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Citation Flow and Trust Flow: Everything You Should Know

Trust flow and citation flow metrics, sounds like a new term?

Same here for me. Before knowing what the flow metrics are, if I came across the term, I thought what the heck is this? What’s the difference between ‘EM?

I Googled several times: What is trust flow? Citation flow vs. trust flow.
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I even heard many webmasters asking – “I am having trouble understanding citation flow versus trust flow”. Today I will put an end to that question.

Unlike all the SEO concepts, it was a bit difficult for me to understand. Especially the difference between them.
I understood the flow metrics however. I am writing this post to help you understand the flow metrics if you are baffled by these terms.

Need of flow metrics

With the extinction of Google PageRank, the secondary metrics matters a lot. Metrics like Domain authority, Trust flow, and citation flow are becoming the ranking factors in Google.

The sites like Moz and MajesticSEO are great at ranking and determining the authority of the sites or blogs. You can’t just easily trick these metrics, like that of Google PageRank.

The flow metrics update every day, so they are more accurate. You can accurately determine the trust of the site with this.
The job of ranking of sites has become much easier for Google with the introduction of trust and citation flow metrics.
Definitions

What is citation flow?

A metric designed to predict how influential a link in a site might be, by considering the links pointing to it. It does not bother about the quality of links. If there are more domains pointing to a blog post, then the more influential it is.

In this context, it’s important to know what “influential” means.

The capacity of your site or blog, to have an impact on the readers of your blog or those who are interested in your niche.

All trust flow factors also are the factors for citation flow. If trust flow increases, citation flow should also increase. There is no rule that citation flow should be increased equally to the increase in trust flow.
However, if the citation flow increases, there is no rule that trust flow should also increase.

Remember that, if some sites with high citation flow link to your site, then you get high citation flow boost with fewer inbound links.

Consider trust flow also. Because links from sites with high C.F but poor T.F, negatively affect your site, although boosts your citation flow.

What is trust flow?

A metric designed to decide how trustworthy the link is. Based on the QUALITY of backlinks pointing to the site.

If there are authoritative, trustworthy backlinks to a site, then the greater is the trust flow.

The trust flow of almost every site or link is less than the citation flow. Why?

A site may have tons of backlinks. But, not all of them are high quality and have TRUST. Even though you strictly make sure that you have only quality backlinks, there will be low-quality backlinks that are generated automatically by various directories or other sorts of backlinks.

In simple words, there is less chance of getting all high-quality backlinks. Hence, TRUST FLOW cannot overtake CITATION FLOW in most of the times.
Also, it is observed that there is a direct correlation between the trust flow of a domain and the amount of organic traffic it is getting.

If a site has high trust flow, then it means that it has a high-quality backlink profile. High-quality backlinks give Google rankings boost.

In Layman’s terms, high trust flow is the clear sign of having high-quality content to Google and other search engines.
If there are more backlinks to a site that carry the trust flow, then it is the sign that the site is getting decent organic traffic.

Trust flow and citation flow ratio

The ratio between the above two metrics matters a lot in determining the overall trust of the site.
If a site has a citation flow of 40 and trust flow of 20 then the ratio is 2:1 or 0.5. The maximum ratio possible most of the times is 0.9. However, Google is an exception, it has the ratio of 98:99.

Nearing to the ratio of 1 is desirable. Average trust to citation flow ratio should be 0.50. More the authority and trustworthy the site, the ratio is higher.

If the trust flow is greatly lesser than the citation flow, then it is clear that the site is having low-quality large amount of backlinks.
QUALITY backlinks among the tons of backlinks is higher in case of authoritative sites.

Some figures

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How to measure flow metrics?

You can head over to MajesticSEO, enter the URL, use fresh index (default), and hit search. Now it should return the backlink profile of that URL. It also returns the flow metrics along with this.

There is a fair usage policy for non-signed up users. If you would like to extend this limit, you need to register for a free account.
Installing the MajesticSEO extension for Chrome or Firefox might be a better option. It helps you, easily look up for flow metrics of any site.

If you want to check and compare the flow metrics of multiple URLs at once, you can use Bulk Backlink Checker tool.
Raven SEO tools also make use of MajesticSEO API to pull flow metrics data.
There are several advantages of using MajesticSEO.

