The SEO Trends Making the Biggest Impact in 2019

Written by Brendan Devlin

February 18, 2019

SEO changes are coming one after another – like waves. And in 2019, you’ve got two choices: sink or swim.

Sound dramatic? Maybe it is. But the truth is that it’s getting more and more difficult to stay on top of the shifting tides of SEO. Google’s updates its algorithm regularly and doesn’t share the changes – and if you want your website to stay visible and maintain its rank, you’ve got to be ready to move with the current.

So, with that in mind, here are the biggest SEO trends of 2019 as I see them – and some tips about how to use them to your advantage.

Voice Search

I’m starting with a big one that many small and medium-sized companies are still ignoring. Voice search isn’t going anywhere – and in fact, it’s going to become increasingly important in 2019.

Why? Because pretty much all of us are using voice search in some way. Whether you’re starting a mobile search by saying “OK Google” or calling on Alexa, Cortana, or Siri to help you find what you need, you’re using voice search. And, estimates are that 50% of all searches will be voice searches by next year.

And guess what? That means your customers are too. One of the best ways to capitalize on this trend is to optimize your site with voice search in mind. That means incorporating common questions into your content – because your customers are asking questions and your website should answer them.

Mobile-First Indexing

Google’s mobile-first indexing is still relatively new, but only a fool would believe that it won’t increase in importance in 2019. Right now, about 60% of all searches are mobile – and that number’s only going to go up.

How do you take advantage of this trend? First, make sure your site is mobile responsive. Honestly, at this point there’s no excuse for it not to be. Next, think about how your site’s design will impact mobile users. You want a clean design that’s easy to use. That means single column next, right-sized buttons, and other mobile features like direct dialing.

You may also want to think about accepting mobile payments in your store, if you have one. The idea is to make it easy for mobile customers to patronize your business.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

Structured Data

SEO is in an interesting place right now. We’re still heavily mobile-dependent, but the increase in voice searches and use of artificial intelligence means that we all need to be thinking about how our websites can be easy to access as AI increases in importance.

One way to do that is to use Schema and other structures to organize your data. Things like information architecture, tags, metadata, and structured mark-up can all help ensure that your site is easy to crawl and index.

I know that all sounds very technical, but an experienced SEO can help you navigate the tech requirements while still providing a site that’s user-friendly, readable, and engaging.

Brand as a Ranking Signal

SEO is no longer just about what’s on your website. It’s also about how people are talking about you on social media sites and other places online – and those brand mentions are now having a big impact on how Google perceives your company.

If you’re not already tracking your social mentions, now is the time to start doing it. Following other brands on social media will reveal that some of them are responding when people mention them – and they’re making a big impact doing it. Even a word of encouragement or a quick joke can make a huge difference in how people think of you. Awario is a great tool for tracking your mentions.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

Focus on Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness

The big trio of online impact is E-A-T – Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness. Technically, E-A-T isn’t part of Google’s algorithm, but it is a guideline for Google’s algorithm raters. That means that you can’t afford to ignore it.

What you can do to offer E-A-T to your site’s visitors is provide content that’s:

  • Meaningful
  • Useful
  • Relevant
  • Authoritative
  • Deep

You don’t need to write 5,000 word blog posts. However, it is very helpful to cover the topics that are in your area of expertise in depth. If a topic is too big or complex for a single blog post, do a series of posts (or a series of videos) to cover it.

You can demonstrate E-A-T by creating a system of internal links to help visitors to your site navigate the information that’s available and easily find content that’s related to what they’re viewing.

Site Speed

Speed is another topic you may think I’ve covered too much – but when I repeat myself, it’s only because I know how important it is and I want to make sure that you’re not overlooking something that can have a huge impact on your SEO.

There’s no such thing as a website that loads too quickly. All web users are impatient and mobile users are more impatient than most. Very few are going to wait longer than five or six seconds for your site to load. Anything that might be slowing your site down needs to go. That means:

  • Auto play audio and video
  • Flash
  • Outdated plug-ins

Free Consultation

Scan Or Click Below For Free Training

How to Use Artificial Intelligence For Digital Marketing Success 2021?

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial Intelligence (A.I) is a term that refers to...

Let’s Understand The True Meaning Of Marketing Today!

Let's understand the true meaning of MARKETING today! Let's imagine you painted a sign saying, the...

10 Marketing Tools You Aren’t Using – But Should Be!

A marketer is only as good as the tools they use.That’s easy to say, but it glosses...

The Top 10 Signs You Need to Redesign Your Website in 2019

Is your website showing its age?It’s a new year and many of us humans are making resolutions to be...

7 Ways to Get More Out of Promoting Your Product on Social Media

Launching and promoting products to a global audience used to be the domain of multi-national...

What Crisis? — 58% of Small Businesses Will Invest More in Facebook Marketing

The latest round of privacy scandals at Facebook might have been enough to crush a lesser company,...

32% of Small Businesses Want to Improve Marketing

The challenges small business owners face are well documented, but marketing remains a critical...

Performance Review Smackdown: Why Traditional Employee Feedback Just Won’t Work Anymore

Performance reviews are starting to evolve. The time-honored tradition of annually evaluating your...

You May Also Like…


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This