Prerequisites: Affiliate Marketing 101 Course (free!)
You made it out of the fire! The linkbuilding tutorials are officially over :0) Doesn’t that make you feel good?
You’ve got EVERYTHING you need right now to get ranked and kill it online, whether it’s with affiliate marketing or local clients… The search engines are your playground!
Today, we’re going to talk about something fun, tracking keywords. In fact, this is one of the only metrics I look at in terms of affiliate marketing and one of the only questions I ask myself… “Where are my sites ranked in Google?”
To me, aside from the money that those sites are bringing in, it’s the only metric that matters.
I could care less about how much traffic my sites get, or what the time spent on page is. I just want to know where they’re ranked. If I know that, I have enough information to make money.
The thing is, where your article or content is ranking is all that matters. If it’s on Page 2 of Google, you’ll get next to NO traffic. The bottom of Page 1, you’ll get some. Here’s an interesting image showing you how much traffic you’ll get depending on your listing in Google:
New findings from online ad network Chitika confirm it’s anything but lonely at the top. According to the study, the top listing in Google’s organic search results receives 33 percent of the traffic, compared to 18 percent for the second position, and the traffic only degrades from there:
So, it matters where you’re ranking!
If Your Site Isn’t Where You Want It…
There are 3 parts to successfully SEOing your website. You read about these in Free Traffic Basics:
- On-Page Optimization – Keywords. Articles. Content. That stuff. If you’ve followed the tutorials up until this point, your On-Page Optimization is dialed in, so it’s not this one.
- Social Optimization – Likes, Shares, Retweets, Views. If you’ve followed the tutorials up until this point, you’re Social Optimization is dialed in, so it’s not this one either.
- Off-Page Optimization – Incoming links. Link diversity. Authority Links… Off-Page Optimization is NEVER done! If you want better rankings, build more links.
I’ll say it again, if you want better rankings, build more links.
Your keywords are good. Your content is good. Social is as good as it’s going to get. So you need more links to your site!
The only time you should stop building backlinks is when you’re in the #1 spot of Google for at least 2 weeks. Then, you can take a break. If you drop back down into spot #2 or #3, build more links!
NOTE: Sometimes, simply adding a new blog post will help you reclaim the #1 spot… Google likes fresh content!
Tracking Your Keyword Rankings
Tracking your keywords is easy if you have the right software for it… There are lots of ‘keyword trackers’ out there but we’ve found that whenever Google updates, they’ll be down for weeks or months!
We use Authority Labs for all of our sites and our client sites… Partly because it’s always accurate. AndSett also because they’ll give you a public link that you can send to your clients so they know where their sites are ranking!
Setting Up Keyword Tracking
There isn’t anything hard about setting up keyword tracking, not by a long shot. Here’s a step by step, web-based tutorial for it:
Keyword Tracking How-To [PDF Download]
After you set up your keyword tracking, there’s only one thing left :0) Traffic!
It’s true, I don’t track traffic nearly as much as I track Google rankings, but it’s still important, especially when you’re new. You want to see that 12 people came to your site yesterday or that you got a spike of 142 people in the last 3 days…
So, tomorrow, I’ll show you how to set that up and ‘read’ it!
In the comment box below, tell me where your sites are ranking!! What page? What keyword? I might be able to help you out right through the comments!