Future-Proof Your Website: 3 Must-Have AI Tactics for Marketing Leaders

Which AI tactics will keep your site relevant and engaging as website strategies shift from broad audience capture to hyper-personalization?

The days of designing websites solely for broad audience capture and search engine optimization are well behind us. The future now lies in hyper-personalization, where websites cater to the specific needs and preferences of each visitor.

AI is at the forefront of this transformation, providing advanced tools and insights to create more relevant and engaging websites based on individual user data.

While the sheer volume of AI technologies — and the speed at which they’re evolving — might feel overwhelming, it’s critical for marketing leaders to stay current with these advancements.

In our recent Marketing Against the Grain episode, Kieran and I discuss three high-impact AI strategies for optimizing your website, along with emerging tools and examples, to get you started today. Let’s dive in.

High-Impact AI Strategies for Optimizing Your Website

1. Integrate AI chat ASAP.

One essential (and obvious) strategy that many marketers still overlook is integrating AI chat. AI chatbots are key for curating a seamless user journey by giving users exactly what they need.

These bots don’t get annoyed, nor do they get offended. They guide impatient visitors around your site, answer questions, and personalize interactions, making it easy for users to find what they want, without the hassle of endless clicking.

During the episode, we explored the AI voice chatbot on Hume AI’s website. What stood out to us was how the chatbot effortlessly navigated us through the site based on our verbal requests — completely eliminating the need for typing or clicking.

“Why would I ever click through the pages when I can just start this anonymous conversation with a bot and have it do all the work for me?” says Kieran. “It’s like going into a high-end store and having someone immediately assist you.”

AI chat tools like Hume act as virtual concierges, streamlining the overall user journey by providing a direct pathway to the information they seek. This is crucial for optimizing your website, making it more intuitive, efficient, and ultimately, more satisfying for your users.

2. Lean into AI video experimentation.

AI video tools are game-changers for making your website more hyper-personalized and globally accessible.

Imagine greeting each visitor with a video in their native language or with a custom message tailored to their specific interests based on user data. This creates a better experience for everyone, whether they’re local — or halfway across the world.

Tools HeyGen and InfinityAI offer cutting-edge creative potential that you don’t want to miss out on. And while there’s still room for improvement, as a marketing leader, you should be experimenting and exploring these tools now.

As Sam Altman from OpenAI said during his interview with 20VC, there are two types of companies: those who are building for what AI can do today, and those building for what it will be able to do in the future.

Our advice: position your company in the latter category and start testing new video advancements now to stay ahead in the long term.

3. Improve multimodality with AI-generated audio.

Think about the best salesperson in your company — it’s often the founder. But founders lack the time to continuously create content for marketing campaigns, product releases, and sales initiatives.

This is where AI-generated audio comes in, providing a new level of authenticity and personalization for your website.

For example, AI audio tools like Character.AI or Delphi AI can replicate the voices of key figures like founders, celebrities, or influencers (with proper consent and licensing), delivering personalized messages or testimonials to your audience.

Additionally, AI-generated audio tools can streamline the creation of high-volume content like product demos, explainer videos, and personalized sales pitches, saving your creative team valuable time and resources.

“Websites are going to be much more multimodal in the future than they are now,” Kieran emphasizes. Integrating AI-generated audio is essential for future-proofing your website, making it more dynamic and aligning with shifting user expectations for a more immersive and interactive online experience.

To watch our entire discussion about website optimization in an era of AI, check out the full episode of Marketing Against the Grain below:

This blog series is in partnership with Marketing Against the Grain, the video podcast. It digs deeper into ideas shared by marketing leaders Kipp Bodnar (HubSpot’s CMO) and Kieran Flanagan (SVP, Marketing at HubSpot) as they unpack growth strategies and learn from standout founders and peers.

SEO Writing: 13 Tips on Writing Blog Posts That Rank on Google

I’ve written hundreds of blogs as a content marketer, but I’m still susceptible to the amateur mistake of thinking about writing for SEO only after a blog is already written.

However, I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to think of SEO as the bookends of your blog and to let it inform what you should write as well as optimize when you’re done.

In fact, whenever I’ve consulted my SEO marketing software before writing a blog, it’s given me insight into what questions my audience is asking, how I can simplify things, and what kind of outline I should follow. SEO content writing doesn’t need to be boring or feel like it was written by a robot, either.

Read further to get tips on how to incorporate SEO in your blog writing while still creating interesting, useful content.

