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By Andrea Volpini

4 months ago

Discover the cutting-edge SEO trends of 2024 – stay ahead in the digital landscape with our comprehensive insights.

As we enter 2024, the SEO landscape is again on the verge of a new horizon. I have never been excited to be where I am today. The digital marketing ecosystem is constantly evolving, with emerging AI technologies and user behaviors dictating the pace and direction of marketing teams worldwide. As I get to the end of the year, evaluating these trends is not just about keeping up—it’s about envisioning how we want to help our clients in the next 12 months.

This year, we’ve witnessed the continued ascendancy of AI-driven search experiences, refined structured data practices, and stronger integration of virtual and physical retail spaces. Search boundaries are expanding, encompassing voice, visual, and predictive search capabilities, redefining what optimizing for visibility and engagement means.

In the forthcoming exploration of the 2024 SEO trends, we’ll draw upon the insights I gathered by working between SEO and artificial intelligence with clients around the World. 

Whether you’re a seasoned marketer or new to the digital landscape, I hope this blog post will serve as a compass, guiding you through the dynamic landscape of modern SEO and Generative AI in the year ahead.

  1. AI-Enhanced Search Experiences and the Rise of Direct Interaction
  2. Seamless E-commerce Integration and the Omnichannel Shopping Experience
  3. The Evolution of Structured Data and Knowledge Graphs
  4. AI Autonomous Agents and Evolving Prompt Techniques in SEO

Trend 1: AI-Enhanced Search Experiences and the Rise of Direct Interaction

The search engines of 2024 are not just gateways to information; they are becoming sophisticated conversational partners thanks to the integration of advanced artificial intelligence. This year, we’re seeing a significant leap in how AI enhances search experiences, making them more interactive, intuitive, and personalized. 

Platforms like Google and Bing lead the charge with AI models that unprecedentedly understand user intent, modalities, and context. These models can directly answer complex queries and engage users in meaningful dialogues, offering interaction using different media simultaneously. 
The implications for SEO are profound. The traditional focus on keywords and static content gives way to a dynamic landscape where content must be crafted to engage with AI-driven search interfaces using entities and graphs of data. This means optimizing for conversational queries, anticipating user questions, and providing structured data that AI can easily interpret and use to generate authoritative responses with references and statistics additions. Towards the end of 2023, we witnessed an enlightening research paper titled “GEO: Generative Engine Optimization,” introducing a novel framework designed to help content creators improve the visibility of their content in responses from generative search engines (GEs). GEs, like BingChat or Google’s SGE, combine conventional search engine capabilities with large language models (LLMs) to generate multi-modal responses by synthesizing information from multiple sources.

Moreover, the rise of direct interaction within search results changes user behavior. With more queries being answered directly on the search engine results pages (SERPs), the click-through to websites is evolving. SEO strategies must now account for zero-click searches by optimizing content to appear in featured snippets, answer boxes, and other SERP features that provide immediate value to the user.

As we navigate through 2024, SEO professionals must embrace these AI-enhanced search experiences. By understanding the capabilities and limitations of AI and by creating content that aligns with the conversational nature of modern search, we can ensure that our digital presence resonates with search engines and the users they serve.


  • SEO is evolving, focusing less on keywords and more on engaging AI interfaces with conversational queries, entities, structured data, and anticipating user questions.
  • GEO: Generative Engine Optimization” research highlights methods for content creators to enhance visibility in generative search engines (GEs) like BingChat and Google’s SGE.
  • The rise of direct answers in search results changes user behavior, leading to more zero-click searches. Yes, we need to mitigate the loss of traffic from informational queries.

AI agents for SEO can help identify and integrate authoritative sources, making content more informative and credible. Our experiments in 2023 with Agent WordLift are transforming how we produce content (while preserving authoritativeness and respecting copyrights). We will double down on this front.

