It’s the SEO version of asking, “Are we there yet?” when you’re on a family road trip. But have you ever caught yourself saying the same sentence when it comes to SEO?
“Are we at the top of Google yet?”
“How long until we get there?”
It’s the question we get asked the most when it comes to SEO – and honestly, there’s no right answer. But for those of you who are feeling impatient, this blog will hopefully speed things up for you.
The time it takes to see the results you’re hoping for depends on a number of factors. SEO isn’t a journey from point A to point B, and it isn’t a ‘do it once and it’s done’. In reality, it’s something that keeps improving the more you work on it. The greater your efforts, the better your results will be. If you work consistently on it, you can start seeing results after 4 to 6 months.
Competition determines how long it will take you to see great results. The lower the competition, the faster you will reach the top of search engine results. If there’s a lot of competition? You’ll see your site quickly overtaking low-ranking pages, but it’ll be difficult to rank on the first page of search engines. Choosing longtail keywords is the best way to get around the high competition. We talk about this over here.
The best ways to rank faster:
- Narrow your website to a specific geographic region.
This eliminates most of your competition and helps you target a specific audience.
- Produce lots of original content.
SEO is based around keywords, so the more keywords you target, the better your chances of ranking. We talk about the importance of regular blogging here (link).
The more authoritative backlinks you have leading back to your site, the better your SEO will be. Learn more about backlinks here (link).
- Website age and quality
Google isn’t going to put a website on the first page if it’s only been around for one month. It will take you several months to gain results because you don’t have a sold online reputation yet. Google also look at quality – website speed and security is an important factor. Having an SSL certificate will help you build trust in your domain.
There are lots of other factors involved in SEO, but these are some proven methods of speeding up your results. If you would like to discuss more about SEO, please feel free to comment below!