3 site aspects reviewed by Google’s human raters

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A new version of Google's human rater handbook hit the web recently. This chapter instructs reviewers how to rate page quality, Search Engine Land reports. The handbook breaks down the aspects into three main areas.

1.) Main content – Reviewers are first instructed to evaluate the main content on the page, from news articles and blog posts to product descriptions and video content. As more effective forms of content are posted to the web, reviewers are tasked with evaluating each channel.

2.) Supplementary Content – Secondly, reviewers are advised to analyze internal navigation or links related to products or videos. This is the content that supports the site's branding, whether product descriptions or introductory videos. Either way, the information is pivotal to a better user experience, and human reviewers pay close attention to the content.

3.) Advertisements – Finally, Google's reviewers also look at advertisements, sponsored links, sponsored listings and sponsored results. The professionals make sure that the links use White Hat practices and are relevant to the content found on the site.

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