  • Identifying top influencers in your niche.
  • Identifying the real problem for Penguin penalty.
  • Link quality analysis.
  • Prevention of irrelevant link building (with the help of topical flow metrics)
  • Finding great content.

7 GOLDEN points to increase flow metrics

  1. Increasing trust flow should be the main goal. To keep up the healthy ratio, trust flow should be higher. Increasing citation flow is somewhat pointless. Indirectly it means that, QUALITY OF BACKLINKS WIN OVER QUANTITY.
  2. In 1000 backlinks vs. one authoritative backlink, the authoritative backlink is the clear winner.
  3. Guest posting is the best way to get authoritative backlinks. However, guest posting should be kept to a minimum. The frequency at which the backlinks are built should be kept to a minimum, especially if your blog or site is new.
  4. You should build links from authoritative sites within your niche only. Because MajesticSEO also takes account of topical trust scores. You should have a higher trust score in your niche or topic, to be ranked higher in Google.
  5. Great internal linking strategies help in increasing the trust flow and citation flow. Strong homepage with high flow metrics can influence the pages linked from the homepage. Having backlinks to both the homepage and internal pages boosts flow metrics greatly.
  6. .Gov and .Edu backlinks carry more trust score to your site or blog.
  7. No-follow links also carry citation flow to some extent, but not trust flow.

 

Final words
Shortly with the extinction of PageRank (internally not extinct), Google would stress more and more on other metrics. Improving other metrics naturally helps in the long term.
Gaining quality backlinks is the only way to be ranked higher in Google. With the quality backlinks all the other metrics like flow metrics and domain authority increases. Increase in other metrics is the great signal for Google to rank the site or blog higher in SERPs.

Who knows? Perhaps this is the first step of MajesticSEO in path of building its own search engine. Increasing flow metrics would be beneficial to rank higher in their probable future search engine.
MozTrust is also similar to trust flow.

It also measures the trust what search engines, indirectly users put on your site.

Make sure you check MozTrust along with T.F, for accurate results.

Hope this article helped you. I took 5 hours to write this post on flow metrics. If you have really liked this blog post, do share and comment.

Akshay Hallur
 

I'm a professional blogger with 5 years of blogging internet marketing experience. I'm also a internet marketing trainer and a consultant.

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Atish Ranjan - November 2, 2014

Hello Akshay,

Good information you have shared about citation flow and trust flow. Yes, Page Rank is now gone and these can be the real ranking factors. Keep sharing good info. Thanks

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    Akshay Hallur - November 4, 2014

    Atish, welcome to my blog.
    Other ranking metrics are playing an important role with the extinction of Google Pagerank.

    Glad you found it useful.

    Cheers.

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Kamlesh - November 27, 2014

finally found something valuable able content here.. like you i was also confused with citation and trust flow. I keep searching on majestseo with different website and trying to find it what exactly it is.. you clear my all doubts.. I would awesome brief article you have made.

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Gaurav - January 20, 2015

Good one & well explained – Rightly deserving its place on the top for the keyword “trust flow citation flow” πŸ˜‰ from which I stumbled upon your blog. Good luck mate.

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    Akshay Hallur - January 25, 2015

    Hey Gaurav, glad you found this useful. Cheers, on your first comment. Looking forward to hear from you. I love to hear readers say, where do they come from ;-).
    Thank you.

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Travis - January 22, 2015

Thanks for taking the time to break this down Akshay and very helpful. I was looking over some metrics in a report and couldn’t remember quite what the difference between the two and this cleared it right up.

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    Akshay Hallur - January 25, 2015

    Thank you. Glad you found my simplicity approach effective. Simplicity matters a lot in explaining these kind of stuff.
    The concept is volatile, without simplicity.

    Thank you.

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Aly Ahmed - January 23, 2015

First of all, I must appreciate the way you explained the differences between trust flow and citation flow.

And for those who are buying domain, they should consider the “Trust Flow” more.

Thanks

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    Akshay Hallur - January 25, 2015

    Yeah, the days when people look for PR when buying domain names are gone. DA can also be manipulated. Trust flow is the one that makes the authority of the site clear. It exposes the backlink profile quality of the site.
    Good point. Great analysis.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Thank you Aly.

