Google's Matt Cutts: More Pages Doesn't Directly Influence Your Search Rankings

Oct 29, 2013 • 8:13 am | comments (17) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

google pagesYesterday, Google's Matt Cutts posted a video saying that the number of pages does not directly impact your search rankings.

There may be a side affect to a site having more pages. Typically, sites with more pages have two benefits:

(1) They have more opportunity to rank for a more diverse set of keyword phrases, assuming your pages are targeting more keywords.

(2) Typically, larger sites have more links to their site and thus may have higher PageRank, which Google uses to set your crawl depth and for ranking.

But the number of pages on a specific site doesn't have a direct impact on your rankings.

Here is the video:

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Gaurav Srivastava

10/29/2013 12:27 pm

Good to know that for me as a Blogger.


10/29/2013 12:49 pm

I hope this doesn't effect my english tutoring website ;)


10/29/2013 01:38 pm

Who can honestly believe this guy anymore? Everything he says is misleading or winds up being untrue or reversed in the future.

Rob Kissell

10/29/2013 01:45 pm

What a roundabout answer to a easy question. Sounds like a used car salesman. Drrrp, if your pages have good content... drrrrp, and links, drrrrr, maybe better, srrhrhhhssdrrrrrrr.


10/29/2013 05:17 pm

only wikipedia doorway pages, youtube spammy videos,amazon "products not available", webmd & boots duplicated content pages are count in google. All other sites is crap, according to matt cutts speeches & google actions.


10/29/2013 05:26 pm

The other problem with having tons of pages is keyword cannibalization, where you have too many pages focusing on the same keywords, and therefor Google doesn't know what to show


10/29/2013 06:05 pm

google know what to show. spammy wikipedia, spammy amazon product not available, spammy youtube videos.


10/30/2013 12:57 am

No, it doesn't AFFECT your English tutoring website. :-DDDDD

Charlie Gray

10/30/2013 03:02 am

A related question was posed during the Q&A after Matt spoke at PubCon. There was a question related to small sites competing with big brands. Matt explained that it is important to blog and create deep content. A follow up question was asked about how often is too often to blog. His response was as often as you can. I'm sure many people are now piling up the content on their sites. This at lease gives a bit more guidance.

SEO Expert - Rahul Trivedi

10/30/2013 10:45 am

Here is what i wrote about to getting recovery from penguin 2.1 and hummingbird.

Professional Liar Matt Cutts

10/30/2013 12:04 pm

Mutt's job is to LIE to you as Google replaces your sites with ads. Screw Mutt Cutts and his shills (Hello Barry!) Don't trust him, he's watchign his stock skyrocket and that's what he wants.


10/30/2013 07:45 pm

matt cutts Doesn't Directly Influence Your Search Rankings!


10/30/2013 08:09 pm

but Barry is good guy!


10/30/2013 08:10 pm

you can create extremely high quality content (already tried lot of times), but it not help.


10/30/2013 08:12 pm

if you sites, hrum-hrum-hrum, have a, hrum-hrum-hrum content, then you need hrum, hrum, hrummer to get it ranked.


10/31/2013 03:08 am

Simply said, the ranking of a website is not determined by the number of pages on that site but simply by the number of links pointing to it

Brijesh Bhalodia

11/01/2013 09:19 am

Matt Cutts mentioned page rank, that means page rank is still not died!

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