The Cassandra Update: Google 2013

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Apollo began to look all starry eyed at a priestess, and offered her the shocking endowment of prediction. She consented to the blessing, yet when Apollo requested that her lie with him, the little girl of Priam won't. The God, incensed, reviled her: the adolescent priestess might have been a prophetess, however nobody might accept her.

Her name was Cassandra. 

Each day this month, I've seen Twitter posts with each sort of forecasts about how web advertising orders will look in 2013.

I am not excluded from the longing to anticipate the what's to come. The urge is something profoundly human and, in an industry as questionable as our own, off and on again it is a mental need. In any case, some of the aforementioned expectations are improbable to the point that this dark forecast (kept in touch with be unmitigatedly false by one of my Spanish companions) appears more possible:

"Google launches Google Balrog. The name of this new Google calculation is propelled by the name of the legendary animal envisioned by Tolkien, since it will work the same way."

It will be a calculation that, wrapped in fiery breakout, will creep the Web, punishing and burning locales which don't incorporate the grapple content "click here" no less than seven times and not incorporate a picture of a cat snoozing in a bushel. 

Provided that your site won't meet these essentials, the Balrog will follow you."

Each hypothesis about how something may develop sometime to come ought to be dependent upon the learning of the past, and, on account of Google, we ought not make the mix-up of rejecting components like its acquisitions and mechanical development when anticipating its future.

For instance, Panda ought to be seen as a required activity that Google took to tackle an issue brought on by the innovative progression of Caffeine. Truth be told, with Caffeine (June 2010), Google was equipped to find new pages (or new qualified information about existing pages) and could add them straight to the file.

As a negative symptom, gazillions of unfortunate quality pages overwhelmed the Serps, equitably disintegrating them. I'm certain the Search Quality group was as of now tackling discovering a result for the unfortunate brings about the Serps, however this specific Caffeine reaction quickened the formation of the Panda calculation.

Opening the predictions book of Cassandra 

Assuming that you visit the About Us page of Google, you will read this: Google's mission is to arrange the planet's qualified data and make it generally receptive and advantageous. 

That is the why of Google, and three expressions matter the most:

  • Order 
  • Receptive 
  • Handy 

The how is stood for by its calculations; the what is created by all the items Google has improved along the years (Search, Local, Mobile, Video, Voice, and so forth.).


For numerous years, I've acknowledged Google as a cataloguer of items, which offers qualified information on a mixture of points:

*    Composed substance 

  • "Bland" content 
  • Blog entries 
  • News 
  • Questions/answers
  • Books 
  • Patent
  • Scholastic articles 

* Photographs and pictures
* Movies
* Applications

You've likely perceived that these are the vertical hunts Google offers and that create the Universal Search at this time (I prohibited Products on the grounds that they are a paid choice, and I recognize Google+ status as "posts").

Just about all these "items" have their own particular calculations which are habitually redesigned, comparative to the Youtube, Google News, and Google Images calculation overhauls. Furthermore all them have their blemishes for example, the legitimate quality to be appointed to a connection).

Until later years, Universal Search appeared to be comparable to a constructing built with Legos, yet there were three paramount updates in 2011 that updated the scene. These modified started improving in 2012 and – perhaps – will be merged in 2013, which could truly unify all the vertical pursuits. These three progressions are:

  2. Origin 
  3. Google+ 

We realize that Google is utilizing semantic closeness within its order of creeped informative data, as we know how the notion of Entity is decidedly identified with semantic.

On the other hand, this part of the slithering capacity has expected a bigger significance after the usage of The general acknowledgement of Html5 as the new standard (pushed by Google since its starting) and apparatuses like Open Graph has assisted help pertinence, simultaneously.

The way that Google offers the chance to check exactness of rich bits usage (and is consistently redesigning the instrument), updated its name to the Structured Data testing device, and as of late offered the chance to highlight occasions organized information straight from Webmaster Tools makes me think that semantic is set to have even more stupendous weight in how Google will compose the informative content it creeps.

The Knowledge Graph (and open information, for example Freebase since Google's obtaining of Metaweb in 2010), which as of late took off in numerous territorial Googles, is dependent upon the semantic web and is enhancing quite rapidly. My counsel is to begin considering genuinely semantic as a channel for conceivable web advertising and Seo movements.


Authorrank has been one of the hotly debated issues of 2012. Individuals more ingenious than me expounded on it, and even made a device around it.

In my 2011 "Wake up Seos, the New Google is here" post, I exhibited my speculation that Authorrank might have turned into a part of a more unpredictable set of diagrams, whose intention was to order and show for true the best substance in the Serps. We have not yet seen that "prediction" come to be reality, yet I am obstinately influenced that this is the heading Google has taken. If not, why would we be able to recently utilize the connection "author"/google profile as a part of posts, articles, movies, and books? Sometime to come, I see Authorrank getting handy in different protests also, for example photographs, pictures, and sound.

Today, I need to concentrate on a part of Authorrank which (limitlessly) does not accept much consideration: the rel="publisher" mark up. It is rel="publisher" that interfaces a site (the distributer) with the creators. Indeed, when those same creators relinquish the distributer to begin working with an additional site, their Author rank will press on to impact the "Publisher rank," which makes it even stronger.


"I suppose individuals are a few seconds ago beginning to grasp that Google+ is Google. Sometime or another, we're gonna have a billion clients. What's more in the future, you'll just say: 'google has a billion users.'"

