It is not simple to invest for your company to develop. The alternatives might look daunting in a world when business owners have to choose between hiring a sales person and investing in dozens of various types of Offline and Digital Marketing Channels. Here you find out why SEO is your greatest investment and the ROI of SEO investments you may make. We will provide a quick introduction of SEO, explain why it matters, and break down the growth you may anticipate to experience by concentrating on SEO.
Then we’ll compare SEO’s ROI against PPC’s ROI to see which investment makes the most sense for your company. We’ll finish with an estimate of when you’ll recoup your SEO investment.
What is SEO and why the SEO matters
When a potential consumers search for you online, SEO (search engine optimization) helps your business appear at the top of search engine results pages (SERPs). In internet search, according to a 2018 research by SparkToro, Google is the single most important source of website traffic. Google makes up 57.8 percent of typical site reference traffic (10x the traffic that Facebook drives to the average site).
- 72% of online marketers describe content marketing as their most effective SEO tactic.
- 81% of people do some type of online research before making a large purchase.
- 47% of consumers read 3-5 pieces of content created by a company before talking to a salesman from that company.
- Leads from search engines have a 14.6% close rate, while outbound leads (ex. cold-calling, direct mail, etc.) have a 1.7% close rate.
- 78% of location-centric mobile searches result in an offline purchase.
ROI of SEO
“OK, so you’ve persuaded me to invest in SEO,” you might be thinking, “but how can I measure the ROI to justify the costs?”
Investing in increasing your organic search traffic will cost you a lot of money, depending on whether you employ a marketing agency, an in-house marketer, or do it yourself. Prices will differ substantially from one agency to the next within this category.
Let’s start with the importance of SEO and speak about how SEO promotes sales to understand why you should include SEO in your marketing plan.
We’ll look at the return on investment (ROI) of ranking for one specific keyword.
An example keyword is the greatest method to understand the ROI of SEO.
Let’s assume you want to be the first result on Google for “downtown Denver apartments.” Every month, 1,000 individuals search for this same question (not to mention the 4,180 searches each month for other near variations).
In February 2021, ranking first in organic search results for this one query (30.55 percent click-through rate) will provide 305 quality visitors to your website per month.
If your website converts 1% of qualifying visits into consumers, this term will bring in a new customer every 10 days (or 36 customers every year).
Add in the 4,180 more searches each month for nearby variations. If you were to rank first for half of these closely related variations, you’d get an extra 66 clients per year.
ROI of SEO Compare to Paid Search ROI
We frequently speak with business owners that dedicate the bulk of their marketing money to Google Ads. Naturally, they are unsure why any of their marketing money should be allocated to SEO.
Google Ads may be a wonderful advertising channel, however here’s a comparison of Google Ads vs. SEO in terms of customer acquisition.
You would spend $6.00 per click if you bid on the aforementioned term (“downtown Denver apartments”) in Google Ads.
Setting up Google Ads for this term (which has an average click-through rate of 1.91 percent) would bring 19 qualified visitors to your website per month.
To see one client, you’d have to run Google Ads for five months if your website converts 1% of website visits into consumers.
Furthermore, a 1% conversion rate with a $6 cost per click (CPC) is $600 per customer.
While businesses ramp up their SEO efforts, Google Ads is a good investment to concentrate on (and for industries such as law firms and insurance, is a smart long-term investment as well). Switching to SEO, on the other hand, will result in exponential development in the long run (and much more affordable customer acquisition).
If you invest in Google Ads instead of SEO, you may expect to get a faster return on your investment.
How Long it Takes to See ROI from SEO
One of the most often inquiries we get is, “How long will it take for SEO and content marketing to pay off?”
Search engine optimization is a long-term investment in exponential development. It usually takes 3-6 months for SEO to get momentum. Once you have traction, your business will expand at an exponential rate.
We routinely see 100+ percent traffic increase year over year with our Rapid Growth Service for organizations with 10,000-20,000 monthly website visitors, and significantly quicker growth for firms with fewer monthly website visitors.
If that’s the case, check out our content marketing services to discover how we use long-form material to bring clients to the first page of Google.
Are you looking for a less risky investment? Year after year, our Standard Growth Services routinely deliver a 40%+ increase in traffic.
Are you ready to begin investing in SEO? Tell us a little about your company so we can develop an SEO plan that will help you achieve your growth objectives.