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How to Rank Highly on Google SearchSo you want to rank a website on top of Google’s search results pages in 2019?

Good luck…

It’s a tough game nowadays – just ask any SEO veteran and they’ll reminisce about 2010 and how “easy” it was to get to the top of the SERPs and slay the game.

But don’t worry – you can STILL get higher SEO rankings (and all that traffic) with the right strategy and some work/patience.

And that’s exactly what we’re going to show you in this guide.

We’ll go over the things you need to do on your website and the links you need to build (and how and when to build them) to increase your chances of getting that coveted #1 spot in Google’s organic search rankings.

Here are the basic steps on how to rank your website highly on Google:

  1. Make Sure Your Website has “Big Brand” Signals and Setup
  2. Do Proper Keyword Research and Choose a Main Target
  3. Write an Amazing Piece of Content Around that Keyword
  4. Organize and Layout that Content for High Engagement
  5. Build a Foundation of High Authority Links to Your SITE
  6. Build Links from Trusted + Relevant Sources to Your PAGE
  7. Go in for the Kill With High Powered Links to Your PAGE
  8. Maintain Rankings With Steady Link Building + Promotion

A Few Quick Notes Before We Begin:

  • If you think you will be able to throw up 500 words of content and build a few automated links and hit #1, go away… Now. This is going to take work and time. But if you are really about this, you can absolutely do it.
  • What we’re doing is trying to rank for the long term. This isn’t a churn and burn, quick spam game plan. It’s a plan that should rank your page highly and then make every new page/post you publish easier and quicker to rank – hopefully for a long ass time too.
  • Nothing in life is guaranteed – especially SEO results. The search engines are weird and random. All you can do is put in the work and hope the algorithms think your page is the best result for that particular query.
  • This guide isn’t meant to help you rank #1 for keywords like “payday loans,” “buy viagra online” or “michael kors replicas.” Those kinds of keywords are dirty SERPs and usually require a different, much more aggressive churn-and-burn type of strategy. This guide is for the 90% of other keywords people are trying to rank for.


On Page SEO – The Foundation

On Site OptimizationSure, we’re a PBN links provider. And yea, PBN links are still the best links to help you hit #1, but they’re still only one part (albeit a very important part) of an overall strategy.

Proper “on page SEO” is extremely important. SEO is like building a house. You need a solid foundation ready to go when you decide to start building the actual house (or in our case, links).

We’re going to assume you’ve already done good keyword research and you know what you’re trying to rank for. If you haven’t here’s a great keyword research guide.

Nowadays, on-page SEO isn’t just about keyword placement and long-ass articles. It’s also about user retention, bounce rate, time on site, click through, speed, markup and more.

So even if you think your content’s fine and you want to skip to the link building section, keep reading.

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Setting Up Your Page and Site for High Rankings

The internet is ALL ABOUT CONTENT. It’s what drives everything.

Ranking is all about links, but in 2019 your content matters are hell of a lot too.

Why?

Because of RankBrain – the side of Google’s algorithm that tries to gauge a page’s “engagement” and “authority.”

That’s why your content needs to be great. So people that land on your page signal to Google that it’s great and it deserves the links it’s getting.

And besides, even if you do end up ranking with bad quality content, you won’t make any money for the long-term.

When you’re writing your page you have to make sure it’s actually a valuable resource.

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Writing the Content Itself

Good Content for SEOGoogle your keyword and scan through the content of each of the top 10 results.

Create an outline of every single sub-topic those top 10 pages include in their content. Make sure you include this stuff in your content.

While you’re going through their content, think of additional angles/ideas those pages haven’t mentioned that you could include. These could be additional separate topics that relate to the search query they haven’t included, or more in-depth analysis of the sub-topics they do include in their content.

The idea is to have the ultimate, one-stop, go-to resource for whatever your keyword is.

We’re not going to give you a minimum word-count. And there’s no maximum either. Just write about everything possible related to the keyword (and related/tangential keywords) until you’re all out of shit to say.

If it’s 2500 words, cool. If it’s 10,000 words, cool. Just say everything there is to say – cover the topic FULLY and COMPREHENSIVELY.

And once you’ve got the ULTIMATE page of content on the topic you’re writing about – write 5-10 other articles related closely to the page you’re trying to rank.

You need Google to understand you’re an authority on this subject. So you need supporting content for your main content.

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Internal and External Linking

Internal and External LinkingThis is super important.

Get out of the mindset that you need to somehow “preserve your link juice for maximum power!” This ain’t r/NoFap and we don’t do semen retention around here.

Spread the juice around… (pause).

