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Matt Cutts: Larger Websites Don't Automatically Rank Higher on Google

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by ddarkos, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. ddarkos

    ddarkos Junior Member

    Nov 5, 2011
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    Matt Cutts: Larger Websites Don't Automatically Rank Higher on Google

    But does Google really bring sites higher or better if the website has more pages indexed in the search results? This is the topic of the latest webmaster help video.

    Does a website get a better overall ranking if it has a large amount of indexed pages?
    Google's Distinguished Engineer Matt Cutts said that a website with a large number of pages won't automatically rank better than others. So adding more pages to your site won't help your home page automatically rank better than smaller sites.
    However, Cutts said that a site with more pages will naturally get more traffic because each of those individual pages can also rank for their own set of search queries, increasing the overall opportunity for sites to gain visitors.

    Cutts stressed how links also contribute to rankings, something that a larger site often has more of naturally.
    "Now typically if the site does have more pages, it might have more links pointing to it, which means it has higher PageRank," Cutts said. "If that is the case we might be willing to crawl a little bit deeper into the website and if it has higher PageRank, then we might think it's a little bit of a better match for users queries.

    "So those are some that factors involved, just having a big website with a lot of pages by itself does not automatically confer a boost but if you have a lot of links or a lot of PageRank, that is leading to deeper crawling within your site, then that might be the sort of indicator that perhaps sites would rank just a little bit higher," Cutts said.
    So once again, while having a large site is great, those inbound links are still going to play a key role in rankings, much more so than a larger website.
    "Again just having the number of pages doesn't give you a boost though," Cutts added. "It might give you a few more opportunities, but normally the only reason you get that opportunity is because we see more links to your website so we are willing to crawl a little bit deeper and find more pages to index.
    Bottom line: a larger website doesn't automatically give you a higher ranking, but the aftereffects of having a larger site, such as having more pages and more potential for someone to link to your site as well as getting overall search traffic on those internal pages, does help.
    Having a large site is great, but once again you need to ensure that you have inbound links to your site in order to help it rank and get higher PageRank.

    Original news: http://searchenginewatch.com/article...gher-on-Google
  2. alexglo

    alexglo Junior Member

    Aug 12, 2011
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    Build lots of backlinks to all your inner pages.
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  3. Scritty

    Scritty BANNED BANNED Premium Member

    May 1, 2010
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    Think of a large sites benefit in it's breadth NOT it's depth.

    Each URL can rank for it's own subset of long tail phrases
    This is part of Google wanting to promote authority over micro niche

    Putting up 500 posts about the same model of Hitachi TV won't make you rank better for Hitachi.
    Having a massive site that reviews every TV with decent content will bring a lot more traffic and rank you for a lot more terms

    I mean why have pages on your site for the same terms? It's bad enough all the other people competing with you without competing with yourself!

    Think breadth, think more phrases ranking and yes - like Alexglo says - think more links to GOOD internal pages.

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  4. bluehatface

    bluehatface Regular Member

    Oct 19, 2013
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    Scritty, that's one of the best snippets of information I've ever heard - such a bloody good point!