Google Algorithm Updates August 2019

August 2019 Algorithm Updates

 

Google is constantly changing their algorithms daily, but we wanted to give you a quick breakdown of the most important updates that happened this August. Although not all of these updates are confirmed, these are what the search engine community views as Google algorithm updates for August 2019:

 

August 17th:

Moderate volatility detected beginning in August 16th and rolling into August 17 which signals a Google update. This update wasn’t as extreme as we have seen in the past, but enough for us to think that there has been an update over that weekend. This is not a confirmed update, but we rarely see these confirmed by Google.

A man by the name of “Bill Lambert” posted on SEO Roundtable warning the community hinting about a possible update on August 12th:  “We just had an all hands on deck meeting – Back to School update rolling out in the next 24-48 hours.”

 

August 29th:

A more volatile shift happened on August 29th. Again, there was a warning by Bill Lambert saying on August 20th: “There should be a big update dropping on the 29th or 30th. Last weekend’s test rollout passed all tests. All that I can say is try to get your website visitors to spend as much time on your website as possible,” – although not a Google confirmed update, there may have been a quality update done to shift websites with a lower dwell time down the ranks.

 

SERP Volatility Graphs:

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Learn more about Google algorithm updates on SEOroundtable.com

 

 

 

How to Get Your New Business On Google Searches – 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

How To Get Your New Business Found On Google

 

You have a brand new website for your brand new business – what now? How do you start generating business online? Follow the five steps below and you’ll get a jump start to having your business ranking online!

1. Create a Google My Business Page

A Google My Business page is the maps listings you see on Google maps when performing a search for places near you. Here is an example of what it looks like:

It shows you information about the business, hours, and also a link to your website. This is essential especially for any business that offers services to local businesses or people in a certain area.

To Set up Google My Business:

  1. Follow this link: https://www.google.com/business
  2. Sign in (you’ll need a Google account – you can create one as well by clicking “create account”)
  3. Follow the prompts to create the account:
    1. Enter your business name
    2.  Question: Do you want to add a location customers can visit like a store or office?
      1. This question is for Google to know if it should add a marker at your physical location so people can visit your shop or just list your service areas.
    3. Enter your address
      1. Google may ask you to move a marker onto your physical location
    4. Question: Do you also serve customers outside this location?
      1. Tell Google if you also make house calls or deliver to your customers
    5. List the areas you serve
    6. Chose the category that best fits your business
    7. Add your contact info
    8. Click “finish”
    9. Google will be sending a PIN number to the location you listed. You will need this to verify your business – this usually comes within five days

Optimize Your Google My Business Page

Make sure that you add pictures, a detailed description and make regular Google My Business posts to keep your profile up to date and looking appealing to your potential customers.

Don’t have time to optimize your Google My Business page? Contact us!

 

2. Add Your Business To Local Directories

 

Submit your website to as many local listing directories as you can. This influx of references to your website and business will help Google learn about what your business is, where it is located and who your target market is. Here is a list of local directories that you can submit your website to.

 

 

3. Submit Your Website to Google

It takes Google some time to recognize a new website, but you can speed up the process by submitting your website to Google. This involves setting up an account with Google Search Console.

To do this:

1. Go here: https://search.google.com/search-console/about and click “start now”

2. Sign in with your Google login

3. Click “add property” under the search dropdown

4. Under “domain”, type in your website domain (without the https://www.)

5. You’ll need to verify your domain. The easiest way to do this is to copy the TXT record and call your web host to ask them to direct you where to install this. Let them know that it is a TXT record that you’d like to add to your DNS for your domain.

(Not sure how to do this? We can help! Ask us for a quote to install your Google Search Console code!)

6) To submit your website, click in the search box at the top of the Search Console page, and type in your website url.

7) Google will bring you to a page where you can select “request indexing” – this will send off the request to Google to start crawling your website!

 

Be sure to check Google Search Console often – it will let you know if there are any errors on your website!

Need help analyzing your Google Search Console reports? We can help!

 

 

 

4. Make Sure Your Content Has the Right Keywords

Your website should mention both your services/products and service area somewhere on the home page – preferably the website page title and within a few sentences into your content. Take note of the “keywords” people use when walking into your storefront or asking you about your services. If you notice that people use a common phrase, make sure that the phrase is mentioned on your website.

Keep in mind that the home page is typically the most common page to rank first, so while this is happening, make sure that the most common services/keywords are on that page.

