SEMrush Ranking Factors Study 2017 — Methodology Demystified
Direct website visits are usually assumed to be the result of higher SERP positions, not vice versa. And yet site visits is exactly what our study named the most important Google ranking factor among those we analyzed. Moreover, we traded correlation analysis for the Random Forest algorithm. We would like to reveal the details of our methodology and bust some popular misconceptions, so that you can safely rely on our takeaways.