An overview of important Google updates
After the mobile update at the end of April, Google carried out its Phantom Update in May 2015. Many domains worldwide noticed that changes had been made to the algorithms; they suffered losses, and Google did not divulge any details. They only disclosed that the update was not connected to the mobile update. Small and medium sized pages were affected – usually editorial pages or advice pages. They had to tolerate a safety loss between 20 and 40 percent whereas brand pages as well as consulting or category references achieved an increase of up to 30 percent. The reason why some domains gained and others lost is open to speculation: insiders suspect that Google rewards pages that offer real added value and unique content.
In maths, an algorithm is – in simple words – a solution scheme. Search engines including Google & Co. also use algorithms. Users enter a question and obtain a result a few seconds later. To display useful and appropriate results, the search engine must work out a “solution” (result) for the “problem” (question); this is where algorithms come into use. How they establish the order and relevance of the results depends on the rating criteria set by the respective search engine operator.
Search engines such as Google, increasingly go for target group specific content. Google users should receive a result that is individually tailored to their search inquiry. Google is increasingly relying on the direct delivery of matching keywords and information that are directly displayed to the Google user in the search result.
To successfully operate an online shop you have to observe certain things. Among others, the shop and the content need to be updated at regulars intervals. This includes product descriptions as well as pictures of the products. However, many operators forget to categorize and tag their products.
Many shop operators make it easy on themselves or simply do not have the capacities – they describe their products with just a few short key points or use the product texts written by the manufacturer. However this approach does not boost sales or promote the Google ranking of the shop.