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What Chris Horton Dr. Rankwell Wants To See
What Does Google Look At? Who is this person that is searching? What have they searched for before? Where do they live? What exactly are they searching for? Does your website offer the best info possible for this query? Are people actively talking about your website on social networks? Are people linking to or buying your products or services? Where is your business located compared to the searcher? How current is the information on your website? Do you have categories or pages dedicated to what they searched for? Have other people come to your site for the same query, then turned around and left without clicking anything else (bounce rate)? Does your site have a lot of spelling errors or coding issues? Do any popular or authority sites in your industry link to you? Does your site have legitimate information on the topic or is it just structured for SEO purposes to try and “trick” Google? And many, many more questions..
What Google Wants To See - Who Google has to make multiple decisions when someone types in a search query, but first it looks at the person searching. Where are they located? What have they searched for previously? What websites did they visit before? What things have they purchased before? What topics interest them? And much more data that they have. It’s not intrusive. It’s just data. You give Google all of this information when you login to a Google account (Gmail, Google+, even Youtube)
What Google Wants To See What can you change on your website to take advantage of this data that Google is looking at? You have no control over what the person looked at previously or their interests, but location is very important for your business. Google wants to push for convenience first, so if the search pertains to a product or service that’s normally provided locally (plumber, wedding planner, electrician, florist, etc.), one of the first options on the search results (after paid advertising) will be businesses that are close to the searcher. That means getting listed with any directories for your state, county or city that focus on your industry and other important directories.
First step: Get on Google Places Here’s what it looks like for the search “wedding planners in San Francisco” Google presented this info because the person added San Francisco to the search term. If they don’t, it pulls that data from the Google account. What Google Wants To See
2 nd step: Do a Google search for your product or service category with the word “directory” or “listing” & location. Location is very important to Google in most cases, but more important is relevancy. This search for “California Wedding planner directory” shows a list of sites that offer directories for wedding planners to get listed on and there are a lot of them. Whatever industry you’re in, Google needs to see your site listed on related directories. General directories that serve all businesses are fine, but relevance is paramount. What Google Wants To See
Easy tip: Sign up with Yext. Visit DrRankwell.com/offers for a special link to check where your listings are for free. You can submit your business to tons of directories and make sure all of the information is correct on them. What Google Wants To See
What does that accomplish for your site? When Google sees the location of the searcher, your business appears if you’re in close proximity to them. It creates multiple links to your website on relative websites. It causes Google to re-crawl your website content. It adds your business listing to many directories and a lot of which are directly read by searchers. Directories get “scraped” by many other minor sites and directories, which then creates even more links. Tip: Create an address on Gmail and use that for all of your signups to keep your real box uncluttered from spam and newsletters. What Google Wants To See
The goal of Google is to send the searcher to the very best site it can for whatever it is that they’ve typed in the search box. There’s a lot that Google has to know about the query. What exactly are they trying to find? Are there multiple “right” answers? Are they wanting to buy a product or service? Are they just looking for more information? Are other people also looking for this same query? Are there multiple places Google could send them? Should Google show local or international results? And many other questions… What Google Wants To See - What
If a person searches for Prince, what do they want? The singer? What about him? Do they want his songs, tour dates, his bio, his discography, pictures or videos? The royalty? Who exactly? Prince George, Prince Henry, or Prince Caspian? Or is your daughter simply looking up the word that she saw on a Disney film? The tennis racket manufacturer? Do they want news about the company, latest models, pictures of tennis rackets? Which do you think would display on the list first? The singer. Why? The search term Prince is conclusive. It’s his name. Google knows the searcher probably would have added more data if they meant something else. What Google Wants To See - What
If it’s not specific, Google decides which answer is most likely by: Search activity - Is there an increase in searches for one of them? Social activity – Is there a lot of talk about one of them on social sites like Facebook and Twitter or video sites like Youtube? Media – Are any of them in the current news events? Bounce rates – When someone has searched using this broad search term before, what websites did Google display? And when the searcher clicked on one of those selections, did they stay on that website or did they come back to the search results to choose something else in the search results? What Google Wants To See - What
