3,2,1……2019 is here! What is your SEO strategy? The same-old, same-old game plan won’t work. We’ll tackle the top priorities affecting SEO in 2019 so you can develop an action plan around what elements will be the biggest influencers to you and your business.

As we know, success has no shortcuts, but with proper knowledge, planning, and timely execution you can make a BIG difference in your bottom line. Prepare your SEO strategy after thoroughly combing thru the latest trends below to see which ones will align with your business goals.  Then go, go go! These are things you can do TODAY!

Mobile-First Indexing: Make It Your Priority

Moving forward, according to mobile-first indexing, Google’s first priority will be indexing mobile version rather than the desktop version for your website page ranking. We know mobile search in the last decade has skyrocketed; over half now complete their Google search on mobile devices. Following the same pattern, Google formulated the policy of indexing mobile’s version content primarily.   What does that mean? Plain and simple; you’d be an idiot if your website is not mobile friendly. Design for mobile first, followed by desktop. Or make sure you’re using a responsive design so your site adjusts based on the screen someone uses.  (You can get in touch with our web team for further explanation if needed.)

To further clarify, Google’s bot indexing mobile first should not be misunderstood with mobile-only. The index would be the same for the desktop as well as mobile version. The only meaning of mobile-first represents, once the sites are migrated, Google will use the mobile version for organic page ranking.  Therefore, you can’t escape making your websites mobile-friendly. It’s 2019! Get to it!

Execution plan

  • John Mueller, one of the best Google Trend Analysts says, “if you want to go responsive, better do it before the mobile-first launch”. So, without wasting a single minute migrate your site to mobile version now. We’re here to help!
  • In order to grasp the concept of how search engine spiders crawl your page content, try using a website auditor such as SEO Power Suite.
  • Regularly check loading speed of your mobile pages on PageSpeed Insights.
  • Keep your eye on the user experience of your page. Have someone that is not familiar with your website or brand give you their observations. You’ll be amazed by the feedback you’ll receive from a “fresh” set of eyes.

Google Page Speed

Google has continued to ensure that the user experience includes page browsing speed.  In July 2018, Google switched from desktop page speed to mobile page speed as a primary ranking factor. There’s no time like the present to strategize how your page speed plays a role in your bottom line.

Execution plan

  • The best way to control page speed is to ensure that every bug on your site is fixed. So, go back to PageSpeed Insights.  Google will give you their suggestions on what you need to do. There’s no guesswork. They will tell you exactly what needs to be fixed.  Although Google allows your page to rank up if your page is completely relevant to the queries, slow page speed may bounce your traffic to other quicker sites. So, find out your speed immediately and the issues slowing it down.
  • Fixing the issues is a bit more complicated than running the speed test. Depending upon the results you may need to take some further steps to see some gains here. Running the test is one thing but acting on the results is another. Recommendations may vary from optimising images to removing render-blocking JavaScript. If this sounds like a bunch of gibberish, we can help!

Pay Attention to Amazon Search

Amazon search has become just as popular as Google search. Can you believe that? You’d better or you’re missing out on tons of potential dollars for your business. My purpose is to drive you to focus on its zillions of customers, users that are directly accessible for quality products, like yours.

Though Amazon search is similar to Google search, it has limited boundaries; the boundary being Amazon pages only. According to a study by BloomReach more than 55% of people go directly to Amazon for shopping purposes on a priority basis. And, above 50% of people visit Amazon to compare products bought from other shopping sites.  Thus, without a single thought, include Amazon into your 2019 strategy, whether your business is personal care, kitchenwares, toys, or even home security. Amazon is a formidable force to reckon with.

If you know your potential customers are going to Amazon first, you should utilize their platform. Amazon can almost immediately help you open the doors to an international marketspace.

Execution plan

  • Complete your keyword research comprehensively according to the Amazon database. According to BloomReach, even if your customer visits your direct website for your product they’ll then go to Amazon to compare pricing and selection.
  • Try to keep your products title and descriptions simple and attractive according to the customer’s mindset.
  • Never compromise on the quality of images you are uploading, as visual impact engrosses the maximum attention of customers.
  • Every single customer gained is your key to unlock the doors of thousands of others. Pay attention to your customer service plan. Track delivery time and customer feedback scores, etc.

Brand as a Ranking Signal

A renowned Webmaster Trends Analyst, Gary Illyes, mentions Google requires you to mention your online brand as much as possible as it will help Google algorithms to get familiar with it. Your businesses online identity should be very clear. Basically, there are two ways in which your brand can be used as a ranking tool.

First thing, Google understands your brand as an entity when your brand is mentioned by other links. In addition to this, after a thorough examination of your brand through different sources and links, Google grasps the true picture of your brand. They then apply your rank.  

