SEO Testing Case Studies

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All the case studies below are based on controlled experiments run with the SearchPilot platform. If you're interested to know more before diving into the individual case studies, you can read more about how SEO A/B testing works or get a demo of the SearchPilot platform.

SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding Easter Messaging to Title Tags and Meta Descriptions

The question of whether to include seasonal messaging in titles and meta descriptions comes up a lot - depending on the industry, it could be Christmas, Black Friday, Valentine’s Day, or a seasonal sale. The argument in favor is that searchers may include the seasonal term in their searches, and there may also be click through rate benefits even if users don’t search using that phrase.

Sam Nemzer

3 min read

Localizing Product Content for US Site: SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot

This week on Twitter, we asked our followers what they thought happened to organic traffic when we localized a UK company’s ecommerce product content for the US market.  Nearly half of you think the extent of the change’s impact was up to 10% while the other half was almost split between the impact being up to 20% or 30%. Read on to find out how much of an impact this change had on organic traffic.

Lauren Macalalad

2 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding 'Custom' to the H1

In this week’s #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought the outcome in organic traffic was when we added a new keyword to the H1 of a customer’s product pages. Here’s what people thought: The majority of our followers believe adding additional keywords to the H1 would positively impact traffic. In contrast, almost 30% and 7% believe this change would either not have a noticeable impact or have a negative impact on organic traffic, respectively.

Rida Abidi

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Removing Numbers from Article Title Tags

This week’s #SPQuiz on Twitter asked our followers what would happen to organic traffic if we removed the leading number from the title tags on a media brand’s article pages. Our audience was equally split between this test having a positive or negative impact on organic traffic. While there was no real consensus on what the outcome would be, in this case about a third were correct - this test had a negative impact on organic traffic!

Siena Sara

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding price and review schema to product pages

This week’s #SPQuiz on Twitter asked our followers which they thought was most beneficial for organic traffic: just review schema, both review and price schema, or that there no difference between the two. The majority believed that the answer was both types of schema together. However, the majority in this case was incorrect. We ran two tests on the same website, one with both schemas and one with just reviews.

Emily Potter

4 min read

SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding Links to Nearby Locations

This week’s #SPQuiz on Twitter asked our followers what they thought would happen when we added links to nearby locations on a website with a large number of location pages: This one was a landslide! Internal linking is clearly believed to be an important contributor to SEO performance, as the vast majority of our followers thought this test would have a positive impact. And they were right! Read on for the details, but this test showed a 7% improvement to the pages we added internal links to.

Sam Nemzer

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Placing the Brand Name First in Title Tags

In this week’s #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought the impact on organic traffic was when we reordered title tags to include brand names at the start, especially if you are a household name. Here is what they thought: While it was close, the majority of followers that responded believed the brand name in the front had a positive impact on organic traffic. Although it was a small sample size of followers, the majority were correct!

Rida Abidi

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding a 2-Step Email Signup Component

Earlier this week we asked our Twitter followers what they think happened to organic traffic when we added a 2-step email signup component to pages. Almost 64% of those who answered thought this change would have no detectable impact on organic traffic while almost 32% thought this would result in a negative impact to SEO. Well, majority of the guesses were incorrect. In fact, this particular test resulted in a negative impact to SEO (and conversion rates).

Lauren Macalalad

4 min read

SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding the Current Month and Year to Title Tags

For this edition of #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought the impact would be on organic traffic of adding the current month and year to title tags on a listings website. Opinion was split between positive and no detectable impact, with a majority thinking it would be a beneficial change. In this case, the majority of voters showed how smart they are by picking the correct answer! In this case, as you’ll read below, adding the month and year to title tags showed a 5% uplift for organic sessions.

Sam Nemzer

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Forcing Google to Respect Meta Descriptions

This week on Twitter, we asked our followers what they thought would happen to organic traffic when we forced Google to respect meta descriptions, instead of pulling content from elsewhere on the page into search results. This is what they thought: This was by far our closest #SPQuiz result so far, with a tie for Positive and Inconclusive, each on 35.7%, and Negative not too far behind in third place. It seems our followers' opinions were incredibly divided, with no consensus on what would happen.

Sam Nemzer

4 min read
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