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14 Ways to Improve Ecommerce Product Pages for SEO

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14 Ways to Improve Ecommerce Product Pages for SEO

For e-commerce websites, optimizing product pages is one of the most critical aspects of SEO.

Optimized product pages enhance the user experience and rank better for long-tail search terms, which typically have lower competition and high commercial intent. This is vital for ecommerce because users searching for specific products are usually further down the sales funnel and more likely to purchase.

In this article, I’ll discuss several recommendations for optimizing ecommerce product pages for SEO, including improving on-page elements, making the most of rich snippets, and enhancing user engagement.

1. Start with in-depth keyword research

Keyword research is an essential first step because the data can guide the order in which pages are optimized and how they are optimized.

There are a few ways I usually do this, depending on the size of the site:

  1. Scraping product names and gathering data
  2. Using Ahrefs’ Site Explorer
  3. Using Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer

Scraping data for large sites

A significant challenge for some product page keyword research is the sheer number of pages many ecommerce stores have. For instance, manually entering target keywords for 20,000 products and researching them would take weeks. Thus, a more efficient method is necessary.

One approach is to scrape data from product pages to create your keyword set and then use Keywords Explorer to collect keyword data in bulk.

Here is how I’d do that for AO (Appliances Online):

First, I would conduct some quick research to understand how users generally search for different types of products. To do this, I’d search for the product in Google and then:

  1. Copy the page’s URL into Site Explorer
  2. Go to the Organic Keywords report
  3. Filter for top 5 keyword rankings

For example, we can see above that most people search for this smart TV with some combomination of the brand name and SKU. But a few people include the category (“smart TV”) and other related attributes in their query too.

Armed with this information, I can try to scrape that data from the page (and all other similar pages on the site).

Often, you can locate what you require to scrape in a specification table or similar. For AO, they have some JSON containing product data embedded in the HTML.

AO product JSON in HTMLAO product JSON in HTML

This JSON is on every product page, so I’m going to extract all of that using Screaming Frog’s custom extraction:

Screaming Frog custom extractionScreaming Frog custom extraction

I also extracted categories and sub-categories. AO has this in JSON, but you can also extract this information by scraping breadcrumbs.

Here is an example of the regex I’ve used to extract data from the JSON:

<[^>]*id="product-json"[^>]*>[^<]*"sku":s*"([^"]*)"*

Start your crawl, then head to the custom extraction tab and export. You may need trial and error to extract the data you want correctly. If you’re not a pro at regex, I recommend using ChatGPT; if you want an example prompt, here is one from my ChatGPT prompts for SEO resource.

Example ChatGPT promptExample ChatGPT prompt

I haven’t completed a full crawl of the site for this example, but after exporting, the CSV should look like this.

Exported CSV file exampleExported CSV file example

Next, I can use the TEXTJOIN formula to merge the SKU and brand name in the format I wanted like this –

=(LOWER(TEXTJOIN(" ",TRUE,B6:C6)))
An Excel screenshot with AO product dataAn Excel screenshot with AO product data

And then, copy and paste the keyword column into Keywords Explorer.

Data via Ahrefs' Keywords ExplorerData via Ahrefs' Keywords Explorer

We now have keyword opportunity data for these products. The TP (Traffic Potential) metric is particularly helpful. It gives us an understanding of the total traffic potential, even if the brand plus product code combination we’ve used isn’t the most-searched-for query.

This is just an example of how you could scrape useful data in bulk. The methodology will change for each site, but the process is the same.

Sometimes, you may just scrape the H1, and other times, spec tables. If you’re lucky, like in this example, there will be some JSON with all the data you need.

While I’m focusing on product pages for this guide, I’ve written another example on my blog for analyzing competitor site structure using a similar methodology. It’s well worth a read if scraping data for SEO purposes interests you.

Using Ahrefs’ Site Explorer

If scraping information isn’t an option, you can collect data for large websites using Ahrefs’ Site Explorer. But, this method might not be as precise. It also requires having all product pages in a URL directory.

Begin by entering the domain and directory where product pages are located (for example, ‘www.example.com/product/’) into Site Explorer. Next, go to the Top pages report and filter for the country you want data for.

Location dropdown box on the Top Pages report in Ahrefs' Site ExplorerLocation dropdown box on the Top Pages report in Ahrefs' Site Explorer

Then, use the ‘Top keyword’ column to identify the keyword that brings in the most traffic for the URL.

This approach is more effective for websites that already have a good ranking. However, the keyword driving the most traffic may not necessarily be the best one for the page. So you may get mixed results.

Looking up top keywords for product pages with AhrefsLooking up top keywords for product pages with Ahrefs

Sidenote.

Interesting to note with the example above, there may also be an opportunity to export from the Top Pages report, and then use the product URL structure to gather keywords by using some REGEXREPLACE and REGEXEXTRACT formulas.

Using Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer

You could also manually enter target keywords into Keywords Explorer and do specific research for a product. However, this approach will only be viable if there are fewer products to research as it’s more time-consuming.

More often than not, you’ll need to use various tactics to get the best results for stores with many different product types.

2. Adjust product names (H1s) and titles to align with user searches

Use universal H1 and title tag templates for optimal results. These templates should incorporate product H1s and other relevant product data, such as SKUs or brand names to create the most effective format, guided by your keyword research.

Consider creating templates for each category level if you run a large store. For instance, TVs might need a different title/H1 template than cables.

You’ll need to do this if your keyword research shows that users search differently for the various products you sell.

For instance, AO uses different templates for various categories.

The <h1> for their AV (audio visual) products consistently begins with a combination of brand and product code.

An AO product page with the first part of the product name highlightedAn AO product page with the first part of the product name highlighted

However, looking at the page with Ahrefs SEO Toolbar, they don’t follow this trend through to title tags, which they likely should do to better match user search queries:

Meta title and description of a productMeta title and description of a product

In AO’s ‘Sound’ category, they changed their H1 to be just the brand + product name rather than the product code + brand name combination shown previously.

Amazon product page exampleAmazon product page example

They likely have done this as users don’t search for product codes for this product, as shown in Keywords Explorer.

Keywords grouped by Parent Topic in Ahrefs' Keywords ExplorerKeywords grouped by Parent Topic in Ahrefs' Keywords Explorer

Of course, in some situations, you’ll want to set a H1/title combo that best matches the user’s search query and intent for an individual product if the potential traffic return is worth the time investment.