Table of Contents

Why is SEO content writing important?
The Basics of SEO Content Writing
Tips on How To Incorporate SEO in Your Writing

Why is SEO content writing important?

Without SEO, your content is less likely to rank highly on search engines. Ranking lower may hinder your ability to attract and engage with your target audience. It may also make your content seem less credible and authoritative.

A 2024 First Page Sage study found that the clickthrough rate for websites in position one on the SERP is 39.8%. This number drops drastically to 18.7% for websites in position two and then down to 1.6% for websites in position 10. When you get to page two of Google, that number gets even lower.

This means that if your website is not on the first page, there’s a small chance consumers will find your website organically. Fewer visits to your site mean fewer opportunities to generate leads and, ultimately, revenue.

Your next best option is investing in advertising to get those users to your site. But that costs money, and if you’re on a tight budget, why not invest time in SEO writing? It’s free and will likely bring you traffic for much longer than a campaign would.

SEO also addresses the top five issues that marketers currently face (see pictured below). By doing sufficient SEO research, you should be able to generate new ideas for your blogs, increase engagement, attract traffic, reach your audience, and generate leads.

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The Basics of SEO Content Writing

When getting started with SEO content writing, it’s important to understand the basics. Here are some fundamental principles to follow when incorporating SEO into your writing.

Keyword Optimization

Keyword optimization is all about strategically using relevant keywords and phrases in your content to boost its visibility and ranking.

This aspect of SEO is super important because it helps search engines better understand your content, thereby increasing the chances of it appearing in relevant search queries and attracting organic traffic.

To select the best keywords, you’ll need to research and identify what exactly your target audience is looking for and align it with your content’s topic. Finding the right balance between incorporating keywords in a way that makes sense to readers and satisfies search engine algorithms is key.

I’ll go more in-depth about how to find keywords and how to disperse them throughout your content in the tips section.

User Intent

User intent refers to the motivation or purpose behind a user’s search query. It’s all about figuring out what they really want to discover when typing something into a search engine.

There are generally four types of user intent:

Informational intent. When someone is seeking information or answers to their questions. They may be looking for definitions, explanations, how-to guides, or research materials.
Navigational intent. When someone is searching for a specific website or brand. They already know what they want to find and are using a search engine to navigate to a particular webpage.
Transactional intent. When someone is ready to take action, such as making a purchase, subscribing to a service, or booking an appointment.
Commercial intent. When someone is researching products or services with the intention to buy later. They are comparing products, reading reviews, and looking for the best deals before making a decision.

By understanding user intent, you can create content that aligns with what people are looking for and boost your chances of showing up in search results. Each industry and niche also changes your user intent.

For example, SEO for lawyers will be a lot different compared to SEO for marketers. It’s all about giving people what they need and providing them with a good search experience.

Readability

Writing for SEO isn’t just about what you write. It’s also about how you write. It isn’t enough to just place keywords into your content and call it a day. You need to consider how your audience’s experience will be when they read it.

This is where readability comes in.

Readability is all about striking the right balance between optimizing for search engines and ensuring that your content is enjoyable and valuable to human readers.

In addition to optimizing your content with keywords and internal links, you’ll want to focus on user experience. Write in a reader-friendly manner by using clear and concise language and avoiding jargon. You’ll also want to utilize headings and make your content more scannable (more on that below).

When writing and editing your content, ask yourself: Is this easy to understand? Does this have a logical flow? Is this engaging? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” you may need to make some changes.

Historical Optimization

Every SEO writer knows that an evergreen blog post will never be completely finished, even after it’s been published. Thanks to algorithm updates and competitors targeting the same keywords, search results are always changing.

That’s why it’s important to have a content update strategy in place to ensure your older web content remains fresh and relevant in search engine rankings. This practice is called historical optimization.

To figure out which blog posts you need to update, assess your older content by conducting a content audit to find underperforming or outdated pieces. Then, determine how to improve the piece.

This usually involves refreshing the content by adding new information, removing outdated information, optimizing keywords, and improving formatting and readability.

1. Start with keyword research.

It’s estimated that Google processes over 70,000 search queries a second. Staggering, right?

If you want to cut through SERP clutter and outrank your competitors, you need to target the specific keywords and phrases your potential customers are searching for. Otherwise, how else will they find your content and website?

Start with a keyword research tool. Sites like Ahrefs and Google Keyword Planner give you details on what users are searching for and how popular those queries are.

For an inside look into how Ahrefs can aid you in your SEO keyword research and beyond, check out our case study and exclusive interview here.

