Google is constantly monitoring user behavior to learn more about the queries people search and how to deliver content that will answer their questions. Specifically, the search engine is looking at searcher task accomplishment, or whether a page appears to answer certain queries based on bounce rates.
MarketMuse Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Coyle recently sat down with Pamela Muldoon at Enterprise Marketer for a podcast where he talks about how marketers can gain topical authority, and common mistakes that can sabotage efforts at high-ranking content.
When we talk about “authority” in SEO terms, most marketers’ thoughts go straight to link building. Links have historically been the No. 1 factor in building domain authority, and while that’s still the case to a degree, there’s a more effective and organic way of building your site’s authority that doesn’t require link building or turning to the dark side with black-hat techniques.
Analytical marketers are obsessed with tracking metrics. As an industry, we’ve gotten very good at it. But when it comes to the more subjective elements of a content marketing strategy, like creating “high-quality content,” the to-do’s become a little more foggy.
As marketers know all too well, Google has been focused on cutting down web spam and rewarding high-quality content. As mentioned previously, Google rolled out the Hummingbird search engine update in 2013, putting an emphasis on Relevant Terms as the #2 factor determining Google PageRank. Another animal in Google's fearsome arsenal is the Panda; this post will focus on the Panda 4.0 update in late 2014.