Digital marketing and its subset SEO evolve with time. The best way to become an SEO expert is to stay updated with the changing algorithms and trends. Now that 2017 draws to close, we look at some of the more prominent SEO trends that were nascent this year but are likely to become way more significant by the time 2018 gets over.
1. Digital Assistance and Voice Search
Voice searches have radically transformed the way we communicate or process information. Digital assistants can actually change our search patterns. Going by Google statistics, almost 20 percent searches are already performed through voice commands. With voice search emerging as a major trend, SEO is likely to move more towards verbal expressions and long tail keywords.
2. Stronger and more effective link building
In 2018, a successful search engine optimization strategy would be the one that dwells upon relationship building and managing to leverage links and contacts that are likely to be beneficial in the long run. For instance, SEO training courses should teach individuals ways to include guest blogs as an integral part of their links, without affecting the reputation of the brands. Spam links will also have to be handled with dexterity.
3. Visual Search
Search engine giants like Google are working on an image-based search system where the use can use images and graphics instead of words or voice commands when conducting an online search. It is interesting to note that rich visual content boasts of higher clicks on most search engine sites. Image searches can prove to be truly helpful not only for checking out on a specific product or service but also for educational purposes.
These are just some of the trends that are likely to be predominant this year. We will be looking at more trends in the next part of the article.