Trend 2: Seamless E-commerce Integration and the Omnichannel Shopping Experience

In 2024, the lines between online and offline shopping experiences are becoming increasingly blurred, creating an omnichannel landscape that demands a new approach to e-commerce SEO. Google and other search engines are at the forefront of this transformation, integrating shopping features directly into their platforms to facilitate a seamless transition from search to purchase. This year, we’re witnessing a surge in features like shoppable images, enriched business information on knowledge panels, and virtual try-on clothes that pave the way to direct checkout options from search results and enhanced product discovery through visual and voice search. These integrations are not just about convenience; they’re about creating a cohesive journey for the consumer, from initial interest to final transaction, regardless of their chosen channel.

For businesses, this means that SEO can no longer be siloed as a purely online endeavor. It also means the opportunity for a tighter integration with the teams working on paid channels. 

We have to focus on a holistic view of the customer’s path to purchase, which often includes multiple touchpoints across digital and physical realms. Product information must be meticulously optimized inside a Product Knowledge Graph and consistently presented across all platforms, ensuring that structured data is leveraged to its fullest potential to showcase products in the most attractive and informative way.

Furthermore, local SEO is taking on a new dimension as search engines make it easier for users to discover products in nearby stores. This trend towards “local e-commerce,” recently confirmed by Google’s introduction of ​​the new small business attribute, emphasizes the importance of accurate, real-time inventory data, local business information, and the optimization of local listings to capture the attention of consumers who are ready to buy.

As we progress through 2024, the e-commerce SEO strategy must adapt to these omnichannel realities. By integrating online and offline data, focusing on rich and accurate product information, and optimizing for various search experiences, businesses can thrive in the new era of integrated e-commerce.


  • E-commerce SEO in 2024 is evolving into an omnichannel approach, integrating online and offline shopping experiences.
  • Google and other search engines are enhancing features like shoppable images and virtual try-ons, linking search directly to e-commerce and physical retail purchases. 
  • SEO strategies must encompass a holistic view of the customer’s journey, utilizing Product Knowledge Graphs for consistent and optimized product information across platforms (organic and paid together). 
  • Local SEO gains importance with trends in “local e-commerce,” emphasizing real-time inventory data and local business information to attract nearby consumers. 
  • We, as WordLift, are fully committed to facilitating easier data transformation from Product Knowledge Graphs to Google Merchants and other local SEO platforms, enhancing online and offline data integration.
  • Data in the Product Knowledge Graph can effectively personalize product information across multiple channels while preserving the brand’s tone of voice and core values. 

Trend 3: The Evolution of Structured Data and Knowledge Graphs

Structured data has long been a cornerstone of effective SEO, but in 2024, we’re seeing an evolution transforming how search engines understand and display content. With Google introducing several updates to structured data (six updates since October!), the granularity and specificity with which we can mark up content have reached new heights. 

This year, the focus is on creating entities inside Google’s Knowledge Graph beyond the basics, directly providing users with interactive, engaging, and informative responses in SGE. From real-time product availability and pricing to profile pages and enhanced business information, structured data enables a more dynamic and useful interaction with conversational search.

For SEO professionals, this means a deeper dive into the nuances of schema markup. Applying generic tags is no longer enough; we must understand the structured data types most relevant to our content and how they can trigger rich results and dynamic UIs to capture user attention and drive engagement.

Structured data is all you need – from Google’s presentation of Gemini

As AI demands more accurate information, we will see knowledge graphs becoming a strategic asset in the AI stacks for most companies. 

Knowledge graphs are vast repositories of interconnected facts and concepts in the ever-evolving landscape of (structured) data and AI. Their applications are numerous and far-reaching, from enhancing search engines to powering recommendation systems and driving complex content generation workflows. Knowledge graphs are transforming how we access, interpret, and enrich data. As foundational models become increasingly sophisticated, their integration with knowledge graphs will only deepen. This year, we’ve been investing in strengthening WordLift’s Knowledge Graph capabilities to leverage structured data in content generation and validation at an unprecedented scale. We have also seen the importance of extending to sophisticated ontologies that can help marketers and SEO professionals organize metadata in a compelling new way. 


