2019 has given clear signals about the most effective trends in SEO

With voice search, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality stepping into the Digital Marketing landscape, it’s important to take charge before things become overwhelming.

Therefore, it’s essential to grab a follow up to the new trends and create a strong SEO Strategy 2019 to shine out in the changing SEO landscape. 

Artificial Intelligence technologies change the way we interact with content online, there could be a massive change in how we work as Search Engine Optimizers. Major changes in SEO trends is observed.

For example. Heard about the Amazon Search Optimization (AMSO)?

A huge percentage of  Digital Marketing experts worldwide believe that 2019 will be the year of AMSO!

Why?

With more than 20 million Alexa products sold in the market, Voice Search is going to be a dominating factor in SEO.

We, as SEO experts, have to show adaptability to Voice Search if we want to stay competitive.

But that’s just one upcoming trend we’ve mentioned.

 


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Here are the 7 SEO Trends that will change the online landscape in 2019:

 

1. Search Intent and Code Optimization

‘Living in the Future’ is the only way out to keep your SEO strategy up-to-date.

One of the greatest change in SEO trends which experts are going to put on a pedestal is – Keywords becoming less important.

There has been a huge argument online about the relevancy of Keywords and how Intent-based search optimization will change the way Search Engines show results.

What is Search Intent?

Well, in today’s world, it’s not enough to throw few keywords into a blog post and expect it to show up in Top 10 of SERPs.

The reason is that Google is not showing results based just on the keywords, it is coming up with results by considering the intent of the search.

SEO Trends 2019: Search Intent Classification

To be precise, Google wants to show exactly what the user is searching for.

The intent behind the keyword usage will get further and further preference as we move into 2019 – a year where there will be a rise in mobile and voice searches.

 

How would Search Intent affect the new SEO trends in 2019?

If a user is searching for ‘Best way to optimize a website for SEO’ we are certain that the user wants methods to optimize a website for SEO purposes.

But with each method, the user may want to know why the method is great; what is needed to be done; how intensive the task is and so on.

What we are trying to tell here is that when we create content for users, we should do research and build helpful information which by the way, users did not even know they needed!

Finding keywords that satisfy the searcher’s intent can be a difficult task.

This is great to satisfy the search intent, boost engagement and increase rankings.

Website performance and security is also a major aspect one should pay attention to.

 The attention span of the user is reducing. This, on one hand, is a bane for websites who do not pay attention to user experience and a boon for the ones who do.

 t’s very important to optimize the website for speed as much as possible.

The utilization of CDNs, plugins, caching mechanisms, and strategic organization of scripts/CSS files is currently effective.

However, in 2019, websites taking longer than 2 seconds to load will be penalized.

Google AMP was developed to provide near-instantaneous website loading.

Therefore, your website speed in 2019 will always be under the radar.

For the developers, now is the right time to optimize JS/CSS and tighten up the HTML code.

 

What basic aspects of Video can you optimize?

Channel Name: We recommend advertisers to sprint to the 500 subscribers mark as soon as possible. The only reason behind that is to claim a vanity URL – something very important when it comes to SEO.

Use Channel Keywords: Channel keyword elements help the advertisers place important keywords to drive traffic. The focus should be on using more YouTube optimized keywords so that the channel gets high rankings on Google.

Channel Description: This is important. Don’t skip optimizing the YouTube description area. Advertisers should consider thinking about this from the usability point of view. Your audience would want to know more about you and Google digs that. Google rewards the attempts to make a seamless user experience.

As video viewership continues to grow, optimizing for mobile users, desktop users, and using video SEO is part of an effective video optimization marketing strategy that no business should be without.

Businesses that would fail to leverage Video marketing or do not pay attention to Video Optimization will suffer to get returns in 2019.

3. Voice Search will make almost 50% of all Online Searches in 2019

In the world of search, Voice is a very dominant trend and therefore, we as SEO experts should keep an eye on it in 2019.