3. Add unique, helpful content

Manufacturer descriptions serve as a useful foundation for your store. However, you are in a great position as a retailer to offer more than what the manufacturer provides.

This might include offering recommendations or comparisons to assist customers in purchasing decisions.

There are a plethora of strategies to make your product pages more beneficial. Here are some examples.

Add FAQs

FAQs are a great way to succinctly provide additional information about your product. For example, Virgin Experience Days has accordions answering key user objections before purchasing, such as the activity’s day plan, insurance, availability, and more.

Example of an FAQ section on a Virgin Experience Days product pageExample of an FAQ section on a Virgin Experience Days product page

Add a short review

Alongside the manufacturer description, write a short opinion on what you think of the product. This works best for physical products.

Projector retailer Projectorpoint does this brilliantly by writing 4 or 5 paragraphs on important product pages and scoring them on set criteria.

Example of a product page reviewExample of a product page review

Add a Q&A

Adding a Q&A section to product pages is a great way to address customer queries, enhance content, and aid informed buying decisions.

Source questions from customers or competitors and provide clear, concise, and valuable responses. Toner Giant is a great example of a brand doing this well.

Example of customer questions and answersExample of customer questions and answers

Always provide essential information

Every industry has a key piece of information that greatly influences the customer’s buying choice. Providing this information is helpful, which is precisely the type of content Google is looking for when ranking.

This might sound simple, but many websites fail to provide this information on product pages. Here are some examples of what helpful content could be on product pages for different industries:

  1. Clothing and Footwear: Offer detailed size charts specific to the clothing item or shoe model.
  2. Electronics: Clearly list out key features like battery life or storage capacity.
  3. Furniture: Provide height, width, and depth measurements to ensure the item fits the intended space.
  4. Beauty Products: Detail the full list of ingredients to cater to those with allergies or specific preferences. As a bonus, explain why this information is in the product.
  5. Food Products: Present a detailed nutritional breakdown per serving.
  6. Books: Give a brief summary or blurb to provide readers with an insight into the content.
  7. Sports equipment: Describe the material used and its longevity, especially for items like tennis rackets or running shoes.
  8. Jewelry: Detail the type of metal or gem and provide care instructions to maintain shine and prevent damage.

Add creative, helpful content

Also, consider creative ways to emphasize the advantages and features of your product.

Bellroy does this exceptionally well by showcasing how their slim wallets compare to regular wallets. This highlights their main selling point: their wallets stay slim and small even when they’re full.

Bellroy's sliding scale on their websiteBellroy's sliding scale on their website

Adding useful content like this also turns your product pages into linkable assets, as it did for Bellroy.

Referring domain growth via Ahrefs' Site ExplorerReferring domain growth via Ahrefs' Site Explorer
Data via Ahrefs’ Site Explorer

Much of this can be credited to their excellent product and the smart way they showcase its advantages.

There are many ways in which you can replicate this success; here are some to consider, alongside examples of brands implementing similar strategies (albeit not always directly on product pages):

  • Calculators: Casper, the mattress brand, has a sleep calculator that helps users determine their sleep schedule based on wake-up times.
  • Interactive comparison features: Apple effectively uses this strategy to compare different models of their iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
  • Augmented reality experiences: IKEA uses AR through its IKEA Place app, which allows customers to virtually place furniture in their homes to see how it fits and looks.
  • Size guides and fitting tools: ASOS uses a “Fit Assistant” that recommends sizes based on a customer’s details and previous orders.
  • Environmental impact or sustainability information vs. the competition: Patagonia provides information on their environmental impact and sustainability practices.
    Example of a product sustainability breakdownExample of a product sustainability breakdown
  • Information about the production process or origin story: Everlane details the production process, from materials sourcing to manufacturing to the costs to make the product.
    Example of a product price breakdownExample of a product price breakdown
  • User-generated content like customer photos or videos: Glossier encourages users to post their own photos using their products, creating a community feel.
    Example of user-generated contentExample of user-generated content
  • 360-degree product view or virtual try-on: Warby Parker offers a virtual try-on feature for their glasses using a phone’s camera.
    Example of a virtual try-onExample of a virtual try-on
  • Engaging video demonstrations: Blendtec, known for its series of “Will it Blend?” videos, showcases their blenders’ power and durability.
  • Detailed product breakdowns, showing all the components and their functions: Dyson often breaks down its vacuum cleaners component by component in both images and video content to demonstrate their innovative technology.
  • Interactive quizzes or tools: Sephora offers quizzes like “Foundation Finder” to help customers find the perfect product match for their specific needs.
    Example of an interactive quiz on Sephora to help customers find productsExample of an interactive quiz on Sephora to help customers find products

4. Implement a semantic heading structure

A semantic heading structure is essential for improving the accessibility and readability of your website. It helps users understand the content hierarchy and quickly find the necessary information.

This practice is also key for SEO, as search engine algorithms will understand page structure better.

To use heading tags semantically on your product pages effectively, keep these points in mind:

  • The H1 tag is your primary heading; it usually closely matches the text in the title tag. There should be only one H1 per page.
  • H2 tags are secondary headings that denote major sections within your page.
  • H3-H6 tags are used for subsections within these sections.
  • Each level should be nested within the level above it — for example, H3 tags should be nested within an H2 section, and so forth. You shouldn’t jump levels, so don’t go from a H2 to a H4.
  • Make your headings descriptive and concise.

Here’s an example of how Bellroy could do this for a product page:

  • H1: Bellroy Slim Wallet 
    • H2: Key Features 
      • H3: Ultra Slim Design
      • H3: Premium, Sustainably-Sourced Materials
      • H3: RFID Protection
    • H2: Customer Reviews 
      • H3: Review 1
      • H3: Review 2
      • H3: Review 3
    • H2: How to Care for Your Wallet 
      • H3: Cleaning Instructions
      • H3: Maintenance Tips

This structure provides a clear, logical information flow to help users and search engines understand and navigate the page.

Use top-notch photos or videos to display your product from various viewpoints. This enhances the quality of your product pages, which can improve how well they rank, but it also opens you up to receiving traffic via Google Images.

For certain types of products, like decor or fashion, many users utilize image search to discover products. Here’s an example of what an image result listing looks like for an image search of “walnut side table” – Google is showing this image in search results directly from the product page.

