For your digital marketing, and more precisely for your search engine optimization (or SEO performance), there are numerous Key Performance Indicators that you need to track to know if your SEO efforts were worth the time spent on your content marketing, meta descriptions, target keywords, etc.
The sheer number of important SEO KPIs can get overwhelming. It's also quite time-consuming to gather all your high-quality SEO metrics for every SEO campaign from all the different SEO platforms (such as Google Analytics, Moz, SEMrush, Google Search Console, or other search engines like Bing).
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Incorporating SEO into your digital marketing strategy is essential for several reasons. SEO improves your website's visibility in organic search results, exposing your brand to a wider audience and generating more organic traffic. It also allows you to attract highly targeted traffic by aligning your content with the needs of your target audience.
SEO KPIs, or Search Engine Optimization Key Performance Indicators, are specific metrics used to evaluate and measure the performance and effectiveness of an SEO campaign. These KPIs provide insights into a website's visibility, organic traffic, keyword rankings, user engagement, and conversion rates.
Measuring SEO KPIs is crucial for several reasons:
Now, which KPIs should you track in your report?
There are so many ranking factors for SEO, and Google’s algorithm is, to this day, still a mystery, but we know that these KPIs make a difference for your SEO.
Here are the top SEO KPIs and metrics to track.
Conversion rate, as well as your total number of conversions, are crucial SEO KPIs to track. You need to know how many potential customers not only clicked on a particular page but how many completed a goal completion, such as starting a trial or buying a product from your e-commerce site.
Your organic search traffic, or organic sessions, is the number of visitors (or sessions) from a search engine such as Google or Bing. Knowing the specific search queries these visitors come from is crucial to optimize web pages and target those keywords.
The click-through rate is the ratio of users who click on your search engine link to the number of total users who viewed your link.
The bounce rate is the percentage of your website's visitors who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. Having a high bounce rate can either mean that your site content needs a little improvement (maybe it doesn't answer the audience's intent?), that you are not bringing your target audience (or perhaps targeting the wrong audience?), maybe that your page speed is too slow, or that you have crawl errors. If your page loads too slowly, many visitors will likely return to their search engine to try another page instead. Alongside the bounce rate, check your exit pages to see how you can improve them, keeping your visitors longer on your site.
Another important KPI is the load time of your page. It's not only important for the user experience to know how long it took for your page to load. An ideal website load time would be about 2 to 5 seconds, but the faster, the better. Longer than 5 seconds, and you will see your bounce rate get significantly higher. Check your loading time on a website like PageSpeed Insights, which will give you the exact time and action points to improve it.
You need to track specific keywords for which you want your landing pages to rank in the search engine results pages (SERPs). The Google keyword ranking is the position that your website is listed in Google when a searcher types that phrase or keyword. For each search term, you also want to know the search volume/search visibility with your keyword rankings to know how many people will see your page in the results. Performing keyword research and optimizing current and potential keywords on specific pages is crucial to help your SEO.
Domain Authority (DA) is a search engine ranking score developed by Moz that predicts how well a website will rank on search engine result pages (SERPs). It's almost your SEO success score.
You want to know how many pages and domains link to your website. Link building is an important SEO KPI for your SEO strategy as it should increase your domain authority and, therefore, your SERP. Also, track your referring domains and referrals to better view your backlinks.
Pageviews is an SEO metric defined as the total number of pages viewed. Usually, the more pages your visitor sees, the better, as they are more engaged and interested in what you offer.
It's important to know the average time your organic traffic spends on your website; the standard is between 2 to 3 minutes; any longer would usually be considered a good average session duration.
These KPIs can easily be tracked with multiple different tools such as Google Analytics, Moz, SEMrush, Ahrefs, Google Search Console, and Google My Business for local SEO.
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Here are some SEO report templates you could start using right away:
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