When the business model demands that cost per acquisition has to be kept low to remain profitable, organic traffic is the best possible solution.
Trip Avenue is an online travel company that works on affiliate business model. The company provides online travel services including hotel booking and international holiday packages. While this is a profitable business, the variety and breadth of high-volume keywords are somewhat slim. When their SEO agency analyzed the website for best performing keywords, the chosen keywords were too broad and did not provide any value to the client. The agency also discovered that the majority of pages on the site had thin, underdeveloped content.
“Never lose sight of the fact that all SEO ranking signals revolve around content of some kind.” — Duane Forrester
90% of Trip Avenue‘s pages are product pages. While the rest of the content in the product pages remained same, only the tour description in the page made a difference. Keyword cannibalization happens when you’re “cannibalizing” your own pages - all the pages look semanticaly similar to the search engines.
The product descriptions in Trip Avenue were too thin with just 2-3 sentences. Multiple pages with 95% similar content meant the page is probably stretched thin, and it also signals Google that those pages are less worthy.
Sadly, these keyword cannibalization has some potentially disastrous consequences for the SEO.
Many people suffering from keyword cannibalization aren’t even aware that anything’s wrong. The practical consequences are clear, however: lost site traffic, queries leading to the wrong page, fluctuating SERP rankings, and ultimately lost traffic.
“I have done zero SEO on my websites and online platforms, but I still rank well on them because of the fact that I focused on content, providing value.”
Adzis was able to solve the problem by adding more content that actually differentiate pages. We made sure that the generated content was
Content density improved four-fold. Semantic similarity between pages increased and thus regaining the SEO benefit of each of the pages.