You Ask, I Answer_ Modern Search Ranking Visualization

Jason asks, “Is there a more modern version of the Moz Search Graph to better understand SEO strategy?”

The Moz Search Graph is now badly out of date, almost a decade. So much has changed in search – personalization of results, the rise of the smartphone, position zero – you name it, it’s changed about SEO in almost 10 years. In this video, we look at how to visualize search data using Google Search Console and the data visualization tool of your choice to better understand what’s working and what’s not.

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In today’s episode, Jason asks, Is there a better or more up to date version of this search demand curve, which was a graphic that was put together. Rand Fishkin put it together in 2009. So a very, very long time ago, so much has changed in SEO results have become more personalized results have become unique to the person results have been skewed heavily by mobile, that this old chart here is a is no longer really relevant. Is there a new one? Well, yes, and no, here’s the catch for SEO, these broad sort of generalizations don’t really apply anymore because of all these things. But what you can do is export your own data, export data from Google Search Console and make your own version of this chart. So let’s look at how you would do this. First, we start with your your site data, go to Google Search Console, confined search google.com slash search dash console, go to the Performance tab here. And what you’ll see here are sort of the aggregate pieces of data. You’ll notice Google did a big data restatement on this date. And that’s why everyone’s charts going to look like this. It’s fine. It’s not the interesting part. Anyway, we want to focus on down here on the queries, things like queries and pages and stuff like that, what we specifically want to search for is we want to search for queries. And we want to export this data as a CSV because this by itself is ok but not super helpful, we want the goods so we’ve got our CSV file I’m going to open this up in Tablo, you can use the data visualization software up your choice. I just happened, like Tablo cuz I’m reasonably good at it. And now what we see here we see are four different variables, what’s the position that we rank for, for a given term, what are the impressions and number of searches that we came up in with a term then every time someone clicked on our site, and then the click through rate by term. So let’s look at this, we want to first see our position. And we want to see the number of clicks by query and force position, we want to reverse this, because remember that search positions, the closer you are to number one, the better and that’s a good thing. So we’re gonna switch this. So that’s more natural. So this year is very much if you divide this graph into four parts, we want to be focusing on the upper right hand corner, which would mean high ranking at lots of clicks. Now, when we look through here, you see new media, I get a lot of clicks for a rank, you know about and position 10 for we see here, position 1.2 for this term. So starting to get some insights already. In fact, let’s go ahead and put some of these artists we can see. And then other times you like data center software it Yeah, that’s position, I got one click for that position. 75. The question is, is that a good term? Was that a term that should be ranking for it? Let’s put em impressions on right. And these are the number of searches that came up for that with and that we’re starting to see. Okay, there actually is, let’s do it. Yeah,

turn this up just a little bit. There we go. So now I start to see the impressions the opportunity based on the bubble size. So how much of the opportunity versus the clicks that I actually got to make this even more vivid, I’m going to add some color to this the click through rate, the darker the circle is now them, the more I’m taking advantage of that opportunity. So here, this opportunity, new media Do you want to 21 clicks ever very small click through rate. And so my bubble there is really kind of shallow. In fact, let’s change the coloring on this to do Red, Green diverging,

there we go. So this shows that even that’s a high opportunity, big bubble, I’m, it’s his bright red, I’m not doing a good job of leveraging this keywords. So this is a keyword, I would need to pay some attention to this one right here, machine learning is small data, I’m actually doing a reasonably good job of getting high of click rates, it’s small number of impressions, but I’m getting a high click through rate on them. So that’s a good thing. But it wanted to focus one, there’s my name, and I’m competing with a dead actor for that. So eventually, all when,

what is cx 59 clicks, only 1.4% click through rate. So lots of impressions, I could spend some time on this, I’ve already positioned 2.4. So if I could get a little bit more optimization on that page, I would do better marketing ethics, and so on, and so forth. So what we’ve done here is, instead of having a very generic slide of like, these are the top keywords and the number of keywords and long tail, we’ve now taken this data and laid it out so that we can see what do we rank for? Well, which is this scale here? How many clicks? Do we get up this scale here? What is the size of the opportunity, which is the size of the bubble, and then how well are we leveraging that opportunity, we color it green to red. So we are looking for the bigger bubbles

like this one here, where we have a very low click through it, we’re not doing a good job of taking advantage of the opportunity. Look at this one, this is a really good example, 6161, that means I’m on page six of the search rankings,

you know, not even at the top of page six

2000 impressions a month. So if I were to improve the page that has something on a social media audit, I might do a better in capture of much more traffic. Now, again, this is data from for my website. This does not apply to anyone else’s website. But you want to do an audit like this very straightforward audit, because this will tell you where to focus your time and effort and you can dig in, you can if you if I were to select For example, let’s select everything that is high click

but not necessarily high position the new media itself let’s

go back and do the skin here. Bikes like this bubble here. And just keep only these items may be a tag them as a set

and then I put my search terms of what are those terms? And what kind of traffic could I be getting.

And then let’s do this as

bar chart.

Ignoring My name’s This is not relevant, this is relevant, I want to I want to spend some time on that consulting fees. How many let’s expand this a little bit here.

Diversity, ethical marketing consulting fees, so this will help me understand what I need to be doing. Now,

here’s a caution

when you look at this data, this tells you what to optimize. This does not tell you the opportunities that you’re missing the keywords that you don’t rank for it all that could be big in your industry,

or that your competitors ranking for and that’s something you need separate SEO tools for search console only tells you about your own site, but this tells you the low this the low hanging fruit you already ranked for the stuff you already have content for this stuff, you just need to tune up and get some inbound links to the things that you already rank for. With what you need to do next is figure out okay, what are the things in here that are relevant, and then other terms that I’m not ranking for, that could be ranking for that could generate even more opportunities. So for example, what is CX is is one such example could I turn that into something else? But yeah, CX is short for customer experience, and customer experience does not appear on this graph at all. But I know it’s a gigantic thing. So I need to be not only doing a what a CX, but also a customer experience overall type content in order to take advantage of the category overall, if that’s something that I cared about. So use this to figure the low hanging fruit for your onsite pot and then use an SEO tool of your choice to do to figure out what the opportunities that you’re missing that you could be ranking for. Great question. As always, if you have comments, please leave them in the comments field below and subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care one help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.

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