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Ecommerce SEO Case Study: How To Triple Revenue During Covid-19

Today I am going to show you how we increased monthly revenue to £109,377 for an ecommerce store throughout Covid…

…despite the fact they are in the sports niche-

google analytics ecommerce revenue report

In fact we’ve been able to-

  • Increase daily search traffic from 940 to 2,684
  • Increase monthly transactions from 394 to 1,028
  • Increase monthly revenue from £37,451 to £109,377 (£127,266 at peak)

Which perfectly positions them for success as we move into the golden quarter this year.

google anaytics daily organic search traffic report

How did my team at Search Logistics do that?

Well, keep reading and I’ll break down the complete strategy for you step by step!

A Closer Look At The Case Study

case study siteThe client is an ecommerce site in the sports industry that competes against many household names.

This wasn’t helped by Covid, especially after the UK’s lockdown announcement in March.

So we spent the first part of the year making sure the site was in the right position to benefit when lockdown restrictions were lifted.

What did work in our favour was that many companies reduced their budgets & SEO spend during the initial Covid panic.

This is what we did-

  • Analyzed the competition
  • Completed a technical SEO audit
  • Fixed all of the problems we found
  • And cleaned up the link profile

But it wasn’t quite as easy as that because the site presented several challenges that I am going to talk you through below.

search logistics

Challenges We Had To Overcome

The sports niche is a competitive niche with well-established brands with big-budgets dedicated to their marketing campaigns and website.

However, this isn’t the first time we have had to overcome such problems.

In this case, our main goals were to rank for the specific brands our client sells by building a cleaner on-page structure focused on driving authority to the top converting pages.

But when we first took the site on there were a number of problems to deal with like:

  • Low-quality link profile
  • Poor internal linking
  • Missing and/or duplicate content
  • Poor keyword research
  • Weak on page optimisation

Plus – the website wasn’t particularly user friendly either which led to poor bounce rates, engagement and conversion.

Creating A Plan Of Attack

So with an uphill battle ahead of us…

…we put a 6 step strategy in place to guide us to search success!

Step #1 – Backlinks

Based on client feedback, the first thing we looked at was the backlink profile.

Ideally we like to see relevant links with a healthy mix of exact match, partial match, branded and generic anchor text.

But our client had a cluttered backlink profile with many domains that were not only irrelevant but very low in their quality.

poor domain profile

To combat this problem, incremental updates to the disavow files were made in March, April, June and July on all variations of the client’s domain in Google Search Console.

This helped us to exclude the toxic links Google associated with the client.

We specifically looked for:

  • Domains with no authority.
  • Targeted anchor text.
  • Total number of backlinks from any single domain.
  • Traffic statistics of those domains linking to the client’s domain.

As we were cleaning existing backlinks we were also building new relevant and authorative links whilst also taking care of…

Step #2 – On-Page SEO

During our analysis we found that competitors category pages were ranking almost at will, but our clients category pages were not.

Why?

Because competitors were including complemntary excerpts of text on their category pages to supplement the products listed on the page.

This was a small but crucial difference that were allowing competitors to clean up.

Adding content to your category pages is essential for 2 reasons:

  1. They provide context to the user in terms what or how to buy.
  2. They help search engines to establish the topical relevance they need.

In some cases our client had added keyword stuffed content to category pages previously, but it was hidden and way over-optimized by today’s SEO standards.

keyword stuffed category page

So instead we replaced all of that with content that assists peoples buying decisions with internal links to key pages, brands and products placed accordingly.

Then, we let the products on the page do the rest of the talking.

Step #3 – Internal Anchor Text Optimization

The client was not making the best use of internal anchor text opportunities.

In most cases they were linking to category, sub-category and product pages with generic anchor text like-

  • See More
  • View Now
  • Click Here

But internal linking is one of the most powerful tactics in Ecommerce SEO:

internal link advice

And Google’s John Mueller went on record to say-

“The context we pick up from internal linking is really important to us… with that kind of anchor text, that text around the links. That’s really important to us.”

So it pains us to see internal links that use generic anchor text at scale.

In this case, we recommended that they use the exact keyword that the category, subcategory or product wants to rank for as anchor text where possible.

Step #4 – Technical Fixes & Implementation

Our technical SEO audit found a number of fundamental problems that we needed to fix in order to create a well-oiled site.

This included problems like-

  • Adding relevant ALT tags
  • Fixing internal 301 redirects
  • Taking care of all 4XX errors
  • Updating duplicate meta data

And so forth!

Although many of these are low level problems, lots of small problems quickly add up to a big problem so it’s important to take care of these as you find them.