Google Trends can also give you a feel for what keywords are popular at any given time. If you see searches steadily declining over time for a specific keyword, you know that’s probably not the right keyword to target for your marketing. The opposite is true for rising trends.

If you’re ever running low on keyword ideas, get inspiration from your competition. Use competitive intelligence tools to see what keywords their domains currently rank for. If these keywords are relevant to your business, consider using them too.

However, keep in mind that the most obvious keywords don’t always align with your strategy. Additionally, your focus keywords will evolve over time as trends shift, terminology changes, or your product/service line grows.

Be sure to conduct keyword research periodically to ensure you’re still focusing on the right keywords for your target audience and not missing out on vital ranking opportunities.

2. Use headings to your benefit.

Headers help Google’s web crawlers understand your blog post and the sections within it.

Think of the crawlers as readers who are skimming your blog. They want an overview of what your article will cover. That’s your H1. Then, your H2s, H3s, and H4s break down the subtopics within the piece.

So, your subheaders should reflect the content in the body and include high-intent keywords. When you use the right keywords, meaning the ones your target audience is using, you have a much higher chance of ranking on the SERP.

3. Optimize your content for featured snippets.

Featured snippets on Google are the most direct answers to search queries. For instance, if I were to search, “How do you write a blog post?” Google might use a featured snippet to show the best answer.

To earn a featured snippet on Google, you’ll need to answer the question thoroughly and succinctly.

For instance, if the search term is “How to screenshot on Mac,” you can put “How to Take a Screenshot on a MacBook Computer” as your H1 or H2, followed by the steps in a numbered or bulleted list.

Once you’ve done that, be sure to include part of the question in your answer. Using the example above, you would start the paragraph with the following: “To take a screenshot on your MacBook, here are the steps…”

Additionally, start each sentence with an actionable verb, like “click” and “select.”

If the keyword for which you want to capture the featured snippet requires a definition, write an answer that’s no more than 58 words.

4. Write for humans, not search engines.

With all these SEO guidelines, it can be easy to forget that when a user searches on Google, they are looking for an answer. The best way for you to improve your chances of ranking is by writing high-quality blog posts.

What does that look like? Thorough answers, scannable sections, organized subheaders, and visual aids.

Keep your buyer personas, their motivations, challenges, and interests in mind. It’s also important to choose topics that will resonate with your potential customers and address their pain points.

While some SEO tools can help on the technical side of your site, you can also opt to use content writing SEO tools to help you write correct, concise, and human-friendly content that will rank well and engage readers.

Different tools also measure content engagement, allowing you to see how long people are spending on a page, whether or not they’re visiting multiple pages, or how far people are scrolling down your site.

Pro tip: Writing can be difficult when keeping all of these variables in mind. One way to simplify the process is to organize your main thoughts. Then, use them as a prompt for an AI tool, like HubSpot’s free AI blog writer.

You can then go through that draft and add the personal touches and optimizations that make it fun for humans to read.

5. Optimize your title.

Even with a great, SEO-friendly post body, a bad headline could hurt you in the SERP.

To title your post with SEO in mind, write something compelling that also incorporates your main keyword. Here are a few tips:

Incorporate numbers. (“5 Ways to Rock a Matte Lipstick.”)
Include your offer in the title. (“How to Write a Cover Letter [+ Free Template]”)
Add a teaser. (“We Tried the New [Insert App Name] App: Here’s What Happened”)

Check out this blog on SEO to gather more ideas on title optimization.

6. Include keywords in your meta description.

Are you adding meta descriptions to your post? If your answer is “no,” then you‘re probably not getting as much traffic as you could. Let’s get into why they’re important.

By now, we‘ve talked about a couple of the ways a blog post can communicate with Google: subheaders, keywords, and snippets. However, that’s not an exhaustive list.

Meta descriptions are another area Google crawls to determine search rankings. Meta descriptions are the one- to three-sentence descriptions you’ll find underneath the title of a result.

Use meta descriptions to sum up what your post is about, and remember to:

Keep it short.
Use one to two keywords.
Make it compelling. After all, there are going to be other posts similar to yours so you’ll want your description to stand above the rest.

Most content management systems (CMS) have meta description boxes built-in, so you likely won’t have to look far to use the function.

7. Answer the questions no one else will

In his bestselling book “They Ask, You Answer,” Content Marketer Marcus Sheridan and Inbound speaker explains that answering avoided questions is “an approach to communication, company culture, and the way we sell as a business.