Product showing in Google Image searchProduct showing in Google Image search

Under the selected image result, Google also displays visually similar products.

Related products showing in Google Image searchRelated products showing in Google Image search

But how do you ensure your products perform well on image search? Here are a few pointers.

Use descriptive alt text and file names

Alt text is important for accessibility as it describes the image for visually impaired users.

Alt text and a descriptive filename for a product image on Bellroy’s site would look something like this:

<img src="https://ahrefs.com/blog/ecommerce-product-page-seo/bellroy-slim-wallet-black.jpg" alt="Bellroy Slim Wallet in Black">

This alt text accurately describes the image, which helps both search engines and screen readers.

Use <img src>

A common issue with image SEO is using CSS to include images as background elements instead of the <img src> tag in HTML.

All images must be included in the HTML code with the <img src> tag to ensure Google can effectively index the image like this:

<img src="https://ahrefs.com/images/bellroy-slim-wallet-black.jpg">

Host images on your own domain

While not essential, hosting on your domain rather than a third-party one will simplify tracking your performance in Google Images. All you need to do is change the search type filter to “Images” in Google Search Console.

Search type filters in Google Search ConsoleSearch type filters in Google Search Console

If you’re using an image CDN, make sure the one you pick provides an option for a custom CNAME so that you can host it on a subdomain like images.yoursite.com.

Semantic HTML is a great way to improve how well search engines understand your content. While heading tags are commonly discussed for SEO purposes, several other ways to optimize product pages with semantic markup exist.

Here are a few key examples:

  1. Definition lists (DL, DT, DD) or <table>: These can be used to structure and present specification data in a clear and organized manner. DL represents the list itself, DT represents the term or label, and DD represents the definition or value. You can optionally wrap DT and DD in a <div> for styling purposes.
  2. Unordered lists (UL) and list items (LI): Utilizing UL and LI tags can help create bullet-pointed lists to highlight features, benefits, or other relevant information about your products. You can also use it for product carousels.
  3. Other examples: There are numerous other semantic HTML elements that can be used to enhance the structure and meaning of your product pages. Some examples include using <section> to group related content, <article> to define individual product sections, or <figure> and <figcaption>.

Of the above, I favor the use of definition lists the most and always apply them for my clients. Let’s take Virgin Experience Days, one of my clients, as an example.

I was exploring methods to enlarge their SERP snippet on product pages. I noticed each page has a list of helpful product information. This includes details such as the available locations, people involved, and the product’s validity period.

Example of product information Example of product information

Before, the area used <div> tags which lacked semantic meaning. I requested a change to definition lists. As a result, the markup of that section now appears like this:

Product page with semantic markupProduct page with semantic markup

I hoped that Google would start displaying this information in search results as it comprehends the content structure better. A few weeks later, my hope became reality. This valuable product information also started to appear alongside other rich data from structured data on product SERP listings.

Example of an enhanced SERP listingExample of an enhanced SERP listing

By implementing semantic HTML in these various ways, you can provide search engines with more context and make it easier for them to understand the content and relevance of your product pages. This, in turn, can improve rankings and the information shown in your SERP listings.

7. Add unique meta descriptions

Many retailers neglect to prioritize unique meta descriptions for product page SEO due to the large number of products they carry.

To address this, they often use templates to generate meta descriptions using the product page name and any relevant product attributes.

For example, Schuh, a shoe store, creates its product page meta descriptions this way.

A page's metadata in Ahrefs SEO ToolbarA page's metadata in Ahrefs SEO Toolbar

The main problem is that the meta descriptions are too generic. They don’t describe the product being sold or do a great job of matching intent and attracting clicks.

Thankfully, large-language models (LLMs) like GPT have made generating meta descriptions that follow best practices easy.

It’s now simple to provide some information within a prompt and then request the AI to generate the description. You can use Ahrefs’ free AI meta description generator to do this. Just describe your page, choose the writing tone, and set the number of variants you want.

Example results from Ahrefs' free AI meta description generatorExample results from Ahrefs' free AI meta description generator

8. Use structured data (and pair with Merchant Center)

Structured data enhances a product page’s SERP listing, often improving click-through rates and organic performance. It includes details like product name, price, and availability, aiding search engines in better understanding page content.

Although structured data is not a ranking factor, Google’s Gary Ilyses notes:

It will help us understand your pages better, and indirectly, it leads to better ranks in some sense, because we can rank easier.

Pairing structured data with product feeds from the Merchant Center amplifies eligibility for enriched results and diverse search experiences, also enabling free Google Shopping listings. This dual data optimizes visibility across various Google products.

Providing structured data impacts how you’ll be displayed in various Google products, such as:

You usually find prices and reviews in the detailed results. However, adding more product details to your structured data can improve your listings and Google’s understanding of your content further. This data could cover product pros and cons, shipping, returns, and stock information.

To use structured data, JSON-LD is the recommended option. Here’s an example of some simple product schema for a Bellroy slim wallet. It includes pricing, shipping, returns, reviews, and more:

<script type="application/ld+json">
{
  "@context": "http://schema.org/",
  "@type": "Product",
  "sku": "bellroy-00001",
  "gtin14": "01234567890123",
  "name": "Bellroy Slim Wallet",
  "image": [
    "https://ahrefs.com/images/bellroy-slim-wallet-black.jpg"
  ],
  "description": "A slim, minimalist wallet made from premium, sustainably-sourced leather.",
  "brand": {
    "@type": "Brand",
    "name": "Bellroy"
  },
  "offers": {
    "@type": "Offer",
    "url": "https://www.yourwebsite.com/bellroy-slim-wallet",
    "itemCondition": "http://schema.org/NewCondition",
    "availability": "http://schema.org/InStock",
    "price": 79.00,
    "priceCurrency": "USD",
    "priceValidUntil": "2024-12-31",
    "shippingDetails": {
      "@type": "OfferShippingDetails",
      "shippingRate": {
        "@type": "MonetaryAmount",
        "value": 5.00,
        "currency": "USD"
      },
      "shippingDestination": {
        "@type": "DefinedRegion",
        "addressCountry": "US"
      },
      "deliveryTime": {
        "@type": "ShippingDeliveryTime",
        "handlingTime": {
          "@type": "QuantitativeValue",
          "minValue": 1,
          "maxValue": 2,
          "unitCode": "DAY"
        },
        "transitTime": {
          "@type": "QuantitativeValue",
          "minValue": 2,
          "maxValue": 7,
          "unitCode": "DAY"
        }
      }
    },
    "hasMerchantReturnPolicy": {
      "@type": "MerchantReturnPolicy",
      "applicableCountry": "CH",
      "returnPolicyCategory": "https://schema.org/MerchantReturnFiniteReturnWindow",
      "merchantReturnDays": 60,
      "returnMethod": "https://schema.org/ReturnByMail",
      "returnFees": "https://schema.org/FreeReturn"
    }
  },
  "review": {
    "@type": "Review",
    "reviewRating": {
      "@type": "Rating",
      "ratingValue": 4.5,
      "bestRating": 5
    },
    "author": {
      "@type": "Person",
      "name": "Jane Doe"
    }
  },
  "aggregateRating": {
    "@type": "AggregateRating",
    "ratingValue": 4.6,
    "reviewCount": 150
  }
}
</script>

