After hiring a person responsible for SEO for 3 months and having the site online for 5 months how good is it to have 9,000 visitors/month from SEO?


Is it a good number to have 9,000 visitors after 3 months of having someone working on SEO and being online for 5 months just from SEO?

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asked Nov 3 '11 at 00:05
Daniel Michan
66 points
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  • I believe that a critical variable missing in the understanding of the question (and most of the current answers) is the size of your potential market. Obviously the quality issues raised by Usman are important for assessing "how good" it is. Equally important is what percentage of the potential market is this? If you are selling into a market with 18,000 potential customers and an average of 10,000 searches/month of your key words -- well then 9,000 visitors/month is incredible! :) – Joseph Barisonzi 12 years ago

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It is an acceptable SEO figure for a new business that is just 5 months old. I mean it takes reasonable time in generating brand development and product awareness. Getting 9000 visitors is a good score IMO considering the age of your business and employment of SEO techniques. But there are some relevant questions that may give you a performance outcome of the SEO efforts like;

  • How many visitors out of these 9000 have been converted into paid customers?
  • Are your product pages (landing pages) ranking well in search engines on targeted keywords?
  • Which percentage of traffic is coming from search engines or referring website and related networks?
  • And most of all, the traffic you have scored so far is qualified and dedicated or just irrelevant or junk?

I hope answering these questions can help you measure and track the effectiveness of SEO person in the real time. But I will advise you to have patience because SEO is a slow treatment. But it is one rock-solid and effective resource that can bring lots of dedicated traffic from natural sources for a longer period of time.

answered Nov 3 '11 at 01:18
Usman Sarfraz
1,326 points
  • +1 - The number of visitors doesn't really matter. You could run some spam/hack/phishing scheme to drive traffic to your site. What you want is the right people and conversions. Little else matters. I'd take just 5 visitors if they all buy then 9,000 that don't. – Ryan Doom 12 years ago


You have to ask two questions:

1) Is the traffic coming from an audience you want to target?
2) Is the traffic turning into sales?

If neither of those is happening then you're likely just doing an excellent job of wasting bandwidth. Raw visitor counts are pointless and are frequently used by less scrupulous SEO experts as smoke to disguise whether they're actually being effective.

answered Nov 3 '11 at 02:13
Kort Pleco
891 points


It depends. Did you meet your sales goals with the traffic your blog got in the last 3 months ? The purpose of SEO is to create buzz, so your website will be ranked as high as possible when searching for specific anchors in search engines. that's the only way to verify you're getting got quality SEO work. If you want more traffic, consider envesting in PPC ads.

Good Luck.


answered Jan 3 '12 at 19:34
Emilie Gray
36 points


As Joseph said part of it depends on your market potential. If it is a small market then 9000 is great. If it is a huge market, then 9000 doesn't sound too crash hot.

Another factor you need to consider is the level of your competition. If your industry is extremely competitive and small 9000 could be a great feat as well. If it is large and not competitive then 9000 isn't really that much.

The question is really too broad to answer without specifics.

answered Nov 3 '11 at 11:50
11 points


Impossible for us to say without understanding the potential size of your audience. It all depends on your industry, your offering and your goal.

A better question is whether it meets your expectations. You hired an SEO in order to drive organic search traffic to your website - how much traffic did you have in mind? Ask yourself:

  • Does the increase in traffic meet that expectation?
  • Does the increase in traffic help to offset the cost of the SEO guy?
  • Is the increased awareness gained from being listed on SERPs translating into sales?
  • How do you fare against your competitors?
  • Is the organic search traffic increasing, or have you reached a plateau?

Try to understand yourself how organic search can benefit your business. Think of the kinds of things people type into search engines when they are looking for the types of products you sell. Are your pages coming up? If yes, then good start. If no, then look deepter into the SEO strategy and try to understand it. Only you can make the call as to whether this particular SEO guy is getting you the results you need. Read the posts here for a few weeks and you'll have a much better appreciation for SEO:

answered Jan 3 '12 at 21:30
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