It starts with an obsession: “What is my customer thinking?” And when I say “obsession,” I really mean that. It extends past “What are they thinking?” to “What are they searching, asking, feeling, and fearing?” Some companies think they understand these questions, but the fact is most do not.”

These “taboo” questions might be pricing, how much your product costs, industry tips, and secrets no one wants to get out, or basically anything that your industry is avoiding writing about. The benefit to answering these kinds of questions is they are untapped SEO opportunities.

I saw this in real time on a client’s website, which I helped with. The company didn’t want to discuss how much their service costs in case competitors decided to underbid them. I pushed the idea of a pricing calculator instead — to let people put in their information and what they’re looking for to get a price range.

Their quote requests skyrocketed. No competitor was willing to even give a price range on services, so my client generated SEO traffic to capture new leads.

Consider writing an entire blog that addresses a topic your industry doesn’t want customers to know about to see what kind of traffic you can generate.

8. Resist the urge to keyword stuff.

The goal is to make your page fully optimized, not overbearing. Find natural fits for keyword additions, but don’t force them to the point where your content is illegible.

For example, if your keywords are “account-based marketing,” “startups,” and “sales,” avoid a meta description like this: “Sales for account-based marketing startups.”

Instead, try focusing on one or two keywords to make the description more natural: “Are you looking for killer strategies to boost your account-based marketing game? Discover our research-backed techniques in this post.”

With this approach, you‘re still using keywords, but you’re not oversaturating the post. Remember, your goal is to solve for your audience. If your users have a poor reading experience, that will signal to Google that your post may not be meeting their needs.

9. Link to high-authority websites.

As you build out your blog post, don’t be afraid to link externally.

Linking to reputable websites not only offers blog readers additional reading material to expand their knowledge, but it also shows search engines that you’ve done your research.

Nothing strengthens a blog post like research-backed statistics from influential websites. Compelling stats help you build a more convincing and concrete argument that will help you gain trust from your readers.

10. Aim for scannable, longer posts.

In an age of short attention spans, you would think shorter blog posts are the way to go. But in fact, search engines like Google actually prefer longer, in-depth blog posts.

Think about it: the more content on the page, the more clues search engines have to figure out what your blog is about. At HubSpot, we’ve found that the ideal length is between 2,100 and 2,400 words.

The downside to longer blogs is that they may overwhelm your readers. One way to combat that is by breaking down your content into bite-size, scannable chunks.

Don’t forget about bullet points – they’re great attention grabbers and easily digestible, especially on mobile devices.

Turn a long-winded sentence into two and keep your paragraphs to three sentences or less.

Pro tip: Need help fine-tuning? Check out Hubspot’s AI Paragraph Rewriter tool for effortless refinement.

11. Link to other posts on your site.

Linking to other pages or blog posts on your website helps search engines create an accurate sitemap. It also helps your audience discover more of your content and get to know you as a trustworthy, credible source of information.

On the user side, Internal links to other valuable content keep readers on your site longer, reducing bounce rate and increasing your potential for a conversion. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

When linking to any pages on your website or even outside sources, use natural language for your anchor text. Avoid using spammy or generic calls to action, such as “top-rated cheap laptops” or “click here.”

Instead, use descriptive keywords that give readers a sense of what they will find when they click on the hyperlink, like “Download your SEO guide.”

Never force-feed links to your top web pages, featured products, or discounted items. Include links that enhance the points made in your posts and naturally tie in with the subject matter.

12. Avoid AI-generated blogs and content.

It’s no secret that AI has come a long way, and that means more and more blogs are generating entire blogs written by artificial intelligence.

However, AI is not so advanced that both humans and search engines can’t identify a blog written by AI. This means that AI-generated content is getting flagged by search engines and hurting your SEO.

Instead of having AI generate entire blogs for you, instead use AI as a tool to speed up your creation process and to check for SEO. For example, you can have AI create an outline for you based on search engine results so you have a starting point for your writing.

You can also ask for SEO assistance by inputting content you’ve written and asking AI tools to check it for optimization.

I wouldn’t let any AI tool be your sole SEO checker because you will definitely still want a human touch, but it can be a great place to begin optimizing. Check out this list of AI SEO tools to get started.

13. Feature a FAQ section in your blog

Search engines reward content that gives them direct, easy-to-identify answers to frequently asked questions.

For example, Google has a “Quick Answers” section at the top of their page that will link to blogs with authority that are answering questions. A great way to take advantage of this in your blog is by clearly posing questions with the answers right underneath.