9. Include customer reviews

Customer reviews are an invaluable way to help users make a purchasing decision and can also significantly impact SEO. Here are a few key benefits of reviews for product page SEO:

  • Relevant, helpful content: User-generated content, such as reviews, provides fresh and relevant content that is helpful to users, which is exactly the type of content Google aims to reward.
  • Improved CTR: Product pages with positive reviews tend to have higher click-through rates (CTR) than those without (if you add the structured data mentioned above).
  • Increasing Conversion Rates (CVR): Various studies have found significant benefits to CVR. One study by the Spiegel Research Center found that displaying reviews can increase CVR by up to 270%. A similar study by Bazaarvoice found that products with 25 reviews receive 108% more traffic than those without reviews.
  • Building trust and transparency: Reviews show that you value user opinions and are transparent about the quality and performance of your products. This transparency can increase customer loyalty and repeat purchases, which can indirectly impact SEO.

So it’s clear collecting reviews is something you should be doing; here are some additional tips you need to consider to ensure they positively impact SEO.

Use pagination with <a href> links for product pages

A common SEO misstep on product pages is insufficient indexing of review content, often as they aren’t crawlable.

This often happens as sites load reviews using AJAX and don’t include crawlable pagination, restricting search engines’ ability to crawl and index review content, which can help them understand relevancy.

Here are two key considerations to ensure that search engines can index your customer reviews.

Utilize <a href> links

You should use standard <a href> links when creating pagination for your reviews. This ensures search engines can easily discover and crawl each component page. Here’s an example of how you might implement this in HTML:

<nav>
  <ul class="pagination">
    <li><a href="https://ahrefs.com/product-page">1</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://ahrefs.com/product-page?page=2">2</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://ahrefs.com/product-page?page=3">3</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://ahrefs.com/product-page?page=4">4</a></li>
    <li><a href="http://ahrefs.com/product-page?page=5">5</a></li>
    <!-- etc. -->
  </ul>
</nav>

Incorporate self-referencing canonicals on each paginated page

Self-referencing canonicals inform search engines that each paginated page should be treated separately. This can help prevent issues with duplicate content.

Here’s how you might add a self-referencing canonical to each paginated page:

<!-- On /product-page?page=2 -->
<link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/product-page?page=2" />

<!-- On /product-page/reviews?page=3 -->
<link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/product-page?page=3" />

<!-- etc. →

Internal linking is a critical part of improving the SEO of your product pages. Adding strategic internal links to different products and categories helps search engines better understand your site structure and helps PageRank flow throughout the site.

One great element of product page internal linking is that it can be largely automated. Here’s an overview of the common types of internal linking you’ll see on product pages and how they’re often implemented.

Complementary products

Often, you’ll see complementary products to the one being purchased. For fashion retailers like Reiss, when viewing a blazer product, a complementary product would be recommending shirts and trousers.

Example of complimentary productsExample of complimentary products

This is usually manually selected by a site merchandiser or is rule-based. For example, if the product is a blazer, rules would be configured to show products from categories like “shirts,” “trousers,” and “pocket squares.”

Related products

Alongside complementary products, you’ll often also see directly related products to the one viewed.

Example of recommended productsExample of recommended products

These would often be automated by displaying products belonging to the same category and sometimes ones with common attributes to the one being viewed.

Frequently bought together

This is another common way related products are displayed on product pages.

Amazon is known for this feature; when viewing a product, you’ll often see a “Frequently Bought Together” section that shows you common products that others typically buy with the one you’re viewing.

Example of frequently bought together itemsExample of frequently bought together items

This is automated based on customer purchasing data. If customers often buy a camera, a tripod, and a camera bag, these items would display.

Links to all parent categories

In some instances, product pages will feature links that lead back to all parent categories to which the product belongs.

This allows users to navigate back and explore other items within those categories easily. It also benefits SEO by getting PageRank to flow back to important categories on the site.

This is usually implemented by simply listing the categories to which the current product has been added.

Example of linking to all parent categories on a product pageExample of linking to all parent categories on a product page

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs enhance navigation by showing users their location within a site’s hierarchy. Starting from the home page, they chart the path through categories and subcategories to the product.

Example of breadcrumbs on the Sephora websiteExample of breadcrumbs on the Sephora website

Breadcrumbs should remain static, even if a product falls into multiple categories. Static breadcrumbs ensure a consistent user experience and display the most relevant parent category path, helping users better understand site navigation.

Link to important products globally

If you have particularly important products, either for the site’s revenue or for organic traffic potential, consider linking to these products globally in the header or footer.

Here’s an example of that on Fanatical, a PC gaming site.

Example of of top selling games on the Fanatical websiteExample of of top selling games on the Fanatical website

By doing this, you’ll significantly increase the amount of PageRank flowing to them, helping their rankings and improving the user experience by prominently displaying key products.

Link to related categories from specification tables

Here’s another internal linking tip. Some websites link product details to related categories on their site.

Here’s another Fanatical example. They provide game details such as the publisher, genre, themes, and features of each game on their product pages. All these details connect to related categories on their site.

Example of game details on the Fanatical websiteExample of game details on the Fanatical website

They’ve inserted internal links in these detail tables, helping ranking signals flow to categories.

