How to Outrank a Large Corporate When You Don’t Have the Budget or Manpower

With SEO, you would think that it's too hard to outrank a big company because they have a high domain authority, thousands, if not millions, of backlinks, and they have a big marketing team with a huge ad budget. So it's impossible to outrank them, right? Wrong, actually, it's very doable. What most people don't tell you is big companies move really, really, really slowly. But speaking of SEO, how do you beat these big companies? Well, there's a simple playbook that I like to run that I found that it works just in most cases.


Step one, build links through animated graphics. I've talked about this in the past, but infographics are one of the best and easiest ways to build links.

Step two, write content and keep it updated monthly. Make yours better than theirs and keep it better than theirs. So, continually keep track of the main keywords that you want to go after each month with these pages. Search them on Google, look at your competition, see what they're always doing, at least the ones in the top 10, and make sure your content's always better than theirs.

Step three, add tools to your website. You know, I have the Ubersuggest tool, but did you know that it has over 24,000 unique backlinks? That's a lot of links. And you don't have to build a crazy tool to get links. My A/B testing calculator tool is dead simple, yet it has 687 unique links.

Step four, use schema markup. One way to beat these big companies is to optimize for click-throughs. It doesn't matter if the first one has better SEO or more links, Google will eventually take that second spot and move up to number two because that's what people prefer.

Step five, optimize your title tags for click-throughs. This is kind of like step four, but it's a little bit different than using schema markup. We already talked about click-throughs, right? The more clicks you get, the higher you can rank.

So I want to break down 10 ways you can optimize your titles and meta texts to increase your click-through rate.

One, titles with questions have a 14.1% higher click-through rate.
Two, you can get roughly 8.6% higher click-throughs from a title with 15 to 40 characters instead of something that's longer or shorter. So make sure your titles aren't too long or too short.
Three, you can get up to a 45% increase in click-throughs when the exact query someone is searching for is in your URL.
Four, power words can increase your click-throughs by roughly 13.9%.
Five, get roughly a 7.3% higher click-through rate for titles that contain emotions versus ones that don't have any emotion.
Six, and you can get roughly a 5.8% higher click-through rate if you have a meta description. So make sure you add one to each of your pages and don't rely on Google.
Seven, titles with years generate roughly 4.9% more clicks, such as "The Beginner's Guide to SEO 2025 Edition."
Eight, evoking curiosity can increase clicks by 5.9%.
Nine, titles that resemble education roughly have 10.4% more clicks.
And 10, you're more likely to be successful if you looked at paid ads, because they're also scored on clicks.

Now, the next step, build a brand through social and PR. What a lot of startups can do that large companies can't is use social media and PR. Just look at how much content I push out. So create content regularly and push it out daily.

And with PR, you can do performance-based PR where you only pay if you get results. A lot of companies like PRServe offer that. The more people that see your brand, the more people that'll search for it on Google and the more likely that you'll rank higher on Google, because that sends signals to Google that you have a strong brand.

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29 Responses to How to Outrank a Large Corporate When You Don’t Have the Budget or Manpower

  1. Grow 25x September 22, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

    Neil Sir I Really Want You 1 Min To Answer My This Question That:
    I Started My Digital Marketing Agency But I Only Basic knowladge About Digital Marketing But, I Have One Skill & That Is Sales! I An Very Good At Sales So What I Do To Run My Digital Marketing Agency Is I Outsource Every Clients Work Because I Know How To Sale So I Take Their Work & Outsource with my agency name so is it ok Can I Scale It Up & How Can I Be A Great Marketer Like You I Have A Lot Intreast In Marketing Too. Please Take Out Your Time And Answer It Me in Clear Way.

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:19 pm #

      Yes that’s totally fine to do! As long as quality work is being done 🙂

  2. Joy P September 22, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

    Thanks Neil. As always, it’s great watching you share useful insights.

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm #

      Glad you think so!

  3. Zenos ED September 22, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

    Thanks Neil for this information 🙂

    I need one suggestion from you, do I need to know all skills in digital marketing to open my marketing company, like if I’m good at SEO & Paid marketing so should I have to learn YouTube Management, App Development, Website Designing etc..also to open my marketing company??

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:02 pm #

      No you don’t! You can hire people for the parts you don’t know 🙂 You can start off with an agency that specializes in what you know hw todo and expand over time.

  4. Hespee H September 22, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

    Sir , I always keep updated with your content on almost every social media channel, it’s really impactful , Thanks for being you , as a Beginner which aims to own a Digital marketing Agency as soon as possible or want to be one of the Great online Marketer , where can I start the learning From, Content Marketing, SEO, or Social media Marketing ?which courses did you recommend me to get ,
    Please advise sir , thanks Neil

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

      You can really start anywhere you like! Pick a specialty and expand over time 🙂

    • Hespee H September 22, 2022 at 8:48 pm #

      Ok Thanks

  5. john lewis September 22, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

    Amazing neil thanks you’re the best.

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

      My pleasure!

  6. Circles Digital September 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

    ‘Will implement them, thank you for today’s tips!

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:06 pm #

      You’re so welcome!

  7. Marketing Harry September 22, 2022 at 4:26 pm #

    Great insight Neli, you have an amazing point of view! Updating your content and making it better is a game changer, based on my experience. Thank you for sharing such helpful tips

    • Neil Patel September 22, 2022 at 6:07 pm #

      Glad to help 🙂

  8. Pure Natural September 22, 2022 at 9:45 pm #

    Thank you very much. Really useful information.

    • Neil Patel September 26, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

      You are welcome!

  9. Wired Boy September 22, 2022 at 10:15 pm #

    Great Content Always..! Neil I’ve a question.

    How can I delete an article from my website in WordPress without hurting SEO,? Can I use noindex tag? Because I have bunch of thin or low quality content? PLease Answer this? Please.!

  10. Pradeep Gathania September 23, 2022 at 2:57 am #

    Thanks Neil for the valuable information you provide, it’s very practical and useful.

    • Neil Patel September 26, 2022 at 4:42 pm #

      My pleasure!

  11. Triple H September 23, 2022 at 6:09 am #

    Always love watching your content…
    They are really helpful..
    Neil am having difficulties with the ubersuggest keyword idea tool..
    The KD is not functioning based on what I searched for..
    I searched for a KD of easy, but am seeing that of 75 KD..
    Am really struggling on the Keyword Difficulties..
    Can you pls have a look on that.

  12. Lucas Bentley September 25, 2022 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi Boss i seriously loved what you did in your SEO tool
    at least i can watch a video when doing my site audit
    it makes life so easy thank you for all the helpful videos

    • Neil Patel September 26, 2022 at 1:19 am #

      Glad it was helpful!

  13. ᵀᴴᴱ ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ Rodney Sykes November 7, 2022 at 3:52 am #

    Neil, I be trying to watch other videos then I see your face then click! Thanks brother!

    • Neil Patel November 7, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

      I appreciate that!

  14. Motivational Muslimah November 18, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

    Wow Neil. You truly are big hearted to share so much value. Best wishes from India.

    • Neil Patel November 21, 2022 at 1:39 am #

      I appreciate that!

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