Right now, most SEO’s are adapting their strategies to optimize for a radically changing age of discovery. We are looking to optimize for E-A-T (or Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness, which is the acronym for how Google defines quality content), capture user attention with on-SERP optimization, and make a splash in voice search. However, many of the recommendations for tackling those three items boil down to “have a great site” or “produce great content”. If that makes you want to pull your hair out, you aren’t alone.
Luckily, Schema.org structured data markup is the trusted tool in your SEO toolkit that can help you gain a competitive advantage in all three of those areas.
When it comes to setting an SEO strategy, the branded Search Engine Results Page (SERP) can often be taken for granted. In most cases, ranking well for your brand name is a bit of a gimme. In the before-times of ten blue links, it was enough to have well-written metadata for your homepage and about us page that prominently featured your brand name and had a compelling call to action.
It’s that time of year again. That special season when Oprah quotes are particularly inspiring. The time to reflect on the past year and look eagerly to the next. The time to hope against hope that the weight you gained from subsisting on cookies alone for five straight weeks will melt off in a singular hour at the gym. Yep, it’s New-Year-New-You time!
But, worry not, this post isn’t about resolutions (which, let’s face it, some of us have already broken). It’s about New-Year-New-You’s sidekick, Predictions for the Coming Year. It is this time when we marketers are oft inspired to gaze into our crystal balls and pull out prophecies for the coming year. We all get real fired up on the promise of qualified growth that we’ve included in each of the strategy presentations we developed over the past few months, and we get inspired to spread the word.
It’s my last day in the Nebo office, and it’s bittersweet. It’s been two and a half years, and a great two and a half years. In my time here I’ve learned more about SEO than I ever thought possible. I've petted countless adorable dogs, eaten lots of cookies, and had the privilege to work with some seriously awesome and talented people.
But sometimes, even awesome people suck. And I’m not afraid to tell them.
We SEOs know that what we do is best. We reign supreme and all other digital marketing specialties just wish that they were our specialty. They all want, just for a second, to bask in the awesomeness of true organic visibility.
Paid media might protest. They might say that organic results are just part of the whole. Paid ads come first and foremost in the SERPs and organic visibility cannot deliberately target the user at different touch points in their buyer journey, or gently remind the user to return to their site. And to that, we say, sure. You can pay for clicks and impressions. You can pay for lots of things, that doesn’t make it meaningful. We all know that PPC only exists to feed us SEOs granular data.
Content might also chime in. They would say that they spend their days crafting inspiring copy to cut through the din and address the user directly. They think that without them there would be no brand voice, that without them engagement would plummet. But we know that they are only here to flesh out our ideas, to strengthen our keyword themes with every word until we achieve visibility. They are the worker bees and we are the queen. Buzz, content, buzz.
And isn’t social media just adorable? With their hearts and likes and shares… so sweet. But we don’t actually care about social because Google told us that likes and shares don’t factor into the algorithm. Algorithm good. Everything else bad.
So is there any reason for SEO to think twice about social? Actually, yes.