How to optimise your website for semantic search

– Craig Wilson

As I posted recently, semantic search can have a significant impact on SEO because it changes the way search engines understand and interpret search queries. Instead of focusing on matching keywords to web pages, semantic search looks at the intent behind a query and provides the most relevant results.

So it is important for you to make sure that your website take advantage of this and is optimised correctly

Here are a few ways to optimise your website for semantic search:

  1. Understand your audience: Understand who your target audience is and what their search intent is. This will help you create content that addresses their needs and provides them with the information they are looking for.
  2. Use natural language: Use natural language and question-based phrases in your content. This will make it more likely that your website will be found when someone uses a voice search.
  3. Optimise for entities: Use entities and schema markup to help search engines understand the relationships between words on your website. This can improve your visibility in search results.
  4. Create high-quality content: Create high-quality, relevant content that addresses the user’s intent. This means that SEO efforts should focus on creating content that is both informative and useful to the user.
  5. Optimise for mobile devices: Optimising your website for mobile devices will improve the chances of your website being found when someone uses a voice search on a mobile device.
  6. Use Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) keywords: LSI keywords are related to the main keywords on a website. They help search engines understand the context of the content on a website.
  7. Optimise for Local SEO: Optimise your website for local search by including location-specific keywords and information, as well as by making sure your business is listed on local directories.
  8. Monitor your performance: Monitor your website’s performance using tools such as Google Search Console and Google Analytics to track your website’s visibility and performance in search results.

Remember, optimising for semantic search is about understanding the user’s intent, creating high-quality, relevant content, and using entities and schema markup to help search engines understand the relationships between words on your website. Additionally, optimising for mobile devices, LSI keywords, local SEO and monitoring performance will help to improve visibility in search results.

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Craig Wilson is the founder of Sticky. He has been in the business of growing businesses for over 25 years. If you’d like to speak with Craig to discuss how Sticky might be able to help your business get better results, just book a call here.

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