The SlovakStudy business is here to assist future students in choosing a promising profession and preparing the necessary documents for university application. Our client takes full responsibility for guiding the student, including negotiating with the selected university, facilitating dormitory reservations, and providing other services to ensure successful entry to universities in Slovakia. With years of experience, SlovakStudy has gained extensive expertise in organizing university entries in the most convenient way possible. If any issues arise, we strive to promptly resolve any problems related to the entry process for future students.
Education abroad. Educational tourism
Region of promotion
To bring to the TOP-1 priority keywords: “обучение в Словакии” (“education in Slovakia”), “учеба в Словакии” (“study in Slovakia”), etc
Search engine optimization
To promote this project within the company, a team was formed comprising the following members:
We comprehensively analyzed the business website from the technical and content sides to develop an effective promotion strategy.
As a result, we identified the following main areas:
As David Sarnoff once said, competition brings out the best in products. In any project, our goal is to outperform our competitors.
We identified three main competitors:
By analyzing their metrics, studying their strategies, and reviewing their backlink profiles, page structures, and on-page content, we identified areas for improvement for our client’s website and developed a promotion strategy.
It is important to understand that our client’s services market is actively growing. Therefore, we conducted multiple subsequent competitor analyses and consistently discovered new opportunities to enhance the website.
Next, we proceeded with a comprehensive audit. The client already had a website with low traffic. However, this traffic was insufficient to generate the desired number of leads.
An SEO audit involves a detailed website examination for any technical errors hindering its visibility in search engines.
Based on the audit, we developed a technical task with a detailed description of the necessary improvements to be made on the website. Here are some examples:
Let’s consider the example of a blog article. The breadcrumb navigation for the blog article pages appeared as follows:
However, for proper functionality, we recommended configuring it as follows:
4. We identified a problem with the website’s slow loading speed on desktop and mobile devices.
We tested this metric for different types of pages:
The proposed edits on the verification page needed to be implemented, along with measures to improve the website loading speed.
5. Another important issue was setting up the correct and complete generation of “title,” “description,” and “h1” tags for university pages and articles. We developed tag-filling templates for the website, which resolved this problem.
6. Another significant step was addressing the issue with reCaptcha.
The homepage displayed an error, preventing potential clients from submitting the form and accessing the service.
We also identified several secondary and tertiary priority issues for fixes, but we won’t delve into them in such detail.
It was necessary to gather the semantic list to proceed with our work.
We evaluated key queries based on the client’s priorities, competitiveness, and traffic potential.
Only by gathering the semantics were we able to create a comprehensive website structure and identify which pages were missing for significant growth in search rankings. Our priorities included the clusters of the homepage, the pages of the universities with which the client cooperates, and the entry page.
During one of our SEO campaigns, there was a drop in rankings for Ukrainian keywords. Upon analyzing the website, we discovered that the Ukrainian version had fallen out of the index, resulting in position and traffic declines. We promptly developed the following strategy:
We regularly monitor keyword positions, and if necessary, we adjust our approach to ensure maximum results.
We have thought through the structure and requirements for all pages to eliminate empty and uninformative pages. We noticed a non-hierarchical structure of H2 and H3 tags on many pages, which had to be corrected. We prepared the terms of reference (ToR) for copywriters to improve, systematize, or create new texts for the pages.
When creating ToR, we considered the top search results and conducted an analysis to ensure the inclusion of relevant keywords in future texts for better visibility in search engine rankings.
Additionally, we provided recommendations for creating blocks lacking on the pages and examples of implementation used by competitors. For instance, we suggested displaying a block with other blog articles that would be interesting to the user.
Here is an example of how competitors approached it:
Or like this
This approach made it possible to fill the site with useful information for the user and, in turn, pages with such on-page content began to rank well in search results.
At this stage of work, we reviewed the performance of our competitors and developed a plan for purchasing links for the fastest and most profitable promotion.
After the client approved our link plan, we began selecting appropriate high-quality platforms for placement. To do this, we compiled a database of links from our competitors and filtered out sites with low traffic and indicators. We then organized communication efforts with these websites, successfully reaching out to some via email while others had to be sought out on exchanges.
Once the anchor plan was developed, we ordered the writing of article texts for link placement and proceeded with the placement process.
For a website to grow organically and not fall under Google’s filters, it is not enough to buy only do-follow links on trusted sites. You need to expand your profile with links from crowd-sourced platforms (forums, discussions, comments on resources relevant to education).
This approach positively affects the ranking of website pages in search results and increases traffic. Moreover, it helps us attract many new users to the website who have read the recommendations and followed the links.
Alongside the refinement of the service pages, we boosted our blog. One unique aspect of this project was connecting student life with various aspects of social life in Slovakia. By selecting relevant topics, we noticed that articles about notable landmarks or popular sports in the country generated significant traffic to our website and contributed to brand recognition. These articles were intended to motivate website users to convert and take action.
When we create a ToR for a copywriter, we always give examples of competitors, specify keywords and LSI, and write down the recommended structure and meta tags for developers. This way, we get the most optimized page that converts readers into potential customers.
We managed to implement our strategy quickly, and in April, organic traffic increased 4 times. In the graph below, you can see a comparison of traffic for December and April.
In 5 months, we managed to bring two important, highly competitive keywords that were a priority for the client to the TOP-1, 17 more to the TOP-3, and 8 more to the TOP-5.
We have achieved good results for the main page keywords, and the keywords are gradually rising in the search results.
But we are not going to stop at these indicators. We regularly analyze the performance of our website pages and monitor our competitors to understand what other growth points we can find.
Our team is delighted to work on this project because the client aims to benefit as many students as possible. We have successfully resolved technical issues, expanded the structure, and achieved high rankings for numerous search queries, significantly increasing targeted traffic. This is a result of a fruitful and coordinated collaboration between SlovakStudy and the Luxeo team.