Google Ranking Factors: The Complete Guide
Updated: Oct 30, 2018
I have listed for you 210 Google ranking factors with a small explanation of each of them so that you have this document as a reference.
The first point I want to address are the domain level factors , mainly because they are what we might call "the most generic". They are not the most extensive in number. In fact, for this post I was able to locate a total of 12, which are:
1. Domain age
The domain age has always been considered a determining factor and at the same time not very manipulable, and we can confirm that this is the case.
If you think about it with logic, it really makes a lot of sense that domain age is a factor since, in real life, whenever we see a business that has been open for us for a long time it is a quality factor, right?
2. Keywords in Top Level Domain
They do not count as much as before, but having the same keywords for which you want to rank (or at least related) within a domain counts, especially if it is what is known Top Level Domain (TLD) such as, for example, the .com, .net, .eu or .org among others.
The trend is that as Google matures and each time its algorithm gets updated this type of factors count less, but it is very unconceivable that Google can stop giving some weight at some point to this, at least until the semantic web reaches 100%, and for that there is still quite some way ahead of us.
3. Keyword as first word of the domain
If we mix the previous concept with prominence, which is a very recognized factor for ranking content, the natural conclusion is that both (together) will make your domain more powerful.
In fact, in the SERP of Google (page of results) you will see a lot of domains that you suspect that, if not for this metric, would be much lower ranking, and you will be right.
4. Registration time
Google knows that if a person is not serious with a domain or thinking that it will be there for a long time they will register it for the minimum time, while if you want to have a stable and profitable project, the contract will be multi-year.
Well, this factor is also important to Google when it comes to positioning your page, which rewards not only old domains, but also those with long contracting time, ie multi year domain registrations. If you want to know more about it, I refer you to information about the Google patent .
5. Keyword in subdomain
As in point 3, having keywords in the different subdomains of your site will also support the ranking of the same.
The positive part is that within a site you can create as many subdomains as you want and, the least positive part, is that as a general rule a subdomain is going to take more or less 70/80% of root relevance, but hey, it's a loss you can take to position better, right?
The bad part you will find later because, as I already said, Google does not take too well that you have many subdomains, for obvious reasons.
6. History of the domain
In ranking as in life, history is very important. Google takes into account what and how many have been the movements of the domain, how many times it has changed hands, how many and what kind of automatic and manual penalties, in what IPs it has been, and a long etcetera.
That said, when you buy a domain that has already been used, investigate the story very well to avoid surprises, and keep clean the ones you already have.
7. Exact Match Domain
An Exact Match Domain ( EMD ) is, a domain that is exactly the keyword we want to position.
At present Google counts positively the EMD and even the PMD (Partial Match Domain, that is to say, that contains the keyword to position the domain and something more) and, although little by little it is subtracting value from these, but, as in the cases from previous points, it is very difficult for Google to totally remove all the value they have, hence they are very interesting and can benefit rather than harm.
In fact, the next time you do searches on Google that are likely to be commercially interesting, look at the EMDs that appear on the first page.
8. Whois public or private?
The Whois is the information about the domain, both the registrar and the person or company that uses it.
Google has the healthy habit of not trusting all of the domains that have a private Whois, because they think that if you hide that information is because you have something to hide and, as you will understand, Google will not help you as much as with a Whois Public. And Matt Cutts had something to say about this back in 2006.
9. Whois penalized
Obviously, if you have been penalised for some aspect of Whois, either that the entity that has sold you the domain has some penalty, or the IP where you have it hosted has been penalised by Google and that in turn will have a detrimental effect on your domain and you will have some rankings less than that you would be clean. Once again, be very careful with the Whois and investigate it thoroughly.
10. Considerations about country domain extension
The country TLDs, also called regional domains and, in practice, the famous .de, .mx or .co.uk or similar ones will give you a position turbo in the country that we could
call "jurisdiction" but, on the other side, they will weigh you down in other countries.
That is, if, for example, you have a project that is only destined for the UK and you do not have the possibility to internationalize, use a .co.uk domain, it will help you in the national territory but, if you want to reach the whole world, my recommendation is that you use a TLD classic, if it can be .com, it is better.
