You must have been cracking your head to know how to write affiliate reviews that easily get on Google page 1. A lot of the “Gurus” would tell you they have all the secrets that will help you actualize your dream. Funny enough, most of the people who promise to take your post to Google’s page 1 are hardly there themselves. How can you promise someone what you don’t have?
One thing is sure, nobody is Google and nobody among those so called Gurus works in Google. None of them charts the Google algorithms; a lot of them are still struggling to understand how things work as far as the SERPs are concerned. You must understand that some on the first page of Google did not get there because they did something special better than others – they were just lucky to find themselves on the first page.
The issue of Google ranking has remained a very controversial one. While some schools of thought would tell you what works, others would tell you those things don’t work anymore. For instance, some would tell you that you need to be around for months before Google can trust you to let your post be on page one. Besides, they also tell you that you need to have a lot of quality links pointed at your blog before you can rank well. But some others would debunk those claims outright as fictitious as far as Google SERP is concerned. So, who do we believe? If you want to know how to write affiliate reviews that easily get on Google page 1, where do you start? What do you need to understand? And who should you listen to, those with practical results or those with theoretical knowledge?
What I am not
I am not a Google employee, agent or advisor, but I will share with you what I have learned with this blog which is barely a year old as at the time of writing this post. So, don’t go out and tell your friends that you read from a Google agent; I am only writing as a blog owner who has had positive results and currently has several posts ranking on Google page 1 for different longtail keywords. I will talk about my observations about blog age, inbound links, keywords density, what the pros are saying, my personal experience, etc.
What the pros are saying
The post would be utterly meaningless if I do not make reference to what the pros are saying about ranking on Google page 1. The opinions of the experts alone can make an e-book on this subject. Now, one site I took a look at is Hobo-wb.co.uk, it is currently ranking on the number one spot for the keyword “How to rank on Google page 1”. Occupying the number one spot for such keyword shows that they have something good going for them, and that they know what they are doing as far as this subject is concerned.
According to Shaun Anderson, from the post he made on Hobo-Web,
Typically there are a few obvious ways to get to number 1:
• Free/Natural/Organic Listings
• Organic Listings
• Social Updates
• Sponsored/Advertising links
The post went further with the following:
Pages that aren’t linked to frequently may not have enough link equity to make it into Google’s main SERPs.
1. Optimise 1 page for 1 keyword (multiple related key phrases)
2. Make sure you have a keyword rich page title, the words and keyphrases on the page and in the name of the actual file path if possible
3. Link to this page from within your site with the anchor text “keyword” a few times at least
4. Don’t link out from that page with the exact anchor text “keyword”
5. Going forward, try and encourage other sites to link to this page with the anchor text “keyword” as opposed to your home page. This is called deep linking. Of course, the more unique and better quality the information on your page, the easier it is to achieve this. Stay away from low-quality link sources.
Now, here’s a statement from the post on codeable.io (https://codeable.io/how-do-i-get-on-the-first-page-of-google/) and it states thus:
Yes, you need to write, and you need to write a lot. And not just anything, you need to write about your business, or more importantly, about the topics your prospective customers are most interested in.
I hope you got that point where it said “and you need to write a lot”. From my experience, you don’t need to write a lot before getting on Google’s first page for a particular keyword. I will explain later in the course of this post.
I am not against the pros; I am only against some of the myths created by the so called experts which are making some bloggers desperate to the point of practicing all kinds of unthinkable tricks just to rank on the Google’s first page. They are told they must build endless backlinks, etc. I shall also take a look at some of them.
My personal experience
Like I said earlier, I am neither a Google advisor nor Google employee. I am not even claiming to be one of the gurus. But you will have to judge whether my experience makes sense or not by the time you finish reading this post. Now, here are a few things I have observed while running my new blog (this particular blog you are reading):
I made my first post on this blog on the 13th February 2016, but that same month, 4 blog posts were already on the first page of Google for certain keywords. Now for the ‘Doubting Thomas’, let me quickly show you the various posts and the longtail keywords they are ranking for.
