Keyword Ranking – How To Reach the Top Page in No Time

Updated: This post was originally written on August 11, 2010, unfortunately, I messed up my database last week and had to redo this blog from scratch (good thing this post was still on Google’s index and I was able to copy its cached version). The summary of the story: I reached the #20 position for the keyword “SEO strategies” from #484 in 2 weeks.

Three weeks ago, I started shooting for this blog’s first objective, to dominate the search engines for a particular keyword – a highly competitive keyword to be precise. I was 40 pages away from my goal 2 weeks ago (484th), but now I’m just 10 spots away from reaching it, the top page of Google SERP!

I was thinking that perhaps this is the right time to share some of the things I’ve done in making it to the spot where this blog is currently sitting at. And to give you an extra, I will also discuss the other strategies that I’ve thought of doing here before launching my first ever SEO campaign for

The Aggressive Do-Follow Strategy

ADS – well that’s what I call it – was the strategy I used these past three weeks for my own off-page SEO campaign. This strategy focuses mainly in building high quality backlinks, aggressively! I’ll show you how it’s done, but first I’ll just give detail to factors that are strongly required by this strategy.

ADS Factors:

  • Backlinks must have dofollow attributes.
  • Pages should be topically relevant with the destination page of the backlink.
  • Linking pages’ homepage must at least have PR 3.
  • Homepage have “Recent Comments” plugin (optional)
  • Allows keywords as anchor texts for backlinks (of course)

The main concept of this strategy – as seen from its name itself – is to be aggressive, but not all the time. What I’ve done was to build backlinks massively on the first week, not just links, they are arsenal links, in which a single link can match up to 555 low quality links. Well, that’s the actual equation of quality links, 1 high quality backlink is equals to 555 links from PR 0 – 1 pages.

Moving on, the reason why I had to only build those type of links massively on the first week is to let them age and to give search engine crawlers the time they needed in reaching each link. I purposely planted links on several deep pages from authority sites (with high PR), which I will explain later on. For the time being, I’ve listed the methods I used in finding and building quality links.

  1. Blog commenting – this is very basic, but definitely one of the most effective off page tactics in the SEO world. However, you need to follow the standards given above. You need to search for blogs that allow dofollow attributed comments, have PR 3 or greater, allow keywords as anchor text and have “recent comments” plugin.

The recent comments plugin is not really necessary, though it improves your chances of having your “targeted keyword” noticed by bots in almost all of the active pages of the commented blog. And I do believe that it counts as a vote for your keyword to rank higher on the SERPs.

You’ll probably notice that if you regularly check your site’s Google Webmaster Tools’ links report and Yahoo Siteexplorer. It may not be as good for your site’s long term plans, but it helps you move farther than those pages that are not really optimized for the competed keyword.

Finding blog pages to comment on is not that hard, you will just have to make sure that they are absolutely related or somehow  to your site. Also, be sure to check their homepage’s PR and if comments are dofollow links before including them to your list of blogs to be commented. Here’s how to find them:

  • Google search: “your keyword blog”
  • Google search: inurl:blog “post a comment” –“comments closed” –“you must be logged in” “your keyword” (you can always change the “site” with .com, .org, .gov, etc.)
  • Google blog search: “your keyword” (just click on the blog search on the right panel of Google’s search result page)

Estimated amount of links built through this should be at least 10 comments a day, for the first week only. For the next two weeks, you can just make this task lighter, like 2 comments a day.

Note: on the succeeding weeks, focus on getting links from authority pages like from .edu and .gov blogs as well as blogs that have PR of at least 5, using your targeted keywords by the way. You can also try and search for their deep pages that already have PR and leave your comment on them. However, you may have to ping those pages to make sure that bots will be there to see changes from that page.

  1. Dofollow Social Bookmarking Sites – this one is the most awesome part. For the first week I had to spend time in building links through this. Why? Because it can actually generate strong backlinks pointing to your site.

How? Well, I’m actually referring to Social Bookmarking Sites that give special pages for each added URLs. The best thing about that is that it gives you a “relevant” page with your backlink on it. This page includes the title page, description, your anchor text and the category of the link, in which most of the aspects of the page are pretty much related to the link’s destination page.

