10 Golden SEO Rules for Ranking Your New Content Faster on Google

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) doesn’t merely intend to help you rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs). That’s its primary goal, by all means, but it also lays some golden rules for ranking your new content faster. Coupled with updating and repurposing old content, the two can provide a massive boost to your website’s traffic. Whether your website is new or old, enhancing your new content’s reach can yield both short-term and long-term benefits. Thus, since SEO updates are constantly emerging, our goals remain the same; let us devote this article to exploring the matter in due depth.

Ranking on Google, and Why It Matters

First and foremost, let us define how Google measures ranking and why it is vital to have such insights. For that matter, it is equally crucial to note why most such articles focus exclusively, or strongly, on Google.

Why Google?

According to Statista, Google held a search engine market share of 88.14% as of October 2020. 53 percent of the world’s population or over 3 billion people were already using the internet by 2019, and that trend continues to increase. What’s more, the vast majority of them use search engines regularly. That’s an indisputably massive, enormous potential audience for any marketer, so it stands to reason that it would inform SEO efforts. Furthermore, most other search engines, such as Bing and Baidu, also share a similar philosophy for their algorithms. As such, there are three easy conclusions one can already draw;

  1. Google holds the lion’s share of search engines
  2. As newer generations become more tech-savvy, the potential audience pool only increases
  3. What works for Google in terms of SEO will very likely also work for other search engines

It should be clear why Google is central to all SEO discussions and why it’s the proverbial battleground for ranking. Thus, all the golden rules for ranking your new content faster, which we’ll delve into, will hinge on Google’s criteria.

How Does Google Determine Ranking?

Having established Google’s dominance, let us try to define how Google determines the content ranking.

Google uses a complex, evolving set of over 200 criteria to determine rankings. This has changed substantially since 2002, with the most notable update arguably being 2013’s Hummingbird. Following the path that Panda, Penguin, and similar contemporary updates had set, Hummingbird focused on search intent, as Moz notes. Combined with 2015’s RankBrain, SEO refocused on the user experience and semantic intent, throttling many prominent black hat tactics.

As of 2020, many marketers agree that Google prioritizes E-A-T; Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness. This is well in line with previously known SEO criteria, which include many others, such as the following:

  • Domain Authority (DA) and Page Authority (PA)
  • Social signals; likes, shares, engagement
  • Quality backlinks
  • Accessibility and mobile-friendliness
  • Optimal website structure

In turn, most holistic SEO strategies will address all such factors at once. However, E-A-T is the substantive forefront of many such strategies because Google evidently values it so highly.

Golden Rules of SEO: The Bedrock for Ranking Your New Content Faster

Now, with the importance of SEO and its criteria in mind, we should more easily be able to delve into the golden rules for ranking your new content faster. The bedrock of quick, consistent, and reliable rankings builds on proper SEO, which in turn entails two different focal points, namely on-page and off-page SEO.

On-page SEO

The most discussed type of SEO, on-page SEO, revolves around optimizing on-page content. Adhering to best practices on this front in terms of old content can increase your DA and drive organic traffic. Simultaneously, applying these same practices to new content will let it rank faster and incite more engagement.

#1 Start with Proper Keyword Research

Every content strategy begins with proper keyword research. Your content will revolve around your keywords, so it’s vital that you choose your keywords wisely. Fortunately, many keyword research tools can assist you, such as:

  • Google Keyword Planner
  • Google Related Search
  • Ubersuggest

Whether you use such tools or others, the golden rules here are:

  1. Choose phrases relevant to your business, products/services, and niche
  2. Diversify your keywords within your established niche
  3. Don’t shy away from long-tail keywords

Finally, building your content with your keywords in mind is imperative. Trying to insert keywords into existing content retroactively is very questionable and often ineffective.

#2 Use a Proper, Length-Appropriate Keyword Density

With your optimal keywords in mind, you should then consider keyword density; how often your keyword appears throughout your content. While it may seem beneficial to maximize its use, doing so is actually detrimental. What’s more, Google may perceive it as an attempt at “keyword stuffing” – a once-prominent black hat SEO technique.

Yoast helpfully explains that optimal keyword density lies between 0.5 and 3 to 3.5%. Thus, it isn’t a static number but a percentage based on your content’s length. A safe rule of thumb in this regard would be the following minimums:

  • 750 words: 3 times
  • 1000 words: 4 times
  • 1250 words: 5 times
  • 1500 words: 6 times

So one keyword to every 250 words is a safe foundation. Still, you should always consult your tools, Yoast or otherwise, to ensure optimal keyword density.

#3 Add Your Keyword to Title Tag, URL, and Meta Description

Notably, then, keyword density refers explicitly to the content’s main body. That does not mean you should exclude keywords from title tags, URLs, and meta descriptions; quite the opposite.

You should make sure to add your keyword to both your content’s title tag and URL. Both let it become more readable and clear to both human readers and Google itself. By the same token, adding it to your meta description will entice readers to visit your page and better inform Google of your subject matter. Ideally, as most relevant tools will suggest, it’s optimal to use your keyword as close to the start of all three as possible.

#4 Use Proper Content Structure and Optimize Your Images

Proper content structure lets your readers find relevant information more quickly. In turn, it provides more value, incites more engagement, and sends Google better social signals. Especially for longer content, since aiming for a length of 1000 words doesn’t boast as much popularity as before, proper structure is vital. In this front, make sure you have a single H1, and then divide subtopics under H2s, H3s, and so forth. Bullet points and numbered lists are equally useful as they help the eye.

