Peak Ace is an award-winning, Berlin-based performance marketing agency with over 100 staff serving more than 20 languages.
Peak Ace service a comparison portal in Germany, that had the aim of improving organic rankings and traffic for their local landing pages from informational queries.
The Bottom Line
DeepCrawl assisted Peak Ace in achieving the following results from organic search:
180% YoY growth in organic sessions
196% YoY growth in users from organic search
206% YoY increase in new users from organic search
Peak Ace’s client, a German comparison portal, challenged them to improve their positioning with regards to relevant and generic informational search queries and to strengthen their local landing pages.
DeepCrawl was the first port of call for Peak Ace’s Head of SEO, Andor Palau, and a discovery crawl revealed the extent of their client’s issues.
The first crawl of the domain showed the following Pages Breakdown:
DeepCrawl’s Pages Breakdown showed that 45% of pages were duplicates, 30% weren’t eligible to be indexed by search engines and only 25% were primary pages. This overview alone made it clear that the website had problems which needed to be investigated and corrected.
Additionally, DeepCrawl identified 31 issues that Peak Ace could analyze, form a solution for and then eliminate step-by-step. These issues included orphaned Search Console pages, thin pages, and pages without a valid canonical tag.
A clear summary is always helpful during an initial audit, as it aids the recognition and of existing problems – both numerically and qualitatively.
Over the course of a year, Peak Ace tackled a vast variety of different SEO problems highlighted by DeepCrawl to improve the site’s technical health and performance in organic search. Andor and team were successful in:
- Deindexing pages that were not fit for search engines in the short-term.
- Reducing the number of orphaned pages; either consolidating them with other pages or upgrading and re-integrating them meaningfully.
- Optimizing or removing thin pages by improving the quality of entire landing pages.
- Partially consolidating duplicate pages in combination with the de-indexing of necessary but not search-relevant URLs.
- Improving internal linking through re-prioritization and optimization of the main navigation’s anchor text and breadcrumbs.
- Optimizing metadata and streamlining editorial content.
Being able to utilize DeepCrawl to generate such clear analysis is invaluable because potential underlying problems are quickly made recognizable.
After 12 months, and thanks to the constant use of scheduled DeepCrawl reports, Andor and the Peak Ace team were able to solve many of the original problems from the Issues Overview and also managed to reduce the total number of pages by 25%.
As a result, the comparison site’s organic pageviews increased by more than 100%.
Looking at the site’s number of users from organic search on a year-on-year basis, this metric has grown by 180% (comparing September 2018 to September 2017).
After 12 months of fixing the many initial SEO relevant problems and focusing the domain towards the most important clusters, Peak Ace is now working on expanding the domain as part of the second phase of optimization initiatives.
Beside other things, Peak Ace is planning to further reduce unnecessary URLs to improve URL management, improve the internal linking prioritization, make desktop and mobile experiences consistent and reduce the mobile content mismatch.
DeepCrawl will continue to be a core tool utilized by Andor and the Peak Ace team for monitoring and validation purposes.
Here at Peak Ace, we use DeepCrawl on a daily basis and it has been our go-to software for years now. Personally speaking, DeepCrawl has helped me so often when auditing websites – it is definitely one tool I wouldn’t want to be without.
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