This post was published on the 15th February 2016, and it happened to be the second post on the blog. It currently ranks on page one for the keyword (A2 hosting affiliate). Here’s the URL of the post: http://affiliatewing.com/a2hosting-affiliate-programme
The next post was published on 17th February 2016 and went to Google first page the same day for the keyword “Arvixe Web Hosting Affiliate” or Arvixe Webhosting Affiliate”. You can find the post here http://affiliatewing.com/arvixe-webhosting-affiliate-programme
This other post was published on 19th February 2016, 6 days after the blog was built. It also went to Google’s page 1 for two keywords – Nexcess Affiliate Program, and Nexcess Web Hosting Affiliate. You can find it here http://affiliatewing.com/nexcess-affiliate-programme
And then, this other one that was published on 26th February 2016 which also ranks on Google page 1 for the keyword “thesslstore web hosting service”. Check it out here http://affiliatewing.com/thesslstore-web-hosting-service
That’s a total of 4 posts ranking on Google page 1 just within two weeks of building the blog. Remember the second post on the blog was published only 2 days after the blog went live and it still made first page. At this point, there was no single backlink to this blog, no special tricks, no ‘blackhat’ SEO, etc. I only made my posts the way I felt they were informative enough and published them. So, where does the age come in here? A blog that is 2 days old should never be trusted by Google if we are to follow what the gurus are teaching. But mine defied the rules.
This post is about How To Write Affiliate Reviews That Easily Get on Google Page 1. Remember? I have only talked about writing posts that rank on Google page 1 because they adopt virtually the same principle. I only wanted to debunk a few claims from the so-called pros and gurus about how to get on the first page of Google.
Here are a few things I learned from my personal experience writing on this blog:
It is not about keyword density
There’s this false belief that has been spread from one generation to the other on the internet. It is widely believed that keyword density is very important in helping a post to rank on Google. But my experience shows that making it to Google page 1 is not about having a keyword density of 2% or more. The posts I listed above all have no good score in terms of SEO from the Yoast SEO plugin. While two have an “Orange” color, the other two have “Black”. None of them had a “Green”. SEO wise, they had no chances of making it to the first page. But they did.
Now, here are a few things I noticed when I went back to look up the post on my dashboard. The SEO plugin made the following observations for some of the posts: “No meta description has been defined, The focused keyword does not appear in the SEO title, The focused keyword does not appear in the first paragraph of the copy, The focused keyword does not appear in the URL for this page.”
Then I also noticed these funny things: One of the posts has no focused keyword. The other one had a keyword density of 1.7%, one has a keyword density of zero, and then the last one says “The focused keyword appears in the first paragraph of the copy, The meta description contains the focused keyword, The focused keyword appears in 1 (out of 4) subheadings in the copy, and then The focused keyword appears in the URL for this page.”
What did you make of the above? I can deduce that if you want to know how to write affiliate reviews that easily get on Google page 1, you should be less concerned above keyword density, meta description, putting the keyword in the first paragraph, etc, but concentrate your efforts on writing quality, highly informative posts and affiliate reviews. Google is interested in quality, not in tricks and desperation to rank high. I am beginning to sound like one of the experts, you may say. But I am only showing you practical experience and not what the SEO service providers would tell you.
Not about the number of inbound links
The four posts I used as examples above didn’t have any inbound links when they made it to the first page of Google. After one year, my blog currently has just 25 links. Google is not looking at the links from authority sites like Mashable, Cracked, Problogger, Huffingtonpost, Purevolume, Buzznet, Topofblogs, Dokisoft and the rest, it is looking at your content and the on-page SEO as well as a few other things that are rarely considered important.
Not about bullet points or numbering
It’s good to arrange your content in such a way that it is easy to read and understand. But, is it only when you number your content or write bullet points that someone can understand what is being communicated? I don’t think so. I still believe that writing with clean paragraphing can help your content as well. Though I am not laying so much emphasis here because I have not taken enough time to research on this.
Not about table of content
To be frank with you, I do not know how to apply a table of content to a post. I even heard it is made possible by using special themes. But let me also say that I have a post that is about 2,000 words long and is currently ranking on the number 1 spot for a particular keyword. This post has earned me over $1,000 in affiliate commissions. The funny thing about it is that it has no table of content. I think some of these issues are being over hyped or over-flogged. The main issues are left behind while we chase shadows.
