Data-Driven SEO

We identify the most profitable keywords your site can realistically rank for and then (in a nutshell) make the necessary adjustments to rank for them.

Our Core Purpose

Our goal at DataFirst SEO is simple: to increase your website’s conversions by driving more relevant traffic to it.

What do we mean by relevant traffic? Consider the following two scenarios:

Scenario 1 (less relevant traffic)

Your plumbing website is running a Facebook awareness campaign for $2000/month that brings 500 visitors to your website each month. Of the 500 visitors, 450 leave without visiting a 2nd page (they just don’t need a plumber at the moment). Of the 50 that visited more pages on your website, 20 of them eventually reached the “contact us” page, 5 of those either called your business or filled out your form, and 2 of those visitors turned into actual paying customers. Unfortunately, this scenario is often uncommon. Let’s now compare this with the next scenario.

Scenario 2 (more relevant traffic)

You saved your Facebook dollars and invested in SEO. After a few months, you are ranking 3nd for the term “plumber vancouver” and its related terms, which gets around 2000 searches per month. The average click rate for the 3rd organic result is 15% on average, so of the 2000 searches, 300 visitors reach your website. Of those 300 visitors, 200 of them need a plumber now (why else would they search for a plumber on Google). Of those 200 visitors, 100 reached your “contact us” page, 50 of them either called your business or filled the form, and 25 of those turned into a customer.

This example above is why we love SEO – no form of marketing can beat one that appears in front of a potential customer at their exact time of need. If you want to know how we excel at SEO, read on.

What is our data-driven approach to SEO?

We analyze over 500 factors that go into the Google search algorithm – comparing the results from the top ranking webpages to those of the lower ranking webpages, which allows us to see the key differences between the two groups. For example, we may notice that the webpages on the first page of search results for “massage therapy vancouver” have, on average, 1800 words & 15 relevant websites linking to them. Next, looking at the results on the 2nd & 3rd page of Google, we see that they have an average of 1200 words & 32 relevant websites linking to them. From this (simplified) example, we know that Google places more weight on the amount of content on a page than it does on the number of links pointing to a page for this keyword. While this is an overly-simplified example, when we add 500 more ranking factors to this equation (through the beauty of data science) it allows us to pinpoint what changes to are needed to a website to efficiently & effectively rank it, removing a lot of the “guesswork” & “uncertainty” that often plagues SEO.

Our Services

Our Services

Organic Listings

The organic search result listings get between 44-51% of all Google clicks. Understanding the keywords that will drive the most profit to your business and determining what it will take to rank for them is the best form of local marketing there is.

Local Map Rankings

Reviews, proximity, and on-page signals drive ranking here. Reviews and on-page signals are all we have control of, so every SEO campaign focus on review generation for both rankings and social trust (on-page signals are covered with our general SEO initiatives). With 28-32% of Google clicks coming from local results, it’s important to optimize for the local pack.

Google Search Ads

Google Search ads drive the second most after organic listings, ranging between 16-26% on average (depending on the number of ads and when local service ads are present). While targeting your core keywords in organic search is the main goal, this channel compliments it.


Great, we have traffic to your website. Since only 3% of visitors on average will convert, we want to ensure we follow up with those that don’t convert with different messaging and ads based on the pages they have visited.

Content Strategy & CRO

We use Google Analytics data and heat maps to make sure there are no friction areas of the website, along with a content strategy that will actually help a typical visitor to your site (common questions they have, how one service differentiates from another, etc.) to make the conversion decision as easy as we can.

Performance Tracking

We track your local traffic by month, ensure your website’s goals are set up (phone calls, form completions, emails sent), keyword rank tracking, Google Ads tracking & any other goals that are specific to your business.

Examples of Industry Ranking Reports (Summarized)

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“Dentist Vancouver”

Monthly Searches: 900
Ranking Difficulty: 12 / 100
Domain Rating: 7 / 100
URL Rating: 27 / 100
Links from Different Websites: 52
Total Links: 1822
Word Count: 765
Related Keyword Count: 87

“Chiropractor Vancouver”

Monthly Searches: 1100
Ranking Difficulty: 11 / 100
Domain Rating: 13 / 100
URL Rating: 20 / 100
Links from Different Websites: 29
Total Links: 89
Word Count: 1040
Related Keyword Frequency: 47

“Optometrist Vancouver”

Monthly Searches: 900
Ranking Difficulty: 11 / 100
Domain Rating: 4 / 100
URL Rating: 19 / 100
Links from Different Websites: 24
Total Links: 42
Word Count: 740
Related Keyword Count: 13

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