When Google released its new “Hummingbird” algorithm, the SEO world was turned upside down. This wasn’t a simple algorithm update like we saw with Panda or Penguin. No, Hummingbird was a completely new search algorithm that drastically changed how Google handled its search queries.
In the weeks following the implementation of the new Hummingbird algorithm, SEOs have been scrambling to pick up the pieces and formulate new strategies for moving forward and recovering their lost search rankings. We’ve learned a lot about Hummingbird recently, and the information we’ve acquired can help us adjust our approach to all assets of our search marketing, including press release distribution.
A Quick Overview of Google’s Hummingbird Algorithm
According to the experts at SearchEngineLand.com, “Hummingbird allows the Google search engine to better do its job through an improvement in semantic search. As conversational search becomes the norm, Hummingbird lends understanding to the intent and contextual meaning of terms used in a query.”
In other words, instead of a search turning up results that specifically match the keywords in the query, results will now be determined based on the intent of the search. One example Google offered was that “A search for ‘acid reflux prescription’ used to list a lot of drugs, which might not be necessarily be the best way to treat the disease. Now, Google says results have information about treatment in general, including whether you even need drugs.”
What Does Hummingbird Mean for Press Release Writing?
One of the most attractive benefits of press release distribution in recent years has been its crucial role in helping improve search engine rankings. But after the Hummingbird algorithm implementation, many are wondering if press releases are still good for SEO. I believe they are, but I also believe that we have to consider taking a new approach to the SEO side of press release writing.
What role do you think press releases play in the new age of Hummingbird?
This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. Download a free copy of the PR Checklist – a 24 point list of Press Release Dos and Don’ts here: http://www.ereleases.com/prchecklist.html