SaaS SEO Guide: A-Z for Ranking in 2024


Katarina Stamenković

Dec 17, 2023

There is tons of advice on SaaS SEO, but most of it boils down to general stuff and what you should do without explaining exactly how you can do it. As a SaaS SEO agency, we have proven methods that work for our clients, and that’s what we’ll share in this guide.

Here’s what we’ll go through:

  1. What is SaaS SEO?
  2. Pre-game
  3. Keyword research
  4. Content
  5. On-page optimization
  6. Off-page optimization
  7. Technical optimization
  8. Measuring results
  9. SEO and content audit

What is SaaS SEO?

SaaS SEO or search engine optimization for software-as-a-service websites involves optimizing a software website to rank higher on Google organically and, in turn, generate more traffic and customers. 

Research shows that organic search results have a significantly higher click-through rate (CTR) than paid search results, with the average CTR for the first organic result being 28.5% and for paid results around 2%.

Plus, ranking organically is especially beneficial to software companies because their industry has a high cost per acquisition. 

SaaS SEO: Pre-game

To create a comprehensive SaaS SEO strategy for our clients, we begin by conducting thorough research on their product, target audience and competitors.

When it comes to your product, answer the following questions:

  • What problems does my product solve and why?
  • Why should people buy my product? What are its benefits?
  • What are the limitations of my product?
  • Who are my competitors both direct and indirect? How does my product compare to them?
  • Who is my ideal customer (their job title, pain points, needs, wants and motivations)?
  • What do customers say about my product?

Analyzing your product, target audience and competition provides valuable insights to guide your keyword research process and choose keywords aligned with your solution and buying personas.

SaaS SEO: Keyword research

Choose a keyword research tool

The first step is to choose a keyword research tool. The best ones on the market are Ahrefs and SemRush. We use Ahrefs for our clients because its great interface makes it easier to focus on the key metrics.

Prepare a spreadsheet for documenting keywords

Keyword research spreadsheet

Next, prepare a spreadsheet to document your keywords and their metrics, such as search or global volume, keyword difficulty etc. Keeping track of your keywords will save you time and help you prioritize and organize them into content clusters.

Study search intent, SV and KD

SaaS SEO: Keyword research

Now, what should you pay attention to when choosing keywords? Ideally, your keyword should have the following:

  1. High search intent 
  2. Reasonable search volume
  3. Low keyword difficulty

Search intent refers to what the person typing the keyword wants to find. High intent means the person searching for the keyword is ready to buy or take action. We’ll provide some examples a bit later.

Search volume (SV) refers to the estimated number of monthly searches, and “reasonable” search volume will vary. If you have a pricier or a long lifetime value product and a high-intent keyword, 30 searches aren’t low. Imagine you have a product worth $1000 and ten of those searchers become buyers. Not bad, right?

Keyword difficulty (KD) is a metric that estimates how difficult it would be to rank for a specific keyword. You can look at the Ahrefs KD estimation, but also check the SERP (search engine results page), how many backlinks the sites ranking have and what their DR (domain rating) is (more about DR when talking about link building).

Find the keywords

Here are the methods we use to find high-converting keywords for our clients.

Brainstorm topics

It is a good idea to brainstorm topics and then find keywords around those topics. Think about what your customers would search for based on their pain points and needs. Inspire yourself by analyzing sales calls or asking customers directly. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What problem has our product solved for you?
  • What did you type into Google to find us?
  • What words would you use to describe our product?

Pay attention to what your customers say about your product. Another great idea is to check what the customers say about your competitors’ products that solve the same or similar problems.

G2 is a fantastic place to do just that – analyze the problems customers mention and check the keywords around those topics.

Find high-intent keywords

We advise SaaS companies to focus on high-intent keywords that indicate a strong buying intent. Here’s a table showing such keywords for your content marketing strategy.