You want to link out to other (external) authorities in your niche, just make sure they’re not direct competitors of yours.

And make sure they aren’t random related links, either (stop using wikipedia).

Find a GOOD site that explains what you’re talking about well, and link out to it. (And don’t no-follow all your external links)

Seriously, do it. Google likes it a lot. He told me the other day.

Here’s a quick video on both schools of thought when it comes to external linking:

There’s no magic number, just do it where it makes sense (in places readers might need or want additional information on a sub-topic or idea you mention).

Then make sure you’re inter-linking to other highly-related pages/articles on your website. Make sure these internal links are to other pages within the same silo (more on this next).

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Organizing the Content

Now you need to organize the content. There are 2 things to worry about here – silo organization and content layout.

Silo Organization

Content Silos for SEOThe idea here is to make sure Google knows you’re an authority for a particular niche/topic.

It doesn’t matter as much if your site is only about a single topic. But if you talk about multiple topics on your site, you should use proper SILOs.

Here’s an example:

If your site is a micro-niche site (dunno why you’d do this, but ok…) which only talks about one small sliver of an overall niche and nothing else then you don’t need to worry about silos.

But if your site is about fashion overall, you want to have separate silos for each type of fashion you talk about (street wear, formal wear, beach wear, accessories/jewelry, etc).

Here’s a great guide on how to Silo your website’s content.

If you have multiple silo’s on your site, you’re going to need additional content for each of the silo’s. You can’t just have one article (even if it’s 20,000 words) about the topic.

You want supporting articles that show Google you’re an authority on this topic.

So write a few 1000-2000 word articles that go in-depth on the sub-topics you mention in the main content (or related and tangential topics) and inter-link each of these articles/pages.

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Content Layout

The idea here is to make the page you’re trying to rank as beautiful and SCANNABLE as possible.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be good to go:

  • No big walls of text – break up paragraphs with a maximum of 3 lines each.
  • Make separate sections for each topic/subtopic using header tags like H2 and H3, etc.
  • If you can say something using a bullet/ordered list instead of a paragraph, do it.
  • Don’t bold/underline/italicize keywords purposely, but do it to important phrases you want readers to pay attention to, to drive certain concepts home in the reader’s mind.
  • Let me say it again – short, digestible paragraphs. NO WALLS OF TEXT!

Good Content Design and LayoutMost people won’t read your 50,000 words. They’ll just scan the article, read the intro, sub-headers, bold/italicized text, lists and outro. And if you do good with that, maybe they’ll go back and read the rest.

If they see a big wall of text without the basics of good layout/design, they’ll instantly hit the browser back button and RankBrain will hit your back button.

Here’s a pro-tip:

Make sure your Intro paragraph is ON POINT. Spend the most time on editing/re-writing this because if your intro is good, more people will read the rest of the article.

Make it short and to-the-point (3 to 5 short lines): introduce the topic and problem, agitate the problem in their minds, and tell them what you’ll go over in the article to help solve their problem.

Nail this, and it’ll help your on-page engagement metrics a LOT.

One quick note on page design. You want to make your page look pretty. I’m not a UX designer so we won’t go into it much here, but it’s important so take the time to make it look nice and well-organized.

Here’s a good article on good layout/design for content.

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Drip Some Sauce on that Content

I said make the content beautiful right? So let’s make it fuckin beautiful!

Use Images

Use LOTS of images. But not random images, use images that relate to whatever a particular paragraph/section is talking about.

If a paragraph is talking about Bitcoin, add an image of the Bitcoin logo. You get the idea…

When placing the images on the page, alternate each one on the left or right side of the text. Occasionally include a big image on it’s own line and center aligned if you feel like it.

Use Rich-Media

Rich MediaThis is all about including videos, audio and other embeds to spice up the reader’s experience.

Now, you could be a lazy-ass and grab some random YouTube Video and SoundCloud Audio and embed them in your article.

But if you want to do some boss-level work, create your own. It’s worth the extra effort if done right.

Trust me, they come in very useful in this overall strategy.

Video & Audio:

Make a short YouTube video or multiple videos on the article content (even if it’s just a 3 minute image video with voice-over from Fiverr).

Then get a voice-over or create your own and just read the article you wrote. You’re turning the article itself into a podcast/audio version so people don’t have to read, they can listen too!

Embed these pieces of rich media into your article/content. This stuff works wonders for page engagement metrics.

And we’ll be able to use them for extra juicy links in the off-page strategy.

Include a Table of Content

So since you’ve got a massive monster piece of content with a bunch of awesome shit in it, it makes sense to use a table of contents.

