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What is NLP And How Does It Impact SEO?

Aug 25, 2022
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What is NLP and How Does it Impact SEO

Google's algorithms are constantly evolving, becoming more complex as time goes on. But, its goal continues to remain the same: to provide users with the most relevant, highest quality results. 

Keeping up to date with the latest Google updates, trends, and capabilities is important to both your content and SEO strategy. In this blog, we'll be taking a look at one of Google's recent advancements, known as NLP. Keep reading to learn what NLP is and how it impacts SEO.

What is NLP?

Natural language processing (NLP) is the ability of a computer program to understand human language as it is spoken and written. 

Thanks to big data and machine learning, Google is getting really good at understanding websites and their content as well as providing its users with more accurate search results. Why? Because it is using NLP.

NLP isn't necessarily new to Google. In fact, Google has been collaborating with researchers on NLP research since 2011. NLP was a big component of BERT, introduced in 2019.

The 5 Elements of NLP 

NLP has a lot of moving parts. Let's take a look at the top five elements of NLP. 

1. Sentiment Analysis 

Sentiment analysis involves analyzing the feelings expressed by the text. Using this element of NLP, Google can understand whether the tone of a piece is positive or negative. 

2. Syntax Analysis 

Using big data, natural language processing (NLP) can analyze the syntax of your pages to understand things like sentence structure and context. 

In addition, NLP is able to determine whether or not a piece of content is well written topically and grammatically. As you might have guessed, this makes it harder for sites to implement black-hat SEO tactics

3. Content Categorization 

Using NLP, search engines like Google can understand what a piece of content is about to categorize it better and provide users with more relevant search results. 

4. Entity Recognition 

NLP’s entity recognition, with the help of big data, is starting to better understand entities like images and videos. Using NLP, Google now can read and understand images, even if they don't contain alt text. It even has the ability to determine if an image or video is related contextually to a piece of content. 

5. Multiple Language Support 

If you utilize different languages on your website, you no longer have to worry about Google understanding your content. Thanks to multiple language support, you no longer need transcriptions on your page. Instead, you can focus on delivering the best content for your users. 

How Does NLP Impact SEO?

The expansion of NLP has strong ties with SEO, and there are a few things that marketers should be aware of as NLP continues to grow. 

  1. Black-hat SEO is donezo. 

As mentioned above, NLP has made it more difficult to win with black-hat SEO tactics. With its advanced syntax capabilities, NLP is starting to understand content and context better.

In other words, if you're still doing things like keyword stuffing or cloaking, you will not rank in the SERPs. So stop wasting time with black-hat SEO. 

  1. Write for the user, not for search engines. 

You've heard this time and time again, but now it's even more important. Using natural language in your content is the only way you're going to succeed in the SERPs. 

  1. Select images that compliment your content and add value. 

As mentioned earlier, NLP can determine what an image or video entails, even if it doesn't contain alt text. That means it's time to implement images on your site that actually relates to your content. 

Note: Although NLP can read images without alt text, it's still an SEO best practice to include alt text when optimizing your images. 

Succeed in the SERPs

No matter your industry, the success of today’s businesses relies on their ability to be found online. Implementing a strong, quality SEO strategy benefits a brand and its marketing efforts and is critical to its web presence, especially within competitive markets. If you’re looking to grow your business, contact SMA Marketing today. As SEO industry experts, we have the skills and knowledge to drive the right organic traffic to your website.

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Amanda Marra

By Amanda Marra

Amanda is SMA's Lead SEO Strategist working from her home office in Port Orange, FL. She is passionate about SEO and the Inbound Methodology. As a Florida native, she enjoys spending her spare time at the beach with her beloved dogs, Bentley and Kona.

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