Google links under domain: Site-Links

site links sampleThe links shown below some sites in our search results, called sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they’re looking for.

We only show sitelinks for results when we think they’ll be useful to the user. If the structure of your site doesn’t allow our algorithms to find good sitelinks, or we don’t think that the sitelinks for your site are relevant for the user’s query, we won’t show them.

At the moment, sitelinks are completely automated. We’re always working to improve our sitelinks algorithms, and we may incorporate webmaster input in the future.

Official Google blog on Sitelinks

Which links does Google use for the Site-links?
Google seems to use the first level links of a homepage for the Site links. The links should be descriptive text links or image links with a ALT tag. JavaScript is not considered for Sitelinks. Google uses 2 to 8 links for the Sitelinks of a website. Google assigns the number of links to each website by the number of internal links it determines.
The text that is used for the Sitelinks can be the text that are used for the link on the homepage or the title of the linked page. It seems that Google prefers links that appear at the top left of a webpage.

How can you get Site-links for your domain?

  1. Your website must be authority with #1 ranking for the searched keyword.
  2. Your domain must be at least 2 years old. It seems that younger websites don’t get Sitelinks.
  3. The number of searches and the number of clicks that your website gets for a certain keyword seem to be considered. Keywords that aren’t searched often enough don’t get Sitelinks. It also seems that your website has to get many clicks for the searched keyword.
  4. The number of links that point to your website with the searched keyword as the anchor text seem to influence the creation of Sitelinks. Sitelinks only seem to appear for the main keywords of a website, not for all keywords for which a website is listed.

If your website meets these criteria Google might assign Sitelinks to your website for your most important keywords.
Sitelinks can be a nice addition for searches for general keywords but they usually won’t appear for searches that consist of two to four words. These words are the most important keywords for website promotion and search engine optimization.

People who search for multiple word keywords are more likely to purchase goods or services than people using fewer words.

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