Adapting to New Optimization Challenges
As search engines evolve to align generation outputs with search and information retrieval intent, content teams should focus on creating content that showcases expertise throughout the buyer, customer, and information journey. Elite teams see these potential search result page real estate as a parallel optimization challenge, similar to map packs, Knowledge Graphs, and other SERP features.
Creating High-Quality, Authentic Content
While keeping up with search engine algorithms and generative AI tools is daunting, the need for high-quality content that is authentic to your brand tone, unique in perspective, and addresses your prospects’ pain points remains constant. Instead of competing for broad search terms, use tools like Moz and Semrush to find more focused terms where you already have high-performing content and repurpose it into new formats.
Extending Your Search to Social Networks
Social networks, such as Instagram and TikTok, have become search engines for younger users. Adapting to this behavior change is essential. Leveraging AI to optimize web content is now easier than ever with tools like ChatGPT for Google, WebChat GPT, and Allie AI. Testing and learning these AI tools can save you time on content marketing efforts.
Testing Language Models for SEO Strategy
Language models use word prediction to generate search results. By testing the outcomes of these models with specific terms, phrases, or topics, you can create your own content based on these results, increasing your chances of being indexed and associated with them. This allows you to leverage the propensities built by the models to enhance your content strategy.
Utilizing AI to Improve Content Marketing Efficiency
AI provides a welcome relief from administrative content work, allowing content marketers to focus more on adding connection, joy, and humanity to each piece they produce. Evaluating your martech stack to ensure it’s AI-powered can help you analyze keywords faster, improve content for search, and rank higher.
Developing Expertise to Improve AI
Embrace AI, but remember that it takes subject matter expertise, SEO knowledge, and strong writing skills to turn AI-generated copy into high-quality content that fuels SEO. Be prepared to spend time fact-checking and rewriting the work, especially when dealing with niche subjects.
Focusing on Quality and Audience
As large language models grow and voice search gains popularity, content quality will have to improve to keep up. Focus on creating valuable, compelling content for your specific audience, and optimize for voice search and natural language search. Concentrate on branded keywords or longtail keywords that answer specific questions.
Monitoring the Evolution of Search
As AI continues to disrupt traditional search engines, it’s essential to stay updated on the latest developments and adjust your SEO strategy accordingly. Stick to Google’s EEAT (experience, expertise, authoritativeness, trustworthiness) guidelines when it comes to ranking and use AI tools cautiously.