How Does Google Hummingbird Impact Me As A Writer?

How Does Google’s Hummingbird Impact Me As A Writer?

Are you still trying to figure out Google Hummingbird?

Would you like to stay ahead of the blogging game?

I want to start off today by thanking everyone who has contributed to the article, Are You Frustrated With Facebook. We’ve had so many wonderful responses. You can expect the follow-up article on November 19th, 2013. If you haven’t yet had a chance to respond to the article, we would love to hear about your experience with Facebook and if you are frustrated or not, the more voices, the better data.

Today, we are tackling a different sort of beast, Google Hummingbird. My editor, Robin Strohmaier, has been trying to teach me a thing or two about Google’s new algorithm called “Hummingbird.” As my eyes start to glaze over, I quickly take a sip of coffee and focus in again, because I know that this impacts me as a writer.

My niche is blogging tips and tricks. Every Tuesday, I publish tips that have I have personally tested. Besides this blog, I write for four other blogs. So, when Robin started sending me information about this Hummingbird thing, you might say that I dragged my feet. I didn’t yet realize that,

  1. That Google’s new algorithm impacts me as a writer.
  2. I was already trying to focus on what Hummingbird is looking for.

Thankfully, Robin is patient.

While Robin and I have always striven to provide quality content for our readers, it has never been more important. Since this is something that I’m learning about and have been striving to practice in my other blogs, I decided it was time to share with you.

What Is Google Hummingbird?

On September 26, 2013, Google announced the roll out of a completely new search algorithm. This new algorithm is nicknamed “Hummingbird” because it provides search results with speed and precision. It is a system that sorts through the information it has based off of a question you ask it. The search results are tailored to provide the answer to the question by looking at each word in the question is taken into account rather then one keyword or phrase.

Google is calling it “conversational search”, meaning that the search engine giant is now looking for more comprehensive answers, rather than keywords or keyword phrases.

Google wants to provide their users with the exact information that they are looking for. Providing these types of articles will increase our chances of being well-ranked on Google.

Why Writers Should Care About The Hummingbird

Our focus as writers needs to be on “user intent”. User intent is the ability to anticipate what readers everywhere are searching for. It’s about knowing what your future customers want to know and already having the answers for them.

This is where we as writers come in, because we want to frame our articles to answer the questions that our potential customers are asking. It starts with the title and continues on with our rich content. It isn’t enough to get the question right. You also have to answer that question in-depth.

Google’s Hummingbird is still very new and we really haven’t even seen the full potential of it. What we do know is that Google wants to be the best at providing their users with the exact information they are searching for and well, I want to do that, too.

As a writer, I like this concept of putting our customers first and providing their answers before they ask the questions. In my opinion, that’s simply good business. As writers, our goal need to continue to provide what Google has been looking for: original, high-quality content.

While I have only touched on the impact of Google’s Hummingbird, Robin and I will be providing more information about the new bird in town in the weeks to come. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask.

What Do You Think? How do you feel about Google’s Hummingbird? Is creating user intended content something you have already been working on? Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I look forward to reading your comments.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

This article was published on: November 5, 2013 and was last modified May 20, 2015
36 comments on “How Does Google Hummingbird Impact Me As A Writer?
  1. Great article. Hope everyone who is a writer reads this. Even relevant for bloggers like me, not necessarilly in social media to know.

  2. kungphoo says:

    I look forward to reading about this more, as it impacts us greatly.

  3. Carele Belanger says:

    Well, thank you for this great information. I will have to read more about this for sure.

  4. Meli says:

    I love hummingbirds, so I can only see this as being a good thing. I look forward to your updates so I can stay informed of all the latest information.

  5. Although this is the first I’ve heard about Google’s Hummingbird I’m glad you wrote this article…for me. As an aspiring writer wanting to give my readers only the best of the best in the “success after 50” bracket in business it’s critical that I remain on top of my game for them. The only way I can do that and still have time to share my message of hope is to learn from experts like you and Robin…thank you for doing my homework for me on Hummingbird…

    • Carla,
      Thank you for sharing. I love your passion for bringing your customers the “best of the best”. It you are already thinking that way, Google’s Hummingbird will be easy for you.

  6. Kelly says:

    Its amazing how google changes things all the time.. I know nothing about hummingbird but my partner does here at work.. Thank goodness!

  7. OMGoodness, I must be living under a rock because I hadn’t heard of Google Hummingbird. Looking forward to your posts about it. Thanks for the heads up!

  8. Wow – this was interesting. I’ve not heard of Google’s Hummingbird before now. Your point that we should ‘frame our articles to answer the questions that our potential customers are asking’ only makes sense though. I’m glad I read this. I’m looking forward to learning more about ‘the new bird in town’.

  9. I actually like how Google is trying to eliminate “spammy” types of results when we search. Writing well constructed posts, relevant to the topic you are searching for is always a great thing. Loving the bird!

  10. Lorelle says:

    Interesting article, I’ve not heard of hummingbird before. Writing good posts with a clear message is always best but will be interesting to see what tweaks may be needed.

  11. Pat Moon says:

    This is my first exposure to Google’s new Hummingbird so haven’t really formed an opinion yet. I like the idea of conversational searches. How will they convert from keywords to conversations? It will be interesting and I can see how as bloggers we will need to stay educated about this topic. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Delia @ Blog Formatting says:

    I think in general all Google updates are intended to help find the right content when people are looking for it. And this is what us as writers should be striving for too.
    So I like the sound of the hummingbird 🙂

  13. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I hadn’t heard of hummingbird but it sounds like I should. If it means we can focus less on keywords and more on good copy then I’m pleased. I’ve always written from the heart all about France and my area in particular hoping it’s what visitors here would like to know. Hopefully hummingbird will like my efforts!!! Anyway, I really look forward to learning more about it from you soon.

  14. Goodness – hadn’t heard about hummingbird. Thanks for sharing – I will be anxiously awaiting updates. For now, I’m reassured that my goal when I blog is to answer my readers question – and provide comprehensive posts on time management strategies .. . so hopefully I’m on the right track with “the new bird in town”.

  15. Rachel says:

    Never heard of Hummingbird before! How will it affect bloggers like me, the ones with personal blogs in which we don’t give advice and don’t seek a profit?

  16. Lorii Abela says:

    Very informative post! Google Hummingbird’s goal must be good as it targets on speed and precision. Would this however mean added effort on the part of the writers as they should try to anticipate what the readers are searching for?

    • Lorii,
      I’m so glad you found this article to be informative. Google’s new Hummingbird does mean writers will benefit from answering their readers questions and that could mean some added effort. It seems to me though, that the added effort will be well worth it. Thanks for the question.

  17. Thanks Christine for this great article. This is something that I will follow and dig into. 🙂

  18. Caroline says:

    Christine thanks for this info. I have heard of Hummingbird but because SEO has changed so much in the last couple of years I don’t pay as much attention to it as I did. I think this is mainly because I feel that if you write relevant, informative quality content then you won’t go far wrong.

    User Intent was/is also the objective of the exercise for keywords, but ‘conversation search’ is a step up from that and it does make total sense. Look forward to the next installment

  19. Caroline,
    I agree, writing relevant, informative and quality content is always a good bet! Thanks for the comment.

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