Today's post is a massive update.
Why? Because RankIQ has done a massive app update too!
RankIQ's owner, Brandon Gaille - a top blogger and host of The Blogging Millionaire Podcast - has made it even easier for content creators to rank their posts on the first page of Google.
You see, RankIQ is based on the principle of using low-competition keywords that have a high search intent. To experienced bloggers, that's nothing new.
But to a new blogger who's trying to make sense of SEO? It's everything!
It's so important to have a content optimizer that helps new blog posts get found by search engines, and RankIQ has a very good content optimizer.
I remember when I started my first website Easy Food Dehydrating with SBI, I simply wrote what I wanted to write about. I paid no attention to "getting found."
Guess what? Keywords get you found.
I woke up.
Treat your content as a commodity. Avoid rambling and going off topic. Avoid stuffing too many keywords in the first paragraph!
Stop it. Don't do that.
Scatter keywords throughout your post.
Old and new posts alike can benefit from using the newly-updated RankIQ. Improve your page rankings. Keep reading to learn how.
Brandon's new update for RankIQ users is this: it's all about goal setting - and ACHIEVEMENT! Being able to see your posts move from one stage to another and achieving the final outcome: A new post.
You have a better chance of getting stuff done if you set a goal for its completion, right? But stats show that only a very small percentage of people actually write their goal(s) down. (My hand shot up there). I make (imaginary) goals but never write them down. So what?
Well - when you listen to Brandon, he makes the case that written goals have a far better chance of materializing. So, with the aid of RankIQ's dashboard update(s), you'll know where you're at - at every stage of your blog post. Bear this in mind: Brandon is an SEO expert, who updates the keyword research tool regularly inside of RankIQ.
Whether you're a food blogger, a new car blogger, or an ePub Tech Reviews blogger like me, using a target keyword (or two, or three) gets your post found.
And those keywords are obtained by running a report inside RankIQ. Using those high-traffic / low-competition keywords that RankIQ provides from your initial seedword query, gives you the best chance of success.
Brandon takes the hard work out of keyword hunting. I know many people enjoy the task of searching for keywords; I'm just not one of them. I'm lazy. I just wanna write and get the post done.
As mentioned earlier, it's even easier with the newly-updated RankIQ to revive old blog posts and create new blog posts with ease. With this new update, you'll see - at a glance - what stage your post is in.
As you're creating your post (or updating it), simply click on "Reports" at the very top of your page (shown in the image below), to be taken to a list of your reports.
Note that I am showing you the "Unscheduled" reports tab, as shown below:
There you will see a list of posts in the "Unscheduled Reports" tab. Take note of the colored bars on the left-hand side of each post.
The moment you add your post to the schedule, you'll get a pop-up reminder/notice window saying your post will be in the "Scheduled Posts" area.
Below, this is what it looks like after you've clicked, "Yes, Move":
meaning it is "greyed out."
So don't panic (like I did) when you don't see your WIP in the "Unscheduled Reports" view when you log back in!
It's now in the "Scheduled Posts" area shown below:
As I sit here typing this, over to my right is a list of keywords that I need to include in my post (shown below):
The green shaded area in the right-hand pane above means I have included them in this post (so far).
The "used" keywords can be toggled "off" by clicking on the middle tab (in the right-hand pane) to "Unused" so only the keywords I haven't used are visible.
When you enter your keyword to run a new report, RankIQ brings back the top keywords used in blogs with high-quality content and top-ranking status.
It even provides the links to those pages so you can take a look.
Note: Don't copy their posts. Just sneak a peek. Learn from them and gain inspiration.
There are three categories of keywords:
my right-hand panel, I see all the keywords I need to use. Each keyword
has a designated (by me!) "T", "V", or "L".
Yes, you guessed it: "T" for theme, "V" for variation, and "L" for LSI. But let's get back to the report
area after my brief explanation of "T", "V", and "L" below:
When writing or editing my post in RankIQ that includes a keyword from the list on the right, it disappears from my right-hand pane.
That lets me know I've used it!
I write with the tab "unused" selected so I can see at a glance which keywords I need to include.
When including AI-generated text, make sure to "make it your own."
Nothing on this page has been AI-generated, even though I am a huge fan of artificial intelligence.
Couldn't resist including this screenshot here from "The Blender Girl."
When you want to see - at a glance - your post calendar, click on the Calendar button (clicking it again will hide the Calendar) and you can select "Scheduled Posts" and "Unscheduled Reports" to see your dates.
Again, Brandon puts a lot of emphasis on his goal setting, so when you see a post scheduled, it keeps you in check and motivated to get the post done.
Organized - and disorganized folks alike - can better keep track of their posts - with ease. And with the newly-updated Rank-IQ, you use the right keywords (low competition / high traffic keywords) in your posts picked from the right-hand pane.
As you type and include the keywords, keep an eye on your "Grade" at the top of the page. At the moment, I'm at "B+" and in parentheses (A++) is the target to aim for.
In the "Words" department, I'm at "1244" and in parentheses (2,900) is the word count to aim for inside the Content Optimizer "Grade" and "Words" count area.
When you have entered your seed keyword (or used Brandon's carefully curated Keywords from the library), you'll see the SEO Report, comprised of these important subjects:
Area 1 contains "Content Targets" and "Google Ranking Analysis."
Area 2 contains the "Content Analysis" with the keywords you should include.
Area 3 contains "Title Analysis" and "Title Grader"- a very useful SEO toolset, IMHO.
Area 4 contains "Top Ranking Titles."
Area 5 contains "Highest Graded Content in SERPs" - by ranking - along with the blog title they used and their website link!
Again, use those for reference only. Do. Not. Copy. Their. Content.
Here's a screenshot of some of my "Scheduled Posts":
When you are updating a post, be sure to take advantage of the checkboxes:
You'll also see the:
Right now, I've reached a content grade of "A" with "1523" words (admittedly well below the recommended 2,900).
Here's my updated screenshot of my "Scheduled Posts":
Notice that purple bars now show up on the right side as "new" because I selected "New" in the "New Post/Update" drop-down menu.
To edit any post, simply click on the lighter blue "Optimzer" button which takes you to the "Content Optimizer."
Clicking on the darker blue "SEO Report" button takes you to the area (your SEO report!) where the actual keywords, title, and top-ranking titles reside.
I do hope I've piqued your curiosity enough for you to join RankIQ.
And yes, it is my affiliate link. I only promote tools/apps that I use because I believe so strongly in them! Should you purchase from my link, I will receive a commission, and I thank you for that!
If you're still on the fence, please read my other post on Rank-IQ called RankIQ - SEO Tool Review.
Thanks for reading this newly-updated RankIQ post.