Big projects and daunting technical SEO issues drive us at Momentic. With our advanced technical SEO capabilities, we've helped to turn around the fortunes of numerous websites, and this case study explores one of those.
The business' main goal was to increase and maintain active users through web content (articles, videos, podcasts, and lessons).
As with most technical SEO projects, results began quickly. Here are some key SEO results 12 months after implementation began:
The audit revealed link types that were not crawlable, a critical sitewide issue. The elements that looked like links were not implemented as an <a href> element. They needed to be. Google wasn't getting the full picture on the structure of the website. There were also bad links in navigable content and blog content that referenced legacy URLs and misconfiguration. These included URL references missing trailing slashes, https://, and old URL locations. The fix involved updating all <a href> links to their final redirect destination and updating the internal process to always include a specific URL structure to keep things consistent.
The website needed to utilize canonical tags on every URL to explicitly tell Google what version of content should be indexed. This was especially true because of how the JS app would serve a 200 and render all URL variations of content. But, if this was implemented in isolation, then XML sitemaps would contain canonicalized URLs. So, we recommended that only canonical URLs should exist in the XML sitemaps. The website also needed extensive hreflang implementation between alternate language versions of URLs and accurate Lang meta tags on every page to support 30+ languages.
All URLs on the website were missing h1 tags, and it didn't use any heading stucture; just <p> and <span> content stylized with CSS. The website needed better upstream internal linking and navigation, so we recommended implementing clickable breadcrumbs and corresponding schema.org markup sitewide. For video and podcast pages, the audit suggested making these real web pages (when navigating) instead of light-boxes, adding breadcrumb navigation, and putting the full transcript of each video or podcast on the page for a better browsing experience.
The audit also revealed several large scale opportunities for the website, including
The SEO audit and roadmap as a sustainable initiative for the website. The internal team was able to implement the recommendations and see a significant increase in traffic within six weeks.
Technical SEO isn't always the best lever to pull for SEO, but Momentic knows when that lever needs to be pulled. Momentic can help turn your SEO challenges into triumphs.