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362.2% Increase of Organic traffic within 6 months
by Robert Nguyen

In this case study, I’m going to break down the exact SEO strategy we used to help Binh Minh Leather rank up generic & local keywords, and increase organic traffic by over 360% in just 6 months.

Let's get started and break down this case

Background information

E-commerce site
Starts at Jan 20, 2018

Binh Minh Leather is an E-commerce store that sells crocodile leather products and that prides themselves in leading the movement for all the genuine leather lovers in the area.

The challenges
  • The website is looking poor and obsolete. Not even a logo was designed properly. No brand identity.
  • The business is getting stuck to gain momentum for growing sales. The owner has tried running several online advertising platforms but nothing seems to bring any good result.

The solution is actually really simple. In this internet era, people do the variety of searches online before getting down to choose a final store.
That comes to the simple idea: we do Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to target on organic search traffic and redesign the website to improve the conversion rate.

Binh Minh Leather is strictly protective of the information published online — they did not want to reveal content about their site. All specific information about the market, the business will be replaced with generic phrases/words (e.g. “keyword in city”).
What do we plan to do next? Here is the exact process

Keyword research

This is the very first step in creating targets for every SEO plan. We're not just looking for what people are searching on the internet, but we want to know what exact keywords or phrases are the most valuable in the industry.

In fact, my client didn't have that big budget to rank #1 for every keyword on Google. That said, we were supposed to put our major focus on key phrases that are the most profitable for my client and pay less attention to others.


We use Ahrefs and some other tools to collect most keywords related to the industry and the local area. All of them are segmented into these 3 groups below:

  • Primary keywords --- [Short & High volume]
    Searched by people looking to find providers for leather products in the local area. These keywords are the very competitive because of its high search volume and people may already have the intention to make a purchase.
    Page to rank: homepage
    E.g. leather + city leather shops + city
  • Secondary keywords --- [Short & High/Medium volume]
    Quite similar to primary keywords, but with lower search volume. Still it's significant to have major pages ranked for those.
    Pages to rank: sub-pages, product categories
    E.g. product + city leather wallet + city leather belt + city
  • Information/Longtail keywords --- [Long & low volume]
    Searched by people trying to find information on a specific topic. These keywords are various but very low search volume.
    Pages to rank: articles or blog posts
    E.g. how to distinguish fake and real leather leather product care tips price range of leather products

Without the keyword research phase, I would have no idea to map out the overall strategy and end up burning all my client's budget into nothing valuable. This extremely matters to what's going to happen next.

This keyword strategy is applied specifically to my client's case. Depends on which industry/product you are in, the result and strategy would be different.

Redesign website

Restructure sitemap

As mentioned above, we have pages handling each group of keywords. Having a streamlined architecture arranging these pages would let Google understand what content has priority.

This also helps me implement links strategy to navigate the power juice all over the website.
You can notice how the power flows from Home page to tier-1 pages and less to the next tiers.

As it's going like this, I only need to focus most on primary keywords with the Homepage. Because the power will be shared with sub-pages and passively help to rank secondary & longtail keywords.

Homepage
Product category 1
Product category 2
Blog page
Other sub-pages . . .

Design process

Web design actually makes a difference on how your target audience views your business vs your competitors.

I want my client to have the best looking, professional and modern website among the shops in the area. So that we don't waste a single customer visiting the site, and to maximize the conversion rate for growing sales.

66%
66% of people would prefer to read something beautifully designed than simple and plain. Source: Adobe's report
Brand identity

We determined that the main color scheme would be (light brown + white) which accompanied the experience of fresh, genuine products that users can sense of throughout the website.

User experience

Understanding user behavior in UX design is going to help us increase the user engagement and encourage them to take actions.

Device compatibility

52.2% of all website traffic worldwide is shifting towards mobile phone use, responsive design is an absolute must-have.

We make sure the website is accessible and looks good through all kinds of devices: laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile.

On-page optimization

Basically, the more relevant and excellent information you're giving to users, the easier it will be to rank higher on the search result.

To help Google know that, the site must be well optimized for some factors.
Here are a few key areas that we put our efforts on:

Citation building

GMB optimization

Google My Business (GMB) is essentially a local business listings service from Google. It's a must-have tool for businesses, unless you don't want to be found on Google map or have an advantage in ranking local keywords.