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scott masse - January 23, 2015

great article thanks for explaining the concepts in the kings english, I will certainly be more mindful of my trust flow for my amazon niche sites

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Matt - January 26, 2015

In your experience, are you noticing any difference in Trust Flow or Citation Flow for local-oriented domains? For instance, if a site for a Chicago plumber has links from low-Domain Authority, but Chicago-specific, sites does the relevance and “authority” (being from Chicago) still help? Or is still a matter of getting high authority links from PBN’s, guest posting, etc.?

Also have you seen any data about redirected 301 domains (indexed in Google of course!) which have good Domain Authority, having any effect (positive or negative) on Trust Flow metrics?

Finally, have you seen any studies on the effects of Tier 2 linking and how it alters Trust Flow? For example, a site has a Trust Flow (Fresh Index) of 9. Person submits 10 articles to the “old school” article directories (Ezinearticles, etc.). Would a third-party boost of PBN’s, other article directories, or high quality Web 2.0 links – pointing to the article directory URL’s – ultimately help with Trust Flow?

Many thanks for your thoughts on this. Great post!

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Akshay Hallur - January 26, 2015

As far as local SEO concerned, I would not worry too much about trust flow. Backlinks from other local sites, directories, would work better.
In case of local SEO, proper keyword research is crucial. With Google’s frown upon the private blog networks, I would not advice you to build backlinks from PBNs.

By looking at domain authority, one can’t accurately determine the quality of link profile of website. Whereas Citation Flow would be the accurate estimate. Having high trust 301 redirects, back to your site increases your trust flow. Because all the juice PR, DA, CF and TF all flow naturally in case of 301 redirect, but not for 302 or other redirects.
Building high number of sites, exclusively for 301ing to your main site would be detrimental to your site’s growth.

Tiered 2 link building strategy is one of the safe gray-hat link building strategies. It does have some positive impact on the trust flow of your site.
It tiered 2 linking is done properly, your trust flow would increase exponentially.

I hope, I caught ’em all!
Looking forward to hear more from you.

Cheers.

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    Matt - January 27, 2015

    Akshay,

    Thank you for your reply. I will make some adjustments and report back should your suggestions prove to have benefit, especially the Tier 2 link suggestions.

    Thanks again!

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Mark - January 30, 2015

Hello Akshay!
Great post! Very well written and informative. My questions are a desire to learn about your answers to Matt’s questions. I am interested in local search. You stated: “local search, proper keyword research is crucial” I looked through your seo posts but couldn’t find one on that topic? I definitely don’t know how to do that. My novice experience only finds
USA results versus say city results. Often this says there are no searchs for keywords but there are 10 people in google adwords for the term? Obviously not true. But I don’t know how to find or determine a strategy. Longtail pro tool doesn’t help (at least for me) in local.
You also warned against PBN’s. It is a popular tactic and I guess the idea is to do it anonymously but you do not believe it is a good approach?
In your 301’s comment you say 301’s redirected to your site is good but then you say building them would be deterimental to your site. I’m not grasping that. Seems like a contradiction?
I have not googled tiered 2 link building and I am not familar with it but interested.
Again, enjoy your writing and knowledge and hope you are willing to educate me. Thanks, very much. Mark

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Sayyid Husein - February 5, 2015

Hi Akshay, this is a nice information. I can finally understand why my website a little bit less than the competitors. In fact, from the amount already won. Starting this sat I mean to change the view in a way that I use for this in a powerful backlink building. thank you for your sharing. Regards

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Febri - February 15, 2015

Hi akshay, finally I understand what the trust flow and citation flow is. My blog score is very low, citation score is 29 and trust flow score is 19. Hopefuly I can improve these scores πŸ˜€

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Chris Carter - February 24, 2015

I’m really glad I was led to your post by a fellow blogger! My husband helps with my blog and just told me my trust flow is horrible- (7) while my citation is good. He said he found 120,000 backlinks that must be the offending source! ACK! We aren’t sure where all these links came from, and I’m guessing we need to get rid of them STAT.