High-intent keyword typeExampleWhat to do
Tool / software / platform / solution / app keywordProject management softwareCreate a software listicle for these keyword types – a list of best tools with your tool #1, with highlighted features and benefits and a detailed review of other tools.
Alternative(s)/competitor(s) keywordAsana alternatives / competitorsPeople are most likely looking for alternatives because they want to switch to another product for whatever reason. Create a list of best alternatives, again putting your tool #1.
Comparison (vs) keywordAsana vs TrelloPeople may be comparing two of your competitors and you can still provide a detailed review and present your product as an alternative if it offers better value for money.
Review keywordAsana reviewProvide a comprehensive review of the product and then introduce yours and explain why it’s better. Make sure it really is better and stay professional.
Pricing keywordAsana pricingAlthough the searchers are most likely searching for the pricing of a specific product, you can still convince them to buy yours – if you offer better value for money, of course.
How-to keywordHow to create a workflowCreate product-led content explaining to searchers how to solve their problems with your product.

Since you’ll search for alternative, competitor, review and pricing keywords for every competitor, your list of keywords will be quite long. To save search credits, separate multiple keywords by commas or put them in a new line as shown here:

SaaS SEO keyword research: Saving search credits

Check the Matching terms 

SaaS SEO keyword research: Matching terms

Back to the brainstorming part did you think you have to come up with the exact phrasing your searchers are using? Not at all! 

Ahrefs made it easier with its “Matching terms” feature. If you have an idea, you can just type one word or phrase, check all searches including that word or phrase and also filter them based on ranking difficulty, search volume or by excluding or including a specific keyword.

Or you can type X+Y to find keyword ideas that include both words you’re interested in.

Check what your competitors are targeting

You can check whether you missed something by checking what your competitors are targeting and seeing if you can bring something new to the table.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Go to Site Explorer, enter the URL of your competitor’s website and go to Organic keywords (the keywords your competitor ranks for in the top 100 organic search results) or Top pages (your competitor’s pages that receive the most traffic). You can also filter their organic keywords.
Competitor keywords and pages

2. Enter your website URL in the Site Explorer and conduct a Content gap analysis, entering the URLs of 1-3 of your competitors to see what keywords they’re targeting that you are not.

Content gap analysis

Use Google autosuggest

Type one or more words, take notice of Google’s search predictions and check them with your keyword research tool. 

SaaS SEO keyword research: Google autosuggest

Ask ChatGPT

Here’s a prompt we use to get keyword ideas from ChatGPT. Of course, you need to check those with a keyword research tool. 

ChatGPT keyword research prompt

Create topic clusters

Creating topic clusters out of your keywords helps position you as an authority in a specific topic and it also makes it easier for readers to find information.

The topic cluster consists of:

  • A pillar page the main article that covers the topic in-depth
  • Cluster content a set of supporting articles covering more specific keywords within the same topic

For example, you can write an ultimate guide about workforce management (that would be your pillar page) and then cover all supporting topics, such as workforce scheduling, performance management, workforce analytics (examples of cluster content) etc.

💡 How can Quoleady help? With us, you can choose whether you want to do keyword research on your own and have us write for you or let our SaaS content strategists take care of it.

Also, you don’t have to be on a content marketing package with us – we also offer SaaS SEO consulting services. Shoot a message to Olga if you’re interested! 

SaaS SEO: Content

Content can be anything from video, webinar, newsletter, podcast etc., but here we’ll focus on the blog content as it is one of the content types that produces the best content marketing results and we are a SaaS blog writing company specializing in this type of content.

Analyze the top-ranking results

Go through the first five articles ranking, see what they have in common and if they lack something. How can you provide a better piece?

Can you:

  • Find an information gap and cover the topic more in depth?
  • Provide specific examples and make the article more actionable?
  • Make it more interesting by adding storytelling?

Bonus tip: Is there an outlier among the pages ranking, e.g., a website with a much lower DR? You want to pay special attention to this page and analyze why it ranks despite having lower metrics.

Hook the reader 

Hook the reader in your introduction you can use writing frameworks such as AIDA and PAS to help you when you lack inspiration. Avoid “water is wet” statements, relate to your reader’s problem and use compelling stats or storytelling to keep them reading.

