15 April 2023

Demystifying SEO- Tracking Key Metrics for Effective Content

Diminishing the Mystique of SEO: Tracking Key Metrics for Success

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SEO, or search engine optimization, often seems shrouded in mystery and magic. But at its core, SEO is a rather straightforward concept with objective measures of success. How do we know if our SEO efforts are bearing fruit? The answer is simple: by tracking certain metrics. These metrics serve as barometers of success, offering critical insights into our efforts and their results.

Total Clicks

At the heart of SEO lies a simple objective – to increase traffic from search engines. And the barometer of this goal? The total number of clicks your website receives from organic search results on Google, which can be found under “Total Clicks” in Google Search Console. This is perhaps the most crucial metric to track. If these clicks are increasing, your SEO strategy is effective. If not, it’s time to reassess.

User Experience Signals

Google now evaluates websites based not just on traditional ranking factors, but also on “User Experience Signals.” Core Web Vitals is Google’s measure of your site’s overall user experience, focusing on page speed and performance. If your site offers a user-friendly experience, Google’s AI-based RankBrain algorithm will reward you.

Referring Domains

As our study on 11 million Google SERP results revealed, backlinks still hold considerable weight in Google’s algorithm. But we should note that referring domains (distinct websites linking to you) matter even more than the sheer number of backlinks you receive from repeated sources. Monitoring and increasing the number of referring domains should be an essential part of your content marketing and link building efforts.

Organic Traffic

Organic traffic measures how much traffic comes from Google organic results, a figure easily found in Google Analytics. Although similar to “Total Clicks,” organic traffic is measured differently and includes all search engines. By watching both metrics, you gain a fuller picture of your site’s performance.

Bounce Rate and Dwell Time

Focusing solely on Core Web Vitals can make you miss out on other crucial user experience signals like bounce rate and dwell time. Google uses these indicators to understand how users interact with your website, so they’re definitely worth keeping an eye on.

SEO Traffic Cost

One critical question often overlooked in the maze of SEO metrics is this: Does your SEO strategy result in a positive ROI? This question can be answered by monitoring your SEO traffic cost: an estimate of how much you’d pay in Google Ads for the traffic that you’re getting organically. If your SEO traffic cost is less than your spend on content and link building, you have a healthy ROI.

Indexed Pages

Indexed pages refer to the number of pages from your site that Google has indexed. Too many excess pages can hurt your site’s overall technical SEO, leading to duplicate content and indexing problems. Therefore, ensure that the number of indexed pages aligns with the number of pages you actually want indexed.

Average Click-Through Rate (CTR)

Average Click-Through Rate (CTR) measures the percentage of users who see your site in Google and click on it. A higher CTR means more clicks and more traffic—it could even signal to Google that your site deserves a higher ranking.

Keyword Rankings

Keyword rankings refer to where you rank for certain keywords; they can be tracked using rank tracking tools or organic keyword reports in SEO tools like Semrush. They provide a comprehensive overview of your keyword rankings, offering significant insights into your visibility on SERPs.

Coverage Errors

Coverage errors refer to crawling and indexing problems that could hamper your site’s ranking potential. They should be monitored weekly in the Google Search Console to prevent any significant damage to your site’s rankings.


In conclusion, by focusing on these ten critical SEO metrics, we can demystify SEO’s complexities and develop effective strategies rooted in data-driven insights. It’s not magic—it’s just good marketing strategy.

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