Could you help shed light on why this might be happening? I share a lot of my blogger friends’ posts on social media and have guest posted a many blogs, but not sure that would be the cause…?

Thanks for any input or feedback!!

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    Akshay Hallur - April 26, 2015

    Chris,
    120,000 backlinks! Get rid of them.

    Here’s the solution.

    Export them. Upload them to Google disavow tool.

    Now, Google while ranking your site, does not consider these backlinks.

    This may be because, someone is buying low-quality link-building gigs for your site?

    Thank you.

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Mahesh G - February 27, 2015

Hi Akshay,

Thanks for sharing such a great post. I have a small query, Does building back-links more from Social media platforms, community forums, blog forums, etc i.e. predominantly from content driven forums and guests commenting would increase Trust flow score and Citation flow score?

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    Akshay Hallur - February 27, 2015

    Hey, Mahesh, that’s a great question. Flow metrics have one character common to that of page rank.
    That is, citation or trust flow divides equally among various links on site or a page.
    Tons of content get shared across social media or community driven sites. So, even though the trust of those sites are high, it won’t help you in easily measurable way.

    Moreover majority of the links in social media and other sites are nofollow.

    Hope I helped you.

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kiran - March 4, 2015

Fantastic Post dude ,

I Really understood in-depth , Actually I Came here because my trust flow was 17 and citation flow was 18 .

Im using a method to rank my websites and the sites are going up like hell.. I Want to see how these metrics correlate and clearly these are the factors.

Surprisingly , my domain authority is 1.

My website is just 1 month old

Can u add me on skype: aghorabhai

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The Nairobi Mirror - April 12, 2015

Thank you for explaining these two terms that were making me to go mental. I wasn’t really getting what each meant but now i get the real clear picture. From now henceforth, i will be striving to increase my site’s trust flow over citation flow.

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Jamaluddin Rahmat - April 13, 2015

Hi Akshay,

First, thank you for explaining these two terms.

I want ask about good TF and CT when we will purchase an expired domain.

Any rules?

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    Akshay Hallur - April 26, 2015

    While buying, expired domains, be very cautious.

    You have to first look, what was under the hood. You can use WayBack machine to dig the history of that site.

    You have to look at what sort, what topic of content was there around in that site.

    That’s where topical trust flow comes into play.

    Hope it helped you.

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Roj - April 13, 2015

I was totally confused with these terms – Citation and Trust flow and finally I landed in your page to get exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the detailed information. Now, I need to work hard to increase these flow for my sites πŸ™‚

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    Akshay Hallur - April 13, 2015

    Glad to hear that my article is helpful for you. It’s great to hear that you started working hard to increase flow metrics. Hope hard work pays off. πŸ™‚

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Cartoonify - April 21, 2015

Hi,
great article, so if I want high quality backlinks I always check the domain in majestic for its TF and CF. After that I build ny link. But sometimes if I check the backlink profile of another site and see if several backlinks have a good TF and CF I realize that if I also build a link on that site, I will get less TF and CF dor that link as my competitor why is it like that?

Thanks

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Dixon Jones - April 23, 2015

Hi Akshay,

Majestic here. Firstly thanks for the post. These two metrics can get confusing for sure, so it really helps us when people take the time to explain things to their audiences.

We also did a Youtube video to explain this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN0hAU8jkP8&feature=youtu.be which some folk might like.

To the guys that asked about Tier 2 links, Majestic’s data runs over many iterations on the web… so page A can link to Page B link to Page C link to Page D and this means that some of the influence of page A will get all the way to page D.

The only minor clarification in your post… you said that Citation Flow only cares about the quantity of links to a page. That’s not entirely accurate. We start our baseline for calculating Citation flow based on the absolute number of referring domains to every page we see with inbound links on the web. This gives us an absolute score for many pages and then we propagate this score across the web. So it is still possible for a page to have a high citation flow with very few inbound links, if the links are from pages with high Citation Flow.

I wholeheartedly agree that Trust Flow is a better judge of “quality” than Citation Flow.

One other point of note is that we also flow link juice through INTERNAL links, but we do not report on internal links, as it would increase our database by 800% to store internal links and frankly there are many tools that can analyze internal links on a site as this is a simpler problem than crawling the whole web in the first place to see all the inbound links from other domains.

