Following on from the last Google major update known as "Panda", the new Google algorithm update "Penguin" has recently been launched. If you're website has poor content, too many links with spammy keywords, or has not been updated for the last year, be warned - Google is targeting you. This is part of Google's stated goal of providing only high quality, relevant results for searchers. Here are some things to consider if your business relies on Google to survive, or you want to improve your search engine position.
Google's Principal Engineer Matt Cutts, alluded to the Penguin update when he described "over-optimized" websites being punished. Cutts has confirmed the over-optimisation warning was aimed straight at what Google calls "webspam".
In his latest statement Matt Cutts explains, "in the pursuit of higher rankings or traffic, a few sites use techniques that don't benefit users. We see all sorts of webspam techniques every day, from keyword stuffing to link schemes that attempt to propel sites higher in rankings. We have launching an important algorithm change targeted specifically at webspam. The change will decrease rankings for sites that we believe are violating Google's existing quality guidelines. Our advice for webmasters is to focus on creating high quality sites that create a good user experience instead of engaging in aggressive webspam tactics".According to Google, webspam tactics to avoid are:
Matt Cutts went on to say, "The goal of many of our ranking changes is to help searchers find sites that provide a great user experience and fulfil their information needs. To that end we've launched Panda changes that successfully returned higher-quality sites in search results."
Google Employee Amit Singhal recently posted some guidance on building high-quality sites. We have reproduced some of his points below that we believe are pertinent to anyone seeking to establish a serious, long-term web presence.
Integralvision has been providing clients with similar advice ever since we became aware of Google moving towards considering other factors besides search engine optimisation. Google is now more interested in the authority, trust and credibility of your website. If you have any doubts, try asking yourself the above questions and see how well you do.
If you require help identifying how Google (and the public) might view your website in terms of " authority, trust and credibility", Integralvision can provide a paid consultancy service on your website's current status, and work with you to develop solutions if required.