How to Rank on Google Page 1

You may already know that I go on and on about writing content because that is the backbone of how to rank on Google Page 1. If you don’t rank in Google, you will not have a successful blog.

Creating quality content that ranks is blogging 101.

In probably every single one of the articles that I have written on this website and others, I talk about the 100 postmark. The reason I do this is that when I started my first blog in 2015, I had no idea what I was doing and I want to save you my newbie struggles.

>>>2022 UPDATE! <<<


I have changed my SEO Plugin from All In One SEO to Rank Math SEO.

Rank Math SEO started way back in 2018 and since then, it really helped optimize my website giving me a lot of room to create more valuable content and at the same time, sparing me not much energy in conducting keyword research. It has a lot of great FREE features which can guide you in ranking your blog posts, even if you’re just starting out. The setup is pretty simple.

If you want to know more about Rank Math SEO, click on this link and it’ll redirect you to the end of this blog post!

Don’t forget to check out my other posts related to SEO for a complete package of SEO resources: 

An Introduction to Writing Content that Ranks

I would put hours and hours into every post I wrote because I would follow all these guides I found on SEO and then I would spend more time trying to get people to see the post on social media.

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After about 10 or 20 posts later, I got really burnt out and tried to speed up the process with paid advertising because nothing was ranking and all of that work only left me with maybe 30-40 visitors to my blog in the first month.

After 6 months of a lot of work and money spent and minimal results, I gave up on making the blog thing work for a long time. It wasn’t until I found a step-by-step video no-fluff course by a guy who had built dozens of successful blogs that earned money that I finally realized my mistakes as a newbie blogger. I was spending so much time doing things that really didn’t matter.

If you’re writing good quality posts based on keyword research like RankIQ, that should be what you’re spending 95% of your time on with a new blog.

The faster you can get to the 100 postmarks and beyond, the faster you’re going to get rankings, which leads to traffic, which leads to conversions.

Appealing to your Readers & Google

You have 2 readers when it comes to your content. 

You have the real live humans that come to your post and you also have the Google bots that crawl your content. So which do you focus on?

Google image

You want to focus on the readers because if your content doesn’t make sense to the reader, then they’re not going to like you or trust you and no one buys from people who they don’t like or trust.

You need to throw everything that you learned in school out the window when you’re writing content for your blog. You need to write in a conversational, laid-back, and entertaining manner. No “book report” style of writing! Pretend you’re writing a letter to a friend. Don’t be afraid to joke around a little bit and banter a bit.

If it’s not fun, upbeat, and easily readable, no one is going to read it. No one likes reading book reports except for English teachers…

Now that you know how to write for your readers, you need to just check some boxes to keep the Google bots happy. This is called On-Page SEO. This is NOT the focus, it’s just some touch-ups you’re going to do after you’ve written your awesome, conversational-style content.

When you’ve appealed to your readers and you’ve checked the boxes for the Google bots, you know your post will rank.

Focus on One Keyword per Post

A big debate that often comes up with blogging is how many keywords should you be targeting in your posts. It seems like more keywords are better, right?


Bloggers will usually choose their “main” keyword and then throw in another 3-4 “related” keywords there too. They’ll pepper them throughout the article.

This is done in an attempt to rank for all those different keywords for that article. The problem is that this confuses Google bots. The bots then start to rank you a little bit for each keyword but NOT very high. The ranking power of the bots is spread thin between all those different keywords.

You want all the bots that crawl your article to focus all their energy on 1 keyword. This makes it very clear to Google what you’re trying to achieve with your article so it can focus on ranking you HIGH for that 1 keyword.

Once you’ve Ranked High for 1 Keyword, Others Will Follow

Once your article does well with 1 keyword and gets to page 1 of Google and people start reading it and spending time on the page, Google will realize that it’s good quality, helpful content.

At this point, Google will want to start ranking your blog more and more.

It will do this by ranking it for related keywords based on additional text in your content.

Elements in your Post that will Get you Ranking

You want to focus on your single keyword. This is the “root keyword” of your post.

That’s all.

Sound too easy? That’s because it is. Throw all your other SEO knowledge out the window because you don’t need it and it will just eat up the time that you should be spending getting to that 100 postmark.

