SEO metrics which can't be manipulated?

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Out off this metrics DA, DR, TF, RD

Want to know which one we can't manipulate

If all that above metrics can be manipulated means, then how to determine the quality of a site
 
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A website with good quality should be easy to access with a modernized design which should be beneficial for the user with high-quality content.
A good website should be unique from the others.
 

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You can manipulate them all just by doing Neg SEO or in general building links. Could be possible you got 100 legit backlinks, if I send 100k spammy backlinks to your site, no metrics will be able to know whether the site and its metrics are shit or real. Or you could also do 301 redirects and push those metrics. Many ways.

As long as Offpage SEO exists, those metrics might be a 3rd party indicator, but they can easily be manipulated and there is nothing you can do except disavowing those links on GSC. Even then, the spiders/crawlers of Semrush, Ahrefs, Moz, etc. wouldn't necessarily pick it up and change the metrics.

So when I look for expired domains or doing any other kinda research, the metrics are not primarily important.
Important are: History of the domain (Archive.org), Anchor texts, Referring domains (+ type of the link for example contextual, outbound links within the backlink, target page of the backlink, etc.) and the niche.

You can't just say: Oh this domain got TF 15 and DA 35, its an awesome domain. Yeah, looks like that, but you have to do a deeper research
 

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RD can't be manipulated. But that alone is not enough to determine quality. You need to check backlinks profile too.
 

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Out off this metrics DA, DR, TF, RD

Want to know which one we can't manipulate

If all that above metrics can be manipulated means, then how to determine the quality of a site
All of those metrics can be manipulated. Even RD will obviously go up if you start linking your website from differents domains.

Back in the days when I had a business selling domains for PBNs i had to analize hundreds of domains per week.
Most of the time my eyes when first to relation in TF CF. According to AHREFS, a TF/CF ratio of 1-2 is ideal but in my opinion something like 1:1 or 1:1.5 is the best first signal of a healthy backlink profile. For example TF 10 and CF 15, or TF 30 and CF 40 is good to go.

TF 10 and CF 40 should trigger a red flag in your mind.

However after a look at the metrics you should ALWAYS.... I Will say that again, ALWAYS look at the backlinks in order to determine if the domain you're analizying got natural backlinks or got spammed. Looking at those metrics alone is very naive.

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RD can't be manipulated. But that alone is not enough to determine quality. You need to check backlinks profile too.
They can manipulate RD by redirecting another (potentially spammy or non-relevant) domain.
But at least that is easy to spot.
 

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They can manipulate RD by redirecting another (potentially spammy or non-relevant) domain.
But at least that is easy to spot.

That's why i said he also need to check backlinks profile.
 

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Out off this metrics DA, DR, TF, RD

Want to know which one we can't manipulate

If all that above metrics can be manipulated means, then how to determine the quality of a site
Google cannot stop us from manipulating the SERP while being hundreds of billions worth of company, with the best minds in the planet working for them. How do you think any other company will do? :)
Your best choice is manually checking the website, thats it.
 

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all the answers look sarcastic tbh,
just check the website tier 1 and a couple of tier 2 (if any) links manually,
how relevant and good these links
you can use such metrics to filter some list, but never rely alone on such metrics
 

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As a user, if the website answers your questions it's a quality site
As google, if the site puts millions in your pocket it's a quality site

As for those metrics, all of them can be manipulated
As google, if the website is complete trash content, it's a quality site!

https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/google-loves-complete-trash-content.1329946/
 

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All can be manipulated.
If your purpose is to deciding if you want to get links from a partcular site or not, then check out its backlinks profile and its history.
Age too matters.
 

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Dose buying manipulated backlinks affect our rankings?

I am asking this question because this type of backlinks are mostly cheap
 

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Dose buying manipulated backlinks affect our rankings?

I am asking this question because this type of backlinks are mostly cheap

Yes they do help in increasing DR, DA and Turst. So they definitely help in ranking as well.
 

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Niche Relevancy
# of Ranking Keywords
Organic Traffic
Linked Domains vs Ref Domains
Publishing Frequency
Top Traffic Countries
Content Quality & Relevancy

Red flags = Sitewide Links, Bad Linked Domains, Expired Domain
 

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I suppose everything can be manipulated. I tried to imagine but could not think of one that could not be.

But then, why not focus on building a good solid site and getting a good diversity of inbound links? And assess the quality of those links by assessing the quality of those sites by your own intelligence, whether the site really does business or provides very serious informational value etc.? For all you know, qualitative assessment might actually be more important than just quantitative, given the amount of manipulation that can be done to those quantitative numbers.
 
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