Google SEO In 2018

Google SEO In 2018

As we near the end of 2017, we’ve started thinking about what will be in store for SEO in 2018. Here are 4 trends that we’ll be keeping an eye on to make sure we remain competitive in the new year (and long after that!):

Link Building Will Emphasise Quality

In 2018, we think it’s going to be more important than ever to focus on link building strategies that emphasize quality over quantity. As search engine algorithms are always improving in terms of weeding out spam and detecting ‘black hat’ SEO tactics, we don’t think there will be much value in creating new links unless they add value to your site and help you to build authority in your target niche. This doesn’t necessarily mean that backlinks will have to come from the most popular sites, but it will be essential that businesses seek link coverage from sites that are relevant to their industry. Also, in May 2017, Google warned publishers who rely entirely on guest posts for link building that there will be a closer look at guest blogs in an attempt to control spammy and questionable links. This means brands will need to reassess how they incorporate guest blogs into their link building strategies and, overall, focus on creating more diversified link building strategies.

User Experience Across All Devices

Providing a great user experience is becoming increasingly important to maintain search traffic and create an engaged audience. Google has always placed great value on providing users with search results that best and most accurately respond to their search query. In fact, the first ‘commandment’ of Google’s ‘10 things we know to be true’ is “Focus on the user and all else with follow.”

This means, as always, our number one goal in 2018 will still be to help businesses produce high quality, valuable content that is tailored to suit the needs of their customers. Usually, the first step we take when it comes to making sure a site is user-friendly is to monitor a website’s speed, readability and navigation structure (on mobile and desktop). We also need to take an in-depth look at the browsing habits of website visitors, as this can provide useful insights as to what works well and what doesn’t.

According to IMNW, 30% of search queries on Google return a featured snippet – which means businesses need to start thinking of ways to optimise their content to meet featured snippet standards (this includes optimising for voice searches, which are becoming increasingly popular).

So far, we have found that lists, graphs and tables tend to be popular in featured snippets, as does Q and A style content and information that serves as a quick answer.

We are also taking into consideration Google’s ‘Answer Box,’ which is like an enhanced featured snippet that is designed to answer questions in an appealing way. According to Search Engine Watch, it has been observed that the results that show up in an Answer Box can see a CTR of 32.3% – so a great Answer Box strategy can improve a brand’s conversions as well as their site authority.

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