SEO Rankings UpdateBy Howard Farmer • Apr 6th, 2011 • Category: SEO Advice
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- Facebook + Twitter are Big. Even if you don’t believe that it’s having a major impact on the rankings directly, the correlation shows that those sites/pages which perform well in social media outperform in search rankings. If you’re in either profession – SEO or social media marketing – you should probably be working to strengthen your skillset on both sides.
- Partial Anchor Text. This was heavily discussed on several panels today, and the opinions of voters suggest that SEOs have noticed too – exact match anchor text seems to be less powerful than partial match anchor text (at least, sometimes). To be honest, I voted and thought that exact was still stronger, but it could be that Google’s getting pickier about spammy, overly precise keyword-match anchors (and that’s a good thing, IMO).
- Exact Match Domains? The correlation this round is strikingly lower than last June’s data. Perhaps Google’s taken some action here, or maybe other factors are at play, but either way, the votes from the SEOs suggest that we haven’t yet seen the bottom of exact match domain name value.
- Something’s Funny About Nofollows. The correlation data here is downright weird. Maybe nofollowed links are simply well-correlated to followed links, maybe Google’s actually using some nofollow signals or perhaps, nofollows often come from good places (like social media sites, profiles, blog comments, discussion forums, etc.) that correlate to good, useful, high quality sites/brands.
- Domain-Wide Signals Matter. After the Panda/Farmer update, no one in SEO should be surprised that Google’s looking at domains as well as pages, but the correlation and the strength SEOs ascribed in the voting both surprised me.
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