How To Rank #1 Highest on Google in 2022 (Free 7 New Strategies)

In this post, I’m gonna show you how  to rank number one #1, in Google.  In fact, the #7 seven techniques in this post  have helped me get number one rankings  for keywords like ‘YouTube SEO‘, and ‘Nofollow Links‘. 

Hi, I’m Kailash Chandra Sur, the Author of this beautiful article and I’m Brian Dean, the founder of Backlinko, and the all concept and knowledge comes from me.

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So my team and I recently analyzed  five million Google search results to learn more  about what people click on in the search results and why.  And as it turns out ranking on the first page of Google,  ain’t what it used to be. 

Today it’s all about ranking number one,  or at least in the top three. 

That’s because our study found that the top three results  get 75.1% of all clicks.  And the number one result alone gets 31% of the clicks. 

Ricky Bobby said it best, “If you’re not first you’re last.” 

And in this  article, I’m gonna show you How To Rank #1 Higher on Google in 2022 (Free 7 New Strategies)  to help you rank number one in Google. 

1. Find Low Competition Keywords With

So let’s kick things off with our first technique,  find low competition keywords with

Let’s face it, most keywords are super competitive,  that’s because everyone and their mom,  is using the exact same tools.  Ahrefs, SEMrush, Moz Pro, the Google Keyword Planner

  1. Ahrefs
  2. SEMrush
  3. Moz Pro
  4. Google Keyword Planner

Everyone is typing the exact same keywords into these tools  and getting the same exact results. 

So to find untapped keywords that aren’t super competitive,  you need to use tools that no one else is using. 

And one of my favorite untapped keyword research tools  is one that I actually developed called Exploding Topics. 

This tool surfaces trending topics  that aren’t competitive yet.  And because Exploding Topics focuses on terms  that aren’t mainstream yet, you can find keyword  and topic ideas that most other tools won’t show you. 

2. Rewrite Old Content To Match Search Intent

And now it’s time for technique number two,  rewrite old content to match search intent

This technique recently helped me rank number one in Google  for the keyword SEO campaign. 

Here’s the full story, you probably already know that  if your site isn’t what searchers want,  Google won’t rank it,  even if that page has a million backlinks

But, if you can align your content up  with what someone wants, you can find yourself  with higher rankings for that term. 

For example,

I published this blog post on my blog  a few years ago, this post was a case study of how  one of my readers used a strategy called Guestographics  to build a bunch of backlinks. 

Now, I couldn’t find a great keyword for that post,  so I just went with SEO campaign, it wasn’t a perfect fit,  and it didn’t really describe the topic of the page,  but it was good enough. 

And for a while it was good enough. 

My page basically hit the top 10 for that keyword  and stuck there for a few months. 

But one day Google rankings and organic traffic  to that page started to drop. 

So I kind of ignore the problem and hoped it would go away.  Spoiler alert, it didn’t go away. 

Traffic to my page, continued to freefall.  That’s when I realized that my content  was a horrible fit for user intent. 

I’ll explain, someone that searches for SEO campaign  probably wants, you guessed it an SEO campaign,  but my content didn’t give them that. 

Instead of outlining the steps  to setting up an SEO campaign,  my post was about one strategy,  and using metrics like dwell time, bounce rate,  and pogo-sticking, Google could figure out  that my result wasn’t a good fit, so they down ranked it,  which is why I decided to rewrite this post from scratch. 

This time I made sure to publish a piece of content  that someone searching for SEO campaign would love. 

And within a few days, organic traffic to that page started  to improve, and a few weeks after that,  the new version of this post hit the number one spot. 

3. Ghost Posts SEO Techniques

Let’s get right into one of my favorite new SEO techniques,  ghost posts, this is a new SEO technique  that I’ve been using a lot lately,  and it’s working really well, let’s break it down.

So as you probably know, the keyword difficulty scores  that you see in most keyword research tools  are based on one metric, backlinks. 

Are backlinks still important for SEO?  Definitely, but backlinks are only one piece of the puzzle. 

First page rankings are also based  on organic click-through rate, user intent, page speedmobile friendliness, on-page SEO, URL lengthinternal links, and lots of other factors. 

To Rank #1 Highest on Google in 2022  are also based  on these organic factors

1. Click-through rate
2. User intent
3. Page speed,
4. Mobile friendliness
5. On-page SEO
6. URL length
7. Internal links

That’s why I tend to ignore or at least take  with a grain of salt, most keyword difficulty scores. 

And instead of using those numbers, I use ghost posts. 

For example,
A while back, I wanted to optimize a post  around the keyword free SEO tools.  And according to Ahrefs' Keyword Explorer,  this keyword is quote, "Super hard to rank for."  
And instead of just blindly accepting that number,  I decided to see how difficult this keyword actually was.  

Specifically, I whipped up a quick post  and published it on the fourth page of my blog feed.

I didn’t email the post to my list  or share it on social media, hence the name ghost post. 

I was surprised to see that my page started  to hit Google’s first page,  for long tail versions of my keyword,  like best free SEO tools within about two weeks. 

It even started to crack the top of the second page  for my target keyword, that’s when I decided to promote  the post on social media and improve the post itself. 

