Effective SEO Techniques That Will Work in 2018

Search Engine Optimization has been a rapidly evolving field. From the early days of merely stuffing keywords onto a page to the more recent trend of having a large number of high authority links, the techniques have adjusted to match our current technology. With 2018 fast approaching, the SEO landscape is once again poised to make a noticeable shift. Here are five techniques that will be crucial to outranking your competition.

1. Use Structured Data to Stand out Among Other Websites

It used to be that the only ways to drive clicks from search engine rank placements were either to rank high or have a very targeted title tag to convince users to click through to your website. Now, Rich Snippets do even more to draw the eye towards your site, giving you a better chance to win clicks.

Rich Snippets are META data tied to your site which can be highlighted text, author profile pictures from Google+ or images found on your website. There’s a whole host of code markups that search engines use to categorize the pages on your site, and many can be found on Schema.org.

2. Optimize PageSpeed for Faster Loading

If your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load, chance are it will never outrank strong competition in SERPs. Your visitors will try to find relevant information on your page, be annoyed at waiting, and leave the page. A high bounce rate due to slow page loading can have a negative impact on your rankings.

To combat this and provide a better user experience, Google has their own PageSpeed tools to help you analyze and optimize your website’s code. By starting there and taking the proper steps, you can decrease the load times and retain more visitors.

3. Lockdown Your Branding for Linkless Backlinks

Backlinks have always been a key element of SEO, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Google and other search engines need some metric to track just how credible your website is, and linking to it is a sure vote of confidence. But it’s even possible to earn clout on the web without a URL pointing to your website.

The more high-quality websites are talking about and mentioning your brand and website; the more search engines will take that into account. With SEOs having found how to game the system with links for years, search engines have had to determine who the real influencers are and how people are talking about them. By tying your brand and website together effectively, you can be recognized by more than just your website URL.

4. Quantify Objectively High-Quality Content

For years, Google and experts have said quality content was the best way to influence higher search results. While that’s been a correct assessment, it’s been exceedingly subjective what that meant. Hiring a professional writer or creating a lengthy, exhaustive guide for your niche has had mixed results. The truth of the matter lies with what other websites are doing and how you can improve on their efforts.

A quick scan of what your competitions’ websites are aimed at can give you a big clue into what both your visitors and Google are looking to see from your site. Educating your potential customers on the confusing aspects of your niche can also help, similar to what is found on Brilliance’s website. They have an extensive library of educational resources to assist new customers in understanding the process of selecting the right jewelry. Sometimes it might be tempting or exciting to reinvent the wheel, but simply taking your website from where it is to where it needs to be content wise can make a big difference.

5. Tap into The Expanding Mobile User Base

Voice search is convenient, quick, and highly responsive. Users on mobile devices are typically looking for an answer or problem solved quickly. By optimizing your website for mobile devices, you can outrank your competitors who may not have taken the same steps and are lagging behind.

Google is expected to launch their mobile-first index sometime in 2018, so taking steps to prepare for that is crucial. Catering to a new crowd can yield desirable benefits to your business.

As the SEO landscape changes, so too will the techniques required to navigate it successfully. By keeping up to date with these trends as they develop, your business and website will better be able to capitalize on them in 2018.


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State of SEO: Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

As we’re recapping and wrapping up 2017, over the course of which we’ve witnessed a couple of Google updates including Fred, whose habit of targeting low-quality backlinks, worthless content, and excessive ads caused quite a stir, causing numerous websites to experience a huge drop in traffic, it’s time to hear what SEO luminaries predict for 2018.

Although machine learning and artificial intelligence will undoubtedly continue to shape the future of SEO, there are some other trends that don’t necessarily rely so heavily on sci-fi scenarios but will nevertheless have a powerful impact on SERP. Here’s some food for thought concerning your next year’s SEO strategy.

