Tag: Search Engine Ranking Factors

Forum Profile Links

Importance: Low Type: Trust Google may not value forum profile links because of forum spamming.

Being Yahoo! Directory Listed

Importance: Low Type: Trust The Yahoo! Directory has been cataloging sites for a long period of time, and many believe that because of that, being listed can rank…

Being DMOZ Listed

Importance: Low Type: Trust A theory is that being DMOZ listed increases your rankings.

Schema.org

Importance: High Type: User Experience Schema are used by major search engines like Bing, Google, Yahoo! and Yandex to improve the display of search results, so that their…

User Generated Content Links

Importance: High Type: Relevancy and Quality Search engines are able to recognize links that have been generated through software. An example of this is the hosted version of…

Reciprocal Links

Importance: High Type: Trust Excessive link exchanging can be seen as spammy and therefore decrease your rankings.

Keyword As First Word in Domain

Importance: Unknown Type: Relevancy Once important but not anymore; having the focus keyword of the website, in whole, as the first keyword in your domain name may increase…

Keyword Appears in Top Level Domain

Importance: Low Type: Relevancy Once important but not anymore; having the focus keyword of the website, in whole, in your domain name, may increase your search engine rankings,…

Domain Age

Importance: Low Type: Relevancy Google does not care about how long ago the domain was registered, as Google determines the age of a domain based on when Google…

Diversity of Backlinks

Importance: High Type: Trust Having backlinks from multiple sources is seen as natural, whereas having a single location may be seen as unnatural (spamming).

Nofollow Links

Importance: Medium Type: Relevancy and Quality Search engines, in general, don’t follow links with a nofollow relationship. Having a large amount of nofollow links may be seen as…

Affiliate Links

Importance: Low Type: Quality Having affiliates links won’t necessarily lower your organic search result position but having too many affiliate links may, as it lowers your website’s quality.