How We Grew This SaaS Company’s Organic Traffic By 36% Month Over Month Using The Skyscraper Technique
Some Quick Highlights:
Readers Found The Content Helpful
The client has been getting feedback from readers who informed him that they found the content valuable and helpful.
840+ Organic Keywords
From ranking for 49 keywords when it was published, this page is now a top traffic source and ranks for over 840 keywords.
Top Traffic Source For The Client
The page consistently ranks on the first page of Google month over month bringing in high-quality traffic.
36% Organic Traffic Increase
Using the skyscraper technique, we helped a SaaS client grow its organic traffic by 36% month over month.
Content Upgrade Converts at 20%
We developed a content upgrade for this page to drive user signups and it converts at 20%
Ranks #4 In The United States For Its Main Keyword
At a point, it was occupying the featured snippet spot for its keyword. Right now, it ranks #4 in the United States.
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
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 mapped out our own unique strategy for the piece.
How We Approached the Skyscraper Technique (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:
For this specific project, the client provided us with the keyword they wanted us 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:
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.
Search for any keyword on Google, and there’s a high possibility that most of them are actually doing 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:
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:
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.
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 publishing it.
Organic Keywords Trend:
As you can see, the organic keywords have been growing since it’s been published.
From ranking for about 49 keywords during the first month it was published, it now ranks for more than 840 keywords on Google.
As you can see, from the US alone:
From just bringing in organic traffic of 11 during the first month it was published, it currently generates an average of 1000 organic traffic consistently every month.
Keywords It’s Ranking For
It’s ranking for some high-intent keywords that are relevant to the client’s business.
Feedback From the Client About The Results From This Project
“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”
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