SEO expert warns G+ integration into search could hurt quality

SEO expert warns G+ integration into search could hurt quality

Summary: Google is trying to boost traffic to G+ by integrating user activity into its search results, a move that will attract legions of online marketers...

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Rand Fishkin, CEO expert.

Rand Fishkin, CEO expert.

Last week Google introduced search results heavily influenced by relevant signals from people's social circles and promoting G+ content in its search results.

The move is an attempt to boost its nascent G+ social network, which has had a rocky start.

I predicted that this strategy would attract legions of marketers hoping to boost traffic to their client sites through new forms of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques. A torrent of spam on G+ could risk alienating early users of the social network.

It also risks harming the quality of its search results, warns Rand Fishkin, a leading SEO expert and founder of SEO software comapany SEOmoz. He studied how "Google Plus Your World" (GPYW) works and discovered that it goes beyond personalized search and is being used to affect the search rankings of "normal" Google results.

Why Every Marketer Now Needs a Google+ Strategy | SEOmoz

It's my opinion that if SPYW continues to roll out to all logged-in Google users and Google stays as aggressive as it's been in the last 10 days with pushing Google+ for even logged-out users, the service will become a necessity for search and social marketers.


Mr Fishkin says that Google's use of G+ to boost rank in its search results means that every company must develop a G+ strategy.

You're losing out if you're not because the biasing is so heavy right now.


There's risks for Google, in further degrading the quality of its results--an issue that has dogged the search giant for the past couple of years.

Google is essentially saying, "You know what? We are willing to forego a little bit of quality and relevance in favor of showing Google+ and social stuff in our results more heavily."

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I think there are certainly some risks for Google, [around] quality and relevancy...

Search engine marketers are constantly on the look out for clues about what type of data Google is using in its secret algorithm, which are the most important signals? Now they know. And that means the game is on to game G+.

Look out, Google search quality could be headed for a major dive.

Google search is a business that generates quarterly revenues of more than $6 billion, while G+ is a social network that contributes virtually no revenues.

Is it wise for Google to gamble further loss of search quality and relevancy, just so that it can show rising usage of G+?


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  • Ive made the switch

    http://duckduckgo.com/

    Its like Google used to be.
    Stan57
  • RE: SEO expert warns G+ integration into search could hurt quality

    What Google is doing is going to be very harmful to small businesses, and make it impossible for anyone to have a small successful e bus. Ken Evoy of Site Build It has said he will shut down his company if this unethical behavior continues...<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SiteSell/posts/314460885266054" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/SiteSell/posts/314460885266054</a>

    Please switch to Bing and get out of Google plus- it's become an unethical business. Shame on you Google!
    rayne tsering
    • RE: SEO expert warns G+ integration into search could hurt quality

      @rayne tsering

      With Bing my search results yield pages and pages of slag - I've got to sift through a minimum of three pages before getting to relevant search results. With Google it's in the first three search results. Tell me again... why I should switch to an inferior search engine?
      benched42
  • Personalization and Plus Your World - A Breach of Antitrust?

    Nice article - It's tough to say how Google will perform this year regarding + and all of these other issues but they certainly may be in a tough spot at this point. View my video regarding this: <a href="http://youtu.be/DJiVJAzxv3s" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://youtu.be/DJiVJAzxv3s</a>
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