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Are You Serious? GSS Is Shutting Down? What Are The Alternatives?

07 Apr

Google Site Search

For all those business holders and e-commerce owners, Google has a slight bad news. In an e-mail delivered to search customers, Google laid down in clear words that, it is going to close down the Google Site Search (GSS) by April 1, 2018,slowly but surely. And to begin that process, Google will cease sales of its Site Search from April 1, 2017. So, should you be bothered at all? Let’s find out.

What is Google Site Search (GSS)? How is it different from Google Custom Search?

Specifically designed for business and e-commerce sites, GSS is a modified version of Google Custom Search which was intended to provide a highly customized site search solution powered directly by Google. An additional fee ensured 24 hours of technical support, a personal look and feel and allowed the addition of other websites in addition to their own. Moreover, Google Site Search allowed your custom search engines to be absolutely ad free. You could make them personalized to make your customers feel that the search results are coming from your own website.

While Google Custom Search searches the entire web for a particular search result, GSS permits searching only within the specified websites mentioned in the GSS’s list.

4 Best Alternatives available –

With so many features and privileges, GSS must have been every business’ important factor in answering their customers’ queries. So it is better to start looking for alternatives before you are left in the dust.

    1. Google Custom Search:-

Google Custom Search

As Google has still not expressed any plans of doing away with their custom search, for now, it seems to a viable solution as an alternative to Google Site Search.But before you start using it, you should check out what conditions and limitations it has to offer:-

  • Google branding will stick. Yes, you heard it right. While GSS provided the freedom do away with the Google branding making it your own personalized search engine, Google Custom search does not offer the same. But in performance terms, there is no difference.
  • The Custom search includes query limits. This implies that all of you business owners who deal with high volume of data everyday will face a tough time managing their search engines. Your Google Custom Search will stop working once a certain number of queries have been reached.
  • Although Google Custom search is ad-based, yet that does not cause any performance dip. The search engine works just fine asit would be required by an individual for his business.
  • Google still hosts your search results. Be it ads or branding;everyone in this world values Google search results.

    1. Cloud-Based Solutions:-

Cloud technology is the new craze and it is obvious that a lot of might be looking forward towards this option with bright eyes. Cloud search options are offered by Google as well as other websites such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Google Cloud search is considered to be one of the internals search engines. It comes bundled with Business and Enterprise editions of G suite and is capable of searching through Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Slides and Sheets.For all of you who are new to Azure and Amazon Web Services, they are cloud based search engines that follow the same steps as Google.

Amazon has named it cloud search and offers auto-complete, site targeted results and multilingual support of 34 languages. Azure, on the other hand, is a product from Microsoft’s Bing platform. To make it competitive in this world of departing GSS, Microsoft has enabled its cloud search to provide spell check and is also capable of understanding user intent.

Having mentioned the above options, you should also keep in mind that implementing either of them is not a child’s play and unless you are a large organization, it may require additional support to implement Azure or Amazon Cloud search on your website.

    3. Server Side Solutions:-

SAAS

Although a bit technical, Server Side Solutions offera number of options to achieve desired search results. Server based search engines rely on your own purchased computing power, unlike cloud-based searches which depend on the network of other comparatively larger organizations.

Server-side searches normallydepend on the server you host your site on. While this is a feasible solution compared to cloud-basedsearches, yet it does not provide certain functionalities such as language recognition, autocomplete and the ability to “think like a human”.

So unless, it is too compulsory, such as low traffic, it is advisable to use cloud-based solutions over server-side solutions.

    4. Saas Solutions:-

Saas, also known as Software As A Service, offers a perfect combination of server-side and cloud-based solutions. To put it simply, it is a cloud-based search solution, where you hire a company to manage the search engine on your behalf. This leavesyou hassle free as well as provides your business organization with a highly polished and dependable search product and works well with the requirements and criteria of a mid-size organization.

A good and reliable name in this field is Swiftype. Although it ensures you a hassle free and perfectly working custom search for your business, at $299 per month, it is quite expensive. Comparing this with GSS’s $100 per year plan, rates look quite exorbitant.

Other similar service providers in this field are Cludo Site search and Algolia. While Cludo Site Search is considered to be the nearest alternative to GSS, Algolia is closer to cloud-based solutions. This means that users of Algolia need to maintain some functionalities of this site search on their own.

It is to be noted there are not too many service providers in the section of Saas. The primary reason for this being, the dominance of Google Site search over the years. However, with GSS moving towards retirement, a number of new competitors are likely to come up in this field.