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#1: Put your keyword in the post title with NOTHING ELSE

For example, my keyword for this post is: “How to Get Ranked on Page 1”

#2: Put your keyword in the 1st paragraph

#3: Keyword in Meta Title but you can elaborate to make your title more clickable

For example, my meta title for this post is “How to Get Ranked on Page 1 & Explode your Traffic”

#4: Keyword in Meta Description

This is what the meta title and meta description section look like for me at the bottom of the post in WordPress with All in One SEO (it may look different if you are using Yoast SEO): 

preview snippet in WordPress with All in One SEO

#5: Keyword in Social Media Meta Title

#6: Keyword in Social Media Meta Description

The Meta Title/Meta Description and the Social Meta Title and Social Media Meta Description are 2 DIFFERENT THINGS!

Meta Settings in WordPress with All in One SEO

Make sure you do both. If you don’t see the Social Settings tab, you have to activate it. For Rant Math SEO, you need to go to SEO Settings -> Feature Manager and click Activate for the Social Meta option: 

WordPress Dashboard Feature Manager

Here’s an example of the Social Meta from my blog: 

WordPress Social Settings

#7: Keyword in Alt Tag

The format you want is [keyword – description of image]

#8: Keyword in Image Title Attribute

Here’s an example of the image I used from the “Make a Facebook Page” post: 

Image example of "Make a Facebook Page"

#9: One Internal Link

Link to another page on your blog somewhere in your post. 

#10: One External Link to Wikipedia

Link to Wikipedia in your post if it’s relevant and makes sense. Don’t do it if it doesn’t make sense. 

#11: One Call to Action Link (Typically an Affiliate Link) 

You’ll usually include this at the bottom of the page. This is how you make money! 

So what if you want to put more affiliate links? You totally can! BUT…only when you’re ranking.

Initially, you want it to be simple and very bare-bones so that Google starts to like and trust your website. Every time you add an affiliate link to your site, you’re making it a little less appealing to Google.

You want to make sure that you build those rankings first and then you can add more links. Just like you want to focus on 1 keyword per post first and then Google will automatically start ranking you for more keywords.

Knowing your Domain Authority

It’s important to understand the authority of your website. It determines the entirety of your SEO approach. The domain authority in Google’s view determines which keywords will generate the greatest traffic to your site.

What is Domain Authority, anyway?

Domain Authority is a sort of score that helps a blog rank on the first page results. The higher the Domain Authority is, the higher the chance of ranking fast.

The score ranges from 1-100, and as a beginner, you’ll have a score of 1. I hope you won’t lose your cool here, but all things start with learning, right? The good thing about being a beginner is that you’ll have plenty of ways and strategies that help you ease your problem. And here’s what you need to do:

1st: After identifying the keyword that you want, look for those websites’ Domain Authority with a score of 50 or less. Because you are starting out, you want to beat or create more valuable content from those websites which are on the same progress as you. You don’t want to jump right ahead and compete with those sites with a DA score of 60.

Remember to start things slowly as you progress.

Now, with the help of  Mozbar Link Explorer, you can find the Domain Authority score of those websites. You can sign up for free to find out and just copy the URL of that site and you’ll see the score result.

Understanding what are the users’ intentions for searching on Google

Now that you’ve understood the importance of having the right keyword for your blog, you must ensure that what you write is precisely what people are looking for. This means we must understand people’s intentions when they search on Google.

Now we must determine two things:

What is the most common type of result from Google’s ten options? Is its blog entries, lists, videos, Product pages, pdfs, photos, or something else entirely?

What is the searcher’s intention?

  • Informational intent – Someone looking for information. (How to post on Reddit, what is a Reddit)
  • Navigational intent – Looking for a specific website. (Facebook Login, Pinterest sign-up)
  • Transactional/Buyer Intent – Looking for something to purchase. (Buy a product online, web hosting)

Videos and blog posts are the best formats for keywords with informational intent, whereas Product/service websites and landing pages go well for transactional intent keywords. Navigational intent keywords only work if the searcher is looking for a certain site or company.

