Moz published a story today named Amazing Correlation Between Google +1s and Higher Search Rankings in which Matt Cutts responded to in Hacker News thread saying, “correlation != causation.”
He said that he is looking for the “politest way to debunk the idea that more Google +1s lead to higher Google web rankings.”
Matt then added, he debunked a similar correlation study done by Moz on Facebook likes influencing Google rankings.
In short, Matt says it isn’t surprising content with more likes or +1s have better rankings. Matt explains, “If you make compelling content, people will link to it, like it, share it on Facebook, +1 it, etc.”
“But that doesn’t mean that Google is using those signals in our ranking,” Cutts add. Matt advises, “rather than chasing +1s of content, your time is much better spent making great content.”
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