A while ago I published a study on a couple of sites that I had created showing how long it took for search engine traffic to start kicking in.
A recent site I created proved a good opportunity to see if similar results still applied.
- This site is in a great little niche.
- The first post was published on 21st October 2017.
- Until Monday 9th of February, there was just the odd visitor from search traffic. (111 days)
- From 9th February 2018 until 18th, March 2018 things were quite consistent and then on 18th March there was a noticeable jump. (148 days or approximately 5 months).
If I was asked how long does it take to start ranking in google, my answer would be I really can’t tell you as there are some many variables (e.g if you just write rubbish then never). From what I have experienced though at least 5-6 months.
Now if it was just one article that showed that sudden jump then this would mean very little. Below we drill down on the top 3 articles, same date range.
Also just to add another perspective here is info from the Google Search Console.
What I think is really interesting about this is how the impressions and the clicks suddenly leap, yet the position does not. This seems to indicate to me that a gate of some sort has opened as otherwise the position would have suddenly leapt up as well.
What do you think, is this similar to what you have experienced?