In terms of image optimization, you should ensure your photos meet the five following criteria:

  1. They should use proper captions and alt. tags; the former inform your subject, the latter ensure accessibility.
  2. They should be responsive and unique whenever possible.
  3. Their file format should be appropriate to not sacrifice too much quality for size; JPEG is ideal for rich images, while PNG suffices for logos.
  4. Ideally, their size should be 100kB or less per image, without sacrificing quality, to ensure better page loading times.
  5. Their dimensions should be appropriate for your page’s structure and display devices; a width of 750 pixels is usually safe, but it can vary significantly.

On both fronts, optimal structure and images should let your new content rank faster by satisfying both readers and Google.

#5  Use Outbound and Internal Links

Finally, while on-page SEO has myriads of other factors, let us conclude with links for the sake of text economy. Where off-page SEO entails acquiring backlinks to your page, on-page SEO intends to cover your own links.

In this regard, you should begin by using outbound links to quality, authoritative websites. This helps inform your readers and enrich your content, as well as lets Google know of your subject matter. Similarly, you should make sure to place links to your inner pages on your new content. This practice, “interlinking”, lets new content acquire authority from your other pages and thus rank faster than without them.

Off-page SEO

On-page SEO aside, Google also factors many off-page elements and signals when ranking content. Consider the following off-page factors in your efforts toward ranking your new content faster.

#6 Acquire Authoritative Backlinks

Authoritative backlinks increase your website’s PA and, subsequently, the DA. However, we should note that only do-follow backlinks have this benefit, as they yield what marketers call “link juice”. Still, no-follow backlinks also increase your organic traffic; the no-follow tag concerns Google, not readers.

While quality backlinks will build naturally over time, it’s wise to include acquiring them in your strategy. Even contributing guest content to blogs can provide some traffic, and your content’s quality can encourage more.

#7 Incite Engagement and Social Media Shares

Engagement and social media shares also yield notable benefits. They send Google the right social signals to indicate that your content is valuable, trustworthy, and engaging. This factor does hinge on you using social media as part of your lead capture strategy, but it’s lucrative.

You could thus try to incite engagement in many ways, depending on your style of business. Among others, consider hosting timed events, engaging with your audience in comment sections, and actively asking for feedback. Content quality aside, any such practices that help foster an active community can also drive engagement and encourage shares.

#8 Update Old Content

While this practice arguably falls between the two SEO types, it can also boost your SEO significantly. In turn, it can assist with ranking your new content faster without extreme effort.

Moz notes that Google values “freshness” and uses this metric to gauge your site’s quality. As such, by updating your old content with new information, you can provide it with better signals. Updating content isn’t as easy as changing the dates, of course; it needs to be substantive. Your old content should see updates that make it relevant to new readers, accurate, and up-to-date. While this may seem like a rather strenuous task, it should be well worth it. The “freshness” boost will likely yield a spike in traffic, which will, in turn, affect your new content. Build proper, relevant interlinking to your latest content to convey even more relevant information, and you’ll ensure a substantial boost.

#9 Have a Mobile-Friendly Site

Similarly, a mobile-friendly site will let your new content perform better as your site’s overall SEO increases. While on-page SEO ensures individual pages are mobile-friendly, a mobile-friendly site lets Google know your website is valuable and optimized.

As ever more users navigate the web on their mobile devices, mobile-friendliness offers a very practical benefit. Namely, it lets your site perform better on such devices, reducing your bounce rates and increasing retention times. Among many other factors, consider the following:

  1. Design your website for mobile – web design centered on mobile devices is cleaner for desktops too.
  2. Use HTML5 over Flash – Flash may be unavailable for some devices.
  3. Don’t use popups – popups increase bounce rates for mobile users.
  4. Use a clean navigation bar – easy navigation improves the UX.
  5. Improve load times – optimized images and content enhance load times and decrease bounce rates.

Finally, it’s incredibly noteworthy that mobile-friendliness is no passing trend. Google itself has stated its value, and it even offers a mobile-friendliness test for this reason.

#10 Provide Google with an Optimized XML Sitemap

Lastly, where your site’s visible roadmap and structure help visitors navigate your site, an XML sitemap helps Google crawl it. This is vital for ranking new content faster; a page that’s not indexed won’t show up on search results. You must avoid such issues, and submitting an optimal XML sitemap to Google will help prevent them.

Fortunately, a plethora of tools that can help you do so exist. A few notable ones include:

  • Slickplan
  • Dynomapper
  • Writemaps
  • Mindnode
  • PowerMapper

When you’re done, you can submit your file easily through Google’s search console and ensure your new content gets indexed swiftly.


In conclusion, ranking your new content faster doesn’t have to be complicated. Ensuring quality content and a proper SEO foundation, as well as interlinking, inciting engagement, and the practices mentioned above, should suffice. Hopefully, the above advice will let your new content shine and perform better on SERPs.

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2 Responses

  1. Brack Nelson says:

    It’s great to describing all golden rules in one post. I know the importance of on-page SEO and off-page SEO. Without these factors, we can’t improve our business. This post helps me to increase my knowledge.

  2. Sweety Kumari says:

    Hey Soumya Roy,

    SEO gives a golden rule to ranking for our new content. The two things that can boost our website’s traffic are repurposing old content and coupled with updating.

    You have also mentioned the golden rules of SEO step by step, which are very easy to understand and follow. Your advice is right to ensuring quality content, inciting engagement, a proper SEO foundation, and as well as interlinking.

    Thank you,

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