on Flickr and link to my article for the day. Taking a look at Slideshare now.

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      Dave Framer 

      7 years ago

      Bendo13, great way to get involved in the hub community,I would like to suggest that if you have pictures of relevance to this page try posting on slideshare, their traffic share is growing and pr also. I keep hearing how hubs have been hit really hard lately, but I disagree most of mine are ranking and doing fairly well, most being on front page and some even ranked #1 for my keywords.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      It should do the trick ubanichijioke, but Google is still hating on the new subdomains on HubPages... I bet if I did it on a domain of my own it would have already been #1 by now.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      That's a nice experiment. I hope it works out well for us to follow suit.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Me too, DrDuchess... but it will have to wait until Google stops dipping my subdomain in the sandbox!

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      7 years ago from Nowheresville

      Oh i'm so excited! I hope it makes no: 1, i pray it does!

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks, pravink... I'm glad you're getting something out of them! Thanks for reading!

    • pravink profile image


      7 years ago from Mumbai

      Its a great article. I have learned a lot from this one. I have seen your other articles on money making. They are superb.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      trecords0, I would only include rock poetry if it relates to rockoetry in any way, and by the looks of the word it might. People looking for rocketry would probably see no benefit to reading about music.

      You best bet might be to make a youtube video that explains what the word means. Make it animated or funny in some way so it keeps someone's attention and then just post links all over for it. People love getting information from videos and if you make it entertaining then a lot of people will pass it around.

    • trecords0 profile image


      7 years ago from DeLand, Florida

      I just skipped the whole looking for a keyword to get to the top of SE rankings and created words of my own. However, they are not searched often because no one knows about them. I do however have a lot of links I have not created myself. I've been working on this since 2008, actively, and will continue for the rest of my life. The two words I own are Rockoetry (a genre of music), and Tatoetry (a genre of writing). Rockoetry gets mixed up with rocketry and rock poetry, so I have tried to remember to tag everything I post with rock poetry so far. Maybe I need to do rocketry also. What I would like to know is if you have any good ideas on getting these words into the publics mind? Also, is it a good idea to include rock poetry and rocketry in my tags?

      Thanks, Tim Moore.

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      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks ambrking.. I'm glad you got something out of it!

      I'm not sure why your site would be dropping in rankings, it looks like a decent site. As long as it's updated with fresh content and you get new links to it from reliable places all the time then it should keep climbing up the rankings.

    • profile image 

      7 years ago

      i like to your web submission but why my website ig going down i can't know what cause..............

    • ambrking profile image


      7 years ago from Encino, California

      Very useful. I like how you presented the topic.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I don't want to put on reciprocal links Suramya.K, because I don't feel they're as strong. And if I didn't link up to the other hubs from this one, people wouldn't be able to come here and see what I did.

      So I'm just going to use this as like the table of contents that's wayy up there on the search engines and then it filters traffic to the other steps. But each article I post can stand on its own.

      If all of those hubs linked to this one it would probably help, I just want to avoid the reciprocal links though.

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      7 years ago

      I went through your "reporter" hubs and I found that they don't link to this hub. Don't you think these internal links would help too?

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      My pleasure danfresnourban! I try to come up with new topics daily on how to help you guys out!

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      7 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Bendo 13, thanks for an informative post here. I hope you have more information on search engine optimization in the future.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I can't really think of a good way to use LinkedTube to help boost my rank yet, but I'll be thinking about it.

      For now I'm going to take another suggestion from Barbara Kay and write an article on Squidoo.

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      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      That's pretty awesome Suramya.K!

      I'm trying to think of how I could use it because you have to be able to embed it on a site somewhere... I already have a link coming from my internet marketing blog so I'd have to find another good spot... hmmm.

      I'll have to think about it before I write tonight's post.

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      7 years ago

      Try adding links in the annotations in the YouTube videos using LinkedTube. I've not done it personally, but yes- its free and quality traffic back to your article.

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      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Since no one has given me a suggestion for today I'm going to go with another suggestion from Barbara Kay and slap up an article on Snipsly.

