Before I learned these search engine optimization techniques, I was probably like you, frustrated and confused about how to rank at the top of Google. Well for me, those days are over. And they can be for you too. Just read on and hopefully I can tell you some techniques that will skyrocket your chances for success.

What you probably know is that are two “types” of search engine optimization techniques: “On-Page SEO” and “Off-Page SEO”. The way I see it, many people put WAY TOO much emphasis on On-Page SEO and think that’s going to get them to the top of Google. What most SEOs know now is that Off-Page SEO is 90%+ of the game. However, you still need to do both. On-page SEO is what lets Google know what your page is about.

Secret #1: Maximize your On-Page SEO so you don’t shoot yourself in the foot. It’s not hard, so just do it right. Make sure all of your tags, URLs, and on-page keyword usage are correct. Make sure your site is easily “crawlable” by GoogleBot. There is much more but I can’t go into it here.

But if you really want consistent results with getting to the first page of Google, you need to do aggressive Off-Page SEO, also known as “backlinking.” Not only do you need to do a lot of it, you need to do it correctly and also go for “quality backlinks.” Here are the major secrets associated with this:

Secret #2: Not all links are equal. Where the links are placed counts a lot. If they are on the homepage of a high PR (PageRank) website, that’s fantastic, but extremely difficult or expensive to achieve. Next best is getting them on the inner page of a high PR website, which is definitely doable.

Secret #3: You need to link them to your site correctly by linking to the inner pages of your site, and not your home page. This is the fastest way to get good rankings because it looks most natural to Google. It’s also the method responsible for getting coveted “double listings”, combined with some other techniques.

Secret #4: Quality and tactics are important but quantity is just as important. You want as many links as you can get from all types of sites, all different PR. So don’t just focus on getting a few high PR links. Focus on doing consistent backlinking on a daily or weekly basis to your inner pages that you want to rank, from all different PR sites.

Secret #5: Get as many backlinks as you can and do it as fast as possible. The “Google Sandbox”, if it’s real, is irrelevant. Why? Because SEO is a long-term strategy. You should commit at least 3 months to getting a page on your website ranked. This is why most people fail at this method, because they don’t see results fast enough, so they quit. You must have faith in the method and continue applying all of these search engine optimization techniques until you get the results you desire.

Secret #6: Google absolutely LOVES blogs. And using them gives you the best chance to rank your site on the first page, get double listings, and dominate entire pages of the SERPS.