Site Rank Secrets (or my most coveted secret ranking system)

Last Update: December 29, 2014

We all want to get to the top of the search engines. That #1 or #2 position could mean the difference between fortune or failure. We do out best but sometimes our best just misses the mark by a few inches.

Well, I'm about impart upon you some of secrets that I hold that can unleash some very powerful ranking. Now, if you haven't read some of my other posts I encourage you to do so. Some of those blogs show how I discovered these "secrets" that can lead to huge ranking jumps. Go and read those now - https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/lcjohn

Okay, good you went over my Search Engine Myths, Domain Name Mistakes, and Site Submission posts. Well, at least you should have because if you don't look at those this post will not yield the same results as if you did have that knowledge.

So, where do I get off writing about such a topic? Well, I've been building sites for the better part of 15 years. I have kept up with the changing trends and reading (a lot) of white papers produced by search engine companies. I also have one or two close contacts in said companies. I've worked side by side with people from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and even Nintendo. This doesn't make an expert by any means, I just have a smidgen more knowledge than most.


Prep Step #1
The first thing you need to do is get a site map. If possible 3 of them. One is a standard .XML site map, the second is an image site map, the last one is a mobile site map. Register your site with Google Webmaster and submit all three site maps. Google announced that sites that are not mobile friendly can be penalized (hence the mobile map).

Next thing to do is register both a www and a non-www site address with Google Webmaster. Yes, the same domain done twice.
"mygreatsite.com" and "www.mygreatsite.com" needs to be registered. In the next step you will choose which one Google will display - either the www version, or the non-www version. If you don't do this you can get hit with a duplicate content penalty by Google.

So, that wraps up secret #1 (yeah, I know a lot of you know this.)

Prep Step #2
Check to see if your site is indexed. Simple to do. Type into Googles search bar "Site:yoursiteURL.com" no spaces. If your site is indexed you will get a list of every page that the engine has indexed. Now your ready to embark on some ranks.


Secret #1

Go to Google and type in a key word or phrase and see where your page is at. If you don't see your page on the first 12 pages go to Secret #2.

If your page pulls up you need to surf your page for at least 3-5 minutes. Then get as many people as you can to surf your page for that very same search query for 3-5 minutes. This not only builds relevancy, but page time as well. Hitting and jumping off the site actually hurts your ranking.

Secret #2

If your site doesn't pull here is a secret to build relevancy for the keyword or phrase.
Type into the Google search bar:
"my key phrase http://www.mysiteURL.com"
Obviously replace the phrase with your key terms and the url with your site domain name and no quotes.

Your site should pull up within the first few returns. Once you find your site, click on it and then surf the site for at least 3-5 minutes. Then have everyone you know surf the site the same way. Again this builds relevancy for that phrase being mapped (linked) to your site.

The reason you want others to do the same thing is so that all the searches come from different IP addresses. If the relevancy is linked to a single IP then it really doesn't work and can be seen as trying to spoof the engines. A couple times a day is enough to see a decent jump in ranks. Yes, this is totally legal and not a black hat tactic

I do have a shortcut to #1 and #2 if people are interested - just PM me.

Secret #3

You need quality back links. How about a link from New York Times, FOX News, CNN, or Time Magazine? Think that might get you some decent traffic or ranking? What if I threw in that it's free and simple to do?

Okay, here's what you do. Go to http://www.HARO.com and sign up. What this does is allows you to respond to reporter queries who are looking for people/experts to interview for news stories. Everything from CPA's and Doctors to stay-at-home-moms and winter make-up tips (No I'm not kidding about the winter make-up tips. I actually got an email on that today.) If you can help a reporter out, you could get a link to your site from a major web source, which is huge with search engines.

Secret #4

Another way to get things rolling very fast is to have others share your content on their sites with a link back to your site for more information. To get this done try using the service over at Viral Content Buzz. You share x number of content from other people and earn points for doing so. Then cash these points in to get others to host your content. If your good at content creation you should have no problem.
If your super niched try finding something that relates to your site in some way, and then generalize some of your content so others will want to host your content.

This is also a good way to get some quality onto your site if your short or just can't think of anything.

Secret #5

People love to be noticed. Especially when they don't expect it. This little trick can pay off huge. Link to other bloggers. That's all there is to it. If the blogger is somewhat intelligent they will be keeping up with their analytics and seeing who is linking to them. When they see your site and check you out for quality assurance, you can expect to see a post, tweet, or some other link in return. Just make sure that the links are relevant so you don't alienate your readers.

So, there you go. Some (but not all) of my site ranking secrets.

