An SEO campaign is a coordinated effort to achieve a goal, like improving your website’s rankings in Google or other search engines. Campaigns commonly involve keyword research, content optimization, and link building.
Learn how to create one in three simple steps.
If your goal is to build more backlinks, the process can be complex so I recommend reading our link building guide.
If your goal is to rank higher and get more organic traffic, you’ll likely have to audit your target page(s) to understand what you can fix to achieve your goal.
Beyond that, the most common issues are:
You can only get search traffic if you’re targeting a topic people are searching for.
So, if you’ve not been doing keyword research to find topics to target, it’s time to start. Install our SEO toolbar and search for your topic in Google.
Our toolbar will show you if the top-ranking pages are getting search traffic.
In our case, we were already targeting a keyword, “blogging tips.” It had 1,000 monthly searches and a traffic potential of 800.
So, this wasn’t the main issue.
Backlinks are an important Google ranking factor. If the pages outranking you have way more backlinks than you, it could be a reason why you’re not ranking.
To check this, enter your target keyword into Keywords Explorer and scroll down to SERP Overview. Then, look at the Domains column to see if you’re in the same ballpark as the other top-ranking pages.
If you have around the same number of referring domains, it’s a good thing. Otherwise, links could be the issue behind why you’re not ranking as high.
For our example, backlinks weren’t a problem. We had more backlinks from more unique websites than the other top-ranking pages. These backlinks were coming from legitimate domains, too:
If backlinks are an issue for your page, then you’d have to focus on building more backlinks. Check out the resources below to learn how to get more links to your target page.
If you’re targeting a keyword with traffic potential, have enough backlinks, and still don’t rank high, it’s likely your content is missing something.
There are three areas to focus on:
Search intent is the why behind a search. If your content isn’t matching why people are searching, Google won’t rank it high.
That’s why we never ranked for the keyword ‘backlink checker’ in the early days. We created a landing page when searchers were looking for a free tool:
We jumped to #1 when we changed it to a free backlink checking tool instead.
To check search intent, Google your target keyword and see what pages are ranking. For example, people searching for ‘blogging tips’ are beginners looking for a list of tips:
In our case, we’re matching search intent, so it’s probably not the main issue.
If your content is not aligned with search intent, you’ll likely have to rewrite and republish your page.
Even if your content generally aligns with search intent, you may not be giving searchers everything they want. There may be subtopics they expect to see in your content.
For example, the top-ranking pages for ‘mens sneakers’ include a size filter:
This is because searchers will inevitably want to filter for shoes that fit.
Here’s one way to find subtopics you should include in your content:
- Go to Keywords Explorer
- Enter your target keyword
- Go to Related terms
- Toggle Also talk about
This report shows you which other keywords and phrases the top-ranking pages for your target keyword frequently mention.
A quick eyeball of this report already tells me that we’re missing some important subtopics in our content:
- Social media
- Content strategy
A featured snippet is a full or partial answer to a query directly on the SERPs.
If you can win the snippet, you can jump ahead of other websites.
However, to win the snippet, two things need to be true:
- Your target keyword shows a featured snippet
- Your page is already ranking in the top 10
You can check this easily in Keywords Explorer. For our example, a featured snippet exists and we rank in the top 10 positions.
So, there’s a chance we could grab the snippet by carefully analyzing what Google is looking for and reworking parts of our content.
You’ve now audited your page and have an idea of what to do next. And the next step is none other than to execute on what you’ve decided on.
If your page is completely misaligned with search intent or isn’t about a topic with search traffic potential, then you’ll need to go back to the drawing board and rewrite.
Fortunately for us, this wasn’t the case. Our audit suggested we could reach #1 by reworking some parts of our content. In fact, there were two potential actions we could take:
- Fill the missing content gaps
- Format the post better to win the featured snippet
Since the latter was the easier way to achieve our goal, we decided to do that first. Comparatively, the featured snippet was a list of tips with clear subheadings, whereas ours was on the vague side.
We used ChatGPT to simplify the headings with this prompt:
I’ll give you our blog content and I want you to rephrase the main tips which are heading tags so it’s clear, direct, and easy to understand at a glance.
We then updated the post and asked Google to recrawl the page on Google Search Console. A few hours later, we saw a jump in our mobile rankings, landing right behind the People Also Ask (PAA) boxes.
However, our desktop rankings didn’t budge, so we assumed the result was temporary. We then decided to update our post.
We did this by downloading the list of keywords from the Also talk about report in Keywords Explorer, pasting it (alongside the content) into ChatGPT, and prompting it to tell us which keywords, entities, or subtopics we’ve missed.
We then refreshed our content with these new tips.
The next day, we captured the featured snippet in New York. Five days later, we had the snippet in all 50 U.S states.
Today, even after the campaign ended, we’re still ranking #1 in the U.S. for “blogging tips”:
We’ve actually documented our journey trying to boost our blogging tips blog post to the #1 position. I highly recommend watching it here:
Whether your campaign succeeds or fails, you can learn from it.
- If it’s a success, consider whether you can do the same with other pages.
- If it’s a failure, dig deeper and understand why. You’ll also want to look for other opportunities that might help you achieve your goal.
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