To start a project, go to the Projects Dashboard (SEMrush → Projects) and click on “add new project,” located in the upper right corner. You can also start a project with the Project button beside the search bar.
A single project contains several analytical tools focusing on the same domain. You can use projects to track the impact of an SEO or marketing campaign and generate reports to keep track of your progress. Project sharing is also available to make collaboration between teams and agencies easy.
This article will teach you how to:
Starting a New Project
Go to SEMrush → Projects. If you’re creating your first project, you’ll see the “Create my first project” prompt. Free accounts can manage 1 Project, PRO accounts can manage 5 Projects, Guru accounts can manage 50 Projects, and BUSINESS accounts can manage 200. You can check up your Project limits and more from the User Profile menu.
To start a project, all you need to enter is a domain name and Project name. Once you create a project, you will be able to set up each tool one by one. Each project tool (there are currently 12) has its own configuration steps and parameters when setting up.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to set up every project tool. You can create a Projects to just run a single tool like Site Audit or Position Tracking. Once a Project is created, you can return to it in the Project dashboard and set up a new tool at any given time.
The Projects dashboard allows you to manage all of your Projects from one screen. Your Projects will be listed with overall performance metrics. At the top of the dashboard you will see two dropdown menus, one labeled favorite tool (1) and the other labeled sort by (2). The favorite tool drop down will increase the size of your chosen tool’s preview module (see the Social Media Tracker selected below), making it easier to scan the dashboard and get an idea of progress. You can also search (3) your projects by URL or name to quickly find the Project you’re looking for.
Sorting by Favorite Tool and Metric
The “Sort by” menu allows you to customize the order that your Projects are displayed. Sorting by Project name will organize your Projects in alphabetical order and sorting by metrics will order them by the preview metric of the "Favorite tool." This makes it easy to compare any improvements for different websites you’re working on. If you’re going to sort by a metric like visibility or site health, it would be wise to set the correlated Project tool as your "favorite" so that the dashboard is listed in order of your favorite tool's metrics. In the image below, the Projects dash is set to Position Tracking as the favorite and sorting by visibility.
To quickly check your project limits, hit the “Limits” button and you’ll see how many limits you have remaining.
The number of projects that you are allowed to have at once depends solely on the type of subscription you have with SEMrush. Each subscription level (PRO, GURU, and BUSINESS) has its own project limits which you can find listed on our Prices page. To add limits to your account, go to your subscription info page in the profile menu and request the limits you want. One of our Account Executives will get back to you shortly with more information.
Edit, Share and Delete Projects
If you want to delete a project, share a project, or change the name of a project, use the buttons to the right of the project in your dashboard.
PLEASE NOTE: If you delete a project, you are deleting the entire project. For example, if you try to delete a Site Audit project, you will be deleting the entire project, including any other tools you have enabled for this project. Projects cannot be recovered once deleted so please be careful with using this option.
Sharing projects allow users to share their projects with other users. You can choose to provide read-only access or editing access to any given user. This makes the collaboration process easy and transparent to your team members.
Configuring each project tool usually takes a few minutes to set up desired parameters and settings. For a step-by-step walkthrough on how to configure each tool, read the configuring chapters of the user manuals below. Or, find each tool's category in the menu to the left for more information.
- Configuring Site Audit
- Configuring Position Tracking
- Configuring On Page SEO Checker
- Configuring Backlink Audit
- Configuring Social Media Tracker
- Configuring Organic Traffic Insights
- Configuring Brand Monitoring
- Configuring PPC Keyword Tool
- Configuring Orangic Traffic Insights
- Ad Builder
- Content Analyzer