"Google Boxes" Promote Rankings, But is it Worth It?

Nov 20, 2007 • 9:50 am | comments (4) by twitter | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A High Rankings Forum member discovered the golden Google Box, a widget that displays the top 10 rankings for any particular keyword.

It looks like this: embedding a bit of code on your site, you can show your users the top 10 rankings for a particular keyword. For example, if you are searching for "Google," you'll be presented with the following (or similar) box:

Google Box

So the forum member asks: should you put one of these on your site? It's almost an endorsement from Google.

Many forum members think that it's not a good idea. After all, by doing so, you're promoting yourself and 9 competitors. Do you really want people to start analyzing the competition or looking elsewhere?

If it's something you want, I think the best bet is to look at it internally so you can analyze the data that way.

Forum discussion continues at High Rankings Forum.

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Loke Hansen

11/21/2007 08:13 am

This isnt something i would be adding to my primary websites anytime soon, but it could come in handy on smaller websites, especially if the links generated point to my major ones... recommended by google ;)

No Name

11/22/2007 10:14 am

Providing free links to competition? No way!


11/22/2007 10:46 am

Giving 9 of my competitors free links? I will be crazy to do that?


11/22/2007 09:53 pm

For testing SEO stuff on my own, or for generating a extra page for admin users to check their ranking for various key terms in one place, it is a great idea. As it would make for a very simple way of tracking your targetted keywords. At a glance you can see which terms you have dropped in and need to focus more on. Putting on the site for everyone to see? No. not a good idea.

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