 

 

 

5. Ask For Backlinks

If you have any vendors or clients that could list you on their website, ask them to link to your website, and in return, you can link to their site. Websites or vendors that are in the same industry as your own will be the most beneficial.

 

 

These five things will help Google:
1) learn that your website exists and
2) know that your website is important to your service area
This will help give your website a quick boost – although it won’t guarantee a page one placement, this is an excellent start!

As a business owner, you are very busy and may not be able to perform these important tasks. We can help you rank on Google with our SEO plans!

Google Algorithm Update June 2019 | June 2019 Core Update

Google Core Algorithm Update June 2019

Google has announced that they have released a core algorithm update on June 3 2019. Typically, Google is pretty hush-hush about rolling out a core algorithm update, but thanks to the SEO community persistently asking for more transparency, they have responded by tweeting about their update. The following was tweeted on June 2nd:

What is this Update About?

This is where Google is vague again. They did not specify what exactly this update will be doing. As the Tweet says, though, we will see little noticeable changes on the search results, however, this could lay the ground for larger updates down the road. You can read more about this update on Search Engine Round Table.

We monitor our client’s rankings and will keep a close eye over the next week or so to see what this update does. Would you like us to monitor your rankings? Contact us to learn how!

Do you think an update hit your site causing it to disappear from google rankings? Check out this article to read more about the recovery process.

 

SEO is More Human Than You Think

Search engine optimization sounds technical, but it’s more human-oriented than we think. Humans are on the other end of every search phrase, so it makes sense that the best strategy is to write engaging content. Google has stated this fact numerous times over the years in different ways. As long as you write good content and don’t use black hat SEO techniques, you don’t need to worry about being burned by an algorithm update.

Content is King

Original, valuable content is one of the most important aspects of your website and SEO. Google’s goal is to display high-quality, relevant web pages in the top 10 search results. These webpages should answer the question searchers have when they entered the search term. The hundreds of ranking factors that Google looks at indicate the quality of the page in some way. Google’s algorithm updates are about ensuring the best content ranks high in the SERPs (search engine results pages).

You can strategize high-quality content by paying writers to create content for your website and either brushing up on your grammar or having any content you post to go through an editor first. Keeping content free of errors helps establish your website as an authority. It should also be engaging to create loyal readers.

Social Proof Matters

Social proof is a phenomenon in which people give more credibility to behavior, the more they see other people doing it. If you’re trying to choose between two new businesses, you will feel more comfortable choosing the one that has a greater number of positive customer reviews. Customer reviews, likes, and retweets are indicators of social proof online.

Positive reviews contribute to organic search performance. Search engines perceive customer reviews as a sign of trustworthiness and authority. Google reviews are especially important in Google rankings for local businesses because Google displays important information like customer ratings about the top three businesses it lists in the SERPs. You can encourage customers to leave reviews by responding to current reviews, asking them to write reviews, and adding your business to multiple review sites.

User Experience is Key

Metrics like bounce rate and page load times, which affect user experience, are part of ranking algorithms. Search engines understand that people get frustrated easily with long page load times. Webpages are expected to load instantly with today’s technology. Users will often hit the back button if the page takes too long to load. This can increase your bounce rate, which is the percentage of users who leave your website after seeing one page.

The average bounce rate varies among industries. In general, bounce rates of 60 percent and below are normal. 90 percent and above is when you may want to consider there is something chasing people off of your website. Design pages with user experience in mind by making all pages on your website mobile-friendly and quick to load. Use ads sparingly as well. Pages cluttered with ads deter readers.

A Personal Touch

Google delivers personalized search results based on each person’s browsing history. This increases the importance of appealing to your target audience. Write content for your website with the target audience in mind. Don’t focus too much on the SEO beyond using the keyword at least once and naturally within the content.

SEO techniques like header tags and meta descriptions also matter, but content is written for humans. Incorporate pictures into your content to improve their readability, and keep paragraphs short. Also understand that because of personalized search results, not everyone will necessarily see the same SERPs for the same search term. The goal is to reach people who are interested in your content.

SEO is becoming more and more human as Google refines its algorithm and technology evolves. Webpages load faster, so users have higher demands. Mobile search traffic has also overtaken desktop traffic, resulting in a necessity for mobile-friendly design. Google’s SERPs is even personalized now based on what sites an individual frequently visits, their search history and other data that Google gathers on them. Businesses must focus on providing high-quality content, and use SEO to support that content.