Welcome to the twilight zone. An Artificial Intelligence (AI) is in charge of search returns now, when you use Google. You can’t control what it does. What does this mean for content marketers?
Ready to meet an Artificial Intelligence? You already have — every time you do a Google Search you are working with one.
Google calls it’s AI, “RankBrain”, and while only an infant, it already thinks for itself. That’s called “machine learning. According to a recent SearchEngineLand.com (SEL) article, “Machine learning is where a computer teaches itself how to do something, rather than being taught by humans or following detailed programming.”
According to wikipedia, “RankBrain is a machine learning artificial intelligence system, the use of which by Google was confirmed on 26 October 2015. It helps Google to process search results and provide more relevant search results for users. In a recent interview, Google commented that RankBrain is the third most important factor in the ranking algorithm along with links and content.” (more…)
Relevance. Are you aware that Google places relevance as the prime indicator for how highly a site ranks on search engine results pages (SERPs)? Google lives or dies on serving the most relevant returns in order of priority.
It’s one thing to be relevant to the “Google bot” so you rank well, but how can you tell if your website is relevant to your target audience? At Webdirexion, we use SEO site comparison audits, along with other tools, in order to determine what is working well, and what isn’t. And, in order to check your relevance to your specific target “personas”, we always recommend you first outline their pain points and motivators, then track your conversion rate results. In this article, we focus on SEO and compare two websites in the hotel industry, an industry we specialize in, to consider how both websites could improve their SEO and Content Marketing.