The Serpzilla team is with you again. So, this summer, we conducted research in the Electronics niche of e-Commerce. This niche includes products such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other digital gadgets. We previously published the article covering the first study of the research – a study on demand analysis in the niche. Now let’s take a look at our second study – the analysis of search results.
Who is this article for:
How we got the data for this study
We worked with a list of about 230,000 niche-relevant keywords. You can read more about how we got and processed the data in our first article. We then collected the top 30 results for these keywords and enriched the data with metrics from Ahrefs. As a result, we had several gigabytes of raw data for analysis.
Ahrefs is one of the most popular SEO tools and, according to our surveys, the vast majority of SEO experts rely on its DR metric to evaluate trust – a degree of trust search engines have to the resource. DR is the evaluation of the strength of a website’s backlink profile, as well as its quantitative and qualitative reflection.
DR (Domain Rating) is measured on a scale from 0 (no trust) to 100 (the highest trust).
There are many similar metrics used in other popular services:
From our observations, even though these metrics don’t always match each other 100% and there might be slight discrepancies, they correlate really well with Ahrefs’ DR. So even if you use some of these metrics instead of Ahrefs’ DR, it’s likely that the score will be close and the results will be similar.
Note: the number of links presented in the tables and graphs below is the median, meaning the average data reflecting “middle” of the website selection. In reality, the Ahrefs data, though quite extensive, does not show all the links. Various SEO specialists have reported there are 40-60% more links than Ahrefs can see.
The correlation is obvious: as the number of keywords in the top-5 grows, the trust of those domains also grows. And it is only logical to assume a large number of requests in the top-5 indicates successful promotion and good search traffic volume.
Looking at the correlation between DR and traffic we observe a similar situation:
As you can see, the correlation here is even more obvious:
Again, we observe the same thing. No need to comment on that, just take a look at the data table we’ve compiled:
The graphs and the table shows the volume of backlinks (referring domains) you need to rank in the Electronics niche. For example, websites that rank for 1,000-2,000 keywords need 6,762 domains on average. According to Ahrefs, about 5,000 of those are Do-follow backlinks. Keep in mind that Ahrefs doesn’t see all links. So add another 40-60% to 6,762.
Now let’s look at how DR correlates with the total number of keywords ranking a website in the top 20:
As you can see, when the number of keywords sits at 100 and below, the median DR is at 30-35. It probably means that such a DR can be seen as a minimum benchmark at the first stage of link building.
However, in order to promote your website and compete with many others on a variety of keywords, you need to continue working on growing your backlink profile. And the competition in the niche is clearly visible, we will get to this soon.
The correlations shown above do not imply causation, but most SEO experts stand by the fact that link building is in the top-3 among most important ranking factors in Google. Here are a couple of articles to support the claim:
Do you want to get more organic traffic? Put some work into quality link building and do it better than your competitors.
As a reminder, we analyzed 230,305 keywords total or 219,718 if we exclude branded keywords. These keywords had 75,634 domains and 714,597 URLs ranking in the top 20. Let’s take a closer look at how these 75,634 domains are performing on SERPs.
This is what our top-20 data looks like:
Meanwhile, if you look at the same distribution in the top-10, the total number of domains decreases, but the distribution of domains by the number of keywords remains mostly unchanged:
So what do we see above?
URL distribution by number of keywords:
Such distribution data provides us with two more observations:
Top 50 websites by traffic (eCommerce, Electronics niche):
|Domain||Traffic||Keywords Top-5||Keywords Top-10||Keywords||URLs||DR|
Top 50 URLs with most traffic:
|URL||Traffic||Keywords Top-5||Keywords Top-10||Keywords|
|Mobile Phones Online at Best Prices in India – Flipkart|
|Wireless Headphones – boAt|
|Mobile Phones: Buy New Mobiles Online at Best Prices in India|
|Buy Laptops Online at Low Prices – Amazon.in|
|Buy Laptops Online | Best Laptop Prices in India – Reliance …|
|Mobile Phones – Latest Mobiles Online at Best Prices|
|Earphones: Buy Headphones online at best prices in India|
|Vivo Mobile Phones Price List in India | 1st June 2022|
|Mi Mobile Phones (MI मोबाइल) and Smartphones … – Flipkart|
|All Xiaomi Phones in India 2021 – Mi India|
|Xiaomi Mobile Price List In India 1st June 2022 | Redmi Phones|
|latest mobile phones under 10000 – Flipkart|
|Mobile Phones | Buy Latest Mobiles Online at Best Prices in …|
|New Mobile Phones 2022 | Latest Mobile Price List in India|
|All Smartphones – Latest Android Mobile Phones – Samsung|
|Biggest Deals on Laptops Online at Best Price in India – Flipkart|
|Best Mobile Phones Under 10000 (Jun 2022) – MySmartPrice|
|Vivo Mobile Phones Price List 2022 – NDTV Gadgets 360|
|Mobile Phones | Mobile Prices in India | Online Mobile …|
|Best realme smartphones and offers – realme (India)|
|Free voice and digital freedom for all JioPhone users|
|Mobile Phones Under Rs.15000 – Flipkart|
|Upto 80 % Off on Bluetooth Headphones Online – Flipkart|
|JioPhone Next 4G Smartphone – Fully featured Android Phone|
|Samsung Mobile Phones – Flipkart|
|Jio Phone Next Price in India, Specifications, Comparison (1st …|
|Samsung Mobile Phones Price List in India | 1st June 2022|
|iPhone – Apple (IN)|
|Mobile Phones | Buy Latest Phones at Best Price in India at …|
|Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 (May 2022) – MySmartPrice|
|Jio Phone Next 32 GB ROM, 2 GB RAM, Blue Smartphone|
|Laptop Computers – HP|
|Latest Mobile Phones 2022 Price in India, Newly … – Digit|
|Vivo Mobile Phones Price List in India – Smartprix|
|Xiaomi Mobile Phones Price List 2022 – NDTV Gadgets 360|
|Latest Mobile Phones in India – 91Mobiles|
|Upto 80% Off on Headphones & Earphones Online – Flipkart|
|Buy Headphones & Earphones Online UPTO 50% OFF|
|Xiaomi Mobile Phones Price List in India – Smartprix|
|Vivo Mobile Phones – Flipkart|
|Samsung Mobile Phones Price List 2022 – NDTV Gadgets 360|
|Latest & New Mobile Phones List in (2022) – NDTV Gadgets 360|
|Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India [May 2022] – Bajaj …|
|Mobiles – Realme Mobile Phones: Buy Online at Best Prices …|
|Oppo Mobile Phones Online at Best Prices and Offers in India|
|RealMe Mobile Phones Price List in India | 1st June 2022|
|Buy Apple iPhones online at Best Prices in INDIA on … – Flipkart|
|Oppo Mobile Phones Price List in India | 1st June 2022|
|OnePlus Mobile Phones Price List in India | 1st June 2022|
|Get up to 70% off on Bluetooth Earphones Online – Myntra|
What observations we were able to make at this stage:
How common do you think it is when SERP lists more than one result with the same domain? In the Electronics niche in 81% of cases all domains in the top-20 were unique. In 12.8% of cases one domain was listed 2 times. There also are cases when more than one domain was duplicated, or one domain was listed more than two times, but this is a rare occurrence (approx. 5%).
General conclusions from this study: