Thriving during COVID during through organic traffic growth

Our client, Kall8, is a software company that provides businesses with 1-800 numbers, allowing them to better track their return on ad spend.

They were concerned with their sliding performance in organic search and how to fix it. In addition, there was hesitation to spend money on marketing or commit to anything long term without seeing short-term results. Profits had suffered as a result of the decline and their budget was tight – they needed to see signs of improvement quickly.

In this case study, you’ll see exactly how Linkflow helped Kall8 get out of their recent dip, and above previous highs… all within 6 months!

Organic Traffic

56%

Increase

Profits From Organic Search

77%

Increase

Primary Search Term

5

Top 5 rankings in < 3 months

Campaign Length

2

Years

Background

From 2017 to 2018 business was going well: website traffic, revenues and profits were growing steadily month over month. The company had launched two business divisions, each achieving success in their markets, and the company was gaining market share in a competitive space.

In early 2019 – without any warning – organic website traffic, which accounts for a significant portion of their new revenue, started to decline.

From January through October 2019, this slow and steady decrease persisted. By November 2019 organic traffic had dipped dangerously low, materially impacting their profitability and prompting them to seek a solution.

Our Analysis

During our in-depth review of their organic traffic situation, we identified four key areas in which we could show measurable improvement by months 2-3, and dramatic impact by months 4-6.
  • Low quantity of backlinks compared to competitors
  • Low quality (domain authority) of links compared to competitors
  • Insufficient content on site
  • Poor keyword optimization
Linkflow created a detailed roadmap showing exactly what actions we would take, what they could expect by month three, and what they could expect by month six.

Link Building Strategy

Link building typically takes 2-3 months to have a notable impact, so we needed to start immediately in order to see results quickly.

We built 10 links per month from high Domain Authority publications (DA 70 and higher) with significant traffic in business and tech verticals, where we could create meaningful impact in the shortest time frame possible.

Our strategy focused on directing those links to the pages where we saw the highest potential for rankings (and traffic) improvement.

The Results

By the end of December – just one month into the campaign – search impressions, which had been dropping for 10 consecutive months, started to increase. Search impressions are the total number of times a website appears on someone’s screen in search results. It is generally a leading indicator of improvement in organic traffic and revenues, so it’s one of the first things we look for to see signs that our links are having an impact.

By early 2020, what began as a slow turnaround in search impressions had snowballed into a dramatic increase – Kall8’s search impressions not only regained ground they lost in the dip, but reached new all-time highs.

In addition, the number of keywords ranked in the top 100, a measure of a website’s ability to capture “long tail searches, also began to show signs of improvement.

The increase was slow at first, but started to ramp up dramatically as the November and December links took effect in January and February.

The dramatic improvement in these two metrics indicated that our links were clearly driving growth. As a result, the company was becoming far more visible on Google for a range of searches related to their value proposition.

While higher keyword rankings and search impressions are a great sign, they are merely the foundation for what comes next: an increase in traffic and revenues from organic search.

By early January 2020 we started to see signs of organic search revenue starting to tick up, ending a downward slide that had lasted nearly a year.

By April 2020, six months into the campaign, they had not only rebounded, but regained all ground lost over the prior 12 months.

With our link building, Kall8 didn’t just restore profits lost in the dip – they saw the highest traffic and profits from organic search since they opened for business.

We're delighted with the results from working with Linkflow, it's been a huge bright spot for our business. It's a no-brainer to keep working with them. I can't recommend Linkflow enough!
-Megan A, VP of Marketing

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