Take a look at what we've done for our client:

  • Get verified - The obvious first step. Unfortunately, my client and many businesses out there didn't know the existence of this tool.
    If you're struggling with this step, learn more here.
  • Leverage Title with the keyword - This subtle adjustment could help you get better ranking for both Google Map and local keywords. Not recommended to put the keyword at the beginning of the title.
    E.g. "Binh Minh - Crocodile Leather Shop"
  • Publish and get all questions answered - This fascinating feature which enables local business owners and the public to answer consumer questions.
    I asked my client to answer all the questions here. Even if there aren't many questions, we'd make up some.

Building massive citations
  • Register on all business listing sites - There're countless platforms out there: GMB, Neustar, Yelp, directory sites, etc.
  • Make sure NAPs are all identical - NAP (Name, Address, Phone of the business) is the core component of each citation.
    The consistency of NAPs proves the physical existence of my client's business. Hence we earn trusts from search engines and that sure is a big advantage over the competitors.

Backlinks building

Backlinks are links from external websites to your website. This a huge ranking factor that search engines use to estimate your site's trust and relevancy to keywords.

Basically, the more backlinks we have from other high quality & relevant websites, the easier it is for Google to recognize that "this site is trustworthy and useful for users, it should be on the top results".

There are tons of ways to get backlinks. But the real question is:
What is the backlink strategy that actually works?
I'm not allowed to reveal the detailed strategy of how we build backlinks for my client's site. But here are some critical types of backlink that would work for any industry:

Citations & Social links

When we register the business on directories and social media, usually those sites would give us free backlinks to our site.
Most of the time, these links are nofollow links. It's still helpful for passing trust rank to the site.

Press release

Links are able to get from local press or even nation press (harder to have).
It shows that the business is geo-relevant and also boost trust rank.

Blog comments

This will be helpful in increasing the diversity of overall backlink types.
Please do not over-spam comments and avoid general comments like "me too", "this is very good"...
Try to contribute something beneficial or well-thought out to the blog.

Guest posts

Guest posting is still a powerful method. But keep in mind that Google hates spammy posts.
To be effective, it's needed to contribute lots of value in the content and make sure readers could be converted into referral traffic to our site.

Bloggers outreach

To get this kind of link, it requires to have relationships with bloggers.
My agency has the ability to build connections and get many high authority backlinks from them.

Niche relevant sites

In general, any quality websites relevant to the industry are all good to have backlinks.
There are numerous backlink sources out there. Remember that the mindset is to diversify and make it look as natural as possible.

Pay attention to the Anchor text ratio. I like stick with my safe bet at ~70% for branded & naked url anchors, ~15% for generic/misc, ~5% for partial match/industry relevance. Don't overuse exact match anchor texts. Google would find out you're trying to manipulate the search result and your site is soon going to get penalized.

Climbing up over time

SEO is about long-term — going slow and steady up. The minimum time is 3-6 months to achieve the goals, which is ranking for #1 (or #2 #3) results for primary + secondary keywords.

At least 3-6 months
  • Any websites rank top 1 with only one month must do something suspicious with their methods (unless they are a phenomenon). And it's not going to last long.
    Because Google's algorithms take time to consider the best results for users and they will filter out all low-quality sites.
  • As your business improves visibility in search, you start to attract more visitors — and if you satisfy the needs of those visitors, they will keep coming back and potentially turn into your actual customers.
  • The end goal here is to grow the business, NOT short-term income.
After tons of work and effort Let's review the result
Feb 1, 2018
Users: 193
Jul 31, 2018
Users: 895

The final numbers

Monthly Visitors
895↑ 362.2%
Bounce Rate
53.29%↓ 35.3%
Avg. Time on Site
2m 25s↑ 405.6%

You can already see how many visitors come from search engines and how effectively our web design improves user experience on site.

  • Organic traffic has increased by 362.2%. We brought nearly x5 visitors/month to the website. And this number is going to keep growing over time.
  • Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. The lower the better.
    We reduced this number by 35.3% which implies users want to seek out more information on the website.
  • Average TIme on Site was only around 29s before this project. Now it raises to 2m25s. People are really interested in spending more time with the new face of my client's business.

Above all, how much does my client get in return from this investment?
The project's ROI was >400%. Again, I can't reveal the exact number. But you have my word, my client got over x5 in return for what he invested in this project. Any premier SEO agencies would tell you the similar or even higher numbers.
And this is just a small value product retail. Imagine if we can do the same thing for high-value businesses.


Here are some words from the client:

I spent months looking for ways of getting leads. Robert reached out to me with a detailed strategic plan. Took the shot to work with him and months later, it started to bring amazing results and kept getting better. Definitely recommend Robert and his team to anyone who is serious about growing their business. Jay N, Binh Minh Leather

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