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SEO Secrets: The “Topical Depth” Google Ranking Factor

We all know that the keywords and phrases you use in a document can play a part in your Google Rankings. However, can having similar articles on the same topic add more value to your rankings?

Sameer Panjwani discusses this possible theory in this short video.

It might sometimes make more sense from an SEO perspective to develop similar themed content, establish an authority around a topic, than to focus on multiple differently themed topics.

Transcript – 

I am going to talk about topical relevancy and its importance in SEO. Now many a times, that you will find yourself trying to optimize for certain article, optimize certain articles on your blog. And you might not really rank well because there are many people who are very specialized in that area or that topic. Now let me take an example. Now suppose you have a general real estate site and you want to rank for the term – how to negotiate a lease agreement.

Now, I have not checked the search results for this term at the time of this recording. But I can hypothesize a guess, that if Google has to determine the relevancy of these results, yes, it would look for most relevant articles but it would also give a slight preference to those sites which have some kind of thoughtful relevance to lease agreements, rentals in general.

So, if you’re writing a post on a very generic real estate blog on how to negotiate a lease agreement, you might build links, you might get some authority which can help you rank to a certain extent. But what definitely can help is, if you had a few more articles on that topic, or so, I would assume because I have seen that to work in other articles that we have developed for our own blogs. So, if you have more related content around a particular topic, it’s sort of telling the search engines that I am not only doing this just for this one article, I have a lot more related articles related to this topic.

So, let’s take this example of how to negotiate a lease agreement. Now you develop an article on that. What if you, when you’re coming up with content ideas, why not write more on topics related to that. Give like a sample lease agreement, give sample content email outline that how you could email your prospective landlords or communication styles on how to word a lease agreement. There are many ways you could go about writing sub topics related to the main central topic that you have.

So, what you want to do is essentially tell the search engines that I am not just a single article piece on this topic. I do have a lot of content related to the topic and that gives you a slightly more higher score when it comes to thematic for topical relevance. So, if we take that as a factor, I think that’s a factor you can play with and how you can play with that is developing more content related to the keyword that you’re targeting.

So, many people when they write content, they’ll just pick one target keyword, write one article and move on to the next topic. I think you can build authority by writing sub-sets on the same topic targeting many long tail variations of the same topic and that can only help boost your authority within that domain.

So, a smarter way to go when going about content development is when you pick the content piece, try to write everything related around that. Master that topic. Become a leader in that space and that should go a long way in helping you rank further. So, yeah keep that in mind when doing content development and when thinking about what to write next.

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Sameer Panjwani

Sameer Panjwani is the CEO & Founder of Mondovo.com, an online marketing toolset that helps you track your rankings, monitor your site stats and research your competitors'. A man of many talents, Sameer occasionally writes about social media marketing, content marketing and SEO. In his free time, he loves reading about the latest trends in SEO as well as spending time with his two little daughters.


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  • Fantastic article! Good stuff on Google Ranking Factor. It’s very helpful for all SEO expert. Great essential tips and tricks. Thanks for this kind of informative article.

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