Tammy asks, “Definitely saw the impact of the August Google algorithm update on one of our clients who is in the medical device industry. Any recommendations for combating this massive traffic loss in this industry?”
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In today’s episode, Tammy asks for suggestions for combating the traffic loss or many pages in the in the wake of the August search out with them. For those who don’t read search news, frequently, Google’s core algorithm changed in August two, in some cases, heavily penalize sites that fall under the your money, your life guidelines. This these are sites that are medical, pharmaceutical are psychological are require extensive user data, financial, things like that everything from medical device manufacturers to online lenders. We saw a large traffic decrease in August about these and Tami’s question is how to how to sites that are
valid authoritative sites, how do they recover from this algorithm, the according to Search Engine Land, it seemed that onsite content had much more to do them the link graph for pages that did lose ground. So there’s a couple things that you can do number one, First, you need to do a technical on site on it. And this is looking at things like structured data markup, all the things that you can do on site to improve a pages, overall technical quality, making sure that it is tagged appropriately, that you’ve got all the requisite parts like Google Tag Manager and search console hooked up, and the domain that is verified, etc, etc. So those are the basics that you absolutely must do
in your structured data. One of the important things to do is to make sure that you are using stuff like schema.org that allows you to create citations and note individuals that are mentioned on your pages, and then their qualifications. schema.org has a whole list of the types of markup that you can use that denote quality and tell search engines from a data perspective what a page is about. So that’s a really important thing to do. And it’s easy to do. It’s just a lot of marking up HTML, it’s not super, super difficult. The same is true for things like JSON LD, from a more conceptual perspective, we bring up this graph here, this is the refs
search traffic, share my pages for I pick a medical device share my pic, glucose monitoring, what we notice here in the search results for the first nine results or so is that these are all very, for the most part, descriptive results. So if we look here carefully, the first one is NIH telling you what continuous glucose monitoring is. Then there’s a definition what is the what is it there is a color emitter device, there is another device in position for there’s another device position five back what it is or how it works on position six,
we see another device seven more about how to on eight. So what you’re seeing is there’s a lot of What is this thing? How does it work? It is in many cases the the content that’s ranking well, is the stuff that is like why what why is this thing important? What is it How does it work? And this reflects Google’s focus on intent. What is the searchers intent? Is it just the device itself? Or is it to learn more about the device, one thing that pharma has had to contend with for years in search is restrictions on advertising about what they can and can’t say, in their ads. They can’t advertise the drug itself in many cases. So what pharma companies have had to do is focus on the disease state, what is the problem that they that their drug solves? Is diabetes is is it cancer, and so on and so forth. And this strategy has fortunately for them aligned well with the way Google’s strategy for what it considers authoritative content is, which is focusing a lot on the meta terms around whatever it is you’re selling, what are the problems that your product or service solves? And then your page content focuses on that, because logically, if you are asking a question about a glucose monitor, you’re probably also asking questions about things like diabetes. So having content on the page that talks about the disease state itself, and then the ways that you’re that you use your device to solve that problem, provide some of that authority.
The other thing that we know for sure, expertise, Google is sharing data among its properties. So things like having people on your staff who are presumably experts being able to verify the expert and other places, places like Google Scholar, for example. So if your staff is being published in publications, make sure that you using matching names that their biographies on places like research gate, and archive and such a link back to your website, to their, their biography, pages, and things like that, as your subject matter experts, all these things that you can do to indicate that
these experts do work for you and are creating content on your site, as well as third party research, authoritative research sites. Finally, trustworthiness again, back to the basics. If your site’s not running HTTPS, that’s a huge Miss. Make sure that every single page of your site is secured with a an SSL certificate, make sure that your forms have security on them, make sure that they use as appropriate things like captures and such to, to reinforce the perception of trustworthiness for your site that your site is trustworthiness the Google Webmaster search quality guidelines called eat expertise, authority, trustworthiness expertise of the people and your ability to demonstrate that your expertise authority is the content. So everything that we’ve talked about so far, and then the trustworthiness so you do have all the technical things in place that demonstrate that your site can be trusted with highly sensitive data,
you should be having things like even some of GDPR compliance notices and stuff, making sure that again, everything you can do to demonstrate this is a trustworthy site that if you put your personal protected health information into the site, it will be safe.
And so that’s sort of the the framework you should approach use Google’s EA t guidelines to decide what to do to help from people content and technology that will read that will reinforce in the algorithms perspective that you are trustworthy, but I would focus very heavily on that disease state stuff on the on the problem and solutions showing your authority with your content. As always, if you have comments, please leave them in the comments field wherever it is you’re watching this video. And please subscribe to the newsletter and the YouTube channel and we’ll talk to you soon. Take care
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