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The Future of SEO - 2013 edition

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This presentation examines recent trends in search engine optimization from the Hummingbird update to Google Now. It makes predictions about the future of SEO and how Inbound Marketers can prepare.

This presentation examines recent trends in search engine optimization from the Hummingbird update to Google Now. It makes predictions about the future of SEO and how Inbound Marketers can prepare.

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  • 1. THE FUTURE OF   Search Engine Optimization Meghan Keaney Anderson, @MeghKeaney | @HubSpot
  • 2. SEO used to be about two things:
  • 3. SEO used to be about two things: Keywords & Links
  • 4. But that led to quite a bit of keyword stuffing and link building.
  • 5. And more than a little gaming of the system.
  • 6. But the bigger challenge?
  • 7. Single words don’t always give you the full picture.
  • 8. Single words don’t always give you the full picture.
  • 9. We are PEOPLE.
  • 10. *AND PEOPLE ARE PRETTY COMPLEX.
  • 11. We use different devices. (often simultaneously)
  • 12. Our words signal INTENTIONS
  • 13. And our context defines our needs. Photo by: Ed Yourdon
  • 14. As a result search is evolving …
  • 15. ... adapting ...
  • 16. ... and growing wiser.
  • 17. It’s starting to see context.
  • 18. It’s starting to see context. And all the human factors that make each search unique.
  • 19. “… A good way to solve problems is to start with the big picture … [because if you don’t understand the big picture] you may solve the wrong problem, or might not explore other—possibly better—answers.” - From Algorithms in a Nutshell (O’Reilly)
  • 20. This has led to the emergence of four key trends.
  • 21. TREND #1   Mobile Search
  • 22. This year headline after headline spotlighted the news that Google now prioritizes mobile-optimized sites over their non-optimized competitors on mobile search.
  • 23. TREND #2   Social Search
  • 24. A Few Milestones in Social Search 2010 Google & Bing Confirm that Facebook and Twitter Influence SEO (Moz.com) 2011 2013
  • 25. A Few Milestones in Social Search 2010 Google & Bing Confirm that Facebook and Twitter Influence SEO (Moz.com) 2011 Google announces support of the Authorship tag (Rel="author") to connect authors to their content (and Google+ accounts) across the web. 2013
  • 26. A Few Milestones in Social Search 2010 Google & Bing Confirm that Facebook and Twitter Influence SEO (Moz.com). 2011 Google announces support of the Authorship tag (Rel="author") to connect authors to their content (and Google+ accounts) across the web. 2013 Studies from Moz and Search Metrics find high correlations between search results and +1s. Google's Matt Cutts is very clear to underscore that correlation does not equal causation.
  • 27. “Links are not often thought of as a by-product of a great social campaign … there’s more to social than simply having a sounding board. If you leverage your fans and followers correctly, they’ll be your key to naturally generating links and mentions around your brand.” - Selena Narayanasamy, Foundation Digital
  • 28. TREND #3   Human Search
  • 29. We’ve started searching questions, not keywords.
  • 30. It seems Jeeves had the right idea after all.
  • 31. And so … Google Introduced Hummingbird. Photo by William Brawley
  • 32. One of the major changes? The new algorithm is far better at interpreting "conversational" language and understanding the intent of a given search rather than just a series of keywords.
  • 33. The future of SEO is not based on keywords, but rather on how those “keywords” form a relationship to an entity, a concept, or a target.” - Jenny Halasz, Archology
  • 34. TREND #4   Predictive Search
  • 35. Google Introduces the Google Now App
  • 36. What is Google Now? “Google Now uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions… Along with answering user-initiated queries, Google Now passively delivers information to the user that it predicts they will want, based on their search habits.” - Wikipedia
  • 37. In Short?
  • 38. In Short? Google uses our context and history to predict what we’ll need, when we need it.
  • 39. This is good for people.
  • 40. This is good for people. And it’s also good for inbound marketers.
  • 41. So let’s dive into five tips to help you position for the future...
  • 42. THE FUTURE OF   Search Engine Optimization
  • 43. 5 Tips One that is long-standing and as important as ever. Four that are newer and worth addressing now.
  • 44. 1 Create useful content An oldie but a goodie. Helpful, and yes, keyword relevant content is still the core of a good search strategy.
  • 45. And link that content to your best internal pages Better to move this from 10 to 8. Than this from 102 to 98.
  • 46. (This can help.)
  • 47. 2 Optimize for mobile Google advises using responsive design. An approach to web design that automatically repackages content based on the device using it. See how your site looks on mobile marketing.grader.com
  • 48. See How Your Site Looks On Mobile Visit Marketing Grader
  • 49. 3 Think about questions, not just keywords Next time you write a blog post, think about the way people search. Use your post title to answer questions in full. Use keywords but worry less about keyword placement than usefulness.
  • 50. 4 Add author tags and other social elements to content •  Link your posts to your Google+ profile using rel=“author” tags. •  Add your website to your Google+ account.
  • 51. 4 Add author tags and other social elements to content •  Link your posts to your Google+ profile using rel=“author” tags. •  Add your website to your Google+ account. It’ll look something like this.
  • 52. 5 Think about how context changes search needs •  Create a Google+ account. •  If relevant, create a local search strategy. •  Start thinking about mapping your content strategy to customer lifecycle stages.
  • 53. (This can help) Download the Guide
  • 54. THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE. IT’S JUST NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED YET. - William Gibson  
  • 55. Thank you. Want to learn more about Search Engine Optimization? Check out HubSpot.com

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