Google ranking factors with corrections
1. Old Domain’s benefit and Myth: The myth was an old domain is considered to be more trustworthy than to a new one, but in recent times the importance of age count is less in SEO. Now still why I am discussing it because of few following reasons:
- The site is Old so site owner must have long term plans with it.
- Spamming sites or spammers buy and leave domains, and Old sites assure on that point.
- But Age that we are discussing which is available at domain registration and renewal date are not viewed by Google.
- Domains purchased for extended years like ten years gives the same sense of stability and reliability, but Google gives the least importance to it.
- Unused domains can also indicate it to be a parked domain, which is a negative factor.
- If the old domain kept with a 301 redirection, then it is taken as a negative indication.
- The Domain farming companies buy’s holds and then sell domains showing age as a value, in reality, it holds no value.
- The only factor that hold’s value is content updated and presented at the time of purchase. Google want to check the contents since its inception, and if that comes good then you can take the age as a real factor
2. Keyword in Domain: Keywords used in the Domain to define the ranking back in time, but with Google’s EMD (Exact Match Domain) update it lost its glory. Although it doesn’t mean at all that keyword should be neglected. Hence it will be better not just to depend on a keyword phrase. You can see many interesting case studies on EMD domains such as cheapflights.com, lowestairfares.com they have lost the ranking due to EMD update and had to do a lot to bring back the ranking. But I can tell you it still holds some value or importance. In Bing, though any such EMD update is not visible and in Yahoo also we don’t see it, and as they hold good market share, you can keep other domains with your company’s primary Domain as a support line to get few free optimisation.
3. Domain Name starts with keyword: Here you benefit if you keep some other no keyword term followed by keyword term in the Domain your SERP will help. But do remember that the beginning of a domain with keyword doesn’t do all the work. You will still need to work on its SEO as a regular website. It will just add to your job.
4. Sub-domains with keyword: Here comes your opportunity to build more keyword dependent sub-domain under your brand name holding domain. It’s a separate entity than your domain so they can be ranked. While optimisation improves sub-domains rank, we can understand the presence of keywords in URL helps this process. It helps you to add additional information on your domain name such as place name, items name, person’s name, etc. Overall keyword based sub-domains help in overall SEO strategy.
5. The Domain History: www.arichive.org will give you the history of a site if you see a domain used for a porn site or an illegal business then do you think it can benefit you? Search engines are continuously checking a large number of web pages with all their content and inbound and outbound links on the internet to improve their search result. If they find bad links and bad quality content with bad historical data the rank of sites can fall. These adverse effects can get corrected with further good work, and back link disavows process.
6. EMD of Exact Match Domain: Google’s EMD update is no less than a nightmare for niche marketers who used exact keyword matching domain as a tool to win over better sites. The only way keeps a new and content rich site if you ever purchased such a domain and now you can’t leave it. Read the Point (1) for detail discussion on EMD and keyword based domains.
7. Public domain registration VS Private domain registration: Probably the most controversial topic on SEO rankings factor. Hidden Domain data is not right in my view as only illegal business owners will do it. Even google’s own domain’s ownership is also easily visible on WHOIS. So, there is no such difference or effect due to this on your SEO.
8. If you are a penalised site owner or optimizer will your sites face any penalty: If you are an identified spammer, then stay alerted for all your domains to face the penalty. We are here to make money by business, and Google is also doing the same. If you are a spammer, Google won’t keep you or any of your presence on its site. So, stay safe and play well.
9. Country based TLD: Yes .in domains are more preferred in India than us and likewise .uk domains are more preferred in the UK. So, it’s quite clear that Google will give preference to country based TLD for local and region-specific businesses.
10. Title with Keyword: Title holds a critical place in SEO because it is clearly visible in any search engine’s result. From that location, search engines pull up relevant terms as keywords. Here a factor called keyword manipulation also done so be careful of stuffing keywords in it than maintaining a proper and healthy sentence.
11. Description carries keyword in it: Description is that place where you can keep 165 characters, and in that, you can mention keywords and a little description of the page as well. Here you can also place phone number or contact details if needed. A search engine gives importance to this place, and that’s why placing keywords in it benefit the website
12. Keyword Appears in H1 Tag: Although the importance of header tag i.e. H1-H6 are reducing and they no longer provide the same value to a page as it used to do before. As per latest Google crawling behaviour, the usage of the of the tag seen in 60% of sites for ranking the URLs. Most sites don’t even use keywords in title tags. Now search engines check the content and then analysing the same ranks the sites. For ON Page SEO it is going to stay but don’t have much impact as before.
