Understanding Traffic From Blog Articles. Is it helping Locally?

bczubiak

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We write one blog article per month for our dental clients. These articles generate more traffic than the 'Services' section on our website. When reporting Analytics data to our clients, we show the graph of how traffic is increasing but is it truly helping with local search? Is all the traffic we are receiving from around the country contributing to ranking locally?
 

JoshuaMackens

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We've talked about this at length on the forum a few times. The short version is no, it doesn't. Hopefully someone will come and post some links to those discussions.

When you report to your clients, I would report with a segment that nails down the region to state level (if it's a big state like TX or CA use the city level). That will show even local traffic from the blogs and is a more meaningful report.
 

Yan Gilbert

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If the posts are ranking well enough to get traffic, then it is possible that they are attracting backlinks, which would help the site.

Have you set contact goals/events in Analytics? You can see if that traffic is generating any conversions.
 

bczubiak

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I haven't tried to set contact goals/events. 99% of my dental clients never ask for reports and surprising enough, my average clients last about 4 years. For the growth of our agency, I do need to learn more about GA beyond their basic reporting. I will attempt to implement contact goals this week. Thanks!
 

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I would say that adding quality content is always a good thing overall. In the case of a dentist, I'm of the opinion that it helps show EAT as well, which does contribute to ranking - especially if that content is linked to and referenced as a resource.
 

bczubiak

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I was also thinking about a dental client I just lost to a competitor 2 months ago. The competitor built a new site and didn't bother importing 5 years worth of blog articles we wrote. I was checking out my old client's analytics (They haven't removed me yet) and saw a dramatic decrease in traffic to the new website. I couldn't believe they would just abandon all that content that was driving traffic.
 

JoshuaMackens

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I would say that adding quality content is always a good thing overall. In the case of a dentist, I'm of the opinion that it helps show EAT as well, which does contribute to ranking - especially if that content is linked to and referenced as a resource.
I believe Marie Haynes was saying something to the effect that if you're not updating your blogs for a YMYL website on a consistent basis (not adding new blog, updating old ones) that it could be an issue for your site down the road. @Marie Haynes can you chime in on this?
 

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