How to Create an SEO Dashboard for Clients in Minutes

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An SEO client dashboard serves as a pivotal tool for both agencies and their clients, streamlining the analysis of SEO data and providing on-demand campaign performance insights. This guide delves into automating SEO analytics and constructing SEO dashboards that not only draw in but also maintain client engagement. Essential for improving client transparency and agency efficiency, these dashboards are key in modern SEO strategies.

If you manage SEO campaigns for clients, you know that it is a much longer-term investment than many other forms of marketing.

In addition to the time it takes to see results, there's also no single metric that will tell you that your efforts are working. Instead, you need to track a wide variety of metrics to ensure your strategy is playing out as excepted. This includes tracking on-page metrics, off-page metrics such as backlinks, SERP rankings over time, and more.

With the volume of data available to marketers, it makes sense to build a dedicated SEO dashboard that automatically pulls relevant SEO KPIs from each data source without having to switch between platforms. A dedicated SEO dashboard not only improves an agency’s efficiency at analyzing data, but also gives clients the ability to review the campaign's performance on their own time.  

In this guide, we’ll discuss exactly how you can set up an SEO dashboard to consolidate your data into a single platform.

Let’s get started.

Why SEO Analytics Matters

As discussed in our guide to SEO analytics, one of the main advantages of an SEO campaign over more traditional marketing campaigns is that there is much more data available to track, measure, and report on the progress. 

Although achieving significant results from SEO can take some time, by consistently analyzing your data you're able to uncover actionable insights that drive the campaign forward. A few examples of these insights include:

In order to successfully monitor and make use of SEO-related data, it’s recommended to automate as many manual tasks as possible and only focus on more high-value work. For example, a few tasks to automate include daily rank tracking, collecting Google Analytics data and Google Search Console data, and data visualization.

What is an SEO Client Dashboard?

An SEO client dashboard is a specialized, user-friendly interface designed to display crucial SEO metrics and data in a coherent and accessible way. It's a cornerstone tool in search engine optimization strategies, allowing agencies and their clients to monitor, analyze, and understand the impact of SEO efforts in real time.

SEO Dashboard Template Example

At its core, an SEO client dashboard is about visibility and insight. It aggregates data from various sources, such as a Google Analytics account, and presents it in a clear, digestible format. This includes key metrics like organic search traffic, click-through rates, and the performance of landing pages. By consolidating this data, the dashboard becomes an invaluable resource for tracking the effectiveness of SEO strategies.

The Role of Google Analytics in SEO Dashboards

A Google Analytics account is often a primary data source for an SEO dashboard. It provides extensive insights into website traffic, user behavior, and conversion metrics. Integrating Google Analytics reports into an SEO client dashboard ensures clients have direct access to data about their site's performance in organic search results.

Focusing on SEO Performance and Metrics

The primary function of an SEO client dashboard is to track and display SEO performance. This involves a range of metrics like search engine rankings, the volume of organic traffic, the performance of specific keywords, and the effectiveness of SEO tactics applied to landing pages. By tracking these metrics over time, the dashboard provides a clear picture of the progress and success of SEO efforts.

Tailoring to Client Needs: Custom SEO Dashboards

Every client has unique needs and goals for their SEO campaigns. Custom SEO dashboards cater to this diversity by allowing agencies to tailor the information presented. This customization can range from focusing on specific SEO metrics most relevant to the client's business goals to integrating data from various platforms for a more comprehensive overview.

Screenshots of Multiple SEO Analytics Dashboards

Visualizing Data: How SEO Dashboard Displays Work

Visualization is critical in an SEO dashboard. Complex data sets are transformed into graphs, charts, and tables, making it easier to identify trends, patterns, and areas that require attention. For instance, a line graph can illustrate the growth in organic search traffic over several months, while a pie chart might show the distribution of traffic across different landing pages.

The Importance of SEO Analytics Dashboard

An SEO analytics dashboard goes beyond mere data presentation; it analyzes the data to provide actionable insights. It helps identify which SEO tactics are working and which aren’t, offering a clear direction for future SEO strategies. It also allows for quick identification of issues, such as drops in traffic or ranking, enabling prompt corrective actions.

Enhancing SEO Strategy with SEO Dashboard Data

The data presented in an SEO client dashboard is not just for observation; it's a foundation for strategy. By understanding which landing pages perform best, which keywords drive the most traffic, and how users interact with the site, agencies can refine and enhance their SEO tactics. This data-driven approach ensures that SEO efforts are aligned with desired outcomes.

Collection of AgencyAnalytics SEO tools

An SEO client dashboard is essential in the modern digital marketing toolkit. It bridges the gap between raw data and actionable insights, enabling agencies and clients to monitor, understand, and enhance their SEO efforts effectively. With the correct setup, an SEO dashboard becomes more than just a reporting tool; it becomes a strategic asset, driving the success of search engine optimization initiatives.

How to Build an SEO Dashboard in 10 Steps

Let’s now look at the step-by-step process of building an SEO dashboard to automate your data workflows.

1. Create a Campaign

The first step to creating a dashboard in AgencyAnalytics is always to create a new campaign. A campaign refers to one website that you’re tracking data for, so in general, each client will have their own campaign.

