How to create better SEO in 2018

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How to create better SEO in 2018

Over the past few years, there have been several changes in the strategies used for getting better and more effective in SEO, with billions of web searches performed by users each month. 12 Billion web searches in the US alone, your business can potentially benefit greatly if you can tap into this market through SEO.

Gone are the days when SEO was still all about focusing on the mere keywords

Search engines are getting smarter, that’s how industry leader David Amerland puts it, and they’re getting better in understanding more of user’s intent and how they can provide with meaningful.

Still, merely stuffing your site with articles and cute graphics won’t cut it unless you learn more about these strategies and become better in SEO for 2018

01 UNDERSTAND THE MOST AND LEAST IMPORTANT RANKING FACTORS FOR 2018

It would be best to start off by understanding which search ranking factor will work, and which will not, for the SEO arena in 2017. And what better way to learn it than the studies conducted by Moz Inc.

SEO FACTORS WITH THE BIGGEST IMPACT

88% Mobile-friendliness

81% Page’s perceived value

67% Usafe Data

67% Readability and design

SEO FACTORS PREDICTED TO DECREASE IN IMPACT

55% Paid Links Effectiveness

49% Anchor text influence

02 OPTIMIZE FOR MOBILE SEARCH

According to Niel Patel, there is a 43% increase year-over-year on the total number of searches made through mobile devices. Mobile search is fast becoming the norm as these figures would attest.

4 of 5 consumers use mobile

70% of mobile searches led to an action within the hour

1.2 billion internet users get online through mobile devices

Mobile traffic worldwide accounts for 15% of all internet traffic

With the ever increasing proliferation of devices like smartphones and tablets, your audiences are practically moving – So it would be best to connect with them by optimizing your sites for mobile search

03 FOCUS ON USER INTERNET

As mentioned earlier, there was a momentous focus shift in SEO from keywords to user intent. One-to-one relationship between keyboards and high rankings doesn’t hold much juice now as it did before.

Make use of your website analytics to check which phrases are generating traffic, understand what your targeted audiences need from these phrases.

Focus on a more natural language when doing keyword research, Make use of long-tall keywords.

When doing research, focus on relevant topics and themes where you can build your content, and not just on more keywords.

04 GOING LOCAL IS STILL A GOOD WAY TO GO

With mobile search moving up to too top notch, local search would definitely be tagging along, and this is what Kleverk.com predicts in the coming periods.

Just check out these stats to get you convinced

Local search drives 50% of store visitors online to actually go to the physical store within the day.

60% of consumers rely on local information they see in ads.

Finding local results is the primary reason that drives 50% of mobile searches.

So, how can you improve your local presence in search?

Be listed in the local pages of Bing, Google and Yahoo.

Make sure your listing includes your business name, brands you carry, address, contact numbers and other information that would help consumers engage with your business.

Personalize your content for local search by including location-specific keywords.

05 THE LONGER THE BETTER

Back in the earlier days of SEO, most marketers limit their keyword enriched content to 200 or 250 word articles and posts. But in 2018, size would matter, as ideal post lengths are getting longer and may reach figures of up to 2500 words per article.

Word count vs average linking domains

Content greater than 2000 words generate more backlinks and social shares.

Word count vs average organic traffic

Content with lengths between 2250 to 2500 words generate better average organic traffic

You might say that 2000-word articles may be too much and too difficult to produce. The following are some tips from the SEO specialists at Kleverk.com that might help you create those long posts.

Analyze your chosen subject and find out why anyone would care about this subject.

Identify experiences in your past that are related to this subject, share such stories to make your posts more interesting.

Try to answer questions your audiences might have about the subject.

Begin your article by creating several smaller post ideas related to your subject. Combine these smaller related posts ideas to create big – idea sections.

Further break down each smaller post idea into main points, each with their own headline. Expand each main point with text, data and supporting images.

06 SITE SECURITY AND SEO

The “S” in the acronym HTTPS stands for security. Adding extra site security by moving it into HTTPS is what google prefers and they entice web owners to do so by giving an extra boost to your ranking once your site is secure.

More websites are moving to this secured format this 2018 and eventually this will be the norm to follow.

07 MAKE YOUR CONTENT SEARCHABLE THROUGH VOICE

Mobile devices have gone so advanced that many of the new devices coming out have inclusive voice-responsive assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s Google Now and Apple’s Siri.

These virtual assistants provide a wide range of functionalities for their owners but for SEO purposes, the greatest impact of these advanced applications is their voice search functionalities.

These provide a convenient hands – free way for making search quieries, a feature most wanted by owners who are now used to fast – paced, multi – tasking and always on – the – go working environment.

According to a Google study, most voice search users apply this functionality to ask for directions. Both teens and adult users use voice search while watching TV and while they’re with friends.

WHEN DO WE USE VOICE SEARCH?

TEENS     –     ADULTS

With friends 57% – 24%

In the bathroom 22% – 15%

While cooking 08% – 23%

While exercising 17% – 15%

While watching TV 59% – 36%

To use this to your advantage

Design and produce your content to make them voice searchable.

Use long – tail keywords similar to spoken words users would most likely say when using their devices for voice search.

Include data that users would most likely look for when making voice searches.

SEO is always evolving and the strategies you may have used last year may not create the same impact or results this 2017. Re-evaluate strategies by incorporating some or all of these tips in your campaign – and be better in SEO this 2018

 

 

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