6 Reasons You Still Aren’t Ranking: The Cold, Hard Truth

6 Reasons You Still Aren’t Ranking. The Cold, Hard Truth. | When people tell me they've been doing SEO for six months and a year and they're not getting results, the algorithms, sure they've changed. That doesn't mean you can't get more traffic. I'm getting more search traffic now with these harder algorithms than I was before, when the algorithms were easy. Today, I'm going to break down six reasons you're still not ranking.

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Reason #1: You're not doing well when it comes to your search rankings is you're not consistent. Let me tell you a quick story.

My old blog, I no longer own it, Quick Sprout, I used to publish an article every single week.

One day, I was just like, I'm tired of blogging. I'm going to stop for a month. Not only did my traffic dip for 30%, it took me more than three months to recover that traffic. In other words, if you're not consistent, you're not going to continually do well.

You need to keep creating more content, creating more tools, continue participating on the social web.

So, if you continually do it, you can do well.

Reason #2: You're tactical and not strategic.

Stop looking for the next trick or the next gimmick. Focus on the fundamentals, the core strategy.

You can use Ubersuggest for this. You type in a keyword, it'll show you all the other popular terms. It'll even have a Content Ideas report that shows you what blog posts are popular and which ones aren't.

See which of them are competitive in your niche, which ones aren't, right?

In Ubersuggest, it shows you how hard these terms are to rank for and which ones aren't, and it'll even show you the content that you can write to rank for those non-competitive terms that still get good traffic.

Then, you want to internal link your content together. That way, if one person reads one piece of content and it's related to another piece of content you already wrote, it should be linked together.

Whenever it's relevant and best for the user, add the internal links. You see what's working, you double down on it. You see what's not working, you don't double down on that.

Reason #3: Your content is sucks. Once a month, look at your Google Analytics. Look at the pieces that are underperforming. Look at the dwell time, this is critical.

Again, look at the Content Ideas report in Ubersuggest. Most people just use it to see what's hot and they copy that. But what I would recommend is also looking at what's not popular.

You also want to use tools like Crazy Egg to see heat maps on your report. How are people interacting with your content? Where are they dropping off? Where do they scroll until? It'll tell you in your writing where you suck.

According to Moz, over 20% of the content that ranks is video-based content.

Reason #4: You don't do well is you don't focus enough on building links. And when you build links, you're building the wrong kind of links.

Everyone's focusing on quantity. It's not about quantity, it's not about building more backlinks to your competitors.

There's a site and this site's called Penny Hoarder, and they have less links than a lot of their competitors, but yet, they do way better. Why, their content's better in quality, their lead quality is way better, they're focusing in getting links from the right sites.

The Ubersuggest Backlinks report will show you this.

Even if you email 100 people and you only get 10 links or five links, that's okay. You do that once a week, you'll pick up a lot of links.

Reason #5: You're choosing a space that is too competitive. Narrow down, pick a niche.

Usually, if the cost-per-click data is higher, that means that the keyword's more valuable. If it's lower, it's less valuable.

Reason #: You're thinking of keywords. You're not thinking about readers or real people.

When you do a Google search, what are you doing? You're trying to find a solution to your problem. You just don't type something into Google for the sake of it. You're typing because you have a problem, and that's the key.

But, if you're explaining to people what really makes sense, you're helping them achieve their goals.

That's how you succeed. If you follow those tips, you'll start ranking on Google. You don't need all the time in the world. You just need to follow those tips.

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    21 Responses to 6 Reasons You Still Aren’t Ranking: The Cold, Hard Truth

    1. Neil Patel September 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

      How long have you been doing SEO? Please tell me in the comments below.

      • J. M. September 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

        @grossmusic1 why did you loose ranking?

      • Buru Hora September 14, 2019 at 10:32 pm #

        10 months… but I am not fully dedicate … 26 rank is iok… jajaja.. I am sure not

      • grossmusic1 September 15, 2019 at 2:04 am #

        @J. M. Metatags suddenly had zero relevance & I am a service biz, so I provided almost no content, & had no idea all hidden duplicate pages were liabilities. I don’t have time to create content, but apparently that’s what I have to do just to get back to making money. Catch 22.

      • Piyush Yadav - Exact Blogging September 15, 2019 at 9:44 am #

        I’m doing it since last 15 months

      • Shivam roy September 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

        Amazing video…..
        Sir can we have a donate button on our website for personal use so that if anyone donates then the money may come directly to our account…or is it legal to have a donate button in our website for our personal account and not for any charity or non-profit organization?
        Please make a video on this.
        Really waiting for this.

    2. Tekistaan September 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

      Struggling from 5 month. Beginners.

      Neil, my articles are in top 100 results but not comming under top 10.

      • Neil Patel September 14, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

        Keep working to update and improve those pieces of content so they go up in the rankings.

    3. אור סגל ה2 September 14, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Thank you Neil ,
      Awesome video.

    4. Joc Promise September 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      I really didn’t know that, but it’s grest that I am starting, soon the whole world will know me, coz I got fire in me, am still arrange everything,

    5. Kile Shelton September 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

      Great Video Neil! Solid Guidance as usual. Thank you for all you do!

    6. Clement Yo September 14, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

      I am new… I like tips no.4. get quality backlinks are way more important… Great tips Neil

    7. digitalmarket preneur September 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

      Thanks Neil i have to pick up again on my blog and this tips really will help

    8. Harshit September 14, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

      My question is- How can everyone rank because there are a lot of blogs there.
      I am trying to rank for a keyword whose SEO difficulty is 38 but still im not able to! This SEO game is for someone who has been in the industry since years or what? highly difficult

    9. Doctor Anne September 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

      I really want to use Ubersuggest, but no matter what I do, it just keeps loading and loading and never actually gives me results. Tried different times, different browsers, nothing helped.

    10. Micah Buzan September 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      SO much value crammed into this short video. Thanks Neil!

    11. Aman pareek September 14, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

      Ubersuggest is a very good tool but sometimes cpc is not showing correctly

    12. CHRIS PALMER SEO September 14, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

      COLD HARD TRUTH <- Nice video Neil pump this content brother !

    13. Priyanka A. K. September 15, 2019 at 1:38 am #

      I have begun learning about SEO over the last 2 months. CONSISTENCY is the biggest takeaway for me from this video. Thanks for the great content.

    14. GolfToons September 15, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

      Too long…at least a year, Trying to rank in the category of golf or golf humor, golf cartoons

    15. Mithun Dhar September 15, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

      May I know your view on
      “Text to HTML ration in a page”.

      Is it a RANKING factor?

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