Hannah asks, “How many focus keywords are you using per page? Does the amount you focus on per page change depending on the domain authority?”
This is a more complex question than it used to be. Fundamentally, Google now uses semantic clustering for all its topics, made with machine learning. What this means is that it’s no longer a question of a word or even a phrase, but a topic that you focus on which contains words, phrases, and even sentences that make a page more authoritative. This is also in combination with dozens of other authority signals that Google details at length in its quality rater guidelines:
To fully optimize, read this entire document, take notes, and follow Google’s guidelines.
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Today’s episode Hannah asks, How many focus keywords are you using per page? Does the amount you focus on per patient change depending on the domain authority? This is a more complex question that used to be fundamentally, Google, in particular, search engines in general, all the major ones, but Google especially now uses some of the most advanced machine learning behind its search algorithms to do what’s called semantic clustering for all topics, and what this means is that Google’s not looking at words anymore, doesn’t mean I’m looking at phrases.
In recent episodes, with their engineers on various machine learning podcasts, they’ve been talking about vector ization of phrases, and even entire sentences to figure out what pages are related to other pages what content is related to content.
And so it’s now not a question of the word, the phrase, the key word, it is a question about the topic and does your content speak authoritative Lee to that content.
This is one part of many, many parts that goes into modern search ranking.
And it is very, very complex.
The best way to get started wrapping your brain around this is to actually read Google’s search quality evaluated guidelines.
So one of the things that Google does, is hires professional people, but not professionally, but hires people to go through a training and then rate pages, randomly selected throughout its index, and rate them on quality essentially, is a page that’s that fits the needs of the user that is high quality, etc.
I’m going to actually bring this up here.
This is the search quality guidelines document this thing is massive, right? It is a large chunk of text that Google explains in 167 pages, how it wants the people who are hired to evaluate web pages.
So they talk about finding the website page quality, what constitutes high quality pages, what constitutes low quality pages, how to rate specific types of pages, understanding mobile needs, and the same whether a page fits the intent of its its queries.
And that you might be saying, well, so Google uses AI.
Why does Why does any of this matter? Well, this is how they train their AI.
Right? This data is what forms a large chunk of the basis of how it understands the rest of its index.
These are the are essentially training data sets that Google is creating from paid users.
And so if you adhere to the guidelines in this document, you will have a much better, you’ll be much better prepared to rank well, for all the stuff that Google the algorithms that that then take the train and build these advanced machine learning models.
So to optimize your pages.
It’s now it’s now a lot more about psychology, journalism and and all these things that humans want, rather than rather than going after words and phrases, like the old joke is, you know, an SEO professional walks into a bar, comma, tavern, common pub.
Because of that was SEO in the old days.
Today, it is a lot more complex.
So let’s look at one thing I think is worth pointing out here.
Let’s go into what Google considers the highest quality pages, the pages that will rank the best.
A very high quality MC main content is a there’s a high standard for accuracy and well established consensus where such consensus exists.
It’s the creation of unique and original content for the specific website.
What constitutes that content may be different.
For news, original reporting that provides information that would not have otherwise been known had the article not revealed it, often very high quality news will include a description of primary sources and other original reporting weapons during the content creation process should be accurate and meet professional journalistic standards for informational content.
accurate, original, accurate, comprehensive, clearly communicated, professionally presented presented as will reflect expert consensus as appropriate.
That’s a lot of stuff in there just on the quality of the content that doesn’t even get into things like reputation.
But think about your content.
Are you just creating, are you creating stuff that is original content, hence of em, and highly credible using your subject matter experts at your company, if you’re not, you will not rank as well.
The other thing I wanted to point out in here that’s really interesting, is let’s go past the lowest quality pages, medium quality pages.
This phrase here is so important.
Nothing wrong, but nothing special.
How much of your content meets that standard of nothing wrong, but nothing special? That’s where I think most companies go wrong in their SEO, there’s nothing that’s wrong.
But there’s nothing that makes it stand out as a piece of original reporting as a piece of high quality content.
That’s one of the reasons why I advocate especially for that that hero hub health model that Google released in 2014.
Your quarterly pieces that should be a quarterly piece that is hero content that is that exhaustive conference, handsome research paper or jury investigative journalism piece, that you put in the time, the effort, the money, the resources to build once a quarter that meets this highest quality standard.
on a monthly basis, you try to aim for high quality.
Right? So high quality pages, a satisfying amount of high quality content, including a descriptive helpful type title.
Spend a few minutes examining main content before joining conclusion about it.
What What is high quality content, who’s responsible customer service links, positive reputation, these are all things that Google says it is expecting to see.
And it wants its readers to see on high quality pages.
So your monthly content should be that that high quality content, those high quality pages.
And Google uses this expression, expertise, authoritative ness and trustworthiness.
Are these are these high quality pages? Are they produced with journalistic professionalism? Are they produced come from trustworthy sources? Do they have demonstrate significant life experience? That is something that actually shows that Google explains his everyday experience.
If you you may not necessarily, for example, like your general contractor, you may not have a degree in anything, but you have 20 years building houses.
And you can clearly demonstrate your expertise, and show little tips and tricks that might not otherwise generally be known.
Just like if you’re a chef, and you explain to people that tomatoes contain natural glues, hammock acid, and when you add salt to debate, it forms a natural type of monosodium glutamate, MSG, that enhances the flavor of tomatoes, right? That’s one of those little things that the average person doesn’t know until they read your content.
And then you go, oh, that totally changes how I cook tomatoes, for example.
So worry much less about those keywords worry much more about creating high quality content, grab this guide, it is available, I’ll put a link in the notes here.
It is from Google, read it, make exhaustive notes through it.
And you got to read the whole thing, right? There are a lot of companies and a lot of websites that have done a passable summary, you know, of this document.
But there’s a reason it’s 167 pages, it’s because Google wants you to be very clear about what you’re supposed to be doing with your content to make the most of it.
But yeah, grab it, read it, download it, and then adhere to it when you’re creating your content and follow hero help help plan to make the highest quality content once a quarter, high quality content once a month, and then medium to high quality content as you can on a high frequency basis.
Again, aiming to be helpful.
As much as five Google talks a lot about content that is useful and helpful in here.
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