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Can Lots of Clicks Equal Higher Rankings?

February 4, 2009
Hi Jill,

If I hire people through something like crowdsourcing just to Google some keywords from various areas of the globe to click through to my site and stay there for 5 minutes, will it improve my rankings?

Thanks for any advice.

Mohan

++Jill's Response++

The short answer is no.

The long answer is that it's very difficult to replicate true user behavior. The search engines have some pretty smart people working for them and they can easily detect patterns of clickthroughs to a website. Not only that, there's really no proof that clicking to a site from the search results is even factored into the algorithm. While I believe that, on a very large scale, they may be using clickthrough data, it's doubtful that your efforts would ever even be noticed in a way that would help your rankings.

Best,

Jill
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Jill Whalen is the CEO of High Rankings, a Boston SEO Consulting Agency.

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