For many business owners, there is a general perception that their online content should be as broad as possible, drawing customers in from all corners of the web.
That line of reasoning has been stomped by the May 2022 Google Core Update! Google wants to prioritize content that highlights the E-A-T model:
How do you improve the E-A-T rating of your site? Get positive reviews on your products, ask for mentions from followers or fellow businesses, and ensure that users feel safe and secure when buying products from your site. Ask for customers to leave positive feedback on sites like Trust Pilot or Google reviews – that is a surefire way to improve your E-A-T!
Be a Specialist: Highlight your Niche
In doing so, it appears Google wants to boost e-commerce stores and content that demonstrate strong expertise in their niche, and do not try to blast out mundane, poor-quality content on everything from celebrity news to “The best couches of 2022.”
This is potentially a huge boon for niche e-commerce business owners. You no longer have to dilute your online content by broadening its scope! Rather, it’s best now to push the other direction, and make your posts specialized to your niche business. Google Search wants to reward e-commerce businesses who provide the highest-quality products in their field, and will no longer let retail giants outrank SME competitors based solely on their larger online domain.
Refine Your Search Results with Longtail Keywords
Picking the relevant keywords to buy Google ads has always been important, but the recent Google Core Update makes longtail keywords more important than ever before. What are longtail keywords? They are the manifestation of “niche” interests within search engines. Longtail keyword phrases are highly specialized and specific, meaning instead of a customer searching…
“Shampoo with all-natural ingredients and anti-dandruff.”
Instead of searching,
“Buy new couch,”
“New cherrywood handmade couch with futon and memory foam cushion.”
Notice the difference? Longtail keywords are generally longer (3+ words), describing very specific products. Review your current product line, and make sure you only buy Google AdWords that describe your product in precise detail! They usually have lower a lower cost-per-click (CPC) as well, so that’s an added bonus for your online marketing budget.
Amazon: The King of Longtail Keywords
While they are a retail giant now, Amazon is the classic example of longtail keyword success. When they were simply a humble bookstore, Amazon did not want to compete by selling 1,000,000 copies of the most recent bestseller. Bookstore giants like Barnes n’ Noble were dominant on these popular titles.
Instead, Amazon aimed to sell books with niche audiences, maybe only selling 10 copies of each title. However, if they were able to dig and find 100,000 books that each had a niche audience of 10, guess what… they still sold 1,000,000 books 😉 In essence, longtail keywords are a big reason why Amazon became the retail giant it is today.
Conclusion: Google Core Supports Longtail Keywords
If you want to benefit from the recent Google Core Update, find longtail keywords related to your product line, bid on low-CPC Google AdWords related to them, and watch your sales grow! If you are having trouble retargeting customers, or want an advertising option outside Google’s Display Network, contact Ad360 today! We have the niche expertise to power your digital marketing success 😊
Ad360 just received a new badge from Google highlighting the fact that we got 250 clicks in 28 days from search traffic!
That’s the 1st time we get that many clicks – almost 10 per day!
What’s even more striking is that we had gotten our previous badge, the 100 clicks highlight, in mid-May 2022.
Considering we started producing regular content on the website in January 2022, it means it took us 5 months to reach 100 monthly clicks, but only one month and a half then to more than double this record!
Here is our secret: regular content production! Almost every day (from Monday to Friday; in our experience posts on Saturday and Sunday get less traffic), we publish a new article in this blog to provide tips to business owners, to help them with online sales, website tips, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) knowledge, advertising and marketing best practices, e-commerce news review, and much more.
Because of its ubiquity on the market, Google holds huge influence on your e-commerce store’s visibility and viability through your site’s SERP: “Search engine results page.” Being ranked on the first page in Google search is the aim of any successful e-commerce business, so many will research or hire experts in “Search Engine Optimization” (SEO) to do just that!
Big News: Changes to Google’s Core Algorithm?
After following the same guidelines for the past few years, Google has officially begun rolling out the next “Google Core” algorithm update. While the implications of this update will not be clear for several more weeks, its important for e-commerce businesses to be aware of how Google’s Core Update could affect the visibility of their e-commerce site.
Double-Check Your “Core Web Vital” Metrics
Core Web Vital metrics include your site’s page speed, its response to user input, and the stability of the webpage loading across different devices. While it’s early on, it appears sites with strong core vitals are immediately seeing a boost in traffic. We’ve mentioned the importance of webpage speed here, so make sure you get a comprehensive website audit to check these core vitals!
While anecdotal, some online business owners reported seeing a 25% spike in traffic following the Google Core Update. It appears the strong fundamentals of their “Core Web Vitals” played a role in their boosted visibility online.
