Are you an SEO-doubting about Topical Authority?
John Mueller, a prominent figure in the SEO landscape, recently shared his thoughts on this.
In a Reddit discussion, a user named GrumpySEOguy cut through the confusion, labelling it as a mere buzz term.
According to GrumpySEOguy, the essence of Topical Authority boils down to the age-old principles of “relevancy” and “authority”.
What GrumpySEOguy Has Said
“Topical Authority” is a new fancy term used by SEO “gurus” to get clicks.
This concept has been around for as long as I can remember and is actually called “relevancy.”
I’m about to do a very long lesson on relevancy, but for now, this is what you need to know:
– relevancy answers the question “does my website enter into the possibility of being in the results for a certain search term?”
– authority answers the question “WHERE does my website rank in the results during a search for a certain search term”
In the event those are confusing, let me explain how search engines work.
1. Someone searches for something
2. The search engine complies with every website that is relevant to those search words. So there are billions of websites, right? The search engines pull a list of all the pages that are RELEVANT for a certain search term. So now it knows which pages will rank (somewhere, not necessarily at the top), but now it has to sort them (who is 1st? Who is 2nd?).
3. The search engines rank them with authority
Now, if you are ready to have your mind blown, relevancy can occur when there is no pertinent content. In other words, you can get a site to appear in the search results for phrases that DO NOT APPEAR ON THE SITE. edit – content DOES help relevancy, but it’s not the only thing. Use good content, regardless.If for no other reason than to help humans.
When you understand this, you understand that content doesn’t matter. At all.
In other words, your boss has been watching too many YouTube videos by SEO gurus and probably doesn’t understand relevancy, either.
John Mueller responded with a simple yet powerful “This,” affirming GrumpySEOguy’s stance.
His subsequent advice was clear: “Don’t worry about it.”
Everything Old Is New Again (And Again)
It’s common in the SEO world to rename existing concepts to make them sound new.
Similarly, 10x and Skyscraper content-building strategies follow the same pattern as highlighted by Mueller.
Are you wondering what topical authority exactly is?
Let’s Take A Closer Look At Topical Authority
Topical Authority, an SEO term derived from Google’s concepts of authoritativeness, has been hailed as a revolutionary tactic.
However, Mueller clarifies that it’s more about common sense than a groundbreaking strategy.
Creating substantial, relevant content on a topic and organizing it on a website is not a new concept.
While Google seeks signals of authoritativeness, Mueller insists there’s no official “authority” score.
In fact, Google doesn’t brand content with a “Topical Authority” label. The term, he argues, is merely an addition to existing best practices.
A Thinking Person’s Perspective
According to Mueller, real authority comes from quality content relevant to user queries. Specifically, linked related articles don’t automatically increase Topical Authority.
In essence, Mueller’s message is clear – don’t let any industry-hyped buzzwords distract you. Instead, focus on creating valuable, user-centric content organized sensibly within your website. It’s not a revolutionary tactic; it’s just common sense.
So, the next time you come across the buzz about Topical Authority, remember the wisdom shared by John Mueller:
To sum up, focus on what truly matters – delivering value to your audience.