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SEO Trends for 2024

Innovation waits for no one… and 2024 is proving just that.

Hundreds of small innovations affect how you market your company every month. Still, every so often, a massive change comes along that changes everything about the way we work.

These are the most significant changes coming to the SEO industry in 2024 and how you (and your business) can prepare for them.

Generative AI Redefines Google Search

While some users (us included) have access to Google’s Generative AI (SGE), most people don’t. Many people haven’t even heard about it.

But it’s coming to all users in 2024.

SGE has access to the entire Google database and every website or webpage that Google has ever read. SGE reads all the pages and surfaces what it believes to be the best answer to a user’s search.

It also answers most simple questions directly on the Search Engine Ranking Page (SERP) without users having to click on a website, leading to less tracked website traffic.

But what does this actually mean for SEO?

  1. Short, direct answers to basic questions will be preferred in rankings.
  2. This introduces a new suite of search engine features to potentially rank for.
  3. Duplicate content won’t fly; website content must be unique to compete.

You can apply to join the SGE beta.

Rewarding User Generated Content

It’s no secret that community content is becoming increasingly important.

Anyone can start a business, claim success, and say that people love their product. You can even fake reviews on the most popular platforms.

What proves to customers that you’re the real deal?

Other customers. People using your product or services. Talking about their experiences and sharing them on their own. That’s why we always look for unbiased reviews online.

The best way to add credibility to your SEO is to incorporate UGC into your pages. Add testimonials, quotes, customer stories, videos, etc.

Google reads all of these when ranking web pages. UGC content is unique, meaning it can’t be copied by competitors, so no other site will have the content that you have.

In 2024, this dramatically improves your rankings for niche terms associated with your product/service.

Shifting Analytics & KPIs

Analytics has always been a tug-of-war between Google metrics and business metrics.

Traffic increases don’t always tie back to revenue increases.

Traffic decreases don’t always tie back to revenue decreases.

This year, the battle will continue when Google launches its generative AI (SGE) and introduces dozens of new features.

  • How will these new features be measured?
  • Will it be easy to connect back to business metrics?
  • How will campaigns change to optimize for these new metrics?

As SGE reaches a mass market and all of the associated features/metrics are rolled out to marketers everywhere, there will be a scramble to answer these questions quickly.

SEO teams plugged into hundreds of websites & business types will have the advantage of adapting quickly to these changes.

Keep an eye on the Digital Lab, as we’ll publish everything we learn as the platform changes.

SEO Expands Beyond Google

When you think of “SEO,” you probably think of Google.

That’s fair. For the last twenty years, they’ve been synonymous; over 90% of all search activity happened on Google.

But in 2023, we started to see cracks in this system. In 2024, this is even more apparent. Google isn’t the only search engine. Many platforms you might not think of are search engines:

  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • X (Twitter)
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • LinkedIn
  • TikTok
  • Reddit

All of these platforms have search functionality. Historically, it hasn’t been used much outside of minor use cases or searching for individuals. But now, most have introduced the ability to buy and sell products/services directly on the platform.

This small change has led many users to search directly on the platform for things they want. For the first time in two decades, Google is experiencing competition.

To be clear, the vast majority of searches still happen on Google. However, the gap is shrinking; we expect this to accelerate this year.

So, it’s essential to consider how your SEO strategy collaborates or connects with your social media strategy.

The E-E-A-T Framework Becomes Important

E-E-A-T is a content measurement framework that is coded directly into the algorithm. It encompasses 4 content traits that Google measures to determine content quality:

  • Experience
  • Expertise
  • Authority
  • Trust

Experience = content that highlights that you’ve been in the industry for a long time or that you’ve experienced similar problems in the past.

Expertise = content that demonstrates that you’re highly skilled in the work that you do.

Authority = content that proves that you are a leader in your space and should be believed over the competition.

Trust = content that demonstrates care for your customer and a lack of selfish desire. Frequency of publication and non-sales content are also factors.

As Google Search becomes more competitive and Generative AI disrupts how content is ranked, E-E-A-T content structures will become more important.

Is your business ready to grow & attract leads organically in 2024?

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