A final verdict:-

While Google Custom search is a great alternative to Google Site Search, certain factors such ads and limited query structure shall prove to be a hindrance for many of you. Cloud-based searches are efficient and deliver quick results to its users. Yet, it’s hard to implement as some of the search models require additional support to be up and running with your website.

Server side solutions, on the other hand, are technically complex, require powerful and fast servers on the user’s end and are incapable in providing cloud-based functions such as auto complete and language recognition. The best of them, Software as service solutions look to be most feasible. You simply hire a company to maintain cloud-based searches for making you free from any hassle of software maintenance job. But this comes with a price and is a bit expensive.

So, as a summary, it is totally dependent on you as a user and owner – what you think would to be best for your business. Be it cloud based services or server side solutions, Google’s custom search or Saas services, it totally depends on your choice and requirement. But before taking any step forward, it is advisable to have a detailed look through each of the above and then make a final decision.

 

11 Off-Page SEO Tips That You Must Start Employing Today

07 Apr

off page SEO

Every individual owing a website desires to see their web page on top of Google’s search results. To achieve this, each person strives towards making panda and penguin happy by setting every on-page SEO element right. In return, they hope that Google acknowledges the efforts and their site is gifted with a promotion in ranks. It often happens that even after setting every on-page SEO element right your site does not rank as desired.

This is where the role of off-page SEO comes into play. Offline SEO strategies play a major role in promoting your site and in certain situations prove to be more vital than on-page SEO strategies. You must be thinking what is so important about off-page SEO. A greater insight will help you understand the strategy better.

Points to ponder on:-

Off-page SEO refers to activities you undertake outside the boundaries of your website which help your web page to get ranked higher in Google’s search results. Mentioned below are 11 easy steps which if followed will not only make the bird and the bear happy, but also raise your SERP ratings by considerable levels.

     1. Blogs:-      

One of the greatest ways to promote your website in today’s world – blogs are meant to be written. Posting blogs on your website at regular intervals will engage Google more as regular updates will indicate that your site is under constant maintenance and activity. As Google prefers active sites as to dormant ones, this will help to give you a surge in SERP ratings. Moreover, regular blog posts will give your visitors a reason to return to your site at regular intervals.

Blogs should preferably consist of unique contents such as tutorials, question-answer forums and trending video links to keep your visitors engaged. In addition to this, you should comment on other blogs same as your genre, participate in question-answer forums which give you a chance to post a link to your blog in their comment or answer section. If visitors find it relevant, your site traffic is sure to increase.

     2. Social Bookmarking:-      

Penguin and Panda love popular bookmarking sites such as Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc. Posting your blog links in these websites can give you a ranking surge as content of these websites is updated regularly. If your blog has valid content which is related to the information on this site, people could find it useful to click on your link giving you that raise in ranking.

Bookmarking also helps to promote an author’s name to the world. If you have posted a link to your blog or website to Reddit and people there find it helpful and relevant to their needs, they are likely to share it more. This will help Google identify it as a genuine and relevant site which will help the site to get ranked higher through the process.

     3. Acquire backlinks:-      

best backlinks for seo

I am sure, as a website owner you would love to receive valid links to your site from trusted sources and so does Google. Receiving backlinks from higher ranked authentic sites will put your website in Google’s good books. If you are thinking how does it help? Well, web crawlers see that site as consisting of useful and relevant information. Useful content is always appreciated and awarded by Google.

But be careful as Penguin does not like spam links. Suppose your website represents clothes, while you receive a backlink from a blog post related to cars. Penguin identifies these as spams and would result in the de-ranking of your site. Therefore be sure to check you link surely.

     4. Social Media Promotion:-      

social media mobile icons

You are surely aware of all the major social networking sites such as Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Then you should also be aware of how to use it to give a push to your site’s SERP ratings. If not, then have a read.

Sharing your website or blog in one of these social networking sites offer a chance of free promotion. Since Facebook and Twitter are considered to be the biggest online platforms today, sharing your work in these places is sure to attract more viewers than any other place.

     5. Market Forums:-      

Forum marketing involves getting involved in communities related to your genre. You can participate in online forums discussing a particular topic relevant to your website or blog. As a return, you can post “Do follow” links to your website with a chance of increasing online traffic. This also helps search engines to find your site more easily.

With the help of marketing forums, you can make yourself known to everybody. Moreover, if your site has unique and valuable content, visitors are likely to share it on other platforms giving that all needed exposure.

     6. Local Listing techniques:-      

Instead of targeting a global audience, local listings are an important technique you can apply if it goes with your website’s niche. This also enables Google to find your site easily. Local listing refers to an online profile that will contain your company name, phone number, location and the service it provides. You can do local listing by submitting your site to Google Maps, Yahoo local, Yellow Pages and Google+ Local.

