Google’s New Algorithm: Page Experience

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Don’t worry… your traffic hasn’t gone down (or up) because of the Page Experience algorithm update hasn’t rolled out yet. But it will in 2021 according to Google. Due to the coronavirus, they decided to give us all a heads up on the future algorithm update and what it entails… that way you can adjust your website so your traffic doesn’t tank. So, what’s the Page Experience update and how can you prepare for it? Page Experience In Google’s own words, here is what it means… The page experience signal measures aspects of how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page. Optimizing for these factors makes the web more delightful for users across all web browsers and surfaces, and helps sites evolve towards user expectations on mobile. We believe this will contribute to business success on the web as users grow more engaged and can transact with less friction. In other words, they are looking for how usable your website is. Here’s an example of what they don’t want… As you can see from the graphic above, the user was trying to click on “No, go back”, but because an install bar popup up at the top, it pushed the whole page down and caused the user to accidentally click on “Yes, place my order.” The purpose of this update is to make sure that sites that rank at the top aren’t creating experiences that users hate. The simplest way to think about this update is that user-friendly sites will rank higher than sites that aren’t user friendly. But this change is the start of a big shift in SEO. Why is this update so important? What sites do you think that Google wants to rank at the top? Take a guess… Maybe sites with the best backlinks? Or sites with the buttoned up on page code? It’s actually none of those. Google wants to rank the sites at the top that users love the most. Here’s what I mean… When you want to buy athletic shoes, what brand comes to mind? If I had to guess, I bet you’ll say Nike. And if you were to get a credit card… I bet Visa, American Express, or Mastercard will come to mind. This is why brand queries (the number of users who search for your brand name on Google and click on your website) impact rankings, which …

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How to Check if Google Manually Reviewed Your Site

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Do you know how Google decides what website should be ranked number 1, 2, 3 and so on for any given keyword? Well, they have an algorithm for that. But as you know, algorithms aren’t perfect. That’s why Google continually tries to improve it. One way that they try to improve their algorithm is through Search Quality Raters. What’s a Search Quality Rater? Google knows that they can always make their search results better. And one way is to have humans review their listings for any given keyword. So, all around the world, Google has people who manually review websites . And they review each website based on these guidelines . It’s kind of long and extensive, but it is important that the Quality Raters don’t directly impact rankings . Instead, they give feedback to the engineers who code up the algorithm so they can make it more relevant to …

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How Core Web Vitals Affect Google’s Algorithms

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While we spend a lot of time focusing on keyword optimization , mobile-experience, and backlinks, Google pays a lot of attention to the on-page experience. That’s why they’ve rolled out a new set of signals called Core Web Vitals. These signals will take into account a website’s page loading speed, responsiveness, and visual stability. In this guide, I’ll explain what Core Web Vitals are and help you figure out how it could impact your rankings. Core Web Vitals: What Are They and Why Should You Care? Is this simply another scare tactic by Google to make us revamp everything and get all nervous for a few months? I don’t think it is; I think this will become a serious ranking factor in the coming years — and for a good reason. The good news is you may not even have to do anything differently because you’re already providing a high-quality …

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How to Utilize Google Cache Websites

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When you think about Google cache, what comes to mind? That thing you clear out when our computer is running slow? Cache can actually be a useful SEO tool to catch a glimpse of what Google wants you to do. In this guide, we’ll go through some of the best ways to use Google cache to track competitors and help you potentially rise in the SERPs . What Is Google Cache? Google cached pages are HTML backups of the content on a page taken at a certain point in time. This information is stored on a server and can be retrieved later for various purposes. Periodically, Google crawls sites and takes snapshots of the site at that point. They’ll ind ex so they can refer back later to see what has changed since then. Google also provides the date and time of that snapshot. If you’re dealing with underperforming pages …

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Google’s May 2020 Core Update: What You Need to Know

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On May 4th, Google started to roll out a major update to its algorithm. They call it a “core” update because it’s a large change to their algorithm, which means it impacts a lot of sites. To give you an idea of how big the update is, just look at the image above. It’s from SEMrush Sensor , which monitors the movement of results on Google. The chart tracks Google on a daily basis and when it shows green or blue for the day, it means there isn’t much movement going on. But when things turn red, it means there is volatility in the rankings. Now the real question is, what happened to your traffic? If you already haven’t, you should go and check your rankings to see if they have gone up or down. If you aren’t tracking your rankings, you can set up a project on Ubersuggest for …

