Are you obsessed with knowing how Google determines its rankings?
While the rules seem to be changing constantly, I discovered an algorithm equation recently that gives a fairly accurate representation of how Google probably determines its rankings.
Randfish’s post on SEOmoz, has provided a suggested formula for Google’s algorithm. While he believes the weight/factor expression is oversimplified, it does give a good indication of the elements that determine the enigmatic Google ranking.
So here is his formula:
GoogScore = (KW Usage Score * 0.3) + (Domain Strength * 0.25) + (Inbound Link Score * 0.25) + (User Data * 0.1) + (Content Quality Score * 0.1) + (Manual Boosts) – (Automated & Manual Penalties)
So what does it all mean? Below is an brief explanation of the factors.
Keyword (KW ) Usage:
Keyword usage is comprised of several elements of website design and optimization. They include keyword usage in your Meta data optimization, keyword density of body copy, internal linking, and URL construction to name a few.
Domain strength refers to the age of your domain and its registration history. Older domains with a strong stable history are viewed more favorably.
Inbound Link Score:
There’s no secret to the value of inbound links in Google rankings. When assessing inbound links, Google looks at factors like link age, quality of web page source, linking text, and relevance of source website to determine your link score.
This is based on Google behavioural data from their users. The number of times your URL is clicked on, search requests for the domain, and other historical usage factors contribute towards your User Data score.
This is probably determined by Google manually either by using human scoring, or specialized algos that determine page quality independent of the core algorithm.
Randfish believes that Google on occasion manually boosts a website that it perceives to be important and relevant but is not strong enough to rank highly on its own. I am unaware of this practice, but on occasion, I have questioned some of Google’s rankings.
Automated & Manual Penalties:
Of course with all the positive factors, there has to be negative factors, and by going through Google’s guidelines, you’ll get a better understanding of the numerous factors and practices that can get a web page penalized.
While this is not a authorized version of the Google algorithm (as if they would share that sort of information), I think Randfish has covered the key ranking elements quite well in his suggested algorithm formula.
Now you know the key factors, what are you waiting for? Remember high rankings rarely happen over night, and optimization is an ongoing process, so don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll get to the top tomorrow by acting now. The issue is, if you don’t act – you’ll never get to the top.
Thanks Randfish for the heads up on the formula.