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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.

Should you include prices in your titles for SEO?

This week, we asked our Twitter followers what they think happened to organic traffic when we added the price of a product to the title tag on an ecommerce client’s site. This is what our followers thought: Nearly 70% thought this had a positive impact. In this case, the majority was incorrect. This had a negative impact on organic traffic. Surprised? Read on for the full case study.

Siena Sara

3 min read

Does HTML structure matter for SEO? See the A/B test results.

For this week’s #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought would the result of restructuring the HTML, to bring the most important content above the sidebar. This was with the intention of improving the user experience, and therefore improve performance in terms of organic traffic. This is what people thought: The response was very one-sided: 61% of people thought it would have a positive result, with only 3% thinking this would have a negative impact.

Lauren Macalalad

3 min read

What's the SEO impact of emoji in meta descriptions?

For this edition of the #SPQuiz, we asked our Twitter followers what they expected to have happened when we replaced numbers with emoji in meta descriptions. The response was mixed: No answer gained an overall majority of votes, but the largest group thought that this change wouldn’t have a significant impact on organic traffic. Only one in four of our Twitter followers thought that this change would be negative.

Sam Nemzer

4 min read

Can confidence messaging make any difference for SEO?

E-A-T has been a big topic in SEO for the last few years. In this test, we wanted to test exactly how big an SEO (and conversion rate) impact adding some confidence messaging to a travel website would have.

Emily Potter

4 min read

Finding the SEO impact of page layout changes with an A/B test

This week, we asked our Twitter followers what they think happened to organic traffic when we moved a travel client’s flight search widget from the bottom of the hero image to the top. This is what our followers thought: 55% believed that there was no detectable impact, followed by 35% who thought this change had a positive impact… In this test though - moving the search widget from the bottom to the top of the hero image had a negative impact on organic rankings.

Emily Potter

3 min read

The real SEO impact of increasing internal linking: See the A/B test results

This week, we asked our Twitter followers what they thought happened to the organic traffic of higher level category pages when we ran an internal linking test on a grocery website where we added links to some lower level category pages. We shared that the lower level category pages saw an uplift in organic traffic. This was what our followers thought: Most believed there was no detectable impact on the higher level category pages….

Emily Potter

4 min read

FAQ Schema impact on SEO performance: A/B test results

FAQ schema is a form of structured markup that can get rich snippets in search results. It was released in 2019 and allows web pages to mark up FAQ content on their web pages so that it appears for users in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page). When implemented, it can transform your web page’s search result to look like this: Not only can these rich snippets readily provide informative content to users, they also created quite a buzz in the industry when SEOs discovered they could be used to take up more real estate on the SERP, pushing competitors further down the page.

Emily Potter

5 min read

Are tabs a problem for SEO? This test shows the effect of bringing content out of tabs

This case study is just one of many examples of when our test results have challenged what we heard from Google, in this case it was what happens when you bring content on page that was previously concealed behind tabs and accordions.

Emily Potter

3 min read

Is 'SEO text' on category pages a good idea for SEO? See what happens when we tested removing a chunk of text.

Across most verticals, websites commonly will have text below the fold that predominantly exists to target search engines, not users. We’ve all seen it and we all know hardly anybody reads it other than Googlebot.

We ran a test where we removed this text on a client’s site.

Emily Potter

3 min read
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