Let’s have a look at few Voice SEO trends Search statistics:

  • 58% of the consumers used voice search to find local business information during last year.
  • 27% visit the local business website through voice search.
  • 76% of smart home speaker users search for local businesses once a week. 53% of the users make daily voice searches.
  • The voice recognition market will hit $601 million by 2019.

Voice searches may well become one of the most used search methods.

Brands need to optimize correctly for Voice. If they don’t, they will be buried by the ones who do.

Why is Voice Search Important?

People will say that Voice Search is quick and enhances productivity.

While it does that, we like to have a different take on this.

For us, Voice search is important because, with Voice, almost anyone can access the internet.

For users who are blind or can’t use a screen for some reason, Voice Search is the way out.

SEO Trends 2019: Strategies to rule in 2019

 

4. Increased Social Media indexing will boost Organic SEO

Another SEO trend.The content marketing industry is set to become a $300 billion industry by 2019.

This will have a huge impact on Search Engine Optimization as these two go hand-in-hand.

The SEO trends in 2019 will focus more on creating content that satisfies the intent of a search.

When content creators focus on the customer, content creation will be done not just to rank on search engines, but to provide value.

SEO trends 2019: Strategies that will rule 2019

In our previous blog, we wrote on which content marketing myths will ruin your 2019, you will read about how content production just for search engine ranking will eventually fail.

Social Media will play a huge role in SEO in 2019. Social channels will keep on increasing their depth to integrate with Search.  

Not just in terms of more content being indexed and Google’s ranking, but also in a form where users can use these social media channels like search engines themselves.

For example – YouTube. YouTube is a social media channel and provides the ability to search. Facebook, with it’s Facebook Watch portal, has already stepped in the game.

Therefore, we can watch these new SEO trends to take a firm shape in 2019.

 

5. Optimizing CTR for Google Rankbrain

If you want to crush your SEO in 2019, it’s way too important to optimize your website for Google’s search engine algorithm – Rankbrain.

SEO Trends 2019: Strategies that will rule in 2019

Your website’s Click-Through-Rate is a significant factor in deciding whether your content is relevant to the user’s search or not.

To make it more clear, we can say that if a user does not click on your website link when it shows up on SERPs for a particular keyword, Google thinks that you are not relevant for that keyword.

Google will drop your rankings like a stone. And that, will not be a pretty sight!

Google loves the search result which gets the highest clicks.

For example, Rand Fishkin, the creator of Moz, ran an experiment to showcase how important is CTR in deciding the ranking of your website.

So, he asked his audience to go search for a particular keyword (IMEC Lab) on Google and click on the search result he mentioned.

Here’ the tweet he sent out:

seo trends 2019 rand fishkin experiment

The website ranking for that particular website reached from nowhere to TOP 5 in just three hours.

A few hours later, the website ranked on top for that keyword search!

Cool, huh?

Let’s say a website ranks 6th in the first page of the Google’s SERPs. It is said that results that rank 5th – 8th get almost 4 percent of all CTRs.

If the website gets CTRs more than that, Google will think that it is great for the keyword and will move its rankings up!

Well, it’s simple.

If a person clicks on your website for the search query he made, it simply means that your website title is relevant.

If more and more users do that to your website, the CTR will improve.

This will result in a better Search Engine ranking.

How exactly can you improve your SEO rankings in 2019?

To rank higher on Google’s SERPs, you need to work on optimizing your Title and descriptions to make it more likely to be clicked.

Brian Dean from Backlinko suggests that to create a highly optimized Title and Description tag, one must seek the help of Adwords Ads.

Well, ad copies on Adwords Ads come into being after tens, if not hundreds of A/B testing.

 

6. Think Mobile first for Google’s Mobile-first index

Mobile is the way to go when developing your website.

Since the number of mobile users is only going to increase in the future, Google recommends everyone to create websites that are responsive and produce high-quality on every device.

It is of high importance to create consistent content across all the platforms – from mobile to desktop.

When creating websites, you should understand that Google crawls both – the desktop and mobile version.

When Google says that it recommends mobile-first indexing, it does not say that it will not crawl your desktop version.

