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This guide determines whether the following are Google ranking factors

Operation related:

  • alt text
  • pictures (quantity)
  • H1
  • H2-H6
  • big ball
  • link speed
  • Links (semantically related)
  • link (inbound)
  • link (internal)
  • Links (Nofollowed)
  • link (outbound)
  • link (paid)
  • link (full site)
  • meta description
  • meta keywords
  • keyword density
  • Keyword Prominence
  • keyword stemming
  • keyword stuffing

CMS website system related:

  • Chrome bookmarks
  • Co-Citation
  • code to text ratio
  • Contact Information
  • Message
  • content length
  • HTML Lists
  • HTTPS
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 301 redirect
  • 404 and soft 404 pages
  • AMP
  • Canonicalization
  • www and non-www
  • XML sitemap
  • Social Signals and Sharing

Objective data related:

  • Core Web Vitals
  • Crawl errors and crawl budget
  • deep link rate
  • Direct Traffic
  • rejection tool
  • Domain Age
  • Domain Authority
  • Domain History
  • domain name
  • AdSense usage
  • BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating
  • MUM (Multitask Unified Model)
  • Manual Action
  • first link priority
  • link stability
  • WHOIS
  • IP address

User related:

  • EAT (Expertise, Authority, Trust)
  • New content
  • google search console
  • Google Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines
  • Local Citation (NAP)
  • LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing)
  • Authorship
  • mobile friendliness
  • Residence time
  • Bounce Rate
  • page speed
  • click depth
  • Click-through rate
  • Spelling and Grammar
  • Language
  • Reading Level
  • Comment sentiment
  • User search history
  • User Generated Content

Structure related:

  • .edu link
  • .gov link
  • Physical Proximity to Searcher
  • RankBrain
  • Reconsideration Requests
  • Relevance, Distance & Prominence
  • Schedule Markup
  • Subdomains and subdirectories
  • rich media content
  • Tabbed content
  • text format
  • TF-IDF algorithm
  • Title Tags
  • URLs
  • Website Quality Score
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics

Google says its algorithms consider more than 200 factors when ranking pages.But Google doesn't list all of these 200+ ranking factors.But most people who claim to know all 200 Google ranking factors are lying — either to you or to themselves.

That's why we set out to uncover the truth about Google's ranking signals.Or, at least as much truth as possible for a company that is as secretive as Google about its algorithms.

So if you've ever wonderedWhat is a ranking factor and what is not a ranking factor-- or have to justify doing or not doing something "because it's a Google ranking factor" -- this guide is for you.

The Search Engine Journal team spent more than 200 hours researching and compiling our findings on 88 signals that were announced at one point or another as ultimately becoming a Google ranking factor.Judging Ranking Factors from Signals found by experience.

By investigating the validity of putative ranking signals, the Search Engine Journal team has done its best to avoid guesswork and speculation.We only want facts (eg, evidence from patent parties, confirmation from sources, and reputable third-party sources) - not opinions.

We define RFM (Ranking Factor Meter) to detect which class each hypothetical ranking signal belongs to:

confirmed: Google or someone who works at Google directly confirms that this signal is used for ranking.

Very likely: There is substantial evidence (e.g., public comments, patents, third-party data) that Google uses this ranking signal, although neither Google nor Google's representatives have officially confirmed this.

possible: There is some evidence that Google is using this signal, but no official confirmation from Google representatives and/or conflicting/unreliable data.

Not too possible: This signal has not been completely ruled out, but there is little/no evidence that Google is using or has used it to rank results.

Not Anymore: This used to be a ranking signal, but is now obsolete or no longer used by Google.

absolute Not: A ridiculous idea with zero evidence - even outright refuted by Google - that this signal is used for rankings.

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