Remember, you want to answer concisely and optimize questions for SEO as well. Adding FAQ sections can also be an easy way to refresh an old blog and update it to improve SEO.

Get Started with SEO Writing

There are a lot of tips and tricks to optimize your blog to get better SEO results.

Still, SEO can be overwhelming for a lot of content writers and small businesses because it’s more of a marathon than a sprint.

Consistently putting out helpful, authoritative blogs that are fully optimized is your best bet for making the first page.

One thing I love about SEO is that it’s an algorithm, so it’s fair to everyone. If you follow the rules, there’s no reason why your blog shouldn’t perform exceptionally well.

Remember, SEO criteria are an ever-changing beast, what works one year will not work the next.

Subscribe to HubSpot’s Marketing blog to get the latest information about what Google and other search engines are requiring to make the first page.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in March 2021 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

ChatGPT for SEO: Everything We Know So Far

Everyone knows that ChatGPT can generate content on nearly any topic you can imagine (some information might be made up, but that’s a story for a different article).

So, while I’m not a fan of using it to create articles, I must say that I’m impressed with how helpful it can be for SEO.

In this post, I put together different ways you can use ChatGPT to improve your search rankings – whether it’s through keyword improvements, proper linking, or other tactics. Let’s dive in.

Table of Contents

How to Use ChatGPT for SEO
Benefits of ChatGPT for SEO
Limitations of Using ChatGPT for SEO
Tips for Improving SEO With ChatGPT

How to Use ChatGPT for SEO

What exactly is this AI tool capable of? Here are some of the most impactful ways you can use ChatGPT for SEO.

1. Classify keywords by intent.

Correctly understanding your readers’ intent is key to ranking high in Google. After all, if they land on a page and see that the content doesn’t relate to them, they’ll leave your site, negatively affecting your SEO efforts.

So, how can you make sure you apply each keyword to the right landing page or blog post? ChatGPT can give you a hand.

To give you an example, a while back, I worked with a company that wanted to verify how much of their existing content targeted readers at the top and bottom of the funnel. I downloaded the keywords from the brand’s Google Search Console and asked ChatGPT the following prompt:

“Classify the SEO keywords in the Excel spreadsheet by intent. Categorize them into informational, navigational, transactional, general, and commercial categories. Next, generate a pie chart showing the percentages of each intent type.”

Here’s what I got.

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As you can see, ChatGPT can give you a quick, high-level understanding of what types of phrases are bringing in organic traffic.

Now, as AI isn’t an oracle, I did go back to the Excel file and verified the automatic intent categories for phrases that were in the top 10 in SERP. While ChatGPT didn’t get 100% of them right, it did a decent job overall.

2. Come up with a potential topic for each keyword.

What I like about ChatGPT is that it’s a good idea generator. If you have a list of keywords that fit your offer, you can ask it to suggest topic ideas for blog posts.

Let’s take the keyword “data management consultant” to see what ChatGPT will suggest. To make it easier, I’m going to give it a bit of context on what the topic idea is for:

“I run a software agency and would like to rank for the term “data management consultant.” Data consultancy is one of my company’s services. Please suggest three topic ideas for a blog post we could write.”.

Here’s the output:

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Notice how I’ve asked just for three topics, and ChatGPT gave me that and some more? When you use ChatGPT for content generation ideas, you should always treat it as a starting point.

If you like any of the suggested topics, you can review what other brands that rank in the top 10 search results are writing on – and how you can do better.

3. Suggest content clusters.

If you’ve been reading the HubSpot Blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed how strongly we advocate for content clusters as an SEO-boosting strategy.

Yet, it’s not always easy to choose clusters, let alone decide what articles to create for each of them.

While this is a strategic decision that shouldn’t be left to ChatGPT without any oversight, the AI engine could help point you in the right direction.

Here’s an example of a prompt I used and the results I received:

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These results and suggestions can be a good starting point as far as cluster topic and structure are concerned.

However, remember to verify the cluster’s SEO potential in a dedicated tool – ChatGPT doesn’t have access to search or keyword difficulty data.

4. Write meta descriptions.

To many, meta descriptions often seem like an unimportant detail, especially since they’re not officially a ranking factor. Still, as they provide a summary of what’s on your website, they’re a great opportunity to persuade a prospect to visit your site.

Ensuring that at least your key landing pages have a meta will positively impact SEO as they tend to improve CTRs and reduce bounce rates.

I often turn to ChatGPT for creating meta descriptions. I asked ChatGPT to write one for a HubSpot article I wrote.

