If you want to rank in Google today, there’s a new SEO ranking factor to pay attention to.
And if you optimize for this factor you can find yourself with higher rankings.
And if you ignore it?
Well let’s just say you’re missing out on A TON of high-quality traffic.
So check out the video to learn more about this increasingly-important SEO ranking factor.
Here’s some other cool stuff you’ll learn in today’s video:
– The simple process you can use to get higher Google rankings…without backlinks (yes, really)
– How the “APP Formula” makes users (and Google) love your content
– The simple trick I use to increase the perceived value of my content by at least 2x.
The SEO ranking factor you MUST master in 2017
Transcripts of the Video:
– There’s a new Google ranking factor
that’s huge right now.
And when you take advantage of it,
you can find yourself with
higher rankings and more traffic.
And if you ignore it,
well let’s just say that you’re missing
out on a ton of high quality traffic.
I’m Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko,
the place where marketers turn
for higher rankings and more traffic.
I’m going to reveal what this new ranking factor is,
and three practical ways that you can take advantage of it.
I’ll also show you the results of a real life
case study that might surprise you,
I published a post on my blog called
How to Get High Quality Backlinks Without Guest Posting.
And like all of my blog posts,
I made sure to optimize this post around a keyword.
In this case, the keyword was High Quality Backlinks,
sure enough, thanks to the white hot links
that I built to that past,
it quickly hit the first page for that keyword.
But here’s where things got weird,
one day, I was checking my Google rankings,
and I saw something that made me
almost fall out of my seat.
Not only was I ranking for High Quality Backlinks,
but I also ranked on the first page
for the keyword How to Get High.
my post had nothing to do with getting high.
But then I realized why Google ranked me for that keyword.
It’s because I had the keyword
How to Get High in my content.
But here’s where things got really interesting,
most people that came to my site from Google
spent nearly three minutes on my site.
the average is only one minute and 12 seconds,
less than half of my site-wide average.
So, what’s going on here?
When people search for How to Get High
and clicked on my result,
they quickly realized that I wasn’t
going to teach them how to make their own
Breaking Bad style meth lab,
so they quickly hit their back button and left.
This told Google, in black and white,
people searching for How to Get High hate this page,
and Google took action.
A few weeks later, my page dropped like a stone
for the keyword How to Get High.
It literally went from number six to 12,
to 21, to 33 in a matter of days.
my ranking for the keyword
High Quality Backlinks didn’t drop,
in fact, they continued to climb.
Because people searching for High Quality Backlinks
stuck to my site like Super-Glue.
After my rankings for How to Get High dropped,
the overall Bounce Rate and Time on Page
for my article significantly improved.
I’ll show you how you can easily keep
Google searchers on your site longer.
I want to show you where things stand today,
today, my page ranks number one in Google
for the keyword High Quality Backlinks.
And for the keyword How to Get High,
I’m nowhere to be found.
That’s the power of this new ranking factor.
So what’s the takeaway lesson from this story?
Even though backlinks continue to be
the cornerstone of Google’s algorithm,
it’s clear that user experience signals
influence search engine rankings today.
I’m about to show you three practical ways
that you can take advantage
of these user experience signals,
including my favorite the APP Formula.
But first, I want to tell you another quick story
to show you just how important
user experience signals are today.
tech writer Steven Levy,
wrote an insider account of Google called In the Plex.
In that book, Steven states,
on the most basic level,
Google could see how satisfied users were.
The best sign of their happiness was the Long Click.
In other words, when people click on your site in Google,
it sends a very strong message
that your page makes searchers happy.
But when people quickly leave your site,
like they’re on a Pogo stick, it tells Google the opposite.
It shows them that your page
isn’t a good fit for that keyword.
how can you get people to stick to your site,
so that Google sees you as the best result for that keyword?
the three insanely actionable techniques
that I’m going to show you right now.
First up, we have Bucket Brigades.
Before I got in to SEO,
I used to work as a freelance copywriter,
and I had a problem,
a lot of my clients would hire me
to write these crazy long, 6,000 word sales letters.
You know those sales pages that are like 25 pages long,
and you have to keep scrolling and scrolling
I wrote those all the time.
The problem I had was this,
it’s really hard to keep people on a page
that’s 6,000 words long.
