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How Does Google Interpret a
Search Query for Ranking
Purposes
Presented by Eli Schwartz

Confidential
Introduction
• SEO: Search Engine Optimization is the concept of
following search engine best practices
• NOT a process of...
Organic vs Paid Search

10% of Clicks

90% of Clicks
Interesting facts about Google’s Algorithm
• Greatest market share in most of the world
• 200 Primary Metrics
• Updated hu...
“With your permission you give us more
information about you, about your friends,
and we can improve the quality of our
se...
Google’s mind reading
Language preferences

Language preferences override
ccTLD of Google site
Language differences
What does Google know about you?

https://www.google.com/ads/preferences/view
Personal history
Without Personal history
How to browse without cookies and history
Browser

Shortcut

Chrome

Ctrl (CMD) + Shift + N

Firefox

Ctrl(CMD) + Shift + ...
Where are you?
Query “Warriors” – located in Palo Alto
Query “Warriors” – located in Baltimore
Query for Giants
Your connections
Google Instant
Suggestions and related
Spelling correction
Plurals
Synonyms
Non-text content
What does the query mean?

Design

Recipe

Book

Brand
Questionnaire – ambiguous term
Modified head term
Where is the keyword used: Title
Where is the keyword used: H1
Where is the keyword used: Content
International challenge

No
exact
match
(yet)!
Domain authority
Domain authority visualized
Internal links visualized

United Airlines routes
Anchor text
Relevancy
Performance for Google’s users
Publish date (Freshness)

Recent
content
Eventually…. Author-based ranking
Constant Google algo updates
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Attribution
Panda
Freshness
Search plus your world
Ads above the fold
Veni...
Google rankings myths

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Page Rank correlates to rankings
Domain age or TLD (.org, .com, .us)
SEO = stuff v...
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    1. 1. How Does Google Interpret a Search Query for Ranking Purposes Presented by Eli Schwartz Confidential
    2. 2. Introduction • SEO: Search Engine Optimization is the concept of following search engine best practices • NOT a process of tricking search crawlers • Architecture and method of presenting information that both search engines AND users can understand • Search engines are in the business of satisfying their users, free traffic is a byproduct of that mission Confidential 2
    3. 3. Organic vs Paid Search 10% of Clicks 90% of Clicks
    4. 4. Interesting facts about Google’s Algorithm • Greatest market share in most of the world • 200 Primary Metrics • Updated hundreds of times per month • Humans “supposedly” do not interfere with the algorithm • Google uses data from all of its properties • Google’s first name was “Backrub”
    5. 5. “With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less now what you're thinking about.” Eric Schmidt in an interview with The Atlantic, October 2010
    6. 6. Google’s mind reading
    7. 7. Language preferences Language preferences override ccTLD of Google site
    8. 8. Language differences
    9. 9. What does Google know about you? https://www.google.com/ads/preferences/view
    10. 10. Personal history
    11. 11. Without Personal history
    12. 12. How to browse without cookies and history Browser Shortcut Chrome Ctrl (CMD) + Shift + N Firefox Ctrl(CMD) + Shift + P IE Ctrl + Shift + P Safari Click Safari > Private Browsing > OK
    13. 13. Where are you?
    14. 14. Query “Warriors” – located in Palo Alto
    15. 15. Query “Warriors” – located in Baltimore
    16. 16. Query for Giants
    17. 17. Your connections
    18. 18. Google Instant
    19. 19. Suggestions and related
    20. 20. Spelling correction
    21. 21. Plurals
    22. 22. Synonyms
    23. 23. Non-text content
    24. 24. What does the query mean? Design Recipe Book Brand
    25. 25. Questionnaire – ambiguous term
    26. 26. Modified head term
    27. 27. Where is the keyword used: Title
    28. 28. Where is the keyword used: H1
    29. 29. Where is the keyword used: Content
    30. 30. International challenge No exact match (yet)!
    31. 31. Domain authority
    32. 32. Domain authority visualized
    33. 33. Internal links visualized United Airlines routes
    34. 34. Anchor text
    35. 35. Relevancy
    36. 36. Performance for Google’s users
    37. 37. Publish date (Freshness) Recent content
    38. 38. Eventually…. Author-based ranking
    39. 39. Constant Google algo updates • • • • • • • • • Attribution Panda Freshness Search plus your world Ads above the fold Venice Penguin Knowledge graph DMCA
    40. 40. Google rankings myths • • • • • • • • Page Rank correlates to rankings Domain age or TLD (.org, .com, .us) SEO = stuff valuable keywords in meta tags More links > than content Links from .Gov or .Edu automatically lead to better rankings You always need to rank #1 Google just ranks text content Brands have it easy
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