Best SEO Practices
Last year was a pivotal moment for Core Updates and changes to SEO best practices that improve the quality of pages for visitors. With Google’s advancements in algorithms and additional features from tools like Google Lens, we can expect to see more diversification of SERPs. This will have an impact on how we handle SEO today and in the future.
What are the benefits of a multimedia-first SEO strategy?
MUM is the most recent addition to Google’s arsenal of super-powerful algorithms that aid in the understanding of data in new and novel ways. It works in conjunction with BERT, but it is far more powerful.
MUM stands for “multitask unified model,” and it can process natural language in over 75 languages, with more on the way. It can also handle text and images with comparable quality, and it will soon be able to process video and audio as well. This means we’ll likely see the influence of this in the SERPs, particularly in terms of how they appear, which will also affect some of the targeted algorithm adjustments in the future.
This shift in focus is a natural progression from a mobile-first digital experience that allows users to interact with the material in real-time via a variety of inputs, outputs, and tools, frequently all at the same time. Google’s effort for better understanding — and ranking media like images and video — will force SEOs to take a fresh look at multimedia material.
In 2022, which short-term multimedia optimizations should you focus on?
Google Lens uses visual recognition.
Google has been investing heavily in picture recognition technology for almost a decade, but the pace and breadth of their incorporation into everyday search has recently increased.
As a result, upgrades to and new uses for Google Lens have featured front and center at recent flagship events such as Google I/O and SearchOn, and their future aspirations to go into health rely heavily on perfecting their visual search capabilities.
The integrated Google Lens in the search widget for Pixel and Android phones, as well as Chrome’s mobile search bar, in 2021. Google Lens upgrades from last year included the ability to use augmented reality to translate text in over 100 languages and do focused visual searches of screenshots. You can see that change is afoot when you add to this list of capabilities their impending launch of a MUM-enabled option to “Add Questions” to Lens searches.
What effect does Google Lens have on image SEO?
In terms of how search engines understand your images, standard features like alt-text, schema markup, file names, image titles, and file sizes will continue to be crucial and relevant. However, elements such as composition will emerge as a result of this. This means that SEOs may need to have more strategic discussions regarding the appearance of photos and how they’re displayed on a website.
Photographs with a clear composition will be better understood for visual search than images that are crowded, complex, or partially visible. Simply said, clearer photos result in more relevant search results and business benefits for your content.
For speed, security is essential.
Both security and speed are well-known ranking considerations. Many people realized that the two parts were intertwined during the big Core Web Vitals push in 2021. I’ve observed server security optimization boost page performance for multiple clients on a per-account basis. On a broader scale, when Wix increased their CWV performance year over year, improvements such as universal HTTP/2 to improve SSL speeds were vital to the effort.
Google will prioritize security in its products and search services in the coming year. Chrome pledges to roll out new security and privacy features, including security features for iframes and cross-site navigation, which will add more checks as users move between links and use particular services.
In the coming year, this might give sites with top-tier security a competitive advantage in terms of performance, page experience, and conversions. The impact of the desktop page experience ranking upgrade, which is set to come in February 2022, could be felt across a wide range of domains.
When you combine this tendency with significant tech firms like Facebook and Google’s eager embrace of high-speed HTTP/3, it’s clear that older systems will struggle to stay up with user and bot expectations.
In the previous year, the use of HTTP/3, the latest HTTP protocol, has increased fivefold across the web, with roughly 25% of domains currently using it. Despite the fact that Cloudflare and many other leading cloud providers use it, it is not yet a standard.
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