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How to Get Google to Instantly Index Your New Website

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Do you want more organic search traffic to your site? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes – we all do! Organic search traffic is critical for growing your website and business. Some research claims around 53% of your site’s traffic can be attributed to organic search. But the stats don’t matter much if your site doesn’t show up in the search results at all. How do you get your new site or blog indexed by Google, Bing, and other search engines? Well, you’ve got two choices. You can take the “tortoise” approach – just sit back and wait for it to happen naturally, but this can take weeks or months. (Trust me, I’ve been there before – not fun.) Or you can make it happen now, giving you more time and energy to put towards increasing your conversion rate , improving your social presence — and, of course, …

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Here’s What You Should Do When Your Search Rankings Drop

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If you’ve ever done SEO, you know how good it feels to see your rankings go up. You put a ton of hard work into moving up in the SERPs and it finally pays off. But then the unexpected happens . Your rankings drop. Few things in SEO are more discouraging than a fall in the rankings. It makes you feel like everything you did was useless. You wonder what went wrong or if you made a mistake. You beat yourself up for not doing it right. You’re back to square one again, and you have to start all over. Or do you? In my experience, that’s not always the case. My rankings have dropped more times than I can count. At first, I panicked. As I learned more, I found out that it’s not the end of the world if you go down a position or two. It’s obviously …

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Using the Flowchart Method for Diagnosing Ranking Drops — Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by KameronJenkins Being able to pinpoint the reason for a ranking drop is one of our most perennial and potentially frustrating tasks as SEOs, especially in 2020 . There are an unknowable number of factors that go into ranking these days, but luckily the methodology for diagnosing those fluctuations is readily at hand. In this popular Whiteboard Friday, the wonderful Kameron Jenkins shows us a structured way to diagnose ranking drops using a flowchart method and critical thinking. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everyone. Welcome to this week's edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is Kameron Jenkins. I am the new SEO Wordsmith here at Moz, and I'm so excited to be here. Before this, I worked at an agency for about six and a half years. I worked in the SEO department, and really a …

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What is Passage Indexing & What Does it Mean for SEO?

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There are few things Google likes more than updating its ranking signals. If you’ve heard about passage indexing, there’s a good chance you have questions. What is passage indexing? Is it a significant update that will tank your website traffic? Or is it just another small change in Google’s ever-evolving algorithm and ranking factors? Take a deep breath and ignore the doom and gloom. There’s good news: Passage indexing is not a huge Google update. It’s a small tweak to help the search engine understand content better and deliver the best results to searchers. There is no reason to stress about this update, go crazy trying to update your content, or spend thousands of dollars to get someone else to update it for you. (If you noticed a considerable drop in traffic recently, I recommend using this guide to diagnose traffic drops using Google Analytics , but most likely, passage …

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How to Spy on Your Competitor’s SEO in 60 Seconds

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Have you ever searched for a term on Google and wished that your website ranked for it? You know that if that traffic was going to you, it could change your sales, your revenue, and even your life. But sadly, that traffic is going to your competition. 🙁 Well, today we are going to change that. I just released a new version of the Ubersuggest Chrome Extension that will give you insights into your competition’s SEO strategy so you can beat them… Introducing the new Ubersuggest Chrome Extension I’m going to show how to spy on your competitor’s SEO and outrank them, but first, you need to install the Ubersuggest Chrome Extension . It’s quick to do and it’s free. Once you install it, I want you to head to one of your competitor’s websites and click on the “U” in your Chrome toolbar. When you click on it, you’ll …

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The Evolution of SEO [Video Presentation]

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Posted by RobOusbey Last November, Moz VP Product, Rob Ousbey, gave a presentation at Web Con 2020 on the evolution of SEO, and we're sharing it with you today! Rob draws on his years of research experience in the industry to discuss how SEO has changed, and what that means for your strategies. Editor's Note : Rob mentions a promo in the video that has since expired, but you can still get a free month of Moz Pro + free walkthrough here ! Video Transcription Hello, everyone. Thank you for that introduction. I very much appreciate it, and it's wonderful to be with all of you here today. I'm Rob Ousbey from Moz. Real quick, I was going to share my screen here and say that my gift to you for coming to the session today is this link . This won't just get you a free month of Moz …

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