Create an SEO Campaign for Clients

2. Connect Your SEO Integrations

The next step is to connect your data sources from our list of 80+ integrations. In order to make use of our SEO dashboard template, this means integrating Google Analytics, Google Search Console, our Backlink Manager, Site Auditor, and Rankings tool.

Add SEO Integrations

3. Add a new dashboard

Now that we’re integrated the client’s data sources, the next step is to create a dedicated dashboard for SEO. If you’re a full-service agency, you’ll want to create the best marketing dashboards for each channel—for example, social media, PPC, SEO, and so on.

Screenshot of Dashboard Setup Process

Here are just a few of the other dashboard templates available to get you started.

4. Choose between an SEO template or a custom dashboard

After this, you’ll have the option to create a new dashboard, start from a template, or clone an existing dashboard. In this case, we’ll start from a template as it already has 22 prebuilt widgets ready to go:

Screenshot of the Dashboard Template Picker

5. Customize the dashboard

Even if you’re using the SEO dashboard template, you may still want to customize it to fit your clients needs. To do so, you can simply click on “Edit Dashboard” to rearrange, resize, or delete any widgets:

How to Edit Your Custom SEO Dashboard

6. Add annotations and goals

Once you’ve customized the dashboard to fit your client's needs, another key step in automating your data workflows is setting goals for the campaign and annotating any major changes you may have made. This can be done for each widget by clicking on the ellipsis “...” in the top right corner and clicking “Edit”. From there, you can add annotations and goals to your time-based charts—for example, you may have SEO-related goals for daily visitors, bounce rates, conversions, and so on.

How to Edit a Dashboard WidgetOrganic Sessions Report Widget Example

7. Add commentary to the dashboard

Although data visualization is an important part of reporting, many clients simply want to read your own commentary to understand the campaign’s results. That said, every SEO dashboard should include a section for personalized commentary that includes the key actions taken that month, results achieved, and your plans going forward.

SEO Client Campaign Dashboard Example

8. White label the dashboard

Before sharing the dashboard with clients, the next step is to white label it with your agency’s branding. This includes adding your logo, color scheme, and the option to host the dashboard on your own domain:

White Label SEO Dashboard Settings

9. Create a Client Account

One of the main advantages of an SEO dashboard is that clients can login and review the campaign’s performance on their own schedule. In order to add a client to the dashboard, you will first need to create a client account from the “Users” tab in your root campaign. This will guide you through the process of creating a client account and setting their permissions in terms of what they can see:

Create a Client or Staff User Account

10. Share the dashboard with clients

Finally, there are several options to share the dashboard with clients, including:

  • Downloading a static PDF

  • Sharing a link

  • Sending it via email

  • Or presentation mode if you’re presenting the dashboard in a client meeting

White label SEO Dashboard Template Example

5 Sections to Include in an SEO Dashboard

Now that we’ve discussed how to set up an SEO dashboard, let’s take a deeper look at the five key sections that should be highlighted in your dashboard.


The first section pulls data from our rank tracker, which monitors both global and local keyword rankings for your SEO campaigns. In addition to daily changes in Google’s SERP, you can add rank tracking for Google Maps, mobile rankings, and Bing rankings. Below the daily ranking change widgets, we have a “stoplight chart” that presents the distribution of rankings over time.

Keyword Rankings Dashboard Example

Website Traffic

Next, we have a section dedicated to website traffic that pulls data from Google Analytics. Here we have widgets that display both the site’s goal completions and sessions as stat widgets, sessions as a time-based chart, and a pie chart breaking down each session source. 

Website Traffic Dashboard Example


The next section is pulling data from our backlink monitoring tool, which includes stat widgets for new links, total backlinks to the site, and a bar chart showing the new and lost links over time. This tool also provides more advanced backlink metrics such as Trust Flow and Citation Flow so you can show clients the relative value of the links being built.

Backlinks Dashboard Widget Example

Site Audit

Next, the site audit section quickly identifies any potential on-site issues that may be affecting your client’s search visibility. In addition to providing clients with an overall site score, a site checker should scan for on-page technical SEO issues and break them down based on severity. This allows you to resolve common issues such as missing meta tags, broken images, server errors, and so on.

Google Search Console

Finally, we have a section dedicated to Google Search Console that includes two horizontal bar charts for the sites top pages and top queries. In addition to analyzing top pages and queries, GSC provides key insights such as CTR, crawl errors, and can be used to identify long-tail keywords.

Google Search Console Dashboard Example

Summary: Automating SEO Analytics

Creating an effective SEO strategy typically involves creating long-form content, resolving on-site issues, and building high-quality backlinks. Since SEO can take much longer to see results than other forms of marketing, you'll need to monitor a variety of metrics to ensure your strategy is on track to hit your target KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

Building a dedicated SEO dashboard or a broader marketing KPI dashboard allows you to spend more time on the campaign and less time collecting and analyzing data. Since SEO can also be a confusing topic for clients, with effective data visualization alongside personalized commentary, you can also communicate the results of the campaign in a much more accessible way. 

Finally, if you want to show clients a snapshot of the campaign instead of a live dashboard, you can always use our SEO report template to create a white-labeled SEO report and achieve the same result. Either way, automating the manual aspects of SEO analytics allows you to spend more time improving the campaign's performance.

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Peter Foy

Peter Foy is a content marketer with a focus on SaaS companies. Based in Toronto, when he’s not writing he’s usually studying data science and machine learning.

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