Here’s the prompt that I used:

“Create an SEO meta description of no more than 120 characters for the following article https://blog.hubspot.com/service/chat-gpt-customer-service. Include the primary keyword ‘ChatGPT customer service,’ along with a call to action.”

Here is the result:

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You can follow this approach with all your landing pages and articles. It will save you an awful lot of time.

5. Optimize keywords.

I write a lot of SEO content. While my main focus is on creating high-quality pieces packed with unique insights that help prospects tackle their problems, I never ignore SEO.

But, the more keywords you want to rank for, the more time-consuming it is to optimize your article for them.

Unless you ask ChatGPT for help.

That’s what copywriter and digital marketer John Paul Hernandez, does.

I do a few things with ChatGPT to improve SEO optimization. One of them is asking the AI to insert keywords within my human-written article. It’s not perfect, but it gives me an idea of keyword placements to save me time during my final edit.”

Let’s see it in action. I asked ChatGPT to optimize a few paragraphs of the same article I used previously. Here is the prompt:

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As requested, it came up with a list of LSI and NLP keywords. Here it is:

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Then, it incorporated them into the draft:

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I think it did a pretty good job. While it might not be perfect, it gives you a good idea of where you could place the keywords.

6. Create catchy headings.

Sometimes when you write content, you get stuck. The heading or title that you wrote isn’t as appealing as you’d like it to be. Sometimes, changing one word can make a big difference.

Instead of spending hours trying to come up with a more catchy title or heading, you can turn to ChatGPT. Here’s an example:

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Here is the result:

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You don’t have to use the ChatGPT title as is — you can simply borrow that one word or phrase you like and edit it into your original title. For instance, I quite like the phrase “supercharge productivity,” so I would work that into my title.

7. Suggest a content structure to cover a topic in detail.

I never start writing an article without creating an outline. It helps structure my research and ensure I cover a topic in detail.

While I like having a quick look at what the competition wrote to get a good idea of the expected standard, I never simply copy their structure. I come up with my own outline. Or I ask ChatGPT for assistance.

Let’s see what it can do.

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This is the output:

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I must say – this is a really comprehensive outline. It’s a good starting point that can guide my research, and it took ChatGPT 30 seconds to create it. Good job!

Benefits of ChatGPT for SEO

Why should you consider using ChatGPT for search engine optimization? Here are a few reasons.

Saves Time

If I were to pick one benefit of using ChatGPT for SEO, it would undoubtedly be saving time. The AI tool can come up with an answer in just seconds. And the better your prompt (i.e., the more detailed), the better the result.

At first, when ChatGPT launched, I was a bit skeptical and treated it like competition. But the more I use it, the more I appreciate how much time it could save me – you just have to know how to use it.

I recently read an article by Eric Holtzclaw, who talks about how using ChatGPT has helped him save 40 hours of work and $7,500 in costs. He uses it for research and SEO optimization.

To make the most of generative AI like ChatGPT (genAI), you need to decide which tasks you will do, and which can be automated.

Boosts Productivity

Saving time also means that you can dedicate your attention to other parts of your SEO work that need a human touch.

For example, ChatGPT could suggest an article outline and then check your human-written piece for correct SEO keyword use.

Similarly, you could have it check your URL structure in bulk, and decide on an action plan based on its findings.

As someone who began working in SEO before the start of the AI era, I truly recognize it as a productivity game-changer.

Helps Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions

Many SEOs don’t have a technical background, meaning they might not be the biggest experts when it comes to writing regular expressions (RegEx) or using complex Excel formulas.

At the same time, sourcing and analyzing information from different sources lies at the heart of their work.

ChatGPT can help out with both. You can ask it to create RegEx formulas for your website analytics tools, or Excel formulas, by giving it a prompt that specifies the end goal.

For example, you could upload an Excel file and ask it to match keywords that have a search volume of 500 or higher with URLs where you use these keywords but have a CTR lower than 5%. This would show you pages that are currently underperforming and require some work.

Limitations of Using ChatGPT for SEO

There are two types of ChatGPT SEO limitations – those that stem from AI shortcomings as a whole, and those that depend on whether you’re using a free or paid version. Let’s take a deeper dive into this.

It can’t generate truly creative, unique content.

When ChatGPT was launched, brands went crazy for it. Many writers got laid off as companies began using it to create content at scale. I lost a couple of clients because they decided to switch to ChatGPT – a decision I believe was wrong.

While GPT is a great assistant, at least for now, its capability is limited to producing copycat content. This is no longer acceptable; people want to read helpful, unique content written by experts, not AI.

