The Top 10 Website Quality Indicators that Separate the Top Ranking Websites from the Rest
 by Ian Cook

The Top 10 Quality Indicators that Separate the Top Ranking Websites from the Rest – How to judge your Website's Quality Score from the Search Engine's Point of View
—by Esoos Bobnar

There is nothing more important to your rankings than a search engine's perception of your site's overall quality. This is what Google and all search engines rely on to rank sites within their organic search results. And just as any Formula class race car's ability to finish ahead of the pack is dependent upon a delicate balance of precisely integrated components, so it is with your webpages. But before you can even hope to win the Indy 500 (or the Search Engine Race), you simply must know what those components actually are. Only then can you start assembling them and put them to work to gain quality advantages for your team.

Start by Finding the Right Track!

Lately we've focused several of our reports on the importance of placing your site in a good neighborhood. That means getting links from important and authoritative sites within your topic as well as linking to some of the most important of those topically related sites yourself.

But just as important is not linking to sites which search engines don't like. These are the sites which could put you in a bad neighborhood and damage your search rankings through guilt-by-association. Clearly, blundering into the wrong neighborhood (or the wrong race track) will ruin your chances of winning the race before the starting gun ever sounds! matter how finely you've tuned the rest of your quality components.

Fortunately, it's actually pretty easy to distinguish the good sites from the bad. There are indeed indicators that search engines use to classify websites into high-quality and low-quality camps. And, once you know what quality indicators to look for, you'll also know...

  • What sites are the most valuable to get links from.

  • What sites are safe to link to (and which to avoid).

  • If...

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