I’m going out on a limb to give you the definitive answer to how long SEO takes: it depends.
While I recognize this is frustrating and seems like a copout, it’s the truth.
SEO doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Every situation offers a unique set of variables.
Skill, budget, the level of competition, and how your website stacks up against the competition can all play a role in how quickly one can move the dial.
So, bearing that in mind, let’s break it down in a more quantifiable sense and review what you can do to make things happen sooner, rather than later.
- On average, a page that ranked in the top 10 was over 2 years old. Moreover, the average age of pages that ranked first was nearly 3 years old.
- Among the pages that ranked in the top 10, only 22 per cent of them were less than 1-year-old.
- Of all pages in the study, only about 6 per cent appeared in the top 10 search engine results for at least one keyword within one year.
- Zooming into the top 6 per cent pages, most of them were able to get to the top 10 from nowhere in 2 to 6 months.
So, based on their findings, about 94 per cent of the pages in the study never made it to the top 10 search engine rankings within a year.
How to Improve Your Google Rankings
As you can see, to reach the top 10 SERPs in less than 1 year, takes lots of hard work, skill, and sometimes luck. And this takes us back to the topic of today’s discussion on how to improve your Google ranking.
So, if you want to boost sales and conversions by taking your website to the first page of Google, here are five steps you should take.