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    Akshay Hallur - April 23, 2015

    Thanks for the comment, Dixon. Meanwhile, the video is great. I’ll embed it in my post shortly.

    Coming to Citation Flow. I was bit confused about that. Thanks for the information. I will surely give this post an edit. It is now clear to me that Citation Flow is based on unique domains, not links. Pages with high Citation Flow, carries more Citation Flow to it’s outbound links. I missed this point.
    However many links from the same domain does notaffect Citation Flow. If I’m not wrong.

    Coming to internal links. You guys clearly mentioned,

    “Bet you thought we didn’t care about internal links? Well although we don’t report on them, flow metrics do pass through internal links”
    https://blog.majestic.com/development/flow-metrics/

    That makes great sense.

    Thanks for adding value. And also helping out previous commenters.

    Have a productive day ahead.

    Cheers,
    Akshay ~

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Debarpan - April 25, 2015

Hi,You are sharing quality stuff at your website for your audience. I love your website.Very nice information, Keep up your good work.

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Pretoriaseo.co.za - May 2, 2015

Great article. Just what I have been looking for to understand TF vs CF.

Thanks!

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vishnu - May 5, 2015

Thanks for a great post. Really it’s helped me a lot to understand trust flow & citation flow.

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Spetnazarts - May 14, 2015

Hi Akshay,

A quick question regarding CF and TF ? What is the difference between CF and TF at Root Level and Subdomain Level. has it got anything to do with url version ( www and non www) ?

What level ( domain level or subdomain) ( CF, TF) should we look for www version and non www version domains ? Can you please explain.

Thanks

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Sarvesh - May 20, 2015

Thanks a lot for this post. These terms were really confusing me. Finally I understood what they mean. By the way, what is a good TF and CF for a 2 months old blog?

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    Akshay Hallur - May 20, 2015

    Glad the post helped you.

    There’s nothing like good CF and TF for 2-month-old blog. You may know that D.A increases with increase in domain age. In the similar way, TF and CF also get boosted as your domain ages.
    For a 2-month-old blog, with some good links, get trust and citation flow of 10 and 12.

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Arun Kumar. R - May 20, 2015

It is a really helpful. Flow metrics concepts have been clearly explained here. Keep up the good work.

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Kevin Heimlich - May 21, 2015

Thanks for this post, Akshay. This is very informative and helpful for my business.

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Corey Willey - May 26, 2015

Appreciate the information. You gave a pretty clear description of Trust Flow and Citation flow but I don’t understand how the subdomain might effect this. I am assuming this is the non www version of the site?

Thanks for the article,

Corey

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Kevin Heimlich - May 28, 2015

I want to learn more.

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leandro - June 3, 2015

You have any other tool that measures Citation Flow Trust Flow

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Nathan Scheer - June 4, 2015

Dude this was awesome. It help me put into words what I knew about it to my client that was asking about this! You pulled me out of the fire! Thanks!

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John Le - June 14, 2015

Thank you for article.
I usually only focus on backlinks, but the posts still can not have good ranking on Google. Maybe it’s time to learn and focus on TF and CF

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Bloggertipstricks - June 18, 2015

This seems interesting.
Excellent explanation. I have checked my new site citation flow and trust flow. It’s respectively 27 & 10. I am feeling like hang myself πŸ™

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Sandeep Patel - June 23, 2015

Hello Akshay,

Excellent Work of TF and CF. I have one client that needs this two improves. this will help me lot.

thank you for such a nice information.

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Abhishek - June 24, 2015

Is the trust flow metric only for the domain name or is it also applicable to all the posts within the domain? I see a lot of citations in my posts but trust flow only in the main page.

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Shafiuddin - June 27, 2015

Hey Akshay,Great post on Trust Flow and Citation Flow,Does Doing 301 redirect from expired domain with good metrics to main domain will increase the tf and cf ?

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Shakti - June 30, 2015

Excellent read ever posted by an Indian blogger.

I have been struggling knowing how exactly the Majestic’s flow metrics works, and I am so happy I found it over here.