We also worked to increased website speed across the board-

site speed

Because site speed is not only a ranking factor for Google, but for your customers as well.

Step #5 – Page Titles

One of the biggest weaknesses of the site was that the page titles were not including target keywords to cement the purpose of the page.

Ideally you want to do this as close to the start of the title tag as possible-

keywords in title

But this wasn’t the case for this client.

Instead they were using title tags that looked like-

Brand Name | Online Sports Shop | Order Now | Partial Match Keyword

Which left an awful lot of room for opportunity! So we went through the entire site and updated titles to be keyword focused with SEO copywriting in mind.

Step #6 – Heading Tags

Like title tags, the use of heading tags throughout the site was also problematic.

Not only was the structure often wrong, but they were under utilising the opportunities a correct header strucutre presents-

header structure

We went through each page and updated the header structure to be correct and to also increase the overall net of relevant keywords we captured.

This also helped to establish topical relevance, reduce cannibalisation across the site and streamline the customer journey.

The Results Are In

The site’s growth has been incredible-

google analytics daily traffic growth

And that is despite the fact they have had to fight off Covid lockdowns that had a huge impact across the sporting sector.

But more important than traffic growth, is revenue growth-

revenue increase

Because what good is hiring an SEO agency if they don’t add to your bottom line?

Overall we are proud to report that we-

  • Increased daily search traffic from 940 to 2,684
  • Increased monthly transactions from 394 to 1,028
  • Increased monthly revenue from £37,451 to £109,377 (£127,266 at peak)

Which especially impressive given the competitive nature of the niche and the uphill battle we faced with lockdowns and the economy.

google search console

This is a case study we are particularly proud of because of how much we had to overcome!

If you need help with your SEO, feel free to check out my ecommerce SEO services list- Otherwise, we would love to help increase the revenue of your ecommerce store or website – Just Click Here Now!

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it.

How to grow organic traffic and revenue in a competitive niche during a pandemic and series of lockdowns against competitors with big budgets.

We didn’t do anything fancy or complicated. We just established a solid base that both Google and Humans love through technical audit and implementation.

If you need help with your e-commerce store, you can hire a Shopify SEO Expert or contact my team by submitting an enquiry now.

Otherwise please feel free to check out some of our other SEO case studies-

I promise you are going to love them!

87 Responses

  1. Mark Mcgrath
    6.11.2021

    Greetings.
    Thank you for posting an awesome article pertaining to ecommerce SEO optimization techniques.
    With the country i reside in steadily heading to a harsher lockdown level, i will definitely be putting some of your suggestions into practice.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 14th, 2021 at 8:11 am

      Way to go! Applying what you learn is the best way to get results!

  2. vishwajeet
    5.7.2021

    Great post!

  3. Lakshay
    4.1.2021

    It’s such a amazing blog on ecommerce seo. And also its very helpfull for others who work on how to increased monthly revenue.Thanks for sharing this amazing and helpful content.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2021 at 10:05 am

      No problem!

  4. mack
    2.8.2021

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    • Matthew Woodward
      February 8th, 2021 at 10:26 am

      Thanks- Cheers!

  5. ktdesigns
    2.4.2021

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    • Matthew Woodward
      February 5th, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Thank you for reading my posts! Cheers!

  6. AKS Clothings
    1.27.2021

    Very Nice I Love the way You Explain Things

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 28th, 2021 at 11:04 am

      Thank you! I appreciate it :)

  7. Umer Arif
    1.20.2021

    Very informative article for the SEO student like me. Thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 20th, 2021 at 9:10 am

      No problem, Umer!

  8. Babar shah
    12.19.2020

    keep on writing such a great post

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 21st, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Don’t worry, more posts and videos are coming! ;)

  9. Haider Ali
    12.15.2020

    Nice article thanks for shaing this.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 16th, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Always happy to help!

  10. AJITHJI
    12.14.2020

    Thanks for sharing..

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 14th, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for reading :)

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    12.4.2020

    The article is amazingly precise to the point. Got a lot of valuable information about e-commerce SEO.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 4th, 2020 at 10:44 am

      Glad to hear that!

  12. pornovids
    11.30.2020

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    • Matthew Woodward
      November 30th, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Cheers!

  13. Kowsalya
    11.27.2020

    Such an interesting and amazing blog. Learned a lot of new important information from it. Thank you keep up the good work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 27th, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  14. My Way Style
    11.24.2020

    Thanks for sharing..

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 25th, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      Cheers!

  15. Ben
    11.5.2020

    Great article Matt. 1 question.

