JetOctopus has been instrumental in elevating our site's SEO. From detecting duplicate content to optimizing internal links, we've seen transformative changes. Our keyword rankings soared by 250% and we saw a staggering 20% increase in traffic within a year! Grateful for this collaboration!
In this case study, we explore the success story of a travel website in a specific niche. This project is a unique travel website that offers journeys to breathtaking destinations while connecting like-minded individuals around the world. The distinguishing feature of this website lies in its lack of a specific localization. While the site is in English, it caters to users from various countries worldwide, including the United States, Great Britain, and numerous European and Asian countries. This broadens the scope of its niche audience, while simultaneously presenting fresh challenges for SEO optimization. To enhance SEO traffic and draw high-quality customers, the company started collaborating with JetOctopus and already increased traffic by 20% in 1 year of collaboration.
Before collaborating with JetOctopus, the travel website faced significant challenges, as:
Upon conducting an initial website crawl using JetOctopus, it was revealed that the website contained over a million pages, but only a third of them were indexable and able to contribute to search engine result page (SERP) rankings.
Before using JetOctopus, the project team leveraged Ahrefs for SEO tasks and sometimes used desktop SEO-crawlers. To foster organic traffic growth and obtain detailed insights from a full-scale analysis, not just partial crawls, they switched to JetOctopus. The travel project's founder emphasized their move was driven by the need to precisely analyze their extensive website which contains between 300,000 to potentially millions of pages.
"We aimed for a tool that could grant us comprehensive insights through full crawl data analysis"
Travel Project team noted, underlining the critical role JetOctopus now plays in their SEO strategy.
The technical SEO audit proved to be immensely beneficial in kickstarting the project's data analysis journey. It provided a comprehensive understanding of the platform's capabilities and how to leverage the platform data effectively. The founders of the project wholeheartedly agree that the audit played a crucial role in identifying and resolving technical issues that had been plaguing the website. The travel project and JetOctopus teams now follow a streamlined work process, routinely conducting website crawls and technical SEO audits to improve SEO traffic efficiently.
Consequently, important pages with weak internal linking might not have received the attention they deserved, leading to potentially worse results in SERPs. Additionally, pages with weak internal linking were less likely to be found by users.
By precisely applying technical SEO optimization strategies and methodically resolving critical site issues, the Travel client victoriously amplified its SEO channel traffic by an impressive 20% within the short term of one year. This case serves as a strong testament to the powerful potential of a data-driven approach in the realm of SEO optimization, demonstrating how such collaboration can unearth and leverage opportunities for comprehensive site improvement and substantial traffic growth.
Adding all indexable pages to sitemaps partially resolved the problem of search engines rarely crawling important pages. The next steps involved optimizing the internal links. Below is a screenshot demonstrating On-page SEO optimizations in dynamics.
The columns on the right display the problems found during the first crawl of the website, while the columns on the left show issues identified in the last crawl (one year after the start of the collaboration). Some of the most crucial issues that were successfully resolved include content, sitemap, and HTML problems.
What were the specific changes in the website's metrics from the initial full crawl to the most recent one?
Further, we will discuss the challenges related to indexing.
In addition to crawlability issues, the website faced challenges with the indexability of pages during the crawling process. Many of these issues were related to errors in canonical tags. JetOctopus proved invaluable in identifying these problems, as manual identification for large websites becomes impractical. Such issues prevented affected pages from being indexed or ranking high in the SERP.
For large websites, manually identifying all problems with canonical tags becomes impractical. Consequently, it's possible to unknowingly use canonicals that point to non-indexable pages or pages returning a non-200 status code. Unfortunately, such issues were present on the travel website. Although the number of affected pages was relatively small compared to the total number of pages on the website, pages with these incorrect canonicals had no chance of being indexed or ranking high in the SERP.
One of the key advantages of JetOctopus is its ability to conduct multiple checks in one place, enabling the identification of the correlation between technical problems and the website's performance in the SERP.
The travel website encountered certain mobile friendliness issues that affected the rendering of pages by Googlebot. Additionally, there were load time problems, which could have a negative impact on the crawl budget. Because, in addition to the number of pages and their size, their speed is also of great importance. As you see, faster page response time allow Googlebot to crawl more pages efficiently and more often.
In just one year of cooperation with JetOctopus, our travel client witnessed a dynamic SEO transformation. Key metrics grew exponentially, demonstrating the effectiveness and value of our platform and joint collaboration:
The path that JetOctopus and the team of the Travel client are currently going through shows the main points of high-quality SEO optimization.
It is important to develop a strategy based on accurate data, not hypotheses, and to properly prioritize actions to optimize and increase search engine results.