OFF THE PAGE SEO RANKING FACTORS
THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ON THE PAGE SEO OFF THE PAGE SEO
Elements influenced by readers, visitors & other publishers.
SEO RANKING FACTORS CONTENT
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Are links from trusted, quality or
Search engine optimization — SEO — seems likes alchemy Lq QUALITY
respected web sites?
to the uninitiated. But there's a science to it. Search engines
Do links pointing at pages use words
reward pages with the right combination of ranking factors. Quality Titles Crawl Quality Reputation Authority Country Lt TEXT
you hope they'll be found for?
Below, some major factors or "signals" you should seek to have.
Do many links point at your
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ON THE PAGE SEO RANKING FACTORS SOCIAL
These elements are in the direct control of the publisher.
Research Description Speed Text Shares History Locality Do those respected on social
networks share your content?
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Do many share your content on
Are pages well written & have Ss SHARES
Cq QUALITY substantial quality content?
Have you researched the keywords Words Headers URLs Numbers History
Cr RESEARCH Do links, shares & other factors
people may use to find your content?
make site a trusted authority?
Do pages use words & phrases
you hope they'll be found for? Has site or its domain been around a
long time, operating in same way?
Do visitors spend time reading
or "bounce" away quickly? Engage FACTORS WORK TOGETHER Social PERSONAL
Some factors influence more than others, which we've weighted
Cf FRESH Are pages fresh & about "hot" topics?
+2 Pc COUNTRY
What country is someone
1 (weakest) to 3 (strongest). No single factor guarantees top located in?
rankings. Several favorable factors increase odds of success.
HTML What city or local area is
Negative "Violation" and "Blocking" factors harm your chances. Pl LOCALITY
someone located in?
Do HTML title tags contain
Ht TITLES keywords relevant to page topics?
Does someone regularly visit
the site? Or "liked" it?
Do meta description tags
DESCRIPTION describe what pages are about? VIOLATIONS BLOCKING
What do your friends think of
Do headlines and subheads use
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header tags with relevant keywords?
Can search engines easily "crawl"
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Ac CRAWL pages on site?
If searchers "block" site, hurts both trust & personalization.
Have many people blocked your
As SPEED Does site load quickly? Bt BLOCKING
site from search results?
Are URLs short & contain meaning- Has someone blocked your site from
Au URLS ful keywords to page topics? Quality Hidden Link Spam Bp BLOCKING
their search results?
VIOLATIONS Vt THIN
Is content "thin" or "shallow" &
lacking substance? Vh HIDDEN
Do colors or design "hide" words
you want pages to be found for? Vp PAID LINKS
Have you purchased links in
hopes of better rankings?
Spam techniques may cause ranking penalty or ban.
Do you excessively use words you Do you show search engines Have you created many links by spam-
want pages to be found for? Vc CLOAKING
different pages than humans? Vl LINK SPAM
ming blogs, forums or other places?
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