Is Your Copy Trusted by Google?Posted: 20 January 2007 by Jim Callender
It’s a forever changing job being a SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) copywriter, regarding the changing algorithms and indexing techniques by the major search engines.
The information in this post can help your copywriting become a trusted source for Google and potentially aid in increasing your rankings. Google uses many factors to determine the relevance and trustworthiness of copy. These are just a few.
Most newcomers to copywriting start by reading the blog posts of Matt Cutts began to explain that Google uses many factors (other than PageRank) to evaluate and rank pages. Matt continues to describe the use of keywords and their relationships to other page factors.
For instance, let’s say one keyphrase you’re working with in your copy is “flat monitor.” Keyphrases work best when all the words remain in their exact order. That is, when you use the entire phrase “flat monitor” as opposed to using only the single words “flat” and “monitor” individually. Matt confirms this by saying relevance and trust might be increased in Google’s eyes when the words “flat” and “monitor” are used next to each other.
Why would it matter? cont’d..
Because “flat” can refer to practically anything.
That word by itself could easily be used on a page that has absolutely nothing to do with monitors. While the word “monitor” can refer to a screen used with a computer, there are many different types of monitors. If the search query were specifically for “flat monitors,” pages about CRT monitors and other types would have little relevance and therefore wouldn’t be deemed trustworthy. “Monitor” can also mean “to observe,” which would be irrelevant to the search query used in our example. So, using the phrase as it was typed into the search engine is the most relevant application.
What else? Have your keyphrase in the title. While Matt doesn’t say this is a vital element, he does suggest that it “gives a hint” that the page would be more relevant, and therefore trustworthy, to the subject matter at hand than a document that does not include the keyphrase in the title.
Matt refers to Google’s preference to choose the most trusted sites to include in their database. It’s in a subsequent issue of the Google Librarian Newsletter that Matt explains, in part, other ways Google evaluates trust.
But what about copy that isn’t trustworthy? What practices do you want to
avoid? During the thread (April 26th 2005), a segment of horrible text is shown as an example of how not to write SEO copy. Offences include: keyword stuffing, deliberate inclusion of misspelled words, gibberish text, doorway pages and hidden text on the page.
The bottom line is that Google wants to include pages that are highly relevant. By writing your copy in such a way as to highlight the relevant factors of the content for Google, you also contribute to your visitors’ experience. It’s a win-win-win situation that benefits you, Google and those who come to your site.