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Semrush Holdings, Inc.
Company typePublic
IndustrySearch engine marketing
Founded2008; 16 years ago (2008)
FoundersOleg Shchegolev
Dmitri Melnikov
Key people
  • Oleg Shchegolev (CEO)
  • Dmitri Melnikov (COO)
  • Brian Mulroy (CFO)
  • Eugene Levin (CSO)
Revenue$254.3 million (2022)[2]
Number of employees
1,004 (2022)[3]

Semrush Holdings, Inc. is an American public company that has a SaaS platform known as Semrush.[4][5] The platform is used for keyword research, competitive analysis, site audits, backlink tracking, and comprehensive online visibility insights.[6] The keyword research tool provides various data points on each keyword.[7] The platform also collects information about online keywords gathered from Google and Bing search engines.[8][9] It was released by Boston-based company Semrush Inc, founded by Oleg Shchegolev and Dmitri Melnikov.[10][11]

As of 2022, the company has 1000+ employees and offices in Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Yerevan, Limassol, Prague, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Trevose.[12][13] It went public in March 2021 and trades on NYSESEMR.[14]


Oleg Shchegolev and Dmitri Melnikov started out as SEO enthusiasts, interested in industry developments and new technologies, and wanted to create a tool to identify market trends and industry best practices.[10]

The software was released as Seodigger before becoming an extension of Firefox, then renamed SeoQuake Company in 2007,[15] before landing on SEMrush. In 2016, the software broke the one million user mark with customers in more than 100 countries.[10]

In April 2018, the company received $40 million in funding as part of a financing transaction co-led by venture capital firms Greycroft, and Siguler Guff, in preparation for its expansion into various platforms of research, including those owned by Amazon, Microsoft, and Baidu.[16][17]

In December 2020, the company rebranded with a new visual identity, updating its name from "SEMrush" to "Semrush".[18]

In March 2021, Semrush had an initial public offering and went public on NYSE under the symbol NYSESEMR.[19] The S-1 form revealed that the company had sales of $213 million and more than 82,000 customers.[20][21]

In June 2022, the company launched a beta tool for content generation called Content Outline Builder. The tool will suggest ideas for article writing and blog posts.[22] Semrush also announced on June 27, 2022, that their Backlinks insights data is now integrated with SurferSEO, a marketing tool focused on content creation.[23][24]

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

Semrush has acquired multiple companies. In the year 2022, Semrush acquired Backlinko from Brian Dean. [25] In March 2022, Semrush acquired intelligence and sales platform Kompyte, marking the companies first acquisition of a non search focused platform.[26]

In March 2023, SEO community Traffic Think Tank was also acquired.[27]


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  26. ^ Nguyen, George (March 2, 2022). "Semrush buys Kompyte so it can upsell competitive intelligence tools". Search Engine Land.
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