Also, it is clear that sites with original content are being boosted. If you have AI-generated content, or have boosted the work of someone else, Google now has software that spots the duplication of content, resulting in a lower SERP for your e-commerce store.
News Updates on Google Search Algorithm
Since Ad360 is devoted to helping e-commerce businesses successfully advertise their quality products online, we are paying close attention to the rollout of Google’s Core Update for Google Search. Stay tuned for new developments and insights on this story!
This means that they’re starting to roll out massive changes to their ranking algorithms and that your website might be heavily impacted – positively, or negatively.
The previous large update like this one – called core updates – was in November 2021. Although Google is making changes all the time to their algorithms, they release a major update only every few months. These are likely to have a deeper impact on your website’s ranking in the Search Engine Response Pages (SERP).
Note that Google hasn’t disclosed what these new changes are specifically. The Google Search Engine algorithms are their secret sauce, so there always very secretive about how they work.
So what to do if your website is negatively affected?
Google says there’s no quick fix to turn things around if your rank drops massively.
However, there is a solution. It’s just that it’ll require more efforts to implement: Google advises affected website to work on their content and produce higher-quality content.If you do this, you can expect your search rank to improve over time.
You may ask, ‘What is high-quality content?’
To answer this, Google is pointing out to their guidance to help you produce better content which will be favored by the algorithms. This document is dated August, 2019 (almost 3 years old), but it remains the most up-to-date reference in terms of content quality for Google. They’re even linking to this page in this week’s announcement.
So this remains the best solution to work on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Google Reviews are an essential way to get more visibility online. These are the reviews left by people on your Google My Business profile, with a rating out of 5 stars, and a comment. Users can add photos too to their reviews (and you should encourage them to do so if you’re selling products!).
These reviews are super important for many reasons!
First of all, they show other people that your business is well respected and liked!
Secondly, more and more people are using these reviews to get more insights about a company and their products & services before making a purchase decision.
Thirdly, they are increasingly taken into account by Google’s search algorithms to determine your rank on Search Engine Response Pages (SERP).
These reviews appear on the right hand side of the search results when users type your business name, or find you from a keyword if you’re sufficiently highly ranked. They are also prominently featured on Google Maps, which can be a great channel to acquire new customers!
That’s why you should definitely ask your customers to leave reviews whenever possible!
This is what we do at Ad360, and we’re super proud and thankful to our customers that they left us our 10th 5-star reviews this week.
“Is there any way to place ads beyond Facebook and Google?” This is the most commonly-asked question to the Ad360 team. E-commerce businesses commonly feel “trapped,” as if the only places to advertise are these sites. Read below to break through this promotional plateau!
The Restrictions and Limitations of Google & Facebook Ads
While their networks are massive and their reach powerful, platforms like Google and Facebook do have limitations when it comes to online advertising. Their ad networks are “restricted,” meaning any ad campaign you budget only runs ads on their network – nowhere else. You won’t appear on any blogs that 77% of internet users read regularly. You won’t pop up on many mobile apps or games.
This “restricted network” limits your online store’s potential for growth! Even worse, it makes ads appear in the same context, meaning users can more easily “tune them out.” Thus, your options to diversify your advertising strategy for Shopify can feel “trapped” within a single network. If you are having trouble finding success on Google or Facebook, this feeling can be discouraging. If you cannot figure out how to make Google or Facebook work for your Shopify product advertising, where do you turn to!
Programmatic Ads – Access Every Ad Network Across the Web
Simply put, programmatic ads offer you access to the hundreds of networks beyond Google and Facebook – you are free! Finally, e-commerce business owners can use a Shopify advertising tool that opens the entire web to ad placements.
Even better, programmatic ads use powerful software that, after receiving your daily allocated budget, will automatically place ads across the web in the most relevant spots to your business. When it comes to increasing sales on Shopify, there may be no tool better than programmatic ads. You will appear in a variety of online contexts to your customers, becoming memorable and expanding your promotional reach. Customers will be impressed – and consider your business more legitimate – just by the fact they see your ads in so many unique spots! They will assume, “Wow, these guys are all over, huh? I should check them out.” When it comes to increasing sales on Shopify and expanding the reach of your Shopify product advertising, nothing beats programmatic ads.
Ad360 Offers Easy Access to Programmatic Ads
Ad360’s flagship service is Quick Ads, which powers entire programmatic ad campaigns in one click. It really is that simple. Just enter in your daily allotted budget (along with your location), and our programmatic ad software will automate and optimize your campaign across the web. You are officially free from the grasp of tech giants! Check out the power of programmatic ads today, and elevate your advertising strategy for Shopify.