After publishing an article on a blog or a website, you almost always search for that article on Search Engines to see if your post appears on the front page. Admit it, we all do that!
And 80% of the time (depending on the keyword competition), your article does not appear on the first page! Most times we end up getting frustrated cos the big guys have claimed the first spot.
In this article I’ll be showing you how to create a blog post for a subject matter that would appear on the first page of search engine results using a clever SEO method I coined. I’ll be using my article on The Moving Man Method as a case study.
This SEO method is called “The Commensalist SEO method” – (Coined by me)
Before You Write – Checklist
- Is your website optimized for SEO? – The method I’m to teach you will only work well if you’ve made efforts to improve your website SEO. Check out how to Improve your website’s SEO.
- Are you ready to do some quality research on the article you’re about to write about?
So, Here We Go!
Normally, writing an article on a very competitive niche is tedious. Most of the big buys in the company would be occupying the first page.
Fact is, most times the very top notch firms occupy the first to the third position on the first page of search engine results, while other blogs take what remains.
As a young Nigerian entrepreneur and blogger in a very competitive niche – Tech- I want to do everything possible to outrank other guys in the market.
After weeks of studying Google’s Algorithm updates dating far back to 2000 and to the most recent upate – “Fred” (March 2017), I found out a way to write articles that rank high on the first page of search engine results by taking advantage of the top existing search result websites – The Commensalist SEO Method.
As with all SEO methods, The Commensalist SEO Method is backed by Google Algorithms. Below are the Algorithms that The Commensalist is based on.
In short, when a keyword / search term is queried on Google, this Algorithm brings up pages that have the most unaffiliated outbound links to the keyword. i.e if your article is about “The Moving Man Method“, and you link to 50 well ranked blog articles that also define “the moving man method”, you would be favoured by the Hilltop Algorithm, because your article is now seen as an information hub for that particular keyword.
The image below is a snapshot of the Algorithm’s documentation on Wikipedia
Hilltop is essentially an on-page SEO signal way that tells Google whether or not a page is a “hub” of information.
So: How does Google know which pages are hubs?
It’s simple: Hubs are determined by the quality and relevancy of that page’s outbound links.
This makes total sense if you think about it…
The pages you link out to tend to reflect the topic of your page.
And pages that link to helpful resources also tend to be higher-quality than pages that only link to their own stuff.
In other words, pages that link out to awesome resources establish themselves as hubs of helpful content in the eyes of Google.
In fact, a recent industry study found a correlation between outbound links and Google rankings.
2. Backlinks –
Backlinks are incoming hyperlinks from one web page to another website. They happen when a website links to your own website.
Since way back, Google uses Backlinks to determine the place of Websites on it’s result pages.
This video below shows just how important backlinks are.
This method combines the power of out-bound links and Backlinks to boost your post’s ranking on Search engine result pages.
Writing Your Article
Out-bound links –
When creating an article, you need to find main stream websites that have written content about that subject. Link to them from your article.
You can run a query on google for that keyword, you’ll see lots of articles you could read and link to.
Getting Backlinks –
You can get backlinks to your articles from top websites and forums in your niche to help boost your article’s ranking.
You can leave comments on a similar article and add a link to your article, or answer a question on Quora that is related to your article and add a link to your article.
Using The Commensalist method I’ve sucessfully ranked my article at number 3 for the keyword – The moving man method.
I’ll be showing you in detail how I did this.
A Case Study
Some weeks back I made a post on the Moving Man Method of SEO by Brian Dean, which is a pretty competitive search term in the company.
Before I did that I ran a Google search for the keyword to see the top competitors.
Note: The screenshot was taken after I had done all the processes in this article. Hence my site ranking number 3.
In the image above you’d see that the top competitors for that keyword :
- Brian Dean’s article (The guy who coined the moving man method)
- Art Driver’s article
- The SEO Project’s Article
So I studied the topic and made a well detailed post on the article, Placing lots of outbound links to Backlinko and Artdriver’s article.
Then I published the article.
I gathered backlinks to the article this way-
From Comment sections of the top notch in the niche
. – I went to ArtDriver’s article and made a comment. I thanked him for the wonderful article he wrote, told him I use it for my website and that I’ve created a similar article – leaving a link to my article.
Most bloggers would approve links to your article only if you place a link that acknowledges them. I also left such comments on several other sites. Some sites approved the comment, some didn’t.
You need to be cautious not to just leave your link. Strike up a conversation.
I ran a search on Google and found a thread on Quora, where someone was asking if Brian Dean’s SEO method was real. I left a comment on the thread, told him it really worked and left him a link to my article which explained the method to him.
Tweet, Share , Pin!
I shared the article via social media. Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest .
It’s a good practice to share your articles on social media. It increases your page views.
After I did all this I was able to get up my article to the 3rd position in less than a week.
Summary of The Commensalist SEO Method
- Create a well detailed article
- Make use of on-page SEO techniques
- Apply numerous out-bound links to relevant articles on same topic
- Gather Backlinks from other sites
- Share your article
Have questions to ask? Please DO!