Enjoy, best to your success, and keep those sites coming.

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LouisaB Premium
Hey,
What is. The title of your book?
You really have a lot of good information that people are hungry for.
Love it!
Louisab
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RobinTheresa Premium
This is amazing information. Thank you for sharing it. Robin
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Toe-Knee Premium
Once you've registered both www. addresses and the non, how do you choose which Google will display?
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ABranson Premium
In Google Search Console where you see your sites listed you will see under each site
Improve the search presence of <your site address> - View details
Click on view details then click on 2 Select your preferred version
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Toe-Knee Premium
I'm not sure I'm looking at the right thing as nothing is showing under each site, certainly no text like that.

If you could look at the image I've attached, is this what you mean?
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ABranson Premium
That is what you want the preferred domain is the one Google will display.
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Toe-Knee Premium
Brilliant thanks.
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mjdimarco Premium
Awesome!
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cm2108 Premium
John you are the Master! Thanks again for another amazing post!
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LCJohn Premium
Nah, just been at this for a while.
I also keep a lot of notes - but that's a secret.
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cm2108 Premium
Notes are good and are always helping when you get stuck!
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rosieM Premium
I am in awe of your open sharing with us here at WA! Your accomplishments and background more than speak for themselves...I have bookmarked/favorite....your blog/profile.....Happy New Year, may 2015 bring you to the heights you are seeking..... :)
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LCJohn Premium
Awe shucks, your making me blush. What good is a secret if you can't tell others about it? I have more coming once I finish testing them out.
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rosieM Premium
hahaha....I love the way you just put that, my baby sister (she passed only 1 year ago) used to ALWAYS say that about secrets...she couldn't keep them AT ALL.....lol....thank you so much for this much needed internal smile during the difficult 'holidays'....I truly look forward to your next blog.....
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LCJohn Premium
Your very welcome, and my condolences. You can check my YouTube, Search Engine Myths, and Sneaky site blogs for additional tips.
I'm off to bed, have a great new year.
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rosieM Premium
You, too......thank you again!
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StubearBlack Premium
aw man this is awesome. I will have to implement some of this stuff. It is a lot to take in at once............. thats.............AHHH!!!
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LCJohn Premium
One small step at a time. Things will start to happen. Best to you.
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mwilly Premium
Thank you, will definitely give it a try. Happy New Year!
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LCJohn Premium
A bit further down the list here I mentioned my new twitter account. 22 hours after I made that account I had 24 followers. Just took another look at that twitter account, and I now have 44 followers less than 12 hours after that. Near double.
Now going over to my analytics. On Dec. 18 I had 6 hits on the site. Not bad as I just put it up, and those probably came from me running tests. Dec. 23rd I had 11 hits - thanks for taking a look at the site.
Today I have 128 hits from 77 unique visitors who spend an average time of 3:44 on the site. Hits + Time = Relevancy.
The hits along with my organic keyword relevancy in the search engines has started to spike greatly. Including referrals from the social media area.
Social Media links are still near dead, but I have gotten some LinkedIn to which I never even submitted to. Now that's cool?
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AngelaHall Premium
Bookmarking! I missed the other posts, been busy lately but looks like I need to catch up :)
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LCJohn Premium
Bookmarking with a twist really. I do have a system to accelerate bookmarking though. To around 50 different sites, but that's a bit of overkill.
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ATzortzis Premium
This must be a treasure man,I will check it out definetely
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LCJohn Premium
Great to hear. Thank you and best of luck.
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Dfishell Premium
I just went to the link you included for HARO and it was a flooring site.

