How to Rank Well for Keywords

How do I rank well for keywords, fast?

This seems to be a question that’s asked a lot, and for some reason, most people never like hearing the answer. Even if you’re asking a Black Hat, you’re still not going to be happy with the response because getting ranked well for a keyword or phrase, ethical or not, can take some time and there are a lot of variables in which search engines’ algorithms use to decide where your website will rank and  for which specific keywords.

What are these variables?

I’ll name a few, but again, this is a very complex process and if SEOs like me knew the exact science behind this process, search engines like Google would change their logic as fast as word got out. So, Page Rank and incoming links aside, here are some things to ask yourself:

  1. Does your domain contain any of your keywords?
  2. Are you using your keywords in you URL/Page name?
  3. How about in your Page Title, <h1> tags and so forth?
  4. What is your keyword density looking like? Did you do any research on your keywords and phrases?
  5. Is your content original?

These are just a few things to consider when you’re ready to start hammering out some content for keywords that you’re looking to ranked well for. Please, if there is something that works well for you, and you’re willing to share it, add a comment below – I’m sure other people will be happy to “pay it forward” by providing an incoming link.

What is the point of this post?
The point I want to make here is if your website and content are optimized, then it doesn’t have to take forever to get your keywords and phrases ranked well; plus, it’s not all about Page Rank and Popularity (incoming links), but more about the content that you’re writing and doing it in an ethical way.

Don’t believe me?
Ok, it’s been about three weeks now since I posted SEO Philly Project, and after doing a quick check today, the page is already ranked well on Google’s 1st search engine results page (SERP) for the keywords “SEO Philly”. As a matter of fact, it’s ranked #7 overall in Google!  Also, I’d like to point out that in Philadelphia, these two keywords are highly competitive, and to rank #7 overall in about three weeks proves my point that it’s not just all about Google’s stamp of approval (Page Rank) and being a little patient is worth the wait in the long run.

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