Google’s top 3 search ranking factors
In 2016, Google’s Andrey Lipattsev revealed that links, content and RankBrain were the top three ranking signals in Google’s search algorithm.
RankBrain was the third most important ranking factor. Google told us so in 2015.
As for the other two? Lipattsev revealed them during a Q&A and said: “I can tell you what they are. It is content. And it’s links pointing to your site.”
Read about it in Now we know: Here are Google’s top 3 search ranking factors.
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