The New Era of Google Search: What It Means for SEO

In the digital age, search engines can change how they present websites. Here are ways that SEO practices should adapt to the evolution of search.
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Google updates algorithms, and search results dynamically in order to stay relevant for users. The way users conduct searches is also changing.

SEO practices are constantly changing, so it’s a good idea to keep up with what it means to properly optimize your site.

The Signals Of Authenticity And Usefulness

Google has released five recent updates related to Product Review since April, the latest being in early 2021.

If you’re writing a product review on a third-party website, Google expects specific on-page factors that allow it to rank for high-volume queries related to product reviews.

Google’s new search engine guidelines are a departure from the old. They redefine what it means for a webpage to be relevant for a search query.

Some visitors to a website need information on products, especially when they’re looking for reviews. If a website doesn’t have relevant content, it will lose out on potential sales and users in the long-term.

Manufacturer-provided product reviews were traditionally thought of as expressing an opinion about a product, comparing the features the product has to features of other products in its price range, and expressing a judgment about whether or not it is worth purchasing.

Websites now need to show that they are authentic and useful in order to rank well. Now, even if a website just reviews a product, it needs to be real and helpful.

In December 2021, Google introduced two new ranking factors. In the list you can see these two new product review ranking factors.

“We are introducing two new best practices for product reviews, to take effect in a future update.”

When you write a product review, provide evidence such as visuals, audio, or other links of your own experience with the product to support your expertise and reinforce the authenticity of your review.

Many times, links to multiple sellers on your site can help readers find a merchant of their choice. Feel free to include those links if these sellers make sense for you.

Google calls them “best practices,” but their effects might only happen if they catch your website using unnatural language and content such as spun text.

If a product review is verifiable, that’s the start of the true vetting process.

The second signal is specific to sites that don’t sell the reviewed products. It’s about being useful to website visitors by giving them different ways of purchasing a product.

In the past, technical SEO signals were the primary way to determine relevance. However, those have changed to authenticity and usefulness now.

Because search engines are highly sophisticated at glossing over the text, they no longer show you everything they find. Sometimes they’re only displaying one word, which means knowing what really matters to show is becoming increasingly difficult.

Context is the setting in which something is said or done. It provides meaning to those actions and settings that cause it to be said or done.

When you search with a related term, the search results are likely to be more relevant.

Experts are worried about Google’s ability to detect what’s relevant for users as it comes up with further changes in search results.

When you search for [pizza], Google will show different results.

The meaning of a keyword phrase like “pizza” is dependent on the location of the user who is searching the keyword. In some cases, the definition can change based on outside factors such as who the agent is that searches for it.

One of the ways that search engines assess the relevance of a search phrase is the “Freshness” algorithm. This is a part of what’s known as redirection.

Search engines take into account time-based factors that change the meaning of a search phrase in order to influence what websites are shown.

That’s the variety of contexts in which popularity matters and how they determine relevancy.

As search engines continue to innovate, they’re increasingly shifting the focus of the signals they use to determine the relevancy of a page. The focus is no longer on keywords and key phrases but instead topics.

The big news about the Hummingbird update was that Google was no longer relying on keyword research and instead, would take into account all of the meanings inherent in search queries.

Google is also redefining relevance through the concept of topics.

When someone searches “Mustang,” the likeliest meaning is the automobile. This sentence promises that the “keyword” term will start with “M-” and end with the word “s-“

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