Organic SEO Traffic Case Study #2 – How we helped Cloudsfer recover from A Google Core Algorithm Update in March 2018
In March 2018 Google rolled out several algorithm updates. We believe the 2-part Google Core Algorithm update to be the reason for the temporary organic traffic drop we observed for the Cloudsfer-Cloud data migration service website during this time.
This update was designed to help websites that had been under-rewarded in SERP results (source: Panguin Tool Algorithm Detector). As Google was rolling it out, we knew it was time to do some serious rolling of our own (of our sleeves) and carry out some serious content and on-site SEO updates.
On-Page SEO Checklist
The first thing we did when we saw the traffic drop was to rule out immediate warning flags. Is the site server down? Is there a major warning in the Search Console? Have the meta-tags been erased? Robots.txt file not blocked? Re-direct paths checked? When all this had been ruled out, we decided to take matters into our own hands.
No major changes had been made before the drop, so the next thing we investigated was the possibility of an Algorithm update.
Part 2 of the Google Core Algorithm update included the following according to Baraccuda’s Panguin Tool (A free SEO tool to help you investigate whether you’ve been impacted by Google’s algorithm updates):
Core Quality Update (Brackets Part 2)
“Continuing on from the major core quality update from a week previous, more major SERP flux is being reported. This update has been confirmed by Google and has been designed to help websites that have been under-rewarded. That means it is rewarding rather than penalizing. If you’ve been ‘hit,’ then it’s a case of improving quality of content and links (Expertise, Authority, Trust – EAT) and user experience quality. You’ve seen a hit because your competitors have improved.”
What we did to improve content quality, user experience and links:
- Missing keyword in text report according to the original keyword mapping
- Weaving keywords into existing content on relevant landing pages
- Adding inner links from landing pages to other landing pages, to improve user experience.
- Inner links were added from popular keywords that had dropped and needed strengthening (while referring to the latest ranking report)
- Adding keywords to landing page headings
- Implementing new content in the blog section
- Creating inner links from the Blog section
- Re-visiting and tweaking Meta-Tags
Keyword position analysis
Our SEO Tools:
SEO Keywords tools
- Adwords Keyword Planner and Keyword suggestion Tool
- Ispionage Keyword Competitor Research Tool
- Moz Keyword Difficulty Index Tool
On-Page SEO tools
- Screaming Frog
- Google Search Console
- Panguin Timeline and Google Algorithm History Tool
- Ayima Re-direct path chrome extension tool