Alphagreen’s Traffic Up 552% (Huge Recovery from Dec-21 Google Update!)

550%

Traffic increase

15,000

Organic keywords

#1

CBD marketplace

550% increase in organic traffic for alphagreen.io CBD marketplace

About Alphagreen

The Alphagreen Group own Alphagreen, the UK and Europe’s leading CBD marketplace. The Alphagreen Group is a house of brands which also includes NUOPTIMA.

The NUOPTIMA team worked to recover the traffic lost from the December 2020 Google Update by completely revamping the site to ensure it was feedbacking positive behavioural ranking factors to Google.

Alphagreen is the leading CBD marketplace

Team

Alphagreen & NUOPTIMA Team

Viktor Khliupko

CTO

Viktor Bhartak

SEO Lead

Isobel O’Sullivan

Writer

Isabelle Day

Writer

Katie Lestner

Writer

Action Plan

After Google’s December 2020 update, Alphagreen saw a dramatic decrease in organic traffic. This was predominately due to Google prioritising Government / Education owned health authorities to appear for COVID-related keywords. Alphagreen managed to rank several COVID-related articles during the pandemic, which, when removed, caused a dramatic decrease. 

The goal for Alphagreen was to increase their organic traffic, which had CBD awareness. This is further in the funnel, focusing on brand, product, and category keywords. The advantage of tackling these keywords is their proximity to the transaction and revenue-generating events.

Technical SEO

There were several core changes NUOPTIMA made to Alphagreen’s backend. The first was a heavy focus on Core Web Vitals. Google announced they were increasing the relevancy of page speed and web vitals to their algorithm. So NUOPTIMA dedicated Magento Web Developers to focus on speeding up the entire website. 

To achieve this with a backend of Magento meant integrating a new front end, Hyva. This was a multi-month project which involved redesigning the entire website and optimising for page load. Alphagreen decreased its loading time from 10s+ to under 1s.

Results of Google Web Dev Performance report, showing 99/100 and all green scores. 

Additionally, all schema orgs were double-checked and updated to push as much information to Google SERP as possible to maximise real estate and click through rates. It was vital for Alphagreen to win as much traffic from competitor marketplaces as possible by presenting more compelling search results.

Example of multiple features being pushed to Google SERP 

1,600+

Referring domains

51

Domain rating

Alongside the Alphagreen team, we continue to build backlinks, resulting in over 1,600 unique referring domains pointing back to the CBD marketplace. 

Huge growth to 1,600+ unique domains linking back to Alphagreen as an authoritative site 

We were also able to focus anchor keywords and backlink placements to specific category pages where we felt there was an SEO opportunity that aligned with business goals. In turn, the anchors for CBD keywords increased during our work.

Content Writing

30,000+

Monthly words written

15,000+

Organic keywords

NUOPTIMA completely reworked Alphagreen’s blog section by moving it onto a WordPress site to improve page load and maximise SEO control. We specifically began introducing key on-site features to improve behavioural engagement factors. 

A sticky contents bar was the most obvious change to pages, including a host of other features.

Example of an Alphagreen blog layout 

It’s no surprise that during this time, we saw 5,000 to 15,000 organic keywords, including completely owning the “CBD lubricant” keyword within Google SERP. 

Increase of organic keywords to 15,000
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Alphagreen’s Traffic Up 552% (Huge Recovery from Dec-21 Google Update!)

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