  • Structured data is crucial for SEO in 2024, with Google updates enhancing content markup granularity and specificity. We have witnessed.
  • Focus on creating entities in Google’s Knowledge Graph for interactive, informative responses in SGE, including real-time product data. 
  • SEO professionals must deeply understand schema markup nuances, moving beyond generic tags to trigger rich results and dynamic user interfaces. 
  • Knowledge graphs, integral in AI stacks, are becoming a strategic asset, interconnecting facts and concepts for various applications. 
  • WordLift’s Knowledge Graph capabilities will continue to be strengthened to utilize structured data in content generation and validation effectively. We are also committed to extending into sophisticated ontologies (“SEOntology”) for innovative metadata organization by marketers and SEO professionals.

Trend 4: AI Autonomous Agents and Evolving Prompt Techniques in SEO

The year 2024 is witnessing a significant advancement in deploying AI autonomous agents within SEO, revolutionizing the industry with their ability to execute complex tasks independently. These agents are not only automating traditional SEO processes but are also pioneering the use of evolving prompt techniques to interact with semantic data in knowledge graphs.

AI autonomous agents now have sophisticated prompting capabilities to query and interpret semantic data within knowledge graphs. This enables them to understand the context and relationships between entities, enhancing their decision-making processes for content optimization, link-building strategies, and technical SEO adjustments.

During 2023, we evolved from a Graph Retrieval Augmented Generation (G-RAG) design pattern to an agent and multi-agent approach.

By utilizing intelligent agent design, we could see an improvement of the limitations of traditional RAG models.

The integration of these AI agents is particularly transformative for content creation. AI autonomous agents can generate content briefs, extract entities, and even create SEO-friendly, informative, and engaging content. By tapping into the rich semantic data of knowledge graphs, these agents ensure that the content is optimized for search engines and deeply aligned with user intent and queries.

Furthermore, the evolving prompt techniques streamline how SEO professionals interact with AI. SEO experts can use natural language prompts to guide AI agents to perform specific tasks, analyze data, and provide insights that inform strategic decisions. 

This collaboration between human expertise and AI efficiency sets a new standard for SEO practices.

As we navigate through 2024, the strategic deployment of AI autonomous agents and the evolving prompt techniques for knowledge graph interaction empower SEO professionals to create more targeted, effective, and intelligent strategies. This trend is a testament to the ongoing innovation in SEO, where data-driven automation and human creativity converge to drive success in the digital landscape.


  • AI autonomous agents in SEO (2024) autonomously perform complex tasks, revolutionizing traditional SEO workflows. These agents use prompt techniques with knowledge graphs to understand entity contexts and relationships, enhancing content optimization and SEO strategies. 
  • Evolved from Graph Retrieval Augmented Generation (G-RAG) to a more advanced agent and multi-agent design. AI agents transform content creation, generating SEO-friendly content aligned with user intent and queries. 
  • Agent WordLift will draw inspiration from our ongoing work with clients and use multiple tools to gather useful information before providing a final answer. The focus will be on augmenting content creation, SEO auditing, and search opportunities discovery in the most efficient and ethical way. 

Conclusion: Embracing the AI Revolution of 2024

As I reflect on the SEO trends that will shape 2024, it’s evident that we are at the threshold of a new era in digital marketing. The advancements we’ve discussed are not merely incremental changes; they represent a paradigm shift in how we approach online visibility, content creation, and data management.

The integration of AI into search experiences, the seamless blending of e-commerce channels, the emergence of AI authorship, the strategic deployment of AI autonomous agents, and the ascendancy of visual search and semantic ontologies — are driving forces toward a future where adaptability, innovation, and strategic foresight are key.

Drawing inspiration from the past while looking firmly to the future, we must embrace these changes with a strategic mindset. The SEO landscape of 2024 demands that we not only keep pace with technological advancements but also anticipate the needs and behaviors of our users. 

It’s about creating a synergy between the art of SEO, the science of neuro-symbolic AI, and consistent brand recognition. 

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