11. Ratio of subdomains
In point 5 we talked about keywords in subdomains, and this would be the counterpart since, if you have many subdomains for few pages on the site, or an irregular growth of the same, Google will possibly have serious doubts about the veracity of your information and think that you are trying to benefit from that ranking factor.
The trick is to use subdomains with heads and, the few that we build, we do it following all the bases of SEO on-page.
12. File size
The file size is also a factor in the web ranking of your site, you should avoid large file sizes, since Google has the habit of identifying them with bad user experiences due to loading time and the possibility of injecting malware.
Ranking factors at page level
I always say in my SEO courses that Google's ranking should be looked at per page, that is, for each of the URLs and, although there are factors that are common (either domain, as we have seen, whether they are antispam or many others, as we will see later), the section that probably has more factors is this one that we start now.
In total there are more than fifty factors. Yes, you read correctly, more than 50. Let's go for them, with patience:
1. Keywords in the title
Google will take it as a good ranking criterion to include the keywords you want to rank for in the title of the page.
Now, do not overdo it, the main thing is that the title of the page is original, quality and that reading it does not feel like a fool, or it will not help to include it.
2. The title starts with the keyword to rank
As we mentioned in the first section, prominence (positioning a keyword at the beginning of a label) is again key.
That is, if you want to rank better, include the main keyword as much as possible at the beginning of the title of your page, always following the rules that it is read well, be unique and original because, after all, the title is the most important part of each of the pages!
3. You have the keyword in the meta description
Just like having the keyword to position in the title, it is also a point in favour if you include it in the meta description of your page and, as in the previous case, the reading should be natural and the description original.
Now, keep in mind that this factor gets a lower weight than the previous one, since the meta description tag has a lot less weight in web ranking in general than the title tag.
4. Keyword in the H1 tag
The H1 tag is, in a few words, "The most important phrase you have to say on your page", so having the keyword present in this tag will also be a good ranking factor for Google.
You must pay attention to it since it is a factor that, although it is not totally decisive, has a weight that we could consider medium (as a minimum).
5. Keyword frequency
Frequency is a basic piece of content optimization for SEO on-page , and is neither more nor less than the number of repetitions a keyword has on a page or label.
Well, if the keyword to rank is the keyword that has a higher frequency within the page in question, then you have a plus. Of course, the content must sound natural, you do not want to do keyword stuffing ...
6. Content length
Several studies ( like this one ) have been analysing the length of the pages that rank better in the SERP of Google and the trend is clear: The search engine likes pages with long content, and in fact, if in the pre-Panda era it was enough with 200-300 words to have a chance to rank very high, now this figure has risen... That is, we are talking about lengths of more than 2,000 words, another world in a very short time, right?
7. Keyword density in content
Like frequency, it is another basic metric in onpage SEO, and it is neither more nor less than the total number of times that the keyword in question is repeated divided by the total number of words that a page has.
If we talk about the body, that is, the section where we put the vast majority of the visible text, the classical density of which the books recommended was between 3 and 7%, but it
is very high today. In fact, I recommend that figure to be no more than 3% in any case, and in most situations 1% should work.
8. LSI (Latent Semantic Index) of keywords in the content
Behind this name and this abbreviation hides the part of the algorithm that has to do with words that have more than one meaning and, in order for Google not to make a mess
of them, the ideal is that you use them together with other related words.
This way you will get a potentially negative factor to become another positive factor within your content.
9. LSI in title and description
This looks a lot like the previous point, but instead of taking it into account only in the content, the title and description are also taken into consideration, which, as you know, are much more important tags for your ranking.
10. Page load time
Page load time is a very important factor also, both at the SEO level and at the usability level (UX). At the SEO level if you have a sluggish server that takes too long to manage the requests Google will penalize you because you will be wasting their crawler's time, but also the users.
UX level happens more or less the same, for every extra second from the third you are losing a lot of users, so you need to keep your pages and your server so that they are loaded in three seconds at most.
11. Duplicate content
One of the major problems of Google historically was the amount of duplicate content that is on the Internet and, in fact, later we will see that there is an algorithm like Panda that is focused precisely to these needs.
Before reaching that point I have to tell you that the duplicate content on a page will make Google less aware of it and, in fact, the normal thing is that the search engine
only takes one page as original content to position while the rest bury in the SERP.
