Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving a website’s visibility and ranking in search engine results pages (SERPs) using various techniques and strategies. SEO involves optimizing the website’s content, structure, and HTML code to increase its relevance and authority in the eyes of search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. The ultimate goal of SEO is to drive more qualified traffic to a website by increasing its visibility in organic search results.
To achieve this goal, SEO specialists use a range of best practices and tactics, including:
- Keyword research: identifying the most relevant and high-traffic keywords to target in content and metadata.
- On-page optimization: optimizing website content, metadata, and HTML code to include target keywords and improve user experience.
- Link building: acquiring backlinks from authoritative and relevant websites to improve the website’s authority and visibility.
- Content marketing: creating and promoting high-quality, relevant, and engaging content to attract and retain visitors.
- Technical SEO: improving website speed, mobile responsiveness, and other technical aspects of the website to improve user experience and search engine visibility.
Our client is an online retailer of outdoor gear and clothing based in the United States. They have been in business for over a decade and have a strong presence in their niche market. However, they were facing stiff competition from larger, more established brands and struggling to gain traction in organic search results.
The client’s primary goal was to improve their organic search traffic and visibility in search engine results pages (SERPs). They wanted to rank higher for specific product and category keywords and drive more qualified traffic to their website.
To achieve the client’s goals, we recommended a comprehensive on-page SEO strategy, including keyword research, optimization of existing content, and creation of new, optimized content.
We started with thorough keyword research to identify the most relevant and high-traffic keywords for the client’s products and categories. Using a combination of tools and manual research, we identified the following primary and secondary keywords:
- Outdoor gear
- Hiking gear
- Camping gear
- Climbing gear
- Backpacking gear
- Outdoor clothing
- Outdoor accessories
- Trail running gear
- Water sports gear
- Winter sports gear
Next, we optimized the client’s existing content, including product pages, category pages, and blog posts, for the target keywords. This included:
- Adding the target keywords to page titles, meta descriptions, headers, and body content.
- Optimizing image alt tags and filenames to include the target keywords.
- Updating internal links and anchor text to include the target keywords.
- Improving page load speed and mobile responsiveness.
New Content Creation:
We also recommended the creation of new, optimized content to target long-tail keywords and expand the client’s visibility in search results. This included:
- Blog posts on specific topics related to the client’s products and categories, such as “10 Essentials for a Successful Backpacking Trip” and “How to Choose the Right Climbing Harness.”
- Category landing pages optimized for target keywords, such as “Hiking Gear” and “Camping Gear.”
- Product comparison guides and reviews optimized for target keywords, such as “Best Backpacking Tents for 2022” and “Top Climbing Shoes for Beginners.”
After implementing the on-page SEO strategy, the client saw significant improvements in their organic search traffic and visibility in search results. Specifically.
- Organic search traffic increased by 35% over six months.
- The client’s average search engine results page (SERP) position for target keywords improved by 2-3 positions.
- The client’s visibility in search results improved for both primary and secondary keywords.
- The client saw an increase in organic search traffic to new, optimized content, indicating improved visibility in long-tail keyword searches.
By focusing on a comprehensive on-page SEO strategy, including keyword research, optimization of existing content, and creation of new, optimized content, we were able to help our client improve their organic search traffic and visibility in search results. With continued monitoring and optimization, we expect to see even greater improvements in the coming months.