How We Grew This SaaS Company’s Organic Traffic By 36% Month Over Month Using The Skyscraper Technique

700+ Organic Keywords

From ranking for 49 keywords when it was published, this page is now a top traffic source and ranks for over 700 keywords.

Readers Found The Content Helpful

The client has been getting feedback from readers who informed him that they found the content valuable and helpful.

36% Organic Traffic Increase

Using the skyscraper technique, we helped a SaaS client grow its organic traffic by 36% month over month.

Top Traffic Source For The Client

The page consistently ranks on the first page of Google month over month bringing in high-quality traffic.

Ranks #4 In The United States

At a point, it was occupying the featured snippet spot for its keyword. Right now, it ranks #4 in the United States.

Content Upgrade Converts at 20%

We developed a content upgrade for this page to get user signups and it converts at 20%

About The Client

The company is a bootstrapped SaaS business operating in the B2B and B2C space. They help companies and business owners to create and document their procedures, processes, and tasks, all in one place.

Most of their customers are business owners and managers who want to systematize their business process, onboard their new employees more efficiently, and create a knowledge base for their clients and customers.

It operates majorly in the project management space and has lots of direct and indirect competitors such as Bizmanualz, Trello, Clickup, Trainual, and so on.

The Skyscraper Technique: What it Entails

The skyscraper technique is a strategy created and formulated by Brian Dean, Founder of Backlinko, and it basically involves the following steps:

  • Choose a keyword that you want to rank for
  • Figure out what other websites on the SERPs currently ranking for that keyword are doing right
  • Use what you found as a benchmark to create your own post
  • Make sure that the post you create is better in all ramifications (Make it the best piece on the planet for that keyword)
  • Optimize for user and search intent
  • And so many more.

Please note that the original version of the skyscraper technique has been updated to a new version. That said, I’ve made sure to include all the steps in the two versions here.

Challenges Faced By The Client Before Working With Us

Before hiring us to work on this project, the client already engaged someone else. But due to the nature of the keyword and the ranking pages in SERPs, it was difficult to find a content angle to choose and work with.

According to him:

We want to be the best in-depth article for that keyword. Essentially make ours 1000% much better than what’s already ranking on the SERPs. Hence we want to create a definitive guide for that keyword and use a relevant design structure for the content.

Not only that, he wanted a piece of content that paint the pains of someone searching for the keyword, agitate them, and then promise the solution.

In his words:

Put yourself in the mind of the person who types the keyword into Google. I want the content to satisfy the search intent. So, 90% of the content should be focused on the keyword, the how, the why, examples and use-cases.

With these in mind, we went to the drawing board and map out our own unique strategy for the piece.

How We Executed the Skyscraper Technique (And Got Results Using Our Unique Strategy)

To help our clients achieve the results they envisaged for this project, we implemented a unique strategy and twist to the skyscraper technique.

Here’s exactly what we did:

Step 1: Analysis of the Top-performing Content on the SERPs

For this specific project, the client provided us with the keyword they wanted to rank for. So, we worked with that as requested.

The first thing we did was to perform an analysis of the high ranking pages in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs), to have a firm understanding of the search intent and what the current ranking pages are currently doing.

This analysis helped us figure out exactly:

  • What the search intent is
  • The kind of content people are reading as regards this keyword
  • What the current ranking pages are doing well
  • Where the current ranking pages are lagging behind
  • How we can solve our audience’s problems better
  • And so many more.

Step 2: Writing a SERP-based Content Outline

Once we’ve done an analysis of the SERPs, the next step we followed was to write a SERP-based outline. This is to ensure that we’re on the same page with the client regarding the article.

Not only that, it guides us in the content creation process. That way, we do not miss any important information in the article.

We prefer creating a SERP-based outline because it’s based on science and research, and not guesswork. 

Here is why…

If a page is ranking high on Google for a particular keyword, it means that they’re actually doing something right. So, creating a SERP-based outline puts us in a position to achieve similar or better results.

Step 3: Creating Unique Content that’s 10X Better and Valuable

Search for any keyword on Google, and there’s a high possibility that most of them are actually saying the same thing, and you’ll find it hard to figure out a distinguishing factor.

That said if you want to outrank most of these pages, then you should do something entirely different.

This is exactly why we focused on creating content that’s 10X better and valuable. By doing so, we’re able to provide immense value to our readers who will stay longer on the page, and send the right signals to Google that our content is actually helpful.

Some of the things we did in this case include:

  • Providing more actionable information to the user
  • Include images and screenshots where necessary
  • Embed relevant videos where it makes sense
  • Add presentation slides
  • And so on

Step 4: On-page SEO and Search Intent Optimization

After creating a piece of content that we believed was the best on the topic, the next thing we did was to optimize for the search engines. Without proper SEO optimization, it’ll be difficult for the page to rank high on Google.

Some of the on-page SEO techniques we used include:

  • Using the right heading tag (H1 - H6, as the case may be)
  • Making sure that the primary keyword appears in the right places
  • Ensuring that the article is user friendly
  • Creating a catchy and optimized title tag and meta description
  • And so on

Aside from the on-page SEO optimization, we also spent some time to optimize the page for search intent. That way, we’re creating content that the readers actually need and Google will eventually rank.

Step 5: Developing a Content Upgrade to Get Leads & User Signups

As a SaaS business, the things that matter to you are the leads, user signups, and customers that you get from each piece of content you publish. Else, investing in content marketing will just be a waste of time and resources.

This is exactly the strategy that we used for this client. 

To make that happen, we developed a content upgrade, which is related to the article and will be of immense and additional value to the reader.

Think of the next logical step for the reader after consuming your article; that’s exactly what we developed.

Once we’ve taken care of these, the client was responsible for designing, formatting, and publishing the article on their website.

The Results: How Has This Page Fared Since The Client Published It

The page was originally published somewhere around June 2019 and has grown in leaps and bounds since then.

I’ll be using SEMrush to show you some of the results for this page after the client published it.

Organic Keywords Trend

skyscraper technique case study result

As you can see, the organic keywords have been growing since it’s been published.

Summary:

The page grew from ranking for about 49 keywords during the first month it was published, it now ranks for more than 700 keywords on Google.

Traffic Statistics

results from skyscraper technique case study

As you can see, from the US alone:

  • It’s currently ranking for 747 organic keywords
  • Bringing in an estimated 1800 visitors per month
  • The current traffic cost is around $6,100 if it were to be paid for via Google Ads.
  • The traffic spiked in April 2020 and was bringing in about 5,263 organic traffic to the blog.

Summary:

The page grew from just bringing in organic traffic of 11 during the first month it was published and currently brings in on average 1000 organic traffic consistently every month.

Keywords It’s Ranking For

organic keywords a skycraper technique page is ranking for

Summary:

It’s ranking for some high-intent keywords that are relevant to the client’s business.

What The Client Says About The Results From This Project

When we reached out to the client to share their experience of working with us on this project and the results they’ve gotten so far, here’s what they have to say about it:


While I’m not able to share specifics, that article you wrote for us using the skyscraper technique is a top traffic source for our website. The content upgrade currently has a 20% conversion rate. It currently ranks #4 in the United States (US) right now, and many of our customers and audience who’ve read it reach out to us from time to that they found the piece helpful and valuable.

TL;DR:

  • The page is a top traffic source
  • The content upgrade has a 20% conversion rate
  • It currently ranks #4 in the United States
  • Readers found the piece valuable and helpful

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