SEO Content Strategy
May 1st 2020

How to Get a Google Knowledge Panel

For decades, the focus of search had been matching keywords to queries. Then, in 2012, Google introduced an intelligent model that understood “real-world entities and their relationships to one another.” Now Google could understand searches for things, people, and places. 

Not only can it help you find the right thing, a Google search can also provide the best summary, enabling searchers to go broader and deeper.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • What is a Google Knowledge Panel?
  • How to acquire a one for your business
  • Ways to increase your chance of acquiring a Google Knowledge Panel

What Is a Google Knowledge Panel?

The model Google introduced years ago is known as a knowledge graph. It’s what powers the Knowledge Panel, although many content marketers use the two terms interchangeably.

The Google Knowledge Panel appears on the right side of the search results when you search for people, locations, places, objects, brands, events, history, etc. Google collects this data from public sources, including Wikipedia and The CIA World Factbook, with millions of objects and billions of relational facts.

Screenshot of the SERP for the term Google showing the knowledge panel.
Here’s how the Knowledge Panel appears in the SERPs

The Knowledge Panel contains a lot of details associated with your searched query. For instance, when you search for Google, you’ll get:

  1. Business niche, brief description, history, CEO, link to the company’s website, and other necessary details.
  2. Links to social profiles.
  3. “People also search for”

When you search for a celebrity, information available on the knowledge panel increases, for example, the panel will present quotes (from the celebrity) and movies (involving the searched celebrity) as well.

Screenshot of knwoledge panel fro Leonardo DiCaprio
The searched celebrity is Leonardo DiCaprio.

How to Acquire a Google Knowledge Panel for Your Business?

According to Google, knowledge panels are automatically generated when searching for entities that are in the Knowledge Graph. The panel is automatically updated “as information changes on the web.”

What we’re talking about here are ways to make it easier and more likely for that knowledge panel to appear. First, check the SERP to see if one already exists for your organization. 

If so, click on the “Own this business?” link in the panel so you can claim it. The verification process is pretty simple. Usually, Google can associate the knowledge panel entity with one of these accounts; YouTube, Google Search Console, Twitter, Facebook. If not, then you’ll need to provide additional information to verify that you’re an authorized representative.

Step 1: Make a Wikipedia and Wikidata page

Wikipedia and Wikidata are the primary sources of information for Google when creating a knowledge panel. So, you must build your online presence on both of these platforms.

How to create a Wikipedia page for your business?

Step I: Create a Wikipedia account

Creating a Wikipedia account is easy. Visit any Wikipedia page and click on ‘Create Account’ located on the top right corner.

Screenshot of Wikipedia showing location of 'create account ' button in top right-hand corner.

Now, provide the necessary details such as:

  • Username
  • Password,
  • Email address.
Screenshot of Wikipedia create account screen showing fields that are required to be filled in.

Once you’ve filled all the fields, click on ‘Create your account’ and you’re done!

Step II: Edit Pages to become an auto-confirmed user

After logging in, you must become an auto-confirmed Wikipedia user, and one of the best ways is by editing Wikipedia pages. So, you must spend the initial one month editing old Wikipedia pages. 

Step III: Create your page

Once you become a confirmed user of Wikipedia, start working on creating your page, but keep in mind these things:

  • Make it grammatically correct
  • Improve the readability
  • Write information-rich content

Other than this, citations need your utmost attention. You must provide the sources to support your content.

Sources that qualify include:

  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Journals

Sources that don’t qualify:

  • Social Media
  • Press releases
  • Professional/personal blogs

Step IV: Submit your page

When you are finished creating the content, submit it to the website. Wikipedia will then analyze the page and the citations to determine whether the information is credible or not. After Wikipedia deems it reliable, you will get posted on the platform.

Step V: Update it regularly

Here’s a piece of advice. Never stop updating your Wikipedia page. There’s nothing more harmful to your brand, Wikipedia, and Google, than outdated information.

How to create a Wikidata page for your business?

To create or edit Wikidata, you can refer to the step-by-step guide on editing wikidata.

Step 2: Be ACTIVE on Social Media Platforms

Social media profiles are listed in a knowledge panel. Also, they help Google learn more about your brand, its services, and how it operates. Apart from this, your online presence helps with visibility and allows users to discover your social profiles conveniently.

Step 3: Implement a Schema Markup

Implementing structured data on your website allows Google to study the contents of your site efficiently. It also helps the search engines learn how the content is structured. Schema markup implementation can enhance online visibility and CTRs as well.

Furthermore, provide as many details as possible about your website via meta tags. Optimize the meta tags, including the meta description and title with the primary keyword. Add details about the authors too.

Step 4: Create Listings on Local Directories

Local stores are listed in the Google knowledge panel as well. So, to acquire one for your local business, you should create a Google My Business profile.

You’ll need to create and verify a Google My Business account first. If you’re local, it makes sense to do this anyway, since that enables your business to get listed on Google Maps, allowing users to leave reviews. That’s basic local SEO.

How to create a Google My Business profile?

Step I: Log in to Google My Business

Open Google My Business and log in with the Google account, which you want to link with the local listing of your business.

Step II: Enter your brand name

The first thing Google asks you is to enter your brand name.

Screenshot of Google Ny Business showing how to find and manage your business.

Step III: Select your brand’s category

Select the most accurate category associated with your business. This is crucial information that allows Google to list your business to the right audience.

Click on ‘Next’ to provide details about your services.

Source: Google My Business

Step IV: Specify your brand details

After entering your brand name, click on ‘Next’ to specify other essential information associated with your brand. This includes:

  • Location
  • Delivery Area

Based on your selection, Google will take the process forward. Selecting ‘Yes’ opens a window, where you must provide the service areas outside of your business’ location.

Selecting ‘No’ leads you directly to the window where you must enter your contact details.

Choose the most viable option for your business.

Step V: Verify your local business

The final step is to verify your local listing.

Ways to increase your chances of acquiring a Google Knowledge Panel

1. Create User-centric Content

Creating user-centric content increases your chances of acquiring a Google Knowledge Panel for your business. You must study the user’s intent behind a search and optimize your content accordingly. Satisfied users increase your chances of ranking in the Google knowledge panel.

2. Build User Reviews

User reviews can help Google better understand your business. The search engine analyzes the reviews to determine whether the brand in question receives a knowledge panel or not.

3. Boost Your Site’s Authority

Higher site authority means higher chances of acquiring a knowledge panel. And one of the best ways to boost site authority is through link building. Approach a high authority website and look for guest posting opportunities. Once you get selected as a guest author, create an article and link it back to your site.

Conclusion

Following these practices can help acquire a knowledge panel for your business. However, you must prepare effective strategies that assist you in creating user-centric content and build quality links for it as well.

Sahil Kakkar

Written by Sahil Kakkar RankWatch