Despite ample information available on the use of ChatGPT in SEO, practical advice on implementing generative AI in enterprise SEO is lacking.
This leaves many enterprise SEOs in a difficult position, fearing the consequences of either not using or improperly using this technology.
To address this, we've compiled a list of safe and actionable strategies based on our nearly two decades of experience working with large enterprise sites and as early adopters of AI.
While not exhaustive, we believe the strategies listed below are currently the most effective and reliable.
Table of Contents:
1. Expand Keyword Research
Keyword research is a time-consuming process that involves sifting through a vast landscape of potential keywords to identify the ones relevant to your industry or products.
The process is further complicated by the limitations of one’s own vocabulary and expertise.
Consider the topic of "dog grooming." Would you have included "dog spas" as a relevant keyword in your research? Without prior knowledge of the industry, you might have missed it entirely!
Although AI-powered Google features can offer suggestions, they are not comprehensive and tend to stay within the scope of the original keyword. Notice that all of these examples still contain some form of our research keyword “dog grooming.”
A superior approach would involve utilizing keyword tools that uncover a broader range of relevant terms that may not have crossed your mind during brainstorming.
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Many tools commonly recommended in articles like the one from Search Engine Journal include restrictions in terms of the data they provide.
In contrast, seoClarity’s Topic Explorer with intelligent match finds valuable and highly relevant keyword alternatives like “dog styling,” “pet groomery,” and “dog spa.”
Unlike other keyword research tools, Topic Explorer employs a highly sophisticated NLP and ML model that discerns the various ways people search for what you offer.
Now integrated with Sia, our AI-powered SEO assistant, Topic Explorer even provides insights into the entire search journey by analyzing clickstream datasets with AI to predict what people will search for before and after searching for a specific keyword. Plus, it provides in-depth insight into the demographics and interests of the people searching for your target keyword. This helps you gain a deeper understanding of your audience to achieve keyword research success.
Recommended Reading: Build Content that Drives Authority with Topic Explorer, Our Topic Cluster Tool
2. Freshen Up Titles and Metas
While titles and meta descriptions play a crucial role in increasing click-through rates from search results, many websites resort to generic and templated text.
E-commerce sites in particular often use boilerplate descriptions provided by product manufacturers, resulting in identical content across competitors.
Rather than relying on generic text, use ChatGPT to get more engaging and unique titles and descriptions.
In the example below, I’ve instructed the AI to take the basic facts about a product and write a more engaging description limited to 160 characters.
The more specific you make your prompts, the better your result will be. To further refine the results, follow up any of ChatGPT’s suggestions with more direction.
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To solve the challenge of creating unique SEO-optimize titles and meta description at scale, Sia was integrated into our on-page SEO tool, Page Clarity. Unlike standard ChatGPT, Page Clarity's results integrate SEO best practices like character limits and keyword targets which are fueled by your site's data.
With a simple click on the lightning bolt icon next to your page's title and meta description, Sia conducts competitor analysis, identifies patterns, references your target keywords, and generates accurate, engaging suggestions. This expedites the brainstorming process, allowing you to quickly review, adjust, and deploy your titles and meta descriptions.
Recommended Reading: Overcome the Challenges of Writing Titles and Meta Descriptions at Scale
3. Improve Product Descriptions
Follow the same process we just outlined in the previous section to create unique and engaging product descriptions.
While we don’t advise using generative AI for blog or editorial content, it’s ideal for editing and revising shorter-form copy like product descriptions. Google doesn’t scrutinize such content as closely for things like its E-E-A-T standard.
What matters is that your descriptions are unique and engage users by appealing to their key interests.
Look at this lackluster product description consisting only of the product specifications.
While these facts are important, they could appear elsewhere on the page.
The description is your opportunity to tell a unique story that entices buyers and tells Google you have something unique and special. So we asked ChatGPT to give us something more engaging and enticing.
Notice how the revised description focuses on the benefits of the product, rather than its features.
4. Optimize Images
Search results are becoming increasingly visual, especially in product-related searches like the one below. As a result, image optimization is more vital than ever before.
Google still uses the alt text associated with an image as its main method of identifying what searches an image should appear for.