A good hook can significantly decrease a bounce rate, which is the percentage of people who leave your website without interacting further. A bounce rate negatively affects SEO, as it is a sign to Google that your content isn’t engaging or relevant enough.

Decrease friction

Google is all about the best possible user experience, so you should reduce any friction from the reader experience and make interacting with your content as easy as possible.

When it comes to content, here’s how you can decrease friction:

  1. Cut the fluff ✂️. Fluff refers to any unnecessary content that doesn’t add value. To do this, go through your content and ask yourself: So what? Why does this matter? How does this propel the story further? If you don’t have a good answer, cut. 😈
  2. Cut the wordiness ✂️. If you can express something with fewer words, do it. Cut redundant words or phrases and don’t repeat ideas throughout the article.
  3. Cut the complexity ✂️. Use a conversational tone so it is easy to understand you don’t make the reader read your sentences twice to get them. Explain in simple words and ask yourself: Is it clear to the reader or is it clear to me?

Make it helpful and specific

You may have heard about Google’s helpful content update, which highlights the importance of content that provides value to the reader for ranking. Avoid generalities and vagueness and answer the how and the why instead. Ask yourself:

  • WHY is this important?
  • Is it clear to the reader exactly HOW to do it?

Make it scannable

Scannable content is super important as it increases dwell time, which is the amount of time a reader spends on your website. The higher the dwell time the better signal to Google that your page is relevant and valuable.

Scannable and non scannable content

Image source: WhatFontIs

With so much content and options, no one is motivated to go through a wall of text they’ll search for information elsewhere. To make your content easy to digest, include:

  • Subheadings 
  • Lists
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Tables
  • Bold or italic text
  • Short paragraphs

Optimize it

SurferSEO is a content marketing tool we use to optimize blog posts. 

You should enter your keyword(s) in the Content Editor tab and you’ll get a Surfer link with recommendations on the Surfer terms to include, the number of images, paragraphs and words. It makes these suggestions based on the analysis of the top-ranking results. We aim for an 80+ Surfer score. 


Apart from SurferSEO, we include the main keyword in the introduction (ideally in the first sentence) and in subheadings where possible and add internal and external links (more on those later). 

💡 Want to learn more about these and other concepts and tools to improve your writing? Check out our B2B SaaS copywriting guide.

💡 Want to outsource content writing? You have three options for hiring a SaaS SEO copywriter:

  1. Content marketing agency
  2. Freelance copywriter
  3. In-house copywriter

We have discussed each of these B2B SaaS copywriter hiring options and their pros and cons to help you choose. 

SaaS SEO: On-page optimization

On-page optimization refers to any changes you make ON your website to optimize it. All on-page elements we’ll mention provide context for search engines so they know what the page is about and can rank it. Let’s see what this includes.


We advise our clients to put the focus keyword they’re targeting as a URL slug (end part of a URL after the “/”). For the blog posts, our advice is to put them in the blog folder so you can track your blog performance easily in analytics tools.

SaaS SEO: URL optimization

Meta title 

Meta title or SEO title is the title you see in organic search results, which may differ from the title you see when you click on a page.

SaaS SEO: Meta title

A title is important because it affects your click-through rate, which refers to the percentage of users clicking on your page.

You should keep your meta title under 70 characters and include the main keyword (ideally at the beginning). You can use ChatGPT or Title Generator and Headline Analyzer to help you.

If you’re uploading on the WP, install a Yoast SEO plugin and make sure your SEO title and meta description are green, as shown here:

Yoast SEO on page elements optimization

🤔 Wondering how to add a plugin on WordPress? Click Plugins, Add new, enter the plugin name, click Install now and Activate.

Installing a plugin on the WP

H1 tag 

The H1 or title tag is the main title on the web page. The opinions differ on whether you should keep the SEO title and H1 heading the same or different we keep them the same. But remember that you should only have one H1 per page.

