Some Recent SEO & Content Marketing Case Studies

Note that some of the case studies below are based on the Semrush.com google.co.uk ranking database, which doubled to over 12 million key words & phrases in March 2016. The range of rankings recorded also changed from 1st-20th to 1st-100th at the same time.


1. SEO on thomasmansfield.com

My 
work (including site content optimisation & link building)  for this firm of employment & family law solicitors is already having a positive effect for their core key phrase: 'employment solicitors londonon google.co.uk. For this exact phrase there are around 480 searches monthly on google.co.uk) after one month (= just 1 day's work which included work on search engines other than Google). This is a competitive phrase where people are paying around £8 per click on Google Adwords advertising in the UK. This work was not focused on London-related searches only but for 7 of their 14 business locations in Hampshire, London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex & Berkshire!

Rankings have improved for the aforementioned key phrase from 51st (on 25.4.17) to 8th (on 24.5.17) - an improvement of 43 places. This report does not including the map listings but thomasmansfield.com is still on the first page when viewing results 10 at a time.

The site is also ranking 25th for another core key phrase 'employment lawyers london' from a check in my browser on 24.5.17. The baseline ranking according to semrush.com from March 2017 was 92nd – another improvement (of 67 places) after one day of my work.

2. (name redacted due to Non-Disclosure Agreement) SEO Consultancy


In August 2016 I assisted a Hampshire b2b marketing agency with optimisation of the main international corporate website for a leading global supplier of petro-chemicals, with sales today of over 
£30 billion.  I did an in-depth SEO, content performance & analytics review which highlighted issues with the site's server etc. 

This 4 days work contributed to the following results:

- an increase in the number of phrases the site is ranking for in the top 100 results on google.com of around 40% (from semrush.com data)

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We have also seen a similar rise on google.co.uk.

3. Citibase.com SEO Consultancy 

In early 2016 I assisted their web design agency with a redesign of Citibase.com.

This alongside strategic advice including highlighting major issues with their Google Map listings which they have begun to resolve internally has resulted in the number of phrases they are ranking for in the top 100 results on google.co.uk increasing from 577 in Feb 2016 to 744 in Sept 2016 (an increase of around 1/3) according to Semrush data:

This work did not include inbound link building and was 2 days in total.


View the data here:

3. skinnerssheds.co.uk SEO Consultancy 

In early 2016 I was asked by Sussex Websites to assist with the re-launch of Skinners Sheds online: their old website (skinners-sheds.com) was going to be redirected to a redesigned site on a new domain (skinnerssheds.co.uk). 


This was part of a total of 4 days work (this work is paused at time of writing) including: 

1. SEO strategic review inc. review of new site
2. Building Google friendly links to the old & new sites, Youtube content etc
3. Optimisation / revision of all 20 location business listings on the Google Map as these are often integrated into search results e.g. adding county of locations where it was not present. Some locations were listed under the name of the village they were in rather than village / nearest town so this was corrected.
4. Review of Yell listings inc. submission of missing listing
5. Optimisation of Youtube content 

The number of phrases the skinners-sheds.com site was ranking for in the top 100 results on google.co.uk in February 2016 according to Semrush was 1,413.
skinnerssheds.co.uk ranked for 2,390 phrases in the top 100 results on google.co.uk in June 2016  - an improvement of around 50% in just 4 months. Semrush ranking data includes Google local map listings




In terms of search engine visibility an approximate value for the equivalent Adwords cost for visitors coming to skinnerssheds.co.uk organically in Sept 2016, based on the cost of the same number of visitors generated through Adwords according to Semrush is around $14,695 at time of writing (20.10.16). View data here: https://www.semrush.com/info/history/index.html/plot/line/year//skinnerssheds.co.uk/uk/Oc//uk/Oc//uk/Oc//uk/Oc//uk/Oc.

4. www.aviatorbytag.com - equivalent advertising value for SEO visibility 


I have worked for TAG Hotels on a freelance basis since 2010, assisting them with SEO, PPC etc.

In terms of search engine visibility an approximate value for the equivalent Adwords cost for visitors coming to aviatorbytag.com organically in June 2016, based on the cost of the same number of visitors generated through Adwords according to Semrush is $26K.

This will include branded traffic (online travel agents are bidding on permutations of the hotel name). Semrush estimates 53% traffic is non-branded.

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View the data 
here: 

https://www.semrush.com/info/history/index.html/plot/line/all//aviatorbytag.com/uk/Oc//uk/Oc//uk/Oc//uk/Oc//uk/Oc

5. woodland-of-kingston.co.uk SEO Consultancy

My 4.5 days SEO / PPC work (note: site optimisation has not commenced yet at time of writing for various reasons) on this timber window & door manufacturer & installer (which included SEO strategy / website review, disavowal to Google of low quality links previously built to this site (which may still be affecting rankings at time of writing) and PPC set up & management) resulted in the following thus far:

From a check using the https://adwords.google.com/apt/anon/AdPreview tool with my location set to the UK (as opposed to any specific locality in the UK e.g. Kingston, Surrey) Woodland are at time of writing (11.11.16) ranking 4th 'organically' on google.co.uk for their core key phrase 'box sash windows' (for which exact phrase there's an average of 390 monthly searches in the UK recorded in Google Keyword Planner data ) . The ranking from a semrush .com report for this phrase from July 2016 was 24th (an improvement of 20 places in 4 months).


Note that this does appear to be a spammy sector on Google: see http://www.seolondonsurrey.co.uk/blog/analysis-of-a-spammy-search-engine-result-page-on-google-uk-2016 (probably should not be a surprise!).

6. Londoncallingarts.com & Culturecalling.co.uk SEO Consultancy 


Here are the results of my 8 days work (4 days on each - this included PPC set up / enhancement and the first day for each was a site / strategy review) in total for these arts marketing agency websites:  

At time of writing (6.11.16) londoncallingarts.com is ranking 'organically' in the top 10 on google.co.uk for the general term “arts marketing” (with the search location set as the UK). 

At time of writing (6.11.16) culturecalling.co.uk & londoncallingarts.com are both in the top 5 on google.co.uk for “arts marketing agency” (with the search location set as UK). 

R.e. Baseline Search Engine Rankings – the only significant rankings I could find for both sites were (after link building work had begun on the sites on 23.7.15) were 36th for 'arts marketing' and 33rd for 'arts marketing agency' for londoncallingarts.com on google.co.uk. 

All search rankings may be personalised to some degree but I tested rankings on 11.11.16 with http://google.com/AdPreview to depersonalise them. The baseline rankings were generated with https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t9QuY5c8bbw79mZ217OgTWAFouyaknHlHMhOiOahIpI/copy?usp=sharing.

7. Content Marketing of Content I Have Written

Please note I did not (nor did anyone else on my behalf) buy shares of the content below. I simply created content by sharing my knowledge and postedlinks to my blog in places where it was of interest (e.g. https://news.ycombinator.com &  https://growthhackers.com/posts) and thus was shared by readers of these sites!

In 2016 I posted an article from my blog on Twitter and technology news sharing site news.ycombinator.com which proved popular leading to many shares on Twitter and Facebook: 

See https://uk.linkedin.com/in/emarketinguk for more case studies.

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