How Google segments the contents of a web page

Last week, Google was granted a patent that describes how Google might segment the content of a web page. Depending on the location of the content, a web page will get higher or lower rankings.

Why is it important to segment a web page into different parts?

The average web page consists of several parts: a header, a footer, the website navigation, the main content, ads, etc.

Not all parts of the page are equally important. To determine the position of a web page in the search results, text that appears in the main content of a web page is more important than text that appears in the footer or in ads.

How does Google analyze the content of a web page?

According to the patent text, Google looks at the HTML of the page. Google also tries to simulate the display of a web page in a web browser to understand the location and the purpose of different parts of the page.

What exactly does Google analyze in the different parts of a web page?

The patent lists several “modules” that are used to analyze a web page:

1. Link analysis

Links found in different semantically distinct regions may be assigned different weights. That means that the influence of a link in the main part of a web page is probably higher than the influence of a link in the footer.

2. Text analysis

The importance of text on a web page is rated by location. For example, if a keyword appears in the main content area of a web page or in the title, then this page will rank higher than a page that has the keyword in the footer.

3. Image captioning

Text found near an image is more relevant to the image than text further away from it. This module can be used to rank a picture in image search.

4. Snippet construction

Google usually does not use the meta description tag for the snippet that is displayed on the search result page. According to the patent, Google creates the snippet based on the text in the web page section that is the most relevant to the keyword.

If you want to get high rankings on Google, you must make sure that your web pages contain the right keywords in the right elements of your web pages. IBP’s Top 10 Optimizer analyzes all elements of your web page and it will tell you how you have to change them so that your website gets top 10 rankings for your keywords.

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Graham Jones
Graham Jones is an Internet Psychologist who studies the way people use the online world, in particular how people engage with businesses. He uses this knowledge to help companies improve their online connections to their customers and potential customers and offers consultancy, workshops, masterclasses and webinars. He also speaks regularly at conferences and business events. Graham is an award-winning writer and the author of 32 books, several of which are about various aspects of the Internet. For more information connect with me on Google+
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Graham Jones is an Internet Psychologist, professional speaker and author of 32 books who helps businesses understand the online behaviour of their customers
@TonyGirling Absolutely, Tony, I agree. In fact, you've now given me another idea for another newsletter topic...! - 11 hours ago
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