12. Label rel = canonical
The rel = canonical tag is an important ranking factor because it fulfils several factors:
• On the one hand, it avoids duplicate content problems by referring all "similar" URLs to it.
• On the other hand, it concentrates the reference in the URLs that you need.
• Finally, it limits 404 errors and the like.
14. Optimization of images
Another factor to take into account is the weight and size of the images that you have in the URL that you want to rank, since they influence once again both ranking and usability.
Therefore, if you want to score all the points of Google to rank correctly, do not forget to optimize your images for the web and keep them at the minimum possible weight without losing too much resolution, it is better to have something faster than something nice and slow.
15. Content update
Since the launch by Google of its algorithm Caffeine it has been giving an extra ranking to the contents that are updated a lot in quantity . That is, if you want to rank better, a good idea is to update the content of the URLs that you want to be subject to that update.
16. Magnitude of the updates
On the other hand, not only does the number of updates matter, the search engine has also taken into account (to a large degree) the magnitude of them, that is, how important those
changes are between the previous version and the current one.
17. Historical updates
The last twist is the history or history of updates that a URL has had, in order to take into account all of them both in quality and quantity, and from there to get a ratio.
You just saw Google with different eyes, right?
18. Keyword prominence
The prominence of keywords refers to the level of importance of the placement of keywords in certain places on a web page.
There are some places, like the title or URL, that are very prominent. Therefore, it is very important to place the keywords for which we want to rank here.
There is no magic recipe that reveals the most relevant keyword locations, but you just have to follow the logic; If a keyword stands out in some way with respect to the rest of the text, it will surely have a higher level of prominence (such as a keyword highlighted in bold or highlighted with an internal link).
Here I have highlighted the most prominent locations of a web page, where you must put the keywords:
• The URL
• The title of the page.
• The titles. Ideally, there should be an H1 (usually the title of the page), a few H2 and several H3, H4, H5 and H6, although it depends on the length of each page / article.
• The meta description of the page.
• The words in bold and, to a lesser extent, in italics.
• The alternative texts.
• The lists of functionalities or characteristics of a product, service, etc.
• The links to other pages.
• The footer. An interesting strategy is to place in the footer "links of interest" that lead to pages related to a certain keyword. The link text should include the keywords in question.
It is very useful to know all these strategic locations to place the keywords, but ... Do you know which keywords are the most appropriate for your business? Your correct selection is essential to get the top positions of Google with keywords that really attract potential customers and generate a return.
KEYWORD PROMINENCE: ANOTHER FACTOR TO CONSIDER
The term prominence not only refers to the placement of keywords in certain locations; it also refers to its placement at the beginning of those locations. That is, if we have a title consisting of 6 or 7 keywords, those that are closer to the beginning of the title or the <title> tag will be more prominent. Let's see an example
of a title structured in two different ways:
• The prominence of keywords in your SEO strategy
• The SEO strategy and the prominence of the keywords
If we wanted to rank ourselves by prominence of the keywords, we would definitely opt for the first title. If our objective, instead, was to achieve a good ranking with the keyword SEO strategy, we would opt for the second.
The same would happen with the other prominent locations. Text in bold or italics or in a paragraph, the keywords will have a higher level of prominence if they are located at the beginning.
If you notice, For this article I have placed "Google Ranking Factors" at the beginning of the title of the page, at the beginning of an H1 and also towards the beginning of the first paragraph of the text. I have also highlighted that keyword in bold very early in the first paragraph of the article.
19. Keywords in headings
The headings, vulgarly written as H2, H3 and so on up to H6 are much more important parts of the content than plain text. Hence, if we introduce keywords in a natural way, Google will give us another point in their favour in the algorithm, and we will rank ourselves a little better.
A little trick: Join this point with the previous one to magnify the effects.
20. Order of the keywords in the different labels
The order of the keyword is another factor for Google which, while not as important as some of the others in this list, has its significance nevertheless.
Always bear in mind that, depending on the order of keyword enumeration, the prominence (once again) of these will change, and the prominence is directly related to ranking.
21. Quality of outbound links
Linking to well-known domains or the Wikipedia is not the same as linking to a site or blog that hardly anyone knows. By the same token, having a link in the content is not the same as one in the footer.
