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    Top 4 Engine Summary?

    Can anyone summarize the widely accepted aspects of the top 4 Search Engines. Specifically the top 2 or 3 factors they use for page ranking and frequency their entire database is updated?

    I believe for Google it would be:

    Top Ranking Factors: Pagerank (links to your site with keyword), Keyword frequency/prominence (with good amount of content), and keyword in domain name.

    Frequency: Google seems to update about every 2-3 weeks?

    What about Yahoo, MSN, and ASK? I'm sure there is a lot of overlap in the methods they use to rank pages, but are there any BIG differences. Like Engine A, REALLY favors keyword in domain, where Engine B really favors large websites. etc.

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    In general, I'd say Yahoo and MSN were more focussed towards on-page factors, whereas Google place more regard on links.
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    Top ranking factors:

    - <title> tag
    - relevance/strength, and anchor text of incoming links
    - anchor text of incoming links (internal and external)
    - site structure
    - good semantic markup

    Using off page factors to rank pages is an advanced technique which is why Google is far better at it then Yahoo and MSN. They've were doing it for years before the others realized why it is such a good idea. Unfortunately they've been very slow in playing catch up.

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    just hoppin by and spot this thread well thanks for the info

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    Top ranking factor here is:

    * Keyword use in title tag
    * Link popularity of site
    * Anchor text of inbound Links
    * Age of Site

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    Hi Hafsoh!
    Can you please explain how does age of a site affect SE rankings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learnerseo View Post
    Can you please explain how does age of a site affect SE rankings?
    It doesn't affect it in the slightest other than the fact that it has had more time to establish itself (i.e. time to get more backlinks).


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