Thank you, Akshay, for providing help in a simplest possible way

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Ted Sumrall - June 30, 2015

Very informative, but I have a question though!

What if the link source URL has really low trust/citation score where the domain has higher? Would it still be good to keep that link considering the higher domain authority/domain trust flow/citation flow score?

Thanks
Ted Sumrall

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    Akshay Hallur - June 30, 2015

    It would be ideal to keep it, Ted.

    CF/TF of individual URL?

    If I were you. I would not bother at all. It’s the trust of the whole site that matters.
    Any link from a site with high flow metric and authority is considered high quality.

    FYI, CF/TF, and any other metrics, are not that swift enough to scale the authority of individual posts/URLs.

    That’s a great question. Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a nice day πŸ™‚

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Gabriel Nwatarali - July 1, 2015

Thank you so much for explaining this. I always had a problem understanding trust flow and citation flow but I always understood DA and PA. This was a great post with great detail. I understood your descriptions better than the Majestic ones.

Keep it up man and have a great day.

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Ted Sumrall - July 1, 2015

Thanks much, Akshay, for the explanation!

Ted Sumrall

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Janet Denison - July 3, 2015

Thank you for your clear explanation, and your creative writing PDF. They were both very useful and much appreciated!

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    Akshay Hallur - July 6, 2015

    Janet, glad you liked the ebook and the post. Simplicity wins in every aspect.
    Have a productive day ahead.
    Thank you.
    Cheers.

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Thorbjorn - July 6, 2015

Well, thank you for a good detailed explanation!
As I understand it, we have to try to stay close to a 1 ratio, because the more far away we get from the 1 ratio might be: either you know a lot about your topic, but you have litte reach (above 1). either you do know little about your topic, but you make too much noise! (below 1, the closer to 0 the more spammy you look)

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Matija ZajΕ‘ek - July 7, 2015

Now, this is by far one the best explanation about citation and trust flow. We had one debate about it on Facebook community. Isn’t it the problem with citation flow if one comments (like here) about seo and digital marketing related topics, but pointing to his site that has nothing to do with seo and digital marketing (in my case pointing to small local furniture bussines in Slovenia). That is definitely not a trust or authorty link, but if that is a case, one with knowledge A has no point to comment and pointing to case B. Which is a little bit odd, isn’t it?
Because in that case athoritative and relevant contents would be also only sites in same languages.
Regards, Matija

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Sara - July 10, 2015

Thanks for the great explanation.

Quick question: What if TF is 50 and CF is 10. The ratio CF/TF is 0.2 is it fine?

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    paknode - July 28, 2015

    Hello sara the trust ratio is calculated as TR=TF/CF

    and you are calculating it like this CF/TF so reverse it, and what I am seeing if your trust flow is 50 and citation flow is 10 wow that is some share trustful website then.

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siva - July 29, 2015

Thanks for your explanation about citation flow and trust flow.
This flow metrics are very useful to our sites or blogs.Every one got best knowledge on this article after reading this article.

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Rojer Martin - August 6, 2015

Flow metrics are the best metrics which is considered by Google in order to provide the best possible experience to the users. In past metrics like no. of backlinks, page rank, there were chances for Google to be deceived by the black hat or unethical SEO tactics. But now are the better days for Google user to get the most relevant website on the top search results in response to their queries. You have explained it very nicely, Thanks.

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Apoorv Agrawal - August 8, 2015

Hey! Bro well explained but can you also explain how we can find good domain from expired domains .net so that we have good tf and cf domains!

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Nitin - August 10, 2015

Citation flow and trust flow are new terms vastly used these days and has lots of explaination

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Kan Young Loong - September 3, 2015

Hi,

Great article, you have given a very clear explanation on TF and CF. Thanks for sharing!

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anshul - September 30, 2015

Very nice article freind i was confuse about the term citiation flow and trust flow now its clear thanks to you

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Ger - October 1, 2015

Good job. Your article was on top of SERP. I actually just wanted some general info on tf and cf. As I analyze this page I see you have a TF of 19 and a CF of 20.

I guess the SERP of your inner page is proof that TF and CF are important metrics.

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Todd Watts - October 3, 2015

Nice article about trust flow and citation flow! I agree trust flow is pretty much everything. Authority and trust the keys to Google’s castle!

