Hunting Down SERP Features to Understand Intent & Drive Traffic – Next Level
Or they might shuffle into the results, like so:
Then again, they may hang out over here, all nonchalant but desperate to please at the same time:
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Welcome to the seventh installment of our educational Next Level series! In our last episode, Jo showed us how to better optimize our sites when we think we’ve done it all (but still aren’t ranking). This time around she’s giving us the tools and the knowledge to finally capture ourselves a SERP feature. Read on and level up!
Are you within striking distance of traffic-bumping SERP features?
The content on your freakin’ awesome site better be targeting the intent of the searcher.
People of the world want different types of content depending on what they search. If you get this right, your content will earn the engagement signals that tell search engines you’re fighting the good fight.
The stakes are even higher now. Not only are you battling it out in the organic results, but there are attention-grabbing features that draw clicks away from organic results.
But, hey now, chin up! You can use these features to focus on keywords with higher opportunity and win those bobby-dazzlers to drive even more traffic.
I’m going to show you how to use the ever-impressive SERP features to check whether you’re targeting intent and whether the entirety of your content satisfies searcher intent, putting you within striking distance of owning some of those queue-jumping features.
Follow along in your Moz Pro account or start a free trial, it’ll be fun, trust me.
What is searcher intent?
Intent is the nuanced language people use to search different things, and it drastically changes what they’re really, truly seeking.
Every single time a human inputs their heart’s desire into that blank, judgement-free rectangle, they’re asking Google to satisfy their intent.
Show me your best “headphone reviews,” your most reliable “sewing machine repairs,” your funniest “cat vs printer gifs,” I command thee!
Headphone reviews – I want comparisons, specs, images, first-hand experiences. Maybe I’ll buy something, eventually.
Sewing machine repairs – I’m looking for a local business who I can call or visit. Or an instructional article or video.
Cat vs printer gifs – Desperately seeking images in the .gif format of a furry friend freaking out over a machine friend.
With a few simple clicks on my keyboard, my intention is revealed. As a marketer, if you’re targeting keywords with particular intent, then this needs to be reflected in your content. As a searcher, I haven’t got time to read a long article about cat gifs and printers. I want an array of images to choose from. Likewise, I don’t want to scroll through an image gallery when I’m looking for a service, or an in-depth guide when I’m on the precipice of entering that ever-so-tempting sales funnel.
Now let’s look more specifically at the headphone niche. If you sell headphones you might think, “If I can stuff my landing page with a bit of jazzy content and get it in front of every person who searches for ‘headphones’ in every weird and wonderful way, I’m bound to get a chunk of traffic and *bam*, I’ll sell a bunch of headphones.”
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Source:: Moz Blog