If you put these two concepts together, you will another interesting factor that you can leverage to rank a little better by taking care of your outbound links, because yes, the
outbound links help to rank.
22. Outbound links destination page
Very related to the previous point, the quality of the page you link to is also related to your search engine ranking, this is due to the fact that some webmasters in time, upon knowing the previous point, began to link to relevant sites that did not have much to offer, and of course, Google realized.
On the other hand, if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense, since a link on the Internet is like a citation in a book or a recommendation in real life, and all of them work best when talking about the same thing.
23. Grammar also counts
This factor is complex because it has an idiomatic part, that is, Google has to understand the language in question in order to execute it well.
On the other hand, Google has been working on this for quite a few years now, so this obstacle has already been overcome.
That said, and since no one likes to read articles or pages that are misspelled, if you want to rank yourself better, be careful with grammar!
24. Content purely copied
The copied content has a separate section besides the duplicate, and at this point I will be very direct: If you copy content, sooner or later Google will detect you and will take you to the lowest of the SERP, you are warned!
25. Useful supplementary content
This part is harder to fulfil, because for Google this "useful complementary content" has to do with calculators, comparison tools and other technologies that will involve a good outlay of money.
Now, it makes sense for Google to take this type of asset as a quality signal in many sectors, since it offers real-time data with a lot of useful information for the user.
26. Number of outbound links
Not only is the landing page important in terms of outbound links, so is the amount.
Now, as long as you're not going to have any problems, it is in fact beneficial to have outbound links in your content to rank better, as we have seen before.
Now, how many are too many? It depends on the length of the text, in something less than 500 words I do not advise you to have more than 3 or 4 outbound links except where absolutely necessary. In longer content you simply have to make the rule of three.
27. Multimedia content as another factor
The multimedia content, such as videos, podcast or presentations for example are important for several factors, if you look:
• This content contains a link to a relevant site.
• It usually improves the reader's understanding.
• It also increases the time spent on your page and your domain.
With all these factors, it is normal for Google to give a small dot in favour of sites that use this type of content in their content, do you not think?
28. Number of internal links pointed to the page
The internal links, besides being a very good browsing tool for the user, are the enablers to pass internal relevance from one page to another.
Well, a basic rule in SEO is that the most important pages of your site should be more linked internally to rank better and, in fact, that's why your home or your menu pages are always linked, right? You just have to follow this rule with the other important pages.
29. Quality of internal links pointed to the page
Once again, in addition to the number of links, quality is important, internal links will count more from pages that are important in your domain and, above all, the links that are present in the content will be more important than others (as in menus, sidebars or footer of your page).
30. Broken links as an element to avoid
Broken links frustrate both users and the search engine on the Internet, and that is why Google tends to penalize the ranking of pages that have outbound links to pages that do not exist, that is, pages with 404 errors.
That's why my recommendation is that you periodically review the broken links that point from your site, and this you can do very easily, for example, from WordPress you only have to install a plugin called Broken Link Checker and run it a couple of times a month.
31. Reading level, a factor that will surprise you
Google has the ability to know if a content is more technical or lighter, that is, more focused on the general public and, in fact, this factor influences the ranking for certain searches.
Now, if you are wondering what kind of content you should do to rank better, the answer is not so easy, since there are keywords for which the light content is prime, while for others the technical content is more useful.
My recommendation: Try to adapt to the majority target, so you'll hit 90% of the time.
32. Affiliate links
It is no secret that Google doesn't like affiliate links, because the bulk of its income comes through AdWords, your own CPC system as you know.
That is why, if your page contains affiliate links Google will take this into account and will penalize, and the degree of penalty will depend both on the nature of these links and the number of them.
33. HTML errors
Google is a monster that devours HTML code and processes it along with other off-page signals, which is why it is very used to detecting typical errors in HTML.
Needless to say, these errors will influence your ranking and, the more in quantity and importance, the greater the penalty for that URL will be. If you want to avoid it, it is best to validate your page in W3C and try not to have any errors.
34. Domain authority
The authority of the domains that link to you is very important, so much so that under equal conditions it is a detail that tends to tip the balance in favour of the URL that not only has more links pointing to it, but "how important they are"; this metric is domain authority.
