If you want to drive more traffic to your website and get more users to click on your content, showing up as featured snippets in search can help. But how do you land your content in this coveted spot in search results?
In this post, we’ll review:
- What is a featured snippet?
- Types of featured snippets
- How to create featured snippets
You’ll walk away knowing how to optimize your content to give it the best chance of showing up in that prominent position.
What is a Featured Snippet?
Featured snippets are rich search results that appear as a box of content on search engine results pages (SERPs). They are fields of information that attempt to provide answers related to a user’s query. Featured snippets are usually positioned at the top of SERPs below the paid ads and above other organic search results.
Research has found that featured snippets in search can drastically increase click-through-rates (CTR) for search results
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. A study by HubSpot found that the CTR for their high-volume keywords increased by over 114% when the results appeared as featured snippets.
Types of Featured Snippets
Featured snippets in search show up in a variety of ways. Here are a few featured snippet examples.
Paragraph Featured Snippet
A paragraph featured snippet includes a blurb of copy. These snippets usually appear when a user has searched for a question, and includes information that attempts to answer that question.
List Featured Snippet
Like a paragraph featured snippet, a list featured snippet also attempts to provide an answer to a question. It differs in that it positions the copy in a summarized list instead of a paragraph.
Table Featured Snippet
A table featured snippet shares information in a structured format that makes data easy to read directly from the SERPs.
Answer boxes are similar to featured snippets in that they appear in a box on SERPs, and they attempt to answer a question. The difference between answer boxes and featured snippets is that boxes answer the question without including a link to a URL for more information. When people talk about featured snippets, they usually don’t include these types of answer boxes.
How to Optimize Content for Featured Snippets in Search
Unfortunately, there is no exact process for how to create featured snippets. Google chooses which results end up as featured snippets, and they don’t explicitly say how to get your pages to appear as these rich results. But there are some best practices you can follow to increase your chances of showing in these featured boxes.
Target long-tail keywords that are questions. Most featured snippets in search include information that provides an answer to a question. So create evergreen content that targets long-tail keyword phrases that start with:
- What is
- Why is
- How does/do
- How to
Clearly answer questions in your content. Make sure the answer to the question is clear on your page of content. Present the question in a subheading (with
markup), and answer it in the text below (with
markup). Then use the rest of the article to provide supporting information. Find related keywords and incorporate them into your content to reinforce the question it is answering.
Format information in a list. To increase your chances of showing as a list featured snippet, outline your content in a list format. Use subheading tags (
) for items in the list to help search engines read and understand the content.
Use a table structure. To increase your chances of showing as a table feature snippet, structure your content in a table format. Create charts in your content using appropriate table tags (