Msg#: 3514587 posted 5:57 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)
I was wondering if any of you know whether or not the amount of unique visitors to a site affect rankings. For instance, if I advertised my site and pumped up traffic, do you think positioning in serps would improve? If the traffic isn't converting and people are leaving my site, could my site be negatively affected in the serps?
Msg#: 3514587 posted 7:18 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)
I agree that it's not that simple. However, there is a lot of conjecture in this whole area of using traffic data in the algorithm. Various patents do indicate that they've developed the technology in theory, but if it's in use, then where might the traffic data be coming from?
Obviously clicks on a SERP listing really matter a lot - so if your snippet or title look messed up, that's something to take care of. But where else is traffic data available that Google can use?
I for one don't think that Google Analytics is playing into it. There's just not enough market penetration for that to work.