     7. Guest Blogging:-      

Guest Blogging

If you can put in a little more labor for the good of your site, then guest posting is a very effective way. All you need to do is write and post content on some other websites or blogs related to your genre. When visitors see your website name mentioned in several places on a trusted website, they will judge your site as a reliable source of information which in turn will help your website’s traffic.

So how is it done? As mentioned, writing content and publishing it on another website is only the first step. What follows is putting a link to your website, sharing it on social media and keep visiting to answer queries and comments. Guest posting will help you build relations with you readers and is an effective way to get yourself known to others.

     8. Submit to search engines:-      

This is considered as an effective way of internet marketing to increase rankings of a website or webpage. You can directly submit your website to search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. You can submit your website by two processes. Either you can submit one page at a time by using webmasters tools or you can submit your entire website. This is done by submitting the home page of your site to as many search engines as possible.

     9. Directory Submission:-      

Listing your site to several directories or databases under concerned categories or subcategories is known as directory submission. Proper directory submission will enable you to get exposure, provide reliable backlinks and will help increase your blog’s overall earning. Chances are there, that you might also get paid post opportunities.

     10. Ask:-      

Simply asking for a link is often quite beneficial what many of the bloggers forget to do. Suppose, your blog name has been mentioned in any article but without a link, you can simply ask that respective author to include a link to your blog. Moreover, you can also ask for a mention of your blog in return for a similar favor if both blogs are of the same niche. Both bloggers gain equally and also helps up in building contacts.

     11. Link Baiting:-      

The process by which you can get your visitors to share your website’s link is known as link baiting. The primary criteria of successful link baiting are creating quality and unique content. You should be able to make your readers believe that your site has that piece of information that is worth sharing.

In addition to this, do not forget to come up with engaging and attractive content which will compel a reader to click on your site. It must be kept in mind that one tactic is related to the other. Without quality content, an attractive link has no value. Similarly, in the absence of a catchy link, visitors are less likely to click on your site even if you have a catchy content written inside.

Search-Engine-Optimisation

What are the benefits of using off-page SEO?

You can get the following advantages by using off-page SEO strategy the correct way:-

  • More traffic:
    As your page ranks higher, your website gets more visitors, followers and social media shares. This is a never ending process where the only criterion is to create good content and regularly update your website.
  • Online Branding:
    If your website manages to please Google through its offline SEO strategies, you will be rewarded for your hard work with online branding facilities from larger companies. In other words, large e-commerce sites will want to hire your page for advertising their products. This, in turn, increases not only your page value but generate that extra income.

Final words:

Therefore, it can be seen that not only online SEO’s, but off-line SEO strategies are very important as well. A survey from trusted sources has shown that people spend 70% of their time maintaining on-page SEO and the remaining 30% goes to off page SEO. Experts recommend a more balanced approach to make your site more SEO friendly. You must remember Google loves pages better optimized for SEO and that is what everyone is striving for today.

 

What? Is There Another Update From Google In February 2017?

07 Apr

If you turn the pages of Google’s history, you will see as many as 500 to 600 times; the search engine giant has changed its algorithms in a single year. It has brought in major updates like Panda and Penguin that have created significant effects in search results. These have consequently made changes in web traffic and rankings in SERPs.

Well, people, Google has a new update for us again – in 2017. It is speculated that the company has made up gradations in Penguin algorithm probably in February this year. Yes! It is speculated because Google is an excellent secret keeper and they are not going to reveal their strategies to us. The company has refrained from specific answers – neither denying nor confirming the news.

Google Algorithm

Then how did people get to know the change?

Through some signal changes! Webmasters have reported some notable signal changes that fairly indicate an update. This time, Google has targeted those who are into aggressive link building. They are trying to pull down spamming of all sorts.

In fact, this change has also been noticed by SEO experts practicing black hat techniques. According to one of them, “the strategies we are applying are simply not bringing results. We believe, there is obviously a change in Google’s algorithms.”

A sneak peek into Google Penguin:

It was back in April 2012 that the search engine biggie had launched its Penguin to track down sites that have violated the Webmaster Guidelines. Their main aim is to remove spammy links that are influencing search results and improve user experience. A lot of sites, as a result, had to remove bad backlinks.

Coming back to the February update!

Around this whole month, tracking tools are also in confusion regarding this speculated, unconfirmed change. Some of the major tools on this list are Algoroo, MozCast, RankRanger, AccuRanker, and SERP Metrics.

Even, major black hat communities like BlackHatWorld are considering this as a target towards the private blog networks or PBNs. While a section says websites are being penalized, others are seeing a slow pick up in new links by Google. Whatever be it, the search engine chooses to stay quiet as of now.

