Ranking Signals

  • CTR as a ranking factor: what we know so far and how to action it

    … For the last two years there has been much discussion and debate around whether click through rate (CTR) is something Google uses to determine where to rank a site. It all began way back when Rand Fishkin did an interesting experiment which provided some evidence behind his theory that CTR is in fact something that could influence rankings…

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  • Four pillars of SEO management: optimizing content for success

    …, but it is also quickly becoming more challenging. An estimated 88% of B2B companies and 77% of B2C companies say that they use content marketing. In both groups, about half say that they will be increasing their budgets in the coming year. The increased budget will lead to more content, and the digital ecosystem is about to become even more saturated…

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  • Images: three optimisation tips to help speed up your site

    … People like fast websites and so does Google. In fact, your website’s speed is a ranking factor in Google search engine results. If your site loads quickly, it’s more likely to appear when people search for your brand. This along with the knowledge that a fast site provides a better user experience (UX), means that a faster website can lead…

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  • Which kinds of links are most valuable for high rankings?

    … links? Four reasons: High ranking. It’s up there right now, so when people look for resources to link to, there it is. It’s a good article. It’s there because it serves a need. It’s also comprehensive which means people don’t need to look elsewhere. Internal links. The sidebar on the homepage links to the post so it continues to accrue…

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  • Does Google look at anchor text in internal links?

    … of SEO that I can control, and I’ve seen the benefits for sites I’ve worked on. Internal linking: examples Let’s take an example from Search Engine Watch. I wrote this article on internal linking, with examples and tips, back in September 2015. I’ve since linked to it using that exact anchor text (and variations on it) on at least 10 occasions…

    Graham Charlton/ Search Engine Watchin Google- 21 readers -
  • 2016 link building survey: five important takeaways

    …. As cited before, there are many studies showing the value of links, Google continues to stand behind links as a key ranking signal, and SEOs all have first-hand experience with the value of links in ranking. But those all look at the larger picture. It’s near impossible to say definitively how many links, what type of links, and how long after you build…

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