Secondly, your online brand identity is like your personal identity in the real world. Similarly, your every activity or mention, whether it’s good or bad and whether it relates to your reputation, promotion, follow-thru, etc. is used to demonstrate to Google your online identity.  

Execution plan

  • As you know, building links using white hat techniques is a slow but effective process for a strong ranking signal. Implement consistent linkless backlinks; it can be super effective. Never miss a single opportunity to mention your brand name online.
  • How do you build your reputation in the real world? The straight forward answer to this is by winning trust and giving the best possible service to your customer’s needs. The same strategy implementation is required in the online brand building business. Use your brand name every time and give promising service to your customers.
  • Finalize your SEO strategies holistically; avoid being focused on one task. Workout the strategies and methodologies followed by your competitors. Increase your awareness and thoroughly investigate what the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors are to take the edge.

General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a regulation passed in favor of online users whose data is collected by corporations through online interactions. Now onwards, users have all rights to correlate their data given to companies any time with a simple request. If any company disobeys these regulations, they will be penalized.

The GDPR’s impact is global, but the maximum effect is on European Union companies and their customers. Considering this, Google amended changes in its Analytics. They will no longer keep data past 26 months. In additionevery owner has a choice to change the default period of collection. Moreover, if any customer wants to remove his data from company records that is even possible now.

Execution plan

  • For businesses without European customers: change the Google Analytics settings to “do not automatically expire”. When you do this, you will drop the security responsibilities on yourself and business are dropped.
  • For businesses with European customers: verify meticulously every single data point collected from sources before updating it on Google Analytics. Avoid updating private data.
  • Timely update your privacy policy to comply with GDPR requirements.

Google RankBrain

RankBrain is Google’s machine learning system, entirely emphasized on providing best ever search results to the users globally by understanding long tail search queries intent of a particular user. Basically, it lets Google sort the search results.

Google’s intelligent machine learning is understanding users’ requirements deeply and serves them better, improved, and compromising results to what could initially be a vague search just by understanding their intent. Isn’t that rad? Regardless of what you searched it’s learning to understand what you actually meant. WOW!

Let’s look at an example. Say, you search, “Red wine varieties” in Google. You then review the results and click on an article half way down the page. You then spend many minutes reading the enticing article which feeds you with tons of info you were looking for. Sounds great, right?

Let’s look at another example. You complete the same search and immediately click on the 1st result that comes up. The article is HORRIBLE and doesn’t include any relevant info you were after. You then have to go back to the results and click on another article. RankBrain will notice both of these scenarios. They will review which result is clicked on and how much time is spent on the website.

RankBrain is one only one tool that is used by Google though so don’t invest all of your efforts here. Just beware of the tools that are evaluating your rank and ensure your content is relevant and valuable.

Execution plan

  • Understand RankBrain and how it can be implemented into your SEO plan.
  • Optimize meta titles and meta descriptions for each page inclusive of H1, H2, tags. Then, let the RankBrain do its job. It will automatically improve your ranking.

Keyword Research & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

For best SEO results in 2019, your keyword research strategy must be smart enough to grasp zillions of market shares for your business. The fascinating idea behind keyword research encompasses your keyword selection in comparison to what customers are searching forrelating to the same product.

For instance, if you are targeting keyword “photo-booths” for ranking purpose within 3 months, and you are using photobooth as the main keyword, then you may not get results easily. As this is a common keyword in this category, thousands of your competitors across the globe are already using this keyword. If this is your SEO strategy, you will fail. 

AI is also making an impact with keyword search. AI was introduced into the industry in the form of Alexa, Siri and smart TV’s, with tons of users preferring voice searches and video searches. Therefore, in 2019, SEO specialists have to understand prevailing AI strategies globally. They have to comprehend machine language in order to grasp a maximumshare of the market. Similarly, SEO experts have to create methodologies considering voice searches and video outputs for a user-friendly experience.

Execution plan

Search Snippets

Search snippets are taking over the top spot. You may have seen them at the top of a page after you’ve queried a search in Google. It’s often shown as a paragraph with a company’s URL and page title. With your business featured in a search snippet you’ll be dominating your competition. It should increase your website traffic considerably.

Execution Plan

  • Fine tune those keywords. If you haven’t figured it out by now. Getting the right keywords is not a guessing game.
  • If you have a page that currently ranks in the top 10 it may be a great time to revise the content to increase its chance of getting into that highly coveted spot. Always ensure the content is valuable and user friendly first.

 

 2019 is going to be challenging for SEO and new entrepreneurs as it relates to SEO. Implementing your best strategy considering all the above trends and other factors meticulously will be a key to success. Keep on top of Google’s latest algorithms and trends to see your business sky-rocket. Don’t go it alone. If you have not hired an expert previously, it’s time to consider one. The hours of time you need to understand the intricacies of SEO to launch a successful campaign are better off in the hands of a professional. Reach out today so we can discuss your 2019 successful SEO launch.

 

 

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