What Are The Top SEO Trends for 2024? Part 2

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Spotting and understanding emerging SEO trends is crucial for any business wishing to maintain a successful long-term online presence.

Best SEO practices should reflect the choices that users make when looking for information online. As more and more users opt for mobility, speed and convenience, the websites that can keep up with these demands are going to enjoy high search engine rankings in 2023.

So, which of the tried and true SEO techniques will make it into the next year – and which will have to be left behind? And, most importantly, what are the emerging SEO trends for 2023?

Chapter 1

Greater focus on mobile search and user experience

As more and more users perform their searches on the go, it's the mobile version of your website - not the desktop version - that is now indexed by Google. So, you need to make sure that the mobile version of your website loads fast and is designed specifically to provide a great user experience for users accessing it from their mobile phones.
Greater focus on mobile search and user experience for SEO in 2023

This is closely connected to the bigger role that voice search is going to play in 2023. According to TechCrunch, 55% of all households will own a smart speaker device by the end of 2022.

Both the popularity of smart speakers and the rapidly evolving quality of voice recognition will lead to more and more searches conducted via voice. 

The traditional SEO techniques optimise for written rather than verbal search – but most voice choices are based on conversational queries. SEO techniques that allow you to make the most of voice searches include:

  • Using natural spoken queries in your content (for example, using phrases like “what are the best restaurants…” rather than just “the best restaurants” in the title).
  • Providing short, targeted answers that are likely to best match the mobile user intent.
  • Incorporating local expressions and slang to optimise for local search.
  • As voice search is mainly used by mobile device users, a quality, mobile-friendly website is a must.

Visual search is also steadily gaining popularity. While image search is still relatively new, this is definitely a trend to watch out for. Images can now be used to perform a search instead of keywords – for example, Google Images can be searched for products. You can also use a picture you’ve taken to find out more about an object pictured.

To ensure that your website is well-optimised for image search, all of your images and videos on should be of excellent quality. You should also pay attention to your captions and descriptions. They should be as relevant and precise as possible, as Google will rely on your descriptions when indexing and ranking your website.

Chapter 2

More emphasis on search intent and long-tail keywords

Targeting long-tail keywords - search queries that are used to describe exactly what your potential customer is looking for, for example “chocolate donuts with pink sprinkles on top” - will become even more important in 2023 for a variety of reasons, such as:
More emphasis on search intent and long-tail keywords for your SEO in 2023
  • As the online space is becoming more competitive every year, long-tail keywords remain crucial for ranking well for queries that might be overlooked by your competitors.
  • Well-targeted long-tail keywords are likely to better match user intent and provide a better user experience.
  • Long-tail keywords that your potential customers are likely to include in their spoken queries can help you rank well for voice search.
Chapter 3

Well-targeted, thought-out descriptions are a must

From analysing user behaviour to online shopping algorithms, AI’s use is quickly expanding - and it is important to take it into consideration when optimising your website.
Well-targeted, thought-out descriptions are a must to ensure your SEO is ranked #1 in 2023

We’ve already highlighted the importance of using natural queries for optimising for voice searches. Similarly, all the images on your website must be accompanied by clear, unambiguous descriptions.

The same applies to your videos – for example, your clip and seek markups that take users straight to the relevant portion of your video should be described clearly and concisely to help Google indexing.

Chapter 4

Featured Snippets and Schema Markup remain important

As users continue to look for convenience when accessing the information, featured snippets - the short and concise answers to user questions that appear at the top of Google search results - will continue to be popular in 2023.
Featured Snippets and Schema Markup remain important for SEO in 2023

Content that is helpful, informative and clearly written improves your chances of making it to a featured snippet – and so does targeting long-tail keywords.

Rich snippets are similar to featured snippets but include more information from your website. You can improve your chances of being featured in a rich snippet by including a code called Schema Markup.

This code can be added to your website to help search engines better understand the different types of content your website has, which can also help your organic traffic and click-through rates.

Chapter 5

Content is still going to be king in 2023

One trend that is definitely going to be carried into the future is the overall focus on well-researched, well-written, original content that matches user intent.
Content is still going to be king for SEO in 2023

While long-form content has been trending for a while, your main goal should always be to match the length of your content with user intent.

In other words, if your visitors are likely to look for a long, detailed guide or review, you should aim to provide it, and your organic rankings will reward it.

But, if a visitor’s query can be answered shortly and concisely and they simply naturally move on afterwards, Google’s algorithms are now also sophisticated enough to interpret the outcome correctly.

With AI becoming more able to discern between emotion and intent in user queries, being intentional when choosing semantically related keywords is becoming more important than ever.

Chapter 6

Need to keep on top of SEO trends?

SEO is a quickly evolving and exciting industry - some trends come and go, and others are here to stay for a long time. Understanding the difference between the long-term and passing SEO trends is crucial for ensuring the long-term success of your online brand.
Need to keep on top of SEO trends? Speak to Digital Marketing Tribe about your SEO for 2023

We at Digital Marketing Tribe specialise in taking your brand’s SEO to the next level – contact us today to arrange an audit and see for yourself how the top 2023 SEO trends can benefit your business.

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