This practice can also apply to other sectors. For instance, a skincare retailer might link product ingredients to category pages targeting searches for products containing that ingredient.

11. Manage variants correctly

Managing product variants correctly is crucial for the SEO of a product page. Variants are minor changes in a product. For example, a car may have different colors or engine sizes. You need to have the right strategy for your variants because:

  • It impacts whether you’ll show in Google Shopping.
  • Variants are usually near-duplicates. If ranking signals aren’t consolidated across multiple variants, they are diluted between them rather than consolidated into one stronger product page.

Think about using URL parameters or path segments if you want to internally link to specific product variants. This gives each variant a unique URL like “/t-shirt/green” or “/t-shirt?color=green”. It can make your site structure clearer for users and search engines.

But don’t forget to use canonical tags in this case. Choose one product variant URL as the canonical URL for the product. If you use optional query parameters for variants, pick the URL without any parameters as the canonical one.

For example, if you sell T-shirts in different colors and used URLs like the below:

  • /t-shirt?color=green
  • /t-shirt?color=blue
  • /t-shirt?color=red

You would make “/t-shirt” the canonical URL for all T-shirt variants. This helps Google understand how different product variants relate to each other.

<!-- Canonical URL for all variants: -->
<link rel="canonical" href="https://www.example.com/t-shirt" />

However, it’s worth considering whether you really need different URLs for each product variant. If:

  • Users aren’t searching for variants based on your keyword research.
  • There’s no advantage to having separate listings on Google Shopping.
  • You don’t want to list variants on category pages.

Then you might prefer to use just one product page URL and manage variant client-side using AJAX. This way, all variants are shown on one page, and customers can select their preferred variant on one URL.

XML sitemaps help enhance the crawling and indexing of your content. This is particularly useful for big e-commerce stores.

XML sitemaps aren’t a new concept, but I do suggest using the <lastmod> attribute in your XML sitemaps if you offer many products. Here’s an example of what that looks like:

<url>
   <loc>https://www.yourwebsite.com/blue-widget</loc>
   <lastmod>2023-09-25</lastmod>
</url>

Note that I’m not recommending including <changefreq> or <priority>. Google or Bing uses neither of these, so they’re safe to remove.

When you add <lastmod>, Google more efficiently detects changes to your products. This approach saves crawl budget, especially for sites that have many changes. Sites can use this attribute to let Google know about content updates.

13. Have a discontinued + out of stock strategy

In ecommerce, managing discontinued and out-of-stock products is not just about inventory management. It’s a crucial aspect of user experience and search engine optimization.

Addressing these products correctly can determine whether a potential customer stays on your website or bounces off.

Understand the value of discontinued pages

Beyond inventory considerations, recognize that these pages, especially ones with high traffic or inbound links, can carry significant SEO weight. Pages with value should always be redirected to a relevant product or category.

Handle temporarily out-of-stock products

  • Keep the product page live if a restock is anticipated.
  • Label the product as “out of stock,” providing clarity and preventing user frustration.
  • Offer notifications for restocks, ensuring return visits.
  • Suggest alternative products, catering to the user’s purchase intent.

Manage permanently discontinued products

  • Retain the page if it has a high search demand, but ensure users are presented with alternatives or clear communication about the product status.
  • If there is low demand, redirect users to a related product that is a new version of the old product. If that isn’t possible, consider redirecting to a category with a notice explaining the discontinuation and offering alternatives.
  • Consider re-using the URL without redirecting if the product is the same but a small change to a previous product.
  • Use HTTP Status 410 for products not returning and without significant SEO or user value. It informs search engines to deindex the page.

Remember to tidy up site navigation:

  • Regularly audit and remove internal links to old products.
  • Update XML sitemaps and on-site search functionalities.

By implementing this strategy, you maintain SEO value and ensure a seamless and informative experience for your users, enhancing brand trust and loyalty.

14. Be selective with linking & indexing

Not every product page warrants equal attention from search engines. This is especially true for industries with intricate product variants, where sheer volume could dilute the overall impact of your site’s SEO efforts.

Take, for instance, a diamond retailer. A single diamond can have countless variants based on cut, clarity, carat, color, and other distinguishing features. When you multiply these variations across numerous diamonds, you end up with a staggering number of individual product pages.

Here’s why this is an SEO issue:

  1. Content quality: If you have 100,000s of product variants for items like a diamond, it’s very likely the content between each variant will be very similar.
  2. Indexing overload: Search engines probably won’t index thousands of product pages that have only slight differences. There’s usually no search interest in these minor variations. This could hurt your site’s SEO, particularly if the pages are not of high quality. Moreover, this situation will likely lead to diluted ranking signals between all these pages.
  3. User experience: For industries with extensive variations like diamonds, users often prefer browsing categories or filters to narrow down their choices. They also don’t tend to search for specific diamond variants. They’ll search more broadly for shapes or sizes.

The way forward:

  • Emphasize categories: Instead of focusing on individual product pages, prioritize categories like “Princess Cut Diamonds” or “1-Carat Diamonds.” These category pages can then be optimized for relevant search queries, driving traffic more effectively.
  • Use noindex strategically: Implement the noindex directive for product pages that don’t need to be discovered by search engines. This ensures that search engines focus on your category pages that users actually search for.
  • Don’t use <a href> links to products: Instead, use JS to load them. This method helps avoid too much crawling of pages marked with noindex, wasting crawling resources. You might consider using robots.txt. However, based on my experience, if you continue using <a href> links, Google might index your product pages. It sees the links and assumes they’re significant while not being able to see the noindex because you’ve blocked page crawling.

This method is effective for certain types of sites in particular situations. You need to apply it thoughtfully. Also, a well-organized category page structure is necessary to make the most of it.

Final thoughts

Navigating the intricacies of product page SEO can be daunting, but with the insights from this guide, the journey becomes more manageable.

Remember, it’s not just thinking of ranking signals, but providing value to your audience. As you optimize, keep your end-user at the forefront, and success will follow.

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Choosing the right website builder may depend on your goals. They have a variety of features, and some platforms excel in areas that others don’t.

Not all builders will fit if you need advanced SEO or ecommerce capabilities.

We compared 10 website builders based on price, data limits, core use cases, and whether they provide domains.

