What is the most important "ranking factor" that as a SEO experts have come across?

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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    I don't consider myself an SEO expert, but in my opinion...Sizzling HOT, Up-to-the-Minute, Link-Bait Content...Nothing else even comes close...
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  • Profile picture of the author kiranraj19
    Quality backlinks & unique content is very important
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Peltonen
    In my opinion, the most important ranking factors are increasing the number of high-quality sites that link to your pages, and use of good unique content.
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    • Profile picture of the author HaroldD
      Good quality backlinks and get keywords in the title plus in the content.
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    User experience is the most important thing for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Phasm
    Backlinks. With the right backlinks any website can rank for extremely competitive terms even with completely awful on page SEO. Pay attention to the websites that rank for the hyper-competitive keywords, sometimes they're a complete train wreck (done in flash, no on page SEO done, poor layout, slow server, etc.) but still rank well.

    You want to know why? Because they have either extremely powerful backlinks or a high, high number of total inbound links.
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    • Profile picture of the author zita123
      There are number of techniques that helps to rank your website higher in Search Engine.. Like blog posting, forum posting.. You need to post all the quality links..
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      • Profile picture of the author venumssi
        the unique content, meta tags, backlink from articles, guest posting are high ranking factors
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    • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
      Originally Posted by Phasm View Post

      Backlinks. With the right backlinks any website can rank for extremely competitive terms even with completely awful on page SEO. Pay attention to the websites that rank for the hyper-competitive keywords, sometimes they're a complete train wreck (done in flash, no on page SEO done, poor layout, slow server, etc.) but still rank well.

      You want to know why? Because they have either extremely powerful backlinks or a high, high number of total inbound links.
      THANK YOU ... if I hear one more person talk about content I'm going to puke. SEO is spelled L-I-N-K-S. The only thing that changes with algo updates is they demand a higher quality of links. If you have them to begin with then you're good to go.
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      • Profile picture of the author dennis09
        Originally Posted by FrankRumbauskas View Post

        THANK YOU ... if I hear one more person talk about content I'm going to puke. SEO is spelled L-I-N-K-S. The only thing that changes with algo updates is they demand a higher quality of links. If you have them to begin with then you're good to go.
        Exactly.

        Also, link baiting and SAPE aren't ranking factors. :rolleyes:

        If i had to narrow it down to just two, i'd still go with relevancy and PR. I can't see you needing anything other than that for killing most niches.
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  • With Panda and Penguin out, I think you need to focus on quality content and quality backlinks. Ranking these days mean you do not just focus on ranking in search engines but also you need to consider your audience/readers by making good and quality contents and building your site around quality links.
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  • Profile picture of the author dennis09
    Relevancy and PR. Give me those two and I'll rank all over your "quality" 500 word essays. With a blank page at that.
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    • Profile picture of the author smodha
      Originally Posted by dennis09 View Post

      Relevancy and PR. Give me those two and I'll rank all over your "quality" 500 word essays. With a blank page at that.
      I agree with Dennis. Relevant links and good PR will outrank anything.

      Content has always been about pleasing your audience. It has nothing to do with pleasing Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    Nothing. No one knows, it's all a guessing game.

    Link baiting is definitely good, sape links are killing it right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lilacor
      Here's a person that definitely knows how to use SAPE
      Originally Posted by Slin View Post

      Link baiting is definitely good, sape links are killing it right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moses.W.
    For today, the most important "ranking factor" is the "Website Usage Metrics"
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  • Profile picture of the author markwilson4074
    Content is the king.

    Good content is the number one ranking factor in the eyes of search engines. Every thing comes after that, including but not limited to social signals, PR, backlinks etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author challanger
    In On-Page If you have everything Unique and real. Than its "TITLE"
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  • Profile picture of the author PeckhamPirate
    Sticky content that not only gets shared naturally, but also keeps people on your site for longer.
    Plus lots of easy, one click, ways for them to share your pages socially.
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  • Profile picture of the author jspmedia
    On-Page SEO - Well structured website with Good Onpage SEO is most important.
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  • Profile picture of the author wackiin
    Same as most of the above have stated BackLinks good on page and OK content
    Read some of the latest post content is no longer King
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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Brown
      Website authority is king. -- not content. A news magazine (Forbes) publishes one article on my topic and it knocks out all the competition (a high competition keyword). They have 6 backlinks listed in Google (facebook and a few others).
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  • Almost any SEO problem can be solved with back links.

    To get the best backlinks you must produce Relevant content that people will want to share and link to. Become a professional in your field and prove it through your relevant content that people find helpful to solve their problems.



    Learn how to use some SEO automation Tools.




    The other factor maybe even more important || Is your website search engine crawl-ability, googlebot friendly?
    • do a thorough homepage check - disable javescript
    • title tage
    • category/subcategory pages
    • analyze links
    • robots
    That is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list, or comprehensive guide on any specific method; but it is an example of the knowledge you, or your outsourcer, require to do effective SEO for your website.

    Here's Food for Thought || Competitive Research

    What if the most important ranking factor was how well your competition is ranking and how much effort it will require to gain top SERP results by outranking your competition!
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  • Profile picture of the author bsummers
    I think the most important is the content. It's one main factor why visitors get interested with you and your company. They want to know your services and how you do things. Good content established credibility and shows your expertise as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    High related content on the website and high PR backlinks is the winning formula. The more relevancy on the website the less links you need to rank.

    For example if you have a lawnmower review site with only 5 pages or 50 pages then the 50 page site will rank much easier. That's why I always build sites around one single product group. Just more cost efficient as well as a site with tons of bottom page one or page two rankings isn't bringing in much traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Lett
      Solid on-page SEO and regular relevant sought after content.

      Patient and consistent off-page link building to all site pages varied anchor text.

      Consistent social signals (especially Twitter and Facebook).


      Sorry, I couldn't narrow it down to just one
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Lol, a sig. link spammer bumped a 2 year old thread & everyone keeps replying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    I would say that after frequent updates by google try not to depend on the low quality backlinks, keep focus on the quality of the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author songjiekun
    these days after Google new Algorithm released, i find Google+ has more influence on rank. i will investigate this more
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  • Profile picture of the author STLSEO
    Content is and always will be king.
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