SEO Strategy: Authority, Experience, and Relevance

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Your content’s chances of being found organically will rise as long as you concentrate on these three SEO pillars.

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According to experienced SEOs, the most successful websites in organic search have the correct blend of high-level basics and technical know-how.

In Google’s Search Rater Quality Guidelines, the concept of E-A-T (Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness) has received a lot of attention in recent years.

There is a growing consensus that these are the most fundamental elements of SEO.

Although SEO strategy E-A-T may be helpful for some websites, it only focuses on content.

A comprehensive SEO strategy must contain more.

Throughout the years, I’ve come to believe that SEO can be boiled down to a simple three-step process:

1.Authority

2.Relevance

3.Experience is a third factor to consider.

More traffic will come from search engines and people if a site pays special attention to all three of these factors.
Notice that one of my E-A-T categories, Authority, overlaps with another category.
And that’s because a site or page is authoritative in my opinion if it has both expertise and trustworthiness in spades.
A-R-E categories should be examined in detail to understand how they fit into a comprehensive SEO strategy.

1.Authority

The value or weight assigned to a page based on a search query is known as “authority” in SEO.
Modern search engines like Google employ a variety of elements to determine a webpage’s authority.
If you’re looking for a specific solution, Google wants to show you results that are most likely to fulfill your needs.

Providing the most authoritative results for users’ searches is a priority for Google, as people who are satisfied with the results they receive are more likely to return to Google and so expose themselves to more of Google’s advertising.

Yes! It’s on the first place.

Search engines had to first assess the authority of webpages.
Early search engines used human judges, but as the internet grew, this proved impractical.
Google surpassed all competitors because its founders, Page and Brin, invented PageRank, which uses links from other websites to determine a page’s authority.
Other authoritative sites “voted” for pages they saw as dependable and relevant to their users, Page and Brin realized.
Links are treated by search engines like scholarly citations. The more relevant scientific publications cite a source document, the better.
Also considered are the citing sources’ relative authority and reliability.
Given the prevalence of hyperlinks on the internet, authority was the easiest of our three main categories to break.
Relevance and user experience would be addressed later when machine learning/AI algorithms improved.

Authority From Links

Using web links as a ranking criteria made Google the dominating search engine in a short time.
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine was written by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
This paper’s key finding was that the web is made up of documents linked together.
This meant that publishers would only link to sites that were truly valuable to their readers.
Links to third-party sites are akin to “votes,” with each vote supporting the linked page as one of the greatest online resources for a certain topic.
In theory, the more votes you get, the better and more authoritative you are to a search engine.

PageRank

Early on in Google’s history, a big part of its algorithm was based on the idea of PageRank, which is how important pages are judged based on the number of links they get.
When there are many good links that point to your page, it will have more PageRank. This means that in theory, it will be more likely to show up high in search results than some other pages that don’t have as many good links.
Whenever a page links to some other page, it gives some of its PageRank to another page.
Thus, the more and better links a page gets, the more PageRank it gets.

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Link Equality

More votes are better, then?
The idea is correct, but it’s not that simple.
There are a lot of different PageRank scores, and they range from a base number of one to scores that could be trillions.
Pages with a high PageRank can pass a lot more than low-PageRank pages. A link from one page can be worth more than one million times more than a link from another page. Also several links, can rank lower than one good link. (That’s why authority is important)

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Let’s use our intuition briefly.

Imagine a page selling frying pans obtains two links. Both are from Miranda’s Kitchen Shop and Amazon.
Which one would you appreciate more as a user? We, as users, realize Amazon’s superiority.
Amazon, for example, has a considerably stronger web presence (and higher PageRank) than every site offering kitchen pans.
So it has a higher PageRank and can pass it on to the pages it links to.
Notably, Google’s algorithms have grown far from the initial PageRank premise.
It is important to note that the technique links are analyzed has changed significantly in recent years.

Trust

Many people discuss the importance of trust in search rankings and link quality.

For the record, Google maintains it doesn’t apply trust to links (or ranking), so take those conversations with a grain of salt.
This debate started over a Yahoo patent on TrustRank.
The notion was that the fewer clicks it took to get from one site to another, the more reputable your site was.
Google has long denied using this measure.
However, Google was received a patent in April 2018 for analyzing link credibility. But a patent doesn’t mean it’s used in practice. (Learn more for Search Engine Optimization History here.)
By using principle of trusted links to analyze the reliability of a website as a provider of a link is not a poor decision.