There are various tools for checking domain authority such as Open Site Explorer by Moz, Website Authority Checker by SEO Review Tools, Domain Authority Checker by Website SEO Checker, and Bulk DA Checker.
35. PageRank is also a factor to contemplate
PageRank is a value that constantly changes for Google, although the scale it shows has not been updated since the very distant December of 2013.
Now, although we cannot see those changes (and therefore, we go very blindly with this) the value of PageRank, in some way, influences the ranking of the URL in question of our site.
36. URL extension
We continue advancing with the onpage factors, another is the extension of URLs, that is, too long URLs tend to have problems to rank well, hence the trend for a few years now is to shorten as much as possible. Have this very much in mind!
37. Path of URL
Another much more important factor than you may think is the URL's own path, that is, how many jumps from the home it is located, for example, the following are not the same:
• com / category / tag / product / what-you-want-to-position.html
• com / what-you-want-to-position.html
In fact, it has many more implications than you might think because, in addition to search engines it is much easier for humans to read the second option and has much better values of keywords such as prominence, hence the second option tends to rank much better.
38. Human editors
This point is much less confirmed, but I have included it here for the sake completeness (and, honestly, because I'm quite fond of conspiracy theories), there it goes:
The gossips say that Google has a patent that is able to detect when a text has been written by a person and not a machine and, if so, obviously positively influences the first case and negatively the second.
39. Category of page
Whenever the page you write is related to the category of the same you will have another small positioning turbo and, in fact, the more related you are, the better.
Now, do not go crazy, you know that for usability you should not have more than 7 categories (10 at most if you have a relatively large site).
40. Tags in WordPress
The WordPress tags are not great and do not affect the onpage SEO of the page directly, but they have a hidden gem, in fact, according to people who know a lot about this:
The only way in which tags improve your SEO is by relating one content to another, and more specifically, to a group of contents. That is, the WordPress tags help to strengthen point 39 a little more, going from categories (large drawers) to tags (small drawers).
41. Keywords in the URL
It is no secret and, in fact, it is a factor of "SEO of little children": If your URL contains keywords Google will have a signal (and very important) of what you are going to talk about in that content, and it will come very well.
42. URL string
It has a lot to do with point 37, but if the previous one measured how close a URL is to the root, this measures what the URL contains and the jumps it entails.
43. Sources and references
At this point there is an important controversy because, although Google claims to reward sites that are based on information from reference sites, it has also said actively and passively
that external links of this type do not count as signals to rank.
My humble opinion is that, since Google follows the logic of a seven-year-old child, you should think that if you rely (that is, if you link) to an authority website ... you will tip the balance in your favour!
In fact, in this same article you have a lot of links to references, did you notice?
44. Numbered lists
Every readability element for the user is a small extra for Google, be it numbered lists, scripts, points or whatever we want to put. This is because in reality what we do with these elements is to improve the user's reading experience and, thus, to offer information in a better way (even if the content is the same), so use them whenever you can.
45. Priority in the sitemap
Another point with controversy is the sitemap that, as you know, has a section where you can decide what priority to give to each page or type of page.
Well, first of all I have to tell you that everything seems to indicate that Google takes it as a minor factor at the time of ranking, and that something counts in its algorithm.
46. Too many outbound links
If you have too many outbound links it's not a good sign for Google and, in fact, the most normal thing is to penalize you.
Now, how many are too many? It depends on the length of the text, but do not target more than one link every 3 or 4 paragraphs under normal circumstances, since they will distance the user from the general objective: Read your content.
47. Number of keywords for which you are ranked
Following the mythical saying "money makes money" here we could say that " ranking makes ranking", that is, a page that ranks well for a particular keyword has many "votes" to rank well for other related ones.
Well, as you may have guessed, Google has a small part of its algorithm precisely for these games.
48. Age of the page
Here are several things to keep in mind:
• On the one hand there is the "Newsworthy" update of the Google algorithm that enhances the ranking of news much more quickly.
• On the other hand, a page that a frequent series of updates will have an extra ranking.
49. Make your layout user-friendly
This factor has a lot to do with usability, and it means that the layout (less technically speaking: what the user sees when he enters, your design, etc.) is as user-friendly as possible.
Perhaps you wonder how Google can measure this, but it is relatively easy: relating the time spent on each page by a visitor.