You can use AI to edit your content and make it sound more polished, but relying on it to write an entire article from scratch is not recommended.

Here is proof that readers prefer content written by humans. You can see that from the first month, human content generated more views than its AI counterpart.

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You can’t remove the human from the loop.

ChatGPT shouldn’t be a replacement for human competencies anywhere – not just in content. Some areas like search engine data analysis will let you automate the majority of the work, while others will call for more human supervision.

The bottom line, though, is that you can’t fully entrust anything to AI without regularly verifying the output.

For example, let me refer back to content cluster topic suggestions. Some of the AI-generated ideas might seem promising, but once you pop them into an SEO tool to check search potential, you’ll see that the main term only gets 10 or 20 visits a month.

So, while helpful, remember that “it still takes time to use AI.”

There’s a risk of AI hallucinations.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about different ways to use ChatGPT. To test its abilities, I asked it to create an article on perfume-making, featuring tips from beauty experts.

It generated one and even included citations from experts. However, when I asked about their source, it provided a list of links that weren’t working.

In short, it appears that ChatGPT fabricated quotations and sources. This is a striking example of AI hallucinations – you can’t fully trust it; you always have to verify the results yourself.

There are differences in capabilities between paid and free ChatGPT.

Finally, let’s discuss the limitations that relate to the version you’re using. There are some differences in the Plus (paid) and Free plan, and I decided to ask about them straight from the source. Here’s what I got:

You can probably get even more out of the paid plan if you use custom GPTs available through the ChatGPT marketplace.

Tips for Improving SEO With ChatGPT

1. Write formulas and build custom functions in Google Sheets.

You can use ChatGPT to write formulas and build custom functions for SEO in Google Sheets – it will help you automate workflows and enhance efficiency.

This tip comes from Vishal Dave, senior digital marketer at Meetanshi.

“You can ask ChatGPT to ‘Create a Google Sheets function to get PageSpeed Insights score of a URL.’ It will provide an app script code. Go to Google Sheets > Extensions > App Scripts and create a new script. Paste the app script code into the editor and replace the API key placeholder with your PageSpeed Insights API key. Then save the function.”

Now, you’ll be able to use the custom ‘=pagespeedinsights(URL)’ function to get PageSpeed insights score directly in your Google Sheets. You can use it to build a visual page speed report using conditional formatting.

Dave adds that marketers can also use ChatGPT to fetch HTML tags, build custom integrations, check HTTP response codes, etc. It seems like it can be of great help when it comes to technical SEO.

2. Improve content structuring and formatting.

Content structure has a significant impact on SEO. It’s important to balance making content engaging to the reader while not ignoring Google recommendations.

You can use ChatGPT to outline and format blog posts to increase their readability and make them SEO-friendly.

Here is how Casey Meraz, CEO at Juris Digital, approaches this task:

“We started by feeding the AI a detailed brief, which included the key topics, target keywords, and user intent behind the search terms. This step ensured that the AI understood the context and purpose of the content.”

They instantly noticed a consistent use of headings and subheadings. Structuring content with clear, keyword-rich headings improved their on-page SEO and readability.

“In one campaign, we restructured 50 existing articles using ChatGPT for headline generation and internal linking suggestions. The result was a 35% increase in organic traffic within three months. We also saw a 20% improvement in time on page, which indicates that better-structured content kept users engaged longer,” says Meraz.

Juris Digital also used ChatGPT to create content that met Google’s featured snippet criteria.

They applied formatting techniques suggested by ChatGPT, including the use of bullet points, numbered lists, and concise summaries at the beginning of articles.

This strategy led to several of their clients’ pages earning featured snippets. One of their clients experienced a 15% spike in CTR after implementing these changes, which they directly attributed to enhanced content structuring and formatting.

3. Generate ideas for internal linking.

Since ChatGPT does a good job of analyzing semantic relationships between phrases and can put them into categories, it can also suggest ideas for internal links.

That’s what Derrick Askew, founder of Savvy Gents, Inc., did for an ecommerce client he worked with.

By using AI to generate related keyword phrases and content topics, we built a comprehensive internal linking strategy that connected relevant pages more organically.”

By boosting the site’s topical relevance and interconnectedness between different URLs, Askew wanted to make it easier for search engines to crawl and understand the site’s content.

He told me that after implementing this strategy, the ecommerce company saw a 37% increase in organic traffic within four months. This approach gave Askew proof that ChatGPT can help drive traffic and user engagement.

