One final tip on page relevancy is the point on having your keywords and phrases in links
which point to your site. It's a good idea to have the linking text
contain your keywords as Google even says itself in its description of
its Pagerank technology that it analyzes pages that links come
How much keyword laden links matter is anyone's guess. I have however noticed a lot of sites which
give the HTML code to visitors who want to exchange links do include
keywords in the actual linking area. You should do this too on your
links page, say something like "if you want to link to this site,
please use the following code". The code would of course have your
most important words in the actual link text and your less important
words in the accompanying description of your site.
In the above section of the article you've learned what areas Google uses and looks at when looking
for a relevant site, but what method does Google use to determine which
site is better, the answer is the Pagerank system.
Pagerank is as the name
suggests a ranking system of pages. It works on the basis that if a
website ABC.COM has been linked from a website XYZ.COM, abc.com must
have some good content and therefore Google will count the link from
XYZ.COM as a vote for ABC.COM. You can check your Pagerank on Google by
downloading the Google toolbar from
The Pagerank™ scale goes from
1 to 10 on the Google toolbar and from 1 to 7 beside listings in the
Google directory. A less important site is of course a site with a PR of
1 and a very very important site is a site with a PR of 7 or 10, in the
directory or toolbar respectively.
The more links or votes a site has the more important it must be and therefore the higher it will rank
for search words which it is relevant to, right?, WRONG!.
Google does not simply count the number of incoming links a page has, if that was the case every
webmaster from Iceland to Vietnam would try and exchange links to every
Tom, Dick and Harry website that would let them. In Googles own words:
"Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives;
it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that
are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other
Hopefully your beginning to
get the idea. The idea is to have your page linked to by as many high
quality and high pageranked sites as possible. Right? RIGHT and WRONG.
WRONG BECAUSE, you see the
Google Pagerank system also takes into account the number of links
the page that has linked to you has. The reasoning for this is that a
page X has a certain amount of voting PR, if your site Y is the only
link from that page X, then Google feels confident that page X thinks
your page Y is the best link it has and will give you more PR. If
however page X has 50 links, page X could think your only the 50th best
link. Hence the more links a page has the less of a PR boost your site
RIGHT BECAUSE, linking to a
site with a 6+ PR will provide a significant boost to your PR in most
cases, but in cases where the site also links with 100 other sites the
boost will be almost zero. Likewise if a site has a PR of just 2 but
you and only one other site are linked from it, then the PR boost
would be more than the site with 100 links and a PR of 6.
It's beginning to come complex isn't it, just wait till you see this formula. It looks scary for non
First let me explain what the damping factor is. The damping factor is the amount of your PR which you
can actually pass on when you vote / link to another site. The damping
factor is widely known to be .85, this is a little less then the linking
pages own PR.
= (1-d) + d(PR(t1)/C(t1) + ... + PR(tn)/C(tn))
In layman's terms
PR(A) is the Pagerank boost your page
A will get after being linked from someone
else's site (t1). PR(t1) is the pagerank of the page which links to you
and C(t1) is the amount of total links that (t1) has. It is important to
know that a pages voting power is only .85 of that pages actual PR and
this voting power gets spread out evenly between all sites it links to.
was linked by XYZ.COM's link page which had a PR of 4 and 9 other links,
here's how the formula should look like:
PR(AKA) = (1-.85) + .85*(4/10)
PR(AKA) = .15 + .85*(.4)
PR(AKA) = .15 + .34
PR(AKA) = .49
To sum up my site would get an
injection of .49 PR after being linked from a page with a PR of four and
9 other links.
Let's say I was linked from a
site with a PR of 8, double the previous example's amount, which had 15
other links, a total of 16 outbound links, my boost would be:
PR(AKA) = (1-.85) +.85*(8/16)
PR(AKA) = .15 + .85(.5)
PR(AKA) = .15 + .425
PR(AKA) = .575
The above two worked
examples show that not only is the PR of the linking page important
but what is also important is how many other sites are also linked to
from that page.
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