27 Mind-Bottling SEO Stats for 2021 (+ Beyond)

Yes, we did just say mind-bottling. Come explore these 27 eye-opening stats about SEO in 2021 to see how SEO is impacting your business today.

SEO Statistics

Yes, we did just say mind-bottling.

While many believe that SEO is dead (enough that 210 people search for that exact phrase every month), the reality is that SEO is still very much alive, and we have the statistics to prove it.

2019 SEO search query data

Sure, Panda and Penguin have made it very difficult to cheat the system, but each of these algorithm updates has moved SEO from a manipulative marketing practice to an art form that combines branding, content creation, IT, and content promotion to drive highly-qualified visitors to your website.

Whether trying to understand if SEO is right for your business or trying to sell SEO to a potential client, these 27 SEO stats from 2019, 2020, and 2021 should be enough to convince anyone that SEO is essential to their business, while also providing some good benchmarks when building your company’s SEO strategy.


SEO Stats for 2021

1. 68% of online experiences begin with a search engine. Click to Tweet this!

2. Google currently holds 92.27% of the total search engine market share (Google + Google Images), followed by YouTube (owned by Google), Yahoo!, Bing, and Amazon. Click to Tweet this!

3. 61% of B2B marketers stated that SEO and organic traffic generate more leads than any other marketing initiative. Click to Tweet this!

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4. 80% of major purchases start with online research, even if the purchase itself happens in a store. Click to Tweet this!

5. 47% of consumers view 3-5 pieces of content created by a company before talking to a salesman from that company. Click to Tweet this!

6. 70% of online marketers say that SEO is better than PPC for generating sales. Click to Tweet This!

7. 75% of people never scroll past the first page of search engines. Click to Tweet this!

Organic Search Statistics 2019

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8. 85% of people perform some type of online research before making a purchase online. Click to Tweet this!

9. The average first-page result on Google consists of 1,447 words. Click to Tweet this!

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10. Leads from search engines have a 14.6% close rate, while outbound leads (ex. cold-calling, direct mail, etc.) have a 1.7% close rate. Click to Tweet this!

11. 70-80% of people ignore paid search results, choosing to only click on organic search results. Click to Tweet this!

12. Bounce rates increase by 103% if your website takes 2 seconds extra to load. Click to Tweet this!

13. Conversion rates fall by 7% for every extra second that it takes your website to load. Click to Tweet this!

14. Voice search currently accounts for 20% of total searches. Click to Tweet this!


Local SEO Statistics for 2021

Outranking national brands in search results was once nearly impossible in the world of SEO. Fortunately, Google gave local businesses a way to compete with the big guys in 2014.

In July 2014, Google rolled out the first version of their Pigeon update, which gave local businesses the ability to compete for search rankings on a local level. In short, Google began to give a ranking boost to businesses in close proximity to the searcher in location-specific searches (ex. “pizza near me”, “Denver contractors”, etc.).

Pigeon invited local businesses to the world of search engines, and those who were paying attention made out like bandits.

15. Nearly one-third of consumers in the U.S. use the internet to search for local businesses every day. Click to Tweet this!

16. 76% of people who search for a business nearby visit within 24 hours. Click to Tweet this!

17. 18% of local searches result in a purchase within 24 hours. Click to Tweet this!

18. 61% of mobile searchers are more likely to contact a local business if they have a mobile-friendly site. Click to Tweet this!

19. 76% of consumers trust online reviews as much as they trust personal recommendations. Click to Tweet this!

20. 86% of people look up the location of a business on Google Maps. Click to Tweet this!


Mobile SEO Statistics for 2021

If you thought that mobile-friendly sites were “unnecessary”, I think it’s safe to say that Mobilegeddon proved you wrong.

On April 21, 2015, Google rolled out an algorithm update that hurt the search rankings of non-mobile-friendly sites in mobile search results. In other words, if your website ranked first in Google for “Denver pizza shop” when searching from your mobile device, but was a pain in the ass to navigate through on your phone, then it wasn’t going to stay there for long.

Mobile search rankings are more important than ever, and will only grow increasingly important over time.

21. 56% of all online consumers in the United States have searched for local businesses on a mobile device. Click to Tweet this!

22. 51% of smartphone users have discovered a new company or product while using a search engine on their phone. Click to Tweet this!

23. 40% of people search only on a smartphone. Click to Tweet this!

24. Nearly 60% of shoppers use smartphones to search for holiday items. Click to Tweet this!

25. The average American spent 5 hours 24 minutes on their phones every day. Click to Tweet this!

26. 40% of mobile website visitors will leave your site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Click to Tweet this!

27. Searches including the terms “Where to buy” and “near me” have increased by 200% since 2017. Click to Tweet this!


To sum it all up:

  • Search engine optimization is essential to your business’ success.
  • In most cases, writing long-form content is better than writing 500-word blog articles.
  • If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, it’s probably time for a new website.
  • Every local business needs to have a website that is optimized for local search results.

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27 Mind-Bottling SEO Stats for 2021 (+ Beyond)