seoClarity Survey Report
Survey Reveals: The Real Impact of Generative AI on SEO
Collective Thoughts, Experiences, and Concerns from Enterprise SEOs
By Mitul Gandhi, Chief Architect & Co-Founder of seoClarity
Published October 2023
We’re all doing our best to adapt to the changes that generative AI has unleashed on the SEO world.
Why navigate the complexities of generative AI in SEO by yourself when you can actively harness the collective expertise of seasoned SEO professionals on topics such as:
We've surveyed over 700 enterprise SEO experts to uncover the impact of generative AI, from the challenges it poses to the remarkable ways it's enhancing SEO efforts.
These insights will empower you to steer your own internal discussions regarding generative AI more effectively.
Let’s dive in.
86.07% of respondents stated that they have integrated AI technologies or tools into their SEO strategy.
Content optimization, keyword research, and content generation were cited as the most common use cases.
Other use cases reported that weren’t originally listed include:
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When it comes to SEO performance, 83% of respondents at companies with 200+ employees reported improved SEO performance since incorporating AI.
Only 6.22% of total respondents reported seeing no improvement with the rest stating it is too soon to tell or they haven’t used it yet.
Content creation and optimization as well as on-page analysis and recommendations were cited as the aspects of SEO that have shown the most significant improvements (saving time, driving results, etc.) with AI.
When asked how generative AI could enhance their current SEO efforts in the future, most SEO Leads and Managers (66.85%) believe that generative AI's greatest enhancement to their strategies lies in automating repetitive SEO tasks.
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82% of enterprise SEOs plan to invest more in AI for SEO in the future with the primary objectives of improving overall SEO performance and automating repetitive tasks to save time.
When choosing to use a particular AI solution, results show that SEOs prioritize the accuracy and reliability of insights (64.48%) over all other factors.
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When it comes to which LLM enterprise SEOs currently trust and use the most, ChatGPT was the clear favorite (49.7%).
When expanding on her use of LLMs, Colleen M., an Associate Director of SEO, had this to say about her experience:
“My team has been utilizing both ChatGPT and Bard for some routine tasks in SEO and have found mixed results.
We find that both tools occasionally make things up just to satisfy an answer, but Bard seems to do it more frequently… We’ve even called Bard out on it and it will eventually admit to making up information.”
The biggest concerns and challenges SEOs have about using generative AI are content quality and authenticity (65.14%) as well as data security and privacy (58.64%).
To ensure high-quality outputs, our AI-powered content writer, Content Fusion, allows users to generate outlines and paragraphs focused around specific contexts and takes SEO best practices into account to ensure unique content is present for your team to edit and review.
It also personalizes outputs based on custom target audiences to ensure content aligns with your audience, industry, tone, and brand guidelines, effectively creating high-quality content faster.
To address valid concerns enterprise SEO's have regarding data security when using generative AI, all of our AI-driven developments are guided by our seoClarity AI Manifesto, ensuring ethical and responsible use and guaranteeing that data is never shared back to the LLM.
That being said, the average level of confidence in using AI for SEO strategies and tactics was reported as 7.14 out of 10.
When asked whether enterprise SEOs believe that generative AI will take over SEO jobs in the future, 85.56% of respondents believe it is moderately to highly likely (5 out of 10 or above).
However, the most common way AI has currently impacted the size and structure of enterprise SEO teams is a restructuring of roles and responsibilities (30.49%).
Based on the results in this report, incorporating generative AI ultimately gives under-resourced SEO teams the opportunity to achieve more in less time and generate faster results.
AI's role in SEO advancement is undeniable, as it empowers us to obtain valuable insights from mountains of SEO data. In helping us make optimal decisions on which issues and opportunities to prioritize, it only makes our performance better.
We conducted our survey through the Zoho Survey platform, targeting enterprise SEO professionals across diverse industries. Participants voluntarily opted in, and we distributed the survey to our clients, email subscribers, and social media audience.
The survey was available from August 15 to September 28, 2023, and we received a total of 722 responses. This approach ensured a broad and inclusive representation of perspectives within the enterprise SEO community.
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As a longtime data-driven serial entrepreneur, information architect and SEO veteran, Mitul has developed a blend of vast technical expertise and intense marketing insight. His variety of experience, gained in positions in in-house SEO, search marketing, and software development, affords him the ability to efficiently assess how to use software tools to meet challenges and drive ROI. As the Co-Founder and Chief Architect of seoClarity, Mitul currently oversees day-to-day operations, and provides strategic direction to all departments. His well of knowledge includes 10+ years of consulting experience with Fortune 500 and top Internet retailers concerning online search marketing. He has several patents pending for analyzing cause and effect in SEO. Mitul holds an MBA in direct marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology. Additionally, he has spoken at conferences in the United States and the U.K., including SES, SMX and Pubcon. He has also been quoted in MSN Money, USA Today, Time Online, Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Land and Web Pro News. Connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn.