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SEO myth-busting: What is not a Google search ranking factor


SEOs and site owners love to talk about various Google ranking factors. While we know content and links are still important signals, there is always chatter about elements that Google has repeatedly stated don’t actually affect rankings.

Here are some of the signals that Google has said are not direct ranking signals in its Search algorithms:

Does it really matter if these are ranking factors Google uses in its search algorithm?

No, not really. Just make your site awesome for your users and let Google figure out how to rank it. That is what the past 20 years of Google algorithm updates have taught us.

Getting bogged down on any specific ranking factor is not a good idea and can distract you from your business goals. You probably care about driving qualified traffic to your site even if CTR isn’t a ranking signal.

Focus on making sure your site has accurate content and links to trusted and quality web sites. Make sure you have a high conversion rate and that people share your content. You should want users to engage with your site and not bounce off to your competitors.


About The Author

Barry Schwartz a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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