In this video, Neil Patel discusses how long it takes for SEO to work for a new website. He explains that SEO used to be easy and formulaic, but now it is more competitive due to the large number of websites and blogs. Patel mentions two major changes in SEO: keyword research and content. Keyword research has become more competitive, and websites now need to target multiple keywords per page. Content creation has changed as well, with a focus on providing high-quality, user-focused content rather than keyword density. Patel also discusses the factors that affect ranking on Google, including website security, site speed, mobile-friendliness, authoritative content, quality backlinks, and social signals. Overall, the time it takes to rank on Google depends on various factors, and the key is to prioritize user experience and provide valuable content.
- This is by far my most frequently asked question
that I get, "Hey Neil, my website is new and I'm still
"not seeing a lot of visitors.
"How long before I start seeing results from my SEO effort?"
When you're putting all this time and effort
into making your website to get to the top,
you want to see results right away, don't you?
Hi everyone, I'm Neil Patel
and in this video I'm going to break down the question
of how long does SEO take to work for a new website.
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SEO used to be easy
and following a specific formula would get you
to the top of page one,
and in many cases when I share my SEO journey,
back in the day I could get a top of page one
in a few months,
maybe even six months at the latest for the head terms,
they were like auto insurance and credit cards.
But nowadays SEO is super competitive,
there's over a billion blogs on the web,
there's roughly one blog for every seven people,
and there's even more websites on the web,
so when you combine all of that,
it makes sense on why SEO is so hard,
because now Google has its prime pickings
to figure out which website they're going to place on top.
In other words, they can be super picky,
while five, 10 years ago they couldn't be as picky.
So first, let's start by seeing how SEO
has changed over the years.
This is one of the big areas.
This wasn't nearly as competitive a market
as it used to be.
There're literally thousands of websites,
if not millions of websites created every single day.
As of January 1st, there're over
1.7 billion websites online.
That's a lot of competition.
It used to be that you could focus on five or six keywords,
maybe even ten,
and those keywords would bring in most of your site traffic.
Companies used to be able to focus on small groups
of generic keywords and see great results.
The reality now is, it's a lot different.
Websites now must have a list of 50 to 100 keywords
or more depending on the site.
And at bare minimum each page on your site is going to need
to be targeted at least at one keyword.
However, in most cases actually three or four
keywords per page.
Now, the next thing that's changed is content.
It used to be that you can simply write an article
and implement the keyword a fair number of times
and Google automatically would rank you,
a.k.a. QR density, right?
The more you put the keyword in your page,
the more they know about that page is around that topic
and then you're ranked.
Now that doesn't necessarily flow naturally
and it didn't really work well for users,
hence Google doesn't look at density the same way anymore.
Google has gotten smarter
and they changed their expectations a bit.
They're not just looking at a site shoving in
the same keyword and stuffing it
and ruining the searchers' experience.
They made some big changes to improve their rankings
by not showing low-quality content as high.
So now when you're writing content,
it's not about that keyword in there,
naturally it'll be in there and other synonyms will be
which Google can tell,
because think of them as a big dictionary and thesaurus.
So they know what the article is about
even if you don't have that keyword in there.
Their main priority is to deliver a high quality content
and keeping the search intent in mind.
Remember when someone types in a search query
it usually is a question, right?
It's not necessarily specifically a question
with a question mark,
but when someone does a Google search
they're looking for an answer to what ever they typed in,
and if your page does that,
provides that answer with that content
you're in the good graces,
if you don't,
you're not going to do well.
So don't just shove in keywords within your content
and write long pieces of article
because, hey, people say Google wants 2,000-word article
ranked at the top.
It's not about word count.
It's about providing what the users are looking for
as quick as possible.
If you do in 500 words, 2,000 words,
5,000 words, whatever it may be,
whoever does it in the easiest form for the user,
without shoving in keywords,
and creating the best experience is who's going to do well
and the best in the long run.
So how long does it take to rank on Google?
Well, are you ready for this?
The answer is
I know it's frustrating, right.
According to Forbes, the average it takes for a new site
is four to six months to start seeing
some traction in service.
However, because there're so many factors in SEO,
there is no definitive answer.
Every industry is different as well.
It's easier to rank for
a plumber in a localized city,
than it is to rank for auto insurance nationally.
On average, based on my experience,
even if you're starting a new website
and you're actively working on your content,
on page SEO and link building,
it can take roughly six months
before you start seeing results.
It doesn't mean in six months you're going to rank at the top
and get what you want,
but it usually takes six months to start seeing traction.
And the best way to start seeing the traction faster
is going after the long tail phrases
which convert better than head terms.
So if you want to rank faster,
there's some important SEO factors
that you need to know if you want to rank.
The first thing we should look at is your site
and is it secure and is it accessible to Google crawlers.
Are you using HTTPS?
Is your robots.txt blocking the right pages,
allowing the access to the right ones?
Using a site map and submitting it to Google Webmaster tool,
so Google can crawl on your pages?
Is your website fast in load time?
If it's fast,
not only it's going to boost your rankings,
because it's a part of their algorithm,
and then you get to use Google PageSpeed to see
how fast your website loads,
both on mobile and desktop device,
and they'll tell you what to fix as well.
But mobile speed time and desktop speed time
also affect conversions as well.
The other thing that you need to look at is,
is your site mobile-friendly?
Did you know that over a half of searches on Google
are done by mobile devices?
If your website doesn't look nice on a mobile device,
like iPhone or Android device,
don't expect them to rank it high up.
The other thing that you have to look at
is do you have authoritative content.
If you just have a me-too content, it won't cut it.
Google doesn't want the same regurgitated content
over and over again.
They want you to provide something that's unique,
that people haven't read before.
Every time I blog on something new
we're seeing on average 47.6% more traffic
than when we blog on something
that's been regurgitated and is old.
So in other words, try to blog on something
that's new, that people haven't seen before.
I know it's frustrating,
but the world has changed
and, yes, there still is new stuff
that people are learning about.
Not everything has been written even though
there's been over a billion blogs on the web.
Another thing you need to look at
is quality backlinks.
Getting links from authoritative sites is one thing,
if those sites are emulated you're not going to do as well.
Are you creating an amazing enough content
to attract right type of links?
Are you creating amazing product and service
to get more links?
Do you know what section of my site gets more links
than any other?
It's actually Ubersuggest.
Did you know I generated over 10,000 backlinks alone
just to Ubersuggest?
I'm not going out there asking people for links,
they're just linking to me and it's attracting them.
Another thing I want you to look at is social signals.
Even though social signals have no effect on ranking
according to Google,
there is a correlation between pages that rank high
and have a decent number of social signals.
Remember, Google wants to rank pages at the top
that people love.
So if people love a page,
they're more likely to link to it.
They're more likely to share it on the social web, right?
They wouldn't just say,
"Hey, I'm going to link to it, but I would never share it."
They go hand in hand.
The other thing that you need to look at is
do you have your business information listed.
Especially if you're a local business.
You need to claim your Google My Business profile,
you need Yelp reviews, Google reviews,
have a good Better Business Bureau page.
The more reviews you can attract the better off you are.
The big takeaway is,
when you do the right things
and you go above and beyond
and put the user first,
you're going to rank faster,
than if you just try to optimize your page for Google
and not put the user first.
If you need help with your SEO,
check out my ad agency Neil Patel Digital.
Thank you for watching,
if you have any questions leave a comment below,
I'll answer it.
Please share the video, like it.
I'll see you soon.
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