As an SEO consultant, I have a bunch of knowledge, tools, and resources at my disposal that I can use to get better website rankings, almost at a moment's notice. In this post, I'll share with you how you can get better website rankings in as little as seven days without resorting to my “tools of the trade.”
First off, you will have to do some work. I know, the “internet lifestyle” would suggest that you do nothing, the search engine rankings rise, and you make money hand over fist.
Of course, it doesn't work that way.
It's easiest to break this down into 7 daily tasks.
As you know from reading anything here, building backlinks is one of the most fruitful things you can do.
Put don't put all your backlinking eggs in one basket. Many IM guys try one tactic and that tactic may work – for now. But what if the Big G catches on?
For example, linkwheels were pretty popular. The idea behind a linkwheel is to get backlinks to a “money page” by writing articles and submitting them to popular article directories as well as Web 2.0 properties like Blogger.com.
One popular linkwheel method goes something like this:
This is all fine and good. What you're doing is building the rank and PR of the articles and posts to Web 2.0 properties (by backlinking to them) as well as getting a ton of backlinks to your money page.
However, linkwheels are pretty easy to spot. Especially if you do your linking with the same properties and in the same sequence every single time (so, don't do this).
What if Google decided that it would discount – or worse, disregard – or worst of all, penalize – any backlinks from linkwheels? Not that they would or have plans to, but what if they did and this was your only (or primary) backlinking method?
You would be screwed, plain and simple. And, thanks to updates the past few years, most linkwheel strategies are dead.
So what I do and wholeheartedly recommend is to diversify your link building methods.
I have a very simple system that I follow every day until I'm comfortable with my website's position in the SERPs. I call it a “5×5” system, very similar to a very popular strength-training system in the bodybuilding field.
Here's what I do (every day), put very simply:
However, the best strategy for getting quality, relevant, and diverse backlinks is through guest posting, despite what this guy says. This requires a separate post, but you can read about guest posting here, here, and here. It's not something you can do at scale, but you can get a lot from a little.
This is the bare minimum that I do with a new website. This will give you a really good start on building backlinks to a brand-new blog.
If you do the math, you'll have 750 backlinks by the end of your first month. Not bad. In fact, good enough to rank very high in the SERPs for well-chosen long-tail keywords.
If you want to learn more about any of this, just leave a comment.