Analytics opine, there are two possibilities of these changes –

  • Maybe, it’s an entirely new algorithm, that is unknown to us
  • It’s an advancement of Google Penguin, how it detects spammy links and brings them down.

Google Algorithm Update

#What’s PBN?

Now, before moving to the chatter in the SEO community, let us have a quick look at PBN. Expanding to Personal Blog Network, using PBN is a black hat technique.

It involves –

  • Buying expired domains
  • Adding backlinks and contents to that
  • Giving different posts there which are finally linked to the main website

But, quite obviously, our Google genius never appreciates this method (you may be penalized even!). In fact, they are in continuous search of PBNs and their algorithm updates are for tracking out those spams.

The gossip in major communities: What are they all saying?

Let’s check out some comments made by WebmasterWorld and BlackHatWorld regarding the latest unnamed, undeclared and speculated Google update –

Comment 1:

“Recently, we have noticed that things are moving quite slowly with G. In fact, to verify the speculations, we are conducting certain case studies. Those are for determining the time taken by different approaches to kick in, in contrast to any domain with no backlinks. We have chosen such links that do their own thing.”

Comment 2:

“This week, we have built 100 sites. Luckily, it took us few minutes to successfully index 75 of them. But for the rest 25, it’s like a ‘test of our patience.’ Things are going too slow these days.”

Comment 3:

“We have a couple of PBN sites but taking too long to index. Seems like Penguin is on the loose!”
Some users, however, did not agree that there was a slowdown in indexing. According to them, either it’s a Penguin update, or it’s simply targeting the PBNs. So, the change in indexing wasn’t experienced by everyone. Ah! So, it’s the same buzz all around!

Rewinding the history a little:

If we rewind a little, we can see Google has a long history of rolling out such updates.

Google Algorithm Timeline Twitter

Let’s take 2015 –

  • In February, there was an unnamed update targeting mobile usability and e-commerce. Although, the search engine company did not give any confirmation.
  • Next, in April, another change came for all the mobile friendly sites regarding mobile rankings.
  • Coming to October, a revelation came that Google will be using RankBrain, a machine learning technology, for its search engine results.

Next in 2016 –

  • In February, there were updates for Adwords. Google completely removed the right sidebar classic advertisements. On many commercial searches, they have brought in 4-ad top blocks. The change had a significant impact on competitive keywords.
  • In September, Penguin was updated to reduce spamming. One example was keyword stuffing.
  • Again in the same month, temperature extremities of 108 degrees were shown by Google due to its update. The impact of this was quite heavy on organic results as per data received.

Something happened in January 2017 and we know that:

If you blame the company for keeping the secret, we must not forget the January update recently regarding the mobile interstitial penalty. Google has confirmed that. However, the impacts were minimal. What’s more? While killing the link operator, the company has chosen to keep the website operators.

Google has also released updates to infrastructure to its search console. It has again given the explanation regarding crawl budget.

Another newest update around Japanese content:

Most of you must have heard about another Google update regarding Japanese content. And it has been confirmed by the company. The algorithm change was targeted towards lowering the rankings of power quality websites in Google’s search results of Japanese domains.

The company’s explanation –

“We focused on improvements in quality evaluation of websites. The update will bring down those sites which focus more on ranking instead of providing useful information to users. In return, sites with relevant contents and high quality will be listed above.”

However, all the theories regarding Penguin are raw and new yet. So, the question comes –

Didn’t anyone ask Google to debunk all these speculations?

Well, people, don’t be surprised but the questioned was thrown to Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, Gary Illyes on Twitter. He was asked whether they have any intentions to reveal the truth giving specifications and settle the volatility that has started since January.

“Absolutely not,” came the reply from Illyes. Disclosing things would give the spammers excellent chances of avoiding algorithms and finding loopholes.

This makes sense, although! Quite clearly, once spammers get access to the details of Google’s policy of blacklisting links, they will change their black hat strategies proficiently and adapt to the situation. This ‘no transparency’ policy of the company will help them count on low-quality websites that hampering user experience.

Google ranking algorithm updates explained

As of now, the thread ends here!

Taking the data from all the major SERP trackers and comments from all sides, we can conclude that there has surely been some update in the Google mansion. The company is in the mission of constantly updating their services and giving good results to their customers. They have hit the black hat techniques in major areas, hence.

What’s for us? Well, we can create high-quality, value-based contents, follow white hat methods and be on the safe side. We can use the primary SEO tools to audit links in our websites. Can’t we?

