Thursday, January 29

Top 5 Things Google Looks For

Although Google looks at over 100 different criteria (which can change in importance over time) for ranking sites, here are the five aspects or elements that are currently deemed a “must-do” if you are serious about a top ranking. There are others elements that will be discussed later on that are also important. The following are listed in approximate order of importance, with the first item being much more important than the others:

1. Keywords used in the title of your pages (between the <TITLE> tags).

2. Keywords used in headings (H1) and in the first paragraph of your pages.

3. Keywords used in link text, both on your site AND on other websites.

4. The PageRank (PR) value of your pages, which in turn is dependent on the number of links that point to your site from other sites.

5. Pages that contain at least 250 words of relevant text content (and the more pages the better).

Put even more simply, to rank high on Google, you need to optimize your website for your best keywords, get as many important and relevant sites to link to your site as you can, and make sure the text of those links contain your best keywords.

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