In part 12, we did a stats update after 3500 social signals were sent to the YouTube video. After a around a week, we saw the YouTube ranking decrease dramatically (possible dance), the videos tab Google ranking jump 7 spots, and the omitted results Google ranking jump 14 spots. After part 12, I ordered another 3700 social signals service from a different provider on Fiverr. It’s been a good 5 months since the last update, so we are going to use this time to take another look at the YouTube stats/ranking, Google rankings, and the social share stats before taking the next action. The main goal is still to get the YouTube video ranking in Google for our main keyword. We’ll mostly be seeing if the social signals had any effect.
In part 11, we took a look at the stats after a full year of not working on it. The YouTube ranking dropped only from #3 to #19 for our main keyword. Also, there was still no sign of the video in Google. We also did a couple new checks in the last part. We saw the video was ranking #33 in the “Videos” tab on Google for the main keyword and also was ranking #196 when choosing to show the “omitted results”. Up until this point, we concluded that the 301 redirect method and the inflation of views, likes, & shares had a positive impact on the YouTube ranking, but not the Google ranking. Since we have solved the YouTube ranking, all effort going forward will be spent on boosting the Google ranking. At the end of part 11, I decided to order a Fiverr gig to boost the social signals of the YouTube video to see the effect on the Google rank. In this part, we’re going to take a look at the results.
PageRank was once the main metric used by many SEO tools/services to gauge how powerful a domain/page is. PR updating was discontinued a while back, but the numbers were still accessible and relied on. toolbarqueries.google.com was then disabled by Google in 2016, no longer allowing PageRank to be queried. Since the time PR stopped updating, many new services emerged with new metrics as a replacement: Majestic, Moz, Ahrefs, SEMRush, etc. While we will never know exactly how Google views domains/pages, these new services at least give us a ballpark number to go by for SEO. Certain tools heavily relied on PageRank such as GSA Search Engine Ranker; one of the best backlinking tools. After toolbarqueries.google.com was disabled, GSA PR Emulator was released. Designed mainly for GSA SER, GSA PRE is a tool used to intercept PageRank API requests by and SEO software and output a emulated PR based upon different SEO metrics of your choosing. This makes for a nice replacement for PageRank in order to get an idea how powerful domains/pages are for backlinking. In this post, we’re going to take a close look at GSA PR Emulator.
PageRank (PR) had always been the go-to metric to decide the power of a domain. PR was discontinued back in 2013, but the data is still available and put to use. However, since the data is no longer being updated, PageRank is no longer valuable to determining the authority of the domain. Over the years, many new metrics were introduced by services such as Moz, Majestic, Ahrefs, SEMRush, etc. These are now the new metrics for filtering out the good from the bad. GSA SER in particular, had always depended upon PR to sort the target domains for backlinking. To get more accurate numbers, GSA PR Emulator was introduced to work alongside GSA SER. The tool maps PR to either Yandex, Alexa, or SEMRush metrics. Domains/pages are sent to GSA PR Emulator from GSA SER and then returned back with a mapped PR.