The 10 Best Website Builders Compared

Website Builder Starting Price Free Option Premium Content Gates Limits Free Domain Great For Extras We Like
WordPress.com $9/month Yes Yes 1-50 GB Yes (annual plans only) Blogging and text-based sites
  • Easily work between the .com and self-hosted sites.
  • Customizability.
Wix $17/month Yes Yes 2 GB-Unlimited Yes Small businesses & entrepreneurs
  • Educational programs and support.
  • Scheduling.
  • Ad management.
  • Email campaigns.
Duda $25/month 14 days Yes 1-4 sites No Getting started
  • Excellent help and support.
  • Zapier integration.
  • Multiple language sites.
  • Content library and free assets.
HubSpot $15/month Yes Yes Up to 30 pages on the free plan No Scaling
  • Conversational bots.
  • Wide range of free tools for sales, marketing, and services.
  • Extensive site and business owner education.
  • Mobile app.
Squarespace $25/month 14 days Yes Unlimited bandwidth, 30 minutes of video storage Yes (annual plans only) Quick, no-fuss sites
  • Custom product creation without worrying about fulfillment and shipping.
  • Integrated ecommerce on larger plans.
Webflow $18/month Yes Yes Starts with 1 GB bandwidth and 50 CMS items Yes Designers & Agencies
  • Schema markup and structured search support.
  • Pre-built interactions.
IONOS $6/month No No 50-75 GB Yes Small businesses on a budget
  • Affordable.
  • Competitor tracking.
  • Online booking included.
  • Built-in privacy and SSL.
Shopify $5/month 3 days No Unlimited products, bandwidth, and online storage No Ecommerce
  • Wide range of ecommerce features.
  • Large app store for extensions.
Weebly $12/month Yes No Unlimited storage Yes Beginners
  • Ease of use.
  • Built-in SEO tools.
Hostinger $2.99/month No No 25,000 visits,
100 GB SSD storage,
400,000 files
Yes Budget sites
  • Very affordable plans.
  • 24/7 customer support.

10 Best Website Builders For 2024

1. WordPress.com

Screenshot from WordPress.com, June 2024

With 62.7% of the market share held between WordPress.com and .org, WordPress is the largest and most prominent website builder.

Key Features

  • Over 50,000 plugins and 8,000 themes for customization.
  • Ability to transition between hosted and self-hosted options.
  • With paid plans, custom domains, site security, and advanced features are available.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • User-friendly interface suitable for beginners.
  • Flexibility to create various types of websites.
  • Built-in SEO tools and options to optimize your site for search engines.

Cost

  • $0-$70/month ($0-$45/month, billed annually), plus custom options.

2. Wix

Wix webpageScreenshot from Wix.com, June 2024

Wix controls only 4% of the CMS market, but that small number translates into hundreds of millions of users and makes it one of the most popular website builders.

It offers ease of use and flexibility, making it suitable for creating professional websites with expanded functionality.

Key Features

  • Customizable templates with drag-and-drop editing.
  • Wide range of elements and third-party apps for added functionality.
  • Comprehensive business solutions, including ecommerce and marketing tools.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Suitable for beginners and those needing advanced features.
  • SEO Wiz tool for optimizing your site’s SEO settings.
  • Extensive help, resources, and guides for website creation and promotion.

Cost

  • $0-$159/month, plus custom options.

3. Duda

Duda.coScreenshot from Duda.co, June 2024

Duda is a website builder that balances ease of use with advanced customization options, making it popular among designers and developers.

Key Features

  • Drag-and-drop interface and customizable templates.
  • Widgets and add-ons for expanded functionality, including ecommerce.
  • Mobile editor for creating mobile-friendly versions of your site

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Suitable for businesses and individuals seeking a professional website.
  • Built-in SEO optimization features, including meta descriptions and sitemaps.
  • Excellent customer support with live chat, email, and resources.

Cost:

  • $25-$199/month ($19-$149/month, billed annually), plus custom options.

4. HubSpot

HubSpot webpageScreenshot from HubSpot.com, June 2024

HubSpot is an all-in-one marketing, sales, and customer service platform with a powerful website builder.

Key Features

  • Drag-and-drop interface and customizable templates.
  • Pre-built modules for forms, CTAs, and social media integration.
  • Integrated CMS, marketing automation, and sales tools.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Ideal for businesses seeking a comprehensive solution.
  • Built-in SEO tools for keyword research, on-page optimization, and analytics.
  • Scalable platform that grows.

Cost

  • $0-$450/month, plus custom options.

5. Squarespace

SquarespaceScreenshot from Squarespace, June 2024

Squarespace is a website builder that offers beautifully designed templates and powerful ecommerce features.

Key Features

  • Customizable templates that work across devices.
  • Ecommerce tools for inventory management, order tracking, and payment processing.
  • Marketing tools for SEO, video, and audience management

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Ideal for businesses focusing on ecommerce and brand promotion.
  • Built-in SEO features and integration with Google Analytics.
  • Mobile app for managing your site on the go.

Cost

  • $25-$72/month ($16-$52/month, billed annually), and enterprise plans.

6. Webflow

Homepage of webflow.comScreenshot from webflow.com, May 2024

Webflow is a website builder offering advanced design and development features suitable for users of all skill levels.

Key Features

  • Free plan for getting started with basic features.
  • Ecommerce plan with advanced tools for selling products and managing orders.
  • Team plan with collaboration features and client billing.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Suitable for individuals and teams looking for advanced customization options.
  • Advanced SEO features, including schema and Open Graph.
  • Unique features like scheduled publishing, logic flows, and animations.

Cost

  • $0-$235/month ($0-$212/month, billed annually), including enterprise plans.

7. IONOS

Homepage of ionos.comScreenshot from: ionos.com, May 2024.

IONOS is an affordable and simple website builder that offers all the essential features for creating a functional and beautiful site.

Key Features

  • Three-step site design process: choosing a design, adding content, and promoting.
  • Search engine-optimized templates built for performance.
  • Presence Suite for managing and promoting your site

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Ideal for quick website setups, test projects, and DIYers.
  • Templates are pre-optimized for search engines.
  • Affordable pricing plans with essential features.

Cost

  • $6-$15/month ($4-$8/month billed three years in advance).

8. Shopify

1721393763 166 The 10 Best Website Builders To Consider 2024Screenshot from: Shopify.com, June 2024.

Shopify is a comprehensive ecommerce platform that enables businesses to create online stores and sell products easily.