Here are some of the dofollow social bookmarking sites that you can start submitting to: – PR 7 – PR 6 – PR 6 – PR 6 – PR 5 – PR 5 – PR 5 – PR 5 – PR 5

Once you have submitted your link to Social Bookmarking sites, it is also important to let search engines know that these pages exist. Ping them!

The third part of this strategy is… Well, honestly I’m not yet done with this part, but this one is definitely important. This part of the strategy is more focused on hitting two birds with one stone, and if you’re thinking about keyword ranking and pagerank, then you are correct. Well, we all know that dofollow links are very useful when it comes to passing through pagerank, and it gives higher value in serving as a vote for a certain keyword to rank higher.

I’m just not ready to share it to everyone, seeing as my Pagerank is still not updated and I want to reach the top spot first, before I can really start bragging or rather preaching about it. But heads up, I’ll share it immediately once I’ve proven it right! Is that ok with you?

So please wait for this post’s sequel. There I will also include the other strategies I’ve thought of using other than this, and I’m actually confident about them as well. That’s it for now (I’m actually missing my son, that’s why I’m in haste to wrap this up), cheers everyone!

Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is the Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive - a digital marketing agency based in the Philippines. He's also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre.

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29 replies
    • Kaiserthesage
      Kaiserthesage says:

      It means to signal search engines that changes have happened to the page where you have placed/acquired a link from, to have that page indexed by search engines and count it as a vote to your site 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by Marcus.

  1. Kumarraja GS@exam results india
    Kumarraja GS@exam results india says:

    Hi Jason…

    I really fall in love with your blog. I’m reading everything here even in bed with mobile.

    I already read many seo articles found through google search. But most of them were rewritten from existing articles and most of those authors were writters only.

    I really enjoyed reading your practical experiences.

    Hearty thanks jason.

  2. Rabeel A Dennis
    Rabeel A Dennis says:

    Hi Jason, i just came across you blog and read few articles its surely a helpful resource, just want to ask a question regarding blog commenting. Isn’t it’ll look spammy if we use our keywords in name section while commenting? and webmaster wont consider it as a genuine comment. Another question i have is how to find blogs which approves comment immediately?
    My major concern is to know about the blog commenting strategy as Google Panda is here dont you think that comments with keywords as anchor can cause you something?

  3. Nabil@Morning Sickness Remedies
    Nabil@Morning Sickness Remedies says:

    another great method which could be worth your time if the keyword is VERY competitive is to create a wordpress theme and use that anchor text in the footer. This can take time but once you create the theme you just submit it to wordpress theme directories and sit back. In a couple of months you will find yourself on page 1. Takes time and effort but worth it IF your keyword is very competitive.

  4. Bill
    Bill says:


    Do you find that people that follow you on Twitter do not want to re-tweet your updates for fear of other seo geeks getting wind of some of your expertise? An associate of mine told me he doesn’t re-tweet the seo guru’s he follows for that reason. I find that interesting….

  5. Anthony
    Anthony says:


    Thanks for another great post and list of do follow social bookmarking sites.

    I had the same question that someone asked a while back: does it look spammy to search engines if you have a significant number of new links from posting comments with targeted keywords? How much value would doing something like this with KeywordLuv?

  6. Arun
    Arun says:

    Once again excellent post Jason. I always like your link building related post. I have been trying to learn some of the best ways to build links to our blog.

    Do you use any link building services to your blogs?

  7. Rental Supermart
    Rental Supermart says:

    Hi Jason,

    Excellent job in making it to the top page of Google for your keywords. I’m trying to find ways to rank for highly competitive words with big boys.. would you be able to give me some advice in ahead for highly competitive words like “property for rent” against big corporations?

  8. Nick Eubanks
    Nick Eubanks says:

    Love this post Jason!

    Honestly any chance to leverage aggressive strategies that are 100% above board and rely more on creativity and diligence is a huge win as an SEO strategy; these kinds of ideas will remain sustainable.


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