This post was updated on 11/14/2016 to reflect new statistics.
SEO isn’t exactly the most understood medium in online marketing. For one thing, people aren’t too sure what SEOs do, exactly. Then there is talk about how SEO is converging with social media, content marketing, usability, and more.
It’s not exactly the most well-regarded marketing channel either:
Every now and then, you’ll hear from the jaded webmasters who have invested in SEO a few times and wasted their money. After that, you’ll hear about discussions about black hat and white hat SEO. As a webmaster, you don’t have time to worry about all this chatter.
That’s understandable. You need to get the important things done.
To start things off, you should get your minimum viable SEO right and then move onto building your site.
You can turn to the more advanced SEO tactics to really help make some strides with your traffic. And take the word ‘advanced’ with a grain of salt, it’s not that bad once you get into the flow.
Keep the following statistics in mind as a reminder that investing more into your SEO efforts later will pay off handsomely:
- Content marketing rocks. Marketing Sherpa reports distribution lead to a 2,000% increase in blog traffic and a 40% increase in revenue.
- 70% of the links search users click on are organic.
- 70-80% of users ignore the paid ads, focusing on the organic results.
- The first organic search result will get nearly 33% of clicks. (2013)
- 75% of users never scroll past the first page of search results.
- GroupM states “when consumers were exposed to both search and social media influenced by a brand that overall search CTR went up by 94 percent.”
- Search and e-mail are the top two internet activities.
- Companies that blog have 434% more indexed pages. And companies with more indexed pages get far more leads.
- Inbound leads cost 61% lower than outbound leads. An example of an inbound lead might be from search engine optimization. An outbound lead might be from a cold call.
- 81% of businesses consider their blogs to be an important asset to their businesses.
- A study by Outbrain shows that search is the #1 driver of traffic to content sites, beating social media by more than 300%.
- SEO leads have a 14.6% close rate, while outbound leads (such as direct mail or print advertising) have a 1.7% close rate.
- For Google, a study from Slingshot SEO shows 18% of organic clicks go to the #1 position, 10% of organic clicks go to the #2 position, and 7% of organic clicks go to the #3 position.
- In that same study, tests for Bing show the following: 9.7% of organic clicks go to #1, 5.5% of organic clicks go to #2, and 2.7% of organic clicks go to #3.
- 79% of search engine users say they always/frequently click on the natural search results. In contrast, 80% of search engine users say they occasionally/rarely/never click on the sponsored search results. Here’s a look at what the natural (blue) and sponsored search results (red) look like:
- Google owns 68% of the search engine market share. (2016)
- 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. (2016)
- The search engine industry is estimated to be worth more than $65 billion. (2016)
- There are over 1.2 trillion global searches being conducted each month. (2016)
- 91% of internet users use search. (2016)
- Mobile internet usage surpassed desktop searches in 2016.
- The average user spends up to three hours a day on a mobile device. (2016)
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