50. Parking of domains
There was a ranking technique that was based on buying expired domains and linking them with redirection 301 to different pages to pass relevance.
Since a 2011 update to its algorithm Google has removed weight to such actions because they were not being used properly.
51. Flash content
Do not use Flash, and much less in the important parts of your website, since they will not look good on mobile, Google cannot process them and the loading time will increase.
52. Font size
The canons of usability say that if you want someone to read your minimum content it must be in letter size 12, but there are also several studies that confirm this.
Google does not say anything specific about it, simply that the more readable the text of the content, the better.
53. Downloading applications with interstitial
A short while ago Google confirmed that in the event that your page had application downloads via interstitial it would be considered technically as if it were not responsive ,
since this type of ads are very intrusive and do not usually adapt well.
The recommendation: if you don't want to be penalized is very simple, instead of interstitial, use banners to announce the download.
We go to the third section of a total of 9 and in it we will see what factors are taken into account by Google at the site level. However, they are much less than at the page level, "only" 18, of them!
1. Unique and valuable content
For many years Google has had a particular crusade against sites that do not offer unique content and value, with special mention of affiliate sites with little content, so you know, if you want to skip Google penalties, the first thing you should do is this.
2. Contact page
The Google Quality Document says that they prefer websites that have "an appropriate amount of contact information", and from there we can assume a couple of things:
• That a contact page will do your TrustRank good.
• That if that information fits with the whois record it is much better.
3. Domain Trust
The Google TrustRank is perhaps the most undervalued part of SEO in general and is very easy to explain: They are the quantity and quality of links that come from sites that Google considers "trustworthy" or "authoritative". That is, a link from a site of this nature carries more weight and is worth a lot more. Sites with .gov and .edu as well as other sites with very good reputation fall into this category, so you know where to focus.
4. Site architecture
Another point to take into account in order to have a turbo in the ranking of your site in general is that the architecture of it is consistent and correct.
As you well know, Google gets along very well with the sites that we could call niche or even micro niche (those that speak only of one theme), hence the first recommendation when working on SEO is that you talk about few things and that they are related.
5. Site updates
Freshness is one of the most important ranking factors and there are different ways of accomplishing this since on the website you can:
• Create and add new content to new pages.
• Or update a content that you have already created in the past.
Well, Google has more in mind the first point than the second, always keep this in mind.
6. Number of pages
It is a small factor but it still counts, so you should pay attention to it: The greater the number of (quality) pages in Google, the greater the possibility of ranking well.
Now, the thing changes if you want to set up a site that has large doses of affiliate links because, in this case, having many pages will serve to make the search engine
believe that the subject of the affiliates is something residual for you.
7. Presence of sitemap
A well-assembled sitemap is a must for the search engine, since it allows it to see all the latest changes to focus on and pass the content that is not updated.
Once you have it uploaded you only have to register it in Google Search Console (the old Webmaster Tools ) and everything is ready.
8. Uptime Vs. Downtime
Neither Google nor users like to enter sites that are down or in maintenance, hence the percentage of downtime and uptime is important in order to rank well.
In practice you will not have much to worry about at this point, unless you have a server that does not measure up, because today almost any company guarantees 99.9% of uptime. Even so, you must monitor it.
9. Server location
The location of the server is an important factor in any phase of the project, but it is much more for geolocalized searches, which are on the increase in Google.
Hence, if you want to rank in a country, it is best that the server is located in it.
10. SSL Certificates
Google confirmed a few months ago that a positive signal for a domain was a secure server with an SSL certificate, which in practice is to change the standard http to the
In fact, the announcement expected more or less profound changes in the SERP but it was finally confirmed that it is a minor factor.
12. Target duplicate labels
Duplicate content is something that Google does not like, and thus a negative factor in the algorithm of the search engine, so for each page you should have a unique and original title and meta description.
13. Navigation with Breadcrumbs
As we anticipated in the top of the post, breadcrumbs or bread crumbs are very important for the user and for the usability of almost any website, and more if it is a virtual
store or ecommerce site, hence Google gives them a plus for visibility.
14. Mobile optimization
In April Google announced what is known as the Mobileggedon, so if your site is not responsive or optimized for mobile (beware, I do not say that it has a mobile version
only) you will have problems in the present and even more in the future.