SaaS SEO: H1 tag

Meta description

A meta description is a summary of what a page is about that you see on the search engine results page. 

SaaS SEO: Meta description
We keep meta descriptions up to 155 characters and include the main keyword and other relevant keywords. The description should accurately reflect what your page is about, urging searchers to click through.

Here is a ChatGPT prompt you can use for creating meta descriptions:

ChatGPT prompt for creating meta descriptions

While it does not directly impact rankings, a meta description can also affect your click-through rate. However, bear in mind that Google may sometimes disregard your description and put a part of your web page text instead. Still, you should do what’s in your power and optimize that description.

Internal links

An internal link is a link pointing from one page on your website to another page on that same website (hence the name internal). Another term you should know is anchor text a clickable text on the page. In the example below, “SaaS link-building strategy” is an anchor text.

SaaS SEO: anchor text

Steal our internal linking strategy:

  • We aim to have 5-6 internal links per every 1000 words.
  • We keep the anchor texts very specific (the main keyword we’re targeting and variations, don’t include only exact matches as it can be a sign to Google of overoptimization).
  • We ensure we add internal links to a new page once we publish it. 
  • We prioritize internal link building and drive more links to the lead-generating pages to make them rank higher.

Bonus tip: You can perform a site search to help you find relevant pages to link to.

Site search

Back to the topic clusters, all your supporting articles should link to a pillar page and you should link from your pillar to supporting pages and between supporting articles where possible.

SaaS SEO: Topic clusters interlinking

Image source: HubSpot

External links

An external or outbound link is a link pointing from your website to another website.

Whenever you can, you should back up your claims with data and evidence, linking to reputable sources such as Forbes, Inc etc. This makes both readers and Google trust you more.

Image alt tag

An image alt tag is an HTML attribute that describes the image on a web page.

Google primarily uses them to improve accessibility for visually impaired people or as descriptions when the image cannot load. You should provide an accurate and brief description of what’s on the image but also include your main keyword here and there. 

Use a Yoast SEO plugin to help you not over-optimize image alt tags and guide you through other on-page elements.

Yoast SEO evaluation

Bonus tip: Don’t forget to compress your images when uploading them, as not doing this can affect the speed of your website, which negatively affects user experience and, in turn, rankings since Google is all about providing the best search experience.

If you wrote an article in Google Docs, you can download compressed images from there. Go to the File, Download and Web page (.html, zipped). Then, go to your Downloads, right-click Extract here on the file and voila! You have a new folder with compressed images to upload on the WP.

Downloading zipped images


Subheadings are secondary headings (H2, H3, H4s etc.) that appear after the main H1 heading.

It is crucial to properly format your content and break it up with subheadings so it’s organized and easier to read. Subheadings help guide readers through your content and scan for what they want to read. 

Avoid walls of text and use subheadings that include your target keywords or variations. For example, if your main keyword is “workforce management”, your subheading won’t be just “Benefits” but “Workforce management: Benefits”. 

Of course, our primary goal is to look natural, so use your common sense and don’t stuff keywords.

SaaS SEO: Off-page optimization (Link building)

Off-page optimization refers to the changes you make OFF your website to optimize it and it primarily refers to link building. Link building is a strategy of getting links from other websites pointing to your website to boost visibility and search engine rankings. That link you get from another website is called a backlink.

SaaS SEO link building

High-quality backlinks are among the most critical ranking factors because if many websites link to your pages, it’s like a vote of confidence, signaling to Google that your website is valuable and worth ranking.

Apart from those benefits, backlinks also increase your domain rating (DR), helping you rank future articles more quickly. Plus, you can get referral traffic from other websites pointing to yours.

We think it’s never too early to start building backlinks. The only case we wouldn’t recommend doing so is when you have thin content valuable content comes before backlinks.

Our focus is building backlinks for blog posts because it’s easier to rank them and it’s easier to get a backlink to your blog post that contains helpful information than to your homepage that is primarily promotional.

