SEO Tips To Get Started: Keyword Research, HQ Content, Backlinks, Traffic



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What SEO tips do you wish you knew when you were starting out?

As per the title, are there any tricks or tips you wish you knew sooner, that gave you that lightbulb moment?
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alphazwest
$500 worth of backlinks can get a page to rank top 3 more reliably than 5k in quality content, in many cases.

Doesn't apply to YMYL niches anymore but still kills it in entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle.

Also, buying expired domains with a solid backing profile will rank a site in half the time, if not faster.

perfektewebseite
Wrong.

Reason: If you have got really great content (not just copy cat style), people will link to your page. > They will give you free backlinks, right?

If you got bad content but buy backlinks,..
What keywords & pages to index (by google)? What value you create?
Backlinks that you buy also have often the pattern that others also can buy them,..
And Google is watching you. ;)

alphazwest
Sure, plenty of times!

There's a lot of context to take in to consideration though.
β€’ How many backlinks does one's first page competitors have?
β€’ How optimized are the other top 10 results for the keyword?
β€’ How much content exists on one's website, and how relevant is that content to the page one is trying to rank in the top 3.

For a reasonably low competition keyword with a SERP full of pages without extensive optimization\-I find content *does* stand up and speak for itself in many cases.

However, if you have 10 pages of quality content with purposeful SEO optimization what is going to separate those pages? Backlinks in most cases.

In my experience, a decent article with backlinks is going to outrank a great article with none 9/10 times.

Full disclosure\-I work mostly with commercial keywords related to services and products. In many cases, a local business doesn't have the budget to create some mind-bending content but can afford some decent links that will get them on page one for the keywords that matter the most to their business.

Even moreso\-it's hard to pitch a client on something like that.

Here's how those conversations go:

Me: "Hey Joe's Pizza shack\-I think we should drop 2K doing a deep-dive on how you make your pizza doe to help build authority and relevancy for your domain"

JPS: "What's our pizza doe have to do with our Google ranking?"

Me: "Well, Google looks at websites for relevancy and authority when ranking them, among other things. Showing that your company affords great care, time, and focus on something so relevant to common pizza searches will help establish your website as an authority in the space."

JPS: " … well, my buddy said they bought some backlinks and started ranking better. "

Me: "Well, yes. Backlinks will help you rank but, on the long term you really want to …"

JPS: "so how much does a backlink cost?"

Me: "… :defeated: ok, we'll get you setup."

Get a site 7/10 in terms of quality and then let loose some backlinks. That's the practical approach IMO. Yes, if you've got the budget the highest quality content possible is preferable.

If you're ranking affiliate sites, small business sites, startups, or other budget-tight enterprises then it's more practical IMO to get things started with some budget-friendly backlinks. (i.e. don't pay someone $750 for a post somewhere in the doldrums of Forbes)

Get a revenue stream coming in\-then drill down on content.
cdiiii
Where does one buy backlinks
alphazwest
Just start emailing websites. Say something along the lines of "do you accept guest posts and, if so, what are your rates"

Here's a rough guideline:

Overpriced: $500. These can be great but IMO one is better served by splitting the budget across more budget friendly placements.

Premo: $350 plus. Should have solid traffic and be super relevant to your niche.

Solid: $250. Decent traffic and spot on to your websites overall niche.

Decent: $150. Ok traffic and related to your websites overall vertical.

Bargain bin: $75. Traffic varies, topics are broad, and you start risking penalties if you use to many.

Junk $35. Use at your own risk. Ok for tier 2 links that you pump.

Don't buy any links from sites that are obviously advertising placements as a service. Don't buy links from sites that charge a renewal fee. Don't buy links if they are going to be nofollowed. Don't buy links if they are going to be labeled "sponsored."
Bananabalake
As much as we hate to admit it, this technique still works if done properly. Simply buying because there's a $ associated with it doesn't assume it's good. Finding paid links that are also relevant and have low spam scores is what separates you from the other smucks.

But, eventually this tactic will dry up and it'll be back to square 1.

So sure, if you need a leg up, give it a go. But don't put all your eggs in 1 basket. Do the rest of SEO in the meantime so that you won't need to rely on dinky backlinks in the future.

