Domain Authority & Links


Domain Authority and Links

Each year, Moz conducts a study of the top Local Search Ranking Factors by interviewing several experienced search engine marketers. The study is conducted in four different parts:

- General ranking factors
- Specific ranking factors
- Local pack ranking factors
- Negative ranking factors

What are the most important parts of each of these factor groups?

General Ranking Factors

- Signals that relate to your business (how close you are to the user, your categories)
- Signals that relate to your website content (keywords in titles, your name, address, and phone number)
- Signals that relate to links to your website (linking domain authority, anchor text)
- Citations that your website has gotten on external sites
- User behavior signals (clicks-to-call, clickthroughs, and so on)
- A factor whose importance is declining: social signals

Local Organic Ranking Factors

The following are the most important local organic ranking signals:

- Click-through rate from search results
- Having high-quality inbound links
- Having your city and state in your GMB Landing Page Title
- Having an authoritative web domain
- Having relevant keywords that pertain to your domain content

Note: Star ratings and rankings can be important to users, but they don’t really matter in terms of your search ranking.

Local Pack Ranking Factors

- Correct GMB category associations
- Having a physical address in the city a user is searching for
- Being in close proximity to the search user’s location
- Having high-quality, authoritative, and consistent structured citations

Note: Having local keywords in your domain name doesn’t really help all that much.

Negative Ranking Factors

You can majorly damage your ranking by:

- Having malware on your site
- Faking your business address
- Having GMB location violation reports
- Having the wrong category listed for your business
- Having different business names, addresses, and phone numbers listed on various websites

Bottom line: Incorrect business information, whether intentional falsehood or accidental mistake, will be very detrimental to your Google ranking.

These nuggets of information are only a portion of what Moz’s study reveals. If you’d like to read more, check out the full study here.

In the meantime, one thing is certain: if you cater to the user’s needs and make it easy to find your business and find out more about it, you will be setting yourself up for success.


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