There has been much discussion about Google search results appearing as an endless or infinite scroll.
Google infinite scrolling significantly impacts the traditional ranking methodology of websites.
CHANGES IN BROWSING BEHAVIOR
The infinite scrolling format allows for a continuous and seemingly never-ending website content update. Users now see vast information in search engine result pages (SERPs), and their browsing behavior changes.
In this regard, people will be encouraged to scroll, scroll, scroll.
USE META TAGS TO CAPTURE YOUR AUDIENCE
Setting aside the top three organic search results, aka the ‘Top Three Results’, users are more inclined to scroll down the page until they see information or images that catch their eye. Therefore, compelling title and description tags are paramount.
In otherwords, well-written meta-tags double your chances of getting clicks and phone calls when users find your website in search results.
IS IT AN INFINITE SEARCH SCROLL? NOT REALLY
We did testing, searching popular search phrases for plumbers, personal injury lawyers, and dentists.
We counted sixty (60) organic search results in every case before encountering the ‘More results tab’ seen below.
PAGE POSITION NOW BECOMES A NUMBERS GAME
SEO specialists use SERP, Search Engine Ranking position to measure where a website ranks in Google. Before the infinite scroll, there was pagination—for example, Page One, then Page Two and Three.
Similarly, SERPs will now become position #1, then position #2, position #3, and on it goes to position (60) sixty.
TOP 3 IS STILL THE PLACE TO BE
The top three Google search results get over 50% of all the clicks. The websites found in positions four through seven receive 20-40% of attention and clicks, followed by the rest of the search page, generally getting hardly any clicks – only 2 to 9% of total clicks.
APPLY THE INFINITE SCROLL METHOD TO YOUR WEBSITE
Setting aside SEO factors, experts agree that having the most critical content on the homepage or landing page is essential. On average, about 80 website visitors will only see one page during their visit and leave their site without clicking anything. Therefore display crucial elements (i.e., value proposition, CTA, contact) above the fold and have the rest visible on scroll without relying on clicks to other pages.
3 THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW
1. Make it your SEO end goal to appear in the first, second, or third position on Google search results.
2. Write attention-grabbing meta-tags that stand out in search results.
3. Above all, add more compelling content, pictures, visuals, and videos to your home page to increase your chances of getting inquiries.