Google’s Helpful Content Update created a buzz throughout the digital marketing industry when it was announced in August 2022. SEOs and digital marketers knew Google was already rewarding well-written content intended to help users, but Google giving a name to this factor indicated a long-term shift in how they prioritize and assess content quality.
Read on to learn how organizations can proactively measure and monitor Google’s Helpful Content Update and future Google algorithm updates that focus on content.
Over the past decade, there has been a prominent shift in SEO to focus more on people than search bots. There is no surprise that Google makes tweaks to its algorithm every year to reward sites with content that provides a satisfying experience for users.
At the end of August, Google released a Helpful Content Update in an effort to leave users with a better experience when landing on a website. This update rolled out over two weeks in August and September with a minimal but widespread impact felt in the beginning stages.
As a site-wide update, as opposed to the more page-specific product review update, we anticipate this change will have a larger impact when newer Core Updates are released.
To ensure organizations are prepared for future updates, let’s dive into the importance of content and proactive measures brands can take.
How crucial is content to SEO and consumers’ experiences? The short answer that most search experts know is content is king. To create and nurture meaningful connections with clientele, it is essential that brands create useful information that inspires, educates, and spurs desired actions.
Digital marketers’ top goal typically aligns with increasing website traffic and, in translation, the bottom line or revenue for an organization. When looking at Google’s search engine results page (SERP), it is known that the top result has a substantial advantage over the competition, with a click-through rate of 27.6% compared to 15.8% in position two and 2.4% in position ten.
Here’s another way we can look at the importance of content:
Optimized, robust content --> Improved ranking --> Better CTR --> More traffic --> More conversion potential
Ensuring all organizations have high-quality, optimized content across their landing pages, especially product and category pages, will help leave consumers with a more satisfying experience. Google Search Central Blog highlights a handful of characteristics that define high-quality content:
If you are still skeptical of how content improvements and well-written copy can help improve overall SEO efforts, here’s a myriad of examples where content expansion and optimized content resulted in substantial lifts in site traffic for various industries and clients.
The SERP for organizations is notoriously competitive because there are numerous players in a small niche. Google’s Helpful Content Update aims to help users find what they need with greater accuracy, so organizations will want to ensure they are strategizing accordingly. If your site takes proactive measures and optimizes content, the Helpful Content Update can be an asset to your organization.
Here are some proactive measures to take in the wake of the Helpful Content Update:
Google is constantly making changes to its algorithm and announces major updates several times every year. Understanding how to monitor your site during an update is imperative for organizations.
Google’s Helpful Content Update may not have completely rocked the boat for most industries, but it is a strong signal that content quality will be a focal point in algorithm updates going forward. To guide you during this and future updates, please download our complimentary checklist to ensure your content is in a good place.