How to Rank on Google for THOUSANDS of Keywords (With One Page) - Data Study

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Our data shows that an average #1 ranking page on Google ALSO ranks for nearly 1,000 other keywords in the top 10. Want to know how to do it for your pages? This tutorial shows you how.

How many keywords should I target per page? What should my keyword density be? What if I told you that these are the wrong questions to ask when it comes to getting more organic traffic from Google? Now, it's not exactly breaking news that a page can rank for hundreds or even tens of thousands of keywords. But the question is how many keywords do top ranking pages rank for, and how can you get your pages to rank for more keywords? You're about to find out in this video. Stay tuned. [music] What's up SEOs? Sam Oh here with Ahrefs, the SEO tool that helps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and dominate your niche. Now, last year, we conducted a study on 3 million random search queries to find out how many keywords a top ranking page can also rank for. So for each of the 3 million keywords, we took the top 20 organic search results and pulled the number of keywords that these pages ranked for on the first page of Google. And that's because if you're not ranking in the Top 10, you're probably not getting much search traffic. With that said, let's dive into the data.
How many keywords does the top-ranking page rank for?
If you look at this graph, you'll see that on average a number one ranking page also ranks for nearly 1,000 additional relevant keywords in the Top 10. And as you're further down in Google's search results, the fewer keywords you'll also rank for. We also wanted to find out if a more popular keyword would result in more relevant Top 10 keyword rankings. So we separated this into keywords with over 1,000 searches per month. And then one final group of search queries with over 10,000 monthly searches. And you'll see that the more popular the term, the more relevant Top 10 keyword rankings the page ranks for. But we also studied the median of these Top 20 ranking pages and you'll see that the data follows the same pattern, but the median number of the keywords that these pages also rank for in the Top 10 are about half of the average. Alright, so there's nothing revolutionary about a single page ranking for a ton of long-tail keywords, but wait for it.
If a single page can rank for a bunch of high-volume keywords?
We took this study one step further and checked if a single page can rank for a bunch of high-volume keywords. To study this, we took all of the pages from our sample that ranked #1 for a 10K+ volume keyword and looked at how many other 10K+ keywords these pages also ranked for in position one. And here are the results. As you can see, 84.4% of the top ranking pages didn't rank for additional 10K+ volume keywords in position one. So let's compare this to keywords with at least 1,000 searches per month. And you'll see quite a different effect. Only 35.6% of the top ranking pages ranked for a single keyword with at least 1,000 monthly searches, while around 64% of pages ranked for numerous 1K+ volume keywords in position one. Now here's the remarkable thing about this data. We know that in general, high volume search terms are usually hard to rank for. Also, they don't always produce the most clicks. So let me show you an example. If you were able to rank for a head term like "health," that would be awesome, right? Well first of all, with a keyword difficulty score of 96, an average site's chances of ranking for this term is slim to none. But what's even worse is if we scroll down to the Top 10 SERP, you'll see that the actual search traffic the pages get across all keywords is way lower than the suggested search volume. And a big part of this is that broad terms like this lack a clear search intent, which means a divided audience and likely high SERP volatility. Now, compare that to the keyword phrase "bumps on skin," which has a search volume of 9,600 and a keyword difficulty score of 30. Scrolling to the Top 10 search results, you'll see that the top ranking page gets over 90,000 organic visits from search each month and the other top ranking pages are all significantly above the suggested search volume too. Also, take note that the top ranking page here ranks for around 7,500 other relevant keywords. Clicking through to the organic keywords report, you can see all of the keywords that this page ranks for. And to confirm our data I'll set the position filter to only number one rankings, and the volume filter to at least 1,000 monthly searches. And boom! They rank for 31 keywords with over 1,000 monthly searches in position 1 and I'm only talking about from US SERPs. Now that's absolutely bananas to me! So now the question boils down to this:
How to find topics where content can get traffic from thousands of keywords?
how can you find topics where your content can get organic traffic from hundreds or even thousands of keywords? I've already covered a lot of research tactics in our long-tail keyword research video, so I'll leave links to those in the cards and description. But there's another very cool way to find high traffic opportunities, even if the search demand curve is relatively small. First, we'll need to choose a competitor's site to research. And by competitor, I highly recommend starting with one of the bigger players in your niche that appear to be ranking for every keyword under the sun. So in the health niche, that might be a site like Healthline, or for programming sites, that might be Stackoverflow. So I'll enter that into Ahrefs' Site Explorer tool. Next, I'll go to the Top pages report, which ranks the pages of a target website based on how much organic search traffic they get. Now, let's apply our knowledge from our data study. Since we know that a page can