RlogicalTechsoft
I would like to suggest you Create free WordPress Blog or Blogger or buy cheap domain and start to do seo. first of start with which niche you want to use then research the keywords and after you will start on-page & off – page SEO activities.

Furthermore, you can create content on your website or blog site and start to promote on social media and other platform. Also, create backlink which improve your website or blog traffic and get ranking

These are the all the basic SEO activities and I'm sure above that activities through you can know SEO and it's great practical practice for start to SEO.

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propelguru
β€’ When I started doing SEO, it was really frustrating as my website wouldn't rank higher as I expected and I used to follow every piece of advice from SEO experts but nothing worked out.
β€’ Then I recognized that these can help a little but it cannot rank your website at the top page of google. And when I decided to do better I decided to do some SEO experiments.
β€’ What I did is start by choosing 3 keywords, which were low competition keywords by using a free tool "answer the public" which helps in finding questions that people ask on blogs, forums, and on social media platforms and it turns those questions into awesome keywords and the keywords which you get by using this tool are long-tail keywords.
β€’ After you find your 3 keywords then head over to step 2 which is creating epic content. You can use a tool called BuzzSumo, which can analyze the various articles and the content. BuzzSumo helps in getting content that is in-depth and helps in increasing the chances of your content getting linked.
β€’ Now it's time for the 3rd step, which is keyword optimization. In this step, you need to include your target keyword in a few important places on your page in this way Google can understand your page's overall topic. Try to use keywords in your title tag, in the image alt text, in an H1 tag, in H2/H3 tag. Next is using LSI keywords, using LSI keywords on your page will help in recognizing that this page is about some topic.
β€’ This way helped me to get good results.

aftabaliqu
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ARASbDesign
thanks for your advise will sure try it out!

Bananabalake
Understand search intent. Everything feeds off your ability to understand and answer the intent of a search.
onlineincome
SEO is very simple.

Step 1: All you need is to publish useful and informative content regularly on your blog.

Step 2: Always keep networking and reach out new people every day.

Step 3: Make yourself active in Social Media.

Step 4: Send newsletters, push notifications as is, and when any new updates are available.

Step 5: Repurpose your content and publish in other websites and blogs.
DazzlingProof
I wish that I knew that Google is ALWAYS going to be making changes and that you, I and the rest of the internet world are always be playing "catch up" with their latest algorithm…and just when we think that we have it figured out, BAM! They release their "Latest change".

All of which ultimately causes you, me and millions of others who have drank the kool-aid to spend an uncalculatable amount of time and money (for products, courses, "Secret Sauces" etc.) chasing their newest changes.

Bananabalake
Best way to approach SEO is to focus on the user. Don't get so wrapped up in the algorithm that you forget who you're trying to help – your customer.

Because that's where Google wants to end up – serving the best results to people.

All of those algorithms are just micro steps towards that end goal.

mihir
β€’ have your own websites to test things out. One content focused and one technical seo focused.
β€’ differentiate between tactics and strategy. Focus on getting strategy right
β€’ build reports to track Key Performance Indicators (KPI)s from the start, do monthly reporting, move away from reporting on keywords and report on Conversations or main kpis.
β€’ review and calibrate strategy quarterly
β€’ build action points list and prioritize based on expected outcomes vs efforts.

growthfoxHQ
There are some tips every beginner should keep in mind before starting out as an SEO –
β€’ Implementing >> Reading/watching tutorials.
β€’ Learning to leverage Google Search Console (GSC) and Google Analytics (GA) >> Scrambling through random SEO tools for vanity metrics.
β€’ Helping your audience/offering value >> Boasting about your superiority in the niche
β€’ Optimize site for mobile >> stuffing keywords
β€’ Use long-tail and journalist keywords more often

ramasmith
There are some tips you need to know when you are new to SEO
β€’ Check your site speed
β€’ Links to another website with relevant content
β€’ Always write unique and meaningful meta descriptions for every page of your website
β€’ User-friendly URL structure
β€’ Publish Unique Content

JamesVillalvazo
SEO Tips
β€’ Find the right keywords
β€’ Focus on your unique offerings
β€’ Don't over stuff your site with keywords.
β€’ Build links to your site.
β€’ Make sure your website is user-friendly.
β€’ Measure results.
β€’ Publish high quality content and lost of it
β€’ Get social

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