The Guide to Google – Part Two

Google has changed over the years dramatically from just displaying ten results per page to have shopping, images, maps and videos on their search results.

Today’s blog post will take you through the search results that appear on Google search.

 

Google’s over the Years

Today is Google’s 14th birthday after being formed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998. They have developed over the years to be one of the biggest companies in the World. To read more on the history of Google please view here.

As you can see in the image below Google searches have gone from strength to strength in the last six years making them the ideal place to get information from.

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Google Search

Google search is split into two sections with an organic section and a paid section. You will see in the image below that the paid search highlighted in red dominates the top of Google and down the right hand side.

To be positioned in the paid search you have to have a Google Adwords campaign where you can create adverts that can display on the search results when certain keywords are searched. If your ad gets clicked then you pay a fee that you have bidden to get to the position on the search.

To appear on the organic/natural search this is determined by the relevancy, authority and trust of the site for that search query. More information on this can be found on our SEO website

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Google Local

Google has incorporated maps into their search results and this helps local businesses appear for local searches and is helpful to the user if they require to source there item from a local supplier or business. You can create this for your business by visiting Google Places.

You will see how this looks in the image below

google-maps

 

Google Shopping

When searching for a product like a piece of clothing Google shows the top three related searches from the shopping section in the organic search. The information that is shown is an image of the product, name of the product, price and website as you can see below. You can set this up so your products can be seen by setting up an rss feed of your products and going to Google Merchant Centre.

google-shopping

 

Google Videos

Google has incorporated YouTube videos into the search results and this can help the user be able to interact with their search query. To get your videos shown on the search results you can submit a video sitemap to Google to index you video from your site. Please see how a video looks like on a search query below.

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I hope you have found part two helpful and if you do require any marketing services for your website then please visit our website and get in touch with us.

Understanding the Search Engines – Part One

Here at Wida Search we are going to start from the beginning and give you a guide to how SEO works so you can implement your own site to get it ranking better on Google and other search engines. Today we are starting with looking at how search engines work.

 

How Search Engines Work

Search Engines like Google have four key roles crawling, building an index, calculating relevancy and rankings and providing results for the user.

The way search engines crawl a website is via links so it will collect each web page, PDF, JPG or any other file type. Through links the search engine robots can reach billions of interconnected documents.

Once the engines find a page it will glance at the code on the page and store parts of the page to its hard drive ready for it to be recalled for a search query. There are many data centres around the world storing this data ready to give a search query its most relevant data.

 

Providing Results

When a user is on a search engine and searches for something online the search engine has two jobs to do, first return all the relevant pages to that search from its hard drive and secondly rank the results in order of importance.

At the moment major search engines typically show importance by popularity, the more popular the site, page or image the more important this must be.

Popularity and relevance are not determined manually, the engines have mathematical algorithms to sort out the good from the bad and then rank then in accordance. These algorithms have hundreds of ranking factors to consider in ranking a website number one or on page 10.

 

Search Engines

They are two main search engines which are Google and Bing as Yahoo does no longer get the traffic it once had. Google is considered the dominant search engine because of the user interaction it gets compared to Bing, However these two search engines have different ranking factors to each other which results in different results for the user.

 

Conclusion

This hopefully has given you some knowledge how search engines work and how it collect data and gives this data to the end user.

Hope you are looking forward to Part Two of SEO.