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Does traffic have anything to do with rankings?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by CountStacula, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. CountStacula

    CountStacula BANNED BANNED

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    Say you have a website, and 100k people visit that website, does that do anything at all for the ranking of the website? I'm not even talking about a keyword search and clicking on the website. Just users entering the domain name into the URL and going to the website that way.

    Or, what if you are say ranked 3rd on the first page and everyone who searches that keyword clicks your website of the top two, would that boost your ranking?
     
  2. ScrapeBoss

    ScrapeBoss Elite Member Premium Member

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    It depends on the type of ranking you are talking about. First, in the case of Alexa ranking, the number of people that visit your site determines your Alexa ranking. If many people visit your site everyday, you Alexa ranking will improve (meaning the number you occupy in the world wide web comes down).

    In the case of search engine ranking, it is the other way round. The ranking of the search engines determines your traffic. If the search engines rank you well, you will always get traffic to your site through them. If they dont rank you well, you would have to get your traffic through other means.
     
  3. bizroot

    bizroot Supreme Member

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    Behavior of traffic does some part... Low bounce rate means people are getting what they were looking from your site and search engine will give more value to your site, you will have more chance of improving your rankings.
     
  4. bigpurpleguy

    bigpurpleguy Junior Member

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    Do you think google uses analytics data to modify organic rankings?

    Would seem to be against their motto.

    Not sayin' it ain't happening, just wondering what the evidence might be...
     
  5. gleddy13

    gleddy13 Newbie

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    I believe that traffic does have an effect on your ranking, and it would make sense in Google's eyes. If they are interested in dishing the best results for a specific query then wouldn't a site that a lot of people visit make more sense to weigh heavier than a site with no traffic if all other factors are the same? I would also think that just as much or more than the total volume of traffic, what people do inside of your site weighs into rankings. That is an even better indicator of a quality site.

    Gleddy
     
  6. Lawrencess

    Lawrencess Junior Member

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    Google does use "click through" metrics as a small contributer to its SERP algorithm, however it is such a small factor it is not worth manipulating.
     
  7. JuliaG1

    JuliaG1 Regular Member

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    I am favoring the side that it doesn't effect your organic traffic. Recently a post I made happen to go slightly viral and brought in 130k traffic in 1 day and so far since then 200k total. Before hand I was receiving about 20-30 organic searches a day. That number has not changed. Just my 2 cents. My alexa ranking however is awesome!
     
  8. refindyourway

    refindyourway Newbie

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    I think that it must depend on rankings.