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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    I'm going to be starting yet another startup soon. Yes, I know what you've been saying for months now Harold and yes, I am actively doing that, I'm almost certified in business administration, personal finance, and marketing. School does wonders, heh, who knew?

    And yes, this does have a little teeny-tiny bit of funding from my part time job (currently making $10 an hour working 20-30 hours a week), which will be going towards hiring developers (probably hourly), advertising across Google Adwords, etc.

    But my question is: what gets websites to rank so high, even when they're only a few years old? What are the secrets? Should I pay for managed services like Attracta?

    This is a complicated question because there are a number of factors that will determines your rank in Google. Due to the fact that Google is constantly changing their algorithm (i.e. Panda update) the factors also change. Google is one of the companies that don't tell you exactly from a development what determines your rank but with some years of testing and closely watching you can see what is effective and what isn't. This is why you want someone experienced in this field to help you.

    One thing Google does is a ip/gps location relevant results return in some most all searches...so you will see location relevant searches (results closest to you) in map results. Business listings head up search results and they are also based on location. For example if searching hotels in Atlanta, GA you would find top results in map/business listing section (top of results) being the closest places from the heart of the city (based on gps)

    With some of these things touched on, you can then work on SEO (on site) and should be managed at least each quarter and compared with your traffic and how they are getting to you. Google loves good SEO, site maps, and alt texting.

    Links are also a big part of ranking at top spots in regular search results in Google. Get as many inbound links as you can without linking out if possible. The more you have pointing to your site (relevant links and sites) and the less you have pointing out of your site the better your rank.

    Social media is now a part part of ranking in google. Use Facebook as much as possible to link to your site in post, on relevant FB pages, and when possible everywhere. Google and Facebook love working together as well as Youtube as Google and Youtube are the same now.

    Use these basic methods to start and you will see a good change in ranking and is a solid way to start when indexing your site with engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    But my question is: what gets websites to rank so high, even when they're only a few years old? What are the secrets? Should I pay for managed services like Attracta?
    It’s all a matter of subject matter, literally. If you are trying to rank for the search term or keyword “health insurance” you will never make it no matter what you do.

    If you are trying to rank for the keyword “health insurance for children in Dallas Texas” then you may have a shot.

    I have never used an SEO service but I know a bad one can destroy your website. I have a site that is four months old that ranks in the #1 - #6 positions for multiple keywords. How did I do that? By targeting long tail keywords with low competition. I don’t build backlinks and I do not spend money on SEO.

    What is the subject matter that you want to rank for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield View Post
    Honestly, it's much easier and less time consuming to just create something great than to create crap and work twice as hard trying to trick Google into thinking that it's great.
    I agree 100% Harold has let the google secret out, useful engaging content ranks best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trunker View Post
    It’s all a matter of subject matter, literally. If you are trying to rank for the search term or keyword “health insurance” you will never make it no matter what you do.

    If you are trying to rank for the keyword “health insurance for children in Dallas Texas” then you may have a shot.

    I have never used an SEO service but I know a bad one can destroy your website. I have a site that is four months old that ranks in the #1 - #6 positions for multiple keywords. How did I do that? By targeting long tail keywords with low competition. I don’t build backlinks and I do not spend money on SEO.

    What is the subject matter that you want to rank for?
    I don't mean to sidetrack the OP, but I think this could help Owen out too. I agree longtails are helpful...especially for local business imo. Could you go in to a little more detail though about your success with it ----Is it customary to only stick to one main keyword per page/post? How do you make sure the keyword makes sense in copy across your site without it looking unnatural? I'm having a bit of trouble with this myself.

    There are tools like longtail pro Long Tail Pro - Keyword Research Software - Start For Free and some free ones like: https://kwfinder.com/ (free for 5 searches). Never tried using them yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amber View Post
    I don't mean to sidetrack the OP, but I think this could help Owen out too. I agree longtails are helpful...especially for local business imo. Could you go in to a little more detail though about your success with it ----Is it customary to only stick to one main keyword per page/post? How do you make sure the keyword makes sense in copy across your site without it looking unnatural? I'm having a bit of trouble with this myself.

    There are tools like longtail pro Long Tail Pro - Keyword Research Software - Start For Free and some free ones like: https://kwfinder.com/ (free for 5 searches). Never tried using them yet though.
    Long Tail Pro Platinum, I can't say enough about the product and it gets better every couple months when they update it. It is the best way to sort through large amounts of keywords. It is not perfect and I still do some leg work but it has helped me more than I ever thought It could.

    I have many articles that rank for their primary keyword where the keyword density is only 2/10ths (.2%) because it is not natural to use the keyword a lot. I will say that these are not super competitive keywords though.
    Here is an example: Keyword “photography schools in Ohio” This is purely an example and I do not have an photography sites.

    My H1/Tittle Tag will be “List of the best photography schools in Ohio”

    I have at this point targeted the original keyword “photography schools in Ohio” and “best photography schools in Ohio” and “List of the best photography schools in Ohio” The longest tail keywords generally ranks faster and sooner than the others.

    Throughout the list I will write a short description about each school and what they offer, give contact and location info. I will also search YouTube and embed videos about that school’s photography program. I always add images also with the appropriate image alt/description so googlebot can understand what the image is.

    I would also link follow/normal link to most of the schools since they are a .edu and are considered a trusted site. Outbound linking frequently to helpful sites will help you rank hire without a doubt in my mind. Most of my sites contain more follow links than nofollow because as I see no reason to link to a bad sight.

    In the end it is just producing helpful content that teaches someone something. I see googles algorithm more human in nature than a mechanical formula.

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    ^ Thank you for your insight. I think long tail pro might be a tool worth investing in. And I had no idea outbound links mattered in terms of credibility.

    Yep. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing, spun content and other manipulations. There aren't many shortcuts left to rank nowadays.

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    To rank higher on Google first of all ensure that your website is mobile friendly and get your on-page SEO done. On-page SEO you can easily do yourself with a little searching.

    Next thing you should do is focus on content. If you have a blog on your site, this is a good place to do that. Don't just focus on putting your keywords all over (like many do), but focus on great, unique content that is usefull to the reader and creates value.

    OVER TIME create backlinks to your site. This you can do yourself, or let a company do. Make sure they drip feed it over time, and don't use services like fiverr to buy cheap ones. Bad backlinks will do much worse than good.

    Social media sharing is BIG now. Make all your content shareable, and you will begin to gain more traffic and visibility. This leads to more natural links from genuine websites which Google likes.
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    Wow I can't believe how much I just learned in 10 minutes of reading this thread. Very useful reading. Are there any sites or anything that you all recommend where I could learn more about SEO?

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    Is buying is good for SEO?

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    People would say good quality content with good quality back links = well ranking, but I would prefer first one, I am running an old site over 8 years , doing nothing but always kept on freshing good quality articles ( all articles unique and I never copy anyone others) without few links ( 100 links appx) , but ranked on first page of Google over 6 years. So, I believe focusing on your site ifself is the key to get your site trusted.

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