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What's the Future of SEO in a Visual World?

by Apu Gupta  |  
September 18, 2014

We are witnessing a mass migration from written communication to visual communication on social media platforms. Pictures and videos are no longer sidekicks to tweets and posts. That shift means that marketers must rethink their approach to search engine optimization (SEO).

Today, over a billion images are shared daily, and when people communicate with pictures, they don't use many words. For example, 75% of posts to Tumblr are image posts, and 90% of those posts contain no text or hashtags.

However, the strategy of SEO, born from the rise of Google, has relied on the written word. Brands try to appear on the page-one search results for keywords, not key images and videos.

That approach to SEO must evolve.

How Marketers Must Change Their SEO Practices

The rise of visual content means people frequently search for products and services with an image in mind. Moreover, the words people use become more specific and context-dependent when they are created in response to a visual stimulus. For instance, a blender shown in a restaurant kitchen will generate different keywords from the same blender shown in a family kitchen.

So, in a world where images drive product descriptions—and therefore drive keyword choices—what do marketers need to change about their SEO practices?

1. Evolve from physical characteristics to use cases

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Apu Gupta is a co-founder and the CEO of Curalate, a marketing and analytics platform for the visual Web, including Pinterest and Instagram.

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  • by Tom Wed Dec 17, 2014 via web

    I work in web development and this article is a look to the future, because here it expresses a total and absolute truth: The Future of SEO (and I dare say that the news agencies have similar path) will be all about the multimedia material. It takes little perspective to see that words are replaced by images; prayers are abbreviated by intuitive algorithms, while photos and videos are the kings of the web Who can deny this? The statistics do not lie.
    Tom Kohen, web developer

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