Find out how we grew this eCommerce Outdoor Kitchen Supplies Site’s Traffic From 2,725 to 60,579 visitors per month
The main objective for this campaign was to increase the overall authority of the website so as to generate more organic traffic and revenue.
This eCommerce Shopify website dropships high end outdoor cooking equipment like grills and other supplies in the United States.
The main issues holding the site back:
- The site did not have sufficient backlinks to compete with the competition
- The internal linking on the site was badly structured, with many of the core landing pages having no internal links pointing towards them.
- The site also had an improper setup of breadcrumbs, and links on product pages that were pointing to other irrelevant pages as opposed to the more important category pages.
- There were multiple versions of the URLs depending on the category, meaning the link authority was potentially spread thin.
Focused on Niche Relevant Link Building
When compared to the competition, our client’s site was falling behind in terms of authority. Having completed an initial backlink review of the site’s backlink profile, we identified that the client didn’t have many niche relevant backlinks. Therefore, we focused our attention on securing links in the home and cooking niches, using infographics and pillar pieces of content to serve as linkable assets to help build its authority. Over the course of the past year, the number of referring domains (i.e. websites linking to the client) has seen steady growth.
Inefficient Internal Linking
Internal linking is a powerful SEO technique that benefits both users and search engines. It helps users navigate your website more effectively and helps search engines like Google understand the relationships between pages. This site had many core landing pages that had 0 internal links pointing towards them. We divided these pages into batches and periodically added internal links from other relevant pages on the website i.e. from product pages to category pages or blog posts to product pages etc.
Apart from identifying pages with no internal links, we also spotted that there were many product pages that did have internal links, but were pointing to irrelevant search pages of the product brand. In this case, we updated the Shopify code so that the product pages are now linked towards the brand collection pages. This not only helps create a better experience for the user, but also gives Google an insight into the relevance between the products and collections.
Category Page Restructuring
Crafting content based on the user’s search intent for the core keyword you want to rank for is paramount in modern SEO. We saw that our client’s competing domains had included their category descriptions at the bottom of the page, whereas the client had added their content towards the top. This issue becomes especially apparent on mobile devices where the user has to scroll an unreasonable amount to even know products were on the page in the first place.
With this in mind, not only did we shorten the category descriptions on our client’s pages, we also moved them below the products to help the user experience in locating the products they desired.
Multiple Versions of URL by Category
Having multiple versions of the same pages should be avoided at all costs as it’s one of the things that can result in a Google penalty. We found that the product pages on the client’s site were set up so that each product had multiple URLs depending on the category it appeared in.
For example, the site had the main product URL like this:
But also had multiples others like this:
For every product page that we found this duplication, we changed the code on Shopify so that the site served the /product/product-name-1 link directly.
Another issue that we encountered was the fact that the Shopify site had automatically created multiple versions of the same headings across the pages. We located and removed these headings which weren’t visible to the user but were picked up by crawlers. It’s worth noting that including hidden content on your site may be seen as manipulative by Google.
During our initial technical audit of the site, we noticed that all of the 607 products that appeared in the /collections/all section of the site were all redirecting to the /products/product-name pages. This is incredibly inefficient as it adds an extra request to the server to be made, which in turn, increases the time it takes to load the desired page. To solve this, we removed the redirect and again changed the code to directly serve the appropriate link in the ‘all’ collection.
Below are the results that we achieved from October 2020 (the client’s first month) to May 2021.
- The number of users increased by 2,123.08% from 2,725 to 60,579.
- The number of sessions increased by 2,159.50% from 3,012 to 68,056.
- The number of transitions increased by 500.00% from 1 to 6.
- Revenue increased by 905.09% from $968.40 to $9,733.26.
Finally, the number of keywords the client ranks for in the top 10 positions of the search results has increased by 2,850.54% from 93 in October 2020 to 2,744 in May 2021.
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