I did set up an account on Viral Content Buzz, but only with my Twitter account. It would not allow me to set it up through my Facebook business page. Says it will ONLY accept personal pages. I use the personal for just that - personal. So, my Twitter automatically posts everything from my business page and I'll have to settle for that.
Still great advice here! Thanks again :)
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LCJohn Premium
I should have mentioned that. I'll follow up with an alternative tomorrow. I'm still testing it and seeing how it works for my site. If I see a difference I'll post it.
You should see an increase in follower traffic you get on twitter. That alone should drive more traffic to your site. Try adding a stumble upon account and Pintrest account. These can act as additional sources as well, without having to use your Facebook.
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LCJohn Premium
I just went over to my new twitter account, which I created last night as an experiment. I had 2 followers when I logged off. About 22 hours later I have 24 followers. So, just over 1 per hour and all I used was Viral Content Buzz.
I have 4 twitter accounts and none of them pulled 1 follower per hour with seven posts. That's a pretty good return if you ask me.
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Dfishell Premium
Very generous of you to share this information! I am going to try these tips on my sites & read your other blog posts. Gracias :)
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LCJohn Premium
Great that you find this can work for you. I'm still pulling my site up through the ranks with #2. Once I enter a key work and my page pulls in the top 10 pages, I'll switch to #1.
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stopscamming Premium
This is wonderful thank you very much for this valuable information. Most appreciated.
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LCJohn Premium
Not a problem. It's good to give back once in a while.
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rwagener Premium
Wow -a lot of tips - thanks
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LCJohn Premium
Just thinking outside the box. Hope they help you.
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LCJohn Premium
And Bam - Just kicked off a huge campaign with everything I just talked about. In Viral Content and got all of my social media accounts hooked in.
A click here and there and I have over 200 points to spend on my own content (I'm saving to 500 to really get things moving).
Postings to my FaceBook, Twitter, G+, and StumbleUpon accounts, along with Pintrest should bring a wave of new social media attention. Then those link back off to my site. I'll keep you posted.
P.S. DON'T put your site link in every article you send, that's spam and can get you blocked/banned. One or two a day should do you well enough.
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JadeLovane Premium
Thanks John.

Really good and detailed techniques:))
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LCJohn Premium
Not a problem. Hope the work as well for you as they have worked for me.
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dougbeney Premium
The multiple xml sitemap tip was great! I thought having one sitemap was all that I needed. Do you know if submitting multiple maps increases your rank noticeably?
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LCJohn Premium
Not noticeably at the moment. In the future probably more so as Google and other search engines reward mobile friendly sites more.
If you have a news feed you can also have a map for that as well, for a total of 4 maps.
My site has a dynamic map creator, so every image, post, and mobile adjustment I do it automatically updates and sends the new map to google and bing. If I create a news feed the component will auto send that map as well.
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pvarga Premium
Happy Holidays John...is there any way to get
a copy of a dynamic map creator?
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LCJohn Premium
I use Joomla to build my sites. I'm not sure if they do a build for WordPress. Some builders do both Joomla and WordPress.
I just checked and they don't have a WordPress version. The site is http://storejextensions.org
However, I did go out and find one that is supported and does some of what the site map generator I have does. The two features I see it doesn't do is it doesn't give you direct access to the robots.txt file or the htaccess file. But, you can get to those through your FTP program or server CPanel. Here's the link.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/
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pvarga Premium
Thanks John!
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LCJohn Premium
Not a problem, hope that helps you out.
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pvarga Premium
John, I have a question...I went and installed google
xml sitemaps....a successful installation...you mentioned
installing sitemaps for video and mobile...I believe these
are available as wordpress plugins also. Should I
install these too, and if so, will they harm the performance
of the sitemap I just installed? Sorry for all the questions!
Paul
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LCJohn Premium
They may be an additional install. The one I have automatically does these.
To answer your question, no they won't harm the site map you just installed. The mobile will help your overall rankings as search engines (Google) promotes mobile optimized sites in the future, and penalizes those not optimized.
Image maps helps search engines categorize your images. Placing them into Google Images which can lead back to your site as well.

Let me know if you need help. I'll do what I can.
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pvarga Premium
Once again John, Thanks a bunch! -:)
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LCJohn Premium
Not a problem, anytime.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Great tips John, thank you for sharing with us.
Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
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LCJohn Premium
Same to you. Hope these help you out.
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Ken-Pringle Premium
I believe they will John, :-)
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KierraW Premium
I have studied a lot about ranking and I have NEVER heard any of the tips you mentioned. Thank you for the awesome advice. I'm going to implement it right now
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LCJohn Premium
It does work. I'm using each one of these on my newest site. When I fist put it up I was ranked way back on the 12th page of BING. A couple of days later on page 3. Google took a little longer, but I've pulled from page 25 to page 13 in two days.
However, during that same time - I also did some minor work on my htaccess with a www declaration and reduced the size of my images, which led to greater speed, and no duplicate content assurance.
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KierraW Premium
Thank you thank you thank you! A lot of people won't tell you their secrets for fear of diluting the industry and the secrets not working anymore. Thank you!
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Ken-Pringle Premium
Those are insecure people. ;-)
This industry is awesome.
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LCJohn Premium
Like Kyle said "Competition is a good thing."
I personally like competition because it makes me think outside the box. The more I think, the more innovative I get. :-)
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LCJohn Premium
Not a problem Kierra. Just keep your eye on your site. You can get real caught up on getting traffic and promotion of the site - and forget to keep the site up.
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