ACE: The Entire Search Algorithm in One Word

Search Engine algorithms are easy as “ACE”

Okay, so if you’ve read the “What is a search engine anyway?” lesson, you now understand that search engines like Google and Bing are made up of three core parts: the Crawler, the Index, and the Search Engine.

The last part, the actual “Search Engine,” is where the real magic happens. This is where the search engine algorithm exists that sorts through all of the pages found on the internet and ranks them according to how well they will answer people’s questions.

The most important thing to understand in order to perform well in search engines is how this algorithm ranks websites.

The Checklist

The best analogy to understand this process is to think of a large checklist.

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Imagine Google has a giant checklist of all the different factors that it looks at. If your website is doing well in a specific factor, it gives you a check mark.

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After evaluating the entire checklist for your website specifically, and that of your competitors, Google adds up the check marks and whoever has scored the best in the most categories will be ranked best:

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So, in order to really dig deep and truly be successful in SEO, you must focus on improving all of the factors that can get you positive checkmarks in the eyes of search engines.

This can be quite a task, considering there are hundreds and hundreds of factors that search engines look at in their algorithms to make ranking decisions.

Hundreds of anything is enough to overwhelm anyone like this guy…

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From hundreds to ACE

To make it easy for you, I have distilled all of the factors in the search engine down into three categories: Architecture, Content, and Endorsements.

In short, in order to be successful at search engine optimization, you must continually work on improving your sites complete ACE profile.

Let’s take a look at an overview of each part of ACE, starting with Architecture:

Architecture

Architecture focuses on how search engines index and understand your site. It’s the structure of how your content is consumed by both users and search engines.

(Dive deep into Architecture with a list of the most important factors, do’s and don’ts for each, as well as how to find each on your site in the SEO 321 course.)


Content

Content focuses on transitioning your website from a dictionary definition to an entire encyclopedia about the topics your target market is searching for. It’s saying the right thing at the right time.

(Dive deep into Content with a list of the most important factors, do’s and don’ts for each, as well as how to find each on your site in the SEO 322 course.)


Endorsements

Endorsements are the voting system for search engine optimization success. It’s the popularity contest that helps your site gain the consensus of the web.

(Dive deep into Endorsements with a list of the most important factors, do’s and don’ts for each, as well as how to find each on your site in the SEO 323 course.)


All together now…

The real SEO magic happens when you can improve each of the elements found within ACE to a point that is better than your competition for the keywords you’re targeting.

Accomplish that, and search engines will have no choice but to rank your site over your competitors and bring some fantastic, relevant, and cheap traffic to your website!