To simplify and scale the tedious task of writing image alt text, numerous AI-driven apps create descriptions from the image itself, such as Phosus shown here.
As these tools advance in their capability to describe images, utilizing them for tasks like creating image alt text will become increasingly beneficial compared to relying on human-written descriptions.
5. Summarize Content
Generative AI tools like ChatGPT excel at summarizing longer pieces of text.
In the example below, I asked ChatGPT to create an outline from one of our articles.
We could use this output to improve the structure of the article text, create a table of contents for a long article, or develop an entire series of related content for a cluster.
In the same vein, you can also use ChatGPT to create FAQs like in the example below.
6. Conduct Research
ChatGPT can be a useful tool for conducting research due to its ability to generate responses to a wide range of topics and questions.
By providing prompts or questions related to a given topic, ChatGPT generates responses that serve as starting points for further investigation or analysis. Additionally, ChatGPT's responses help identify new angles or perspectives on a topic, and provide insight into the latest research or trends.
It's important to note that while ChatGPT can help you conduct research, you should not rely on it as your sole source of information. It's always important to verify any information obtained through ChatGPT and cross-reference it with other sources to ensure accuracy and reliability.
Generate Content at Scale: Advice Exclusively for Enterprise SEO
Perhaps the most tempting use of ChatGPT for enterprise SEO is generating content at scale.
This temptation is understandable considering ChatGPT creates unique and engaging content quickly and efficiently, without the need for human writers to brainstorm and draft from scratch.
Plus, the AI's customization and personalization capabilities allow you to tailor the content to specific audiences or target markets, ensuring that the information is relevant and resonates with the intended audience.
AI has the ability to power new levels of expression and creativity, and to serve as a critical tool to help people create great content for the web.
However, there are also risks of mass-producing AI-generated content.
For example, generative AI sometimes creates inaccurate or misleading responses since its goal is to provide a satisfying answer, but it has no means of fact-checking. In addition, generative AI is currently unable to create genuinely original or innovative thought.
Therefore our recommendation to enterprises is to keep the use of generative AI at scale to the recommendations we made above. None of the aforementioned use cases depend on hard facts, originality of thought, or perspective.
Of course, if you’re willing to spend time editing and improving the output, generative AI engines can save time and resources by providing basic frameworks for your writers or editors to work from.
Recommended Reading: 4 Ways ChatGPT Impacts Enterprise SEO
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To speed up the content creation process without sacrificing security or quality, we've integrated Sia and the power of ChatGPT into our AI content writer, Content Fusion.
Content Fusion solves common content writing challenges such as writer's block and time limitations by allowing writers to instantly generate outlines, draft paragraphs, and automatically rewrite existing content.
Rather than spending hours training ChatGPT about SEO, create your own Custom Profiles with specifics in your tone of voice, target audience, and writing style.
Sia in Content Fusion will generate content to aid your content writers based on your specified parameters.
Unlike other generative AI technologies, Content Fusion prevents plagiarism and avoids producing thin content by creating outlines that writers then expand section by section (rather than an entire piece of content at once) to form a comprehensive and authoritative piece.
In accordance with our AI Manifesto, we do not advise a copy and paste of the content provided. It's important for writers to leverage this content as an aid to creativity and requires human review and revision when it comes to any AI-generated content.
One More [Important] Thing
When using generative AI to streamline and scale your SEO efforts, it’s important to note that this technology should not completely replace human input.
Nor should you blindly copy and paste mass amounts of content from ChatGPT onto your site without reviewing and altering it for accuracy, authoritativeness, and quality.
Human intervention is still needed to safely and effectively use generative AI in SEO while avoiding potential negative ramifications.
Recommended Reading: Addressing Top Concerns On Using ChatGPT For Enterprise SEO
And there you have it! These are the strategies we recommend when it comes to implementing generative AI into your SEO efforts.
Certainly, there are many more ways that AI can help simplify and streamline essential SEO tasks. But we believe the strategies listed in this post are the ones that will most effectively enhance your search performance instead of jeopardizing it.
<<Editor's note: this post was originally published in May 2023 and has since been updated.>>