HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR SEO TO WORK?
This is a question that we hear on a regular basis. The short answer is that it depends on several factors.
I know that sounds like a cop-out, but it's not. It’s the truth and it's something that you should be aware of from the very beginning so that you won’t end up disappointed in the end. Let me explain.
There are several things that can impact how long SEO takes to work. For example, the level of competition for your keywords and the size of the geographic marketplace that you want to rank in are just two of many factors that will play a part in how long it will take.
Here's a ballpark timeframe of what you can expect:
LOCAL RANKINGS FOR SMALLER CITIES
For local SEO, in a smaller city, you might actually see a difference in your rankings inside of 45 days, but it normally takes closer to 5 or 6 months. The wait time can be reduced if the competition is doing a poor job with their SEO.
LOCAL RANKINGS FOR LARGER CITIES
In larger cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, or New York City, it will most likely take at least a year for you to experience significant results. We have clients in NYC that took about a year to rank on page one. They are doctors — in a HUGE marketplace — and the competition is fierce! It takes a lot of hard work and consistent efforts, month after month, to achieve and maintain those rankings.
For National rankings, the time needed to rank on page one can be MUCH longer, often taking a year or two, or even three years. The amount of work it takes just to move from page two to page one can be enormous.
The most important thing for you to know, if you're working with an SEO company or thinking about hiring one, is that you should expect it to take some time and be willing to commit to that time from the start.
If your SEO company knows what they are doing, they'll get you there, but SEO has never been, and never will be, a quick fix.
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