One of the most important aspects of creating a new website is making sure that your target traffic can easily locate you. The planning process involved requires business owners to consider what keywords and keyword phrases people will type into search engines in order to find them. Content is then created around these searches to maximize ranking results. That has worked well in the past but with new technology and voice search now is the time to reconsider website content.
Voice Search Technology
Voice search technology is when people use their voice to ask devices such as computers, phones, Alexa, Google Home, and such devices to aide in their search of the internet vs sitting at a device and typing the search into a search engine. More than half of all internet searches are said to come from voice activated technologies by the year 2020. Each year the number of voice-activated speakers purchased increases ten-fold. It’s pretty obvious to us that in order to continue to be successful websites need to be adjusted to accommodate for both voice and type searching.
People are using voice search technology mainly because it is so fast and easy to use. You can search using your phones while on the go. Information is easily received whether you are in the car, at a restaurant, or sitting in your front room, no matter where you are at voice search technology allows you to easily access information.
What Does This Mean for Your Business?
There are a number of things voice search technology changes when it comes to search engines and optimizing your website to meet the needs of your customers. One thing this means is longer search phrases. When people speak they tend to talk in complete sentences whereas when typing the phrases are shorter and more to the point using basic keywords.
Voice Search vs Traditional Typing
Voice Search: Clients are more likely to ask a question such as: “What are the voice search statistics for 2018?”
Traditional Search: Clients are more likely to input a keyword or phrase without adding to it: “voice search” or “voice search stats 2018”.
Voice activated applications have been programmed to understand our natural speech patterns. They will understand longer text phrases and questions. When planning to optimize your website for search engines it will be important to take this new information into consideration. Keyword optimization will no longer only revolve around simple keywords and long-tailed keyword phrases it should now include answers to questions and longer phrases.
The Future of SEO
With voice search technology becoming more and more common, optimization for search engines is going to focus more on the long-tailed keyword, a keyword that is more than three to five words. Whereas previously websites would have been optimized for “kitchen remodeling” with voice search optimization should include “kitchen remodeling trends for 2018” or “local contractors specializing in kitchen remodeling 2018”.
Websites that are designed with voice search technology in mind will have a huge advantage over older website designs that do not redesign their sites to include optimization for the new technology. Long tailed keywords and phrases are less competitive and therefore easier to rank for. Designing a website around this now will ensure you are prepared as voice searching becomes more and more common.
What Can You Do Today?
Currently the most common voice search is your business’s phone number and address. Don’t hide that information on your site within an image or logo. The phone number and address need to be easily found and recognized. Your companies Google business listing should include an up to date address, phone number, and website address should be easily available if a client does a quick search of your company’s name.
If you are looking for local customers include phrases such as, “near me”, “local”, or “close by”. The popularity of keywords that include these phrases has increased over 500% in part due to voice searching.
Content should be structured for the intent of your users. What are your users looking for? What information are they trying to find from your site? Optimizing for Google means that your sites content gives answers to the user’s questions. Blogs or a blog series should be written in a manner that also answers your customers questions. Posts should specifically address questions that will be asked.
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