Sounds daft, looks daft but boy is a SERP important! SERP in all its glory – why you should be interested in SERP and what it means for your website activity and the web traffic that visits you. All followed up by some fantastic tips on how to fill the search results with links to your website.
What is a SERP in SEO?
White Rabbit likes to cut out as much jargon as possible, to ensure you fully understand all the ins and outs of your website. This can only help you to develop a valuable asset to both yourself and your customers. So here we go with cutting out the BS from a SERP 😉
SERP = Search Engine Results Page – Well that’s it really, the clue’s in the name. The pages of results generated by a search engine when users search the web for a specific phrase or keyword.
Why is SERP important?
You may well ask and if you don’t know that, I’m a little worried as to what you’re doing here… It’s fairly common knowledge that SERP is important because where your website falls in the search engine results pages, dictates whether you will get much traffic from that search engine and particular search term.
If you are near the top of page one in the search engine results, then you are far more likely to get people clicking through to your website; and in turn buying your product, service or whatever else it is you do with your website.
Read on to find out how you can maximise your impact and chances of getting clicked.
How To Fill SERPs With Your Website
Taking up as much ‘real estate’ in the search result pages can help you maximise your exposure in Google search results. Beyond your listing in the organic results, you can fill more areas in a SERP with content from and links to pages on your website.
1. Organic & Local Search Results
As you can see from the screenshot below, filling the above fold content of a localised SERP can be easy with just Organic Results and your Google My Business Listing (and search ads if you’re into that kind of thing).
Having two pages ranking in the top spots for the same search term can have a major impact on your CTR. This is known as ‘keyword cannibalisation‘ and can have a negative impact on pages further down the search results.
In addition to this capturing and expanding the local pack side panel; prominently displaying your brand name, reviews and logo. As well as filling the user’s screen, all this is helping to cement brand awareness and trust. Add products and posts to your My Business listing and see how far down the side of the SERP you can fill with your content.
PRO TIP: Adding an ‘Appointments’ link to your GMB will expand your side panel further and increase the chances of a user clicking through to your website.
2. Page Links & Rich Snippets
As with most of the pages and posts on this site, you’ll see the review rating stars in google organic results; these are added to your site and page’s rich snippets using structured schema data.
What you may also see in some search results (depending on the search term and relevance) are the shortcut type page links. These links shown below some of Google’s search results, called Sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. The systems analyse the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the info they’re looking for.
3. Branded Social Platforms
Creating your own company page on the major social platforms will definitely help with filling SERPs for branded search results. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts and pages can often feature heavily in search results. Make sure you have a presence on each of these and it could fill another slot in the organic search results.
4. Business Directories
Similar to social platforms, the major business directories can also feature on localised search results. Get yourself signed up to Yell, Tripadvisor and Cylex in your area at the very least. For a whole bunch more business listings to get exposure and backlinks, check out our post on Free Business Directories.
Stand Out In SERPs
As well as the above tips on increasing the size of your listing in organic results and improving your presence in general on the SERPs, you can use other techniques to stand out. One of the hottest tips at the moment is using Emoji in SERP 🔥
How To Improve SERP Rank
There are many ways to improving your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), this will move your website up the SERP positions and increase CTR. See the other White Papers and Tutorials on our blog for more information; or make contact today to discuss your needs and how White Rabbit can help.
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