Ryan Hanley

author, speaker, marketing geek

How to Take Advantage of Google Search through Blogging

Google Search

At it’s very core Google Search has a simple mission… Match Problem with Solution.

That’s it.

Seriously… It’s that simple.

The process of finding a solution has become more and more complex as Google continues to refine the search process by adding weight to social sharing and penalizing certain link-building tactics.

But with every algorithmic change, what Google is trying to do is more effectively match Problem with Solution.

You don’t believe me… 

How Google Search Works

Forget about Panda.  Forget about Social Sharing.  Forget about Google+.  Forget about SEO.  Forget about Link-Building. Forget about all the technical crap Gurus go on and on about when it comes to ranking on the first page of Google.

Most of it is bullshit anyway…

All you need to think about is how you personally use Google Search.

Say you have a problem.

Let’s say the problem is your car is making a funny sound and your mechanical knowledge of automobiles ends at where the gas goes…

So you go to your computer, fire up the Internet and type the following into the address bar:


Up pops a screen that looks kinda like this…

Google Search

No matter what you type into that little box in the middle of screen you’re expecting Google to give you the answer.  You’re NOT hoping… You’re EXPECTING the answer!

…and you want the answer to be:

  • Relevant
  • Local
  • Quality
  • Active

Google Search wants that’s first organic result to be the BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION to your problem available on the Internet.

So when you have a problem with your car… You want Google to tell you the name, address and telephone number of the Best Auto Garage to fix your car.  That’s what you EXPECT.

Is that always the case?  Absolutely not.

But if we understand Google’s motivation when it comes to search we can build our own platforms more efficiently.

Enter Long-tail Keywords

When I started the 100 Insurance Questions Answered in 100 Days video series the whole premise was based around the idea of Long-tail Keywords.

But where we can compete… Check that… Where we can Win is with organic Google Search results.

As a small business (In my case an Insurance Agency) our Online presence can’t compete with our national competitors… At least not in dollars spent.


By providing specific and unique solutions to the problems of our target audience through Online content.

If this were a live speaking presentation I would repeat that sentence for effect…

As a small business I can defeat my national competitors in Google Search results by providing specific and unique solutions to the problems of my target audience through Online content.

Think about the implications of what I just said.


Your small business can be ranked first in Google Search.  But you have to create content and you have to create a lot of it.  I’m not saying this shit is easy.

Your Long-Tail Keyword Google Search Mission…

…is to figure out what problems your small business solves.

Not what products you sell.

What problems those products solve.

See the difference?

Here are some examples of problems from my own business:

  • When should I drop collision coverage?
  • What is general liability?
  • How do I put in an insurance claim?

Yes, I make money by selling insurance products… But that’s not why people buy insurance from me.

People buy insurance from me because I help them solve their insurance problems…

That is a really powerful concept that I want you to wrap your brain around.

The Rub

The rub is simple… THIS STUFF WORKS!

That’s my new slogan for Blogging and Social Media BTW.

I’m going to try and copyright it but I have no idea how to do that.

Blogging and Social Media and Content Marketing and all the rest it works… If you do it right and you put just a little bit of your personal awesome into it… It Works!

There is so much more of this to come as bring together the RIDICULOUS results from our 100 Days video series… If you don’t want to miss Subscriber by Email.

Thank you,

Ryan H.

About Ryan Hanley

I help make sales easy through content marketing. My work as a marketing strategist, keynote speaker, and Amazon bestseller author will help your business establish authority, attract an audience and grow revenue. Hire me to speak at your next event or grab a copy of my new book, Content Warfare.

  • http://www.seotipsaustralia.com/blog.html Matt Hayden

    Definitely a good idea to think about what questions people type into the search box and then write blog posts that answer those. And one site that can give a you a lot of good ideas about what these might be is Quora. Linkedin Answers is another good source of often asked questions.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley



      Quora and LinkedIn Answers are fantastic places to get good ideas… You can also do a social media campaign around collecting questions.


  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen


    I love the way your write and the details you provide. You remind me of a certain Lion we all know and love :)

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Wow… Craig… Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words… Thanks for stopping by, I’m happy to have you hear.

  • http://www.iquestintl.com John Ernest

    Thank you for posting this. Actually when I run out of words that would exactly describe my problem, I would just enter the first few words that pop up on my mind and produces the best results. Aside from that, you can even enter mathematical problems on the Google Search bar and Google will answer it for you. Just a little trick I learned in college. :)

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Wow… That is a great trick! Thanks for sharing John…

  • http://avgjoegeek.net Jason Mathes

    This is how I’m able to get to the top of Google search with most of what I write. You need to write to solve a solution people are looking for the answer to (in this case how to get onto Google’s searches using longtail keywords?) and then being very specific both in your article and keywords for what people are searching for… not search engines.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      No doubt Jason!

      You are right on the money brother. Thanks!

  • Meagan

    Thanks for the great post. When it comes to SEO, since it is so confusing, thinking of each blog post as a piece of high-quality content that focuses on one subject or keyword phrase, helps me to write a post that’s good for me and Google. That’s the way I do it… hopefully it’s working! Thanks for the great post and for simplifying things a bit more!

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      No doubt Meagan… You’re approach is perfect. Hit one topic hard… make it specific and awesome.

      That’s SEO success!


  • http://www.reallygoodwriting.co.uk Mike Garner

    You cannot, and have never been able to dupe Google. They are very, very good at flushing out the cheaters.