      Hopefully this doesn't take me too long ;).

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm glad I make it easy for you to learn, Hello, hello,!

      I went through the same things you are... having to read little articles that barely scratch the surface, then you buy a product and try to wing it. But I've learned a lot along the way and I'm going to try to show you all what works for me.

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      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Article writing can be very handy Barbara Kay! I'm not sure if I'm going to use that tactic just yet, since I already write 2 articles a day...

      But I think today I will use your suggestions and get some links up at Infopirate, Folkd, and Snipsly.

      That is a great tip that you need to post links slowly, if you do them all yourself. It can throw up a big red flag to Google if you just get a swarm on one day and then none for months... plus your traffic will nose dive too.

      Thanks for your suggestions though, I'll get those links up later today and then post an update. Everyone else feel free to share what you do to get traffic or to increase your rankings in the search engines!

      Sure, you're helping out this article, but you're also helping out everyone who reads this because there will be so many good traffic tips in this comment section!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your great help yet again. I have not enough knowledge to make suggestion but sit here and listen to all the masters. What I really like about you hubs, Bendo, you do give proper advice while other always talk about doing this and that. Every time I saw a headline I thought aha this is it and ended up with writing the proper contents, you must backlink and most of all do the SEO and that is it. What kind of advice is that. We need actual help how to do it like you give. Thank you. You are great.

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      7 years ago

      Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg and even YouTube apply no-follow attribute to the links. This way, the search engines do not crawl them.

      However, I also agree that natural links will be helpful. Google might bann us if they see a lot of irrelevant do-follow links in irrelevant websites. There's no harm in trying and learning though.. All the best!

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      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Write an article on Squidoo with everything you learn here and place in a link to this article. Doing this at Infobarrel wouldn't hurt either and both sites will earn you money also.

      I usually place my links at She Told Me and Redgage too. More places are Infopirate, Digg, Delicious, Folkd, and Snipsly.

      Don't do your linking too quickly so they think they are all natural.

      Good luck and I hope your are successful. I'll keep following this hub, to see what happens.

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      Lyudmyla Hoffman 

      7 years ago from United States

      Good Luck!! Hope your reach your first spot!

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      7 years ago from Milky Way

      Voted up. I do agree, a lot of do-follow links are a must. That too hopefully coming from the same context as of the targeted keyword. I really think, Google has started giving importance to the context in which the keyword has been used. Good Luck :)

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      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thank you Suramya.K that should help me get more HubPages traffic! And I do like your suggestions, I think I will use them tonight before I write the update to this.

      But you are right that do-follow links are going to be the most valuable when it comes to ranking, PR and so on but I'll quote some text from the article I link to above...

      "It doesn't matter if they are do follow links or not; remember, Google wants to see natural linking. It's completely unnatural to have ALL your links be do follow links. So it's better to have a mix of both..."

      A mix of both is what will get me to the top and have me stay there without Google thinking something is up. But thank you for your suggestions and I will put them into play tonight!

      Everyone else feel free to leave your suggestions on what you usually do to rank high. I know you have some awesome tips and tricks to share!

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      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Voted up.Very useful and will surely going to practice they you did. Thanks

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      Meskens Geert 

      7 years ago from Belgium


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      7 years ago

      Voted up and useful.

      Recommend Digg-ing and Stumble-ing to the #1 spot.

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      7 years ago

      First of all, I've voted your article up and useful. I guess this will help your hub to rank high in HubPages at least.

      Secondly, the main effective method I think is getting do-follow back links. After I used SheToldMe, traffic to my hub about onions and garlic rose from 1 or 2 per day to 30. After so many weeks of hard work, I got clicks in one of those hubs yesterday. So, I think back links (do-follow) will get you a high rank. Also try to create backlinks.

      What I don't agree with is that backlinks from Facebook and Twitter will boost your search engine ranking. I don't think they provide do-follow backlinks. Do they? May be I'm wrong but I don't think they allow do-follow links. They provide only traffic and don't boost our ranking on search engines.

      Till now, do-follow backlinks have been useful for me. Lets see other's comments.


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