Articles can rank really well in search engines. Some web 2.0 sites achieve extremely high
, like squidoo.com or ezinearticles.com. In order to get on the first page of Google, you need to do couple of things.

 

  1. Do extensive keyword research in order to find long tail, low competition keywords
  2. Write your article about this keyword
  3. Use this keyword in your title, summary, in your first paragraph, last paragraph, and 2-3 times inside your article. It’s a good idea to repeat your keyword 2-5 times per article.
  4. Build backlinks to this article in order to gain unfair advantage over your competition
  5. Repeat the process for the new keyword

 

How to find long tail, low competition keywords?

 

Go to https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal and type some general keyword around your site/product you want to promote. For example ‘herbal remedies’. Check ‘Only show ideas closely related to my search terms’. On the left menu select [Exact] in Match Types. Now Sort the keywords by local monthly searches. Here is what I got:


Herbal remedies keyword is getting 9,900 exact searches a month. Let’s type this keyword on Google. There are 12,400,000 results. Quite a lot! 🙂 Now let’s put it in quotes, so search for “herbal remedies”. Using quotes will give a much better representation of the competition. I got 22,700,000 results. In most cases you’ll see a much lower number for long tail keywords.

 

Let’s check this keyword: chinese herbal remedies. It’s getting 590 searches a month. The competition on Google without quotes is 10,200,000 and with quotes only 159,000! Now that’s a much better number.

 

Your job will be to look for the keywords with the most searches and the lowest with quotes competition on Google. These keywords will be easy to rank on Google and you should easily get on the first page.

 

Look for keywords with at least 500 exact local searches/month and <100,000 competition with quotes.

 

Where to publish your articles?

 

www.EzineArticles.com

It’s the biggest article directory in the world. Google favors ezinearticles over other article directories and web 2.0 sites.

www.Squidoo.com

I experienced many first pages for my keywords using Squidoo. It’s a proven website to rank high on Google.

 

How to build backlinks to your articles?

 

There are many ways to build backlinks. More quality backlinks you have, higher you are on Google. The fastest and easiest way is to use social bookmarking sites. Go to www.socialmarker.com and put your article link (like ezinearticles) with title, description and keywords. Choose only dofollow sites. Now the site will take you to each top social bookmarking sites. All you need to do is to create account on each of these sites and bookmark your article. Each bookmark is a unique backlink to your site that can help you boost your SEO rankings. The more backlinks the better.

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