Have you experienced that odd moment where Google suggests a query before you even finish typing? It’s as though Google’s reading your mind! That’s not quite the case, but thanks to searcher intent, Google and other search engines can usually find the perfect answer within less than a second.
So, how do they do it? RankBrain, a machine learning artificial intelligence algorithm, is one of Google’s many algorithms working behind the scenes to determine a searcher’s intent and deliver search results based upon it.
There’s no question that searcher intent is important. For example, SparkToro’s Rand Fishkin gave us a great read on the topic with his 7 visuals explaining search intent. Pretty clever, don’t you think? As I was reading Rand’s theory, I wondered if it could be applied to local businesses’ placement in search results as well.
In order to help local businesses get found online, we must find a way to tap into Google’s mind-reading skills. The question is, how? Do we still optimize for keywords like we used to do with traditional SEO tactics? The short answer is yes, but there’s a lot more we can do, too. Visit Advice Local to [read more].