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Majestic SEO Announces New Link Metrics: Trust Flow & Citation Flow
Majestic SEO announced a new set of link metrics they came up with that should give Google’s PageRank metric and SEOmoz’s MozRank a run for their money.
Majestic SEO’s new metrics are named Flow Metrics and are grouped into two categories; trust flow and citation flow.
- Citation Flow is a number of predicting how influential a URL might be based on how many sites link to it.
- Trust Flow is a number predicting how trustworthy a page is based on how trustworthy sites tend to link to trustworthy neighbors.
What Do Flow Metrics Look Like?
Let’s compare Search Engine Land to Search Engine Roundtable to Google:
Keep in mind, the values for citation and trust flow are between 0 and 100, where Google is a 99 on both, Search Engine Land has a citation flow of 75 and trust flow of 64 and Search Engine Roundtable has a citation flow of 69 and trust flow of 43.
Let’s visualize how this looks on a chart. Majestic SEO explains that links with high Citation flow end up more to the right and links with more Trust flow end up higher on the chart.
Search Engine Land:
Search Engine Roundtable:
I asked Branko Rihtman (aka @neyne) what he thinks of the new metrics and he was very pleased. He said it is a huge improvement over Majestic SEO’s AC rank metric and says these new metrics “correlates to PageRrank much better than anything” else. Overall Branko feels “it provides a much better measurement of perceived quality.”
For more details, see Majestic SEO’s blog.