Case Study

SaaS SEO Case Study – Cloud Desktop Company Increased Organic Traffic by 150% and MQLs by 120%

We helped a cloud company accelerate organic growth, optimize existing and create new profitable, SEO-optimized pages.

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Client Background

The client offers a wide range of cloud desktops, VDI, DaaS, and other digital workspace solutions for different industries and types of businesses. However, most of the keywords and pages didn't rank on Google.

 

The Challenge

Despite good brand awareness and branded traffic, the website didn't rank for non-branded keywords and didn't have a solid content marketing strategy.

 

The website lacked SEO-optimized solutions pages, and some pages were hidden in the website structure (orphan pages). They also didn't have pages for a large number of keyword groups and simply didn't rank on Google at all. Additionally, there were no ongoing link-building campaigns, which are required for ranking for highly competitive keywords.

Initial SEO Analysis

We started the SEO campaign by creating a list of existing solutions pages that need to be optimized.

We also identified 20 new commercial keyword groups and prioritized new page development. Additionally, we started working on 10 monthly SEO-optimized blog posts that are relevant to their prospects. We created a content calendar and collaborated with writers on the SEO guidelines.

Through this SEO analysis, we discovered a few potential issues and areas for improvement:

  1. Blog posts they created before working with Nine Peaks weren't optimized for SEO.
  2. No keyword analysis and mapping were ever done for the website.
  3. Their main keywords and pages didn't rank on the first page.
  4. There was no active link-building campaign.

Technical SEO Audit

Technical SEO audit identified 12 issues that needed to be resolved.

We prioritized them in order of importance with the quick wins first.

We met with the marketing and web development teams to review each action item and assign them to responsive team members.

Here are some of the things we addressed within 1-3 months:

  • Removed a large number of duplicate and paginated pages.
  • Deindexed tags and empty URLs that were creating hundreds of low-quality pages.
  • Added contextual internal links in every blog post.
  • Added site-wide footer links.
  • Restructured main menu

In parallel, we were working on the 2nd of the third important pillar of SEO…

Content Editorial: Planning and Revision

The new blog posts they were publishing before working with Nine Peaks were not attracting enough traffic to improve lead generation.

The topics and keywords selected were too narrow, and often no keyword and SEO research was done before writing.

We set a goal to reoptimize existing blog posts and write only on topics that can drive organic traffic to the site. We decided to increase the pace from 5 articles per month to 10 articles per month.

We completed content gap analysis and keyword research to identify keywords that have search volume and grouped them by intent and topic.

Because the site already had authority, we were able to start ranking on the first page for long-tail keywords first and continue to target keywords with much higher search volumes.

The process for writing SEO-optimized blog posts was as follows:

  1. Determine a primary keyword, search intent, and article angle.
  2. Prepare a detailed brief for each article, including an outline and ideas to make our article stand out.
  3. Write long-form posts and undergo multiple revisions to rank as high as possible after we go live.

We were able to start ranking on the first page of Google for very competitive keywords like cloud desktops, virtualization solutions, virtual machine hosting, VDI solutions and other keywords.

Link Building

Link building is our agency's specialty, and we have successfully planned and executed multiple link-building campaigns, including guest posts, non-reciprocal link exchange, competitor link building, link insertion, and broken link building. We created hundreds of backlinks from reputable, high-authority domains with organic traffic, which significantly improved domain authority and rating.

 

Link-building activities played a crucial role in the success of the campaign and helped us rank in the top position for highly competitive keywords and increase organic traffic and MQLs.

The Results

Results rarely happen by chance. As I always do at the start of a project, we had set goals on key metrics.

 

Start growing organic traffic and MQLs.

We were able to start growing organic traffic in 3 months. It took 6 months to significantly grow organic traffic and leads.

 

150% increase in organic traffic.

Twelve months later, the monthly traffic significantly increased compared to before the SEO campaign.

 

120% increase in MQLs (Marketing Qualified Leads).

The number of MQLs we generated from organic traffic significantly increased and almost tripled compared to before SEO.