A former client of mine, a B2B software company, had a list of 20 or so “priority keywords” that they wanted to be on page 1 in Google for. Every month, no matter what other numbers I showed them (organic visitor growth, social traffic, long-tail keywords moving up in rank, etc), they only wanted to know how those top 20 priority keywords were performing. And while I understand that rank is an important business metric for many site owners it cannot be the only thing that you care about. Limiting their definite of SEO success to how those 20 priority keywords performed actually shortchanged the rest of their SEO program and they lose the forest for the trees.
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