What parts of your site affect it’s Rank

Ranking Factors for SEO

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What factors affect how high your web page will rank in Google? There’s a long list, and some of the items on it might surprise you. In this article, we will begin to wade through these factors, explain why they are important, and what you can do to get them working for you. This is the first part of a five-part series.

Internal Link Structure

Internal linking is one of the most important factors that impact search engines rankings. Internal links pass page rank in a fashion similar to external links. If a certain page is cited from many pages, it is considered important. Use of targeted anchor text also plays a role. If you’re going after “green widgets,” make sure internal links point to that page with “green widgets” as their text for the link.

<h2>External Links</h2>

Who you link out, it gives the search engines a clue as to the quality of your pages. If X site links to a bad neighborhood, it will be considered part of that neighborhood and get slapped. Outbound links to quality sites indicate the quality of your content, and are likely used in the relevancy computation.

There are many top-ranking sites that don’t link to anyone, so this may only affect newer sites. This is another indicator used in conjunction with other factors. Linking out to quality sources won’t get the rankings, but if done with other SEO activity it helps with the overall trust and relevancy score.

Links to spam can get you flagged as spam, so be careful.

Link Popularity

Imagine 2 companies, both equal by any conventional measure, both have relatively equal advertising agencies, both have NFL super bowl ads… both have equal websites.

Imagine Coke and Pepsi

Google has got to choose… there can be only ONE NUMBER ONE

What are Backlinks?

Backlinks are links on other websites pointing at your website.

How to Find Good Backlinks

Website ranking involves more than just putting your website online. The old addage, “Build it and they will come” is no longer true. You need to not only have quality content on your website but also focus on getting good backlinks but also relevant backlinks. The kind of links you gather and where the link is placed on the other site will also determine the amount of traffic you get and your ranking in the search engines.

Google and Yahoo rank websites according to how many quality backlinks they find pointing at your website. Quality is determined by how relevant the other site is to your site and where the link is placed on their page (within the content is best) and how many other links are on the page (less is better). A large number of links pointing at your site does not guarantee success. You need quality backlinks in order to rise to the first page of results and the more you can find the better.


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