Personally I don't get it that with already 50% of browsing done on mobile there are still sites that do not adapt to all kinds of screens.
15. Is it from YouTube?
Yes, YouTube videos rank great in the search engine, in part because they fulfil many of the features and signals and partly because YouTube is also owned by Google.
So much so that there are SEO specialists (including myself) who consider YouTube a very powerful tool for ranking, since it is relatively easy to get out on the first page of Google's SERP.
16. Site usability
If your site is not usable you will fall in the rankings by basic metrics that many of your users will meet, such as:
• Have a shorter dwell time on the pages of your website.
• Have a higher bounce rate than the competition.
• Have a lesser number of page views per user.
And all this, as is logical, will make you lose rankings.
17. Google Analytics and Search Console
This point is part of the most absolute conspiracy, and that's precisely why I put it to you: There is a preconceived idea within the SEO's from around the world that says that if you
have the Analytics codes on your website and the site is also registered in Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) Google could give you extra visibility.
Why? Basically because the search engine will have more data from your site and, with it, it can form a better idea of what is happening down there.
18. Reviews and reputation
If you have a site that attracts criticism in different media and local platforms such as Yelp or Booking and Life or TripAdvisor, the bad reviews may be the culprit and the cause of not so good ranking in Google for certain searches.
It may seem like an odd thing but in reality it makes a lot of sense, since this information is made by users and in theory is reliable.
Ranking factors on backlinks
The inbound links are the basis of the offpage SEO, and in turn this represents approximately 70% of the general relevance within the search engine algorithm , so this section is one of the most extensive of this macro -post, and here are the ranking factors with regard to backlinks:
1. Age of the domains that link to your website
As the title is quite explanatory and this point is long, I will not go much further: The domains of greater age will give you more power to rank than the new domains.
Among the reasons and how the logic will lead you to think: the old domains tend to be more relevant.
2. Number of domains that link to you
One of the keys in the algorithm of Google, that is, one of the factors that weigh more in the algorithm is precisely this: The number of domains that link to you. No more no less.
Of course, the more the number of domains linking to you the more relevance you will have in search engines, in addition to other metrics that I will shed light on. For now I'll just tell
you that the number of domains is so important that makes most SEO's fight very hard to get a first link from another domain.
3. Number of IP's that link to you
The same applies as in relation to the number of domains but, in fact, there is only a small nuance: An IP can contain several domains, for example in a shared hosting.
As these shared hosting domains are usually small and have a more or less small relevance in turn, you do not have much to worry about.
4. Number of linked pages
Yes, the number of linked pages is also a factor that, while it is not as important as the previous two, also has its weight.
Of course, the more linked pages, the more visibility in search engines.
5. ALT tag in image links
What is an alt tag? Many web pages contain images that are used to reinforce the content. Google can 'read' the text, but not the images. Google does not know what the content of this image is. A solution to this is the use of the alt tag , also sometimes written as alttag. With this you give a kind of label to the image, in which you can place a description of the images. You describe what is shown on the image, so Google can determine how relevant the image is.
The alt tag is relevant to Google. The search engine attaches great value to its proper use. The more relevant the alt tag, the more value Google attaches to the image, so the higher you score with that image. An example: if you use a photo of a green apple, it is wise not to take 'fruit' as an alt-tag, but 'green apple'. After all, it is more specific and relevant. The alt tag is not only used by search engines, but also by visitors. When someone is visually restricted, special software can read the alt-tag when the visitor goes over the image with the mouse.
Higher scoring with the alt tag
The alt tag is therefore very useful for search engine optimization (SEO) . If you use the alt tag correctly, you will also be shown in the results of Google Images. The more relevant the name, the higher the score, because when many visitors click on your image, Google assumes that this image is very relevant to the search term. By using the alt tag you also get the chance to return your main keyword. For the most favourable optimization, put the keyword as far as possible in front of the alt-tag. Do you use WordPress? Then add an alt tag in the text box 'Alternative text' below the image.
6. Links from .edu and .gov
A while ago Google came out saying they did not distinguish between domain extensions provided it was a TLD (Top Level Domain), however, many SEO's still believe that the links
coming from .edu and .gov count far more than those coming from .com or .net for example.