By The SEO Digital Marketing Team | Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 | SEO for Painters.
People are always asking questions. And when a question comes up, most people ask Google. Google understands how to answer any questions we ask. And Google has figured something out along the way. Most of us have more questions about products and services than the one we asked to start with. Enter People Also Ask (PAA).
The PAA update is a newer feature of the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) that shows the user what other questions people have about a topic or product. Here’s one example you may see when learning about the recent Google Doodle of mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. When you ask Google, “who is benoit mandelbrot”, an interactive box appears under your query, and suggests 4 more questions you could ask about the topic you’re interested in.
If you click on an arrow next to a question “people also ask”, it expands to reveal a featured snippet that answers that question.
The wormhole-like update may mean another time suck for average Google users. But for content marketing teams and people looking to tighten up their painting business SEO, it’s a new opportunity. There are now many more paths people are taking to find answers, and some of those paths could lead them straight to your painting or contracting company.
Google algorithm updates are all tailored to users’ searches, and each update reflects how search queries are changing. The People Also Ask update gives multiple insights that can help us level up content and optimize that content for SEO:
Anytime Google rolls out another algorithm update, that means it’s time to refresh your content. People Also Ask is an algorithm update based on how people speak and ask questions, and the questions are worded very naturally. You can make your painting company content PAA-friendly in several important ways. Here are some of our favorites:
To improve your content, it’s time to start asking questions as a team. Use your existing website keyword data as a starting point, build questions around them, and search for those questions on both Google and your keyword reporting tools. Your keyword research tools will give you insights into current performance data for each question, and Google will give you more ideas for future keyword questions to research and center content around.
Your site architecture can mirror the PAA update in important ways that make your user experience richer, and your painting and contracting content more cohesive across your site. We recommend checking all your company website pages for high-quality links once you have incorporated questions people also ask into your blogs, FAQ, videos, and other content.
The content you’re crafting is prime real estate for keyword-rich links between the question-answering pages on your site. For example, the FAQ list can be linked to blogs that answer those questions. The blog could link to videos, which answer related questions in a bite-sized format someone can watch quickly before making their decisions about purchasing products or services from you.
When you add links to your website content, be sure to link the entire question. This will help Googlebots when crawling and indexing your content, and it will stand out more to the user who is skimming your website for relevant questions and answers.
Google algorithm updates are constantly working together for a more seamless search experience. PAA is a great complement to the recent Google BERT update, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand natural language, including the context of parts of speech. It’s in your best interest when developing painting business marketing content or making website changes to ask yourself:
These and similar questions should be central to any content marketing planning you and your digital marketing team are working on for this year and the years to come. You may need to invest some time and resources in refreshing your content. But if that means better marketing performance and happier customers, what have you got to lose?