I am not set to talk about the quality of Google+ as a social media channel, yet we should concede that it is the overwhelming development of Google for various explanations:

  • Social is the way of a profiler apparatus.
  • The way that rel="author" and rel="publisher" are strictly identified with Google profiles makes them part of what's to come for Google Search (and additionally Paid Search).
  • It is the simplest route for Google to get legitimate social signs, not simply through how clients follow up on Google+, and yet through clients associating numerous other social records to the their G+ profile.


"You don't have to be at your work area to need a reply."

You can discover that expression in the Ten Things We Know to Be True page of

Google acquired Android Inc. in 2005 and entered in the cellular telephone industry in 2008. Why the sudden surge into versatile? Aside from Android being a gold mine, Google's objective is making informative data generally open. On the grounds that more individuals are utilizing versatile for quest (particularly for neighborhood), it was basic for Google to be a player in the space:

Look on versatile is practically synonymous with Local Search, which can likewise (somewhat) illustrate why Google Now has been produced, as well as the impossible to miss outline of the portable form of Google Search.

Along these lines, now is the ideal time to quit considering versatile an alternative and understand its a necessity.

For that same explanation for why (unequivocally joined with the idea of receptiveness), Google began giving guidelines and prescriptions about how to raise versatile improved locales, with extraordinary preference for the responsive outline engineering.

Versatile openness implies likewise Google Voice Search, and incongruity what a shock incongruity, from Knowledge Graph, Schema, and Local Search.

Likewise, we can't disregard Project Glass. It is still a Google X venture, however has been given to planners to begin planning software/apps in readiness for its business discharge expected for 2014.

Receptiveness gives informative content to clients rapidly, which clarifies why site speed is so essential to Google -so much that it discharged mod page speed this final October and overhauled it only not many days prior.

Ultimately, Wpo (Web Performance Optimization) is not precisely a Seo action, yet it influences Seos, so it must be thought of one of the necessity for 2013. The every now and again grieved connection between Seos and developers/web originators will forcedly discover a result in 2013. We will begin being better communicators and achieve them where they are.


At the close of November, Matt Cutts gave a meaning of Seo as Search Experience Optimization in his Google Webmaster Help motion picture arrangement:
Nothing truly new, however yet a different affirmation that Seo may as well concentrate on giving clients advantageous informative data.

Panda, Penguin, Emd, Layout Update... the greater part of these overhauls were pointed at prioritizing the most handy locales accessible, and disciplining those that Google acknowledged pointless.

Content promoting (the train that aides make handy qualified information) has turned into an enormous necessity for Seos. In any case, there are still such a variety of in our industry who don't truly grasp what content advertising truly implies and how Seo might be achieved into a substance technique. This is not the best place to examine this theme, yet look at the deck beneath for further demonstration.

2013 will see decisive reception of substance showcasing into Seo, and those destinations that don't integrage attractive substance into their methods will see themselves surpassed in the Serps.

In the meantime, we will likewise see an increment of substance advertising spamming: visitor posts as article advertising, infograph-spam, or essentially not unwavering substance activities. Tragically, Seos have a tendency to destroy a great deal of from the get go exceptional plans only as a result of a limited strategic vision we might have. It's conceivable that a percentage of the Search Quality Team activities will be kept tabs on those aspects of spam, in light of the fact that they as of recently have the apparatuses for doing it.

Functionality to Google does not simply mean "content," subsequently filling each sort of site with zombie infographics simply since "they are cool" is not the path to go. Convenience is matched with personalization, as though Google was stating, "We will offer you the chance to discover the informative content that is fascinating to you dependent upon your past hunts, your investment, the power of the sources, and where you are."

Hence, I recognize the Venice upgrade the most underestimated overhaul of 2012. It totally updated the Serps for just about each sort of question.

Advancing, I propose giving careful consideration to the Gmail Search Field examination, or why Google is putting enterprise towards making International and Multilingual Seo simpler.

Cassandra's indeces: what upgrades may we see in 2013?

Between 2011 and 2012, we encountered three major redesigns: Panda, Penguin, and Emd.

The foremost overhaul's objective was to clean the Serps of futile substance, characterized as substance that doesn't give any legitimate quality to the clients. The second intended to clean the Serps of substance that stacked up on account of a "false prevalence" got through level quality third party referencing movements, instead of standing by worth as per clients. The third overhaul's objective was to clean the Serps of substance that stacked up singularly in light of an exaggerated support got from its correct match area.

The Penguin and Emd redesigns were significantly more essential after Panda as a legitimate result, all things being equal. Panda brought about an expansive measure of locales vanishing from the Serps. Different sidtes that survived Panda's standing components still won in the Serps, chiefly because of an over-Seo'd external link establishment method. After Penguin, we saw those locales reinstated by the locales depending just on the quality of their dominion names, prompting the Emd upgrade take off.

Are the Serps flawless now? Not exactly. Area swarming (and its partner, area contracting), which was minor issue since 2007 was some way or another defended by the Brand Update, is turning into an issue, particularly in nations where the Emd overhaul is not yet took off.


We know what amount can at present be finished through Rich Snippets spam, the gaming of Local Search, and visitor posting and infographic indexes spam. In 2013, we may see the impacts of a monstrous gathering of spam locales (in spite of the fact that Google is taking a shot at it, on account of the repudiate device); could this be the "linkapocalypse," or possibly even the genuine "Balrog" upgrade? These are basically my suspicions, as each year in terms of conceivable redesigns. What is certain is that we will see new arrivals of Panda and Penguin, and the development of the Emd overhaul in all local Googles.

This is Google in 2013 for me and I am not a prophet, just somebody who likes to take a gander at the past while attempting to translate the what's to come. I am correct? Presumably not.

Be that as it may, just perhaps, I am Cassandra. 

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