Google took its 20th anniversary as an opportunity to hang a pinata of search updates that have already begun to rain down on us. From "topic layers" in what is an all but transcendental Knowledge Panel, to Google pulling site content to create its own version of AMP Stories, the updates announced at Google's 20th birthday bash event are set to change the way users interact with search.
Here's what I think the common denominator between the changes is, what it means for search, and what you might want to do about it!
Dealing with feature heavy SERPs is a big problem for a lot of folks. I went around and asked some pretty smart people what they thought the best way is to handle ranking amidst Google's SERP features. The idea was to combine the different pieces of the puzzle into one resource.
To be blunt, this is not another roundup so that a bunch of people can walk away with links where nobody really says much of anything. These are the best thoughts these fantastic folks have on how to deal with a SERP where Google is a formidable competitor.
In the not too distant past, I wrote a piece highlighting how machine learning has impacted rank volatility (in that rank is considerably more volatile). At the time, we touched on what machine learning means for understanding how ranking works and how the process directly influences rank. Here, we'll get into the nitty-gritty of it all by analyzing the holy of holies of optimization information, ranking factor studies, particularly niche ranking studies by asking one very simple question
.... Do ranking factors studies still apply in a world where machine learning and intent reign supreme, and if so, to what extent?
Organic is old news. If I would have said something like that five years ago, you might be looking at me all cross-eyed. However, in today's SEO world, one in which SERP features dominate, such a statement actually contains an air of viability. I mean, for crying out loud, Google has tested zero organic
result SERPs. Why? Why does it feel as if Google is increasingly giving more weight to its own SERP properties? Why would Google even test a SERP with no results?
I have a theory.
How will the tech giants handle privacy concerns? Who poses the biggest threat to Google’s empire? Which social media platforms are too saturated? Get an expert understanding of the ever-changing digital marketing landscape in this interview with Blue Thread Marketing co-founder Mordecai Holtz.
After extensive testing, Google's 'More results' button officially does away with mobile pagination. With the new mobile format users can quickly load the equivalent of another page of search results with just one click and without
wait, but what are the consequences? Who benefits from this considerable change to the mobile SERP? Who loses out? What are the implications?
In the fast-paced and dynamic environment of our digital times, content that was relevant just a few months ago (let alone a few years ago) can become yesterday’s news and completely useless. In this post, you'll learn how to identify old blog posts that can be repurposed, as well as how you can update them.
What is the best way to monitor your Google Ads competition? Is there even
a best way to monitor your Google Ads competition? It's complicated, and anyone that gives you a one-size-fits-all list is just yanking your chain. I don't have all of the answers, and I am not going to pretend that I do. What I do have is a unique take on a piece of the process that might broaden the way you approach monitoring the Google Ads field, or, as the title of this piece claims, increase your Google Ads IQ.
While most of the advice content marketers get revolves around topics such as how to promote on social media or choose the best content automation tools, we've in a way forgotten what it means to be a content marketer. The most basic truth is that content marketers are educators. Creating content means to teach. If a piece of content doesn't teach anyone anything, it's worthless. So how do you go about effectively educating?
What would Google do just to siphon some product search volume away from its retail rival? How far would it go? What tactics would it resort to? With Amazon under no real threat of having its kingdom toppled, Google has taken dramatic action to make sure it expands its piece of the retail pie. What might surprise you is how Google's going about doing cutting itself a larger slice of the retail pie, right under your nose.
Google's very own SERP features provide it with a subtly powerful way to supplement its traditional form of income, i.e. ads. In fact, there are some unique advantages to garnering income via SERP features that ads can't provide Google with. Such advantages could be why Google has bolstered those features that do currently, and may in the future, provide it with additional sources of revenue. In fact, I would be so bold as to say that in-feature revenue is the future of Google's monetization strategy. Here's why.
Google not only has totally unique SERP features on mobile, but also quite often trends those that also appear on desktop differently than it does on mobile. The fundamental premise of this study is that by isolating the instances where Google diverges from its desktop SERP feature patterns, the search engine's entire stance on the mobile web slowly emerges. Working under the assumption that any mobile data divergence is purposeful and meaningful, mobile's unique SERP feature trends work to illuminate Google's overall relationship to the mobile SERP.