New Industry-Specific Google Ranking Factors Research Finds Health Industry Bucks Trend of Less is More for Increasing Visibility Online
SAN MATEO, Calif. (November 15, 2017) - Health-related websites must create highly relevant, long-form content tailored to answer searchers’ questions with more authority and clarity than other industries, according to a new Searchmetrics study that identifies key ranking factors for specific industries.
Some 77% of those seeking health-related content begin by searching online. Health publishers, online shops, insurance providers, state and not-for-profit healthcare suppliers can best meet searchers’ needs by delivering content that is longer than is typical in other online industries. The content must be well-structured, using bullets, headers and informative imagery, the Searchmetrics Ranking Factors study found.
“The challenge for anyone in this sector is breaking through the clutter,” said Daniel Furch, Searchmetrics director of Marketing EMEA. “Finding a way to increase visibility in searches is one of the most important things you can do.”
Online health covers a range of content, from fitness tips and nutritional advice, to medical research studies and information from health insurance providers.
“Google now better understands the type of information people are seeking on the subject of health, and it knows what elements best satisfy search queries within that individual vertical,” Furch said. “That means it’s important to have a vertical-specific approach to the way you optimize your content and web pages.”