    Was the e-commerce store on a platform like Shopify or Wordpress?

    Thanks,
    B

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 6th, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Hi Ben! Yes, it was :)

  16. Jawad
    11.5.2020

    Thanks for sharing Excellent information

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 6th, 2020 at 9:43 am

      No worries, Jawad!

  17. Anurodh Keshari
    11.4.2020

    Hey, Matthew Woodward I really like this blog not because it’s informative but I need this type of post because I’m doing SEO an e-commerce company and it’s my first e-commerce project, so I was facing a lot of problems like my traffic are increasing day by day but the conversation rate are decreasing day by day according to ahref we also losing keyword ranking.

    I learn most of the new thing so let me apply this and acknowledge you when I get the result

  18. Fred Douglas
    11.4.2020

    The article is amazingly precise to the point. Got a lot of valuable information about e-commerce SEO. Thanks for the article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 6th, 2020 at 10:35 am

      No problem, Fred! Happy to share some tips with my readers :)

  19. 6P
    11.3.2020

    Hi Matthew,
    As always it was really pleasant to read your post.
    Do you work with french companies or should I wait my website to be translated in english to work with your team ?

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 4th, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Hey! It really depends on the website…
      Could you, please, submit an inquiry here-
      https://www.searchlogistics.com/enquiry/
      So my team can have a look at your website.
      Thanks :)

  20. maksudur
    11.1.2020

    Fantastic case study Matthew. Love reading these case studies, Matthew. You make it look so easy. I particularly like the methodical way you work through and apply.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 2nd, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, Maksudur! Always happy to share my tips with my readers :)

  21. Rahul Arora
    10.26.2020

    Wow!!! It was a great blog with so much information about how to get more and more revenue during Covid-19.
    Thanks for sharing these useful suggestions. I am also following these techniques after which I may earn revenue.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 26th, 2020 at 8:53 am

      No worries! Hope it works for you!

  22. Chris Labinjo
    10.26.2020

    Hey Matthew, Like your on page stuff. As an Post COVID ecommerce industry is booming and i think your contents comes to light at right time.
    If possible, Create a in depth Ecommerce SEO and digital marketing practice for future.

  23. Steve Wetmore
    10.22.2020

    Well written article Matt,

    I have a question regarding this paragraph referring to Toxic Links, “To combat this problem, incremental updates to the disavow files were made in March, April, June and July on all variations of the client’s domain in Google Search Console.

    Is there a reason we should not submit all toxic links at one time in the Google Disavow Tool?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 26th, 2020 at 9:20 am

      Hey Steve! Google Disavow Tool has to be used with precaution.
      Before using it, you have to make sure that the link you want to remove is actually an issue for your website.
      Otherwise, it can hurt your website instead of helping it.
      Pus, before using this tool, we try to send request removals to take it down manually. It’s safer.
      Overall, we analyze the link, try to take it down manually, and if it doesn’t work, we use Google Disavow…
      This is why we don’t submit all the toxic links at once.
      We don’t want to hurt our client’s website.

  24. Reika
    10.21.2020

    LOL, the section about changing the titles made me laugh. I once catapulted a friend’s keyword to the top of all relevant keywords in Google SERPs just by making him change his post/page titles and headings.

    To be fair, it was easy because his website is the original and most authoritative source for the niche content he was creating (a novel). It’s just that he had absolutely no idea about keywords. Instead of the novel title he had something like “IFGWCGW.”

    I’m not joking! He said that he was tired of typing out his actual title so he used an acronym instead. *laughs*

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Yeah it’s often the simple things have the biggest results!

      As SEO’s we are just so used to writing and thinking with SEO in mind it’s baffling to me when sites haven’t optimised title tags.

  25. Nilesh
    10.21.2020

    I like the process you did to enhance the organic traffic as well as conversions.

    But, I have one question, what you exactly did to get rid of the toxic links.

    Actually, I have prepared a list of toxic links considering two tools (ahrefs & SEMRUSH) both have different parameters to identify the toxic links but I somehow manage to finalize the toxic links list and disavow the file for one of my client. But, it didn’t work and not found any significant improvement. Please guide.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      What made you think links were the problem in the first place?

  26. Jesper Nissen
    10.21.2020

    Hey Matthew, very inspirational blogpost.

    There is one thing you dont talk about in this blogpost. How do you manage a large website or webshop with, say 500 or 1000 pages? Do you make excel sheets with individual entries for each and every page, so you know what page needs more text, or do you have an automated proces?

    And for a normal website, how do you know if a specific page needs more text? Do you use SEMrush to see what it ranks for first or perhaps you also have an automated process for this?