It’s just that when Google figures out that you have a mobile-friendly website up and running (which it recommends), it prefers to show your website higher than the websites that are not mobile-friendly.

SEO Trends 2019: Strategies that will rule in 2019

(Image Source: Moz.com)

This immensely helps to boost your page rank.

We also recommend you to move from the ‘m. version’ of your website to a responsive design that works on all platforms.

It’s a great decision when you choose to create a responsive design for your website.

But there have been instances when they fail to pass in their usability test.

If users are facing difficulties using your website on their device, they won’t think twice before pressing the back button and moving to your competitors.

In 2019, when a huge percentage of your website traffic will come from mobile devices, it is highly imperative to take appropriate measures.

With a totally responsive design, you’ll still want to ensure that mobile page speed and load time are prioritized. Not just that, images and other dynamic elements should also be optimized correctly for the mobile experience.

If you are going for a separate mobile site, you’ll want to check the following:

Content

When creating content, you should consider creating high quality and valuable content that already exists on your desktop website. Content may include texts, video, and images. When you include the alt-attributes to your images, your images become crawlable and indexable.

Structured Data

When it comes to structured data, you should include the same markup on both mobile and desktop version of the site. Make sure you put the mobile versions of the URL in the URLs mentioned within the structured data.

Metadata

You should ensure that titles and meta descriptions are of same character length on both mobile and desktop versions.

Social Metadata

Make sure you add the social metadata like OpenGraph tags, Twitter cards and other social metadata on mobile as well as desktop version.

XML and media sitemaps

Ensure that links to sitemap are easily accessible from the mobile version. This includes Robots.txt and privacy policy page. Try checking the Mobile-Friendly Test Tool from Google to see where your website stands. Just enter your website URL and the tool will show you if your website is mobile-friendly.

Chrome DevTool’s Device Mode is also a great tool to make sure you are building a mobile-friendly website. It utilizes the device mode and simulates a list of different portable devices. It shows how the website performed on all the portable devices.

Another Google tool you can use to check whether your site is fast enough for a mobile phone is Test My Site. It takes a minute to tell you the time required by your website to load on a device using a 3G connection.

7. Long Form Content to produce Higher Search Rankings

There are a number of factors that go when we define quality long-form content.

It’s very important for marketers to understand what Google’s search engine and the users love.

Let’s get it straight – Long Form Content Produces Higher Search Rankings.

SerpIQ ran a study to understand what length of content got better rankings.

SEO Trends 2019: Strategies that will rule in 2019

(Image Source: serpIQ.com)

It clearly shows how well a long-form content does on search engines.

But here’s something you must understand:

Google does not decide the page rank by just counting the number of words.

When we talk about Backlinks, research shows that longer-form content tends to have a greater possibility of earning quality backlinks.

This helps in improving the search rankings significantly.

Why does long-form content produce more backlinks?

Good long-form content tends to be more comprehensive and have great value proposition than short content.

More the usefulness of the content more will be its shareability.

Google claims that users do not enjoy short bits and pieces of information.

It recommends writing a longer form content where a user can find everything he is searching for in one place.

The fact is – anyone can write a short piece of bite-sized content in no time with zero experience.

But that content will not withstand the competition over-time and will drop in its ranking.

To be precise, a ‘Top 100 lists of…’ is way better and linkable than a ‘Top 10 list of…’. Click To Tweet

Long form content is still a great strategy and will remain the top SEO trend in 2019.

But that doesn’t really mean you have to produce long-form content for the heck of it.

It is imperative to craft the content in a way which your users will absolutely love to consume.

Make sure you produce long-form content to provide value that you believe only your content can provide.

Conclusion

There you have it.

With the advancement in science and technology and the changing user behavior, we will experience major SEO trends and updates that will rule 2019.

These will focus on how to make the internet a more transparent and safe place to transact & consume information.

2019 will be the year of Voice Search and effective content production in the form of videos and long-form written content.

2019 will be an exciting year, not just for Search Engine Marketing and Optimization, but for the entire Digital Marketing Industry as newer and interesting updates come in.

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