Blackhat SEO is only a temporary solution
I know for sure that a lot of people believe in Blackhat SEO and are ready to invest massively in them. But trust me, you will be fished out by Google sooner than you expect and all your labour would go down the drain. Do the right thing and enjoy peace of mind. If you do a few On-Page and Off-Page SEO and then create quality, unique posts, Google will certainly look your way and take you to the first page.
No web 2.0 links, .edu links or .gov links
There is this noise about getting links from web 2.0, .edu. .gov, and wiki sites in order to rank better. Almost everybody is heading in those directions. But if we all have the links, are we all going to occupy the first page at the same time? That’s a question we need to answer. As for me, I didn’t make use of any of those sites before Google ranked me on page 1 of their SERP.
Do something different
Learn to stand out from the crowd. Do something different from what others are doing. Provide real informative content and avoid trying to hoodwink Google. Write in your own way, with your own voice and stop imitating others. You are unique and you need to do things in your own unique ways and also get special results.
It’s about what Google wants
If your desire is to please Google and have them reward you generously for that, then you have to do what Google wants, not what you want. Google is the arbiter here and they do whatever pleases them. You must, therefore, learn to play by the rules or risk being hammered by the Giant.
How to write affiliate reviews that easily get on Google page 1
Writing affiliate reviews can be tricky sometimes. But you need to understand that there are key information Google expects you to talk about that would be beneficial to the readers of your affiliate or product reviews. What do your customers expect to see? Now, let’s take a look at some of those salient points of a professionally written affiliate reviews or product reviews.
Your review needs to be informative. It shouldn’t be a copy-paste from somewhere else. Imagine yourself to be the reader of the blog; what information would you possibly search for? Try as much as possible to write everything you think may be important to the reader. Describe the product feature as best as you can and the functions each part of the product performs. The visitor should leave your blog better than he came.
Don’t try to limit yourself to word count when you are doing a product review. Instead, try as much as possible to give details of the product you are reviewing. It is not the number of words that the customers need but the information that would benefit them.
How does it help readers?
Do you just write generic reviews or you let the customers see how the product will specifically be of help to them? They should see how the product being reviewed would benefit them if they decide to purchase it. It is good to talk about features, but believe me, most of the readers don’t even know how those features will help them. You need to break those features down in a language that would communicate the actual benefits to them. That’s where they understand and then make the decision to buy.
The Pros and Cons
Some writers want to be generous to the affiliate vendor by telling the potential buyers/users only about the good sides of a product. Your review will never be a balanced one until you tell them the other side too. So, a good product review must have the pros and cons presented. If the reader decides to buy the product, it would be that he/she is aware of both sides of the coin before taking that decision. In that case, they will never blame you if they eventually see the bad side of the product
Another thing the potential buyer wants to know is the price of the product. Is it what he/she can afford? They are the ones who are going to pay with their credit cards or PayPal, so they have to be aware of what the exact price is before they commit their hard-earned income. Even if the price is high, be bold to talk about it; those who will buy will still buy. Don’t wait for the potential buyer to discover the price at the checkout point. This could be annoying.
The hidden charges if any
You need also to tell them about the hidden charges if there are any. Some products are purchased as a trial product and the prices go up after certain months. The customer should be informed about this so that he can decide if it is what he can afford. Some buyers can be really disappointed if they discover that they are being billed higher in subsequent months if the price they paid for subscription in the first month is cheaper. To avoid this, let them know about hidden charges from the outset.
Don’t try to outsmart Google when it comes to knowing how to how to write affiliate reviews that easily get on Google page 1. Instead, play by the rules and allow Google to do her work. You can never know it all; only Google can rightly tell you the algorithms they use for ranking sites. Just follow the suggestions I have made in those post and keep enjoying your writings without unnecessary stress.
Stop wasting your money paying for link subscription that last for several months but never give you the desired results. Pay more attention to your content. Invest more time in making research and in writing quality posts. Even if you don’t write regularly, be sure that the few ones you have can be trusted.
What’s your take on this?
Is any of your posts ranking on Google Page 1? What rules did you follow to arrive there? Does your blog have many quality backlinks? Please, share your experience with us. We are here to learn from one another. Your experience can be of great help to someone here. Please, leave your comment, using the comment box below.
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