During the holiday season Google heavily discounted their voice assisted home and home mini devices. The prices they were being sold at seemed way too good to be true. According to Fortune, the Google Home Mini costs about $31 to make and was being sold around that price. On the outside, this may seem like a bad idea, but this was more of a clever ploy to get Google Homes inside people’s homes. With Google Assistant, you can talk to the device and ask it anything. From what the weather will be like for the week, to flight statuses, Google Home listens to you speak to it and finds out the answer to your inquiries. While it may not be able to do everything today, this is just a glimpse into what our future holds for voice search. Gone will be the days of short typed searches, and soon will come the days of conversational spoken searches.
Voice search is growing at a rapid pace and we wanted to outline some of the ways Voice search is and will continue to change the way we use the internet. As a result, the future of SEO is changing as well. Here are some ways Voice search is changing the future and how you can prepare.
How We Search
In the past (and even nowadays), when we searched for any content on the web, we always typed in short keywords to find what we were looking for. That is changing and will soon be a thing of the past. Conversational long keywords will become the norm and you’ll need to be on top of it if you want to boost your SEO. Yes, this may create more work, and the work needs to be more detailed. Including keywords that describe your product or service features in the most detailed way possible will be hugely beneficial and you’ll need to include specific phrases as if you are having a conversation. Words like “oven” won’t be as helpful as it would have been in the past, and you need to start being much more specific.
Speaking vs. Typing
When you explain the same thing to someone in a text, is it the same way you would say it to them in person? Probably not. We are so accustomed to using shorthand when typing, it’s hard to remember that’s not how we actually ask for things when speaking with someone. If I want to search for traffic, I would just type “traffic Vancouver” as opposed to asking someone “What is the traffic like in Vancouver tomorrow?”. Voice search allows you to speak in a more natural speech pattern. Incorporating natural speech into your content is going benefit you in so many ways going forward.
As we discussed in our previous post, mobile is the future, and you should be prioritizing your mobile site above all. Make sure your mobile site is up to today’s standards because the future of voice search is in mobile. According to comscore, 50% of all searches by 2020 will be Voice searches. That is realty exciting if you are prepared for it, but can be terrifying if you aren’t.
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