potentially rank for over 100 keywords with search volumes of more than 1,000 in position one, we can set some filters to find these pages. First, I'll set the Position filter from position one and I'll actually set the maximum keyword ranking to three because you don't need to go as narrow as only first ranking keywords to get useful data. Now, before I actually apply the filter, I want you to pay attention to this row's traffic and organic keywords numbers. Once I apply the filter, you'll see that these numbers change quite dramatically. And that's because all of the traffic and keyword metrics will change to reflect your filters. So the keywords numbers are the total number of keywords that each page ranks for in position 1-3. Now, for the recalculated traffic numbers, these are the sum of the total traffic that these filtered keywords account for. Make sense? Good. Next, I'll set the Volumes filter to show only keywords that have more than 1,000 searches per month. And you could obviously change this number to something else if you're in a smaller niche. Now, the four columns that I'm looking at here are Traffic, Keywords, Top keyword, and Its volume. And in general, if you see higher numbers in the Keywords column, then you may have found yourself one of those high-traffic topics that you can go after.
How to analyze the keywords that you found?
So let's run through a couple of examples here. You'll see that these 2 pages rank for 13 keywords with search volumes of over 1,000 which all rank in positions 1,2 and 3. Looking at the first one with a top keyword of "random number generator," you'll see that the top keyword has a search volume of 8,700, and the page generates around 14,000 search visitors from just 13 keywords! You can get a quick view of the total traffic by clicking on the caret beside the URL. And you'll see that the page actually generates 40,000 search visitors each month across all keywords, which is significantly higher. So I'll click through to the Top keyword, which will open up Keywords Explorer tool. And I would just quickly look at the keyword difficulty score, which in this case is low-ish to medium level. Then I'll quickly scan the Search volume and Clicks data graphs to get basic trend data. Everything looks ok to me, so I'll scroll to the bottom to look at the Top 10 SERP. And you'll see that almost all of the top-ranking pages get over 10,000 search visitors per month. The search intent seems pretty clear since these serve informational intent, and a number of referring domains isn't crazy. In fact, one of the pages has zero links pointing at it. Alright, one topic ready to go. Let's go back to our set of filtered Top Pages and analyze this one with the Top keyword "java array length" which has a search volume of 6,600, 13 keyword rankings that match our filter, and clicking on the caret, it gets around 26,000 search visitors. So let's click the Top keyword and you'll see that it has a Keyword difficulty score of three, and again, the search volume and clicks data look fine to me. Scrolling down to the Top 10 results, you'll see again that the top ranking page doesn't rank for a particularly large number of keywords, but it gets a lot more traffic than the suggested search volume. This tells us that even though a parent topic may not be super popular, there can still be an overall high cumulative search volume on the topic despite the number of keyword rankings. So it's always worth looking at the SERP overview chart before choosing your topics. Switching over to Healthline's Top Pages report with the same filters set, you'll see that pages rank for significantly more 1K+ keywords. Now, I've tested this exact research technique on numerous websites and found that you'll need to adjust your Search volume filter accordingly with industry averages. And if you're in a smaller niche, don't ignore pages that only have 2 or 3 keyword phrases that fall into this filter. So finding high-traffic topics, using this method or different tactics taught in the long-tail keywords tutorial will put you on the right track. But how can you increase your chances of ranking for more keywords and actually rank high for
How to increase your chances to rank higher for more keywords?
these so-called "also-rank for" keywords? According to our study, long form content appears to rank for more keywords. But this isn't exactly surprising because more words equals more related terms, which equals more keywords and traffic. Now, this isn't a call to start throwing in random keywords to make your content longer. Instead, think about how you can best serve search intent and then aim to answer the next few questions a reader might have. And the final thing that's going to help you rank for more keywords and get more traffic is links. Our study showed a high correlation between the backlink factors of a page and its Google rankings. To measure this, we created 5 buckets and sorted them by URL Rating, which represents the overall strength of a page's backlink profile. And as you can see, there's a clear correlation that pages with a stronger backlink profile rank for way more keywords. With the way that Google is growing through their AI and improving their algorithms to serve search intent, you need to start thinking topically. And the examples from Stackoverflow should have shown you that getting a ton of traffic, it doesn't necessarily require a huge set of long-tail keywords. So rather than focusing on aspects that are difficult to measure, focus on covering a topic the best that you can. Now, if you found this video helpful or insightful, make sure to like, share, and subscribe, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'd be happy to jump in. So keep grinding away, go and get higher Google rankings for more keywords, and I'll see you in the next tutorial.

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