Google’s Ranking Algorithm, Pie-Form

The SEO gurus over at SEOMoz.com ran this great blog post talking about the role different parts of SEO play in catching Google’s eye (make sure you check out Best Practice #2 – Go SEO content!). Here are a few highlights from the post as well as a great pie chart showing Google’s ranking algorithm broken down. Enjoy!

Google Ranking Algorithm Survey

The world's top SEOs look at Google's ranking algorithm.

And from the article itself:

“Best Practices for Ranking #1

Curiously, though perhaps not entirely surprisingly to experienced SEOs, the truth is that on-page optimization doesn’t necessarily rank first in the quest for top rankings. In fact, a list that walks through the process of actually getting that first position would look something more like:

  1. Accessibility – content engines can’t see or access cannot even be indexed; thus crawl-ability is foremost on this list.
  2. Content – you need to have compelling, high quality material that not only attracts interest, but compels visitors to share the information. Virality of content is possibly the most important/valuable factor in the ranking equation because it will produce the highest link conversion rate (the ratio of those who visit to those who link after viewing).
  3. Basic On-Page Elements – getting the keyword targeting right in the most important elements (titles, URLs, internal links) provides a big boost in the potential ability of a page to perform well.
  4. User Experience – the usability, user interface and overall experience provided by a website strongly influences the links and citations it earns as well as the conversion rate and browse rate of the traffic that visits.
  5. Marketing – I like to say that “great content is no substitute for great marketing.” A terrific marketing machine or powerful campaign has the power to attract far more links than content may “deserve,” and though this might seem unfair, it’s a principle on which all of capitalism has functioned for the last few hundred years. Spreading the word is often just as important (or more so) than being right, being honest or being valuable (just look at the political spectrum).
  6. Advanced/Thorough On-Page Optimization – applying all of the above with careful attention to detail certainly isn’t useless, but it is, for better or worse, at the bottom of this list for a reason; in our experience, it doesn’t add as much value as the other techniques described.”

Visit www.omgseo.com for more information on the basics of good SEO.

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