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SERP means how many new visitors?
SERP equals what percent for search term

 2:03 pm on Jun 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have been asked by a potential new client to come up with this infomartion for his board of directors if at all possible. So I am asking the SEO community for help!

Does anyone know of any papers/articles/threads/info that discuss how your SERP (and even more to the point your exact position in the top 20 resuts, position 1 thru 20) converts to # of visitors in a percentage basis?

For example. I have a search term that occurs 10,000 times per month as reported by overture (And is google roughly 10x overture by most peoples estimates?).

If I am the 20th result for this, what % of those 10,000 searches would I get?

If I am the 10th results for this, what %?

and so on to

If I am the 1st result for this, what %?

I realize this isn't an exact science but if anyone knows of research results in this area it would be a HUGE HELP to me.





 7:44 pm on Jun 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

OK, I'll bite.

Of course, there is no completely correct answer. It will vary for different search terms, how competitive they are, how much junk/spam is high in the SERPs and how enticing your title and blurb are versus other sites. Others will likely disagree mightily, and are invited to do so.

20th: 1% (if lucky)

10th: 9%

1st: 70% or more.

Your mileage may vary.


 12:27 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

You shouldn't concentrate on the % of visitors coming from a certain position in the SERP.

The real question is: How many of them will perform a required action (conversion)such as to buy products,or to ask info?


 12:41 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well the problem is two-fold.

1) # of visitors finding you via the SE's.
2) Conversion rate.

Both are very important factors.


 12:50 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is anecdotal evidence only, but I know of travel sites which ranked #6 for years in one of the most popular vacation cities in the country, and that #6 position didn't produce enough revenue during the entire two years to pay their hosting bill.


 12:58 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

That depends on the quality of your title and description tags the first:the more title and description reflect the visitor expectations the better.
Besides that,the site make the rest of the work:

It's thrue that the visitor pays his attention primarily on the first positins in the SERP.

However,I can have ranked in #1 position a bad site that doesn't produce any conversion even if visited thousand times per day and ,on the contrary,just have a #6 position ranked well made site that allows to me the best gain!

Let me say that personally I received conversion even from the third page of the SERP (24th position)...


 10:03 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Would it be possible that PPC ads convert better than organic listings on sites where action or transaction is required? This is totally suppostion and I would be grateful to here from anyone taht has any data on this.

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