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How Long Does It Take To Get To The First Page On Google?
I get this question a lot with my new clients. When I hear this, I know the person who is signing up with me may be unhappy in 30 days when they're not ranking #1 for their difficult keywords.
Now then, with 8% of search traffic making it to page 2 on Googles search, it's pretty obvious that rankings matter a lot – and this takes time. When you're considering investing in SEO and PPC, so many website owners are wondering how they can get their website to page 1 in Googles search engine, and exactly how to get to that coveted #1 position that pulls in the most traffic.
The short answer is that no one can tell you exactly how this works, not even people who work for Google (unless your name is Matt Cutts). I'm not here to leave you a vague question and answer, that's not like me. Keep reading ;)
We're not Google
In addition to Google updating their search algorithm all the time, they also have a fresh crawler and deep crawler. They fresh crawler sends bits of fresh information back to their home base. The deep crawler, which is more predictable, is the main crawler that sends back tons of information back to their search engine. Then there is the calculation and propagation time to value every link, every page, and every website and then rank those against billions of search queries.
In short, no one (not even Google employees) know the exact formula that helps websites rank in the top of the search engines.
What we can do is take an analysis of a top competitor of ours and write down a detailed plan that they did and push it towards our own website. After this, we can get a basic time frame of what will happen and how long it may take to rank a website. In addition, we can adjust the plan to favor some different keywords and pull traffic in from less competitive areas while also targeting the same keywords our competitors are.
A Websites Quality Affects It's Success
If your website isn't seen as an authority and you don't update it very often with fresh content, it may take a while to rank up. In addition, if your website has obtained a penalty you have to assess exactly what that is and fix it. After you fixed the issue you need to then submit a reconsideration request before you can begin to be seen as an authority in your field and Google considers your for their search engine again.
We Don't Control Your Competition
By designing a game plan to increase your rankings and bring in traffic and sales we know that your competitors will be pushed down since not everyone can be at the top. However, it's very likely your competitors aren't just going to stand there and watch you destroy them.
Assume your competitors have already been doing SEO and Marketing. You will now need to do the right amount of work to match them and a little added work to surpass them. Sometimes a competitor has a few years head start and it could take a longer time for them to see you as a threat. Additional resources can help, but sometimes it just takes the slow, persistent, and aggregated authority built over time to rise in the search rankings.
Well, What If I Don't Want To Wait For Results?
I understand you want to see an instant ROI on your investment, but that doesn't happen when you're doing SEO for your website/business. It takes a technical know how of the search engines in order to not mess up your website and push it to the top. To do this, you need to show Google that you are the top dog and that you should be put at #1 in their search results for every keyword related to your website. You also need to show your visitors that you are the best deal around with the best content, services and/or products at the perfect price.
SEO Is Not A Campaign With A Start And Stop Date
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a long term ranking and branding technique that is on going. It defines your audience, learns what they are looking for, engages with them, nurtures that relationship, and in return, rewards you with their business. By understanding this, you’ll realize that it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to the first page of a certain ranking, because you will know that just getting ranked isn't the only thing.
Now Forget Everything Above!
With all stated above in mind, here are some ballpark figures you can use.
Low to Medium Difficulty – With a good consistent strategy and no other major website issues, it is reasonable to expect that in 3-6 months you'll be in the top 10 search result for your keywords. As said before, this also depends on your competition who isn't going to just sit and watch you rank over them.
High Difficulty – Due to the high amount of competition, a highly difficult niche can take at least a year to see page one results. People don't like to hear that, but it's true.
You can shorten this time frame by using PPC (paid ads) to get to the top.
Extremely Difficult – It's possible that you will never see the first page of Google. And it could be out of reach for some small businesses because the cost of doing the SEO or outsourcing it is too much to be funded. For a larger company in an extremely difficult niche, it could several people working together (a team) to achieve top rankings.
If you get to the top of page 1 easily it's probably because that keyword isn't targeted by your competition since it doesn't get any traffic and click throughs. If you're getting traffic from the wrong audience, it's a waste. And if you are getting the right traffic from the right audience but you can't convert them, nothing matters.
Instead, think about how you can cater to your audience and give them something of substance. If it's content, make sure it's engaging and makes the reader want to read another page. If it's a service, make sure your copy is engaging and makes the potential client want to sign up. If it's a product, make it the best it can be and price it competitively.
Also, be the quickest and most informative inside your user friendly support system! People will pay a few dollars more if they get a response from you that is more than a one or two word answer. Answer follow up questions that you know they are going to ask. Respond quick, within 30 minutes, and your sales will increase.