Something that I get asked from time to time is about Google News, and how you can get there. If you're not familiar with it already, Google feeds off of content from other sites that are thought to have high authority, and lists the news their automatically. How can we take control of this? Well, the key word there was "automatically", and that's where we come in, and essentially manipulate the system to get out page through the news barrier. The result is ranking almost instantly, and above every other natural search result; it can be compared to PPC ads, since it is on the top of the search results and is emphasized.
If you like what you see so far, read on and we'll get into the specifics on how we can dominate Reddit, and similar sites, to make our affiliate links news worthy. For once, Google will be all over them, essentially begging to shoot them up above all competition and send all traffic to that one result. Sound good? Let's jump right into it!
First of all, if you don't already have an account on Reddit, create one. Fake information is fine, as we won't be using this account for anything personal.
As soon as you create your account, you're going to want to create a subreddit. A subreddit is a place where we will be posting all of the content that we want to rank. Compared to posting in other subreddits, we're going to have full control over our own little section, and nobody is going to be able to remove our posts.
As you can see, I put in some random information, or even leave them blank. The problem with not filling in anything at all is that Google has nothing to crawl, so putting in information that doesn't make sense can be extremely beneficial to your Google News ranking efforts. Sometimes, you will get the message: "you are doing that too much. try again in 23 hours." Normally, people think that they messed up on a step, but no need to worry. This is just Reddit's security system, so simply try again in the allocated time given by Reddit.
As soon as you create your subreddit, navigate on over to http://reddit.com/r/yoursubredditname and you'll see a page that looks like this...
You're given the option to either submit a new link, or a new text post. You can do either, but the method that we are using works much better when it is done with text posts, so we're going to be using that option. Keep in mind, that this method will still work if you decide to use a link, but it will not be as efficient, and won't rank as well in Google News. Once you select the text post, option, you'll see a few blank boxes, and we'll be filling these in together.
As you can see, the title box isn't something that we normally fill in like this. Generally, we would use "Free PSN Codes with the PSN Code Generator", but, Google seems to hate this for its news articles. It loves to have sites with "breaking news" headlines, so we're going to be creating something similar. Adding things like "completely new", "updated method", and "breaking news" will help you get indexed and increase your chances of being placed in Google News.
As you can see, we're not writing much. Before the first "call to action", we're going to have around 50 words of content, and in this first batch of content, you should include the keyword around 2 times, 3 is pushing it. Now, we're going to have our first call to action.
Using 5 asterisks: "*****", we're going to be able to create a new line on Reddit, this allows us to make the "call to action" separated from all of the other content.
How does Reddit understand links? [Anchor Text](URL) is the format that we use, as you can see above. The call to action can be in all caps and will also end up in a nice link to our site.
Now, follow the exact same procedure as we did above. 50 words of content, new line, call to action, new line. As you can see in the above image, that is all we have. We're not quite done yet, so let's head on over to UberSuggest, a tool that I love to use for keyword stuffing.
Put in your keyword, leave everything else blank (unless you are in a foreign market). Click suggest, and give it a few seconds to do its thing...
Copy and paste the results, and head on over to TextMechanic.
Enter an empty line in the first box, a comma in the second, and in the last, paste what you got from UberSuggest. Click "Find and Replace Text", and you'll get a nice comma separated list.
Now, just paste that list in and submit the post on your new subreddit!
This is what it is going to look like, keep in mind, it isn't the most beautiful thing, but it converts. Google will be all over this content, if you want to call it that, and you'll be on the Google News.
I cut off the rest of the keyword stuffing that we did, but now we're all done! (at least with the hard part)
What can we do to ensure that Google indexes our post? Well, without any indexing help, Google has no paths to find our newly created subreddit or the post itself, so what do we do? If you don't have any paid indexer, do not worry. We're going to be using a site called Pingomatic.
Put in your main keyword, your URL, and check every single box. Send those pings, and now you're set. If you did it correctly, you should see something like this in the next day...
...and that's how it's done! Usually, these rankings last around 3-4 days, and can bring in a pretty penny. This is no long term strategy, but if you need to test the profitability of a niche, or just need a few extra dollars, this is the ideal method for you.
As always, if you have any questions at all, post a comment below and we'll do our best to help you out!
To your success,
The DripApps Team