Nolen and Jason discuss user intent on today’s Plumbing Webmasters podcast. One of the most significant changes in Google’s algorithm has been user intent in the past decade. As a result, websites from 12 years ago that once dominated have lost out to websites targeting specific intent.
What is User Intent?
User intent is Google’s perceived intent of search queries based on large-scale data analysis. If x amount of people who search for plumbing click on a plumbing service website, Google concludes that the term’s primary intent is to locate a plumbing service rather than general information.
How Plumbers Can Influence User Intent
Plumbing companies can influence user intent through various levers, including company branding, on-site content, and SEO signaling. Plumbers should brand their company as a plumbing entity and fill their website with relevant content that demonstrates trust and credibility.
Your first chance to meet user intent is with your company and domain name. For example, if you specialize in slab leak repair, jimslableakrepair.com will be a beneficial name. However, it also limits you to a particular category. Still, Google will view your name as the leader in this specialty.
Of course, it’s not as simple as choosing a name. First, your website must meet the criteria Google lays out for its authority websites. For example, quality content, schema markup, and quality backlinks all contribute to your website’s brand. So keep these things in mind when choosing a name.
Your web content is a great way to meet user intent in the plumbing industry. For example, you should publish a service page for each type of plumbing service you offer in 2022. In addition, you can strengthen intent by posting schema pins using the DataPins tool, which validates your service and service area.
Some plumbers try to expand user intent through blog posts, but most fail to move the needle in comparison to DataPins. In addition, blog posts don’t validate your company, particularly when written by outsourced content creators who are typically not affiliated with the plumbing industry.
Another way to meet user intent is through SEO signaling. SEO signals can include backlinks, branded search, and general entity connections. Using LSA keywords within your content is a great way to establish user intent. The more quality content you publish on a topic, the better.
Other signals include NAP citations from HomeAdvisor, Angi, Yelp, and social signals from Facebook, YouTube, and Linkedin. Whenever your brand is mentioned on another website, you will strengthen your brand signaling even without a link.
How User Intent Helps Plumbers
Ultimately, implementing these strategies will earn your website more traffic, generate more leads, and convert more customers in 2022. In addition, as you rank for long-tail keywords for various services in various cities, you pick up a more comprehensive range of potential clients. It’s a win-win for plumbers.
If you’d like to learn more about framing your plumbing business as a Google entity, get in touch with Plumbing Webmasters. Our content marketing strategy is crafted to help contractors establish themselves as authorities on specific services.