How to Measure SEO Effectiveness

How to measure SEO effectiveness. Do you think Google rankings are the end-all be-all for measuring success with your SEO strategy? Think again. Now, don't get me wrong. It is an important metric on where you rank because, after all, only 25% of users go to the second page of Google regarding search results. Even more disappointing, 90% of pages receive zero organic traffic.

But it's not the end all be all. If you double, or triple up your Google traffic and you don't generate any more revenue, does it really matter? No, you're just paying more expenses on your server costs. So what are the metrics that you should be tracking?


Well, the first one is organic traffic, and the reason I say track your organic traffic is it'll tell you how you're doing with algorithm updates. See, Google is making thousands of algorithm changes per year. They usually do around three core updates per year. You want to know if you're doing better over time or worse, so tracking your organic traffic tells you your team is doing better or worse? And that's an easy metric that you can do in Google Search Console or you can do it in Google Analytics and you actually see that traffic over time.

The second metric that I want you to track is SERP visibility. How do you know that your SEO is improving in the early days? See, with SERP visibility this shows you, and you can see its data in Google Search Console, are people seeing your listing? When you're ranking at the bottom of page one or page two, yes, some people are seeing it, you're just not getting as many clicks and it takes a long time to get up to the top spot. So SERP visibility, and if that number keeps going up, it means that you're continually ranking higher and higher overtime in Google.

Metric number three, number of backlinks. Now, the more people that link to you naturally, the better your content is. It means people like your product, your service, your content, the stuff that you're putting out there. 94% of content on the internet never gets backlinks. And when it comes to SEO, many companies believe this is the hardest part. In fact, it's so hard that 60% of businesses outsource their link building strategy to an SEO expert. If you need help with your link building, check out my ad agency, NP Digital.

Now there's also reciprocal backlinking, which means I link to you, you link back, avoid that. It's not good. It doesn't help with your ranking. That's just gaming the system.

Now, creating longer content is a great way to boost your backlinks. Not only does longer content often rank better on Google, but it also receives on average 77.2% more backlinks than shorter articles. Now this doesn't mean that all your content should be long. When it makes sense for it to be long, it should be long. But if it's an article on how to tie a tie, you don't want to make it long. It's just making it confusing. People just want to see some images or video on how to tie a tie.

The fourth metric I want you to track is domain authority. The higher your authority that means the more credible you are, and typically the higher you're going to rank. Now, this is a metric from Moz. It's a score from one to a hundred. Typically, the higher the ranking or the number, the better off you're going to rank.

Metric number five is the most important metric, conversions, and revenue. Look, Google Analytics can track how much revenue you're generating from SEO. It doesn't matter how much traffic you get at the end because something's wrong if it doesn't convert into dollars. You're getting the wrong type of traffic. This is why keyword word research is super important at the beginning. This is why you want to use tools like ubersuggest: it'll tell you what keywords are popular and have a high cost per click. If you're wondering why cost per click is important, typically, if someone's willing to pay more for a keyword in Google Ads, it means that keyword usually drives more sales.

So you want to go after the keywords that are related to your space, get searched a lot, have low competition, and have a high cost per click, and ubersuggest will show you that. And you can also use tools like AnswerThePublic to see what keywords are booming and becoming popular right now and exploding, so that way you know what to target in the short run that your competition hasn't figured out about yet.

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38 Responses to How to Measure SEO Effectiveness

  1. Polymath December 19, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

    It’s my second time

    Please increase your volume
    May be i am the 1 having this problem but i think it’s a bit low

    • Neil Patel December 19, 2022 at 4:31 pm #

      My apologies, I edit videos in a batch so that’s probably the all of the recent ones are like it. The next batch will be better as I’ve taken note of it.

    • Polymath December 19, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

      @Neil Patel it means a lot sir ❤️

  2. Fight Back Failure December 19, 2022 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank u Neil

    • Neil Patel December 19, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

      You’re welcome!

  3. andy andy December 19, 2022 at 3:43 pm #


    • Neil Patel December 19, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank you!

    • andy andy December 19, 2022 at 5:47 pm #

      Thank you

  4. Emanuel December 19, 2022 at 3:58 pm #

    Hey Neil, I’m currently building a price-feature comparison website for a certain niche. The business model is based on affiliate marketing. I don’t sell anything, so the standard conversion in Google Analytics and other tracking services won’t really work, right? What would be the best way to track “conversions” for Google.

    • Neil Patel December 19, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

      UTM codes 🙂

    • Emanuel December 19, 2022 at 4:35 pm #

      @Neil Patel Thank you! I will look into those! 🙂

  5. Racky OP December 19, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

    I like how you incorporate promoting Ubersuggst and Answer the public very well in your video

    • Neil Patel December 19, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. Jeremy December 19, 2022 at 4:16 pm #

    How do you define TAM/SAM and organic traffic market share?

