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4 Untold Reasons Blog and Posts Are Not Ranking On Page 1

Let’s get something clear. We all want our posts to rank as fast as possible. We want to be on the first page for our targeted keywords.

Ever asked, how will that be possible with millions of blogs out there? Can you ever achieve that - competing with those authority blogs?

I asked the same question in the early days of my blogging adventure. That early experience nearly frustrated my online earning ambition.

For example, let’s take a niche and see what you’re likely going to face if you must compete with the same keywords.

Our niche in this case study is “Football Prediction”. Here, you’re targeting the keywords “football score prediction”.

This is what Google brought for me after searching for the phrase (at the time of this post).

How do you beat the competition with this?

Do you notice the number of results shown by Google?

That’s “About 29,100,000 results”.

And if you should search the same keyword right now, you are more likely to have more results than that.

Then, how can you make it on the first page joining the same results?

That should give you a headache. But it’s something you can beat.

That’s the good news!

Those on page 1 were once on the last page. Yes, that’s true!

I remember writing posts in the early days. After a few weeks, I searched for the whole title as I created it, but Google could not display my results – be it on page 1 or page whatever. 

Want to know how got out of the rat race? Read, How to Know If Google is Ranking Your Posts.

It’s a frustrating experience. Then, I tried everything until I knew what was wrong.

What was wrong?

The thing was, my blog was new and my posts were new as well.

End of story...

You don’t believe it yet? You may not agree if you’ve read some lies about blogging.

Some authors make it appear as if it’s so easy to do. They give you titles like “how to rank number 1 on Google within weeks”, and “21 tricks to rank on page 1 of Google in 3 weeks”.

Don’t fall for this.

I actually hate telling you this truth because this is not what you want to read. You want magic – something that will catapult your blog to page one and at the top - almost immediately.

If that’s what you're up to, I’m sorry.

But give me a chance to help you.

First, let’s see how Google interacts with blogs and posts.

How Google Sees New Blogs and Their Posts

When you start a new blog, it’s just a baby. Google takes the time to see you working on it.

With one or two posts, they leave you in the dark. The search engine doesn’t trust you yet. It assumes you’re just trying things out, you may not be committed to continuing in a few weeks. 

Several people had quit after a few posts in the past. Google's systems will be skeptical about you too at first.

After a few weeks, if you keep writing and posting, they will try to compensate you. Your posts will be shown to a few searchers who are looking for what you’ve written about.

Don’t forget some authority blogs have written the same and they've ranked on top already. But Google will take their chances to show you at the top for some searchers.

This is where you have to live or die.

If those readers click, read and enjoy your posts, Google tracks that and compensates you further by showing the posts to more people.

If readers can’t stay minutes on your pages before going back to the search results and looking for better posts, that could be the end of your posts being ranked.

Do you get the picture?

This is why you have to do your homework well before posting those articles. It may make your blog or mare it.

Now, let's dive into why your posts are not ranking - at least, not yet.

Read Also: New Practical Tactics to Outrank Authority Blogs in the Same Niche and Keywords

Why Your Posts Are Not Ranking Till Date

You've probably read a hundred reasons your post is nowhere to be found. Yet, there are some you won't come by so easily because writers underrate them. Below is a list of untold factors affecting the ranking of your posts.

1. Content is Not Enough

You must have read this elsewhere too. “Content is King!” If you haven’t, there I give it to you.

That’s very true.

Write what people want and in the very language and voice, they want it. This is going to catapult your blog and posts to the first page in a few days.

And if you stay there for a while with people still loving it, you may retain the position forever or until someone else writes something better.

Having said content determines the performance of a blog, writing what they’re looking for is not enough. 

You have to put it before them in the best possible way. Read my “8-Point Perfect Blog Techniques”. The post takes you by the hands and shows you what your blog posts shouldn’t lack if you must win readers.

You have to understand your audience and simplify your words if that is suitable or go former if that is appropriate. You have to define your audience and understand how they want to learn from you. 

Doing things in your own way or perceived way is not enough. An audience that will love texts, may not love videos. Those who love chats, tables, and slides may not appreciate texts.

2. Your Level of Commitment Can't Be Rewarded

As earlier said, blogging can make you bounce back. It’s a journey full of frustrations especially if you want quick success.

Don’t take blogging as such.

I'd said, you didn’t get ranked immediately you drop your posts. To be frank, a new blog and its posts usually take an average of one year before being able to make page 1 in a competitive niche or about 100 days in a less competitive niche.

Well-established and authority blogs can make their posts to page 1 in about 3 months or more.

This is confirmed data!

Stay committed if you want to make it here. Google knows how to measure your commitment.

I recommend you maintain about two quality posts or more weekly for the first year of your blog. You may limit that to one week from the second year. That’s how those on page 1 made it there. If you read something else, it’s a BIG lie.

I know that landmark will be tough to achieve. Yet, it's possible. I'd personally prepared this post, "6 Tactics Pros Use to Never Dry Out of Content Ideas: Beginners' Guide" to help you handle things.

3. Plagiarism is Killing Your Ranking

Well, this is a bit different from copy and paste (CP). CP is an advanced form of plagiarism.

If you've read my post, “Number 1 Worst Way to Start Blogging for Money”, I don’t have to remind you what harm you’re doing to your blog if you copy other people’s works.

But plagiarism in blogging is more complex than copying words for words.

Let’s say you write a post and you just cover the same thing someone else has covered in his, how do you want Google to rank you above the person?

You can judge yourself here.

Google won’t cheat the other writer. They don’t have a special preference for you. If you want to be known, then, you must convince them you’re coming with something new or better.

Someone has written, "How to make it to page 1 on Google". Then, you write the same title. Even though your choice of words and presentation may be different, you’re not doing majorly differently.

Someone gave, "5 Reasons Swimming is good for wellbeing". You also give the same 5 reasons even though in your own words and voice. Someone wrote his post all in texts without pictures or video illustrations, where possible. Then, you did the same.

How will Google differentiate you? How will they rank you higher?

In summary, it is worth it if you can take the time to see what other bloggers had written on whatever topics you want to cover.

Look for their missing points. Check for their weaknesses in their presentations. See if you can add pictures, graphs, videos, and more to explain things further.

Use this to take position over them. This is the only way you can be seen as writing something different. If you write entirely your work the same way they write theirs, you can’t rank better, you have to write better, higher, longer, cooler, and more captivating posts than theirs.

4. Jack of All Trade Will Jeopardize Ranking Goal

If you're posting random articles, you will be out of luck for organic traffic and ranking. Blogging should be a diary of topics in the same niche. If you end up writing on banking, schools, telecommunication, agriculture, and so on - just on the same blog, you're more confused than Google and other search engines will be.

Jack of all trades is a master of none.

Your readers need to spend more time on your blog and read more and more posts before leaving if you want to send the right signal to search engines. 

This is far from happening if someone who is sent to your page for education updates ends up seeing cheats for browsing or how to blog and make money online.

Of course, you can only win more clicks if all the posts on your blog surround the same idea or niche. If you must write for education, do that. If for business, start another blog. Stop matching things up. It doesn't help your ranking.


I can go on and on about why your posts and blog are not ranking, at least not yet. But the four reasons given here summarized them all.

If you can work on the four, I guarantee you success and a page-1 ranking in the next few weeks if your blog is old enough. And about 9 months, if you’re just starting out.

Don’t forget, no matter what anybody tells you, this is how things work in the SEO world.

Do you think this is enough to help you get to the top on Google? Do you know of other things weighing your blog or anyone's ranking down? Share your views in the comment section below.

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