|Google page layout algorithm; page segmentation gets a new twist|
|Written by David Harry|
|Friday, 20 January 2012 03:53|
Today the folks at Google were talking about their 'Page Layout Algorithm' which by and large discusses how users might not be all that keen on having ads above the fold;
And what is acceptable?
This is certainly going to ruffle a few feathers, that's for sure. They've mentioned it only affects some 1% of queries, so it seems one would have to be fairly egregious to get nabbed. Of course we might find that this number increases as they turn up the dial in the coming weeks.
The Panda Connection
First off, a little birdy told me earlier this afternoon that, “Google's going to be announcing a Panda update today around 3 PM PST”. And then of course this news broke.
Secondly, when we had a (private) gathering of folks intimate with Panda experiences, one of the elements we found (and reported to SEO Dojo members) was that ads in above the fold contextual spaces seemed to be causing a problem. One participant was from a very large and well known website, so their testing was substantial.
All of that means that while this announcement is fresh, it really has been going on for some time. By and large Panda has been about the user experience, and that's a stated goal in this one. Regardless, I for one am happy it has a name (page layout algorithm change) other than Panda.
Page Segmentation; page layout algorithm
Right away I started thinking about some of the reading I'd done over the years on page segmentation. For those not familiar, see;
Essentially it is an approach where by the search engine might break the page into it's various components. This can be handy for pages with multiple topicality, for link valuations, for spam detection and more. This is key. The more uses a method has, the more valuable it becomes to Google.
We really had no idea if these types of approaches were ever adopted, but given their multipurpose abilities, it seemed a safe bet. And now we have a name even; the page layout algorithm. If you haven't consiered it in the past, be sure to read those posts listed above. Now they we have further evidence that page segmentation of some kind is indeed in play, we can also revisit it for link valuations (certain parts of the pages being more valuable than others for links).
If they truly are after the worst offenders, then think more about your website's usability and less about this algorithm change. A bunch of crap above the fold does neither of you justice.
Added; we (in the office) have dubbed it; GooPLA - the Google Page Layout Algorithm.
Google Page Segmentation Patents;
|Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2012 14:50|
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