GOOGLE MEDIC UPDATE
WERE YOU AFFECTED?
Google’s core algorithm update rolled out in late last year which caused a change in Google search results.
This ‘algo’ change nicknamed the “Medic Update”, has had a massive impact on medical and healthcare websites. Some healthcare sites are still feeling the effect.
DOES GOOGLE TRUST YOU?
Google Medic update decides who’s trustworthy and who’s not. This can negatively affect a practice’s website ranking if Google deems the website not trustworthy.
WHAT GOOGLE WANTS
Google’s bot crawlers have to easily find:
Practitioners medical credentials,
Credible content that addresses related medical issues, and
Content must be well structured with semantically-related keywords.
If these are optimised your website can expect to rank higher.
WHAT GOOGLE DOES NOT LIKE?
Websites that ask visitors for personal health information, or medical histories
Can fall into the category of ‘your money your life’ (YMYL). Google closely scrutinizes such websites to ensure they are authentic and provide reliable information.
THE GOOGLE TEST
Any YMYL website is evaluated using the Google E-A-T standard, which stands for:
For the best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results on Google, your website should have:
Content that is structured an written by experts in the medical field,
Correct details on the About Us, Customer Support, Contact Us, and Disclaimers
Accurate page descriptions, which helps Google understand how the page is unique
Excellent overall structure and design
SSL Certificate, Secure Socket Layer encryption
If these E-A-T quality standards are met, the possibility of experiencing a drop in your rankings on Google searches is minimal.
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