Really, Does Google Use Whois Registrar Data to Rank Sites? Can They?

May 10, 2006 - 8:13 am 2 by

Google became a domain registrar back in January 2005. Since then SEOs have been trying to determine to what extent, if any, does Google use this data when ranking sites in the search results. We have covered this extensively in the past with articles named:

Bill Slawski posted a detailed analysis of this at SEW blog named Does Google Use Whois Information? and then followed it up with a thread at Search Engine Watch Forums. In those discussion, Bill shows how a new ICANN definition may disallow Google from using such data for purposes outside of the scope of providing "a point of contact when there are technical problems with a web site." Ranking Web sites based on registrar data is well outside of that scope.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google AI Overviews, Ranking Volatility, Web Filter, Google Ads AI Summaries & More - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024 - 4:00 pm
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Working On Surfacing More Content That Comes From The Heart

May 20, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Danny Sullivan: We Speak Directly To Engineers Working On Google Ranking Systems

May 20, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Comments To Notes In Google Search?

May 20, 2024 - 7:31 am

Google Says Notes On Search Now Ends Soon

May 20, 2024 - 7:21 am
Bing Search

Bing Lets You Turn Off AI Responses But Google Doesn't Let You Turn Off AI Overviews

May 20, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Are You Banned In Google? New Non Google Tool To Check