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The Covid-19 pandemic came as a shock to businesses around the world at the beginning of 2020. Commercial activities halted along with travel, people were released from their jobs, and marketing budgets saw what is probably the biggest mass cuts in a decade.
At SEMrush, we decided to extend a helping hand to a couple of our customers who found themselves in a tight corner. Two e-commerce companies were eager to collaborate: a motivational stationery retailer BestSelf Co. and an online dancewear store Capezio. We granted them three months of free SEMrush subscription and SEO consultant services in the hopes of helping them thrive in challenging times.
Both Capezio and BestSelf Co. saw a significant drop in organic traffic at the start of the pandemic in February and March 2020. With branded keywords as the main organic source, the modest numbers dropped even lower.
With three months total for the project, we allocated one month to technical SEO audit and keyword research and two months to their implementation.
The SEMrush Site Audit showed a lot of technical errors for both sites, including:
Links with low Authority Score and high Toxic Score were found with the SEMrush Backlink Audit tool and disavowed.
To start collecting keywords effectively, the SEO specialist defined the page groups that generated the most sales for both sites: product pages, category pages, the home page, and the online course pages for BestSelf.
The new keyword core comprised:
The keywords were collected according to the search intent: for example, the keywords for online courses had to correspond with the theme of each course and have a question form. Although the course pages compete with informational resources, it’s possible to generate sales by answering the question and calling users to action.
The rest of the keywords were distributed among the principal pages. For example, all the general, broad terms like “gifts” and “dancewear” were attributed to the home page. Category and page keywords were matched with commercial keywords like “buy” to attract hot leads.
Titles, descriptions, and H1’s for all important pages were placed on both websites using the collected keywords.
Unfortunately, many problems, such as duplicates of the home page, were not resolved for BestSelf due to the limitations of Shopify as a platform.