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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, sign up to get these case studies by email every other week or get a demo of the SearchPilot platform.

Server-side rendering internal links: SEO A/B test results

For this week’s #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought the impact on organic traffic was when we took internal links that only loaded through client-side JavaScript and added them to the HTML. Here’s what people thought: From our followers, about 40% were split thinking this change had either a positive impact or no detectable impact, while 11% believed it would negatively impact organic traffic. The result from this test was that there was no detectable impact!

Rida Abidi

3 min read

Does adding min-max salary ranges to meta descriptions help clickthrough rate?

In the latest edition of #SPQuiz, we asked our followers what they thought the SEO impact was of adding the min-max salary range to the meta descriptions of a customers' informational job pages. The votes were nearly split between positive and inconclusive, with the majority voting positive. None of our followers believed this change would have a negative impact - which means that all of you will be surprised to find out that this change was actually negative!

Emily Potter

4 min read

SEO test results of adding "video" to the titles of pages with embedded videos

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: results of an SEO A/B test

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 impact of using React on product pages: See the results of an A/B test

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

Will increasing the number of related article links help for SEO? See the results of an A/B test

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

How important is breadcrumb markup for SEO? See the results of an A/B test

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

Impact on SEO performance of price and review schema 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

Adding user-centric content to target featured snippets: SEO A/B test results

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

Adding Easter messaging to title tags and meta descriptions: does seasonal messaging help or hurt SEO performance?

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
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