This sits at the top of the page and let’s users bounce around between sections (again, helping your engagement metrics).

Don’t forget to include a “Back to Top” link at the end of each content section on the page which takes the reader back to the ToC.

Here’s a quick guide on how to make a table of contents section for your page.

Use Comparison Tables When Applicable

Are you writing a buyers guide or some review content?

Of course you are that shit makes money!

So the best thing you can do is include a comparison table (if you’re comparing lots of different brands/products) or a table that goes over the features/options of a single product.

Put it at the top of the content. People love this stuff and will stay on your site longer if you have one.

If you’re using WordPress a good plugin to use is TablePress. If you’re not… well… figure it out.

Here’s a good video from Pat Flynn on writing good content:

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Keyword Use in Content

Now it’s true it’s 2019 and engagement is huge. But that doesn’t mean the “old-school” on-page SEO factors don’t matter anymore.

On the contrary, they’re EXTREMELY important. But we’re including them after all that other stuff because they’re easy to do. So the majority of your work on-site should be on the content itself.

Here’s what you need to do as far as keyword placement goes:

  • Make sure your exact keyword is in the Meta Title Tag of the page
  • Make sure a keyword variation is in the page URL
  • Make sure a keyword variation (or related keyword) appears in the H1 tag of the post
  • Make sure your exact keyword(s) are in the content body at least once each
  • Sprinkle different keyword variations (or related keywords) within H2, H3, etc tags
  • Sprinkle different variations and related keywords in the different image ALT tags

Here’s an important point you need to drill into your head:

DO NOT STUFF YOUR PAGE FULL OF KEYWORDS

Proper Keyword UseFor real – if you read your content and it sounds weird or un-natural you’re doing it wrong. Stop now.

It’s blatant and obvious and a machine can DEFINITELY pick up on it.

Don’t worry about keyword density percentages and blah blah fuckin blah. Just make sure your keywords appear in the important places.

And MIX IT UP! Don’t use the same exact-match keyword over and over again in different places.

It looks and sounds stupid. And so you’ll end up looking and sounding (and feeling) stupid.

If you did keyword research right, you should have a list of keywords that are related to the page you’re creating. Include as many as you can where it makes sense to.

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Other Important On-Page Factors

Don’t worry, we’re almost ready to start the off-page link building of our SEO strategy.

There’s just a couple of other things we should mention.

Branding

Branding in SEOYour website needs to be seen as a brand. Even if you’re on an exact-match domain, you need to treat yourself like a brand.

That means your site needs to have good design. Google can tell when you’ve just slapped up a wordpress blog with the default theme and layout/design. It can tell when you splatter too many ads above the fold and make the user work to get to the actual content.

So make your site pretty to look at and easy to use.

Make sure you have a decent looking logo and favicon (use Fiverr if you have to). Make sure your sidebars, footers, etc. all look good. Use a consistent color scheme and image design throughout.

Look like a fuckin big brand!

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Page Speed

Site Speed + Load TimeSite speed is HUGE. Your page needs to load fast (I’m talking under 2 seconds fast).

Why? Because!

When’s the last time you waited 10 seconds for a page to load? Never.

Even if you manage to rank #1 with a slow loading page, no one’s going to click on your precious affiliate links, cuz they’ll bounce before the page even loads.

Try to get your page loading as close to being under 2 seconds as possible.

This includes 2 things:

  1. Use PREMIUM website hosting so you can get blazing fast speeds
  2. Optimize the page you’re ranking so it doesn’t lag and take forever

Use GTMetrix and Pingdom to test your PAGE speed and follow their suggestions (don’t just test your homepage, test the pages you’re trying to rank).

Some WordPress plugins that help with page speed:

  • WP-Rocket
  • W3C Total Cache
  • Autoptimize
  • Imagify

Here’s a page speed optimization guide you can go into this stuff further.

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HTTPS Protocol

HTTPS vs HTTPIt’s 2019, if your site isn’t using HTTPS punch yourself in the face.

It’s easy and it’s free.

How? You’re optimizing your page’s load speed right? Well that includes using a CDN (content delivery network) like CloudFlare.

Guess what? CloudFlare’s free account lets you use their SSL certificates to serve your pages as HTTPS.

Do it. Everyone else is.

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Mobile Optimization

Guess what you awesome web site owner reading this from your laptop/desktop computer. You’re in the minority.

Most people (and more and more as time goes on) are going to read your content on their phone or tablet.

So make sure your site is mobile-friendly by using a responsive theme and test it to make sure it looks good on mobile devices.

