Technical SEO

Black Box

Shahid Maqbool

By Shahid Maqbool
On Jul 7, 2023

Black Box

What is a Black Box?

A "black box" refers to something that is mysterious or not well understood. In search engines, it means the algorithms that decide how webpages are ranked and kept secret.

Search engines like Google use complicated math formulas, called algorithms, to decide which web pages show up first in the search results. However, Google does not tell anyone the details of these algorithms. They keep them a secret.

So the search engine's ranking algorithm is like a black box - website owners put data in, but cannot see how the algorithm processes that data to rank webpages. They only see the final search result rankings that come out.

Even though the details are secret, website owners try different things to get better rankings, like making sites easier for Google to understand.

But there is no step-by-step guide to guarantee that a webpage will show up at the top.

So "black box" means the search ranking system is hidden. Website owners cannot understand everything happening inside the black box. They can only try to get better rankings without knowing the full secret formulas.

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