Google rolled out a lot of animal updates including Penguin, Pigeon, Panda, Hummingbird etc. Out of all of its updates 3 algorithms had significant impact on Google search results. They are: Hummingbird, Panda and Penguin.
In this post, we’ll discuss about how you can get rewarded whenever Google rolls out these 3 updates. Before diving into the details, let’s talk about what these updates are actually all about.
What is Google Panda all about?
Panda update is all about content. Thin content gets punished and websites with quality content gets rewarded.
What is Google Penguin?
Google Penguin is all about the links. It penalizes the sites with bad links. It rewards the sites with high DA (Domain Authority) and quality links pointing to a site.
What’s Hummingbird update?
Hummingbird update is about improving search results by using semantic search. It means this algorithm was launched mainly to give top results to the web pages that use semantics or meaning to the relevant keywords rather than stuffing their pages with the same keywords.
Let’s now talk about what you can do to improve your search rankings after getting hit by these 3 Google updates.
Improve your rankings with semantic keyword research
Whenever you are researching keywords for your blog posts, make sure to focus on finding “buyer keywords” that are relevant to your audience instead of finding most popular keywords.
Find out a list of semantic keywords if you want to drive relevant visitors to your blogs or websites. Semantic keyword research is determining what users mean when they type in a certain keyword on Google search results.
Semantic keywords are usually the synonyms of keywords. For instance, if a visitor typed in “car” do they mean:
- Do they want to buy a car?
- Upgrade their cars?
- Or do they want to sell their cars?
Usually people use long tail keywords while typing on Google instead of single keywords like “cars”. This is where semantic keywords come into place, if you type “second hand cars” on Google, it will show up the results related to “second hand cars + [your city]”
So how can find semantic keywords?
You can usually use Google advance search. Just type in a keyword like “car painting rates” and click “show search tools”
Always write for your readers first not search engines. Remember, people will buy stuff from you and share what you create, not search engines. And then click “related searches”, you will now be able to see all the semantic keywords related to the query you typed on Google.
You can also use “Google Instant” for finding more relevant semantic keywords.
Give readers what they want
Define your target audience and readers first. Ask yourself what questions they might type on Google to solve their problems. And create content around that.
It’s not easy as it sounds, but it can give the most effective results as you go. It not only sends you the most qualified buyers to your sites but you can build a loyal readership around your blogs.
Did you know one of the simplest ways to find what your readers want?
Ask. Ask your readers what type of content they want to read on your blogs. You can make use of your own blogs, email newsletters, social media, surveys etc., to do this.
It’s not about what you think is great, it’s about what your readers really want. So give your readers what they want and you will be able to create the most useful content that naturally attracts incoming links, social shares and lots of traffic search engines.
Don’t build links, earn them
Whether you know it or not, backlinks are the key stones for any successful website that drives massive traffic from search engines. If you want to grow your organic traffic, make sure to focus on building backlinks. Unfortunately most bloggers focus their time and energy on quantity but not quality when building backlinks.
It’s not about the number but it’s mostly about the quality of backlinks that help you boost your search engine rankings. 1 link from an authority site is equal to 100’s of backlinks from ordinary blogs. I hope now you get the point, here how to attract quality links from the web.
- Create a blogger outreach strategy. When you write a piece of great content on your blog, don’t sit back and relax. Go and reach out to other bloggers and tell them to tweet or link to your articles. While doing this, make sure to link to their articles first. This way you’ll increase the chances of getting links from other blogs.
- Frequently write for other top blogs in your niche. Guest posting is the surefire way to acquire quality backlinks. Whenever you have a great article, think about posting on other blogs instead of yours to get more subscribers, traffic and links.
- Create infographics on the latest trends. They usually attract more eyeballs than any other form of content creation. Spend time to learn how to design infographics if you don’t have enough budget to outsource.
Final thoughts about increasing your search traffic after every Google update
Don’t worry if you lost a lot of search traffic when a new update from Google is rolled out. Just make sure to follow the tips mentioned in this guide and you’ll get the best rewards when new updates are rolled in.
Find what your readers are craving for and create useful content around it. Give top priority to your audience rather than Google. Search engines are giving more value to the sites that are user-focused than keyword-focused!
Also create a natural link building strategy where you can attract incoming links. And use blogger outreach strategy to your advantage to explode your link building strategy. The only way to convince others to link to your blog posts is to first feature them. Then, use social media sites to build solid relationships.
So what are your thoughts about Google updates? Do you love when Google rolls out new updates or do you hate? Express your views in the comments.
1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific
I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.
I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.
A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.
Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.
Not super shabby.
I am kinda prolific.
If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.
Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.
Do not wait to create.
Do Not Wait to Create
The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.
Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.
Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.
I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.
Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.
No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.
All because I chose not to wait to create.
Being Prolific Impacts Folks
Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:
awesome!! Congrats Ryan – one of the hardest working bloggers on the planet you are!!
— CoreyHinde-GoodOil (@thecorsta) July 16, 2018
I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.
Tips to Be Prolific
- Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
- Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
- Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
- Do not wait to create
- Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.
Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.
How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck
I lose blogging momentum sometimes.
You may be in the same boat, being human and all.
But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.
I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.
You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.
1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive
I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!
Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.
What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.
If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.
2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles
Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.
Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.
I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.
Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.
3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers
I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.
Each day I:
- do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
- exercise for 1 hour
- usually take an icy cold shower
- focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes
I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.
You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.
Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.
Wrapping it Up
Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.
1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting
Have you missed me?
I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.
A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.
Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?
I did. For a minute.
Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.
If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.
Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.
Google Image Search
The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?
5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.
The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.
I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.
Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.
Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.
Why this Strategy Is So Powerful
I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.
This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.
Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.
Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.
Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.
I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.
If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.
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