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 "with Video" to title tags

In the latest edition of #SPQuiz, we asked our followers what they thought the SEO impact was of adding “with video” to a media site’s title tags. Over half thought this addition would have a positive impact on organic traffic, you may be surprised to find out that this change was negative! Read on for the full case study: The Case Study Having video content as a complement to article copy can be a great way to engage users and enhance their overall experience, particularly in industries where video content helps illustrate things like “how-to”s.

Siena Sara

3 min read

Pre-rendering AngularJS Content: SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot

Last time we asked our Twitter followers what they thought happened to organic traffic when we tested a new, server-side rendered ReactJS page template for an ecommerce customer’s product pages. This week, we’re sticking to the theme of JS frameworks. In the latest edition of #SPQuiz, we asked our followers what they thought the impact to SEO was when we pre-rendered parts of a listing site’s pages, originally served with AngularJS.

Lauren Macalalad

3 min read

SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Using React on Product Pages

This week in #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought would happen to an ecommerce site’s product pages' SEO performance if we served them via the React JavaScript framework. Just over half of our Twitter followers thought this change wouldn’t have a detectable impact, with the remainder being split between positive and negative. Perhaps this reflects SEOs' faith in frameworks such as React, with them having been around for a few years now.

Sam Nemzer

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Increasing the number of related article links

This week’s #SPQuiz asked our Twitter followers what they thought the impact was on organic traffic when we increased the number of related article links from two to four on each page of an ecommerce customer’s content hub. Here’s what they thought: It was close but 40% of our followers believe increasing the links in the content hub would have a positive impact on organic traffic but at a lower confidence interval.

Rida Abidi

4 min read

SEO Split Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Fixing Breadcrumb Markup Errors

Earlier this week we asked our Twitter followers what they thought happened to organic traffic when an eCommerce customer tested fixing their breadcrumb markup so that the breadcrumbs would show up in the search results. Here are the results of the poll: While majority of those who voted think this change had either a positive or no detectable impact on organic traffic, the result of this test was actually negative!

Lauren Macalalad

4 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding Ratings and Reviews Structured Data to Local Pages

This week we asked our Twitter followers what they thought the result would be of adding ratings, reviews, and their associated structured data markup on two sets of local pages: some that were content-rich and some that were not. This is what people thought: Half of our followers thought this would be beneficial to both sets of pages. No one voted that it would benefit only the pages without pre-existing content.

Siena Sara

3 min read

SEO Split-Testing Lessons from SearchPilot: Adding User-Centric Content to Target Featured Snippets

Featured snippets are a popular target for website owners to bring in more organic traffic from the top of the funnel. In this test, we added new informative content to a travel customer’s car rental pages to target featured snippets.

Emily Potter

3 min read

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
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