SEO Competitive Analysis Done Right with Niki Mosier @nikers85 #VCBuzz

SEO Competitive Analysis Done Right Niki Mosier @nikers85 #VCBuzz

Competitive analysis is something just about any SEO strategy should include.

It is not so much about simulating whatever your – possibly more successful – competitors are doing.

It is about knowing your niche, understanding your audience and broadening your horizons.

How to do SEO competitive analysis properly?

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About @nikers85

Niki Mosier @nikers85 has been doing SEO for 10 years. Freelancing and working at the agency level has exposed Niki to a variety of clients across many verticals.

She currently works full time @TwoOctobers* as a senior SEO Account Manager and the SEO Practice Lead.

Questions we discussed

Q1 How did you become a digital marketer? Please share your career story!

I got my start as a digital marketer about 12 years ago when I was customizing WordPress websites for small businesses. People would get their website from me and wonder how to get people to find their website. Which led me down the path of SEO.

Q2 What are the goals behind an SEO competitive analysis?

As the SEO practice lead @TwoOctobers I’m responsible for leading our team of SEO’s, keeping the team updated on industry trends, creating processes, etc.

For me the goal of competitive analysis is typically to help uncover additional opportunities for a client that we might not have otherwise thought about. It’s also helpful for staying on top in search if you can have a leg up on the competitor.

Another thing that can be beneficial about competitive analysis, is using to help make a case to get work implemented. If a client is hesitant to implement something like Schema for example.

Being able to say competitor x is doing this and it’s getting this result, can be good leverage to get them implement something that is being recommended.

That’s a great point, I like that!

Q3 What should a good competitive analysis include?

I think good competitive analysis should include what keywords the competitor is ranking for, what SERP features they have (FAQ, review stars, etc), are they using schema, what does their backlink profile look like?

I also like to look at technical factors like page speed and how may URLs they have indexed as well.

Q4 What are your favorite competitive analysis tools?

I love using SEMRush and ahrefs are great for getting insights into traffic and backlinks for a competitors site. ScreamingFrog is also really helpful for getting a technical view into a site.

I discovered this tool recently that lets you get Core Web Vitals data for multiple sites in one Google Sheet.

If you’re working on a local SEO project, paying spending time in a tool like MobileMoxie or Local Falcon with competitor information can be really insightful as well.

Q5 What are the next steps? How to turn those insights into action?

Putting the insights you’ve found into action by priority is a great next step. What could make the biggest impact first and going from there. Ex: implementing FAQ schema would be a good idea first because it could result in more SERP real estate and better CTR

Another #SEO Competitive analysis tip…drop a competitor site into a site like the WayBack Machine to see if a competitor has made any big website changes recently. Can be an indication of competitor starting an SEO project potentially.

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