Good content on the website.
It all started in 2011. Mayday. Websites were full of spam, hidden content, plagiarism, low-quality content. Who wants to visit such sites? Google created the Panda algorithm and it began....
What is duplicate content?
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When I need to check for duplicate content I use a professional tools, or I select a random section of your web page and paste this into Google. If the same section/paragraph appears in multiple pages, multiple domains - we have a duplication problem. Duplication can't happen. Duplication is the most common reason for dropping out of search results.
A few words about spam.
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To find out what spam is, you need to type spam into Google often and read about spam. Spam sites do not always provide information about spam. The spam itself will not just drive a single text. The spam problem can affect the entire domain.
In this perhaps twisted way you see what spam is. To avoid spam at the level of domain analysis, there are factors that determine how many times a phrase is repeated and how many words you have on a particular URL in general. This is how spam could be defined in 2011. Today I consider monothematic content to be spam. However, more on that later.
Hidden content: the forgotten blackhat
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I remember a colleague, from the first agency where I learned my trade. In the meta section he threw in a comma for the phrases he had in his contract with the client. 3/4 of the phrases went into the top 10 within a week. Because why not, because he could.
Now you can't. Recently I had analysed my client's site with one of the tools and it turned out that he had a problem with hidden content. Today, hidden content isn't just the content in the meta section. It is also content that is invisible if you turn off the .js or is under the footer or is marked as font-size ZERO.
Low-quality content - a threat and an opportunity
To explain what low-quality content is, it is best to write about by defining good-quality content. Good quality content fulfils one key requirement
???? usefulness ????
In order to write a useful text, it is best to define who it is written for (who is the reader, the customer), what value is to be brought in this text (information that is presented, a problem to be solved, etc.). Just that. As much as that.
And so, writing category descriptions, product descriptions is no longer reduced to describing product features. What is important then is the use, the description of the usefulness, the unique features, the emotions that the use of a specific product or group of products
Writing a blog is only theoretically simpler. You avoid the schema, the narrow product-specific issues. But are you sure? Imagine that your business contains 4 product groups and each of them can lead a Google user to your site via 4 phrases. So we have to develop a blog for 16 phrases. So you prepare 2 blog posts for each phrase per month. Without the necessary preparation, you will stop writing your blog after a maximum of 3 months. You will find that "everything has already been written".
Plan for content marketing
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But what if you make the plan? You'll have a rough plan, you'll come up with post titles separately from your client's perspective and yours. Now You already have twice as many blog post titles. Whether you're running a service or a ecommerce business, you can run the posts separately for men and women or however else you define the several audience groups.
My motto is 'the world is made up of individuals'. If you write a blog post "for everyone" you will not wow anyone, because everyone reading the blog post will feel " nothing special". Write a blog post for a dedicated narrow audience and you will notice the results quite quickly. I have now mentioned the content marketing calendar.
When we talk about good content, we are not talking about good text.
I strongly suggest you, when preparing content, focus on one main text - for example, a blog post for your website, prepare several texts to promote your target content. Promote yourself on external portals, social media.
Content preparation in the context of Google's algorithms.
I mentioned that it all started with Panda. The Panda algorithm is constantly being updated. Nevertheless, I have a feeling that the biggest rollout in the SERPs is behind us.
The EAT algorithm is an interesting creation in terms of recent revelations in content creation.
This algorithm assumes that when a user accesses the website, they will feel that the content they have been provided with is prepared by a professional. In short, if you produce concrete, write not only about concrete, and not only about tools, but about raw materials, collaborate with architects and provide content about concrete at every stage of its quoting and processing. If you run a service, such as a hairdressing salon, write about how to prepare for an visit, where the nearest car park is.
Another interesting fact that has escaped many current AI experts. A few years ago, Google published the Fred algorithm. This algorithm assumes, in a nutshell, the understanding of texts. Algorithms can already determine the specific meaning of a word from the context of the content, which has many uses. The introduction of Fred has created a lot of rollout in the SERPs. Spammer domains of sites with very narrow contextual content saw serious drops, others with very elaborate but also coherent and well-structured content saw gigantic increases in traffic.
ChatGPT, AI and on-page content
Since we have had an open interface for AI published (especially from Open AI) I have seen a strong concentration of use of this tool for content preparation. OK, let me be clear: to replace copywriters with text generators.
I was very relieved to see the EAT algorithm update to EEAT. So let's decode this acronym
- ???? Experience
- ???? Expertise
- ???? Authoritativeness
- ???? Trustworthiness
Yes, experience has arrived - an element that AI will not do for us.
With this algorithm update, Google has practically killed the ability to automatically generate content for web pages. Google is clearly indicating that content is to be created by people and for people. So what is the role of AI in building content? AI can be used to build the content sketch or generate snippets of content. Personally, the model of working with texts that I execute, based on Ahrefs and Semrush, phrase analysis, competition, etc., gives me the ability to order content for copywriters very precisely. The texts I order are given the specific audience, the needs, the title, the whole structure of the headlines, the rhythm. I could only leave AI to elements like meta - description - but even this with severely limited confidence.
In summary - how do I write good texts?
Good texts are those that are easy to read, i.e. they have simple sentences with a clear, easy-to-understand vocabulary. Users are more likely to read texts that are written for them specifically - so write to a specific user, use specific language, discuss specific issues. A good text has a friendly rhythm: arrangement of headings, paragraphs, paragraphs. To write a good text, it is essential to ensure uniqueness, relevance and avoid duplication.
I am a book author and have a light pen. Nevertheless, in my professional work, I leave the preparation of texts to the masters of the pen - copywriters.