 

11 Off-Page SEO Tips That You Must Start Employing Today

07 Apr

off page SEO

Every individual owing a website desires to see their web page on top of Google’s search results. To achieve this, each person strives towards making panda and penguin happy by setting every on-page SEO element right. In return, they hope that Google acknowledges the efforts and their site is gifted with a promotion in ranks. It often happens that even after setting every on-page SEO element right your site does not rank as desired.

This is where the role of off-page SEO comes into play. Offline SEO strategies play a major role in promoting your site and in certain situations prove to be more vital than on-page SEO strategies. You must be thinking what is so important about off-page SEO. A greater insight will help you understand the strategy better.

Points to ponder on:-

Off-page SEO refers to activities you undertake outside the boundaries of your website which help your web page to get ranked higher in Google’s search results. Mentioned below are 11 easy steps which if followed will not only make the bird and the bear happy, but also raise your SERP ratings by considerable levels.

     1. Blogs:-      

One of the greatest ways to promote your website in today’s world – blogs are meant to be written. Posting blogs on your website at regular intervals will engage Google more as regular updates will indicate that your site is under constant maintenance and activity. As Google prefers active sites as to dormant ones, this will help to give you a surge in SERP ratings. Moreover, regular blog posts will give your visitors a reason to return to your site at regular intervals.

Blogs should preferably consist of unique contents such as tutorials, question-answer forums and trending video links to keep your visitors engaged. In addition to this, you should comment on other blogs same as your genre, participate in question-answer forums which give you a chance to post a link to your blog in their comment or answer section. If visitors find it relevant, your site traffic is sure to increase.

     2. Social Bookmarking:-      

Penguin and Panda love popular bookmarking sites such as Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc. Posting your blog links in these websites can give you a ranking surge as content of these websites is updated regularly. If your blog has valid content which is related to the information on this site, people could find it useful to click on your link giving you that raise in ranking.

Bookmarking also helps to promote an author’s name to the world. If you have posted a link to your blog or website to Reddit and people there find it helpful and relevant to their needs, they are likely to share it more. This will help Google identify it as a genuine and relevant site which will help the site to get ranked higher through the process.

     3. Acquire backlinks:-      

best backlinks for seo

I am sure, as a website owner you would love to receive valid links to your site from trusted sources and so does Google. Receiving backlinks from higher ranked authentic sites will put your website in Google’s good books. If you are thinking how does it help? Well, web crawlers see that site as consisting of useful and relevant information. Useful content is always appreciated and awarded by Google.

But be careful as Penguin does not like spam links. Suppose your website represents clothes, while you receive a backlink from a blog post related to cars. Penguin identifies these as spams and would result in the de-ranking of your site. Therefore be sure to check you link surely.

     4. Social Media Promotion:-      

social media mobile icons

You are surely aware of all the major social networking sites such as Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Then you should also be aware of how to use it to give a push to your site’s SERP ratings. If not, then have a read.

Sharing your website or blog in one of these social networking sites offer a chance of free promotion. Since Facebook and Twitter are considered to be the biggest online platforms today, sharing your work in these places is sure to attract more viewers than any other place.

     5. Market Forums:-      

Forum marketing involves getting involved in communities related to your genre. You can participate in online forums discussing a particular topic relevant to your website or blog. As a return, you can post “Do follow” links to your website with a chance of increasing online traffic. This also helps search engines to find your site more easily.

With the help of marketing forums, you can make yourself known to everybody. Moreover, if your site has unique and valuable content, visitors are likely to share it on other platforms giving that all needed exposure.

     6. Local Listing techniques:-      

Instead of targeting a global audience, local listings are an important technique you can apply if it goes with your website’s niche. This also enables Google to find your site easily. Local listing refers to an online profile that will contain your company name, phone number, location and the service it provides. You can do local listing by submitting your site to Google Maps, Yahoo local, Yellow Pages and Google+ Local.

     7. Guest Blogging:-      

Guest Blogging

If you can put in a little more labor for the good of your site, then guest posting is a very effective way. All you need to do is write and post content on some other websites or blogs related to your genre. When visitors see your website name mentioned in several places on a trusted website, they will judge your site as a reliable source of information which in turn will help your website’s traffic.

So how is it done? As mentioned, writing content and publishing it on another website is only the first step. What follows is putting a link to your website, sharing it on social media and keep visiting to answer queries and comments. Guest posting will help you build relations with you readers and is an effective way to get yourself known to others.

     8. Submit to search engines:-      

This is considered as an effective way of internet marketing to increase rankings of a website or webpage. You can directly submit your website to search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. You can submit your website by two processes. Either you can submit one page at a time by using webmasters tools or you can submit your entire website. This is done by submitting the home page of your site to as many search engines as possible.