Key Features

  • Customizable templates and drag-and-drop editing.
  • Powerful ecommerce tools for inventory management, payment processing, and shipping.
  • The app store has thousands of apps to extend functionality.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Ideal for businesses of all sizes looking to create an online store.
  • Built-in SEO features and the ability to edit meta tags, URLs, and site structure.
  • 24/7 customer support and extensive documentation.

Cost

  • $19-$399/month ($29-$299/month billed annually).

9. Weebly

1721393763 174 The 10 Best Website Builders To Consider 2024Screenshot from: weebly.com, June 2024.

Weebly is a user-friendly website builder that offers a wide range of features for creating professional websites and online stores.

Key Features

  • Drag-and-drop interface and customizable templates.
  • Ecommerce functionality with inventory management and payment processing.
  • Blogging platform and app center for additional features.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Suitable for beginners and small businesses.
  • Built-in SEO tools, including meta descriptions, alt tags, and sitemaps.
  • Responsive customer support and community forum.

Cost

  • $$0-$29/month ($10-$26/month billed annually).

10. Hostinger

1721393763 885 The 10 Best Website Builders To Consider 2024Screenshot from hostinger.com, June 2024.

Hostinger offers an easy-to-use website-building tool in its web hosting plans, designed to help users get sites up and running fast.

Key Features

  • Intuitive and user-friendly interface.
  • Suitable for beginners and those needing a website up and running quickly.
  • Free domain, website migration, email, and SSL are included in the hosting package.

Benefits & SEO Highlights

  • Optimized for speed using LiteSpeed Web Server technology, advanced cache solutions, and Object Cache for WordPress.
  • Advanced security features, including unlimited SSL certificates, DDoS protection, automatic backups, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Cost

  • $2.99-$9.99 for the first month ($7.99-$19.99/month on renewal).

Find The Right Website Builder For Your Needs

When choosing a website builder, consider your needs, budget, and skill level.

  • WordPress.com offers flexibility and customization for bloggers and content-heavy sites.
  • Small businesses and entrepreneurs may prefer all-in-one solutions like Wix or HubSpot for marketing integration.
  • Ecommerce stores should evaluate dedicated platforms like Shopify for robust selling tools.
  • Beginners can start with user-friendly builders like Weebly, while designers and agencies may prefer more advanced options like Webflow.

With the variety of website builders available, there’s a solution for every need.

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How to Get Search Traffic Without Ranking for Anything

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Getting to the top of Google can be quite slow. Especially so for small, new websites. And the competition can often be too strong, which makes it quite unlikely for you to outrank your rivals in the first place.

Well… if you can’t win, change the rules.

There’s a very simple trick for getting search traffic for the keywords that you want to rank for—without actually ranking for them.

Enter…

One of the most common pieces of marketing advice is to “go fish where the fish are.” Whatever product or service you want to sell, you have to follow three simple steps:

  1. Figure out who your ideal customers are.
  2. Find the places where those people are hanging out online.
  3. Go to those places and find ways to promote your product.

Quick example: if you want to sell fitness gear, it would be good to figure out how to tap into the r/Fitness community on Reddit, which has over 12M members.

What does it have to do with SEO though?

Well, whatever search traffic you want to drive to your own website… someone is already getting it to theirs, right? And their website is not necessarily your direct competitor.

If you own a bagel joint in Singapore, you definitely want your website to rank in Google for “best bagels in Singapore.” But the pages that actually rank for this keyword are listicles, which give readers a bunch of different suggestions. So your job is to get featured in as many of those top-ranking listicles as possible.

Ranking for a keyword with your own website isn’t the only way to get customers from Google. Getting featured on other pages that rank for this keyword is incredibly effective too.

I call this tactic “second-hand search traffic”.

The underlying idea is not new though.

You might have heard of the concept called “Barnacle SEO,” shared by Rand Fishkin back in 2014. There’s also a concept called “Surround Sound,” coined by Alex Birkett. And another one called “SERP Monopoly strategy” by Nick Eubanks. There’s also a reverse concept, called “Rank & Rent.”

The idea behind all of these tactics is practically the same: if a page gets a lot of relevant search traffic from Google—you have to try and get your business mentioned there.

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But that’s easier said than done, right?

Why would anyone bother to feature your business on their website?

Well, one simple answer is money.

If a website owner can make money from mentioning your business on their page, there’s a good chance they’ll do it. This money could come in the form of an affiliate commission or a flat fee for an annual or permanent placement. Sometimes these things can also happen as part of a broader partnership deal.

Getting listed for free is very, very hard. Especially so if you’re not already a big and respected business that people naturally want to feature on their website.

And yet—it’s not completely impossible to get listed for free.

Case in point, we just published our own “best SEO conferences” post, in order to rank for relevant search queries and promote our upcoming event, Ahrefs Evolve Singapore.

And then we went ahead and reached out to all websites that rank for the “best SEO conferences” keyword and asked them to add Ahrefs Evolve to their listicles. So far 10 out of 17 featured us on their pages, without asking for any payment whatsoever.

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The most straightforward way to execute this strategy is to compile a list of highly relevant keywords (with high business potential scores), pull all the top-ranking pages for each of them into a spreadsheet, and start your outreach.

But there’s one other fruitful source of pages to get second-hand search traffic from. These are pages that are linking to your competitors, while getting a decent amount of search traffic themselves.

Here’s how to find these pages in 3 simple steps:

  1. Put the website of your competitor in Ahrefs’ Site Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the Backlinks report.
  3. Apply the “Referring page > Traffic” filter.
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Here’s an example of a page I found while trying this out for the ConvertKit website:

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As you can see, this page is not about “email marketing” (the primary topic you’d go for, if you wanted to promote an email marketing tool). And yet, this page is receiving 2.6k visitors per month from Google (as estimated by Ahrefs), and it recommends a bunch of email marketing tools to its readers.

So if you own an email marketing tool—like ConvertKit—you definitely want to get mentioned on that page alongside your competitors.

The moral of this story is that you should look outside of the topics that are immediately relevant to your business. Any page that gets traffic and mentions a competitor of yours should become your target.

And Ahrefs makes it super easy to find such pages.

That’s it.

I hope you found this tactic useful. Don’t sleep on it, because there’s a good chance that your competitors won’t.

