Optimized content is key to guaranteeing SEO performance for dm drogerie markt in Austria’s online presence as well as generating sustainable traffic to the site. Although content optimizations have been carried out in the past, the length of the texts on the meindm.at online store was limited to a maximum number of characters, meaning the full potential of category pages, which compete directly with other category pages, could not be leveraged.
dm drogerie markt in Austria joined forces with digital marketing agency SlopeLift to take on this challenge. Together, they carried out a site relaunch, which included a new CMS based on the structure of the dm.de online store. When the new CMS went live in September 2020, it completely transformed the structure of the original meindm.at store, which was then moved to the new domain dm.at—a project that uncovered both new opportunities and challenges.
So, the primary aim was to retain existing rankings while building on store categories that are potential sources of competition, ultimately driving traffic to the site and maintaining it.
SlopeLift, one of Searchmetrics’ long-standing partners, took the data and insights from analyses conducted using Searchmetrics Content Experience to create SEO texts for dm.at that would give them a long-term competitive edge.
Content experts at SlopeLift analyzed the existing texts with a view to unlocking any potential in the existing texts.
Using this approach, non-ranking or low-ranking category pages were filled with new, optimized content with word counts and selected keywords that make the site more competitive, thus boosting the rankings for many of the online store’s categories and increasing traffic to the site.
Before the site was relaunched and the relevant content optimized, the meindm.at domain was unable to secure a ranking for the category page for nail polish remover, because the CMS character limit did not allow for a detailed SEO text.
After the launch, the new category on dm.at achieved a top 3 ranking thanks to the optimized SEO text:
The Searchmetrics Content Experience was used to optimize the content on “Concealer” products for the launch. As a result, the site now consistently achieves a number one ranking for “Concealer”:
The former meindm.at site already had top rankings for the keyword “Suntan oil”. By creating a special category and optimizing the content with the help of the Searchmetrics Content Experience, dm drogerie markt in Austria was able to consistently achieve a first-place ranking.
The old category was redirected to the special new category.
In addition to content optimization and creating special category pages, Slopelift’s experts also carried out general comparisons with competitors using the Research feature in Content Experience, allowing for the respective competitor rankings to be identified for various categories. This enabled quick and easy comparisons to be made between dm drogerie markt’s performance and that of their competitors without the need for lengthy analyses. It showed areas where the competition was ranking but that dm.at had not exploited at all, and thus unearthing optimization potential.
With the help of the user-friendly workflow in Searchmetrics Content Experience, the SlopeLift Content Team, which comprised two content marketing managers and an editor, were guided through the individual content creation steps from idea to final content.
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The analyses and research conducted using the Searchmetrics Content Experience helped the SlopeLift experts identify new SEO potential and create user-centric content for category pages based on the competitor comparisons, word count, and keyword choice.
Despite the switchover to a new CMS as part of the relaunch, this approach helped the site maintain existing page 1 rankings – 27.5% of total rankings. In addition, 20 entirely new landing pages were created using the Searchmetrics Content Experience to capture the resulting market potential.
Six months after the website was relaunched, 71% of the total rankings in the “Make-up” category were in the top 10, with 21% making the top 3.
Six months after the website was relaunched, 14% of the “Hygiene and Perfume” category pages were making the top 3 rankings; 43% of total rankings in this category were page 1 rankings:
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