2018 is on its last leg, and with only 11 days left before 2019 pops up in our faces, it’s time to look back and see how far we’ve come. It’s the perfect time to review our current strategies and start reforming them for the ultimate SEO trends coming in 2019.
Competition is fierce in the digital marketing industry. And on top of that, you have the biggest search engine in the world constantly pumping out changes to improve every user’s experience. So, to keep your position above the rest, it’s beneficial to think about your SEO strategies in advance.
From Google’s call to understand users’ search intent to answering queries directly at the search results, search engines are striving to become better. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that ‘intelligence’ is the main goal of every machine nowadays.
And this kind of goal brings with it an onslaught of new requirements, practices, and strategies to fully consider. Together, we’ll explore these new trends and find a way to embrace them…
With the introduction of ‘smart speaker’ devices like Google Home, Amazon’s Echo, and Apple’s HomePod, it’s no surprise that voice search has simply exploded.
It’s not just these statistics that make a mark. In fact, a study even predicts that 50% of all searches on the web will be accomplished using voice search in 2020.
And even before the rise of voice search, people have steadily grown to be specific in their search queries. In fact, some might even say the rise of voice-search is the answer to people searching for specific things on search engines.
To fully learn how to optimize your content and your site for voice search, there is a need to understand how people are using voice-search.
According to SEO expert Neil Patel, voice queries:
So, aside from concentrating heavily on short keywords, make use of long-tail ones. A keyword that contains at least 7-9 words should be good. Consider the what, how, when, and where, questions because, generally speaking, that’s how people ask questions in a conversation.
If you’ve ever wondered how the world’s biggest search engine manages all these search results coming from every direction, you’re definitely not alone.
Google makes use of a machine-learning AI system called RankBrain. True artificial intelligence is where a computer can be as proficient as a human being in terms of acquiring knowledge.
So, with all this rage about RankBrain, does that make it a new ranking factor for SEO?
Well, no. RankBrain is merely a part of Google’s overall search algorithm. And because RankBrain is steadily learning a lot more, it’s also capable of answering complex questions.
Therefore, we can now expect search engines becoming better at understanding us humans in the year to come.
For many web developers who are bent on delivering high-quality user experience and content to users, this is good news!
March 2018 has seen Google start the process of migrating sites to mobile-first index. And basically, this means that Google is bent on using the mobile version of websites’ pages for ranking and indexing.
However, keep in mind that a mobile-first index doesn’t translate to being exclusively on mobile.Image Credit: 4mation
It just means mobile versions of your site are the primary ones for ranking. And now, you definitely don’t have an excuse for refusing to have a site that’s responsive on mobile.
That doesn’t rule out your site’s desktop versions either. If you have both, then good for you! Just be sure to follow the best practices to fully prepare for mobile-first indexing:
Everyone’s heard of content being king for years and years and years now. But it still holds true until 2019. In fact, it’s relevance has only grown because of search engines prioritizing user experience.Image Credit: MESH Interactive Agency Blog
Producing high-quality, engaging content is still a formidable marketing strategy to use in 2019. The coming year won’t be any different than the years that passed in terms of compelling content influence on search engine rankings.
To remain relevant in 2019’s content-rich landscape, you need to be constantly on the lookout for writers and graphic designers who have an exceptional eye for producing grade A stuff. And as a content marketer, you should also be on high alert to sniff out the latest trends and developments and put your new insights out there.
If you haven’t started a content calendar to constantly fuel your content writing, perhaps you should. Quality content and great amounts of it is a must to succeed in SEO.
Google always strives to serve results in the most convenient way for all its users. And lately, if you’ve noticed when you look for something on Google, the search engine is getting really into this format people call featured snippets.
Don’t lie. You’ve seen them and used them too…
Depending on the type of query you enter, a block of four spots with text ads or shopping ads with pictures also get a place in front of organic search results.
For these reasons, featured snippets will continue to play important roles in 2019. Aside from displaying excerpts from websites that Google considers suitable, they also satisfy the user’s need for simple answers to a question.
These featured snippets are even called “position zero.”
And for a practical approach in 2019, always ask and research on what your target audience wants to know when searching the web. The more you meet this requirement, the better your chances at ranking are.
GDPR or the General Data Protection Regulation regulates the issue of who owns the data created by people’s interactions online. Well, because of the GDPR, companies don’t own that data anymore. It’s the users that do.
Moreover, users can now request to see what kind of personal data the company has about them. They can also ask for corrections or an export. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines (€20 mln or 4% of the company’s annual profit).
You may be thinking why this matter is such a big deal. Well, it wouldn’t be if it didn’t affect international companies as well. And as a result, Google made changes to its analytics.
And now, every personal user data expires after a period of 26 months since it was collected. Website owners can change this data collection default shelf-life, and individual users are free to ask for deletion of data upon request.
So, if you’re a company that deals with European climates, you must:
When people talk about search engines, everyone knows that people immediately start thinking about Google. Contrary to what most people think, there is a search territory beyond Google.
Some of the other search engines you have to pay attention to include Amazon & YouTube.
With people’s fascination with e-commerce and videos, are you really surprised?
And why should you consider Amazon and YouTube anyway?
You have to know that Amazon isn’t a universal search engine. But it’s algorithm is similar to Google’s, and is mainly used for performing searching for things in the Amazon website. It’s a big deal because recent studies have pointed out that 56% of consumers troop to Amazon when they shop online.
And when it comes to increasing visibility on YouTube, you would do well to optimize every piece of video content you publish. YouTube is the second largest website when it comes to the number of people that visit it.
Don’t miss out on these opportunities.
We have long established the fact that SERPs are evolving. Google has more and more access to data material. And to create its own rich snippets, Google makes use of structured data.
And every SEO practitioner knows that in order to get rich snippets, complete structured data is needed.
So, it is highly advised to mark up your content in the best and most accurate way possible. Make it perfect.
Good technical SEO has a maximized crawlability, guaranteed indexation, and optimal performance. Strong technical SEO is the foundation that will aid you in acquiring more traffic.
Aside from featured snippets, videos are also taking center stage in Google’s search results. Indeed, video marketing isn’t getting left behind in 2018. On the contrary, it’s becoming even more important.Image Credit: SlideShare
Not only are videos the fastest way to interact with your audience these days, but it’s also becoming the immediate go-to for sources of important information.
But above all, YouTube is the second most trafficked site after Google. If that’s not enough reason to invest in video marketing, then we don’t know what is.
In all complete honesty, 10 SEO trends are not that many. But despite the numbers, these trends have big changes in store for everyone involved.
And yet, despite all these ultimate SEO trends, evergreen SEO tactics — like earning quality backlinks and keywords research — are still very much alive and not to be thrown aside.
These changes may make achieving a ranking more difficult for some, but when you really get into it, 2019’s ultimate SEO trends assure that those who work hard and put genuine effort into the practice will rise to the top.