Majestic Showing Match Counts in Search Explorer

By Dixon Jones November 18, 2013

Majestic SEO are now working towards providing complete transparency in their new search engine, so that users can completely understand at a glance why one website or page might rank above another for any given search phrase. The first phase of this is to start breaking out the constituent parts of the things we can measure and showing you the number of occurrences of things like keywords in any search. Here’s an example of the new “Match Counts” tab that we launched today:

Match Counts

 

What are the Match Counts can you see?

Right now we are accounting for a small array of variables, but we plan to expand on these soon:

Example URL: http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example

Using BOLD to highlight relevant part

  • Full Root Domain – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Short Root Domain – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Full Sub Domain – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Short Sub Domain- http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • TLD – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Query String – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Filename Extension – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Full Filename – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Short Filename – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example
  • Path – http://www.example.com/path/index.php?query=example

Oh – and we are also showing a map of where top results are hosted around the world

If you do a search for something and then click on the “Maps” tab in Search Explorer, you’ll see where in the world the top 100 results are hosted. Again, we know that you would like us to skew results to your country or region, so step number one in this process is to start being able to show you where the sites are hosted at speed. we’ll go from there!

Serps Map

Never wonder about an unexpected search result again!

This is just the start. We know you would like to see transparency in WHY results appear the way they appear. Right now that’s a mega-tall order, but it’s what we are striving to show. By showing you (at least approximately) counts related to the search phrase in question, we are starting this journey.

Will users try to “fix” results on Majestic SEO?

It would be great to feel that we were are important enough to “game” one day, but our SERPs are not being developed to gain search popularity or market share, so it would be unlikely that any gaming of our SERPs will result in any increase in actual traffic and indeed, the reverse would be white likely. Manipulating these results MIGHT be possible, but in doing so we would expect this to be immediately counter productive to a website owner wishing to do well on the major search engines, where other factors will temper manipulation.

Want to Know exactly when we upgrade Search Explorer?

Search Explorer is going to be a big part of our plans moving forward. You can keep abreast of our search developments at http://blog.majesticseo.com/category/development/feed/

 

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27 Responses to “Majestic Showing Match Counts in Search Explorer”

  1. M. Rameez Ul Haq said:

    November 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Well This is good development and would be helpful for all!

  2. wasim said:

    November 23, 2013 at 5:51 am

    nice and useful tools for blogger and site explorer.
    search explorer is great tool .

  3. Art Mom said:

    November 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Great info! I’ll log on to check it out. Especially the map feature! Thank you.

    • Dixon Jones said:

      November 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Thanks. I think the map feature is an interesting start. Unfortunately it only shows the top results right now, but is an important stepping stone to enable geotargeted results in the future.

  4. Yassin said:

    November 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    This will be great for understanding how a PDF ranks on Google or How Google deals with sitewide links. Keep rocking our universe.

    • Dixon said:

      November 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

      At the moment we aren’t counting links to PDFs as far as I know, but I suppose we could if there’s a big demand. Crawling PDFs, though, is more bandwidth intensive than HTML I would guess, so may need some significant investment to do at scale, which then becomes a cost / benefit equation.>

      • Henry Runner said:

        November 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        > But it might be possible to request the size of a PDF before crawling it. So crawler could be configured to only crawl PDFs wich have small size and leaving the big files to save bandwith.

      • Dixon Jones said:

        November 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        Yes maybe at some point this will be possible. It’s not in our immediate plans, though.

  5. Mark Upshaw said:

    November 24, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Excellent way to continue to offer more value to site owners and stay ahead of the competition’s offerings. I look forward to the expansion of Match Counts and learning how to use it – although it should be rather intuitive.

    • Dixon Jones said:

      November 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

      We’ll try hard to keep things intuitive. Sometimes we’ve been guilty of creating tools and forgetting how to educate users on how to use them. Right now, we are still learning how to handle the scale of search… But we are getting there and now we can start to improve relevance as well.

  6. CrisBD said:

    November 24, 2013 at 5:07 am

    This seems to be just data at the moment, I look forward to majestic converting this into useful information…

    • Dixon Jones said:

      November 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Yes, that’s true. We had to “count” things first before being able to tweak things. Now the fun starts! :)

  7. Katherine Stott said:

    November 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Certainly sounds promising and something we can use for client reports. Looking forward to further developments.

    • Dixon Jones said:

      November 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Me too! There’s plenty we can do to take things in from here.

  8. mre said:

    November 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    great news, this will be great to compare this with competitors.

  9. kartik kadia said:

    November 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Great info! I’ll log on to check it out. Especially the map feature! Thank you.

  10. rezulteo said:

    November 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Sounds very Good, nice and useful tools for blogger and site explorer.

  11. thaigunners said:

    November 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    great news, thank you

    • Dixon Jones said:

      November 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      You are very welcome!

  12. Jason Moore said:

    November 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    The more metrics that can really help us, the better. Who knows? The Goog was a smaller player once. Keep those stats coming, Cowboys!

  13. Sunil said:

    November 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Good Work for quick analysis.

  14. Steven Hill said:

    November 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Wow, love the map feature, trying it out now! Thanks for the great work!

    • Dixon Jones said:

      November 26, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Thanks. It only represents the top 100 now, but who searches past 100 results anyway? :)

  15. Geoff Gastric Band said:

    November 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

    yet another great additional service from Majesticseo. All of the recent changes and upgrades are really useful to anyone who is serious about SEO. Looking forward to taking advantage of the information provided.

  16. Jack Johnson said:

    November 26, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Awesome!

  17. Brian Matthies said:

    November 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Nice work allways looking for more insite on tracking similar websites.

  18. Surajit said:

    November 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    The map is really nice. Thanks for the great work.