Google published a list of questions search marketers should ask themselves if their company’s website is negatively impacted by a core search update in query results. The questions could help gain a better understanding of where to focus changes, if needed.
While a core algorithm update may prompt changes and cause some pages to do better, other pages may do worse. Sometimes, marketers need not make changes, as there is nothing to fix.
“There’s nothing wrong with pages that may perform less well in a core update,” according to Google. “They haven’t violated our webmaster guidelines, nor been subjected to a manual or algorithmic action, as can happen to pages that do violate those guidelines.”
For those that feel they must do something to bring up the fallen pages in the rankings, Google suggests focusing on improving the content, because that’s what Google’s algorithms reward.
Google updated its advice with new questions to consider. It is a way to assess how the updates impacted website pages that may have taken a hit in the rankings during updates.
When it comes to content, consider whether it provides original information, reporting, research or analysis. Consider whether it provides a comprehensive description of the topic and offer insight and analysis beyond the obvious. Also determine if this is the sort of content someone might like to bookmark and recommend to others.
Expertise behind the content is also important. Is the content free from factual errors? Is it written by an expert who demonstrates the knowledge behind the words? Be careful of too many ads on a page that may distract or interfere with the meaning of the content, per Google. And note whether the content displays well on mobile devices.