Have you ever told a friend about a trendy new bar you heard of that you think they’d like, only to be regaled with a horror story about bad service and food poisoning after they visit it? So embarrassing. And if you think it’s scary going out on a limb to give advice to one friend, can you imagine how a search giant like Google or Bing feels?
Everybody hates giving bad recommendations, and Google is no exception. That’s why Google’s search ranking algorithm relies so heavily on a website’s ‘reputation’ around the Internet when delivering search results. Especially since its Penguin and Panda updates, Google has looked at how many people find a website useful and share-worthy as an indicator of how highly Google should rank or recommend it in search results. That’s great for big brands with huge audiences, but how can small business owners compete?