Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What do you know about document trust within the online marketing industry?

Document trust outline.

in this document when we talk of Document Trust we are actually discussing the digital trust  between two online documents.

Document trust is a concept used extensively by search engines to evaluate a number of variables that would feed back into the search algorithms, as SEOVI (Search Engine Optimization Value Indicators) and have a rather serious impact on search results.

What most folks forget is that there has been an awful lot of work going on in the back ground where the search engines have indexed content, then sent out spiders following each and every out bound link found in  the document,  in turn, and creating a trust table between the two linked documents. These trust tables are then consolidated into a single trust table for each of the two ends of the link.

Within the online marketing industry web pages, blog posts and social media posts are each considered as documents, then there is the plethora of true documents that are  available to the public within the online environment such as  but not limited to

·                     PDF files
·                     images files
·                     video files
·                     office documentation
·                     spread sheets
·                     price lists or product lists
·                     data base files

When an end user of the search engine places a search query, the search engines such as Google, Yandex, Bing or MSN, they receive an answer within fractions of a second, and it seems like magic.

The judicial use of the many HTML attributes that are available is essential here, as things like, but not limited to  the list below will all add different trust values to the documents at each end of the link in many strange and devious  ways.  Also remember to evaluate the content of the HEAD SECTION of blogs and web pages that you own and manage, as many of the issues listed in the  list below can be added to the head section of a page, as well as being used as an attribute within the HTML code of  specific out bound links with very good impacts on your SERP's (Search Engine Results Pages).

·                     REL = AUTHOR
·                     REL = PUBLISHER
·                     REL = CANONICAL
·                     REL = NO FOLLOW
·                     REL = NO INDEX
·                     TITLE = XXXXXXX
·                     DESCRIPTION = XXXXXXXXX 
·                     KEYWORDS = XXXXXXXXX
·                     ALT = XXXXXXX

many of these HTML attributes can also be added to the EXIF DATA of documents such as but not limited to

·                     image files
·                     video files
·                     text files
·                     PDF files
·                     spread sheets
·                     price lists
·                     product catalogues

EXIF data when present in embedded files, such as but not limited to images, videos, audio or text files, has a very large and highly positive impact on many different aspects of the document trust table for any two online documents. The inclusion of things like the REL = AUTHOR, REL = NO INDEX and REL = PUBLISHER allow the search engine to include the great value that comes along with author expertise and specific subject matter accreditation due to the depth of the semantic foot prints of both authors and publishers.  These issues add great trust value to specific sections of both documents, which improve your over all rankings in the SERP's.

The content and context of each document is evaluated and compared for semantic matching directly between the two separate documents.  The next step is to compare the semantic matching between the lists of linked pages (out bound links only) for each page separately, creating two new trust tables that include data from all out bound links in each of the two documents in question and then comparing the two documents in question for semantic matching so that the search engines may determine if the out bound link has any value to the end user, specifically from the point of view of expanding the conversation or adding depth to a specific topic.

The depth and breadth of semantic matching between the two documents in question,  and the other documents that they link to,  is also a major trust factor issue, and how this matches up with any author or publisher semantic footprints is included in the trust based issues that search engines are looking at post HUMMING BIRD.

Document trust has always been an issue with search engines, and document trust has been used quite extensively in a number of sneaky and devious ways to establish algorithms like PANDA  and PENGUIN which are in place to add negative trust signals to pages and documents  that are marketed in ways that step outside of the rules which search engines expect publishers to abide by.  Those algorithms which add positive trust factors are not discussed openly by the staff at search engines, as this would give the black hat search industry a heads up of where and how they may game the system.  Those algorithms which have a negative impact are discussed at great length, in many forums, so that the public may know what SEO  and other online marketing  tactics to avoid or suffer the consequences.

Within the human environment there is intuition and gut feelings that have a very large influence on interpersonal trust, however within the online search environment where machines evaluate online documents through the use of algorithms there is no such tool for the search engine to use.  Search engines rely extensively on links between documents to connect the dots between different digital entities, and then understand the context and intentions of each specific document as best they can.  The more inbound links a document acquires over time the bigger the data pool that is available to a search engine to correctly determine the purpose, aims, objectives and intent of your online content.  That being said, you still need to avoid link farms and other black hat link building tactics, because inbound links from documents that have nothing in common with your online content can, and will hurt your trust factors significantly.

This is the main reason that content marketing as an SEO tool and tactic is so valuable. Content marketing allows you the luxury of expanding the conversation in meaningful ways, and the ability to include a host of extra trust signals in the form of but not limited to the list below...
·                     author signals
·                     publisher signals
·                     semantic matching
·                     context alignment
·                     purpose clarification
·                     intention definitions
·                     audience identification

It is thus important that when you do your content marketing, you take these document trust signals into account and use them wisely.   Avoid spamy forums, communities and groups that discuss wide range of divergent topics, and try to find focused niche areas where you can do your content marketing in ways that fit into the platform where you are doing your content marketing.  Be sure that the areas where you do your content marketing have a high semantic or context correlation with your online work whenever you can.  Using a social media business profile and keeping the content there focused on your niche target market topics is essential.  Keeping conversations active by replying to comments and placing relevant links to expand the conversation within the comment stream of all your social media activity is a very important part of your trust factor development strategies that needs you attention, as this boosts your trust factors in many strange and interesting ways.

Generating digital trust for your online content is not an easy task, as it is made up of a very large collection of many small tasks, some of which seem rather mundane and irrelevant AS TRUST SIGNALS.  These small things make up the bulk of the trust factors that search engines use when evaluating your online content, so take care to understand the value of digital trust and how it is acquired or destroyed through your supplemental marketing and the areas that you may use for your supplemental marketing.