How your content can rank for featured snippets using SEMrush

Updated: Feb 21

What is a Featured Snippet?

These are rich and enhanced visualizations of search results on Google that display quick information for users. Also known as Position 0, featured snippets are located above position 1 and below PPC results (paid).

It can look like this and I am sure you have seen it many times:

example of featured snippet

Advantages of the featured snippets

The main advantage of a featured snippet is that a URL with featured snippet can jump straight to position 0 and then rank in another position as well. So, with the featured snippet, Google will show two results in SERPs for your content as opposed to one result only. This will enhance CTR and traffic to the URL.

I wrote an article on career change ideas in 2018. Today if you search for "how to look for career change ideas", you'll get that little list of tips extracted from my article.

career change ideas featured snippet

Most SEOs want to rank for position #1 on page 1. That's the best possible option, right?

Well, if you get a featured snippet, you can rank position 0 and one of the other positions in the page.

Here’s what Google has to say about featured snippets: “When we recognize that a query asks a question, we programmatically detect pages that answer the user’s question and display a top result as a featured snippet in the search results.”

Average CTR %

An analysis of 2 million Featured Snippets found that for the SERPs with them, 8.6% of all clicks go to the featured snippet.

average CTR of featured snippet

If your page gets a featured snippet, it will be the first result on the first page for your keyword(s). Only paid ads (if applicable) will be featured above it.

Search Engine Land analyzed one site featured in the snippet and the results are astounding. The site had a 516 percent increase in sessions and the conversion rate skyrocketed from 2 percent to 8 percent!

Who is eligible?

99% of the featured snippets come from results on the first page. This means that to be eligible for a featured snippet, our ranking for a given keyword must be in the first 10 SERPs results.

Also, we will have better chances to get a feature snippet is we already rank on position 1, 2, 3 or 4 for a given keyword.

Types of featured snippets

There are 4 types of featured snippets:

  1. Numbered list

  2. Bulleted list

  3. Paragraph snippet

  4. Table snippet

Numbered list snippets

Bulleted list

bulleted list featured snippet

Paragraph snippet

Table snippet

Part 2: How to analyse and find feature snippets using SEMrush

Tactic #1: find quick wins Featured Snippet Opportunities

Step 1: Open the Project dashboard on SEMrush and choose the website you want to check:

Step 2: Once in the your website project dashboard, click to “Position tracking” and the click to Featured Snippet

Step 3: Click to Opportunities

This report shows who, from your competitors, own the featured snippets for some of the keywords. These represent the “quick wins” featured snippet. They only require a small amount of work to implement.

Step 4: Filter by Est. traffic potential to understand which featured snippet would send more traffic.

It's worth spending your time optimising for featured snippets that show from 1,000 search traffic per month.

How to read the report:

Volumes: it’s the estimated number of monthly searches on google

Est. traffic potential: it’s the number of clicks we would get if we get the featured snippet for a given keyword

You: organic position for our domain

Diff: the difference in organic position between our URL and the URL that is getting the featured snippet. If the number is negative means that we rank lower in search results. A positive value means we rank higher.

It’s easier to get a featured snippet if we already rank higher in search results.

Step 5: click on the Crown icon and check what type of featured snippet opportunity we can have.

Example. If you click on the crown icon for the keyword of your choice, you can see SERPs results that show a table featured a snippet from your competitor, the URL that is owning the featured snippet.

This list of competitors is not the same as your normal SEO competitors. Featured snippets show different type of rankings.

Let's work with an example of a keyword: Level 2 gym qualification.

The University of Edinburgh ranks #6 in the SERPs and another URL ranks #1 for the keyword “level 2 gym qualification”:

In theory, because Future Fit ranks #1 and Uni Edinburgh on #6, it should be very easy for Future Fit to get the featured snippet.