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Schema Markup + Rich Snippets

We don’t consider Schema a necessity, but if you’re trying to get that extra slight edge on your competition, it’s good to have.

It may become more important in the future, but we’re pretty sure it’s possible to rank without having tons of schema on your page/site.

But if you do implement schema markup, it’ll only help you beat your competitors.

The choice is yours on this one.

Here’s a guide on how to use schema markup on your site.

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Google RankBrain

A Quick Word on CTR Optimization

CTR (Click-Through-Rate) Optimization is all about getting your site/page clicked by real people.

You want to learn about writing good headlines for your Meta Title Tag and good descriptions for the Meta Description.

Why?

Because it matters when users are deciding on which link in a Top 10 SERP to click on. Even if you’re not #1, if you can get more people to click on your result, instead of a competitor and then keep them on your page/site, you’ll QUICKLY take over the #1 spot from your competitors.

That’s why it’s important to learn about CTR Optimization to really get and keep the #1 spot in Google.

Read this guide on getting your click-through rate up.

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Why’s This Important? Just Tell Me About LINKS Dammit!

All the stuff we just went over is a MUST-HAVE to rank your website in 2019. These are not “nice to haves.”

IT’S ALL ABOUT ENGAGEMENT!

I get it, back in the day it was all about links. I can hear some people now (“haR hAr at gOOd cONtEnT… i RAnKed 100 wORdS uSinG GSA aLoNe!”)…

Sure…

But it’s the future now and RankBrain (quality/engagement metrics) is HUGE – at least as important as link metrics.

If you want to stop being the mole in Google’s game of whack-a-mole then do this shit properly.

Having killer content does 2 things – improves time-on-site/bounce-rate (engagement) and gets you solid links all by itself.

It’s all part of the overall strategy.

Here’s a video giving you more insight on Google RankBrain:

Stop thinking like a broke fool – you are not going to rank #1, make $100k/month and live the rest of your life on the beach ripping rails of coke off a pornstar’s butthole, all in one month with no real work.

That shit is the false-fantasy they sell you on those corny-ass YouTube Ads for $5000 rehashed e-courses.

Be smarter than that. We’re here to make real money. Act like it.

Now.. let’s get to what you’ve been waiting for…

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Off-Page SEO & Link Building – The Fuel on the Fire

Off Site Link BuildingOK! Here’s the shit you really came here for. LINKS!

We get it – this is the fun part of SEO. (Almost as fun as refreshing your rank-checker)…

But, if you skipped the on-page stuff, go back and read it. If you get the on-page right, the links we build will be like rocket fuel for your site.

If you slack on the content and page optimization, you’re on an uphill battle with 250 lbs on your back and bad knees.

But you’re not a lame like that, right? Great, let’s get to the linking strategy we’re going to use to dominate the search engine result pages.

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The Overall Link Strategy

In this guide, we’re going to assume your site is brand new. So if you’ve been online for a while, you may already have a solid foundation of links.

That’s ok. Just follow along to make sure you’re implementing all the strategies we go over.

The idea of our link building strategy is to:

  1. Build up a solid frame of brand signals on top of our perfect on-site foundation.
  2. Build up some relevancy and good-will
  3. Build up authority and trust
  4. Go in for the kill with the power moves (i.e. PBN Links)

What’s the time-frame for all of that? That depends on you. I would say a minimum of 3 months, but more realistically 6-12 months for brand new sites.

A Quick Note on ANCHOR TEXT:

The anchor text of your links will literally make or break you.

For Phase I, II and III of the link building plan below, DO NOT USE ANY EXACT MATCH OR KEYWORD ANCHOR TEXTS.

Instead, these links should use : your brand name, your URL, or a conversational phrase.

Once we hit Phase IV of link building, that’s where we start to use keyword-rich anchors and exact match anchors to really snipe our way to the top of the rankings.

If you’ve done your on-page right, you don’t have to worry about not using exact match or keyword anchors at the beginning, you’ll still start ranking for your targeted search terms.

A Quick Note on LINK INDEXING & DO-FOLLOW/NO-FOLLOW:

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not your links need to be indexed in Google for them to have a positive impact on your site.

So just to be on the safe side, we choose to index any links that don’t naturally index themselves after a few weeks. We like BulkAddURL.com, but there are other options too. Who knows how effective they really are.

As far as “do-follow” vs. “no-follow” links, don’t even bother paying attention to that shit. Natural link profiles have BOTH types of links.

So if you find a site you can get a link on – get it… plain and simple.

OK… Let’s get it…

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Phase I – Brand Signals

TIME-FRAME: 1 Month
(Begin Immediately After Site Launch)

This is something every website needs to have. As soon as you launch your site, build out these links over a week or two.

