Previously, we learned about Google’s algorithms and how they help determine how Google ranks.
Google recently revealed that Artificial intelligence (AI) has now taken over for part of the trio used to determine where a page ranks on the coveted Google page 1. Here’s how you can use that to your advantage.
Links, content, and RankBrain were revealed to be the top three ranking signals used by Google. In this article, we will focus on how to use RankBrain to skyrocket your webpage to Google page 1.
With so much buzz around using Google using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict what users are looking for and what page best matches their search, it is important to fully understand how RankBrain works and how to craft your page to ensure that it is picked up by RankBrain.
Before RankBrain, the human engineers at Google would hand code the algorithm used to rank a webpage. However, after Google realized that RB was 10% more accurate in predicting the #1 Google result on any given page, RankBrain became the dominant “go to” on ranking. Although Google still uses engineers to monitor ranking, the RankBrain algorithm is relied upon to handle most of the duties.
When a person puts a search into Google, RankBrain uses the keywords and “dwell time” spent on that page to improve the results for the next user who searches for similar content.
From the keywords, the algorithm develops a concept that will most likely satisfy the user. If the user stays or “dwells” on that page, it will move up in position. If the user clicks off of the page in 3 seconds or less, it will plummet down in ranking.
In case you missed my last blog, there are 5 updates Google has used since opening their cyberdoors in 1998. Understanding these are critical in creating content that Google will recognize and move up in ranking.
Jayson DeMers, a frequent contributor for Forbes lists the first four in our list. I have added RankBrain to this list.
What can we learn from Google’s updates to ensure that RankBrain will recognize your site as Page 1 worthy? First, do NOT use black hat tricks. Next, focus on publishing quality content. Then, link to high-quality sites. Finally, use long-tail keywords. If you adhere to these basic rules of webpage building, Google will reward you by raising your page.
As a business owner, SEO specialist, or a webmaster, making a site better for user searches is not just a “one and done” effort. Consider it a complex dance where the searcher leads, and you adjust your steps to stay perfectly in sync with the leader. When the song is over, whoever is left on the dancefloor is on page 1 of Google.
Seem complex? It is. But, it is not impossible. It’s not a sprint but rather a marathon.
If you don’t feel like you are ready for a “marathon” with SEO and would like some help sending your webpage to Page 1 of Google, let us do all the work. We are happy to provide you with a complimentary SEO review for your interest.
The next few blogs will delve deeper into keywords, CTR, and links that will make Google’s users happy and send your webpage to the top.
Hayden Koch is the Director of Search Engine Marketing at Internetzone I, Inc., specializing in SEO and ORM strategy.