As they say, good things take time. Regardless of the strategy you choose, you will need to wait for some time after implementing it to see visible results. Today, I will try to answer how long it takes for SEO to start working.
How Long Does SEO Take to Start Working?
The answer depends on many factors, including the following:
How long your resource has been around;
How much SEO has been done on it previously;
How much content is on it;
Your website’s link profile.
It’s important to consider the above factors since no two sites are starting from the same point, even if they are in the same industry and competing for the same audience.
What to Expect in the Initial Six Months of SEO
Here is a plausible scenario for what your SEO efforts might look like during the first months, and the results you might expect.
The first month is all about research and discovery. It’s highly recommended that you perform website audit, select high-effective keywords, and craft a profitable SEO strategy. If you can cope quickly with these three tasks, then technical changes may start being made to the site within the initial month.
At this stage, website owners usually identify what has to be changed or fixed on the website.They also work on their link profile, update the existing content, enhance everything that can actually be enhanced on the site. Remember, the changes being made will only start to have an impact not earlier than in 2-3 months.
This one is all about content creation. You generate fresh articles, blog posts, FAQs, white papers, case studies and the line goes on. You might start seeing some improvements in rankings by the end of the month.
At this point, you have to focus on website technical optimization. Your goal here is to develop a healthy link profile. By the fourth month, you are likely to see a vast increase in traffic, rankings, and lead generation.
By this month or even earlier most businesses start incorporating social media management into their plan to amplify their content and drive traffic to their websites. This usually leads to a natural link profile as well as helps to generate leads. At this stage, you should be seeing more and more direct traffic coming in from SEO, and your leads should be growing as a result.
If your traffic has reached 5 thousand visitors per month by this point, consider adding conversion rate optimization to your efforts. From this month, your activities may be mainly focused on content creation and promotion of that content.
Generally, it takes up to six months before one sees significant results from an SEO campaign. Success by any standard rarely comes within the initial three months. Remember, SEO is a long-term marketing process that requires time and patience.