Friday, December 16, 2011

10 SEO Statistics that speak to the value of SEO


These statistics were gathered through a compilation of Search Engine Results Page behavior studies. If you disagree with the figures in this piece, please post your discussion notes!

1. 42 % of all searches click on the top ranked link in Google, Yahoo and Bing. Only 8% of people click on the second link in succession! From here, the click-through-rate continues to drop.

2. When these are artificially switched through SEO, the click-through-rate drops yet again due to compelling copy. This demonstrates the importance of compelling and engaging content.

3. While 42% of users click the top rank, 62% of all users click on a link within the top 10 rankings (better known as the first page). 

4. 23% of searches progress to the second page, though at this point, they'll try another keyword or give up.

5. 80% of keyword searches that prove unsuccessful are followed by further refinement. What does this mean? Long-tail SEO is extremely important for niche marketing.

6. 41% of searches that are unsuccessful after bad first page results will refine keyword search phrases for their chosen search engine.

7. An astonishing 77% of users choose organic listings over paid listings when searching for information or services. 66% of users choose organic searches when going to purchase something.

8. When a users is purchasing a product, organic CTR (click-through-rates) generate 25% higher conversion rates than PPC rates. Take that!

9. 40% of SEO campaigns whose specialist is aware of their ROI achieve returns in excess of 500%, while only 22% of PPC campaigns were able to achieve this high value. 

10. In 2005, daily search engine use rose from 33% to 59% up from 2002. As of March 2007, Google boasts 64% of US searches and 77% of UK searches.

Bonus: As of 2011, Google has reached more than 1 Billion unique visitors per month on average. That's a lot of people to miss out on. If you're not #1 for your Niche Keyword Phrase, you need to be. Call Integraphix at 847.537.0067 to find out more about our affordable SEO services.