     9. Directory Submission:-      

Listing your site to several directories or databases under concerned categories or subcategories is known as directory submission. Proper directory submission will enable you to get exposure, provide reliable backlinks and will help increase your blog’s overall earning. Chances are there, that you might also get paid post opportunities.

     10. Ask:-      

Simply asking for a link is often quite beneficial what many of the bloggers forget to do. Suppose, your blog name has been mentioned in any article but without a link, you can simply ask that respective author to include a link to your blog. Moreover, you can also ask for a mention of your blog in return for a similar favor if both blogs are of the same niche. Both bloggers gain equally and also helps up in building contacts.

     11. Link Baiting:-      

The process by which you can get your visitors to share your website’s link is known as link baiting. The primary criteria of successful link baiting are creating quality and unique content. You should be able to make your readers believe that your site has that piece of information that is worth sharing.

In addition to this, do not forget to come up with engaging and attractive content which will compel a reader to click on your site. It must be kept in mind that one tactic is related to the other. Without quality content, an attractive link has no value. Similarly, in the absence of a catchy link, visitors are less likely to click on your site even if you have a catchy content written inside.

Search-Engine-Optimisation

What are the benefits of using off-page SEO?

You can get the following advantages by using off-page SEO strategy the correct way:-

  • More traffic:
    As your page ranks higher, your website gets more visitors, followers and social media shares. This is a never ending process where the only criterion is to create good content and regularly update your website.
  • Online Branding:
    If your website manages to please Google through its offline SEO strategies, you will be rewarded for your hard work with online branding facilities from larger companies. In other words, large e-commerce sites will want to hire your page for advertising their products. This, in turn, increases not only your page value but generate that extra income.

Final words:

Therefore, it can be seen that not only online SEO’s, but off-line SEO strategies are very important as well. A survey from trusted sources has shown that people spend 70% of their time maintaining on-page SEO and the remaining 30% goes to off page SEO. Experts recommend a more balanced approach to make your site more SEO friendly. You must remember Google loves pages better optimized for SEO and that is what everyone is striving for today.

 

What? Is There Another Update From Google In February 2017?

07 Apr

If you turn the pages of Google’s history, you will see as many as 500 to 600 times; the search engine giant has changed its algorithms in a single year. It has brought in major updates like Panda and Penguin that have created significant effects in search results. These have consequently made changes in web traffic and rankings in SERPs.

Well, people, Google has a new update for us again – in 2017. It is speculated that the company has made up gradations in Penguin algorithm probably in February this year. Yes! It is speculated because Google is an excellent secret keeper and they are not going to reveal their strategies to us. The company has refrained from specific answers – neither denying nor confirming the news.

Google Algorithm

Then how did people get to know the change?

Through some signal changes! Webmasters have reported some notable signal changes that fairly indicate an update. This time, Google has targeted those who are into aggressive link building. They are trying to pull down spamming of all sorts.

In fact, this change has also been noticed by SEO experts practicing black hat techniques. According to one of them, “the strategies we are applying are simply not bringing results. We believe, there is obviously a change in Google’s algorithms.”

A sneak peek into Google Penguin:

It was back in April 2012 that the search engine biggie had launched its Penguin to track down sites that have violated the Webmaster Guidelines. Their main aim is to remove spammy links that are influencing search results and improve user experience. A lot of sites, as a result, had to remove bad backlinks.

Coming back to the February update!

Around this whole month, tracking tools are also in confusion regarding this speculated, unconfirmed change. Some of the major tools on this list are Algoroo, MozCast, RankRanger, AccuRanker, and SERP Metrics.

Even, major black hat communities like BlackHatWorld are considering this as a target towards the private blog networks or PBNs. While a section says websites are being penalized, others are seeing a slow pick up in new links by Google. Whatever be it, the search engine chooses to stay quiet as of now.

Analytics opine, there are two possibilities of these changes –

  • Maybe, it’s an entirely new algorithm, that is unknown to us
  • It’s an advancement of Google Penguin, how it detects spammy links and brings them down.

Google Algorithm Update

#What’s PBN?

Now, before moving to the chatter in the SEO community, let us have a quick look at PBN. Expanding to Personal Blog Network, using PBN is a black hat technique.

It involves –

  • Buying expired domains
  • Adding backlinks and contents to that
  • Giving different posts there which are finally linked to the main website

But, quite obviously, our Google genius never appreciates this method (you may be penalized even!). In fact, they are in continuous search of PBNs and their algorithm updates are for tracking out those spams.

The gossip in major communities: What are they all saying?

