Achievement Unlocked – Rank #1 Finally

| February 21, 2012 | 12 Comments

Achievement - Simply the Best - Rank #1 in Google

Twice, by the way. More to follow as well.

The Top 12 Things I Learned In Ranking A Site To #1

  1. If you’re good at something, chances are that you’ll be good at other things (Thanks Trent).
  2. When you finally reach the summit, it’s not the end of a difficult journey. A new one begins. (…and it’s probably just as hard if not harder)
  3. If you work harder, you’ll accomplish a lot. If you work smarter, you’ll do the same in a fraction of the time. If you do both, you’ll beat everyone.
  4. In some cases, backlinking doesn’t matter.
  5. In some cases, backlinking does matter.
  6. Do more, talk less.
  7. Experience builds confidence, whether it’s failure or success.
  8. Even if you hit rank #1, this doesn’t entitle you to anything. You still need to work for your money.
  9. Sometimes, the sites that you thought would be winners are losers, and the sites that you thought would be losers are winners.
  10. Creating your own answers is far more {profitable|enjoyable|satisfying|beneficial} than asking someone to give them to you.
  11. Stop looking for the silver bullet. The silver bullet is YOU.
  12. I’m having more fun working at this than I’ve had doing any other job in my life.
This is a small success for sure, but if I can do it twice, I can do it 100 times. So should you.
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  1. Jason says:

    Congrats, Andre! Looking forward to the more to follow. It can be very motivating once you see some increase in rankings, especially #1. I hope I’m not on the mountain looking up at your site in #1. That’s a battle I don’t want to fight.

    • Andre says:

      Hey thanks Jason.

      I need to stop watching the rankings daily, it just drives me nuts. Although I can’t help it (yes I’m weak in that regard).

      It’s tougher at rank #1 I think. Now you have to worry about how good your copy is, conversions, theme, ad layout, etc. in addition to figuring out how to stay there. It was a lot easier being the underdog, believe me.


  2. pip says:

    Hey Andre, thanks for the reply on the other post and congrats for ranking to the top. I am wondering how long did it take you to make it to number 1? How competitive is your keyword? Care to share you BL strategy? 😀 What tools did you use? Thanks again.

    • Andre says:

      Thanks Pip. It took just over a month to reach top spot. I would rate the keyword as easy. I had to pass two competitors, both of whom had the exact match domains.

      For backlinking I use UAW and ALN. I mentioned this in my other post. As far as the strategy, it’s the same one used over at NicheSiteMastery and NichePursuits. I submit 3 articles each to UAW and ALN.

  3. Joe says:

    Very deep! But seriously, some good points.

    If only this was true: “but if I can do it twice, I can do it 100 times. So should you.” 😉

    • Andre says:

      It’s a repeatable process for sure. I have several other sites in the top 5 and they will reach top spot for sure. Even then, they are getting a few clicks here and there, so really first page is enough to start earning.

      Trust me, if I can do this pretty much anyone can.

  4. Rob Wilson says:

    Well Done, Andre.

    I like your attitude. One of the struggles in this game is that it helps to have some success to know what it looks like.

    The point about be unpredictable is so true. You do start to develop more of a feel but following some basic rules for keyword selection and trying to rule out emotion is a good first step.

    One thing I have overlooked is the appearance of your listings in google. They have to look appropriate. No use being number one if your listing does not gain click throughs to the site.

    So website name, the title of the page and the info blurb displayed in google are so important.

    • Andre says:

      Thanks Rob. Great point about the meta titles and descriptions. Mine all have a catchy title and some form of call to action. For example, “Click here to get this” or “Do you want to find out the secrets that nobody tells you? Read on for more…” Not those exact words, but something to that effect.

      Experience has been the best teacher to me so far. This is the kind of thing that you really need to get your hands dirty to know what’s up. That’s why whenever I have success, large or small, I post about it. It’s an achievement to create your first site, let alone take that to number 1. All the little things count in helping with a positive attitude.

  5. TRENDS says:

    Congrats Andre, definitely appreciate all the points especially point #11.

    I feel like I’m always looking for that perfect nugget to make everything work like magic.

    Most of the time it’s just work and consistency.

    Congrats again and keep the posts coming.

  6. I really like “Do more, talk less” and “The silver bullet is YOU.”

    Would I know the exact match search volume of the keyword that you rank for #1?

    Do you see 40% of that volume traffic to your site/page?

    I guess you would work on the conversion rate and optimize the traffic next.

    • Andre says:

      Hi Kent,

      I’ve been getting roughly 50 unique visits per day since I hit rank 1. This is for a 1900 exact match local search volume.

      If you do the math you’ll see that I’m getting double the amount of traffic you would expect at a 40% volume target. The reason is because I’m targeting multiple keywords.

      One of my keywords is “A B C D”, and the second keyword is “A B C”. In that niche, I had to beat both the exact match domain owners of and, which I’ve done. That’s why I’m able to get a lot of traffic.

      It’s a small earner though, far from a $1k/month site. So nothing too exciting. Conceptually though, targeting multiple keywords is easy and I think it’s the way to go. I have about 2-3 sites where I purposely targeted more than one keyword (this site was one of them) just to see what would happen. It turns out this is a good idea since you don’t even need to be rank 1 to get a lot of good traffic, just first page is enough if you have all keywords there.

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