4. Analyze your competitors’ content.

Not everyone realizes this, but ChatGPT can help you run a thorough content gap analysis. You can ask it to review the content on your identified competitors’ sites and tell you which keywords and topics yours doesn’t rank for yet.

Kevin Watts, founder and president at Raincross, told me how they used this capability to understand why their competitors frequently had their content appear in featured snippets, and why they didn’t.

Using ChatGPT, we generated a list of potential questions and longer-tail keywords our audience was searching for. We then created new content focused on these queries, formatted specifically for featured snippets (e.g., concise answers in bullet points or tables).

Within three months, this approach has helped Raincross boost its featured snippet appearances by 35%.

Watts also says that the optimized pages received an average organic traffic boost of 28%. This clearly illustrates how ChatGPT ideas can be used to get tangible SEO results.

Some brands, like The Annuity Expert, also use AI to run a granular, semantic content analysis. Shawn Plummer, the company’s CEO, decided to ask ChatGPT for some ideas as to why their website’s content wasn’t ranking highly in Google.

I provided ChatGPT with a competitor’s content and used the prompt: ‘Create a semantic analysis of this content: [copy-paste content URL of competitor].’” As a result, Plummer received an extract of key entities and concepts, which highlighted some areas that made their competitor’s content rank higher in search.

Plummer then decided to cross-reference the findings from this analysis with their own content.

I gave it the prompt: ‘Compare your semantic analysis to the competitor’s article to my article [my URL]. Are they semantically close?’ This comparison revealed the semantic gaps in our content”, he says.

To dive even deeper, Plummer suggests using a follow-up prompt: “Create a table listing common semantic concepts/entities and those missing from our article.”

He says that, ever since they’ve started using this method, the company saves a lot of time and gets more intricate insights than by using traditional analytics tools.

As for the SEO results from ChatGPT-inspired changes, Plummer said that they “saw a 25% improvement in our content’s ranking for target keywords.

Pro tip: Not sure who to shortlist as your competitors for your content gap analysis? Use ChatSpot to get a list of the top ten competitors in under ten seconds. All you need to do is add your domain.

5. Optimize content for voice search.

This might be one of ChatGPT’s lesser-known SEO capabilities, but it’s an extremely powerful one.

Optimizing content for voice search can not only help meet legal accessibility requirements but also secure interest from those who don’t engage in text-based browsing.

Given the rise of virtual assistants like Siri and Google Now, focusing on voice search has become essential for enhancing local SEO,” says Rex Liu, chief revenue officer at GoSite.

Liu adds that while working with local businesses, the company used ChatGPT to generate conversational content that aligns with how customers speak.

They prompted ChatGPT with questions that indicated high intent, such as “Where can I find a reliable plumber near me?” They then built content around these conversational queries, improving the chances of appearing in voice search results.

This particular strategy was applied to a local home services business. Over three months, the implementation led to a 20% increase in click-through rates from voice search and a 17% rise in local customer inquiries.

Liu says these results underline the importance of matching questions with conversational search habits.

6. Boost your website accessibility.

Some of you might not know it, but accessibility matters for SEO. While Google doesn’t have a specific ranking factor for it, it values user experience. The more accessible your website is, the better the experience for the user.

This is something that Guy Leon, founder and CEO of betterweb.ai, recognizes, so they use ChatGPT to enhance inclusiveness.

“Working with a client’s e-commerce site, we used ChatGPT to rewrite image alt texts and implement semantic HTML. This ensured that screen readers could properly interpret the content. Additionally, ChatGPT helped us identify and adjust areas of poor color contrast to meet accessibility standards.

The outcome was striking: within four months, the client saw a 35% increase in organic traffic, a 40% boost in visitor engagement, and a notable uptick in mobile traffic by 53%”.

Not only did this help their client meet legal accessibility criteria, but it also enhanced their page‘s load speed and search rankings.

By integrating web accessibility with SEO using ChatGPT, bettwerweb.ai transformed their client’s user experience and significantly improved the site’s performance metrics.

ChatGPT Has a Great Analytical Skill for SEO

If we look at all the ways ChatGPT can help with SEO, we can safely assume that it will become a long-term companion for marketing teams.

That said, you need to be smart about how you use it — the quality of the insights depends on your prompt and its informational value.

Also, remember that ChatGPT can’t make decisions or craft entire SEO strategies. It’s a tool, and, as such, it will always be prone to error.

That’s why, while I encourage you to use ChatGPT for SEO, I also strongly recommend verifying all of its output before you use it for decision-making.