Search News You Can Use is Marie Haynes' Weekly Podcast where she provides useful advice on Google Algorithm updates, tips and information to help you improve your website. During the podcast she breaks down the most interesting and important changes that have happened in SEO and the world of search!
Google's SGE Confirmed To Be The Future Of Search
Google has confirmed that SGE (Search Generative Experience) is not just an experiment, it is the future of search. Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said the SGE is "the next step in the journey" and also, "over time this will just be how search works."
Here's what we know so far about the SGE, including screenshots of it in action.
This is primarily a video episode, but even just listening, it should be quite helpful.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Marie's Helpful Content Workbook ($150) - This workbook will guide you through understanding user intent and creating content that meets it.
Episode 297 of Search News You Can Use
Google's Earnings Call where they discuss SGE being the future of Search
Google's helpful content criteria
Work with Marie
How Google's Helpful Content System Has Radically Changed Search
In this long-awaited return episode of Search News, Dr. Marie Haynes explains how Google's helpful content system has radically changed search rankings.
She provides background on her experience studying Google's algorithms for over 16 years, and how the company has shifted to relying more on AI systems like helpful content rather than just links and keywords.
Marie walks through the evolution of major algorithm updates like Panda and Penguin, and what they revealed about Google's capabilities and focus on content quality. She explains how machine learning models can now predict helpful content, with training data from quality raters.
The episode provides real-world examples of sites that were impacted by recent helpful content updates, and what specific changes Google rewarded. Marie also offers advice for those struggling with helpful content suppression and wanting to better align with Google's criteria.
This episode will completely change your understanding of modern search rankings, and what you should prioritize on your site for visibility and traffic in 2023 and beyond. Don't miss Marie's long-awaited insider perspective on Google's helpful content!
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Links mentioned in this episode:
https://www.mariehaynes.com/newsletter/episode-295/ (Latest episode of newsletter where we discuss Project Tailwind/NotebookLM)
https://developers.google.com/search/docs/fundamentals/creating-helpful-content (Google’s Guidance on creating helpful content)
https://searchengineland.com/whats-now-next-with-google-search-smx-next-keynote-389628 (Barry Schwartz and HJ Kim interview)
https://developers.google.com/search/blog/2011/05/more-guidance-on-building-high-quality (Panda questions)
https://www.mariehaynes.com/google-ai-systems/ (My article on how the helpful content system works)
https://moz.com/blog/nine-years-of-google-algorithm (Dr. Pete Myers heatmap showing Penguin algo turbulence)
https://writings.stephenwolfram.com/2023/02/what-is-chatgpt-doing-and-why-does-it-work/ (understanding the math behind systems like the helpful content system)
https://www.mariehaynes.com/what-we-know-about-googles-quality-raters/ How raters rate sites.
Is your traffic down? Understanding the many recent Google AI related updates and changes.
We've had so many updates lately! It's almost impossible to know why your traffic is down. And for many sites traffic *is* down tremendously.
In this episode I've discussed the craziness we've seen this year with Google updates. September Core Update. Helpful Content Update. Two spam updates...there are so many things that have happened!
On top of that many sites are losing traffic to Google Explore and because of ChatGPT.
We also discuss whether topic filter bubbles in search and continuous scroll on desktop could be impacting you.
And um, I just can't talk about E-E-A-T without bursting out laughing. Still, this is very important as Google is now valuing not just Expertise, but also Experience.
I hope you enjoy this episode!
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Charles Floate and Marie Haynes discuss breaking Google's guidelines, how PageRank has changed & AI
I interviewed Charles Floate, an SEO known for ranking websites in ways that go against Google's spam guidelines. We discussed PageRank and the importance of links in Google's algorithms. Charles revealed ways he's been able to manipulate Google's guidelines and succeed, though I don't condone such practices.
Our chat helped me reform my thoughts on links and their power to move the needle for rankings. Links are most definitely important in Google's algorithms and will likely remain the core for quite some time. But as Google develops new ways to identify quality content, most of which comes with AI innovations, I believe PageRank is not as important to SEO as it used to be.
In this video Charles shows me how he is able to get sites to rank. Some of what he is doing is actually improving E-A-T!
I must reiterate that breaking Google's policies can lead to serious consequences While good links can be powerful, building your own links is often either ignored by Google, or can cause manual or algorithmic penalties which can be very difficult to identify and recover from.
My hope with this video is not to encourage blackhat SEO tactics, but rather, to talk about the power of GOOD links and how that power is much more than PageRank.
Thanks for doing this, Charles. I enjoyed our chat!
Charles Floate on Twitter:
Contact Marie for a referral to companies that can help you get good links and mentions from authoritative sites in ways that comply with Google’s guidelines.
My book on auditing links (used by many agencies to train their link auditors).
My book on using the Quality Raters’ Guidelines as a checklist for site quality.
Wix SERPs Up Podcast with Mordy Oberstein and Crystal Carter:
What is E-A-T? Advanced discussion on E-A-T and answering subscriber questions
This week we learned from Google's HJ Kim that E-A-T is used for every single query searched on Google! In this episode Dr. Marie Haynes shares advanced information on how to assess E-A-T.
Audience questions answered:
Does E-A-T matter for tech blogs?
Is being mentioned on a big news site good for E-A-T?
Does adding expert reviewers help?
How would an ed-tech platform increase E-A-T?
How do you measure E-A-T?
Should you update old articles that were not written with E-A-T in mind?
Common E-A-T mistakes and misconceptions
Examples of sites doing well after improving E-A-T
How do you do an E-A-T audit?
Marie's QRG Book: https://mariehaynes.com/book
SMX Next: https://marketinglandevents.com/smx/next/agenda/
About the QRG:
How search works:
Efficient storage and query of schemaless data
Google’s Guide to creating helpful content
The video version of this podcast will be up on YT soon!
Why did the October spam update crush so many sites? Important for all SEOs and website owners!
The October 2022 spam update had a massive impact on many sites. Many of these were "niche sites" - not overtly spammy, but still breaking Google's spam guidelines. With this update, it looks like Google's AI spam fighter - SpamBrain has gotten much better at finding unnatural links - links made for SEO purposes.
This is an important listen, even if you were not impacted by this update.
Buy Marie's Quality Rater's Guidelines Book/Checklist:
Google's Spam Policies (If you were hit, you likely were doing one or more of these things)
Google's guidelines on creating helpful, reliable, people-first content:
What Google has said about guest posting:
Gary Illyes talking to Danny Sullivan about links being labeled as "footer", "penguinized" and so on:
What links can you get that comply with Google's Guidelines?
Marie's Moz Whiteboard Friday. It's old, but still good.
In-depth, original SEO insights
I love Marie Haynes' approach to SEO - she's laser-focused on trying to figure out what Google values. Every week she provides insights which really dive deep into how to improve websites, not just get them ranking higher in the short term. I look forward to listening to this podcast every week. I always learn something new. Thanks for producing it!
Great for the latest SEO News
Great podcast to get your SEO news and stay ahead. Simple and to the point. Love the Q
One of my fav SEO Podcast!
The best podcast for news on the SEO industry. Marie is very good at simplifying complex concepts. She always gives tons of real life examples to keep it inresting and engaging. Thank you for the great content!