More Google Floating Four Theories

May 21, 2008 • 9:07 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Remember the floating four story I wrote a week or so ago? Basically how a search result would be in the fourth position and then go so a lower position, then come back to four and then go back again to a lower position?

Well, the forum discussion has continued at WebmasterWorld and Tedster, WebmasterWorld's administrator, has posted a theory. I am a big fan of Tedster, so I wanted to share his thoughts with you guys.

Tedster asks, "is size of site a potentially big ranking factor?" "Then other factors would help Google decide which of the smaller sites deserve a shot at position #4 (or wherever they are currently testing.)," he adds.

He shared some of the data he used to suggest this theory:


Position 01 -- 1,570
Position 02 -- 12,100
Position 03 -- 99,800
Position 04 -- 87,000
Position 05 -- 27,700
Position 06 -- 22,100
Position 07 -- 242,000
Position 08 -- 1,630
Position 09 -- 124
Position 10 -- 689
Position 11 -- 125
Position 12 -- 1,040
Position 13 -- 976
Position 14 -- 13,600
Position 15 -- 401
Position 16 -- 1,660
Position 17 -- 10,400
Position 18 -- 1,490
Position 19 -- 3,750
Position 20 -- 686


Average (#01-05) -- 45,634
Average (#05-10) -- 53,309
Average (#11-15) -- 3,228
Average (#16-20) -- 3,597

Many members are supporting his theory, but again, this discussion is what makes SEO a wonderful place.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Chris Beasley

05/21/2008 03:51 pm

So the theory being larger sites rank better because of their size? This is just the same as so many other theories, people with no scientific background just don't get it. A psychologist did a study showing that children from homes with new appliances did better in school. Would you then conclude that a new washing machine makes kids smart? Or, could it be that more educated parents tend to have more money and also tend to take a more active role in their child's education. Correlation != causation. Now, could it be that a special bonus is given to sites that are large? Or, could it be, that older sites, and or better sites, tend to be larger with more content, more indepth content, and more visitors, and that those things all result in more links, which result in a higher search engine ranking.

Jaan Kanellis

05/22/2008 02:37 am

Impressive post Chris.

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