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Shahzad - October 11, 2015

Well Explained!
And thanks for the extra tips.

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Nabtron - October 15, 2015

It shows trust flow of ‘n/a’ for one of my domain with good citation flow! domain is years old with good traffic!

I’m so doomed! πŸ˜€

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Herman - October 18, 2015

well explained pals,.. you made it clear for me to understand about CF and TF πŸ˜‰

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Kurt - October 30, 2015

really helpful article on TF and CF! it cleared a lot of mysteries for me. Thanks a lot!

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Umapathy - November 5, 2015

Hi Akshay,

I was searching for trust flow metrics and I got this site on the first page itself. You have explained clearly about the citation flow and trust flow.

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Social Media Titans - November 7, 2015

Great post on the breakdown of TF/CF. I was looking for a great explanation. Thanks. -Jarrett

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Ken Stone - November 17, 2015

Hello Akshay,

Thanks for this simple explanation. It was just what I needed. Many times advanced SEO’s, thru no fault of their own, neglect to point out the finer details. I have been guilty of the same thing in my completely offline B2B consulting work.

Things I know like the back of my hand….Well, in my mind, EVERYBODY knows THAT, right? So I am as guilty as many SEO gurus who gloss over TF, CF, DA & PA. It’s stuff they KNOW quite well, and simple explanations, such as you have done here, never crosses their minds.

Thanks again!
Ken

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Jeff - December 15, 2015

Recently it has been brought to my attention the importance of trust flow. I found this online post while researching TF. It now appears that trust flow is very important and page rank should be discounted. up to this point I will seriously look at trust flow in my SEO efforts.

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Alex - December 15, 2015

Hi Akshay

We just released a new SEO tool that lets you view Majestic Trust Flow, Citation Flow, and Trust Ratio (to the URL & Page) together with topical category and score directly in your SERP results.

We also loaded many other options including Moz, Semrush Keyword and Traffic Research, and aHrefs backlink and anchor cloud (account required), plus many on page metrics including word count, keyword density, domain age, and social signals.

The tool is called SerpWorx and can be downloaded as a Google extension here . or by visiting http://www.serpworx.com

I truly believe it will help anyone wanting to measure Majestic metrics and I hope you enjoy it.

Regards
Alex

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SEOFactor - December 30, 2015

Very good explanation, thank you for all of this.
“You should have a higher trust score in your niche or topic, to be ranked higher in Google.”
This is not true, maybe they have a plan to do that, but for now niche is not so important as TF. I have check it already.

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Laurentiu - January 11, 2016

Hey Akshay,

Good article but I have a small observation:
“The maximum ratio possible is 0.9.” – that’s not correct, there are sites that have TF>CF, which means the ratio can be higher than 1.

Best

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Likyon - January 15, 2016

Thank you very much for this explanation. I have now understood the trust flow and citation flow better.

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Mohd Arif - January 16, 2016

Hi Akshay,

Before reading your article, I having lot of confusion about trust flow and citation flow, Yes, I strongly agree with you.. 1000 low-quality backlink is equal to 1 authoritative backlink.. one of my website trust flow is very less to citation flow .. I think I need to focus on my link building strategy.. thanks for sharing this great stuff with us..

Regards
Mohd Arif

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David - January 26, 2016

What is the best way to improve TF for a site? I have seen recent changes in local G Maps rankings and feel this may be due to poor TF on sites with very high CF. Too high a ratio?

Also, will using diavowed links help restore TF for a site with poor metrics?

Will backlinks from authoritative news sites like CNN increase TF?

You mentioned EDU and GOV links, are you talking about forum posts or profiles? Thanks for any help on this.

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ahmed - January 29, 2016

Thanks for details my site TF 8 and CF is 27 i think i need More Quality and relevant links am i right

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    marvinmcbee - February 2, 2016

    I though CF and TF is the same with DA and PA. Now, upon reading your articles it make me more interesting in ranking my sites. However, does purchasing accounts from semrush or a hrefs really helps?

    Any answer would be appreciated

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Daisy - February 3, 2016

Hi, thanks for the blog. I have a question tho; my website gets a lot of backlinks from the same ip (except for the last 2 digits). This is because I design websites, and host clients’ websites on the same host. They all have a ‘design by mycompany’ backlink in the footer. Will this affect my score?