People don’t have the attention span
to skim that much content, never mind read it,
and I tried every trick in the book
to keep people’s attention.
I tried images, I tried videos,
I tried story telling,
but the sales letters just weren’t
compelling enough to keep people
from hitting their Back button.
And then one day, I had a breakthrough.
I discovered a little know technique called Bucket Brigades,
that copy writers have been using for decades.
And these Bucket Brigades instantly
made my content much more compelling.
Bucket Brigades are words and phrases
that keep people on your page,
specifically, they make your visitors want to keep reading.
For example, I have a post on my site called
How to Boost Conversions by 529%,
and the average Time on Page for that article
is almost four minutes.
And a good chunk of that above average Time on Page
is do to Bucket Brigades, like this,
When you see one of those Bucket Brigades,
it opens up a little information gap in your mind,
and you can’t help but read the next sentence.
Whenever you have a place in your content
where people might get bored and hit their Back button,
add a Bucket Brigade.
Here are few other Bucket Brigades
that you can include in your content.
Once you’ve added some Bucket Brigades to your content,
it’s time for strategy number two,
Let me ask you something,
which of these two posts would you rather read?
If you’re like most people,
you prefer the one on the left.
Because the content on the left
is broken up with subheadings.
In my experience, subheadings are huge,
you can never use enough of them.
For example, my post,
17 Insanely Actionable List Building Strategies,
has an average Time on Page of over five minutes.
The number one reason?
Because the post contains lots and lots of subheadings.
But not just any subheadings, Benefit-Driven Subheadings.
most people use random subheadings like this.
Sure, that does break your content up
into easy to read chunks.
But random subheaders like that
won’t grab your readers attention
and make them say to themselves, wow,
there’s a ton of value here.
Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for that,
include benefits in your subheaders.
For example, in my list building post,
I use benefit-rich copy in almost every subheading.
Instead of a bland subheading,
like, Focus on Your Thank You Page,
I put the benefit front and center.
Okay, so I saved the best for last, the APP Formula.
when someone visits your page from Google,
you have two seconds to convince them to stick around,
not 10, not five, two.
And if you lose them in those two seconds,
you lose them for good.
But if you hit your visitor off with
something amazing right off the bat,
they’re much more likely to stick around.
And as you saw earlier in this video,
this boost in Time on Page can be huge
for your Google rankings.
And whenever I need to improve the Time on Page
for one of my articles, I turn to the APP Formula.
The APP Formula is a proven,
content introduction framework,
that’s designed to do one thing,
keep Google visitors on your page longer.
Here’s what the APP Formula looks like,
APP stands for Agree, Promise and Preview.
Now I’m going to break each of these three elements down
and show you a real life example
of how I used the APP Formula
to keep Google searchers on my page.
First up, we have Agree.
You want to start your intro off
with an idea or concept that
someone searching for your keyword will agree with.
This shows that you understand their problem,
and when someone sees that you understand
them and their problems,
they’re much more likely to stick around.
For example, a while back,
I published a blog post that
showed people how to create a high converting squeeze page.
Here’s the intro from that post.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say,
it’s really hard to convert
ice cold traffic into email subscribers.
That’s something that anyone trying
to build an email list can relate to.
Now that you’ve got them nodding their head in agreement,
it’s time for the Promise.
The Promise is where you give
your reader a peek into a better world.
Here’s an example from my Squeeze Page post.
Most people think that you need to run
hundreds of A/B tests to get more email sign ups.
But my promise shows that there’s an easier way.
Finally, hit them with the Preview,
there’s no need to beat around the bush here,
you’re preview just needs to tell your reader
exactly what you have in store for them.
For example, here’s the preview from my
Social Squeeze page post.
And once you put the finishing touches
on your preview, you’re set.
Now you have an introduction that
keeps Google searchers on your site.
And a page that Google will want to show to more people.
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Now I want to turn it over to you.
Which of the three strategies from this video
are you going to use first?
Are you pumped to try Bucket Brigades?
Or maybe you want to give the APP Formula a shot,
let me know by leaving a comment right now.
I’m not saying it right.
It’s too, too, too crazy.
Do you understand what I said there,
or was that too fast?