Two new Google ranking patents
Google filed two new ranking patents in April: Document
Scoring Based on Traffic Associated with a Document and Document
Scoring Based on Query Analysis.
What do these new patents reveal about Google's
The patents are similar to a Google patent that we analyzed
in an earlier issue
of this newsletter.
They deal with web page changes over time that Google
might track and analyze:
- the web page creation date
- the changes and updates of a web page
- the analysis of search queries
- links, link texts and the changes of the links
- website traffic
- user behavior
- web page topics
- domain related information
Google might assign a score to web pages based on that
information. When a web page is associated with a search
query, Google might combine history scores with relevancy
scores to get a total score for the page.
Alternatively, the relevancy score of a web page might
be changed based on the history score.
While that information was already available in previous
patents, the new patents indicate that Google could also
look at the following factors:
- The rate at which ads are shown and updated on a web
page over time.
- The quality of the ads. For example, a web page whose
ads link to web pages with a high TrustRank may get a
higher score than pages whose ads lead to untrustworthy
- The click-through rate of the ads.
Googly might track and analyze web page characteristics
that change over time, including ad traffic, to calculate
a score for that page.
What does this mean for your website rankings?
It seems that Google starts to use more of the information
that they have about
a website to calculate the rankings.
That means that you need a holistic approach to search
engine optimization. All factors must be correct when you
optimize your site for search engines:
- Make sure that your web page content is relevant to
search engines. Without relevant content, you cannot
get high rankings. (Optimize your web page contents with this tool.)
- Make sure that you get links from the right pages and
that you link to the right pages. The links from and
to your website should be related to your site. (Optimize
your links with this tool.)
- Make sure that your website shows steadiness. If your
website was yesterday about cars, today about shoes and
tomorrow about sports then it will be difficult to get
Google uses many factors to determine the rankings of your
web site. That means that you have to work on many factors
to improve your rankings. Details on how to work on all website
factors can be found in our free SEO