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3 min read

Are Zero-Click Searches Beneficial For My Business?

An in-depth guide discussing the value of zero-click searches. In this blog,  we will be discussing: What are zero-click searches? How Important are they? How can they benefit your business? And how you can you implement them into your SEO strategy? 

50.3% of all searches end without a click to other content, 5.3% lead to a click to organic content, and 4.4% lead to a click on a paid ad. "What this means is that more than half of all searches now generate no traffic for third-party websites outside Google services."

With such a high percentage of zero-click searches, it is crucial to understand them thoroughly so you can use them to benefit your own business

 

Table Of Contents

  1. What Are Zero Click Searches?
  2. What Are The Different Types Of Zero Click Searches & What Do They Look Like?
  3. What Are The Benefits Of Zero Click Searches?
  4. How Can You Setup Zero Click Searches?

What Are Zero Click Searches?

Zero-click searches are the results of a query a user inputs into a search engine, such as Google. The user will find all the relevant information they need directly on the search results page without having to visit an external website.

Some website owners and marketers are worried about the impact of zero-click searches as it doesn't require users to visit their website directly, leading to a decrease in organic traffic as well as lower visibility for websites that rely on traffic, conversions and customer engagement. 

What Are The Different Types Of Zero Click Searches & What Do They Look Like?

Featured Snippets


Google will pull the relevant information from a webpage and display it at the top of the search engine results (SERPs), providing an answer to the initial question.

In the example below, we searched the term 'digital marketing' and Google gives us a small section that includes an image, and description, without needing to visit their website. Below this, you will see the website's title, description, and link as usual, directing you to the webpage.

A featured snippet example. This showcases the search result being 'digital marketing' with a short but highlighted response that Google has given, taken from a website which you can visit to view their fully page by clicking on their link.

Local Packs


Google eliminate the need to click through several websites by displaying a map with the relevant listings based on your search query.

In the example below, we have searched 'Tesco', and Google has presented all the Tesco locations that are local to us, alongside relevant information for each location including: Address, phone number, open hours, directions, and a link to their website.A screenshot taken from Google of a map displaying all the local Tesco's in the area, due to the search being 'tesco'.
Instant Answers 


Depending on your question, you may get an instant answer from Google. In this case Google will display a direct response without the need to visit a website, or even complete your query.

This will most commonly occur when typing a frequently asked question, looking for the temperature, the time, calculations, and definitions etc.
The question 'what is the worlds population'. Underneath is all the guesses Google has added to predict what we are asking, alongside the exact number of the worlds population without having to even press the search button.
Knowledge Panel's
A knowledge panel appears at the top of the SERPs containing information Google has compiled about a certain entity. This will include summaries, images, related topics, and more.

In the example below, notice how Google has pulled together a knowledge panel for American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande, and provided images from the web, an in-depth description, and useful links to her music and social profiles.

An example of what a knowledge panel that is done by and shown on Google looks like. We've decided to search the famous singer Ariana Grande, and it's displaying a small description about her, her age, spouse, height, parents, pictures, and social profiles.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Zero Click Searches?

Mobile Friendly - Zero-click search results are extremely valuable on mobile devices, as users can easily access information without having to navigate through multiple pages. This is crucial for Google because of the number of users browsing on their mobile device.


Competitive Advantage - Having a zero-click search can benefit your business from a competitive standpoint, as it can enhance your visibility, potential customers, and traffic. 

Accessibility - Zero-click searches benefit those with accessibility needs, as they provide users with direct information about their queries without navigating through several different websites. 

Zero-click searches are highly beneficial for all businesses. It's worth optimising your site as much as possible to take advantage of zero-click search results.

Optimising your website is of course crucial for many reasons; alongside getting zero-click search results, it can benefit your website by enabling you to rank higher within the organic search results, boost your conversions, and help you attract potential customers. 

How Can You Setup Zero Click Searches?

A large number of Google's zero-click search results are generated automatically, and cannot be manually added to Google. However, you can create your own types of zero-click searches by setting up a Google Business Profile, and implementing Structured Data (Schema Markup) . Bare in mind, implementing Structured data on your site may vary depending on the platform used.

In order to give yourself the best chance of appearing in Google's zero-click searches, you must firstly make sure you are producing high-quality content that ranks well in organic search results.

Secondly, as mentioned above, make sure to provide structured data, a standardised format designed to provide Google information about a page, classifying a page's content. This will support Google when understanding your content and whether it should become a zero-click search or not. 

Finally, ensure you target valuable keywords that are likely to be used in zero-click search. Try to look for opportunity keywords. These are usually keywords that are relevant to your business, receive a considerable number of searches, while remaining relatively easy to rank for. If you're new to keyword research, take a look at this guide on Keyword Research for Beginners.

 

If you enjoyed this blog, check out our latest, Why Alt Text Is Crucial For Your Website. We provide monthly blogs based on Search Engine Optimisation to give you a complete understanding of the topics, so why not bookmark it? 

If you need any help with SEO, consider booking a call with a member of our team to learn how we can help you achieve your online goals! 

Thank you for reading

Best Regards,
The LoudLocal Team 😊

 

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