All About Rank Math SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for websites used to be a strategy to improve search engine ranks. And now, as more website owners realize the value of SEO, it has become a necessity. You must catch up with your competitors if you want your site to be found and gain traffic. The tool I’m referring to is the Rank Math SEO WordPress Plugin.

NOTE: Rank Math will have to make a connection request to Google Search Console. If you haven’t already connected your website to Google Search Console, you should do so before installing the plugin. There are a lot of steps, like with most things Google, but it’s worth the effort! Search Console is like a gold mine of website traffic data.

Installing the Rank Math SEO

Go to your WordPress admin page and log in.

Click over the “Plugins” link in the left column menu and click “Add New” .

Installing Rank Math SEO plugin

Enter “Rank Math” in the “Search plugins…” box.

Installing Rank Math SEO plugin - Search bar

Click the “Install Now” button once you’ve found the plugin.

Installing Rank Math SEO plugin - Install now

The plugin has now been installed, but it must be enabled before it can be used.

Select “Activate” from the drop-down menu.

Installing Rank Math SEO plugin - Activate

Connecting the Plugin to Your Account

You’ll be redirected to a screen requesting you to connect your site to Rank Math after activating the plugin. Although connecting isn’t required to activate the plugin, we’ll do so for the purposes of this tutorial.

So, select “Connect Your Account” from the drop-down menu, just like this:

Rank Math Connect Your Account

Note: Whether you already have another WordPress SEO plugin installed, Rank Math will request if you prefer to import existing settings. Do this so that you won’t have to waste your time going back and applying adjustments to old posts. Rank Math will instantly few issues that your existing SEO plugin may be causing. Regardless if you were oblivious of those. 🙂

Following that, you’ll be required to select a setup route. “Easy” and “Advanced” are the existing choices.

The advanced options will still be usable in the plugin configuration if you choose the Easy setup. We’ll go a little further in this tutorial by selecting the Advanced option.

Anyway, select “Advanced” and then press the “Start Wizard” button.

Start Wizard Rank Math SEO

Adding Information to Your Website

Here you’ll have to notify Rank Math about your website and add media (photos, videos)for Google and social media sharing by filling up these forms:

  • My Blog is a… – Pick the description that best describes your website’s content. Because multiple data types are used for different topics, this is significant in SEO. This will be set to “Personal Blog.”
  • Logo for Google – If you don’t have a logo yet, there are tons of logo templates in Canva. A photo of you is also ideal for a personal website.
  • Default Social Share Image – This is the default image for Facebook shares. (It will also be used by other social sites that accept Open Graph metadata.) Their ideal dimensions are for a rectangle, so that’s what I’ll upload. On Facebook, though, share images are more commonly seen as squares. Again, you’ll want something with your logo for a business site.
Adding Information to Your Website - Rank Math SEO

Click the “Save and Continue” button when it’s complete.

Save and Continue - Rank Math SEO

Connecting Your Google Search Console & Rank Math

Connecting to the Google Search Console is recommended by nRank Math. It’s not required, but it will considerably boost the plugin’s capabilities. So let’s get started.

To obtain an authorization code, click the “Get Authorization Code” button.

Google Search Console

You’ll be requested to log into your Google account in a popup window.

A code will appear in the popup window once you’ve connected. Copy it and paste it into Rank Math’s “Search Console” section.

Select the site you’re setting up from the drop-down menu if you have more than one website connected to Search Console. Then select “Save and Continue” from the drop-down menu.

SEO Analysis

This guide will not be able to cover all of the setting options and changes available. Take some time to look over all of the Rank Math settings and possibilities.

However, an SEO analysis, which Rank Math excels at, is a fantastic place to start.

Mouse over the “Rank Math” link in the left column menu and click the “SEO Analysis” link.

Dashboard SEO Analysis - Rank Math SEO

Select “Start Site-Wide Analysis” from the drop-down menu.

Rank Math SEO - Start Site-Wide Analysis

The results of the analysis are presented in graphs below, along with further information.

SEO Analysis Score of your website in Rank Math plugin

Any items that failed tests or caused warnings should be addressed as soon as possible.

