1st on Google – Week 3

1st on Google - Alan Reeves - 3rd week searchWelcome back to my journey to being 1st on Google. If you missed the first few posts, you can find the first one here1st Week Update here, and 2nd Week Update here. Below are the results as of Sunday, 02-12-12 (click here to do your own search):

  • #10 – The About Me page from my personal blog, BlueCapra.com, with picture (Up 1 place from last week at #11)
  • #25 – My LinkedIn profile page (Up 12 places from last week at #37)
  • #44 – My personal blog, BlueCapra.com, with picture (up 12 places from last week at #56)
  • #61 – Comment I made on AndyTraub.com 2 months ago (Up 4 places from last week at #65)
  • #73 – My Technorati profile (up 11 places from last week at #84)

This week was pretty good for my journey to 1st on Google. Considering the first five search results where I appear, I jumped up 1 place to #10 and overall, I increased a total of 40 places. Last week I increased a total of 223 places with the top spot at #11.  The closer I get, the harder it will be to get there.  Overall, I show up 6 times in the top 100 search results.

Several of the results were completely new to the list, such as #44 and #73, while a few dropped off.  It is hard to say why some results show up higher one week and lower the next.  Three of the top five results were consistent from last week.  It is good to see this site, BlueCapra.com, showing up twice on my top five results.

The search was performed on my work laptop after I had cleared the cache, browser history, etc. On top of that, I used Google Chrome. The search setting I used was similar to the first weeks (cleared cache, 10 search results, non-instant results, strict filtering, etc).

Last week I did a few searches within 30 minutes or so on different computers.  The results were the same for the first five entries (up to #84).  I know that Google takes into account your normal search patterns to provide you with more relevant results, but as long as I clear the cache and log out of everything, I get the same results.

Strategies for 1st

I continue to apply my strategy of commenting on other blogs. It appears to have an effect but not an immediate effect. Typically, only one comment that I leave is showing up on the top 5 results.  Those comments are important to my SEO efforts and important to my personal fulfillment.  I enjoy leaving comments and hope I am helping others with my point of view, opinions, and comments.

This week I have commented on 12 times on 9 different blogs.  I continue to produce content on my personal blog three times a week and on my business blog (BookWormLaser.com) at least 5 times a week.  Each post provides a link with the link text of my name, pointing to either my author page (BookWormLaser.com) or my About page on this site.  Google considers links pointing to your site good, links where the key words you want as the link text pointing to your site as better, and links point to your site from a well known site as great.  My two sites are not that big yet, but they do provide links with the key word I am looking for (Alan Reeves) as the link text.  Better but not great.

I have just finished reading 31 Days to Build A Better Blog by Darren Rowse (ProBlogger.net). Great book.  I have a ton of ideas I am implementing to grow my blog.  Many of the ideas I am already doing but the resources that Darren provides are outstanding. Some of the ideas I am in the process of implementing includes using mind maps to generate post ideas, creating policies for comments, questions, etc, and writing a review post.

I don’t have any specific strategies that I am going to implement for next week yet, but I am looking around. Any ideas?

Blogs I have commented on during the past week

CoachRadio.tv – Your Story – Ana White

AndyTraub.com – A great place for getting ideas

Make It Urz – Custom Valentine Candy – Laser Cut Trial 1

48Days.com – Career coaching in real life

CoachRadio.tv – Popular Post Plugin

LiveYourLegend.net – The Final (and most crucial) Single Step to Profiting from Your Blog (hint: it has nothing to do with the web)

The Simple Dollar – Following the Time Trail and Downgrading Subscriptions

CoachRadio.tv – Should I hire an SEO company

Crafty Christy – Birthday present for my middle child

AndyTraub.com – How to avoid a pathetic existance

LifeOptimizer.org – 10 Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People

The Simple Dollar – Eliminate One of Your Cars Entirely

Summary – The search for Alan Reeves

I’ve been able to make a good amount of progress so far, going from #93 on 1-25-12 to #10 on 2-12-12. That’s an 83 place improvement in only 18 days. In all fairness, Alan Reeves is probably not the most sought after keyword on the internet. Nevertheless, the concepts can be used as building blocks for your own SEO journey.

Check out next week’s update – Week 4