SEO Case Study: 74% increase in traffic

Working with a local dentist in Manchester City Centre to help improve their presence on Google.

The Client

  • The Vallance Dental Centre is based in Manchester City Centre and offers a variety of private and NHS dental treatments.
  • They approached us to help build their online presence for a core set of dental treatment keywords.
  • The initial budget meant we could only target a few services so we had to make sure our SEO strategy was efficient as possible.

The Challenge

 

  • There were only a couple service pages on Vallance’s website. 
    • This meant Google, and Vallance’s potential patients, didn’t know all of the services they offered!
  • The client had no backlinks and a lower website authority than their competitors in Manchester. 
    • This meant that Google didn’t want to rank their website because they didn’t see them as an authoritative source.
  • The website was slow to load and had key technical issues that needed to be fixed.
    • These problems impacted the website’s performance and harmed the user experience.

The Mission Plan

SEO Strategy

With all of our SEO campaigns, it begins with an SEO strategy.

To us, an SEO strategy is an actionable plan with key deliverables that will improve the performance of the website against a set of KPIs. Deliverables are assigned a due date and an owner for accountability.

This was all put into one document and shared with the client’s team and our team.

Technical SEO Audit

One key piece of work that we carry out for any client is a technical SEO audit. Our 200+ point checklist looks at the same factors search engines use to rank a website. 

After analysing the Vallance website, we noticed some issues relating to page speed and mobile usability. These issues were holding the website back and the fixes fed into our SEO strategy. It helped us prioritise key bits of work first before doing anything else.

Keyword Research

An important aspect of any SEO campaign is targeting the right keywords. In short, how are your customers searching for your services and how can we appear for those searches?

And in an industry such as dentistry, what you may name a treatment, the customer could search using another term. This made the keyword research an important stage.

This was going to be a focussed SEO campaign, so we had to ensure we targeted the best keywords. We pulled a range of data points, such as local search volume and keyword difficulty scores, and then we analysed the search results for each keyword. 

From this, we decided on a group of keywords to target to get the best return. These were ‘Invisalign’ and ‘dentures’.

Content Briefs

Once we knew what keywords we were targeting, we had to build new pages for ‘Invisalign’ and ‘private dentures’. Vallance didn’t have many treatment pages which meant they couldn’t rank for keywords.

For any new page that we create, we produce a detailed content brief. This outlines exactly what primary and secondary keywords we will target. It also looks at the sections needed on the page to rank and it provides a great insight into what the competition is doing.

We want our pages to be better than the competition so that users and Google favours them. This makes the research that goes into the content brief a priceless step.

Link Building

 

When we first spoke to houseUP, all of their competitors had more authoritative websites. Meaning Google was rewarding them with better rankings.

We needed to carry out a link building campaign to try and build houseUP’s website authority and to catch up with the competition. 

Link prospecting was carried out to find suitable websites to gain links from. All of the target websites are ranked by how authoritative they are and the aim is to get links from these first.

Spaced handled all of the link building, from dealing with the target websites to negotiating on terms. This allowed houseUP to work on their business whilst we worked on the website.

Website Redesign

One key problem we found with the website during the technical audit was how it was built. The website loaded slowly, there wasn’t a blog section, and there were some pages the client couldn’t update easily.

When you redesign a website, SEO needs to be thought of the whole way through. We worked closely with the design and development team to ensure no traffic or rankings were lost.

The Results

After our initial learning phase, we proceeded to build new pages to target Invisalign and Denture treatments. We then built links to these pages to help increase their authority.

All of this helped to improve the ranking positions of our target keywords but also the whole website.

Across the whole website, there was a 70% increase in organic traffic when compared to the previous year.

There’s been a 2,300% increase in organic traffic to the Dentures page.

With the average ranking position of our target keyword ‘dentures manchester’ going from 57th up to 2nd position.

There’s been a 100% increase in organic traffic to the Invisalign page:

With the average ranking position of our target keyword ‘invisalign manchester city centre’ going from 100th+ up to 1st position.

The average ranking position of all keywords tracked (not just our target keywords) increased from 58 up to 32, and it’s continuing to grow…

Mission Debrief

The aim of the campaign was to increase organic traffic to key service pages. Working within the budget we focussed our efforts on the Invisalign and Dentures category.

For the whole website, we managed to increase organic traffic by 70% compared to the previous year.

Vallance now rank on the first page for our target keywords:

  • 1st position for ‘invisalign manchester city centre’
  • 2nd position for ‘dentures manchester’
  • 5th position for ‘invisalign manchester’

After researching the Vallance website and their competitors, we took these insights to improve on and build upon the current website. All of this together helped to deliver these great results. 

No snake oil or a hidden black box of SEO here, just a formula for success that can be applied to most websites!

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