How To Outrank Your Competitors In 3 Simple Steps

This is a guest post by Abrar Mohi Shafee.

At the age of science and technology, marketing and promotion are made so easy that it could be done just from our homes. Just few clicks and hours on computers can promote our services to thousands of people. The epoch-making thing behind the scene is internet marketing. Among these marketing strategies, the most important role is played by Search Engine Optimization.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process to spot a webpage to the top of search engine results page (SERP). Search engines are the biggest source of traffics because millions of people use them daily. So, there are higher possibilities to get leads to our website, blog or any other pages. The process is getting so common to all that a huge amount of people is involved in making career with SEO. That is a good choice but the main obstacles they face are the competitors.

The optimizers mainly experience that the competitors are too strong in their position. Even after working very hard, they couldn’t find out any fruitful result. Sometimes they lose all of their hopes to rank. I think it would be but that doesn’t mean to lose hope. It is because the competitors worked well rather than you. Unless one ensures the optimization is greater than his competitors, there won’t be any success. So, let’s discuss today how to outrank these competitors with just three simple steps.

The Requirements Before Starting Our Process

SEO activities are seen everywhere over the internet. That’s why it has gotten too spammy. To eradicate these spams, search engines like Google are taking necessary steps. The search engine’s sensation Google is truly aware of spams and I think they are capable to filter all types of spam. In 2014, the SEO process is seemed too hard for spammers, but not for unique optimizers. So, first make sure you are not among them.

In SEO, the first and foremost requirements are contents. There will be no positive results without high quality contents. Everyone could write contents, but all will not be considered high quality. So make sure you are writing informative contents that add value to the visitors. Otherwise, all of our efforts will be wasted.

On page optimization has the second highest value in the seo process. After contents, optimize all of your on page factors. You should have a look at Moz’s on page seo guide. If you have implemented these, you can advance to the main process.

The Top 3 Steps to Follow In Order to Outranking Competitors

  1. Find Out Your Toughest Competitors

    First of all you have to find out your competitors in your niche keyword. In this tutorial, I am putting on “Blogging Tips” keyword. Just search your niche keyword on Google to get the top 10 competitors. Here are my search results: how-to-outrank-competitors-in-serp

    Here we can see in the results, at the top. So our toughest competitor is that one. So, we want go with the first one and then the rest.

  2. Analyze Your Competitors Backlinks

    Now we have to analyze the competitors backlinks. Backlinks mean, how many pages are linking to that page. Backlinking is the main off-page optimization process since backlinks determine how important a page is. So, if we want to rank higher than a particular page, we need higher referring pages or backlinks to our own page. We are going to get help from some tools.

    To analyze a site’s backlinks, there are a ton of tools to use. Some of these are for online use and some of these are for desktops. Among online backlink tools, the best ones are Open Site Explorer, Ahrefs, Majestic SEO and Backlink Watch. These online tools have both paid and free versions. But for seeing the full backlink report, you will need paid versions. On the other hand, the best desktop tools are SEO SpyGlass and SEOBooks Backlink Analyzer. These also require paid versions for showing all backlinks. So, you should get any of these tools for full report.

    In this situation, I am going to use SEO SpyGlass because it is comfortable and provides extra features. So, insert your competitor's url in any of these tools and see the results. Here is my result for on SEO SpyGlass: backlinks-analysis

    Now we can see on the report how many pages are linked and how these were linked to the competitor's page. There will be additional information such as page rank, title, description, directory listing, nofollow, dofollow and so on. You can get any of your required information.

  3. Look For Backlinking Opportunities From Those Pages

    Now you have to look into those backlinks and look for opportunities to create backlinks to your own pages. Ranking mainly depends on high quality backlinks. So the competitor is exactly ranking for those backlinks. So if you also could get backlinks from those pages, you are going to rank for sure. backlinking-opportunity

    So, that's the final step. Look into every back linked page, find backlinking opportunities and link to your own resource. After you have done it, wait till the crawler crawl those pages.

Additional Tips To Bear In Mind

  • There would be thousand of links available in the backlink report. But all of these are not necessary. You should check which page has higher domain authority, page rank, domain rank and other resources. If you think you are looking into a good page, you could link. But keep in mind bad links could negatively affect your ranking.
  • Make variations in anchor texts. Otherwise upcoming Google updates could destroy your site. You should focus on branding first and then keywords.
  • Keep good ratio between nofollow and dofollow links. Google loves natural links. If you are only creating nofollow or dofollow backlinks, it would be seemed spammy. So, keep up a good proportion among them.

Final Words About This Effective Outranking Process

SEO is the best combination of off page and on page optimizations. If you only consider only one of them, you won’t be able to see good results. The best practice is combining all in your strategy. First do on page SEO and then apply the process as specified above. If you could do this properly, you are going to have a good result for sure.

Wish you all the best for outranking your competitors through this process.

About the author
Abrar Mohi Shafee is the author and founder of Blogging Spell. He is proficient in writing blogging and seo guides mainly for beginners. He has recently written an exclusive guide about wordpress robots.txt file. Besides this, he also works in some online freelance marketplaces.

28 comments to "How To Outrank Your Competitors In 3 Simple Steps"

love February 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM    

I started doing these tips and tried to look for my competitors, hope it will improve my sites ranking in the next months!

