The Google Patent Reveals The Secret To Great Site Ranking

by: admin Monday, February 1st, 2010

How many years did you register your domain name for? If it was
only one then Google could hold that against you.


Because the majority of Spam websites only register a domain
name for one year. A domain name registered for a longer period
implies that the owner is more likely to be legitimate and

serious about their web site.

This is just one of the unusual factors possibly considered by
Google when indexing and ranking a website. Factors you could
never even have guessed at in some cases.

How do I know this?

Google have recently made public the contents of their filing of
United States Patent

Application 20050071741 on March 31 2005.

In which many of the search giants secret ranking criteria is
revealed and it makes very interesting reading. You must read
this if you are serious about ranking well in Google. The

days of Spaming Google are drawing to a close. With this patent
they reveal just how hard they’re coming down on Spam sites. You
Do Not want to get caught out.

Here are the facts.

• Links.

It’s common knowledge that Google relies heavily on inbound
relevant links to rank a site. Now they explain exactly how it

As well as the number, quality and anchor text factors of a
link. Google seems to also consider historical factors.
Apparently the Google ’sandbox’ or aging delay begins count down
the minute links to a new site are discovered.

Google records the discovery of a link, link changes over time,
the speed at which a site gains links and the link life span.
With this in mind fast link acquisition may be a strong
indicator of potential search engine Spam.

Gone are the days of pages and pages full of links. You must
grow your links slowly to stay below the radar and be careful
who you exchange links with. That means no more buying hundreds
of links at once or other underhand tactics.

PR is now very valuable.

Your link anchor text should vary but remain consistent with
your site content. No more using your main keywords on every
link exchange you gain. That’s ‘anchor Spam’. Instead vary them
around your top five to ten keywords.

Link exchanges are still very important but you must work and
utilize them ethically. If you don’t and you get caught the
recovery from a ban can be months in coming and your host and IP
may also be recorded.

Softly softly seems to be the message. The fact is fewer but
better quality links will benefit you more anyway and they will
be much more likely to be long-term which is also good.

• Site click through rates (CTR)

CTR may now be monitored through cache, temporary files,
bookmarks and favorites via the Google toolbar or desktop tools.
Many have suspected for some time that sites are reward for good
CTR with a raise in ranking. Similar to how Adwords works.

CTR is monitored to see if fresh or stale content is preferred
for a search result.

CTR is also analyzed for increases or decreases relating to
trends or seasons.

• Web page rankings are recorded and monitored for changes.

• The traffic to a web page is recorded and monitored over time.

• Sites can be ranked seasonally. A ski site may rank higher in
the winter than in the summer.

Google can monitor and rank pages by recording CTR changes by

• Bookmarks and favorites could be monitored for changes,
deletions or additions.

• User behaviour in general could be monitored.

As Google is capable of tracking traffic to your site you should
closely monitor the small amount of copy returned in search
results. Ideally you want to integrate a call to action in there
to increase your listings CTR.

Clicks away from your site back to the search results are also
monitored. Make your site as sticky as possible to keep visitors
there longer. As mentioned above it may also help if you could
get your visitors to bookmark you.

• The frequency and amount of page updates is monitored and
recorded as is the number of pages.

Mass updates of hundreds of files will see you pop up on the
radar.On the other hand few or small updates to your site could
see your rankings slide. Unless your CTR is good. A stale page
that receives good traffic may hold it’s own and not require an
update. So don’t update for the sake of it.

A further indicator that Google is really cracking down on Spam
is made clear in the following extract from the Patent. Mention
is made of changing the focus of multiple pages at once.

Here’s the quote -

“A significant change over time in the set of topics associated
with a document may indicate that the document has changed
owners and previous document indicators, such as score, anchor
text, etc., are no longer reliable.

Similarly, a spike in the number of topics could indicate Spam.
For example, if a particular document is associated with a set
of one or more topics over what may be considered a ’stable’
period of time and then a (sudden) spike occurs in the number of
topics associated with the document, this may be an indication
that the document has been taken over as a ‘doorway’ document.

Another indication may include the sudden disappearance of the
original topics associated with the document. If one or more of
these situations are detected, then [Google] may reduce the
relative score of such documents and/or the links, anchor text,
or other data associated the document.”

There’s still more to look out for:-

• Changes in on page keyword density is monitored and recorded
as are changes to anchor text.

• The domain name owner address is considered, most likely to
help in a local search result.

• The technical and admin contact details are checked for
consistency. These are often falsified for Spam domains.

• Your hosts IP address. If you are on a shared server it’s
possible somebody else on that server is using dirty tactics or
Spaming. If so your site will suffer since you share the same IP.

The impression I get here is that Google have learned from the
Spam ‘attack’ they suffered in early 2004 and they are
determined to eradicate it from their listing results.

So what do you do?

You can’t go far wrong with your SEO if you try to grow your
site as organically as possible.Carry on with link exchanges but
consider each site carefully and slow down in your gathering of
them. Vary your anchor text. Add small amounts of good quality
content to your site regularly.

Check your search engine listings and edit your site to include
a call to action in them if possible. Make your site more
’sticky’ to encourage visitors to stay a while. Encourage
visitors to Bookmark your site. Oh and register new domain names
for at least two years.

Overall keep it ethical and you can’t go far wrong. Stick to the
guidelines above and you are much more likely to outlast and out
rank your competition

Darren Yates

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