Google‘s Hummingbird update explained


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Google announced its new Hummingbird algo update, putting lots of SEOs into doubts and concerns – what should this algo change mean to you and your website? To make sure you don't get down into panic and plan your SEO strategy wisely, we've put up this short guide to explain what Hummingbird update is, how it affects your rankings and how to adapt your SEO strategy to benefit from the changes.

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Google‘s Hummingbird update explained

  2. 2. Facts about Google’s
  3. 3. Facts about Google’s Announced September 26
  4. 4. Facts about Google’s  Was released approximately a month before or even earlier
  5. 5. Facts about Google’s Affects queries of search
  6. 6. Facts about Google’s Affects queries of search
  7. 7. Hummingbird is a penalty-based update!
  8. 8. Facts about Google’s You won’t get ’!
  9. 9. Facts about Google’s Aimed at actual meaning of the query
  10. 10. Facts about Google’s Aimed at conversational queries (mobile/voice search)
  11. 11. But what does it mean for ?
  12. 12. You need to adapt keywords for queries.
  13. 13. Because people tend to use them for search.
  14. 14. Especially for mobile voice search.
  15. 15. Users choose longer, questionlike types of phrases:    … … …
  16. 16. Thus, Google can no longer rely on keywords only. The result depends on the , which can be:
  17. 17.   
  18. 18.  1. The user wonders "How old is Miley Cyrus?", so... 2.The user wants general information about Miley Cyrus, so... 3. The user will find that info in Miley Cyrus biography
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  20. 20.  1. The user looks for "What is the official website of waec", so... 2. The user wants to get to WAEC website, so... 3. The user needs results for WAECDIRECT, WAEC and West African Examinations Council
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  22. 22.  1. The user looks for "Where is the nearest Starbucks", so... 2. The user wants to locate and visit the nearest Starbucks, so... 3. The users will find it using Starbucks locator
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  24. 24.  Determine people are likely to use when searching for your services  Classify them into .
  25. 25.  Make sure your content covers .  To cover informational queries, create .
  26. 26.  queries are your brand name, your product name, the name of your site, etc.  What often helps you rank higher for your brand keywords are on thematically relevant resources.
  27. 27.  For , use appropriate keywords in your content, for example “hire Jason C. – a web designer from Sydney”  just as they are. For the rest of conversational terms, use their shorter equivalents.
  28. 28. Have some coffee, and we’ll tell you more!
  29. 29. Google shows search results not only for the exact phrase the user typed in, but for other theme-related terms.
  30. 30.  Expand your keyword research  Focus on synonyms and co-occurring terms  Diversify your content
  31. 31. To see which search terms Google considers synonymous, pay attention to related keywords, acronyms or spelling variants of your keywords highlighted in search results:
  32. 32. Expand your synonyms list with the to your website (check your site's Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics).
  33. 33. Tap into for relevant keywords ideas:
  34. 34. you can get LOTS of synonymic keyword IDEAS using Rank Tracker with its 18 keyword methods of keyword research.
  35. 35. If your website (1) is mentioned on websites A, B and C together with your competitors (2, 3 and 4), for Google the 4 websites become associated:
  36. 36. And if the competitors are already authoritative in your business niche, your site now also seems a for Google.
  37. 37.  Identify your top competitors (the leading niche representatives trusted by Google)  Make sure your brand gets mentioned alongside with them
  38. 38.  Perform a Google search for "Top 10 [the generic term for your biz]…", etc.  Reach out to the publisher and ask them to put you on the list.
  39. 39.  Search for other competing brands ranking high for your keywords  Reverse-engineer competitors' backlink profiles
  40. 40. Use SEO SpyGlass for quick analysis of a competitor's backlink profile.
  41. 41. Because it’s high time you re-consider your anchor texts!
  42. 42. still relies on backlink anchor texts
  43. 43. The famous example is Adobe.Com that (still!) ranks for "click here" solely due to the anchor texts in its links.
  44. 44.  Optimize the anchor texts of internal links for semantically relevant keywords  Check external links' anchors to make sure they are relevant enough  Surround the links with keywords and their synonyms.
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  46. 46. ?
  47. 47. Quite likely, that the new, relevancy-focused algorithm will make Google to your target users.
  48. 48.  See what types of search results appear on Google for your main keywords  Consider the possibility of getting a Google+ Local listing  Optimize your images for Google Images  Make videos and optimize them for YouTube
  49. 49.  Use Google+ for Google authorship, get listed in Freebase to increase your chances of hopping on the Knowledge Graph  Implement schema on your site Use markup for Videos, Structured Data Markup Helper, Structured Data Testing Tool
  50. 50. To read the full Hummingbird Guide, please follow this
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