5 SEO trends you must implement in 2022

March 25, 2022

There are a number of metrics that must be taken into consideration when it comes to achieving top SEO rankings. Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most important and useful skills for digital marketers. Having a good grasp of how to optimize content can help marketers gain more traffic to their company's website, which in turn leads to higher conversions.

When done correctly, search engine optimization (SEO) can be a powerful tool for drawing customers to your online platforms. SEO is constantly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest changes. However, the effort is well worth it. According to an analysis, approximately 70% to 80% of users only look at organic results, ignoring any paid listings that might appear. Meanwhile, about 28% of those search queries result in an actual purchase.

There has been a lot of change in the digital marketing and SEO arena over the past decade. Not too long ago,  you could get great results by focusing on primary keywords and link-building strategies to enhance your website's search engine rankings. However, that is no longer relevant. Sophisticated and time-consuming SEO is the norm these days. In addition, as technological advances and best practices are adopted by consumers, SEO trends change quickly. If you want to be a successful marketer, keeping up with these changes is a must. This way you can be sure to use the most recent techniques to improve the content and generate traffic to your website.

Here are five of the most important trends that are shaping SEO in 2022:

Passage Ranking

Google's passage ranking update is an interesting perspective on how Google ranks long-form content. It helps Google better understand the content of the page, allowing it to populate SERPs with the most relevant results for the benefit of the users. Google's passage ranking distinguishes between the different topics addressed in different sections of the same page and assigns a different ranking to each. In other words, to better serve searchers, it analyzes content to ascertain its scope and generate output that is more relevant. As a result, Google prioritizes passages that are highly applicable to a user's search.

Seek Markup and Clip Markup

With the advent of Seek and Clip markup, the explosion of video content has taken on even greater significance. While the timestamp of your video is communicated manually using click markup, the timestamp of your video is communicated automatically using seek markup. This further returns the result as a rich snippet in the SERPs. In order to make use of Clip markup on your website, you must clearly and unambiguously inform Google of the timestamps that should be displayed as significant moments. The Seek markup, on the other hand, is much simpler. Search markup tells Google about URL structures so that the search engine can instantaneously highlight key points.

Featured Snippets

Snippets that show up at the top of Google search results are known as Featured Snippets. They're designed to answer a searcher's question quickly. Featured Snippet content is automatically sourced from Google's index of web pages. Featured Snippets can include definitions, tables, steps, and lists, as well as other types of content. In both of these ways, Featured Snippets affect SEO. First and foremost, Featured Snippets offer a way to increase organic search result clickthroughs without having to improve one's Google ranking. Featured Snippets, on the other hand, boost the number of "no-click searches" by highlighting relevant results. If a Google user does not click on any search results, this is what is meant. As a result, the Featured Snippet frequently provides the solution someone is seeking.

The EAT Principle

The acronym E-A-T stand for expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness. The E-A-T principle is more of a rating than a ranking factor. Human concepts are covered by the E-A-T, which cannot be ranked by a computer. Programming is all about code, not authority or trustworthiness. When Google's ranking algorithms need to be improved, the E-A-T is consulted by the company's engineers. In this context, the E-A-T can be considered a ranking metric.

Keyword clustering

SEO is built on the foundation of keyword research. When it comes to effective keyword targeting, Google's natural language processing (NLP) has become more advanced. Using a single keyword as the sole focus of your landing pages and blog posts is a relic of the past.  Clustering keywords is a more enhanced strategy for increasing your overall search engine rankings. It entails locating a large number of keywords that have the same search intent and then developing web pages to cater to those "clusters."

-Blog written by Mabel Andrady

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