User Intent and SEO: A Quick Guide

A User intent, or search intent, describes the actions or goals an internet user intends to take when entering a keyword or search term in the search engine.

Author: Zartasha Shahbaz

Published On: 01-11-2022

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User Intent and SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an effective way to boost your website's traffic. Getting a high rank on Google leads to more traffic and sales for your website. You must optimize your content for the right keywords to attract visitors to your site. Search intent is crucial for increasing your chances of ranking, persuading people to buy your products, subscribe to your newsletter, or even return to your website. The following post will explain what search or user intent is and how your content can be optimized for it.

What is Search/User Intent?

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The term search intent (also known as user intent or audience intent) describes the reason behind an online search. People perform specific searches for a particular purpose. Every time someone searches the Internet, they’re looking for something. But do they search for answers to questions? And do they search for specific websites? Does anyone search online to purchase something? Searches of this type are common online, but usually at different stages in a user's journey.

As Google's algorithm has evolved over the years, it has become more accurate at determining people's search intent. In addition to ranking pages based on the search term someone uses, Google also ranks pages based on the search intent. You should make sure your post or page is relevant to your audience's search intent.

4 Types of Search Intent

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Search intent can be classified into several types. Let's have a look at the four major:

1. Informational Intent

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First of all, let's talk about informational intent. Almost every search on the internet involves individuals seeking information. You can include weather information, educational information for children, SEO information, etc. People having an informational intent have a particular question or wanted to know something more about a certain topic they are looking for.

Google understands intent much more deeply than simply showing results relating to a specific term. When someone searches for [tomato sauce], for example, he or she is most likely in search of recipes, not a culinary history of the sauce. As you type in [Mercury], it recognizes that most people want planet information, not element information. In some cases, like [how to build a bird feeder], Google understands that videos and images are helpful for search engine results.

2. Navigational Intent

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Secondly, we have navigational intents. These are people who intend to visit specific websites. Searches for [Facebook] online tend to lead people to the company's website. If someone searches for your company name online, you want to ensure that your website comes up.

The most effective way to rank high for a navigational term is to have your website be the one people are looking for. If we have a plugin for Google Analytics. We would not get any traffic from it. Search engines often point people towards Google Analytics' website rather than our plugin when they search for [Google Analytics].

3. Transactional Intent

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The third category of user intent is Transactional intent. Online shopping is very popular. Many people browse the web for the best deal. When people are looking to buy something, they are searching with transactional intent. The most common reason is that they already know exactly what they want to buy and they just want to get to the product page immediately.

4. Commercial Investigation

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Many people use the web to do their research before purchasing in the (near) future. What are the best washing machines? What are the best SEO plugins? Also, these people are interested in transactions but need a little more convincing. These intents are commonly known as commercial investigative intent. 

Keyword Intent

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We can learn about user intent from the words people use in their search queries. We can also infer user intent from the opposite direction. By using keywords with intent-specific words, you can increase your chances of being seen by people with similar search intent. intent-specific words? Well, the keywords with transactional intent include the words:

  • buy

  • deal

  • discount

  • product names

Another example is that informational searches can (but do not necessarily have to) include words such as:

  • information

  • how to

  • best way to

  • why

How to Optimize your Content for Search Intent

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What is the point to inform you of all this? The reason for this is that you want to make sure that a landing page matches your audience's search intent. You should not show a product page to people looking for information. At least not right away. They might be scared off. If someone is interested in buying your product and they land on one of your longer blog posts, you might lose them.se them. If they are interested in the product, you should lead them to the right page in your shop.

It is imperative to optimize your product pages for commercial terms. In the case of a company that sells dog vitamins, you could optimize a product listing with the search term [buy dog vitamins]. Additionally, you could write an article on how to administer vitamins. That article could be optimized for the search term [how to give vitamins to my dog] and targeted at information seekers.

Research your Audience’s Search Intent

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There are times when determining the search intent of a query can be difficult. Different users can have a (slightly) different intent when searching the same term. When you are trying to determine which intent matches your keywords best, there is a direct source you can refer to on the search results pages. Find out how you can create great, intent-driven content using the results pages.

You can also ask your audience about their search intent if you want to learn more. When visitors visit your website, you can display a short survey containing questions about what people are looking for. Those insights will give you an understanding of who your audience is and what they're trying to accomplish. It is important to avoid being too intrusive with these types of pop-ups on your site, as this can negatively affect the user experience.

Conclusion

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In order to be successful, you must ensure that your content matches the terms people use to search as well as their search intent. Whenever you post or create a page, make sure it is informational. Try to appear in the top Google search results. As people research their options, provide them with content to help them make an informed choice. When people are looking to buy your products, they should go to your sales pages.

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