It’s not all about SEO. Few months ago, Ryan Stewart shared how he took a brand new site from 0 to 15,861 organic search visits within a month. Yes, this was a new website with a zero backlink profile. He didn’t focus on SEO, and the website got a lot of traffic from Google. It’s possible. You can do it too. Okay, I’ll assume that your website isn’t brand new. How can you make your blog posts rank and get a lot of search traffic? Mention Notable People, Brands, and Places Inside almost all the great books I’ve read, the authors mentioned notable people either as examples or as references. This is a big writing technique that adds credibility to the books. Examples of the great books I’m talking about are How To Influence People And Make Friends by Dale Carnegie, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries and the legendary Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. And many other great books you can think of. The ideas in these books shaped my thinking, but the notable mentions are what really influenced me. Mentions increase the quality of your content. For example, see how I mentioned Ryan Stewart in the second paragraph of this article. Google goes beyond SEO signals to know if a content is high-quality or not. Or, if it deserves to rank or not. I won’t call this an SEO technique because it’s something that works no matter where you use it. It influences people! In fact, this works on Google+, and Google wrote about it: “If you want to grab someone’s attention when you share in Google+, try mentioning them using the ‘+’ or ‘@’ signs. When you do this, the person may receive a notification that you mentioned them in a post (depending on their notification settings.) They’ll also be able to see the post which they were mentioned in, even if the post wasn’t originally shared with them.” This works on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and others.
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