How to choose the URLs to build links to

Go to Site Explorer, enter your website’s URL and go to Ahrefs’ Top pages. Filter the top pages by URL and set it to contain “blog”, click Apply and Show results.

Ahrefs top pages filtering

Sort the pages by the Google ranking by clicking Position on the right.

Sorting the top pages by position

Search for pages on positions 4-20, which are the first two pages of Google search we focus on them because they have the highest chances of making it to the top. Among those in positions 4-20, choose those most relevant to what you’re doing and already bringing website traffic.

As for choosing the anchors, check what keywords the page already ranks for (if you’re not ranking for it, you can check the keywords a competitor’s top page ranks for). To do this, enter the page URL in the Site Explorer, set it to Path and click Organic keywords on the left. 

Checking what keywords the page ranks for
Now you can choose 3-4 of those keywords as link-building anchor texts. Of course, keep them natural and use common sense.

How to choose websites for link building

Here are the criteria you should think about when choosing websites for SaaS link building:

  1. Domain authority/rating: DA and DR show the strength of a website’s backlink profile and how likely it is to rank in the top 100 results. You can check DA with Moz and DR with Ahrefs. The higher the better.
  2. Website traffic: The platform linking to you should have consistent website traffic so it can send traffic your way too.
  3. Topic relevance: Build links from relevant websites in a similar industry as you you want to avoid content mills and platforms that write about anything from fashion to sport.

Link-building strategies

Here we’ll list the most popular SaaS link-building strategies, but among those, we use A-B-C exchanges because they work best for our clients. Our approach is all about communication and building long-term relationships with partners.

Partnership backlinks (A-B-C exchanges)

We wouldn’t recommend using A-B exchanges or link swapping because Google isn’t a big fan of those and you are not likely to get much value from them, but we do find A-B-C exchanges the most effective.

In an A-B-C exchange, domain A links to domain B and then domain B links to domain C so that none of them have a two-way exchange.

For these exchanges, you need partnerships with third-party websites and domains in the same or similar niche as you. You can find partners by outreach or joining our Slack community for SaaS companies.

Guest posts

Guest posting means writing an article for another website which in return links to you. Again, the focus is on building relationships with editors and providing valuable content.

This link-building strategy is nothing new, but have you heard of the staircase guest blogging strategy? It includes writing high-quality content for third-party websites while gradually increasing the quality of the websites you’re writing for (hence the “staircase” part).

You start by contributing to websites with similar DR to yours that are not too competitive. Over time, you build a writing portfolio that positions you as an expert on a topic and then you can pitch to more competitive platforms with your portfolio as leverage.

Skyscraper technique

The skyscraper technique is a link-building strategy where you write your own article, making it better than the others currently receiving backlinks and then ask the platforms linking to your competitors in search to link to your content instead.

Here are the three steps you should follow:

  1. Find a piece of content relevant to your industry with lots of backlinks. Check the page’s backlinks in Ahrefs by pasting the URL in Site Explorer and clicking Backlinks.
  2. Create a genuinely better piece of content by inspecting what it lacks and whether you can provide a new angle, updated or more comprehensive information or make it more engaging. 
  3. Reach out to the platforms linking to the original piece and ask them whether they’d be interested in linking to your article with more comprehensive information.

While this sounds good in theory, the story has two sides. This technique works for some, but not for us at the time. Olga, our founder, explains why the skyscraper technique doesn’t work for us and what we learned from it in another article for SEJ.

Organic link building

Data makes content compelling and more believable and people need relevant data sources to support their claims. You can create resources that will compel creators to link to you without you asking them.

These resources can include:

  • Reports
  • Studies
  • Infographics

Once you rank this content in the Google top results, the links will be coming your way on autopilot.

Missing backlink strategy

This strategy includes searching the internet for mentions of your brand name. Most of the time, people mention brands but don’t link to them. This is your opportunity to reach out to them and ask for a backlink.

You can find mentions of your brand by setting an Ahrefs alert. Click More, Alerts, Mentions and Add alert as shown below, then fill out the boxes and you’re set!