  27. tariq barat
    10.20.2020

    great job bro

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Thanks, Tariq!

  28. اینوست یار
    10.20.2020

    Thank for sharing this amazing case study. i’m from Iran and i always read your articles. recently, i started a brand new education website about stock exchange traning. I will use your tips on investyar.com SEO. hope my website rank well on targeted keywords.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Hey! Thanks for reading my blog & good luck with your website!

  29. Claudiu
    10.20.2020

    Excellent post, as usual! Thanks mate! I love these case studies from you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Thank you! Always happy to share my experience with my readers!

  30. yainvestor.kz
    10.20.2020

    Very cool! Thanks for the presented case!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 9:47 am

      No problem!

  31. Karan
    10.20.2020

    Hi Matthew, please tell some link building technique for ecommerce stores?
    Thanks

  32. Reece
    10.20.2020

    Wow amazing! You always seem to be able to rank any site in any niche!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Thanks, Reece!

  33. Besalb Kercuku
    10.20.2020

    this information is amazing, i will join asap

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Thank you, glad you found it useful!

  34. Roger Mayne
    10.20.2020

    Love reading these case studies, Matthew. You make it look so easy. I particularly like the methodical way you work through and apply. Very thorough, and obviously the results speak for themselves

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for your feedback, Roger- I appreciate it!

  35. Jon Bloor
    10.20.2020

    Fantastic case study Matthew. Well done on giving insightful examples whilst not compromising your clients details.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Thanks, Jon- It’s part of the deal ;)

  36. Nick
    10.20.2020

    Hi Matthew, great work and a very interesting article
    How did you go about building new relevant and authorative links?

    Are H tags neccessary? I thought MOZ did a survey recently that proved H1 tags made no difference. Not trying to be awkward in any way, just wondering if I need to brush up the header tags on sites.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      Nearly all links were guest posts on relevant sites but we made sure to avoid things like “write for us” pages or sites that mention we are a guest author etc

      If you want to find out if H1 tags are neccessary, remove them and find out! I like to turn all opportunities in my direction though.

  37. Manolis
    10.20.2020

    Hi Matthew,

    Awesome job once again and very inspiring case study!
    I just want to ask something. You said you updated the titles. Did you leave the urls intact or did change them accordingly and maybe redirected the old ones?
    I always face this dilemma when I change titles.

    Thanks in advance! Keep up good job!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      The URL’s stayed in tact

  38. ALDEV
    10.20.2020

    Really nice tricks. Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:24 am

      No worries! Hope it helps!

  39. Noor
    10.20.2020

    Thank you for sharing the case study.
    I have a little confusion here.
    Earlier I was adding text to my categories. My blog categories started ranking on 3rd and 4th page of Google. My main keyword (article) was ranking on first page of google and then suddenly, my URL was panelized by Google. I was out of first 100 SERP.
    I discussed the matter with one of my collogue and he told me your URL was panelized by Google May be due to cannibalizations issue.
    My article was in category and google was showing my article content in category part too.
    So, the point is “Are not you getting cannibalizations issue when you rank the category?” I mean you are ranking the product pages and also category pages and they will cause cannibalizations.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 22nd, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      You were getting a cannibilization problem likely because the category and article were very very tightly related.

      Where as our strucutre the category pages target specific broad terms, while the product pages below target product specific terms so there is risk of cannibilization.

  40. saurabh shri
    10.20.2020

    Thanks for sharing amazing information

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thank you for reading!

  41. Syed Ehtisham Munir
    10.20.2020

    Great Sharing. These are the basics but the most important.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:28 am

      I couldn’t agree more!

  42. John Link
    10.20.2020

    Such an interesting and amazing blog. Learned a lot of new important information from it. Thankyou keep up the good work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:29 am

      No problem John! I am glad you like reading my blog!

  43. Sreenivas Bathula
    10.19.2020

    That’s great effort and more importantly results…

    But how much money they spent on SEO over this period?

    How much profit they got ? Increase in income is fine but that reflect positively in profits as well right?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Hey Sreenivas! I can’t answer all your questions, but I can tell you that they increase income as well as profits :)

  44. Slayer
    10.19.2020

    I think you should provide a guide on how to get clients/devs to action items faster. Reading this case study shows that what needs to be implemented is pretty stock standard amongst a lot of sites. Most SEOs worth their salt should know all of this, where I think they struggle is getting the client/developer to do what they want, or to prioritise their work above other issues.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 21st, 2020 at 10:49 am

      You’re right, thank you for the suggestion! I’m gonna think about it!

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