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Optimizing SEO for voice search

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimisation' started by Graybeard, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Graybeard

    Graybeard Well-Known Member affiliate

    This came to me via:Top 9 Search Takeaways from BrightonSEO Experts

    Voice search is estimated at 20% of internet search today -- and trending upwards with mobile device traffic increases. Mobile traffic is worth less but there is more and more of it.

    Optimizing for voice search in 2018

    Voice search has been the big thing in SEO for a few years already, so it's no wonder the topic's been hugely discussed at a number of 2018 SEO events, including this one in Brighton.

    Stuart Shaw, with Zazzle Media, used some unique findings in his presentation and dove into the details of voice search, covering the present and the future of the technology, and explaining why it's going to be very important for brands.

    "Google & Bing are fast becoming answer engines and featured snippets are everywhere. They've changed the way we search for, and market products, reducing organic clicks by 37%. This is naturally a killer for attribution – how can you show ROI for awareness?"
    Why is Voice important?
    First of all, using voice search, users can interact with your websites, products, information in a more "intimate" way, without any barriers. It's a 100% natural way to perceive information.

    Secondly, optimizing for voice search often results in snippets that drive more organic traffic, which is especially true for mobile devices.

    Ease of use and technology development make voice search more and more popular — an average human is able to talk at 130 words per minute against typing at 40 words per minute. So, why waste time typing and making autocorrect edits?

    Focus on the 3 C's
    Stuart considers there are 3 main types of voice queries to focus on — commands, conversations and C-questions. Stuart noted that he had to name these 3 types as CCQ, but then realized that 3 C's sounds much more catchy :). Here's how we get a closer look at those conversational queries often used in voice search:

    • Work with your customer support team.
    • Look through the Google Search Console stats.
    • Look at the SERP.
    Optimizing content for voice search, remember to:
    1. Use Headings for questions.
    2. Wrap your content into lists.
    3. Split texts into shorter paragraphs.
    4. Provide answers "in a nutshell" (be succinct and answer in 40-55 words).
    5. Implement the right schema.
    6. Use anchor links to the different sections of your page to promote a better experience for users and an even better sense of hierarchy for search engines.
    Speed is important
    It's noteworthy that voice loves sites which load quickly, typically a voice result will have a TTFB (time to first byte) 4 times faster than the webpage average according to Backlinko's research.

    View the presentation slides
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  3. biglyft18

    biglyft18 Affiliate affiliate

    How to Optimize for Voice Search: 4 Simple SEO Strategies
    Strategy #1: Use structured data
    Strategy #2: Claim your Google My Business listing
    Strategy #3: Get mobile-friendly
    Strategy #4: Create blog posts answering your customers’ questions
  4. Graybeard

    Graybeard Well-Known Member affiliate

    What he doesn't mention is the 800 pound gorilla in the room ...

    Have a domain name that is pronounceable in voice search and will render that domain name in the little box and not just a generic keyword where there is always going to be many competitors.

    It's one thing to create a perfect landing page that converts and a very different marketing approach to branding a website for some objective.

    In branded voice search the older and more often searched, having higher SEO values, have a definite advantage in traditional thinking -- there is a large pool of search data available to base the voice interpreted search on.

    However, creative pronounceable domain names do stand a chance for the reason that personal search history is used in voice search input analysis by the search engines using it.

    As a side note: Some of the new gTLDs are working in voice search for me but that may be based on my mobile browser's history (Chrome 70).

    So, the impact of voice search will really depend on what you are doing.
  5. biglyft18

    biglyft18 Affiliate affiliate

    Optimizing for voice search
    Columnist Bryson Meunier argues that by understanding the nuances of voice search, marketers can do a better job of helping searchers find exactly what they're looking for when they're asking for it by voice.
    1. More visibility on featured snippets
    2. Better way to meet consumer demand and query intent based on context
    3. Understanding extent of advertising and optimization potential for new voice-based media
  6. biglyft18

    biglyft18 Affiliate affiliate

    Voice search is users using their voice via a device, usually a phone or home assistant to make a query via a search engine or digital assistant.

    Voice search growth statistics have exploded with the introduction of ‘smart speaker’ devices, such as Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, and Apple’s new HomePod.

    Google claims 50% of searches will be conducted using voice search by 2020.

    Are you prepared for this seismic shift in SEO?

    As a website or business owner, your primary aim is to enable potentially interested customers to find and purchase your products or services.

    If consumers are increasingly using voice search to gain information, optimizing your site makes sense.

    By implementing the latest digital marketing strategies, you can stay ahead of the competition and have the first mover advantage.