How long does seo take?


how long does SEO take to work

The results are in and finally we can answer the question with some hard numbers

How long will it take for your SEO services to start working and for my website (and business) to see some real difference?

Variations on the question ‘How long does SEO take to work?’ are something we get asked a lot by clients and it’s one that we finally have some hard, empirical data to share – and a definitive answer to provide you with.


The truth is, SEO takes time, but how much time?

We now think we can put some hard numbers into our answer..

A number of our clients have been with Cash Cow Marketing for as long as six years now and going back over the data, in the form of our monthly reports, has provided us with a wealth of facts and percentages to look at.

So, we delved into the analytical data from dozens of existing clients, popped them all onto a spreadsheet, whipped out the calculator and noted a significant pattern of sustained growth that genuinely snowballs over time.

Our results showed the following incremental increases;

  • In the initial 6 months of collaboration, our clients typically witness a chunky 13% upswing in website visitors.
  • Progressing into months 6 through 12, that figure rises to a substantial 21% growth in traffic.
  • The second year of work proves to be transformative, with our clients experiencing a massive average surge of 47% in website numbers compared to their inaugural year.
  • Companies continuing into year 3 observe a further year-on-year increase of 31% demonstrating the effectiveness of a sustained SEO strategy.
  • Years 4-5 show sustained growth, with an average rise of 17% year over year.

And there you have it. How long does SEO take to work? As little as 6 months to see a significant difference and pretty much indefinitely once the wheels begin to roll.


When Will I Know SEO is Working?

Typically, we expect to see the seeds of growth within 4-6 weeks of ensuring your website is technically sound and the pages keyword optimised. That’s when we’ll see new keywords popping up in your Google Search Console. Perhaps not getting clicks already, but beginning to get what are called ‘impressions’ – your website quite literally showing up in search results, but most probably not on the first page. Moving forward these will form the basis of ongoing SEO work to secure and future proof your business.

While we cannot guarantee the same numbers for every business we work with, we do stand by the data and assure every company we work with of a significant improvement in their website traffic. Navigating the complexities of SEO on your own can be challenging. At Cash Cow Marketing, our dedicated teams have decades of combined experience helping UK small and medium-sized businesses grow on the web.

Whether you’re taking your first steps into website SEO, have tried and failed in the past or just don’t have the time and resources to devote to your website’s rankings, we’re standing by to conduct a thorough audit of your site. From improving your organic search rankings to simply growing your business locally, We’ll be happy to provide you with a bespoke SEO report, tailored to the unique challenges and goals of your business.

Interested? Book in a call with one of our SEO experts by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

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