13. Use of Keyword in Body of a Web Page, How Google tackle keyword spamming or stuffing?
- Tf-if stands for term frequency-inverse document frequency, have you ever heard of it? Used in retrieving information and mining text.
I. TF(t) = (Number of times term t appears in a document) / (Total number of words in the text).
II. IDF(t) = log_e(Total number of documents / Number of documents with term t in it).
- Content with 100 words with three repetitions of the cat name. The term frequency (tf) for cat is 3/100 = 0.003. Now in 10 Million documents, cat word appeared for 1000 times. Then it’s inverse document frequency (IDF) is calculated by 10000000/1000 = 4. And now the Tf-IDF weight is the product of these quantities: 0.03*4=0.12.
- Now this formula gives a measurement of importance by comparison of the frequency of keyword appearance compared to expected rate of appearance.
- Case Study: When comparing “SEO company in Kolkata” and “SEO company” we found “SEO company” mentioned in many places and “SEO company in Kolkata” present in only one or two times. We can conclude “SEO company in Kolkata” qualifies as “SEO company’s” presence threshold is much higher.
- Final Output: So, in SEO the measurement of TF-IDF’s correlates with more top rankings when it performs only moderately better than individual keyword usage.
14. Content-Length: Here we will start our discussion with few studies done by other leading web search and analytics companies.
- “In 2012, SERPIQ did an analysis of the top ten results for some keywords in Google. From the data, it concluded that the average content length for these results was at least 2,000+ words.” SERPIQ.
- “Moz did a similar analysis of the top content on its site. After studying over 3,800 blog posts, it concluded that the best performing posts had a length of over 1,500 words.” Moz
“Another study by Moz found that there is a strong correlation between the length of the content and the number of backlinks it gets.” Moz
- “Medium.com agrees – digging through its data, it found that content that takes around 7 minutes to read gets the most attention. Making it 1400 to 2100 word content help.” Medium.com
- Reaching a point where we can tell that shorter than 1500 words will not give you lot of search traffic and longer than 2500 words may lose audience interest.
- Understand then write, why more extended contents favoured because they offer information that needs such words to explain. Now if you are just pumping words to increase length with no depth or real quality, then it will not benefit you. So, you must use few following things:
You must use these factors to strengthen your point:
i) Bullet points and numbered lists
ii) Short paragraphs 2-3 sentences
iii) Use images and videos
iv) Use headings and sub-headings
15. Latent Semantic Indexing Keywords in Content (LSI) Keyword: LSI looks for synonyms of the title of your page. It’s not word by word synonym dear. For example, if the title of a page is “top 100 SEO companies in India” the page should have companies names as well such as “Extensive Ideas, ebrands, Techshu, Ranking by SEO.”
- Add value to it by adding italicised, bolded, and H1 tagged words while keeping a live connection to subjects relevant to your title.
- It doesn’t affect squeeze page due to its intention of not optimising or minimalistic content.
- It keeps content relevant and productive with quality reference.
- Don’t overuse keywords in the content body.
- You can even check google webmaster to see which keywords your pages are ranking and then add LSI factor to it in accordance of the ranked keywords
16. Page Loading Speed: Google and Bing both use this factor to rate web pages. Google long back indicated that site’s speed is a ranking factor. Every single page has different loading time, and that depends on the content. As SEO now done on page level than domain level, fast loading pages are essential for their good performance. Now how to achieve it:
- A fast loading server.
- A CDN in use like maxcdn or use of a cloud like an Amazon.
- Check your speed at http://www.webpagetest.org/ or https://tools.pingdom.com
- Maximise HTML reduces others, this aspect applied on AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) the new search technology adaptation where you see only HTML pages and CSS; js not kept in those pages. So, if you can keep the least amount of CSS, js, and other heavy scripts, avoid bootstrap and large images they increasing page speed will never be a matter of worry.
17. Content Duplicity a fight against content piracy: Now with 7 Trillion pages and single language to support the battle for original content the only hope how creative you are as a writer, thinker, and adapter. Adapting and knowing latest technological or trade or choice wise changes help you to build unique content as a pioneer. Now what are the content duplicity issues most discussed are:
- The e-Commerce websites have duplicate products, solve this with enough unique content per page. Just make different options available like discount percentage, date required to deliver, site scheme and choice of alternative products. Keep proper canonical with updated and least matching HTML. Now overuse of canonical is also not liked by Bing, so if you have product pages which are sold out, it’s better to remove them from the live list of products but don’t delete them forever as the seller might need to return with products. But that’s difficult to achieve as you then would be removing a live ranked page. Now considering this you can keep these pages with the statement such as post requirements for future delivery. Try it and inform us about the changes it’s causing on your site.