Let’s check out some comments made by WebmasterWorld and BlackHatWorld regarding the latest unnamed, undeclared and speculated Google update –

Comment 1:

“Recently, we have noticed that things are moving quite slowly with G. In fact, to verify the speculations, we are conducting certain case studies. Those are for determining the time taken by different approaches to kick in, in contrast to any domain with no backlinks. We have chosen such links that do their own thing.”

Comment 2:

“This week, we have built 100 sites. Luckily, it took us few minutes to successfully index 75 of them. But for the rest 25, it’s like a ‘test of our patience.’ Things are going too slow these days.”

Comment 3:

“We have a couple of PBN sites but taking too long to index. Seems like Penguin is on the loose!”
Some users, however, did not agree that there was a slowdown in indexing. According to them, either it’s a Penguin update, or it’s simply targeting the PBNs. So, the change in indexing wasn’t experienced by everyone. Ah! So, it’s the same buzz all around!

Rewinding the history a little:

If we rewind a little, we can see Google has a long history of rolling out such updates.

Google Algorithm Timeline Twitter

Let’s take 2015 –

  • In February, there was an unnamed update targeting mobile usability and e-commerce. Although, the search engine company did not give any confirmation.
  • Next, in April, another change came for all the mobile friendly sites regarding mobile rankings.
  • Coming to October, a revelation came that Google will be using RankBrain, a machine learning technology, for its search engine results.

Next in 2016 –

  • In February, there were updates for Adwords. Google completely removed the right sidebar classic advertisements. On many commercial searches, they have brought in 4-ad top blocks. The change had a significant impact on competitive keywords.
  • In September, Penguin was updated to reduce spamming. One example was keyword stuffing.
  • Again in the same month, temperature extremities of 108 degrees were shown by Google due to its update. The impact of this was quite heavy on organic results as per data received.

Something happened in January 2017 and we know that:

If you blame the company for keeping the secret, we must not forget the January update recently regarding the mobile interstitial penalty. Google has confirmed that. However, the impacts were minimal. What’s more? While killing the link operator, the company has chosen to keep the website operators.

Google has also released updates to infrastructure to its search console. It has again given the explanation regarding crawl budget.

Another newest update around Japanese content:

Most of you must have heard about another Google update regarding Japanese content. And it has been confirmed by the company. The algorithm change was targeted towards lowering the rankings of power quality websites in Google’s search results of Japanese domains.

The company’s explanation –

“We focused on improvements in quality evaluation of websites. The update will bring down those sites which focus more on ranking instead of providing useful information to users. In return, sites with relevant contents and high quality will be listed above.”

However, all the theories regarding Penguin are raw and new yet. So, the question comes –

Didn’t anyone ask Google to debunk all these speculations?

Well, people, don’t be surprised but the questioned was thrown to Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, Gary Illyes on Twitter. He was asked whether they have any intentions to reveal the truth giving specifications and settle the volatility that has started since January.

“Absolutely not,” came the reply from Illyes. Disclosing things would give the spammers excellent chances of avoiding algorithms and finding loopholes.

This makes sense, although! Quite clearly, once spammers get access to the details of Google’s policy of blacklisting links, they will change their black hat strategies proficiently and adapt to the situation. This ‘no transparency’ policy of the company will help them count on low-quality websites that hampering user experience.

Google ranking algorithm updates explained

As of now, the thread ends here!

Taking the data from all the major SERP trackers and comments from all sides, we can conclude that there has surely been some update in the Google mansion. The company is in the mission of constantly updating their services and giving good results to their customers. They have hit the black hat techniques in major areas, hence.

What’s for us? Well, we can create high-quality, value-based contents, follow white hat methods and be on the safe side. We can use the primary SEO tools to audit links in our websites. Can’t we?

 

How Can Anchor Texts Help You Gain In SERP Rankings?

07 Apr

seo inbound anchor text

Let’s start the discussion with what Matt Cutts had to say regarding the functioning of Google. In one of his YouTube videos, he said that Google looks to rank only those sites which can give its users valuable information for every search query they make. They do this so that this very user comes back to Google the next time he has some query in mind. It’s all about holding your visitors back and giving them more than what they were looking for.

Probably this one statement from the man himself defines the SEO world in the perfect sense. If someone puts in a query with Google, your site will only come up if you have that relevant information. If not, you should be linking to some other site which contains the relevant text. You thus create backlinks with the help of anchor texts and Google rewards you by placing you high in SERP.

Anchor text and its relation with SERP

These are words or phrases that you put in your content to link back to any particular website. These can be your own internal page or any other high-priority site. Again, someone else can write a content and place anchor texts that link back to your website. With all these in place, Google sees that:

  • You sourced out to other sites. This means you are trying to spread more information for that particular keyword.
  • Some other site linked back to you. This indicates that your site contains valuable information which users can read.

