Search engines can hear you now. Driven by the rapidly-increasing popularity of digital assistants such as Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant, people are increasingly using their voices to conduct web searches through their mobile devices and smart speakers. Alpine.AI estimates there are over one billion voice searches per month. and ComScore predicts 50% of all searches will be voice searches.
Voice searches are greatly impacting search engine optimization strategies (SEO) and content marketing. To adapt to this upward trend, content marketers need to adapt their content strategies to include voice or face decreased traffic and page views.
Voice searches are not going to eliminate text-based searches completely. However, you cannot afford to ignore voice searches. Adopting the following four tactics can help you start optimizing your content for voice search.
1. Create Question and Answer-Based Content
Create a detailed Frequently Asked Questions page or blog incorporating longtail keywords and specific questions in conversational language. To understand what questions may be asked, Document and record the exact words used by customers when they contact your business by phone.
2. Focus on Longtail Keywords
Voice searchers use natural language and will elaborate more than entering text in a search. Implement longer, more specific keyword phrases or full sentences to better match conversational style.
3. Incorporate your Location
Voice searches are more likely to be location-based. Incorporate as much local data as possible including localized keywords, user reviews and testimonials, and contact information.
4. Ensure Your Content is Mobile-Friendly
According to Google, 20% of mobile searches are voice searches. Ensure your website is user-friendly and includes responsive design, fast website speed, and easy-to-read content.