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    Akshay Hallur - February 3, 2016

    Hey Daisy, getting many links from a single host is not preferred to boost SEO. The links should be diversified and natural. The anchor texts should also be diversified.

    While building links, SEO is important than TF/CF scores.

    Cheers.

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Ragaman - February 4, 2016

If the distinction between TF and CF is not very hard to understand, it is quite difficult to get good Trust !
I also did a mistake on a site, that was not too bad, with some not so good links. Anyway now I need to get good trust links so I am not sure what strategy will work…

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Christine G. - February 6, 2016

Thank you for posting this very informative article about the differences between citation and flow metrics. I’m fairly new to blogging and taking the right steps towards improving the sites visitation and SEO status is no easy task. This article was written perfectly.

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Joseph Chikeleze - February 10, 2016

Hi Akshay,
it pains to hear that PageRank is gone and dead – something ive ever been working on. All the same, ive grabbed much information about this trust and citation flow.

Working on them is my next target – its just time factor. Have a nice day.

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Guru Singh - February 24, 2016

Its hard to understand TF and CF for newbies like me. But after reading your article i can say that i have enough information, and now i can work on increasing these metrics for my site.

Regards

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Josh - February 26, 2016

Very informative. Thank you for explaining the difference between citation and trust flow.

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Narsh Punya - February 29, 2016

Nice informative article bro., btw your post is better than that of Majestic blog. lol.
Good Work.
– Naresh.

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Adrian - March 3, 2016

Very useful article! Now is more clear about CF and TF then before and helps a lot in improving building links strategy.

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Jordan - March 8, 2016

The metrics (TF, CF) that you speak of don’t seem to apply to local search….any thoughts on that?

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Sammie Heideman - March 12, 2016

Majestic SEO s new metrics are named Flow Metrics and are grouped into two categories; trust flow and citation flow.

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Jagannadh - March 30, 2016

Hi akshay,
this is a good article .More than the article , I loved your enthusiasm for what you do. I am very impressed.Good luck . I will keep coming back .Thanks.

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Ravinder Dande - April 3, 2016

Hi Akshay,

I came to know about citation and trust flow on Magestic tool where i started checking my trust flow. I was not aware of why we have this tool and what is citation and trust flow why it is needed to have both.But here you cleared all of the thing.

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Jack Wong - April 12, 2016

I notice it is rarely find the site having TF/CF ratio that have 1.0 and more, especially those with doing SEO site. Does it mean ratio of 0.9 is consider good enough? Another question is, will 301 redirect will pass the TF and CF value to the new domain?

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Tim - April 15, 2016

Thanks so much for explaining the difference between these two metrics. Question – if citation flow is greater than trust flow for an extended period of time do you think this would have negative effects on ranking?

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C Steele-Perkins - April 24, 2016

This is so true , what you have written here. Absolutely spot on.
I am concentrating more on on increasing TF and CF to my web site.
Thanks for your writings.

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Mamoon Ashraf - April 29, 2016

nice article cleared my concepts.
Thanks

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Will - May 5, 2016

“The job of ranking of sites has become much easier for Google with the introduction of trust and citation flow metrics.”

Don’t you mean in Google? Google doesn’t use , or take any notice of, any secondary metrics like DA, TF or CF to rank sites.

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Jack Wong - June 14, 2016

I have this question for long time back. Everything I check a domain TF/CF stats, I suing with/with www and with/without http:// I notice the TF/CF can be significant different? May I know what is the best one to check? Any standard? or we just take whichever is higher in TF/CF value?Γ₯

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azimul fadli - June 22, 2016

I wonder if this new algo will rank a free movie site like mine, because I have no word then video.. my domain are 5 month old and already have TF 11 but why did I get is I don’t understand..

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Arslan - July 10, 2016

perfect artical very easy to understand Thanks i visited many sites but cant get what i was looking for. (Y)

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Outstanding post! Thanks for sharing your great experience through this effective
and helpful Tips on CF and TF. I think this is very recommendable to aspiring SEOs and Website owners.

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