After the latest Google Hummingbird algorithm update a lot of webmasters started leaning toward creating quality and unique content that is based on customer queries. Google is getting smarter about answering questions beginning with “how…, what…, why…” etc. This is “conversational search” (semantic search). Google now understands not just the user’s words in queries but the meaning of these words. Therefore, your site’s semantic core should be concentrated on conversational long-tailed phrases and questions (“Where can I buy…,” etc).
Google changes its algorithm almost every day. However, search results were affected greatly by some major updates this past year. When you know the dates of the most important updates, you can understand changes in your rankings and organic website traffic and ultimately improve search engine optimization. Let’s see how Google changed SEO in 2013:
The year started with the animal that frightened every search marketer. The Google Panda update was meant to stop sites with low quality content from working their way into Google’s top search results. Websites that used scraped content were penalized by Google and disappeared from the Google search results pages. Google says it only takes a few pages of poor quality or duplicate content to hold down traffic on an otherwise solid site, and recommends such pages be removed, blocked from being indexed by the search engine, or rewritten.
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Since Google announced the Hummingbird update last week, we’ve had to answer to callers every day that SEO has not been killed; it’s just been changed a little. It’s high time to publish a guide explaining how you should change your SEO strategy to adapt to the new Google algorithm.