Voice search SEO is the process of optimizing your medical website to increase the chances of it being found by prospective patients using a vocalized search term instead of typing it out. With the number of voice searches increasing as a % of total search, voice search should be included in the broader SEO campaign for your practice. Read more about SEO for Doctors and Medical Practices.
As of 2022, the most popular voice search devices are:
But regardless of the particular brand, it seems that the broader societal shift toward voice search is set to continue. Importantly, 27% of these searches are done on mobile devices (Think with Google), emphasizing why your practice should adopt a 'mobile-first' approach to digital marketing.
In a report about voice search by PWC, they found that over 72% of people have used voice search at least once. According to the report author, '[voice search] adoption is being driven by younger consumers, households with children'.
This youth factor is significant. As we know, the youth is society's future. So, high use of voice search among younger audiences indicates that this trend is set to continue. Practices, in other words, need to prepare for the voice search revolution. Investing in medical SEO, including voice search optimization, is becoming an increasingly important component digital marketing for doctors and medical practices.
Good news—optimizing your medical website for voice search will have a positive effect on your broader SEO campaign, because:
There are many steps you can take to optimize your medical website for voice search. Here are 8 ways to optimize your medical website for voice search.
Voice searches are not the same as text searches. They tend to be longer and often phrased as a question. For this reason, you may wish to target long tale keywords. Of course, the number of searches for long tale keywords is lower, but the good news is that the conversion rate will be higher.
Your site's content should aim to mirror this style—asking and answering many of the questions that patients may ask. Not sure what kind of questions the public is asking? Check our this tool: AnswerThePublic.com.
Considering that 27% of voice searches are conducted on smartphones and mobile devices, it is a good idea to ensure your site is 100% mobile-friendly. This makes sense—Google is unlikely to recommend a site that is likely to display badly or not function properly on the user's phone.
Not sure if your site needs improving? Use Google's free tool to check if your site is mobile-friendly.
Over half of all voice searches are related to local businesses (Semrush). In order to give your medical practice the best chance of ranking for such results, you need to optimize your Google Business Profile. Possible optimizations include:
Short and succinct answers to questions give your medical content the best chance of being quoted in Google's Featured Snippets section. This section appears above all other search results and can be a fantastic source of traffic for your site.
On average, websites ranked in voice search results load over 50% faster than websites that do not (Backlinko). In other words, in order to give your medical website the best chance of ranking in voice search queries, you should ensure that your site is running fast. Not sure if your site is fast enough? Check your site speed using Google's free tool.
If your site is running slowly, there are a number of steps you can take:
Google uses a criterion called 'Domain Authority' (DA) to determine a site's popularity and trustworthiness. It is scored out of 100. Put simply, the higher your Domain Authority, the more likely your site is to appear in search results—including voice search results. Of course, this is just one factor in Google's search algorithm, but it certainly helps. Not sure what your site's DA is? Check your domain authority for free here.
On average, pages ranking at the top of voice search queries have 2,312 words (backlinko). In other words, even though your answers to FAQs should be succinct, the page in general needs to have over 2,000 words. Not sure how to create that amount of SEO-optimized medical content? Read about our Medical Blog Writing Services.
Last—and perhaps easiest of all—you should ensure that your website is HTTPS (and not HTTP). Over 70% of all voice search results are HTTPS (Backlinko), so it's another box to check in terms of improving the voice search rankings for your medical website. Not sure how to set up HTTPS? Read Google's HTTPS advice here.
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