Miliee Cyrus February 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM    

I love to be heer again.. Hey bloggersentral does backlinks cause any effect while we runs behind free backlink generating?? Means free backlinks bad or good??

Tammy Dillard February 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM    

Thanks Abrar, for sharing useful information here. Actually, I want to know more about how one can improve keywords ranking which are already in first 10 pages of search engine (Google).

Amir February 25, 2014 at 3:09 AM    

This is very nice post. Thank you for sharing this post.

Robert NZ February 25, 2014 at 4:07 AM    

Tammy Dillard, my suggestion here is to create content you want people to link to, make sure its really, really good, Well explained, good use of images, video if you can. Then the next thing to do is show people in your niche (authorities especially = very valuable links), help them in some way in the process of showing them your content and a lot of the time - they are happy to link to you. (if your content is good - it needs to be really good.)

Link Building is just easy, if content is good.

Unknown February 25, 2014 at 5:45 PM    

@love: Thanks for following the strategy. I wish you will be able to beat your competitors ASAP.

Unknown February 25, 2014 at 5:52 PM    

@Miliee Cyrus: Their is no doubt that free low quality backlinks would destroy your SERP and could get you penalty as well. After constant Google's updates, there are too many obstacle for creating backlinks. So, thinking about bots to generate backlinks would be such a waste of time.

Unknown February 25, 2014 at 6:04 PM    

@Tammy Dillard: Thanks for your comment mate. Such like this one, you can improve your SERP in many ways but you have to always choose the proper one. Here is one more resource you can try:

Unknown February 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM    

@Amir: Thanks Amir for your comment. Wish you all the best.

Unknown February 25, 2014 at 6:11 PM    

@Robert NZ: You are absolutely write. Link building will be easy for them who can write appreciated contents. If your post goes beyond all, the visitors are bound to share it. You don't need to worry about backlinks, they will do it for you.

Institutes in India February 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM    

It's an outstanding blog post, I have to use your strategies for my blog.

Thanks @Abrar

VIVEK MISHRA February 27, 2014 at 1:23 AM    

What i think is that if you have a good knowledge of on page seo then you can get good rank in search. Always use google keyword tool to know the competition. What i personally feel is that write on article but that should be unique and should have good seo rather the n writing many with bad seo.

jon February 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM    

Hi Abrar, Thanks for important information. actually from last 2-3 months my keywords ranking on second page. i have tried many things but not getting 1st page.
Now you have provided me new hopes for my keyword ranking.

love quotes February 27, 2014 at 11:50 PM    

The explorer one is usefull in determining even your links. I am using it to see how much my links are improving everyweek

Web design India February 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM    

thank you for share a greate information which is use for improve the ranking in search egnine.

Marshall February 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM    

This is the information what i am looking for. Very creative idea love it

It Consultant Dinsley February 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM    

Nice idea and agree with the point that we may encounter some of bad links while doing this. So it is important to do it carefully..

Sniper March 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM    

I think it is going to help me lot. Thanks

Annie,  March 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM    

It truly is one of the worst tips. The author assumed that all content creators have power over backlinks.In the real world, this isnt true. Sure we can make backlinks ourselves, but what if the competitor received backlinks from .edu sites? And even from news sites? This can only be possible naturally. Shortcut does exist for us,but we cannot expect such sites to just give us some in the same way unless we give them what they are looking for. It is possible that the author also believes like every random seo expert that all foreign language backlinks are bad. If you want to outrank the competitor make the content longer than their own content, have a cleaner site than theirs and be helpful to readers by replying to their questions.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:11 AM    

@Institutes in India: Thanks a lot for taking time to read my post. I wish you will make out good results from it.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:15 AM    

@VIVEK MISHRA: You are right in your opinion. In the starting of the post, I explained what are required before starting this outranking process. There I have given higher priority to content and on page seo. So these are the preconditions.

But it is also true you can't rank on competitive keywords without any backlinks. You may have a try. But I would say without backlinking only relying on contents and on page seo, their would be no place on the first page.

If a page with optimized for both on page and off page, it will surely get ranking.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:16 AM    

@jon: Thank you too Jon. I wish you would be able to get your position on the first page implementing the trick.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:18 AM    

@love quotes: Yep, it also could explore the backlink profile. Wish you all the best...

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:19 AM    

@Web design India: You are welcome buddy. I am sure you will get good rankings in this way. Time to outrank competitors... :D

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:21 AM    

@Marshall: Thank you a lot for reading this post. You should apply this process expecting good results.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:22 AM    

@It Consultant Dinsley: In this process, the most important part is that one. We have to exclude all the bad links. Because these are not gonna help anyway. Filtering the spammy resources, we have to go with the most authoritative one.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:23 AM    

@Sniper: You are welcome mate.

Unknown March 5, 2014 at 2:29 AM    

@Annie: You are right that unnatural and spammy sites won't help. But you may have known my information wrong. Kindly check the bottom of the content. There I have explained that we have to avoid low quality spammy sites. Only we have to choose what are looked natural and authoritative. And by mean of only content, you can't rank on competitive keywords for sure. In this method, we can reveal some quality backlinking opportunities. So, I totally think that you have misjudged the post. But thanks anyway for letting all know about it.

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