Think about big brands you know of – what do they all have in common?

A comprehensive online presence for their brand.

That’s what we’re doing here.

Week 1 – Social Media Presence

Major Social Media SitesBuild out a branded profile/page on each of these social networks:

  • Facebook Page
  • Twitter Profile
  • Instagram Profile
  • Linked-In Business Profile
  • YouTube Channel
  • Pinterest Page

Fill out the profiles and pages with content. Remember, we’re trying to send, not only link juice, but brand signals. Make it look like you put some effort into this and plan to be “active” (even if you won’t be).

How to Do This:

Enter bio+about info on the profile and add profile images (your favicon) and background/cover art.

And of course, put a link to your site’s homepage in the URL section of each social media profile.

Next, publish a tweet/update on each profile without any link – only text/media.

Then after that, share a link directly to the page/content you’re trying to rank.

Next, schedule out a few tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook+LinkedIn. Post a dozen images on the Instagram and Pinterest pages.

For YouTube, you should have a video ready all about the content of the page you’re trying to rank (you did that shit, right?). So along with everything else you did on the YouTube Channel page, upload your video and put a link directly to your page/content in the description section with a good keyword-focused title and text description + tags.

Bonus Tip: Use a Social Media auto-posting plugin or IFTTT.com to automatically post updates everytime you publish a new article on your site.

Super Bonus Tip: On Facebook Pages you can actually inter-link to other social media profiles you have. So in addition to your homepage URL, you can enter your pinterest/twitter/instagram/youtube URLs/usernames onto your profile.

These are MUST-HAVE brand signals/links. In 2019, if you don’t exist here, you don’t exist at all.

Week 2-3: Business/Social Profiles

Business Profiles and LegitimacyThe next brand signals we want to send are business profiles on other major authority sites.

Business/Social Profile Sites include things like:

  • About.me
  • AboutUs
  • Disqus
  • PearlTrees
  • Envato
  • Behance
  • Etc.

Basically anywhere you can setup a profile with a link out to your website. (Download our full list of 316 High DA Link Building Properties using the form below!)

These aren’t as work-heavy as the social media profiles, but you still want to fill them out as much as possible.

Include bio/about information and a profile pic of your site’s favicon. For sites like PearlTrees and About.me you can also interlink to your other social profiles.

Fill them out as fully as possible.

How to Link Using These Sites:

In the “website/URL” section of the profile don’t just use your homepage url, you want to switch it up with these because there are so many different links you can build.

Alternate between all the pages on your site – in one profile use your homepage, on another use the page you’re trying to rank, on another use the site contact page url, on another use the site’s about us page url, etc.

Why? Because domain authority is likely gauged on how many links your WHOLE ENTIRE SITE has, not just a few select pages.

The more links to more pages on your site the better.

Week 3-4: Business Citations

Business citations are important brand signals because it shows the world (and Google) you’re a serious business that can be trusted.

Local SEO Business CitationsThese are websites like:

  • Yelp
  • YellowPages
  • Yahoo Local
  • Google My Business
  • Manta
  • Cylex
  • Etc

(Download our full list of 316 High DA Link Building Properties using the form below!)

These aren’t only for local busineses!

Even if you don’t have a “local business” website, you should be building citations! They’re amazing brand signals.

Yes, you need a Business Name (your brand name), Address and Phone Number for most of them.

So what you should do is find a local “virtual office/mailbox” service (or use UPS) and get yourself a “business address.”

Then sign-up for CallFire or a similar service and use a forwarding number as the business phone number.

And finally, use your website’s homepage URL in the “website” section of the citation.

It costs a bit of money, but it’s so worth it for the legit-ness it brings your brand/site.

Bonus Tip: Pay for a BetterBusinessBureau profile. Solid link to boost your authority/trust.

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Phase II – Relevancy & Good-Will

TIME-FRAME: 1-2 Months
(Begin After Phase I Completed)

Site Relevance and Good WillThe next set of links we’re going to build are going to stack more authority on our domain while giving us much needed relevancy and maybe a little bit of what we call “digital good-will.”

Relevancy is self-explanatory. Good Will is the idea that we’re going across the web and providing value (content) as a brand to various online communities (all for teh linkz…).

For EVERY SINGLE link we build it’s going to be a link pointing directly to the URL of the page/content you’re trying to rank in Google (i.e. NOT just the homepage).

In most cases, you’ll be able to add more than one link (we recommend not including more than 2 links) so you should link out to the page/content you’re trying to rank AND another URL on your domain (homepage, inner-page, etc.)

