SEO has more tactics available than you—or anyone else for that matter—have time to implement. Yet, the more you add to the mix of things you can do, the stronger your SEO and the more traffic and sales you’ll pull in.
Do you know about “UGC?” This stands for “user-generated content” and refers to a number of different content types.
Since this content is generated by users, however, it naturally receives heightened levels of trust from online searchers (provided they know it wasn’t sponsored in some way). More trust means more clicks, which leads to more loyal customers.
Here are some different types of UGC and how to score them:
1. Quick Win: Rich Snippets
You’ve undoubtedly spotted these star ratings amongst search results before:
They make your search listings obvious and easy to click on—in this case with respect to Amazon, but you can employ the same strategy for your own e-commerce site too (through a relatively simple process).
In fact, it’s possible to increase your clickthrough rate by 20-30%, which is quite a big deal. However, the amount your sales will increase ultimately depends on the quality of the sales page users click through to.
2. Total Reviews Featured on Your Website Increase SEO, Too!
Rich snippets target a specific page and increase its ranking, CTR (Click Through Rate), and sales. However, the total number of reviews you pull in across all products and services on your site improves your ranking as well.
For example, check out this chart from Search Engine Journal—reflecting the number of additional organic visits created on 30,000 business websites following the addition of reviews.
As you can see, it takes a good 9 months to achieve the full effect; but every little bit counts.
You might ask yourself: Why does Google even care about these reviews so much?
In short, they aim to give the market what it wants. Since consumers trust reviews from other consumers, Google gives these a boost in search rankings, accordingly.
Some businesses use separate testimonial pages for their website. Others embed testimonials on various pages where their customers are likely to stop and make a decision.
The latter is likely more effective. However, in either case, testimonials often use important keywords that Google indexes regarding your website.
Moreover, testimonials act as highly effective “social proof.” In other words, your website visitors read these and place a lot of trust in them when making a purchase decision.
It’s important to let your customers write their own testimonials (you can provide them with questions to guide their responses). In doing so, they’re more likely to use important keywords and add credibility to the process—in comparison to those that are professionally written.
While there are so many ways user-generated content comes into play with SEO (especially through social media), these are just a few examples packing an SEO ranking power punch.
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