This is just another tongue-in-cheek bit of fun as a follow up to an SEO test I ran 3 years ago. Back then I ran a test to see how long it would take to appear on page 1 in Google for “hazelnut coffee expert“.
At the time, that little test ended with 7 out of the first 10 spots on the first page of Google pointing to me as being the global leading hazelnut coffee expert. Ironically I haven’t had hazelnut coffee since.
Having a quick look just now I can see that 3 years later I still have the top 3 spots.
And yes before you say anything – I agree it was a really easy phrase to go after – only 235,000 results to beat – but that wasn’t the point. It was actually an experiment to see how fast Google indexes stuff. At the time it took around 30 seconds to get the first spot (with Google hangouts) and around 48 hours to chalk up the rest of the 7 top listings.
So What Am I Doing Today?
Well, this test is really to see how long it takes to get an “image” ranked in Google. And secondly – can I get this image ranked in 1st position for a particular keyword phrase?
To make the challenge a little more amusing, I picked a phrase I could brag about later (assuming this works).
So I’m going to give this a go and try to rank an image of me which should hopefully appear when people search google for the phrase best looking guy in perth. <evil grin>
So here’s the image I’m going to try and rank:
Will it work? Who knows. Let’s give it a few weeks and see what happens!? If it does it will crack me up.
Benefits of Ranking Images
So here’s the reason why I’m doing this. Images are easier to rank than pages on your website. Especially for a competitive target keyword. Why? Because SEO guys spend a lot of time and energy tweaking their website, but spend very little time tweaking their images. Images can be turned into little banner ads which can help you remain front and centre on page 1 of google. Have you noticed where images appear in the search results?
Depending on what keywords you’re trying to target or your niche, image optimisation can drive extra traffic.
This works even better on images where people are interested in details like in watches, dresses or makeup.
“How to articles” also have much to gain from image optimisation. When people are looking to learn something they often want to see a “visual” of how it is done.
Did the “Best Looking Guy In Perth” Experiment Work?
Well… SEO takes time. Sometimes a few months – but let’s come back in a few weeks and see whether I am actually the best looking guy in perth.