Matt Cutts Reveals How Google Ranks Documents; Kinda

Dec 20, 2005 - 11:25 am 1 by

Matt Cutts doesn't give it all away, but he did write this excellent and easy to understand article named How does Google collect and rank results? I found this by way of a classic Gary Price blog entry at Search Engine Watch Blog named First Issue Of Google's Newsletter For Librarians Released.

Here is a snippet from the article;

Once we've made a list of documents and their scores, we take the documents with the highest scores as the best matches. Google does a little bit of extra work to try to show snippets – a few sentences – from each document that highlight the words that a user typed. Then we return the ranked URLs and the snippets to the user as results pages.

I posted a thread on the topic at Search Engine Roundtable Forums and Search Engine Watch Forums.

 

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