A link source isn’t good if they perform any of the following:

-Sell links

-Have poor content.

-Not credible.

It’s important to know what not to do with your SEO strategy. Google may not calculate trust the like you do, but another component of their system is likely to devalue the link.

2. Relevance

You must be connected to the topic.
The strength of links as a ranking element and shows how relevancy affects a link’s worth.
Consider a used Range Rover page on a website. Assume it gets a connection from Car and Driver shops. That’s a big deal.
Consider it intuitively. Is it possible that shops has Range Rover knowledge? Sure, they do.
Imaging a link to that Range Rover from a sports website. What do you think?

Not as beneficial, because Google has less proof that the sports website knows a lot about used Range Rovers.
In brief, the value of a link depends on the linking page and site’s significance.

Anchor Text

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Google also values anchor text in links.
The anchor text tells Google what the linked page’s content is about.
For example, if the anchor text is “barbie dolls” and the website is about that, the anchor text and link confirm that.
Thus, links evaluate both the page’s relevance and authority.
However, you should avoid gaining connections to your page that all contain your core keyword as the anchor text.
Google also checks for indicators of human link manipulation for SEO.
One simple clue is if your anchor text appears to be edited.

Internal Links

Google is increasingly using internal links to assess a site’s topical relevance.
Internal links connecting similar content indicate Google that you have the issue covered well, with pages on many facets.
Creating external links is just as crucial as creating inbound links.
This relates to your site’s structure.
Consider where your pages fit in your site’s hierarchy. User-friendly content is likely to be valuable to search engines.

3.Expirience

As shown above, Google began by prioritizing pages based on authority, then relevancy.
The third search evolution was user experience evaluation.
In fact, many SEOs (including myself) prefer to refer to SEO as Search Experience Optimization (SEO).
Google understood that customers were looking for more than just authority and relevance while searching.
Users expect a decent experience on Google’s pages and sites.
What is “excellent user experience”? It comprises at least:
•The page the searcher landed on is what they expected to see. No gimmicks.
•The landing page’s content directly answers the user’s question.
•The material is sufficient to satisfy the user’s query and includes links to similar sources and topics.
•Instantly recognizable relevant material and page elements.
Also, many of the tips above for high quality content apply to better user experience.
In general, Google is going to rank pages that answer queries and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for.

Content

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The content of a page is, of course, the most significant aspect of its relevance.
Most SEOs are know that analyzing content’s relevancy to a query requires more than just knowing the user’s keywords.
Recent breakthroughs in natural language processing and machine learning have greatly improved search engines’ ability to judge page content.
What does Google check for when deciding which queries a page must be suitable for?

While keyword stuffing is no longer an efficient SEO strategy, having specific words on a website still matters. My organization has many case studies showing that simply adding key terms found on top-ranking articles for a topic can improve organic traffic.

Top-ranking sites usually discuss a topic in depth. Their material covers the issue adequately and/or links to/from pages that assist fill it out.

Structure: Elements like H1…H2…H3 and bolded topic headings may assist Google determine a page’s relevancy and coverage.

Content Marketing Plan

Last but not least, develop a content marketing strategy.
Don’t just start doing random things.
Examine what your opponents are just doing so that you can invest in content marketing that will yield a great ROI.
One method is to use tools to extract their backlink profiles.
By knowing what links they receive, you can determine what links you have to get to defeat them.
Take the time to map out which links go to which pages on the competitors’ sites, and what each page ranks for.
This kind of detailed analysis will help you organize your approach and determine what keywords you could be able to rank for.
It’s worth it!

Examine the content plans of competitors.

Learn what they do and think about what else you can do differently.
Focus on creating content that is highly sought after by your potential customers.
This is another time well spent.

All in one

Search engines want satisfied people who return to them with questions or needs.
They build and sustain satisfaction by delivering the greatest possible answers to questions or needs.
To keep its users satisfied, search engines must recognize and determine the relative authority of webpages.
In order to develop authority, you must create material that is very beneficial (or interesting or entertaining) to visitors.
To meet the human desire for reliable authority, search engines are always developing.
As stated previously, excellent content is critical to acquiring links that ensure you will rank highly for relevant queries.
Your site’s material can be linked to or content from other quality, related sites can be published with suitable connections back to the website.
Focusing on the three pillars of SEO — authority, relevance, and experience – will help your content gain more exposure and links.
Now that you know everything about SEO, get to work!

By Sarah Kuhn

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