Marketing Tips

Google Criteria for Content Creation

Making sure you can be found on Google is really important for certain types of businesses. How to make sure you stay on page one, then, becomes even more important. Following is a list of criteria that Google has published to help business owners focus on what matters in their algorithm, because ultimately, it’s also what matters to your customers. Have a look:


Content and quality questions

  • Does the content provide original information, reporting, research or analysis?
  • Does the content provide a substantial, complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
  • Does the content provide insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
  • If the content draws on other sources, does it avoid simply copying or rewriting those sources and instead provide substantial additional value and originality?
  • Does the headline and/or page title provide a descriptive, helpful summary of the content?
  • Does the headline and/or page title avoid being exaggerating or shocking in nature?
  • Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
  • Would you expect to see this content in or referenced by a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?

Expertise questions

  • Does the content present information in a way that makes you want to trust it, such as clear sourcing, evidence of the expertise involved, background about the author or the site that publishes it, such as through links to an author page or a site’s About page?
  • If you researched the site producing the content, would you come away with an impression that it is well-trusted or widely-recognized as an authority on its topic?
  • Is this content written by an expert or enthusiast who demonstrably knows the topic well?
  • Is the content free from easily-verified factual errors?
  • Would you feel comfortable trusting this content for issues relating to your money or your life?

Presentation and production questions

  • Is the content free from spelling or stylistic issues?
  • Was the content produced well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced?
  • Is the content mass-produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites don’t get as much attention or care?
  • Does the content have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?
  • Does content display well for mobile devices when viewed on them?

Comparative questions

  • Does the content provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
  • Does the content seem to be serving the genuine interests of visitors to the site or does it seem to exist solely by someone attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
Marketing Tips

One Quick Question that can Grow Your Business Exponentially

Adding real people to your email list is probably the hardest, and easiest, thing you’ll ever do. In fact, just asking them to be on your email list is probably not the best word choice. I suggest trying something different.

The next time you’re out at an event, whether it’s a networking meeting or a social gathering, if someone offers you their card, then ask them this simple question:

Can I send you my newsletter?”

Think about it. They are offering you their card so you can contact them. Often, they are giving you their card so you will buy something from them. By asking for something in return, or offering to give them more information about the topic they find interesting, you are doing them a favor.

And you’re doing yourself a favor as well. Building your organic email list with IRL people (In Real Life) can really help you focus your articles and posts in the future. You know who these people are that receive your newsletter, and as a result, you are more likely to speak directly to their needs and interests.

So don’t be afraid to ask people if you can send them your newsletter. It’s a great way to build a quality list of people who are sincerely interested in your product or service.


If you need help building your newsletter as part of your marketing program, please contact Apseom, and we’ll get you on the road to marketing success in no time.