Site/Page Quality

The quality of a website is important when search engines are determining the ranking of pages. Ensuring your website provides high quality, useful and informative content is also essential for a positive user experience. Within our Hangout Notes we cover insights from Google around how they determine a quality website, with recommendations for ensuring your site provides quality content for users.

Number of Noindexed Pages Has No Effect on Rankings or Site Quality

October 2, 2018 Source

Having a lot of noindexed pages doesn’t affect rankings or how Google perceives a site’s quality. For example, many sites need to noindex private content that requires a user to log in to access.

When splitting a category page into two separate pages, John recommends redirecting the old URL to one of the new pages and then updating internal linking normally within your website’s structure. There is no specific markup which can tell Google that a page has been split into two separate pages.

September 18, 2018 Source

Sites looking to recover after Google’s core algorithm update on August 1st should focus on making their pages more relevant for searchers. It takes time for Google to understand how individual pages and whole sites are relevant and the impact of changes that have been made.

Google May Consider Merging Information From Quality Rater & Webmaster Guidelines

September 7, 2018 Source

John said that Google may consider merging information from the Quality Rater Guidelines with their Webmaster Guidelines in the future.

Google Will Only Use Structured Data For Trustworthy, High Quality Sites

July 24, 2018 Source

Structured data needs to be correctly implemented from a technical perspective and needs to be applied to relevant content, but to display it in search Google also has to judge the site as high quality and trustworthy.

Sites Spinning Your Content Can Outrank You if Your Site is Low Quality

July 24, 2018 Source

When sites scrape and spin the content of others, in the instances where these sites manage to outrank the original site, the original site is usually low quality too. This is where the algorithms can get confused.

Copyright Violations & Duplicate Content Affect How Google Assesses the Rest of Your Site

July 24, 2018 Source

If the majority of your content is flagged for something like DMCA copyright violations, Google may decide that the rest of your content isn’t high enough quality to show to users either.

Blog Content Helps Establish Focus and Context of a Business

June 29, 2018 Source

Blogs can help businesses have better presence online giving users and search engines more context about what they do and a better understanding of its focus.

Sites With Q&A Content Should Diversify Their Content Offering

June 15, 2018 Source

Sites that provide content with one answer should think about how they can diversify their content so visitors don’t leave after finding the answer. Don’t rely on Q&A content to be visible in search because it can be hard to differentiate the content from other sites that also provide the same answer.

Sites Reliant on UGC Should be Mindful of Content Quality Across Site

June 15, 2018 Source

Sites with a strong focus on user-generated content can struggle to maintain a high quality of content across the site.

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