Ahrefs mentions alert
Here’s a message we received from Capterra’s marketing specialist using this strategy:

SaaS SEO: Missing backlink strategy message

Broken links and replacing outdated tools

The broken link strategy is a famous method where you check whether the websites you want to receive links from have any broken links. You can do this using a Broken link checker. If you find they do, you can reach out to them and ask them to replace a broken link with a link to a similar article on your SaaS website. 

But there’s also an outdated tool replacement strategy inspired by the broken link strategy but specific to SaaS.

Some products stop existing, but the listicles, reviews and articles mentioning them remain very much alive. This is your opportunity to find domain backlinks for the outdated tools, contact those platforms featuring them and offer them to replace a link to an outdated tool with a link to your tool.


HARO (Help A Reporter Out) platform connects journalists or authors with experts on a specific topic. Authors request a quote and experts provide advice. Authors then choose which expert quote to use in their articles and link to an expert.

You may have stumbled upon a “HARO writer” job ad. People hire such writers or experts to pitch in the hopes of receiving a backlink.

However, we stopped this service in 2022 because it’s difficult to scale and with time, it got overcrowded, where people wouldn’t link to you just because you shared advice they wanted a backlink in return.

We wouldn’t recommend basing your whole link-building strategy on HARO, but if you have enough resources, you can still try it to see if it brings results to you. Our main advice is to send pitches fast and packed with value.

💡 We have hundreds of partners with whom we maintain relationships so we can build high-quality backlinks for our clients. Book a free 30-minute call with Olga to discuss your link-building strategy and how we can help.

SaaS SEO: Technical optimization

Here is how you can further optimize your SaaS website for SEO.


HTTP exchanges data between a browser and a website in plain text, which makes it easier for attackers to read it, posing a security risk, especially regarding passwords or credit card details.

On the other hand, HTTPS has an extra layer of security compared to HTTP, ensuring information remains confidential during data exchange.

Apart from keeping your information safe, HTTPS is also a ranking signal from 2014, as stated by Google:

SaaS SEO: HTTPS as a ranking signal

Image source: Google Search Central

If you’re not using HTTPS, ask your hosting company to install an SSL certificate for you and redirect your traffic from HTTP to HTTPS.

XML sitemap

An XML sitemap is a file with all URLs on your website that makes it easier for search engines to discover, crawl and index your website, leading to better visibility and higher rankings.

If you have a WordPress website, you can set it up with the Yoast SEO plugin we mentioned earlier, which updates the sitemap automatically when you publish new or remove old pages. Here’s how:

  1. Click Settings in the Yoast SEO tab on the left, then choose Site features in the General tab.
Yoast SEO tab

2. Scroll to find the XML sitemap card. Toggle the switch on to enable the feature.

XML sitemap card

3. Copy the URL you get when you click View the XML sitemap, go to Google Search Console, click Sitemaps, paste the sitemap URL and click Submit.

Sitemaps in GSC


Whenever you publish a new page, it is a good practice to request indexing for it from Google Search Console because, in that way, you are signaling to Google to pay attention to your page.

Log in to GSC, click URL inspection, enter your page URL and click Request indexing if it says “URL is not on Google”.

Indexing in GSC

Duplicate content  

Duplicate content is content that appears on the internet in more than one place, which confuses Google and can lead to penalties. You can paste your website URL in Siteliner to see if you have duplicate content and what it is.

SaaS SEO: Duplicate content

It is okay to have some percentage of duplicate content, but if you’re above 15%, analyze those pages and see if you can merge two or more pages into one or set 301 redirects.