Both increase your user-satisfaction index in Google’s algorithm. As with the link building principle, the more the number of such links, the better are your chances to rank. But then again, the search engine giant has its Penguin looking over you and will penalize you if things get spammy.

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The right way –

How does it feel if every line you read has an anchor text included? Simply not acceptable. Again, if you get the number right but have simply stuffed them in, Google will send your site for manual checking even if you escape Penguin. Hence, there is simply no escape if you don’t walk along with the webmaster rules.

How to place them then? It’s quite simple actually. Place anchor texts as if they came in there naturally. For instance, consider the following text.

“For more information, watch this video on YouTube.”

Here, YouTube can be your anchor text linking back to the original high priority site. It came in here naturally and Google has nothing to penalize you for. This type is known as Brand anchor texts. Similarly, there are other ways through which you can place such texts in your content.

Types of Anchor texts

Although there is no rule-book which suggests that the following are the main variations available, these are generally used in every content across the internet to gain in SERP. The common ones are:

  • Naked Links:

    This is where you paste your URL directly – generally in the comment sections of social forums. It may not go directly in the content.

  • Generic texts:

    Click here, read more, additional information, over here – anchor texts that are framed to convince without naming the brand.

  • Click-Here

  • Image anchors:

    Slowly gaining popularity and proving to be effective. Recent statistics showed that websites with an optimum number of images gained quite a bit of traffic. So, including your link, these can help you in a lot of ways.

  • Keyword:

    The old-school way of creating anchor text – just create the hyperlink on your target keyword. Another variation of this is when you lengthen it a bit, like “watch video on YouTube” – the whole text is hyperlinked.

  • Long tail:

    A relevant phrase is used instead of the keyword. So, no question arises of framing your content according to the anchor text. These are more naturally occurring than the rest in the list and give a lot for user satisfaction.

But there is one more way of using anchor text that has been a dark horse all along. People have used this for internal link building but never actually identified its importance. Nearly 25% of rank one sites have actually implemented this hidden technique and have gained ranking at a fascinating rate.

anchor text keywords

The Clear Winner!

Anchor texts with your Page Title. Think like this – when you refer to a book or a movie while writing a review, you generally use its full name in the content. So, if you are referring to someone else’s post or page, you can naturally place the whole title in your content. Google treats this way more human-like and certainly values your website.

But then again, it should be placed in the content naturally. So, when you are writing your blog, frame the title in such a manner that it can occur in a sentence without seeming out of place. Check out the next phrase for a better understanding.

“These 5 ways of link building to gain in SERP rankings can help you out in your SEO venture.”

Even, use this same title as meta-text. Google has ranked such sites at the top and is likely to do so in future as well.

Where to link then?

With all that said, it ultimately comes down to the question – where to get the links from or which all sites should you link to? It is the same old story actually, stick to the white hat techniques and avoid all black hats. No paid links, no understanding for a link back and all those places where Penguin simply doesn’t want you to go.

  • Link to priority sites –
    Or stick to authentic domains. Then again, it doesn’t mean that you do not link to sites having a domain with a lesser valuation than yours. Stick to the top few and you shall be fine. It’s all about authentic sites with no spam contents.
  • Monitor sites that are linking back to you –
    This is where you may get penalized for no fault of yours. You will not control such backlinks. Hence, regular monitoring of every link that you receive is almost a necessity.
  • backlink image

  • Directories are alright –
    This myth is old school that Google penalizes you if your site has a backlink from web directories. Not all are filled with spam content. If a site is listing the top restaurants in Chicago, why won’t you want your anchor text there? It will generate traffic and you definitely want that.
  • Restrict inner page links –
    While this is encouraged while performing on page SEO, things should always be kept subtle. Too many links in the internal pages are not seen well in Google’s manual checking and reports may arrive from the console.

    But then again, if another website links back to you from multiple of its internal pages, those are alright. It actually helps you get a hike in that backlink number.

Ask for backlinks and anchor texts if some site has mentioned you or your brand. This is not black-hat as you deserve a link. Think about Moz for instance – how did its site gain in SERP? You will find its anchor text spread across numerous websites.

Indexing Backlink

Finally –

It’s all about relevance and it’s all about keeping Google’s users to Google. Anchor texts are one of those top SEO techniques to make your site rank and increase your brand’s online awareness. Mix and match all the anchor text placement techniques and build backlinks. Things do take time to have an effect, but once they do, there is no end to traffic on your site. Take the right steps and climb that SERP ladder!