The Importance of Google Scribe & SEO

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Whenever Google releases a new experiment in their Lab, it’s important to pay attention. Often times, the search engine shows its cards so to speak, revealing some of the thinking behind the company’s operations. For instance, the release of Buzz reaffirmed the search giant’s angst as they tried to enter the social networking jumble. Likewise, Personalized Search and the Wonder Wheel each added a new aspect of optimization for SEOs to consider. In early September, Google Scribe was added to the Experiments Lab, allowing another small glimpse inside the almighty algorithm.

Google Scribe: Why Would I Ever Use It?

First off, Google Scribe is different than Scribe SEO, the on-page plugin Ann articulately discussed earlier this week. Google Scribe is a text suggestion tool that uses information from your previous phrases to “guess” what you want to type next – like a Google Instant Search box for your blog. As Google states, “Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.”

Did your ears just perk up? When G drops a line like “Correct or popular phrases”, it’s time to pay attention.

After only a few minutes playing with Scribe, you’ll realize that the Copywriting business is safe (for now). Type in “The” and Scribe spits out this bit of poetry:

BUT, the tool is still important from a content research perspective and on-page topic modeling.

Content Research

Google Scribe won’t write your next blog post, but you will be able to find areas to amp up your keyword placement if you’re ever in the depths of writer’s block. Play around with your keywords to see where Google assumes your thoughts will take you.

On-Page Topic Modeling

When considering the recent Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) research conducted by SEOmoz, we start to see the real value of Google Scribe. (For a complete rundown of LDA and the relation to SEO tactics, check out some of the blog posts on SEOmoz.)

LDA studies three core on-page elements in terms of search engine evaluation: context, semantics and relevancy – not keyword density. This helps us grasp how bots and spiders can classify content that uses synonyms (like storage bin and container) or homonyms (like orange and orange). I do not possess nearly enough statistical prowess to dissect LDA further, but Google Scribe has helped me understand the concept from a strategic standpoint. Scribe offers a peek at the output search engines might use if they were writing your copy.

Links vs. Copy: A Shift in the Force?

The implications for on-page topic modeling are enormous. The constant barrage of spammy links have somewhat devalued the notion of “links cure all”. Perhaps LDA and on-page modeling will be the next push in search engine optimization. (I try to avoid speculative terms, but in the case of SEO, it’s important to think long term.)

Watch for Google Scribe to mature and sharpen as it moves towards non-Beta status. With each evolution we are sure to learn more about Google and our own copy.

Case Ernsting
Case Ernsting works as the Online Marketing Coordinator for LoSasso Advertising Inc., an interactive advertising and marketing agency in Chicago, IL. In addition to posting regularly to the LoSasso iDrive Blog, he works on a team of talented SEO and PPC specialists, handling online marketing campaigns for the company.
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  • Jean-Patrick Smith

    Very interesting, I'm now writing articles in scribe with my target keywords, maybe I'll get lucky with some long tail juice

  • Webmarketing

    Interesting Article…!!

  • Alex

    Thanks, I haven't given it a go yet but I think I will this weekend.

  • Steve Jobs

    I agree that Google may eventually put down the link thing as it is being abused by some quarters and may be gearing up for content. Whether your site have so much backlinks, it may end up unimportant if the content of your site is not that popular or irrelevant for Google.

  • Wade Cockfield

    Been doing some article writing, could this prove to be a useful tool when I ran out of words? Thanks.

  • Craig

    Thanks for the heads-up Case. I'd heard a little about Scribe but didn't really know too much about it. Think i'm going to give it a whirl!

  • Ray

    This is a brilliant idea however, I would be concerned about plagiarism issues if it became popular.

  • Zdeněk Hejl

    It is new Google tool for me. Have to try and explore. Thanks for article.


    nice sharing

  • Nick

    Thanks for sharing the informative information. As the keyword is also very important with the Google Instant. SEO is very important own his place. thanks for sharing the information

  • Christopher West

    This would be a valuable tool, but one should be wary about plagarism and more so, dupicated content in the future as the “suggestions” probably will not differ between users.

  • Andrew Thomson

    Like Ray I am also concerned about plagiarism issues, but also about duplicated content.

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    Thanks alot for sharing.

  • Derek Barney

    A great experiment is to start typing and keep hitting enter. It writes for you!

  • Sasha

    Wow, this sounds like a great tool. I will be using it when looking for my next few target keywords!

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    Cool information about onpage optimization as there are plenty of webpages where we have to work on those part as there onpage are not that perfect and they don't rank well.

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