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We have these tags which to me all mean about the same thing:

There was some discussion around some of these tags a few years ago with some votes for as a good canonical name for (although there are no questions tagged with "serps-ranking" at all).

We also have these tags which I would leave separate:

  • - Google algorithm for assigning link value to sites
  • - Ranking as applied specificially to the Google search engine
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The three of those should be merged although I don't know if I like serp-ranking for a tag name. Mainly because I don't like the word serp. Perhaps a more descriptive name like search-engine-ranking? Or do we unite them under page-ranking since that is technically correct and also allows us to distinguish between that concept and pagerank which is helpful when suggested tags are presented.

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  • I agree that serp-ranking isn't ideal. SERP isn't a widely enough known acronym for that. If we went with page-ranking, I think it would increase confusion rather than decrease confusion. – Stephen Ostermiller Oct 22 '13 at 17:53
  • Would you say search-engine-ranking would be the next best alternative? Or do you have another suggestion? – John Conde Oct 22 '13 at 18:11
  • "search-engine-ranking" would be fine, and so would just plain "ranking", in my opinion. – Stephen Ostermiller Oct 22 '13 at 18:25
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    Wouldn't just rankings be good enough on its own since it could be paired with the likes of other tags like Google. – Simon Hayter Oct 22 '13 at 18:26
  • damn you, beat me too it :P – Simon Hayter Oct 22 '13 at 18:26
  • If I were to go ahead with this now, I would merge page-ranking and site-ranking into ranking. I want to make sure that is what we are talking about here before I proceed. Bybe's comment has an "s" on "rankings" which I wouldn't include. – Stephen Ostermiller Nov 7 '13 at 16:30
  • Works for me... – John Conde Nov 7 '13 at 18:56

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