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How to Identify Low Quality Pages on Your Website

Page Quality

Quality. With Google, it is always about quality. Low quality pages can hurt your visitor experience and SEO ranking. Google wants to show the best, most reliable and helpful web pages every time someone enters a search query.  When someone clicks on a link in the search results, Google wants them to find what they’re looking for. Such a page may receive a high quality score from Google. If a web page is deemed to be of “high quality” it is far more likely to appear nearer the top than one of “low quality”.

Often Google must sift through thousands, if not millions, of pages to determine which page offers the most “value” to the searcher. What does Google deem as ‘high quality”? Some of the factors are spelling and grammar, general readability, relevance to the topic and other factors less obvious to the rest of us.

Low quality pages can reflect negatively on the site as a whole.  In terms of SEO, low quality pages can be valueless. It pays to ensure that your individual pages avoid low quality rankings. Each page you have could be an SEO opportunity and a potential source of traffic.

Attributes of a high-quality page:

Here are a few things to consider when building your page

  • Unique content – Refrain from copying large swathes of text from other pages on your website. This is doubly true about copying parts of pages from other websites on the internet. Besides a possible violation of copyright laws, your page is sure to be deemed low quality.
  • Links to the page – Links from external sources are a high metric of a high-quality page. It shows that the page offers enough value to be referenced by another website.
  • Links from trustworthy websites – The higher the quality of the page that is linking to you, the more valuable the link. For example, a link from forbes.com would be a much more trustworthy source than an small independent blog.
  • Does the page solve a problem? – Google tries to determine if the searchers query was answered by your page.

 

Other Quality factors Google looks for:

  • Well written content – Google’s technology is very sophisticated at reading the structure and readability of content on web pages.
  • Accessibility – Does your page work just as well on Internet Explorer as it does on Chrome? Does the page resolve itself well on mobiles and tablets?
  • Load time – Does the page load in a reasonable amount of time? E.g. less than 2-3 seconds.
  • Good amount of content – Low quality or “thin” pages are often determined by lack of content, a good rule of thumb is to always aim for a minimum of 300-400 words per page.
  • Internal links – Links from other pages on your website show the page is important and helps to distribute page authority.

Reviewing Your Site for Page Quality

Here is a breakdown of steps to take when reviewing the quality of your web pages.

  1. Does the page have backlinks

Does the page have any internal links from other pages on your website?

Does the page have any external links?

  1. Does the page have any social activity

Shares on Facebook, Twitter etc.

  1. Review content on page

Is there at least 200 words of content?

Is the content structured well with headings?

  1. Is it obvious what you are offering?

Can a potential visitor find an answer to their question quickly?

 

When optimizing your website always be wary of Google’s standards in regards to page quality.   Also remember that the trustworthiness of a page is not just determined on your website, but externally too.

Having links and marketing activity pointing to your page is a surefire way to drive up perceived quality.

 

 

 

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How to Identify Low Quality Pages on Your Website
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How to Identify Low Quality Pages on Your Website
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This article describes how to identify low quality content on a webpage. It discusses what a webmaster should do to develop high quality pages. High quality pages are packed with useful and engaging content.
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5 thoughts on “How to Identify Low Quality Pages on Your Website”

  1. Great Article to read 🙂

    Thank You for sharing.

    One point often overlooked in discussions about building quality content marketing is the importance of the quality of the visual elements, whether photography, illustrations, cartoons, videos or charts.

    It is very profitable when you think outside the box while creating content and making marketing strategies by integrating psychology into your content marketing campaigns.

    Regards,
    Isha Bhardwaj

  2. I just wanted to share my experience I had with thin content few months ago. One of my websites just suddenly dropped in Google search and had no idea why. The link profile was clean; in fact I didn’t put too much effort in building backlinks. So I checked all the websites that ranked above my and realize that they have huge amount of content. Most of my pages were 300-500 words long, but I had pages that not even reached 300.

    Because didn’t want to throw this website away, I decided to rework the content. All content was updated with fresh info and with images also. I had about 40 pages, so it was quite a good amount of work. Finally, after one month, my site started to gain ranking power again and after 3 months got even better rankings than before.

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