How to use Google’s People Also Ask feature to improve rank for your product pages and fuel conversion

The best source for product page content are your customers. From the conversations you have and the feedback you receive, your customers are telling you how they use your products and how they benefit from your products.

One simple recon through your reviews should give you plenty of insights in terms of common problems your products solve.

Let’s figure out how to gather customer insights using the search queries they use to discover the products they need (ie. what goes on before they reach your store).

Discovering common questions people ask about your products using Google (eg. before they reach your site)

On your own Google-led product discoveries you’ll have come across the ‘People Also Ask’ element of the results page. Let’s say you’re in discovery-mode for a new backpack for your summer hiking adventures, but you’re wary of all the different sizings. You run a search on Google and you’ll see something like this on the desktop;

How to use People Also Ask data to help rank your Shopify product pages

Now, there’s no recorded data on what % of people click People Also Ask, but they’re a tremendously useful tool to help people refine their search and learn more about the topic they’re Googling.

How can you use People Also Ask to improve your own ranking?

People Also Ask is useful for the customer. It’s also incredibly useful for the ecommerce marketer. You can gather fantastic insight into what people are searching for around your particular category. That’s great. You will ALSO learn what insights you can add to your product pages. Think about it. You’re learning what questions are pinging into your customer’s heads before they land on your product page.

Your job is to gather those insights and use them to your advantage.

Won’t it take me days to pull all the People Also Ask data I need?

Sure you can go through and copy and paste all the search insights you gather. However. There’s a brilliant tool that will help you do this within minutes.

Introducing AlsoAsked.com

AlsoAsked is a creation of UK Digital agency Candour. It’s super simple. You just input the term you’re mining customer insight data around;

and you’ll be presented with live data, pulled directly from Google, on the People Also Asked response to your chosen search query.

How People Also Asked data can help you create better content for landing pages, FAQs and product pages

Let’s head back to the mountains and the backpacking quandary we discussed earlier. So, you’re the ecommerce marketer at a hiking backpack brand and you want to create more useful content for your product pages.

You start out by learning the People Also Asked data for the general search term ‘Hiking Backpacks’ and AlsoAsked provides you the following response;

AlsoAsked response to the search query ‘Hiking Backpacks’

Great. You now know that your prospective customers are asking questions regarding whether they can hike with a normal backpack – leading to further questions;

  1. How have should my backpack be for hiking?
  2. What do hikers carry in their backpacks?
  3. How much weight can a person carry in a backpack?
  4. What is the average weight of a backpack for hiking?

Usually, at this stage in any keyword research you’ll be looking for search volume data. That’s not your concern here. Right now, you’re looking for topics to cover that will help you create the copy that will help your visitor make a more confident purchase.

Drilling down to core problems you can help your customer solve

You see those (+) icons? Clicking on each will help you dig further into specific categories where you will discover some real content gems.

People Also Asked data for the query ‘How Heavy Should My Backpack Be For Hiking’

Now we have next-level insights relating to specific size-queries your customers may have, ‘Is a 65l backpack big enough?’

Treat each of these questions People Also Ask in isolation and consider how best you can deliver your response. Should you;

  1. Create landing pages that answer these questions head-on? Great for SEO…
  2. Add responses as sections within your product pages? eg. How to choose the right size for your new backpack? Great for conversion…
  3. Create product-specific FAQs that sit at the footer of your product pages?
  4. Create articles taking a ‘they ask, you answer’ approach?

You’re creating evergreen, google-lovin, customer-centred content using these valuable keyword insights. This isn’t a process of keyword-stuffing, you’re learning directly from your potential customers what information will help them discover you and then decide whether or not to buy your product.

Start creating better product pages focusing on what people need to know

This is such a simple and cost-effective task that blends your work in SEO and conversion optimisation.

  1. You’re creating content that helps you rank better for terms customers search around.
  2. You’re delivering better information on your product pages, FAQs or articles that helps you convert visitors into buyers.

AlsoAsked costs from £12/mo (100 monthly searches). Sure you could take the time searching each individual phrase yourself, but I doubt you have the time. Plus, on the LITE version for £23/mo you can export all that data into CSV format. Perfect for mapping out your product-focused content strategy.

Super short video below explaining more about AlsoAsked…

Introduction to AlsoAsked

Written By:

Ian Rhodes

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