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Did you know that Alexa is related to an SEO tool by the same name? Helping people find what they need from a massive amount of information is nothing new for Alexa. Many years before answering your questions through Echo, Alexa Internet company has been suggesting content and ranking websites. That’s right, Amazon’s assistant that wakes you up every morning, tells you the temperature, or streams your favorite podcast is related to an SEO tool. Alexa Internet was founded as an independent company in 1996 and acquired by Amazon in 1999, and is a wholly owned subsidiary.
Featured Snippets, or Answer Boxes, are formatted “card style” results from Google that provide users with succinct answers to search queries. The goal of Featured Snippets is to direct users to useful information quickly – reducing the need to skim content to pinpoint what they need. To create this type of result, Google pulls a short excerpt (snippet) from the ranking webpage’s content that it determines is relevant to the user’s query – no structured markup required.
You may have heard about Google’s new core web vital statistics that are going to be part of the upcoming Page Experience ranking signal, likely to be rolled out sometime in 2021. Ensure that your website is meeting these new “requirements,” by digging into your Google Search Console.