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.