    When it comes down to it, this is about simple marketing. The ONLY question you should be asking is, “What problem do I solve?” Unfortunately, so many web sites are so over SEO-driven that they forget that once readers get to them, they expect results.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Right on Mike! “What problem do I solve?” Perfect.


  • http://inspiretothrive.com Lisa

    Would you include the question in the blog too?

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      If you can and it makes sense yes. Many people read the headline and then forget it… If you can reiterate and drop back fantastic and then it also helps for SEO.

      Thanks Lisa!

  • http://www.petersandeen.com/ Peter Sandeen

    Hi Ryan,

    Great post once again :)

    That’s the core of all effective marketing: Produce exactly what your “best” potential customers want and hit them in the head with it 😉

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Thanks Peter!

      I like the visual of smacking your clients in the head with your Product/Service… Nice!

      Ryan H.

      • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

        Peter… Awesome! Love it.

        And insurance is a great example… haha

        Ryan H.

  • http://ryzeonline.com Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca

    HEhehe… love it, dude.

    This stuff works! Love the new slogan.

    Here’s something interesting, out of the whole post, the thing I felt most moved by and enthusiastic about IS the new slogan (no dissrespect to the awesome google/long-tail wisdom.)

    To me this is an indication that people are More Open to wisdom after they’ve been fed a moving, emotional, authentic brand 😀

  • http://www.keelog.com/ Asma Khan

    Google is like a true friend who takes your worries and solve your problems.

  • http://www.stevebaines.biz Steve Baines

    Awesome Ryan – SEO, Meta Tags, Header Tags, etc… can be so confusing but this post is so EASY and make so much sense. That is exactly how I use google, trying to find a solution or an answer. Most of my searches start with Who, Why, How, What, When, etc… If your blog answers a questions, provides a solution and your title is the question BINGO! Great advice, which I will be using for sure!

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Thanks Steve!

      I’m really glad it helped… Appreciate it buddy.

      Ryan H.

  • http://www.priyachandra.com Priya

    you make it sound so simple Ryan! What surprises me is people who use Google to solve their own problems somehow forget this basic rule when creating content for their business.
    Hope you don’t mind but I’m stealing your line:
    “As a small business I can defeat my national competitors in Google Search results by providing specific and unique solutions to the problems of my target audience through Online content.”
    and ‘pinning’ it to my desktop (ok I use Stickies for the Mac but I thought pinning sounded much more hip).

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Steal away Priya!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • http://daily42.com Sylvia

    Hi Ryan,
    I personally concentrate in using long-tail keywords for every site I open as I am able to target the right people. In addition, I am able to get better traffic as I do not compete with highly competitive keywords.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley


      Your second point is very powerful… You get better traffic because those phrases are less competitive. Great stuff!


  • http://www.productivesuperdad.com/ Timo Kiander


    Good stuff!

    My question to you is … does it matter how many search results per month there are for these long-tail keywords or does it matter?

    I admit that my head is too much wrapped around the general SEO stuff (you need to have X amount of searches per month), but maybe this knowledge doesn’t apply in long-tail keywords?


    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley


      With Long-tail Keywords you’re focusing on phrases so you’re not going to get as many searches as your singular keywords… However what you’re going for is to be the TOP or near top search so you’re getting very targeted traffic.

      Maybe you only get 100 search hits a month from your Long-Tail Keywords but those 100 hits will be very targeted and interested in what you’ve written.

      Does that make sense?

      • http://www.productivesuperdad.com/ Timo Kiander

        Sure! Thanks :)

  • http://www.rightmixmarketing.com Tom Treanor

    Ryan. I completely agree and great way to explain it. I’ll contribute a (hopefully) helpful nuance that I use with my clients. If you solve problems locally then make sure you use local terms on your site. That’s because when I’m looking for a barber, a photographer or a new set of tires I’ll often type something like “hair cut San Mateo”. If the world is your oyster though, then solve the problems without the location. Thanks for posting!

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley


      Absolutely you’re correct! That is an important point… One question for you though Tom. I always thought that Google will try to find Local (by IP address) results first regardless if they have the town name. Is that true?

      However putting the town name in your posts is very important.


      • http://www.rightmixmarketing.com Tom Treanor

        Ryan. I think Google picks certain searches to be local. For example, type Pizza in your search bar and see what comes up. For those searches I’m assuming Google uses your location to pick the nearby ones. But assume you’re traveling to a town 10 minutes away. You’d search for pizza Palo Alto. Or if you have to find a radio shack, “radio shack foster city” (I just went through this). In that case, you increase your chances of being found if you list your location strategically on your pages. Most people will search for local stores in areas that they don’t normally visit. You know most of the local spots around you so you’ll specify location when you’re planning a drive or trip or when you’re on the move…

        • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley


          I just slapped myself in the head and said “Duh!”

          Thanks makes perfect sense.

  • http://www.postfever.com/ Harneet Singh

    Nice post. I am amazed that in this search thing, so many mysteries are hidden. Thanks for updating my brain :) Keep up the good work :) :)

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

      Thanks Harneet… Google keeps a lot of what they do and how search works under wraps… Gives guys like me more to write about! ha!

  • http://crohnsandibsbreakthrough.com/blog/feed Rizwan Sultan

    Hey Ryan,

    I agree Google was intelligent enough and complete our sentence before end.But Still SEO and Social Media have it’s own importance for making SERP.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley


      Definitely… Social Media is very important to search for sure… You also make great relationships in Social Media!!


  • http://www.ryanhanley.com Ryan Hanley

    Thanks Aaron… That’s how win as small business peeps… Long-Tail Keywords!!

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