301 redirect

301 redirect is when you permanently move a web page from one web location to another. You can use them when you want to:

  1. Change the URL of an existing web page (this is not advisable when you already have traffic and backlinks built to the page because you risk losing the link juice)
  2. Merge two pages into one to avoid duplicate content or for whatever reason
  3. Redirect 404 or error pages (page not found) that contribute to poor user experience

Here is how you can set 301 redirects:

  1. Install and activate a plugin called “301 Redirects” on the WP.
SaaS SEO: 301 redirects plugin

2. Go to Tools and choose Redirection.

Redirection option

3. For the Source URL, paste the current URL and for the target URL, paste the new one and click Add redirect.

Adding a redirect

4. Request indexing for the new URL (if not indexed already).

Schema markup

Schema markup is structured data that helps search engines better understand the information on your website and provides rich snippets for searchers.

SaaS SEO: Schema markup

 There are many types, such as:

  • Articles
  • FAQs
  • Local business
  • Restaurant
  • Ratings
  • Events

How can you add it to your WordPress website?

  1. Install a “Schema All In One Schema Rich Snippets” plugin and click Activate.
SaaS SEO: Schema plugin

2. Now you have to add schema to each page individually. Choose a post and scroll down to the Configure Rich Snippet section. Choose the type of schema you want, e.g., article.

Configure rich snippet section

3. Fill out the form and click Update.

Rich snippet form

4. Now it’s time to test your schema. Copy your page URL and type “Google structured data testing tool” in Google. Click Schema markup validator, paste the URL, run the test and see if there are any errors or warnings.

Testing schema

Page speed

Page speed has been a direct ranking factor since 2010.

SaaS SEO: Page speed as a ranking factor

Image source: Google Search Central

You can enter your URL in this speed checker to test it. Check both mobile and desktop performance as well as the home page and blog articles, as the results may differ.

If you are in the red zone, here’s what you can do to improve page speed:

  1. Reduce image sizes. We already explained how to add compressed images. The other option is to install a plugin such as “EWWW image optimizer”. 
EWWW image optimizer

The only thing you should tick in the plugin settings is this one:

Lazy load setting

2. Reduce the size of JavaScript and CSS files. You can do this with a WordPress plugin, “Autoptimize”.


Here are the boxes you should tick:

JavaScript options
CSS options
HTML options

⚠️ Warning: Test whether your website breaks down when you click “Minify excluded CSS and JS files”. If it does, just untick it and click Save changes and empty cache.

Extra options

Click Save changes and Delete cache on the top of your page. Congrats, you have now minified your JavaScript, CSS and HTML files!

3. Use a cache plugin called “WP Super Cache”.

WP super cache

Make sure that you have Caching on ticked in the Easy tab and that you Update status.

Cache settings

And here are all the other boxes you should tick in the Advanced tab. Don’t forget to click Update status and check whether your website has broken.

SaaS SEO: Caching

Mobile responsiveness

Most website themes today are mobile responsive, but it is always good to see how your article looks on mobile since 55% of website traffic comes from mobile searches.

A few lines may look good on a desktop but actually be a wall of text on mobile, which you want to avoid.

SaaS SEO: Measuring results

One of the most common questions we get from our clients is: how long does it take to see results? We would say around six months if you publish consistently and don’t have any technical issues with your website.

Of course, you can get results earlier and here are the two cases we saw excellent results for our clients:

  1. Increased traffic for RingBlaze from 0 to 50K and brought 650 leads with 20 articles
  2. Increased traffic for FullSession from 0 to 21K and brought 500 leads with 16 articles and within four months

However, we want to highlight that this is not typical. SEO is a long-term strategy with many variables, so we cannot promise you the same results. But what we’ve seen is that hard work, patience and consistency pay off. 

Now, which SaaS marketing metrics should you pay attention to? Here are the ones we track for our clients:

  • Traffic = the number of visitors your website has
  • Rankings = the positions your website has for specific keywords
  • Conversion rate = the percentage of people taking a desired action on your website (signing up for a free trial or downloading an ebook)
  • Traffic source = the source of your website traffic (social media, organic search, paid search etc.)
  • Time on page = the time a visitor spends on a specific page on your website
  • Engagement = visitors’ interaction with your website (comments, social shares etc.)
  • Bounce rate = the percentage of visitors reading only one (portion of the) page without interacting further with your website
  • Website DA/DR = a metric of your domain authority or rating that tells you how strong your backlink profile is

To measure these, we use:

  • Google Search Console
  • Universal Analytics (G3) and Google Analytics 4 (GA4)
  • Ahrefs 
  • Moz

For more information, check out our post on measuring SaaS content marketing results.

