Is there a version of Google that excludes backlinks as a ranking factor?

Hi Matt, does the big G have a version of the search engine that totally excludes any backlink relevance? I’m wondering what search would look like and am curious to try it out.
BlueBumbleBee, Colchester, UK

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31 thoughts on “Is there a version of Google that excludes backlinks as a ranking factor?”

  1. los backlinks siguen y seguirán siendo importantes, igual hay que trabajar bien nuestros sitios y no abusar de ellos ni crear enlaces basura para que tengan el poder que queremos, saludos 

  2. This clarification by Matt Cutts has put to rest 
    that citation might be the new ranking algorithm replacing back links by Google. We have to work harder to earn quality back links to our site for higher #SERPs while doing #SEO.

  3. Good to know but it's going to be interesting the day Google figures out how to generate good search results without backlinks… that assumes that one day they will figure it out.

  4. The key thing that we should be aware of is that he said "at least for now" backlinks still have relevance in providing quality results on SERPs. This suggests that things could change in the future and they are working on something which will reduce the dependency on links. This shouldn't be a surprise for anyone though.

  5. Is there a version of +Google  that excludes #backlinks as a ranking factor?

    1. "Yes, it's internal & the quality looks much worse"

    2. "At least for now, backlinks revelance still really helps in terms of making sure that we return the best most relevant, most topical setup search results"

    +Matt Cutts #Smartlinking  

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