A searcher using broad terms is tough, but what about questions? What is that movie with Patrick Swayze where he’s a dancer? Dirty Dancing What is that daytime talk show with 4 women & Whoopi Goldberg? The View Google did an update called Hummingbird that associates a lot of relative words with other terms and phrases. Just like the red words are associated with the answers above. Dirty Dancing = movie, dancer, Patrick Swayze The View = daytime talk show, Whoopi Goldberg, 4 women This is referred to as Latent Semantics Indexing What Google Wants To See - What
Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) – An indexing and retrieval method that uses a mathematical technique called singular value decomposition (SVD) to identify patterns in the relationships between the terms and concepts contained in an unstructured collection of text. The super easy way to understand it: If I say Dungarees Trousers Jeans Slacks I’m talking about Pants Google treats words that are semantically relevant the exact same way during searches in order to better understand what the person is searching for by cross referencing relative words. What Google Wants To See - What If I say Loafers High heels Sandals Flip-flops I’m talking about Shoes
Google looks at all of that data including social activity, what people clicked before & much more to create a list from the millions of sites it has on file (including yours) by determining things like; Does your site contain the keyword at domain level? AtlantaWedding.com Do any page titles have those keywords in it? Are people actively talking about or linking to your site? Do any industry specific authoritative sites link to your site? Are you buying links or are you involved in bad SEO tactics? Are you verified in Google Places or industry directories? Do you have a high bounce rate for that keyword or phrase? Do you use semantically related keywords normally found on sites with this content? i.e. - if you’re in the wedding industry, are you using words like bride, groom, bridesmaid, etc. in your content, titles, photos and descriptions and 100+ other things… What Google Wants To See - What
OMG. What does this have to do with my website and how do I apply that Lactose Symbolic Imprint thing? Here’s how you can take advantage of Latent Semantic Indexing Don’t use the same keyword phrase or term repeatedly. Look at semantically related keywords and use them a lot. Use those relative terms throughout your blog posts, bios, About Us pages, etc. Get on those relative directories also. Not just “wedding planning directories”, but “bridal fashion directories” also. True, it’s not the same, but it’s relative and powerful. Major Tip: Apply that strategy to title tags, descriptions, blog post titles, tags, page addresses, etc. Major Tip: Don’t forget to label your photos. Not just their file names (i.e. – WhiteWeddingGown.jpg), but also ALT tags. Use Onlywire to get Google to re-index new content What Google Wants To See - What
One of my favorite tools; Onlywire Any time you create a new page, add a new product, send out a press release, put up a new blog post, you need to use Onlywire. Just login, enter the web address to the new content & Onlywire sends it to; BlogsterDiigoFeedspotFolkdFriendFeed MyAOLLiveJournalHi5NewsvineLinkaGoGo PlurkPheedFacebookSkyrockReddit SlashdotScoop.itSonicoStorifyTumblr StumbleuponTaggedTypepadWordpressBlogger But.lyDiggDeliciousBibsonomy& more What Google Wants To See Go to DrRankwell.com/offers for a link to Onlywire.
Taking Google out of the equation for a moment, look to see how you’re presenting your information to the searcher. Ask yourself these questions; Are my title tags clear, so that the person knows what’s on my site? Is the description for the page short, concise, and….descriptive? Ultimately you want a buyer to come to your site In this example, I searched for Fort Lauderdale Wedding Planner. Only locations in the title and description Both title and description get cut off with ellipses (…) Convince the searcher to click, not Google. What Google Wants To See
The above example is clear and concise. It explains what they do and where they are. Got enough space? Add a phone number. Fix this and you can almost guarantee that your site gets clicked on more and Google will notice the increase & reward accordingly. But when they go to your site, do they turn around and leave without clicking anything else? Bounce rate. The better question is, would you even know? Do you use Google Analytics? Google.com/analytics Are you tracking conversions to see what works? Do you use Google Webmaster Tools to insure nothing is technically wrong? Google.com/webmaster Google gives you these tools to show anything wrong What Google Wants To See
Bonus Bounce Rate Trick Create a call to action on the main landing pages to entice people to click through to a 2 nd page such as “Download our FREE wedding checklist” or “View this special offer only available in November!”. This will reduce your bounce rate which shows Google that your site is relevant for that search term and can increase your rankings. High bounce rates can cause your rankings to drop! What Google Wants To See
Quick recap. Important bullets; Use title tags, description fields wisely. Use a lot of relevant terms throughout the content & don’t stuff keywords Use Onlywire to push out new content Use Call To Actions to get people clicking & reduce your bounce rate Use Yext and Google Places to get your business listed quickly Use the tools Google gives you: Google Analytics/Webmaster Tools Create content for the reader, not Google Don’t get discouraged by the “Google Delay”. Go to DrRankwell.com/offers for links & deals on sites I mentioned, download this presentation, as well as a ridiculous SEO consultation deal only being offered to ISS attendees. What Google Wants To See
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