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What Is Quality Content And Is Domain Age Important for Ranking?

Matt Cutts explains Google does not consider domain age as important as the “quality” of the content and inbound links.

What Is Quality Content?

As often as I’ve heard Matt mention “quality content“, he’s always been vague in explaining what Google deems to be “quality“, and what factors it’s algorithms use in determining what is “quality“. Here’s hoping it’s a little more sophisticated than inbound links because that can be easily gamed as we all know.

What do you think? Should Google provide a better definition for “quality content“? In addition, I would also like to know how Google determines “quality” inbound links.

Written February 27th, 2011 by | 9 Comments | Filed under: Blogging Tips, SEO Tips, Videos , ,

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  1. first of all…If you have to ask what quality content is….but maybe it is a rhetorical question. I am sure coming from the Bloke himself it is but for all of his readers… well I think that there is enormous debate these days over what is quality content or for that matter, what is content at all. I am taking a class right now called Teaching With Technology where we discuss how best to use social media in the classroom and the question of content came up the other day. One person asked if every little byte, every click, every “like” counted as content. we had a lively debate over what was counted by the search engines and added to your rankings (if in fact you are using some sort of statistics service that is) I felt that blogs, status updates and tweets should all count but that merely clicking on something should not. Ultimately however I was overruled (much to my surprise since I had worked as the social media specialist where I worked and my classmates were all fairly new to social media.) Oh well. Great post Blokie! (as always.)

    P.S. I do think that there isn’t much original out there. Most stuff is a mixture of what we have read in other places and then mixed with our own thoughts resulting in a mish-mash of ideas that we want to share. Personally I don’t think there is anything wrong with this as long as we give credit where credit is due. So in that vein - thanks BlogBloke for all the inspiration!! :)

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 3:17 pm said...

    @Kristina Summers, “I felt that blogs, status updates and tweets should all count but that merely clicking on something should not”.

    You will be happy to know that you are right Kristina. Facebook “like” clicks etc. are NOT content. However, Twitter comments are now being weighed as content by Google and will add to your overall ranking, although blogs are still king when it comes to that.

    With respect to “original” content, (like I’ve discussed before about content curation) adding your voice to the conversation is fine so long as credit (links) are provided to the originating source. Too many internet marketers however don’t do that.

    I have had an ongoing battle with Darren Rowse over this very issue who is in a habit of running with my ideas without even a hat tip mention to yours truly.

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  2. You will be happy to know that you are right http://www.blogbloke.com/domain-age-rank... @KristinaSummer

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    Reply by: KristinaSummer at 5:09 am said...

    @BLOGBlokeTips :) #comment

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  3. It is very interesting. It is not easy to know how to rank well, hope it would be easier in the future.

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  6. @douglaskarr What is "quality" content? Been asking myself the same question for years http://bit.ly/gylcmP technorati who?

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