Colour-Coding in the SEO Competition matrix

Colour-Coding in the SEO Competition matrix

This article explains the colour-coding used in the SEO Competition grid. (Note: If you would like to see a colourblind friendly scheme just head to the File menu of Market Samurai, then Settings, then go to the Appearance tab and uncheck the box for "Display Grids optimised for colorblind users".)

Broadly speaking, it's a traffic-light convention - red means avoid if possible, strong competitor in this area. Green means relatively weak competition, worth a try. Yellow is in-between, moderate competition.

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For some more detailed info:

  • DA is green for values less than or equal to 3, yellow for values of 4 or 5, and red for values above 5
  • PR is green for values less than or equal to 2, yellow for values of 3 or 4, and red for values above 4
  • RDP (historical) is green for values less than 20, yellow for values between 20 and 200, and red for values of 200 or more
  • RDP (fresh) is green for values less than 10, yellow for values between 10 and 50, and red for values of 50 or more
  • BLP (historical) is green for values less than 150, yellow for values between 150 and 6000, and red for values of 6000 or more
  • BLP (fresh) is green for values less than 30, yellow for values between 30 and 700, and red for values of 700 or more
  • BLEG (historical) is green for a value of 0, yellow for values of 1 through 10, and red for values of 10 or higher
  • BLEG (fresh) is green for a value of 0, yellow for values of 1 through 3, and red for values of 4 or higher
  • CA is yellow for values less than or equal to 10, and green for values above 10
  • IC is green for values below 100, yellow for values between 100 and 500, and red for values of 500 or more
  • The 4 onpage-SEO columns (Title, URL, Desc and Head) are all color-coded together: if all 4 are "Y" they're red, if 3 are "Y" they're yellow, otherwise they're green

The BLP/BLD fields depend somewhat on each other for color codes - it's a sliding scale. The higher the BLD, the higher the thresholds for BLP color codes to change color. The same goes for RDP/RDD, which also depend on one another. And the scale changes depending on whether you're using the Fresh or Historical index.

Historical index mode
 BLD <= 150

BLP <= 10,000 is green,

BLP > 10,000 is yellow

   RDP <= 20

RDD <= 5,000 is green,

RDD > 5,000 is yellow

 BLD > 150

BLP <= 150 is green,

BLP >150 and <= 6000 is yellow,

BLP > 6000 is red

   RDP > 20

RDD <= 20 is green,

RDD > 20 and < 200 is yellow,

RDD >= 200 is red

 

Fresh index mode
 BLD <= 30

BLP <= 500 is green,

BLP > 500 is yellow

   RDP <= 10

RDD <= 200 is green,

RDD > 200 is yellow

 BLD > 30

BLP <= 30 is green,

BLP > 30 and < 700 is yellow,

BLP >= 700 is red

   RDP > 10

RDD <= 10 is green,

RDD > 10 and < 50 is yellow,

RDD >= 50 is red

 

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