💡 Even though GA4 can provide valuable insights, it can be challenging to set up. We have a GA4 pro on our team who can set it up for you. Shoot a message if interested! 

SaaS SEO: Audits

There are two audits you should do:

  • SEO audit
  • Content audit

SEO audit

SEO audit evaluates how search-friendly a website is. It aims to detect issues and optimize them.

Here is a sneak peek into what we analyze:

SaaS SEO audit

💡 You can purchase this service from us. For every section, you’ll receive an explanation of the problem, what you can do to solve it and the importance of fixing it so you know what to prioritize. Shoot a message to Olga if you’re interested! 

Alternatively, you can use a tool called Screaming frog, which is free to use for websites with up to 500 pages and allows you to export all the data.

SaaS SEO: Screaming frog

Content audit

A content audit is a systematic analysis of all the content you created so far. If you already have pages on your blog that don’t bring traffic or signups, it might be the time for a SaaS content audit!

It allows you to spot issues and do a content update, which can give you a traffic boost without creating new content. Here are the main elements:

  1. Strategy. Are you targeting BOFU (bottom of the funnel) keywords and does every article have a purpose?
  2. Blog topics. What do your top pages that receive the most love from readers have in common? You can perform A/B testing for your titles and see if there are keywords around similar topics to your most successful ones.
  3. Content. Does your content match the search intent? Can you reduce friction even more from the reader experience by making it less wordy and simpler? Is it actionable and does it provide value? Are there content gaps you can cover? Can you improve your CTAs? Does your content provide relevant information (updated stats, features, pricing etc.)? Is it scannable (with images, lists and tables)? Did you answer the questions from the “People also ask” section?
  4. Optimization. Do the meta title, H1, some subheadings, URL, introduction and image alt tags include a target keyword? Did you interlink the blog articles properly? Do they link to reputable external sources? 
  5. Blog design. Can readers easily navigate your site and quickly find what they want? Is it visually appealing and mobile-friendly? Do you have enough white space?

We recommend performing content audits and updating content every six months. Google loves fresh content and rewards you for it. Sometimes you can do as little as add a sentence, update a stat or add internal links and change the publication date to receive a traffic boost.

SaaS SEO content boost checklist


This was a lot to take in. 😅 

Now you have two options:

  1. Study the concepts from this article in detail and test them
  2. Let us do the heavy lifting while you focus on your core business

If you want a dedicated team of SEO professionals working on high-quality content for your website not just to increase traffic but to boost conversions and revenue, we are here to help. Book a free 30-minute call with our founder Olga to learn more about our SaaS SEO services.


What is SEO for SaaS?

SEO for SaaS includes optimizing a software-as-a-service website to rank higher on Google and attract more customers by increasing visibility.
To rank, you need to conduct keyword research, create valuable content and do on-page, off-page and technical optimization.

How to do SEO for a SaaS business?

1. Do product, competitor and target audience research
2. Conduct keyword research
3. Create high-quality, valuable content
4. Optimize on-page elements (meta description, SEO and title tag, URL, image alt tags, internal and external links, subheadings)
5. Build high-quality backlinks
6. Fix technical issues
7. Measure the results and update

How important is SEO for SaaS?

As SaaS products are digital solutions, digital marketing plays a huge role in how many customers a SaaS company reaches. If people search for tools like yours, alternatives to your competitors or a solution to a problem your product can solve and they can’t find you, you are missing out on many potential customers.
According to HubSpot, 45% of media planners say SEO has the highest ROI of any channel they use. This is especially true for SaaS because the paid search for this industry has a high cost per acquisition.


Katarina Stamenković

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