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For the SEO industry, the Google documents leak offered an important view behind the scenes. Although the leak was not a blueprint of how the algorithm worked, there was considerable confirmation that SEO professionals were right about many elements of the algorithm.

From all the analysis and discussion following the leak, the one insight that got my attention was how important the brand is.

Rand Fishkin, who broke the leak, said this:

“Brand matters more than anything else … If there was one universal piece of advice I had for marketers seeking to broadly improve their organic search rankings and traffic, it would be: “Build a notable, popular, well-recognized brand in your space, outside of Google search.”

Mike King echoed this statement with the following observation:

“All these potential demotions can inform a strategy, but it boils down to making stellar content with strong user experience and building a brand, if we’re being honest.”

Mordy Oberstein, who is an advocate for building a brand online, posted on X (Twitter):

“I am SO happy that the SEO conversation has shifted to thinking about “brand.”

It’s not the first time that “brand” has been mentioned in SEO. We began to talk about this around 2012 after the impact of Panda and Penguin when it first became apparent that Google’s aim was to put more emphasis on brand.

Compounding this is the introduction of AI, which has accelerated the importance of taking a more holistic approach to online marketing with less reliance on Google SERPs.

When I spoke to Pedro Dias, he said, “We need to focus more than ever on building our own communities with users aligned to our brands.”

As someone who had 15 years of offline experience in marketing, design, and business before moving into SEO, I have always said that having this wide knowledge allows me to take a holistic view of SEO. So, I welcome the mindset shift towards building a brand online.

As part of his X/Twitter post, Mordy also said:

“I am SO happy that the SEO conversation has shifted to thinking about “brand” (a lot of which is the direct result of @randfish’s & @iPullRank’s great advice following the “Google leaks”).

As someone who has straddled the brand marketing and SEO world for the better part of 10 years – branding is A LOT harder than many SEOs would think and will be a HUGE adjustment for many SEOs.”

Following his X/Twitter post, I reached out to Mordy Oberstein, Head of SEO Brand at Wix, to have a conversation about branding and SEO.

What Do SEO Pros Need To Know About ‘Brand’ To Make The Mindset Shift?

I asked Mordy, “In your opinion, what does brand and building a brand mean, and can SEO pros make this mindset shift?”

Mordy responded, “Brand building basically means creating a connection between one entity and another entity, meaning the company and the audience.

It’s two people meeting, and that convergence is the building of a brand. It’s very much a relationship. And I think that’s what makes it hard for SEOs. It’s a different way of thinking; it’s not linear, and there aren’t always metrics that you can measure it by.

I’m not saying you don’t use data, or you don’t have data, but it’s harder to measure to tell a full story.

You’re trying to pick up on latent signals. A lot of the conversation is unconscious.

It’s all about the micro things that compound. So, you have to think about everything you do, every signal, to ensure that it is aligned with the brand.

For example, a website writes about ‘what is a tax return.’ However, if I’m a professional accountant and I see this on your blog, I might think this isn’t relevant to me because you’re sending me a signal that you’re very basic. I don’t need to know what a tax return is; I have a master’s degree in accounting.

The latent signals that you’re sending can be very subtle, but this is where it is a mindset shift for SEO.”

I recalled a recent conversation with Pedro Dias in which he stressed it was important to put your users front and center and create content that is relevant to them. Targeting high-volume keywords is not going to connect with your audience. Instead, think about what is going to engage, interest, and entertain them.

I went on to say that for some time, the discussion online has been about SEO pros shifting away from the keyword-first approach. However, the consequences of moving away from a focus on traffic and clicks will mean we are likely to experience a temporary decline in performance.

How Does An SEO Professional Sell This To Stakeholders – How Do They Measure Success?

I asked Mordy, “How do you justify this approach to stakeholders – how do they measure success?”

Mordy replied, “I think selling SEO will become harder over time. But, if you don’t consider the brand aspect, then you could be missing the point of what is happening. It’s not about accepting lower volumes of traffic; it’s that traffic will be more targeted.

You might see less traffic right now, but the idea is to gain a digital presence and create digital momentum that will result in more qualified traffic in the long term.”

Mordy went on to say, “It’s going to be a habit to break out of, just like when you have to go on a diet for a long-term health gain.

The ecosystem will change, and it will force change to our approach. SEOs may not have paid attention to the Google leak documents, but I think they will pay attention as the entire ecosystem shifts – they won’t have a choice.

I also think C-level will send a message that they don’t care about overall traffic numbers, but do care about whether a user appreciates what they are producing and that the brand is differentiated in some way.”

How Might The Industry Segment And What Will Be The Important Roles?

I interjected to make the point that it does look a lot like SEO is finally making that shift across marketing.

Technical SEO will always be important, and paid/programmatic will remain important because it is directly attributable.

For the rest of SEO, I anticipate it merges across brand, SEO, and content into a hybrid strategy role that will straddle those disciplines.

What we thought of as “traditional SEO” will fall away, and SEO will become absorbed into marketing.

In response, Mordy agreed and thought that SEO traffic is part of a wider scope or part of a wider paradigm, and it will sit under brand and communications.

An SEO pro that functions as part of the wider marketing and thinks about how we are driving revenue, how we are driving growth, what kind of growth we are driving, and using SEO as a vehicle to that.

The final point I raised was about social media and whether that would become a more combined facet of SEO and overall online marketing.

Mordy likened Google to a moth attracted to the biggest digital light.

He said, “Social media is a huge vehicle for building momentum and the required digital presence.

For example, the more active I am on social media, the more organic branded searches I gain through Google Search. I can see the correlation between that.

I don’t think that Google is ignoring branded searches, and it makes a semantic connection.”

SEO Will Shift To Include Brand And Marketing

The conversation I had with Mordy raised an interesting perspective that SEO will have to make significant shifts to a brand and marketing mindset.

The full impact of AI on Google SERPs and how the industry might change is yet to be realized. But, I strongly recommend that anyone in SEO consider how they can start to take a brand-first approach to their strategy and the content they create.

I suggest building and measuring relationships with audiences based on how they connect with your brand and moving away from any strategy based on chasing high-volume keywords.

Think about what the user will do once you get the click – that is where the real value lies.

Get ahead of the changes that are coming.

Thank you to Mordy Oberstein for offering his opinion and being my guest on IMHO.

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