Featured snippets are selected by Google and appear at the top of SERPs. They are chosen to answer specific questions entered into the search bar. You have to work for this one.
These kinds of snippets come in a few forms including:
Paragraph featured snippets
List featured snippets
Table featured snippets
Video featured snippets
Why Are Search Snippets Important?
Search snippets are important because they can be the difference between a searcher clicking on your website, or moving on to a more enticing one.
If your snippet is visually appealing and contains relevant information with bolded keywords matching the search term/s then the searcher is much more likely to click.
How to Optimise Search Snippets
The techniques used to optimise search snippets vary depending on the type of snippet you are trying to optimise.
1. Optimising Standard Search Snippets
Optimising standard search snippets is pretty simple. Make your title tag unique and around 55 characters. Ensure your meta description accurately represents your site, optimised with keywords, without keyword stuffing and a maximum of 160 characters.
Create a URL that is both readable and hyphenated, with no capital letters, and include your target keyword.
2. Optimising Rich Snippets
Rich snippets are taken from structured markup in a page’s HTML. There are a few different types of rich snippets which website’s must choose from.
Some of the accepted data types include:
3. Optimising Content to Appear as a Featured Snippet
Getting your content to appear as a featured snippet is not easy. Essentially, you must be the best of the best, but there are somethings that you can do to increase your chances.
Excellent keyword research will be helpful here, as well as social media research to find out what questions are regularly asked.
Also, remember the key to appearing as a featured snippet, is providing a comprehensive but concise and easily digestible answer.
Stick to the facts, and utilise images for an added edge.
Tools to Help You With Search Snippets
Some tools that can help with the creation of your search snippets are:
Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool
WordPress’s Schema App Structured Data
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