We’re going to create links on:

  • Blogs (via comments)
  • Forums/Communities/Groups
  • Q&A Sites
  • User-Generated Content Sites (i.e. “Web 2.0s”)

Here’s How to Do It…

Blog Commenting

This one’s pretty easy.

But be careful, we’re not saying send 10,000 low quality spam blog comments are your page.

Blog CommentsWhat you want to do is find 3-5 blogs in your niche/industry that allows you to leave a comment on posts.

Just google “[Your Keyword/Niche] Blogs” and look through the results for good blogs related to your industry.

Scan through an article on a site that’s on a topic closely related to your site and then leave a thoughtful comment.

The key is to leave a thoughtful comment. Make it something you’d like someone else to leave as a comment on your site – furthering the conversation.

For the “Name” section of the comment make it your BRAND NAME (i.e. your business name). Hopefully there’s also a “URL/Website” section in the comment area where you can put your website’s homepage URL.

Simple… Do this every week. But remember, not a ton. Only a couple of blog comment links a week. No more.

Forum/Communities/Groups

For these links, we’re looking for websites that are related to your industry/niche that have an active community around them.

This isn’t about spamming dead forums for links.

The types of sites we’re talking about include:

  • Niche Forums
  • Facebook Groups
  • Reddit
  • Community sites like Inbound.org, etc.

A lot of these places are heavily moderated and if you just post your URL it’ll get deleted really quickly and you’ll be banned.

Online CommunitiesSo the first thing you need to do is spend an hour or two interacting within the community. Answer other people’s posts, leave comments, upvote/like posts and just be a cool person.

Once you’ve done that, your account should be allowed to post without much suspicion. The best way to get a link to stick in these types of sites is to post a new thread with some helpful/useful information.

Think tutorials, how-to’s, etc.

A great strategy is to post a medium-sized guide in a new forum/reddit/group thread that’s very related to the content/page you’re trying to rank. Then within the guide, or at the end of it link out to the URL of the page you’re trying to rank.

Do this a couple times a week on different communities. Remember, the only way to make this work is to be helpful and provide useful content.

Otherwise it’s kick-ban city.

Q&A Sites

Q&A sites are question and answer sites. They’re a great place to get links and traffic from.

Have you ever been to Quora.com? That’s a Q&A site. People post questions, and other users answer them. (Download our full list of 316 High DA Link Building Properties using the form below!)

What you want to do is search these types of sites for questions that are related to your topic/industry.

Answer the question thoughtfully – provide the user value. And of course, link directly to the page/content you’re trying to rank within the answer you give.

Again, do this a couple times a week and build up that relevance and good-will.

User Generated Content Sites

These links are super easy to build, they just require one thing: articles.

Some people call these sites “Web 2.0” sites but that’s such an old-school term.

Links From Web 2.0 SitesBasically they include sites like:

  • WordPress.com
  • Tumblr
  • LiveJournal
  • Google Sites
  • Blogger

(Download our full list of 316 High DA Link Building Properties using the form below!)

The trick here is to NOT be like everyone else. They will buy a 300 word article from iWriter and slap it up on a single-page Tumblr site and call it a day.

That ain’t gonna do shit for you.

What you want to do (because you’re a boss and not some pleb wannabe) is create an actually good-looking site on these platforms.

Post at least 5 articles/pages per site you create. Use lots of images and rich media like videos. Make it look pretty and like someone put effort into it because it’s a real site and not some crappy “Web 2.0” built for SEO. That shit’s see-through.

And of course, on one of the articles insert a link to the URL of the page you’re trying to rank.

Pro-Tip: In the articles, make sure you include links to other authority websites that are NOT your own. External links are important, so don’t be stingy. Link to others within the articles that you’re linking to yourself in.

You can realistically create one of these every day if you’ve got the time.

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Phase III – Authority & Trust

Blogger Outreach Builds Authority and TrustTIME-FRAME: 1-2 Months
(Begin After Phase I Completed)

Now comes the hard work…

Oh you thought you were already working hard? Stop being a pussy. This is where we surpass 90% of SEOs out there with some of the most powerful links you can get.

What I’m talking about is: OUTREACH and GUEST POST links.

These are boss-level links that offer so much link value, it’s crazy. The problem is, they’re super hard to get.