- Content in your WordPress site can duplicate in this way:
A. http: // www. extensiveideas- test . com / SEO -optimization
B. HTTP:// extensiveideas-test.com/SEO-optimization
C. HTTP:// extensiveideas-test.com/tag/SEO
D. http://www. extensiveideas-test.com/tag/SEO
E. HTTP:// extensiveideas-test.com/category/SEO
F. http://www. extensiveideas-test.com/Category/SEO
G. HTTP:// extensiveideas-test123.com/SEO-post (External website)
The parts of any WordPress website that should not index in search engines are Tags, Categories, Author, Archive, etc. Even question tag and categories should not also get indexed. You can easily prevent them in your SEO plugin by making them “no-index.” Like the one, we are showing for the Yoast SEO plugin below.
- If you have a Question and Answer sites where people tend to copy paste answer from other’s sites there you can do these following things:
A. Add “no index or no follow” tag to stop duplicate contents.
B. Another way is to point the ownership of the content to the original owner or site by rel=canonical. But be careful while giving ownership to any other site and do it not always.
C. Keep maximum original answer. If you keep a maximum number of original content or answer, then few duplicate will not harm.
18. Rel=Canonical: It defines the ownership of content. In the process, you can mention the ownership of content in your site to any author or even to any website as well. For e-commerce sites where one product sold on multiple sites then it comes as a help. So if you have a large amount of same data on your website, you can canonicalize them to inform Google about their originality.
19. Date of Content Updates and its latest year status importance: If you see a content written one or two years ago then you may not be interested in getting information from it if you have the latest article with you. Google also like updated contents or updated pages.
- It’s the reason that suggests not to delete the old pages on your site but updates them with fresh and up-to-date content. It will not only provide a correlation to the old subject with the latest technology but also help the user understand the matter in a better way.
- For the same Google has moved from Caffeine to Hummingbird update. And now Penguin 4.0 (Although it bites differently) but the previous two updates used to check the latest status of the updated contents.
- In a way helping users to get only those content which is periodically updated to provide the most up-to-date information. So, new pages and links, the rate of document change, inception dates and some other small factors like comments, date/time tags, etc. These are considered necessary. So a new website is more preferred than to an old one.
20. Historical Updates Page Updates: A site owner must be super active to provide rich and accurate information to viewers. So with the frequency of page content update with proper chronological update track record provides useful information to users. If you can properly use data markup in your subsequent data markup with appropriate schema then getting highlighted in top Google search with Snippets is not an impossible task to achieve.
21. Image Optimisation: Images play a vital role in bringing an understanding of your website, business and personality. It is perhaps the only reason social media gained such popularity. Now today’s age needs you to be Image Savy so best of your capacity can be expressed to your readers and followers. If you want to build a healthy and active image-based personality then the necessary things that are needed as follows:
- Place images on your server, don’t upload a picture or use URL images from other sites.
- Use clear and proper ALT tag for every image.
- Upload images in multiple image sharing sites and social media separately and with the page URL which has the image.
- Use image URL like this (HTTP s: // www . whatisdigitalmarketing.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/google-search-ranking-factor.jpg) from your domain and share it across other sites to improve the visibility of the picture under your domain.
- These process will bring your image in Google Images and Other image searches with a point server as your website in most of the cases.
22. Content Update and its Update Date, How much importance it holds while looking for any content or clicking on any URL in Google search result. : Whenever we see the time of update of the content the first thing that strikes us it’s too old to follow or yeah it’s the latest write lets read it. As a human, we go through this process every time we search for content. Following this rule Search Engines also work accordingly, So, what they look forward from you regarding it:
- The date of the content must be updated. It showcases that we are working on our content and not just dumping the site with content which is left forever as it is.
- Try to understand Google now has 130 Trillion Pages to crawl and update it’s search data if you don’t refresh the pages it will have someone doing it or someone posting new content on the same topic, their content will get preference over your content. Don’t let this to happen and keep the contents updated.
- Now it’s not anymore those days when you can post 100 content with different keywords in your site, and the site will rank in all of them. Google has started its humanization of the search results. It will look for real answers from your content. Which means, build content that speaks about the solution, not about a hint. Only if your content provides a real solution to any problem with detail data, Google will prefer it, and even users will also like to read it.