How to fix issues on Rank Math SEO Site Analysis

Rank Math Inside a WordPress Editor

Rank Math not only analyzes and improves your site, but it also works in the WordPress editor. The first thing you’ll notice is a score in the editor’s upper right corner.

NOTE: The Gutenberg editor is what I’m using here. Things will look slightly different if you continue to use the “traditional” WordPress editor.

SEO Score on your WordPress Gutenberg Editor

It brings up a single-post analysis identical to the site-wide analysis we saw earlier. There are also several pieces of advice on increasing SEO for your post or page, similar to the site-wide analysis, like on this screenshot image:

SEO Requirements on your WordPress Gutenberg Editor using Rank Math SEO

As you utilize the plugin, you’ll notice even more helpful modifications.

Rank Math SEO Saves The Day

We’ve only begun to explore what Rank Math is capable of and how it can benefit you on a daily basis. You’ll see for yourself if you install and browse it. And, my friends, I highly urge you to do so ASAP because this one is a champ!

Don’t forget to check out my other posts related to SEO for a complete package of SEO resources: 

Your Turn!

Okay, it’s your turn now to write some quality content, implement the checklist and publish.

I challenge you to make a schedule for yourself in terms of writing posts and stick to it. Personally, I write 1 post a day and that is non-negotiable for me. I know this may seem like a lot and it is but I’ve also been writing for a long time now so it comes more naturally to me than it used to.

If I was just starting, I might start with 1 post every 2 days.

The important thing is that you pick what will work for YOU and that you stick to it for the long haul. Choose a routine that is realistic and you can keep up for months to years. I really hope that this has been helpful for you and that you’re able to stay a little bit more focused now when it comes to working on your blog.

Remember – content is king. The more content you publish the better. Keep it readable and entertaining for your readers. Implement the checklist above for the Google bots.

Please comment below if you have any questions about this post or if there is anything at all I can help you with.

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8 thoughts on “How to Rank on Google Page 1”

  1. Hi Martina,
    Thank you so much for this tutorial easy to follow because it’s detailed step by step on how to get rank page 1 on Google.
    If your ranking high there are possibilities for more traffics and more traffics more sales.

    Once again thank you,

  2. Hi.  I enjoyed your site.  A question on the frequency of using key words.  I have seen in other places with others that rank high to not over do putting you key word in the post.  They call it ‘stuffing’ and say it could be detrimental to google rankings.  Any thoughts on how many times the key word should be used?  Thanks for the tip on putting the key word in the image description.  All the best.  

  3. I loved your Only Ranking Checklist you will ever need. I never knew that putting the keyword only and nothing else in the title of the post was so important. I always put it in, but with other words to make the title more exciting. I will definitely be trying out this strategy.

    I am also going to try to take your advice on linking to Wikipedia more often and see if this makes a difference in my ranking. Thanks for a most informative read.

  4. Really enjoyed reading this post. Like you say it’s always good to joke, banter and pretend you are writing to a friend, as I find alot of blog posts boring and kind of post the same content. You can find the same content written in a million different ways online! I think it is also important to add a diffrent perspective and opinion on a topic so you stand out.

    I like your ranking checklist, this is very useful. My favourite is the Yoast plugin to check my SEO and readability.

    I have never heard of Rank Math before, this seems like a good plugin I will definately be installing this one, as I am excited to know what my SEO analaysis is and anything I can improve on. 

    Thanks for the great read. I have learnt a lot. 

  5. I was wondering why I did not get a lot of traffic on my website then I did some research and found out how to use the Jaaxy keyword tool in conjunction with the alphabet soup technic. My traffic increased considerably. I am also using a website for which I pay 15 dollars a month and they redirect traffic to my website. 

    You are also right in saying that you need to write for fun if it is boring no one will read it. We also have to include pictures and video if possible to make it more interesting. 

    I have saved  The ONLY Ranking Checklist You’ll Ever Need! so I can use it for my own blog posts it is a great tool for everyone to use. 

    Thank you for a great article 


    • Hi! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I’m glad you find this blog post informative and helpful. It’s really important to have a checklist for you to write content. It saves you so much hassle and in no doubt, it can help you rank on Google.


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