A fully fledged SEO strategy can start to show results within six months. It may take less time (some website owners claim they see results after two weeks) or it may take a year or more.
These strategies will end up hurting you in the long run if you prioritize speed over sustainability. Any website that suddenly rises in ranking is automatically flagged by Google as black hat, as it is assumed to be behind it.
You should be aware that your SEO results can be affected by a number of factors. Whether you start seeing significant results sooner or later depends on things like the age and authority of your site, any penalties hindering your ranking, and whether you’re aiming for long- or short-term results.
You should aim for long-term results for SEO success. You will rank higher and perform better.
We’ll take a look at the top seven issues that can affect your SEO, including how long it takes for you to see results.
Today, SEO is largely driven by natural language searches, which are more like questions than two or three keywords. It’s because people are speaking their searches rather than typing them in with tools like Siri or Google Now. Additionally, as people seek faster results, they are including more information in their typed searches. The competition for these keywords is much lower, so it’s easier to rank for them. Since these keywords include more detail, they convert at a higher rate than generic keywords. In aggregate, long tail searches often add up to more traffic than your “golden keywords.” It is therefore more important to rank for natural language searches, which are growing and changing rapidly, rather than for a few top keywords.
If you have the right strategy and a partner who knows how to achieve results, SEO can be worthwhile. Search engines account for 93% of all online interactions. The close rate of SEO leads can be much higher than traditional marketing. SEO offers a high return on investment (ROI).