Here are a couple of ideas to help get you started:

  • Google stuff like “[Your Keyword/Niche] Guest Post” or “[Your Keyword/Niche] Write For Us”
    • Find a site that accept guest posts and scan through the types of articles they already post
    • Then come up with an idea you think the blog would be interested in and contact them to pitch them on your article.
  • Use HARO – Help a Reporter Out.
    • This site connects business owners with journalists who are looking for “sources.” It’s a great way to get super-powerful links from news/magazine websites.
  • Google the keyword you’re trying to rank for. Take the Top 10 URLs in the SERPs and throw them in a backlink checker like AHREFS.com.
    • Export the list of sites that link to those Top 10 URLs and then go through them to see if you can reach out to them and pitch some content or ask them to link to a great resource/guide you have on your site.

This is literally a numbers game. So do this every day and try to reach out to as many sites that are RELATED TO YOUR SITE as you can.

Think of it like this – if you reach out to 100 sites, you’re doing GREAT if you can get 10 actual links.

Just get as many as you can. The link you put in these articles is the URL of the page/content you’re actually trying to rank.

Here’s a good comprehensive outreach resource list if you want to get more ideas.

And here’s a good video explaining outreach link building:

Outreach is super powerful. It provides you with so much authority and trust in Google’s eyes, which leads us perfectly into Phase IV of our link building plan – going in for the kill.

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Phase IV – Private Blog Network Links (Go In For The KILL)

TIME-FRAME: 2-3 Months
(Begin Only After Phase I and Phase II are Completed)

Make no mistake…

Private Blog Networks are still the BEST tool an SEO can have in beating out the competition in even the most competitive of niches.

But they work BEST when you’ve already setup the foundation on-site and off-site. If your site has age, brand signals, relevance, authority and trust PBNs are literally a license to kill.

That’s why we went through Phase I, II and III first – so the PBNs will take us to the top.

Before you even start sending PBN links to your site/page, you’ll likely already be ranking on Page 1 if you did the previous steps right.

We Use PBNs to go from #5 to #1 – that’s the purpose.

Buying vs. Building Private Blog Network Links

PBN LinksWe’ll be real – the very best thing to do is to build your own Private Blog Network and use it only for your site. And this is where we start to use keyword anchor texts. (Fun!)

That’s the safest way, but also the most expensive. You’ll have to pay for high quality domains, high quality site design, high quality articles and of course decent hosting.

All that adds up really quickly (take it from us, we have hundreds of PBNs in our network).

So we definitely recommend buying Private Blog Network links from a reputable provider (like us). This is the most cost effective way of using PBNs, especially with the strategy we’re going to use here.

Just be careful, because a lot of times PBN providers have low-quality, over-sold websites that can actually hurt your site instead of helping it.

Here’s how we’re going to use the PBNs:

  • We’re Gonna Link To Fuckin EVERYTHING!

Simple.

Most people use PBN links inefficiently (not incorrectly, just not efficiently). They’ll buy 20 links, point them all at their URL and not drip-feed them.

You want to spread that powerful link juice around to all your links because they will help re-enforce each other. And link velocity is important. You don’t want to drop 20 PBN links in one day all pointed at your URL.

Each month build or buy 10-30 different PBN links and link them (dripped out over a few weeks) to:

  • The URL of the content/page you’re trying to rank
  • Your Site Homepage
  • Your Social Profiles
  • All of Your Other Links

Here’s a small example of how to link out using 5 different PBN sites:

  • PBN 1
    • 1 link to URL of page you’re trying to rank
      • Exact Match Anchor Text
  • PBN 2
    • 1 link to URL of page you’re trying to rank
      • Keyword Rich Anchor Text
    • 1 link to a Branded Facebook Page
      • Branded Anchor Text
  • PBN 3
    • 1 link to URL of page you’re trying to rank
      • Branded Anchor Text
    • 1 link to Twitter Profile
      • Branded Anchor Text
  • PBN 4
    • 1 link to the URL of your page
      • Keyword-Rich Anchor
    • 1 link to a Guest Post/Outreach link you built
      • Keyword Rich Anchor
    • 1 link to Instagram Profile
      • Branded Anchor Text
  • PBN 5
    • 1 link to Facebook Page
      • Keyword Rich Anchor
    • 1 link to URL of page you’re ranking
      • Branded/URL Anchor Text
    • 1 Link to a “Web 2.0” link you built
      • Keyword Rich Anchor

That’s just a random way to link out to all your other links and your page using PBN links. If you’re using 10, 20, 30 or more PBNs at a given time, just use the same strategy for the rest of your links.

Powerful Link Building StrategyThe idea is to spread the link juice around so it doesn’t look too suspicious. The great thing about linking this way is it’s safer and everything re-enforces everything else.

