As for me there are a lot of methods to make your rank higher. For example, guest blogging. Why? Cause it is one of the quickest way to get quality backlinks.
Use social media to post your content there and as a result you can get better Social Media Traffic.Reach out to forums, newspapers, and communities to spread more about you and get a backlink at the same time.
Use also email outreach to influencers, broken links method and other methods and never waste your time with links that might cause trouble.You need to build only quality backlinks.Do article marketing on relevant websites.Also with the help of social bookmarking and social networking sites you can get a lot of quality backlinks.
Another great way to get quality backlinks to your blog is by using press release websites.What can help also - commenting and guest blogging.