The Dumbest SEO Hack (That Works)

Wouldn't it be great if there was a dead simple SEO hack that would just help boost your rankings, but didn't require that much work. You don't have to be that technical. You don't have to build links. You don't have to worry about keywords and yet you can just increase your rankings, well there is. Today I'm going to break down the dumbest SEO hack.



When I talk about the dumbest SEO hack, I don't mean it in a negative way. I say it's dumb because it's really dead simple. It's really obvious, very few people do it and it just works. So this is the blog, as you can tell by the URL up top, and I'm just going to go into one of my blog posts.

And as you scroll, and if you don't have a blog you should consider adding one. You know, you see a normal blog post. You see comments at the very bottom as I scroll and then, you know, more people can leave comments if they want, through the comment box and you just see a footer navigation, but there's something simple I did that just has really helped me boost my rankings.

What's one thing that I did that just really helped me boost my rankings? What do you think it is? It's actually this section here where it says guides. Okay, let's go through them. I have a guide on digital marketing, online marketing, Google ad-words, Facebook advertising, remarketing, SEO, content marketing, growth hacking, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, conversion optimization, marketing automation.

Now let's Google all of them in order. Digital marketing, so digital marketing. I rank somewhere at the top on page one. All right, what's the next one? So one for one, online marketing. Online marketing the key word. All right, I'm somewhere at the top as well, there you go. Now let's go to next one, Google ad words. Probably not at the top for that one because it's a Google branded term but I'm probably decently ranked.

Search and watch, WordStream I'm on page one, okay. And that one's not bad, 550,000 searches, $8.46 cost per click. Next one Facebook advertising, Facebook advertising. Again, probably not number one because I'm not Facebook, but where am I at? On page one, cool, all right.

Let's see, remarketing, that's a one-word keyword, that one may be a little bit tougher. Google at the top, Google, Google, WordStream there I am, page one, towards the top. Next one, SEO, all right. I already know I'm on page one for this. All right, what's the next one? Content marketing, content marketing, where am I? There you go, what's the next one? And you could be like, oh, Neil's not incognito.

Well, let me type in content marketing in the incognito browser, let's see where I am. Copy, that's at the bottom of page one, see, still page one. All right, and now let's go back to the word blogging. I doubt I'm on page one for blogging. I'm on page one for blogging, growth hacking. Growth hacking, opt-in monster, opt-in monster number four.

What's the next one? Social media marketing, social media marketing. The next one after that's affiliate marketing. Social media marketing, buffer, sprout social word stream. Who's sweet, Neil Patel. Let's type in affiliate marketing, Neil Patel. That was the next one on the list.

Conversion optimization, then marketing optimization or marking automation, conversion optimization. Let's see if I'm on page one. There you go, and then marketing, it's marketing automation I believe yeah.

Now when you're doing this, don't just add in the link, add in whatever makes sense. Like with some of these, you know, online marketing, it could've put internet marketing or it could've put different variations, but my audience calls it online marketing.

So I put what's relevant. I don't put the word search engine optimization because everyone calls it SEO. I didn't put Google ads even though that gets searched a lot.

I put ad words because most the people I know still call it ad words. So I don't emphasize on the keyword, but by putting a lot of internal link juice, it helps with the ranking. So try that out, it's really simple.

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    34 Responses to The Dumbest SEO Hack (That Works)

    1. fathi irsha February 15, 2021 at 3:07 pm #

      O ww very use ful! Just started my digital marketing career… and just came across your you tube channel.. and am cmplting watchng all your video .. one by one.. waitng for new updates

      • muzz February 15, 2021 at 3:33 pm #

        Thats good from where did you learn digital marketing

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 5:52 pm #

        Glad it was helpful! Hope you like my videos 🙂

    2. Someth1ng Light February 15, 2021 at 3:07 pm #

      Nice Neil. Can this be done on medium?

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 5:52 pm #

        Yes, absolutely

    3. Infinity February 15, 2021 at 3:09 pm #

      Hey Neil nice video again. I have a question about my website.
      I started a website about wireless tracking (e-shop) and there is not so much searches about this topic. What should i have to do?
      Also im trying to bring traffic via my blog page

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 5:57 pm #

        First off, I’d look at what your competitors are ranking for to figure out what keywords to go after. You may have to just focus on your niche audience. Not all niches have large audiences.

    4. Mahdi Hosseini February 15, 2021 at 3:20 pm #

      plot twist: he just wanted to brag about ranking on page 1 for all those competitive keywords

      • Shubham Davey February 15, 2021 at 5:10 pm #

        Lol! You’ve never tried to rank on page one. Did you?

