Google recently released a statement regarding how it plans to approach artificial intelligence (AI) generated content in search results. AI has become a much-contested topic of late in digital marketing and search engine optimization circles, raising concerns about how ethical it is and where this leaves content creators.
Google has always stood firm that its main focus is high-quality content, regardless of whether a machine or a human created it. The expertise, experience, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness (E-E-A-T) principle remain at the core of its guidelines regarding boosting search results. The method seems to be irrelevant.
However, Google stands firm that AI used to alter search engine optimization (SEO) rankings, as its main purpose, is strictly against its policy. There is, of course, a big difference between AI-generated content and automation, for example, weather forecasting or sports updates.
As a guideline, Google suggests content creators consider who they are writing the content for and how and why the content was created to ensure that the results are as helpful and valuable as possible to the end user.
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