How Technology Is Revamping the Landscape of SEO
Every marketer’s dream is to potentially beat competitors in SEO and stand out as the best in the industry, but there are so many agencies on the market all over the world, all vying for the number one spot. However, there are a few key methods that agencies are employing to make sure that they stand out and many of their methods utilize the use of technology, which isn’t surprising considering that SEO in itself is also a form of technology.
SEO Has Departed From Its Conventional Algorithms
In the beginning, when Google first introduced its search engine, many marketers took advantage of their knowledge on its algorithm and discovered the best way to game them to their advantage. The team at Google wizened up to the tactics being used to rank number one on their front page and created a whole new algorithm that has left marketers scratching their head because what they used to know about SEO is no longer completely accurate.
According to Google itself, SEO required the appropriate application of keywords and link building in order to rank, but over time, the team developed more refined SEO techniques that also took into account who are backlinking to what websites and overuse of the same keyword would result in it being blacklisted instead of increasing the website’s reputability.
The sophistication of SEO has grown from a simplistic algorithm to something that seems to have a mind of its own, changing and evolving to encompass ever-changing factors and specifications that vary from one website to another. This includes mobile optimization and responsive design, all of which were not considerations in the early models of SEO.
Research Made Faster with A.I Run Platforms
It is virtually impossible to move away from A.I when talking about digital trends, especially when it comes to marketing. ChatGPT is becoming increasingly effective at generating keywords and has the potential to save hundreds of hours of research.
Google’s own RankBrain is also pushing the envelope on what A.I based conversational applications can do by providing the most accurate and up-to-date information without scouring the net for reliable sources. Technology has the capacity to do that all in the blink of an eye, increasing efficiency and reliability.
It also has the potential to increase scalability by automating and increasing the accuracy of voice powered A.I assistants that will no less become a defining trend in human history.
Consumer Behavior and How It Will Drive SEO
Search engine optimization was first introduced as a way to provide the most relevant results to users so of course consumer behavior plays into how SEO is designed. User behavior drives SEO by way of changing up the keywords and essentially “teaching” machines what kind of keywords to look for instead of what content creators are putting out.
People trying to rank for “pizza” in a certain city may try various combinations of pizzas paired with the name of the city in question. However, people who are actually searching for pizza in that city may opt to go for more organic “long-tail” keywords such as “best pizza open now”, forgoing the location because they know that Google knows exactly where they are and that location isn’t important anymore.
Understanding how users actually use search engines will most definitely produce better results when implementing SEO and it’s all thanks to the advancement of technology how people are becoming so much more dependent and less worried about being accurate because we all know that technology is smart enough to fill in the blanks for us and will continue to evolve accordingly.
Remember back in the day where you had to manually search for petrol stations in Google maps? Now you can add pit stops on the way without having to break out of navigation mode. Technology will continue to fill the gaps necessary in order to make things more efficient, intuitive, and convenient for its end users.
“Human” Will Stand Out
In a digital world filled with A.I noise, it is inevitable that websites or user-generated content that is distinctively human will stand out. So while technology continues to dominate on all fronts, don’t forget to focus on what makes you different from the crowd that uses A.I to boost their content, to generate fluff and jaw-dropping illustrations. It would be interesting to see the kind of content that would catch user’s eyes in the next couple of months because we’re betting that while everyone is still gobsmacked and singing praises of how amazing A.I generated art and music and content is, in a few months, none of that is going to matter because Google will pick right through all of that noise to find the most authentically human voice.
The Synergy of SEO and Social Media
In the changing landscape of SEO, social media is emerging as a vital tool for maximizing visibility and organic traffic. Social signals, such as likes, shares, and follows, are being used as indicators of content quality. As more users interact with your content on social media platforms, Google’s algorithm recognizes this engagement, potentially improving your SEO ranking.
A strong social media presence doesn’t just increase your exposure but also enhances the perceived trustworthiness of your brand. Google’s algorithm takes note of this, often rewarding brands with solid social reputations. It’s essential to craft engaging, shareable content on social media platforms to leverage this intertwined relationship.
Voice Search and Mobile-first Indexing
As smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa become more prevalent, voice search is transforming how consumers find information online. SEO must adapt to cater to these voice-activated queries, which often resemble conversational language more than typed search terms. Consequently, SEO now involves optimizing content to align with how people speak, not just how they type.
Simultaneously, Google’s shift towards mobile-first indexing has emphasized the importance of responsive design. The algorithm prioritizes websites optimized for mobile browsing, placing them higher in search results. Hence, seamless mobile optimization is no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity for competitive SEO strategy.
The Future of SEO: E-A-T Principles
The algorithm’s sophistication continues to grow, now focusing on Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness (E-A-T). This means content quality is paramount for SEO success. Algorithms are getting better at distinguishing between high and low-quality content, putting a premium on expert insights, referenced facts, and a strong author reputation.
While technology and AI are crucial in revamping SEO, the human element remains vital. This unique blend of tech advancements and human-centric content will truly set apart the leaders in the SEO landscape in the years to come.