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 5:58 pm #

        My apologies if it came across that way 🙂 I was simply trying to show you guys that it works!

      • Mahdi Hosseini February 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm #

        @Neil Patel just kidding, love your videos man! keep it up

    5. Vinny O February 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm #

      Became a lifetime Ubersuggest Business account holder yesterday 🙂

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 5:57 pm #

        So exciting 🙂 Awesome!

    6. Perry Senn Online Drum Academy February 15, 2021 at 4:04 pm #

      To ask a dumb question… whatever you throw in the ‘guides’ section… we would NEED to have written a Guide on any subject (niche specific) … am I understanding that so far?

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm #

        Correct 🙂

    7. Vinod Trivedi February 15, 2021 at 4:25 pm #

      What is web mentions backlinks and why it’s a very important thing to make backlinks.

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm #

        It helps to give your site credibility 🙂

    8. Vinod Trivedi February 15, 2021 at 4:26 pm #

      What is semantic seo and how to use this to boost my authority and rankings.

      • Shubham Davey February 15, 2021 at 5:16 pm #

        Semantic SEO is when you optimize your blog around relevant keywords other than the seed keyword. For example, you wrote an article on a list of places to visit in Uttar Pradesh, you’d not only list the places to visit in UP but you’d also cover keywords related to traveling in general. Semantic SEO is simply, all the related keywords that come to your mind when you think of seed keywords. When I say Shah Rukh Khan, it’s not just one of his movies come to your mind, all his famous movie show up in front of you. News blogs do that very well. They don’t directly mention M.S Dhoni, they mention CSK Skipper or Former Indian Captain or Captain Cool, etc.

        Hope this helps.

      • Vinod Trivedi February 15, 2021 at 5:19 pm #

        @Shubham Davey so, could this be helpful to get rank fast and to gain authority? I mean Google suddenly change it’s algorithm.

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 6:01 pm #

        Shubham put it nicely 🙂

    9. Vinod Trivedi February 15, 2021 at 4:29 pm #

      I’ve read somewhere that every blogger should make a huge email list and diversified their traffic resources because Google itself is not the whole internet.
      So, if I would have a huge email list so, I could also start my startup and use this list as a customer.

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 6:01 pm #

        You build your email list over time 🙂 You can start your startup and build your list up

    10. Shubham Davey February 15, 2021 at 5:11 pm #

      I want to know how did you add the tabs in the sidebar. I’ve been trying to get that for my blog for very long, No luck!

      • Neil Patel February 15, 2021 at 6:04 pm #

        I’ll have to talk to my web deva bout that 🙂

      • Local Tea Company February 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm #

        Yes, how do you add ‘Guides’? I am looking in Sidebar Widgets, but do not see guides or any other way to manually add posts other than recent or categories. Thank you

    11. Naman Bansal February 15, 2021 at 6:14 pm #

      Hey Neil, a lot of voices were coming from your house….

    12. Ritesh Jain February 15, 2021 at 6:18 pm #

      Patel from gujarat rocking all over the world.

    13. Local Tea Company February 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm #

      How do you add ‘Guides’? I am looking in Sidebar Widgets, but do not see guides or any other way to manually add posts other than recent or categories. Thank you

    14. moon zubair February 15, 2021 at 6:58 pm #

      Just Specific content should be add in guide section?
      Or we can put any top articles from our blog? Like if our top articles are torrent,extratorrent, can we add them too?

    15. Christina February 15, 2021 at 7:20 pm #

      Interesting. I’m not sure if I can do this with the theme I have, I would probably have to do some fiddling, but it’s a good idea. Pretty sure I haven’t ranked for anything yet, though that’s probably because my oldest posts are only a little over 4 months old.

      Not related to this video but I am a little curious about your service for increasing traffic though unfortunately right now I don’t have a lot of money and I suspect from the lack of a price on the page it would probably be a fair amount, lol.

    16. Mark Animoviology February 15, 2021 at 7:22 pm #

      hey Neil you do it as if you didn’t miss any class lessons in school. hahahaha how do you add that side bar?

    17. Renegade February 15, 2021 at 8:48 pm #

      First I want to thank you for so much highly valuable content, you’re really amazing! Would you recommend mentioning in the tags of an online shop as many suitable keywords as possible?

    18. Shaggad M February 15, 2021 at 9:30 pm #

      Hey Neil! Enjoying using Ubersuggest, its like google ads keyword planner combined with SEMRUSH! One question, how do you guys calculate the SEO difficulty number & whats a SD number to target? Thanks!

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