    • Neil Patel December 19, 2022 at 4:37 pm #

      Total Available Market and Serviceable Available Market. The serviceable audience is the market that can be reached or converted.

    • Jeremy December 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm #

      @Neil Patel Thank you for the reply! I should be more specific. When looking at TAM/SAM/SOM, how should I be using keyword market share, SERP visibility, ect. to define the markets/opportunity? Would the top priority keywords for my site align to SAM/SOM and the lesser priority keywords that my competitors rank for or my site’s longtail keywords be more aligned to TAM. Essentially, I am looking to look at our site’s organic traffic and SEO efforts through the TAM/SAM/SOM lens…and desire to show growth of market share. I’m thinking you probably have great insight on what you consider to be the essential elements to measure growth of organic traffic market share and size of the greater opportunity.

  7. Women Chapter December 19, 2022 at 4:47 pm #

    I have a question when i post a blog on my website i saw google not index my blog post automatically again and again i have to do request indexing what’s the solution for that?

    • Télegram@Official_NeilPatel December 19, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

      Chat me up ☝️☝️

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

      Have you submitted a sitemap? Also, check your robots.txt.

    • Women Chapter December 21, 2022 at 5:36 am #

      @Neil Patel Yes, I submitted the sitemap but not robots.txt

  8. WBT Agency December 19, 2022 at 5:15 pm #

    Great video, Neil! We appreciated your breakdown of the different metrics used to measure SEO effectiveness. It’s essential to not just focus on one metric but to look at the bigger picture and consider various factors. Your suggestion to track both short-term and long-term metrics is especially valuable, as it allows us to see the impact of our SEO efforts over time. Keep up the great work!

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Ayoub dz December 19, 2022 at 5:41 pm #

    Great Neil, good tool ubersuggest. Unfortunately we don’t have enough to subscribe. Maybe one day ❤

  10. Ray Finkle December 19, 2022 at 9:42 pm #

    It’s so difficult for small sites to get meaningful backlinks. Even with beautiful infographics and skyscraper content and telling everyone about it. It’s so frustrating.

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

      I hear you! Just keep at it 🙂 You’ll get them!

    • Ray Finkle December 20, 2022 at 8:20 pm #

      @Neil Patel Thanks for the positive message, Neil.

  11. Ugly And Traveling December 19, 2022 at 9:54 pm #

    Great video as always, I just purchased your ubersuggest lifetime plan, I found more than thousand broken links and it took ages to redirect them one by one. Please do write an article on bulk redirect broken links if there is any. That would be great 🙂

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

      Duly noted 🙂

  12. Dr A Tamizha Karthic December 20, 2022 at 12:34 am #

    Happy to share i also do the same metrics for past 3 years. Really felt happy about it now.

    Clients dont care about our process, they need results.

    We should focus on process instead of results

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:10 pm #

      Focus on the small incremental wins 🙂

  13. Santosh Kumar December 20, 2022 at 1:51 am #

    Hi sir, iam facing site indexing issue, is there any trick to index it.
    And how long does it take to take to index pages?

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:11 pm #

      It can take a little bit of time! Have you submitted a sitemap?

    • Santosh Kumar December 21, 2022 at 1:30 am #

      @Neil Patel haa sitemap summited, how to rectify 406error.

  14. Growth Agency December 20, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

    Another brilliant video Neil. Keep posting & stay in touch!

    All the best,

    Growth Agency Ltd

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:14 pm #

      Thank you! Will do!

  15. Pratik Ambukar December 20, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

    Neil, How do you look at the blogging future. I mean, many bloggers run multiple blogs. So day by day, untouched queries are getting done. and also already written blog keywords are also getting done by bloggers, so how you look at the future, I would like to know from you.

    • Neil Patel December 20, 2022 at 7:15 pm #

      It’s hard to say for the future since digital marketing changes so rapidly. However, blogging isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

  16. Ali Asgar Attari December 21, 2022 at 5:21 pm #

    Hey Neil! Another great video.
    I was wondering if you could help me with a little problem. My posts are indexed according to Google Search Console. But when I try to put in a query, my page isn’t visible even up to the last search results.

    There was this query for which my post ranked on number 3. After a few days, it was no longer there. Thats okay because I know Google tests newer websites to see how people interact with a piece of content.

    But now, that query doesn’t show my post even to the last of search results.

    SEMrush shows some keywords for which I rank, but when I search for those keywords, my site is nowhere to be found. I tried to find it till the last search results.

    Would appreciate it if you could help me out.


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