Know your ROI

Although it has become a standard marketing procedure for driving quality traffic to websites, SEO is still perceived as some kind of ghost-in-the-machine process. Many entrepreneurs still don’t get how it works, let alone how to calculate its ROI. According to Rad Basta, the executive chairman of the Hong Kong SEO agency Elevate Digital, this is the main reason why many business professionals are reluctant to invest in SEO. They turn to PPC instead, as this strategy delivers some quick results, while its ROI can be easily tracked. Easy come, easy go is the best way to describe the effects this short-lived approach has on overall branding efforts. On the other hand, with reliable analytics tools and the right metrics, it’s possible to identify the ROI of your SEO efforts and enjoy their long-term benefits. Hopefully, in 2018, the transparency of SEO ROI will convince business owners that this strategy is worthwhile.

UX will matter even more.

Back in 2016, Google revealed that RankBrain would be one of its three most important ranking factors, alongside links and content. Brian Dean from Backlinko says that this machine learning system, which helps Google rank websites by measuring how users interact with them, will become even bigger in 2018. RankBrain will take its cues from dwell time, which is by the way 3 minutes and 10 seconds for a top 10 result, and CTR. This means that if your content isn’t relevant to the search, and if it doesn’t provide unique value to your target audience, you’re toast. In other words, in 2018, user experience will rule the world of SEO.

The rise of voice search

Hi, Cortana, read me these instructions about how to change a flat tire.

A survey by IT research company Gartner estimates that by 2020, almost 20% of all phone interactions will rely on virtual personal assistants (VPAs). If you think that this prediction is way too much HAL 9000-esque, bear in mind that almost 44% of adults and 50% of teenagers use voice search on a daily basis. Naturally, Google as the most popular search engine has to stay on top of the latest tech trends, so the company tweaks its algorithms to provide the best and most relevant voice search results. Barry Schwartz, CEO of Rusty Brick, is convinced that the internet search giant will give webmasters analytics on voice search queries related to their own content, and offer valuable insight into how to optimize their websites properly, as it promised more than a year ago.

Visually rich content will explode.

Forecasts said that 2017 would be the year of video, and that was true. Although 87% of online marketers use video content, there’s still much room for improvement. Marcus Sheridan of the Sales Lion believes that companies will realize the extent to which video is essential for SEO. More than 500 million hours of video watched every day on YouTube make this platform an indispensable part of every SEO strategy regarding driving more web traffic. The fact that as much as 57% of videos watched during the first quarter of 2017 were played on smartphones indicates how powerful this medium is and how much potential it holds for SEO.

Tap into the power of influencer marketing

Teaming up with a couple of influencers from your niche could skyrocket your traffic, and that’s why guest posting should be one of your top priorities in 2018. Building (and earning) quality backlinks is a surefire way to expand your audience and capitalize on targeted referral traffic. All this, in turn, will generate organic links, thus signaling Google that your content is relevant and valuable. Although Google, according to Gary Illyes, the company’s webmaster trends analyst, doesn’t take social media into account when it comes to ranking, the shareability and popularity of your blog posts do impact your ratings. This provides an enormous potential for attracting links, not to mention how beneficial an association with an influencer will be for the overall visibility of your brand.

The domination of mobile

Mobile data traffic has grown 18-fold over the past few years, and this trend will continue in 2018. Companies who don’t optimize their websites for mobile will be hit by Google’s mobile-first index, which has been announced for 2018. Aleh Barysevich, a social media expert, predicts that only fast and responsive websites which offer search-specific, personalized content will be able to make it through the scrutiny of Google’s algorithms and reach the top of SERP. Using conversational keywords will boost your rankings, as search engines will be able to pick up strong signals sent by mobile voice assistants.
The evolution of the SEO landscape in 2018 won’t feature too many earth-shattering events. Instead, it will follow the existing course and fine-tune popular digital marketing trends.



oscarOscar Waterworth is content marketing and link building professional, a writer and one of the editors at Bizzmarkblog. I have been building links and writing content for the past 3 years.