PRO TIP: Ideally you’ll only build out 1-2 PBN links each week. Maybe 3…

With PBN links you want to use all your keywords as anchor text. This is going to be most efficient in terms of anchor text use. Since you’ve already got ton’s of random anchors, you can be more aggressive with these links. However, you don’t want to go overboard and use the exact match keyword for EVERY PBN link you build.

These links should help push you up to the Top 3 (and hopefully to #1).

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Phase V – Maintaining Your Dominance

OK. If you followed this guide to the T, you should be sitting pretty on top of your competitors for your targeted search term.

Now you want to keep your top spot, but how do you do it.

Most times, you’ll be able to keep that #1 position for a pretty long time (unless you’re in a highly competitive niche or your engagement metrics are absolute shit – which is why your content MATTERS!).

So now you slow things down and go into maintenance mode for that particular keyword.

At this point you can probably get away with building out 1-2 new outreach links and 5-10 new Tier 2 PBN links each month.

Then, when you’re ready to rank a brand new page just follow Phase II/III/IV until you hit the top for that particular keyword. And since you’ve already built up a great link/authority/trust foundation, it’ll be easier and require less links to actually hit the #1 spot now!

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ADDITIONAL “BOSS MODE” TACTIC

So if you’ve got a bit of a budget there’s one more thing we’d highly recommend you do.

We mentioned throughout this guide that engagement metrics are huge nowadays. It’s true. But there’s another aspect of engagement that will help super-power your site:

Driving Traffic and Social SignalsTRAFFIC and SOCIAL SIGNALS.

Now before you go buy CrowdSearch.me and some punk-ass “100 Social Signals” package for $5, hear us out…

When we say traffic we mean REAL traffic, not bot traffic. When we say social signals we mean REAL users, not fake profiles liking/following you.

So how do you do this?

There’s only one real way to get it, though – buying ads on social media sites.

What you want to do is this: buy ads on Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and Pinterest. Make sure the ad is going to the content/page you’re trying to rank.

Google can see that you’re getting real traffic from real people and that some of those people are liking/sharing/commenting on your ad within the social sites you’re advertising on.

That goes a long way to legitimizing your site in Google’s eyes. It can get expensive if you’re not careful, but even something like $5/day per site can bring you solid traffic and social signals that are REAL.

Pro-Tip: Before you setup your ads, make sure your content/page/article has a Call-To-Action to download a lead magnet in exchange for their email address. This way you extract the MOST value out of your ad dollars.

Pro-Tip 2: Make sure you have a re-targeting pixel setup for facebook so you can advertise to people that have already visited your site and sell them some shit they don’t need.

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How To Rank Your Website: FULL RECAP

So that was a long ass guide. And if you made it all the way through, you’re probably serious about ranking your website and driving tons of organic traffic.

If you’re reading this sentence, you’re better than 90% of people who came to this page (unless you just scrolled all the way to the bottom without reading the rest of it).

And if you actually follow this guide, you’ll do a million times better than 99% of SEOs out there.

Here’s a quick recap of the entire process we just went through:

  1. Make the Site/Page You’re Trying to Rank Dope As Fuck
    1. Make Your Site a BRAND (make sure it looks like a legit company – logo, silos, design, https, etc.)
    2. Write an amazing resource/guide/article that’s actually helpful
      1. Make it look Sexy (layout, media/images, markup, etc)
      2. Optimize it (Keywords in Title/H1/URL/Content) – don’t overdo this or you’re dead in the water.
      3. Make it load super fast (under 2 seconds if possible)
  2. Build Up BRAND Signals
    1. Create Social Profiles on all the Major Sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn)
  3. Build Business/Social Profiles and Business Citations (About.me, Yelp, etc)
  4. Build contextual links on Forums/Communities, Q&A Sites, “Web 2.0” Sites (no exact match or keyword anchors)
    1. And maybe sprinkle in some manual blog comments
  5. Do some outreach or guest posting to build authority to the page/site you’re ranking (no exact match or keyword anchors)
  6. Go in for the kill with PBN (Private Blog Network) Links (use all exact match or keyword-focused anchor text here only)
  7. Bonus: Buy ads on Social Media sites for great traffic/engagement signals
  8. PROFIT!

Seems easy right? I mean it’s only 8 steps..

But.. It’s a TON of work. Let’s not kid ourselves.

But if you want to be a part of that 1% of SEOs that actually make BANK, you have to do the work only the 1% are willing to do.

If you follow this guide on how to rank your website, your chances of ranking #1 in google are VERY HIGH. If you’ve got any questions on this guide or on the links we provide, feel free to reach out to us via Email/Chat! And of course, when you’re ready to use PBNs as part of your ranking strategy, we’re here to provide them for you!

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