In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basic differences between goals and KPIs (key performance indicators) within your SEO and other digital marketing programs. Both these terms speak to general objectives you have for your business and the metrics you're using to track and accomplish them, and both are vital for your long-term SEO efforts.
At Be Locally, we're happy to assist clients with a wide range of SEO solutions, including proper goal and KPI planning and management throughout your campaign. While most of part one of our series focused primarily on goals, which are broad objectives for your business's SEO efforts, today's part two will look at KPIs - what they are, why they're vital, and some top examples of them within SEO.
As we alluded to in part one of our series, KPIs are specific metrics or data points that are used to measure the success of your SEO campaign. Unlike goals, which may be broader in nature and encompass several related objectives, KPIs are more precise and make it easier to track overall progress.
This is why many professional digital marketers refer to them as key performance indicators - they provide a snapshot of how well you're doing with your efforts at any given point in time. And as with goals, it's important to set KPIs in the beginning and track them regularly to make sure you're on the right path to achieving your overall SEO objectives.
So which specific metrics might serve as solid KPI examples within an SEO program? Here are a few of the most commonly-used:
There are also many other KPIs you might track depending on your specific objectives, from bounce rate and time on site to click-through rates (CTRs) and overall engagement metrics.
For more on this or any of our SEO services, speak to the staff at Be Locally today. We're dedicated to helping our clients reap the full benefits of strong goals and KPIs within SEO.