As it turns out this super hard keyword actually wasn’t  that competitive.  In fact, I now rack in the top three for that keyword,  even though my page has way fewer backlinks  than the other results on page one. 

4. Rank YouTube articles in Google

With that, let’s start on technique number four,  rank YouTube  articles in Google

Ranking a page from your site isn’t the only way  to rank number one in Google. 

In fact, you’ve probably noticed that  there are more  article results in Google than ever before,  especially above the fold. 

For example,

This  article carousel ranks above  the traditional first result, so for this set of results,  these YouTube  articles are actually  the real number one result. 

As another example,

I’ve been trying to get this post  to rank number one for a target keyword of mine  for a few months now, unfortunately I’m still alternating  between number three and number four. 

So to some real estate in that number one spot,  I decided to create a high quality YouTube  article  on that same topic, and because I optimize my  article  the right way, it’s made its way to the top spot  within a few months. 

5. Target Low Competition, High CPC Terms

Which leads us to technique number five,  target low competition, high CPC terms

When I used to do keyword research back in the day,  I’d focus 100% on search volume. 

So if I saw a keyword with 100K searches a month  I’d automatically think that it was a great keyword. 

Today, I put a lot more focus on a keywords CPC  or cost per click.  In other words, how much advertisers spend on those clicks? 

This is important for two main reasons.  First traffic that comes to your site from high CPC terms  tend to convert a lot better, after all people are bidding  to pay for clicks on that exact term. 

Which means that people that search  for that keyword part broke tire kickers, they’re buyers. 

Second a lot of high CPC keywords  aren’t as competitive as you might think. 

For example,

I recently created a post optimized  around the low competition, high cost per click keyword  link building services. 

Now this keyword doesn’t get that many searches,  only about 350 searches per month.  With a CPC of 20 bucks a pop, I know that the traffic  is made up of legit buyers. 

6. Embed  Videos in Your Content

Moving right along to technique number six,  embed  videos in your content

You probably already know that dwell time  is an important Google ranking factor. 

Dwell time is the amount of time  that someone spends on your page,  before going back to the search results. 

And the higher your dwell time in general,  the higher your page will rank in Google. 

The question is how do you improve your dwell time? 

Embed  articles on your page? 

For example,

I recently compared my bounce rate  on a sample pages with and without a  video.  And pages with a  article had an 11.2% better bounce rate  than pages without a  video

And that’s why I embed  videos in pretty much every post that I publish. 

Sometimes I make the  article and entire step strategy or tip,  or as a way for people to learn more about something  that I’m talking about. 

Either way I found that embedding  videos can significant increase your dwell time.

7. Rank in The Featured Snippet Spot

And now it’s time for our last technique,  technique number seven, rank in the featured snippet spot

In many ways ranking in the featured snippet  is actually better than racking number one. 

That’s because the featured snippet  is above the normal search results,  which is why a lot of people call it position number zero. 

Well, over the last few months I’ve been running  lots of featured snippet experiments,  and I’ve developed a process that’s helped me rank  for dozens of different featured snippets. 

Here’s how it works, first,  identify the type of feature snippet  that Google’s already showing for that keyword.  

Now, there are three main types of featured snippets  to keep an eye out for.  The definition snippetthe list snippet and the table snippet.

  1. The definition snippet
  2. The list snippet
  3. The table snippet

Then add something to your page that would fit perfectly,  inside of that featured snippet. 

For example,

I wanted to rank in the featured snippet  for the keyword, nofollow links.  So I wrote a little that would fit perfectly  inside of a definition featured snippet,  which helped me rank in the featured snippet  within about a month. 

Now there’s one thing I should point out  about this approach, according to an Ahrefs’ study,  literally 99% of all featured snippets are pulled  from results on the first page of Google. 

So if you’re not already on the first page for a keyword,  you pretty much have a 0% chance of getting  in the featured snippet

But if you’re already on page one and want to quickly get  to the top of the results,  this strategy can definitely help. 

Quick Bonus Technique (Advanced Strategy)

Now, before we end this  article,  I have a quick bonus technique for you,  create branded strategies. 

Now, to be clear, this is an advanced strategy,  that’s not easy to pull off, but when it does work,  it pretty much guarantees that you’ll rank number one

Here’s the full breakdown. 

You may not have thought about it before,  but your brand is actually a keyword,  a keyword that you automatically rank number one for. 

For example, if you Google Backlinko,  you can see that I rank number one,  with a bunch of site links from my site underneath it.  But why stop there?

You can start to rank number one  for lots of different keywords,  when you brand your techniques and strategies. 

For example, you might’ve heard  about the Skyscraper Technique,  my three step formula for building backlinks. 

And because I branded my strategy,  lots of different people search  for that keyword every month. 

A keyword that I totally made up. 

In fact, according to Google search console  the keyword Skyscraper Technique,  gets almost a thousand searches per month. 

And because I ranked number one for that keyword,  I get most of those a thousand clicks

So whenever you develop a unique strategy, technique,  or tactic, give it a branded name. 

This doesn’t guarantee that people  will start searching for it, but it increases the odds  that what you created will become a thing. 


There you have it, eight proven techniques  to help you rank number one in Google. 

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