Industry

Classified Ads

Introduction

Vivastreet is one of the world’s top ten sites in the online classified ads industry, operating in 16 territories. It offers users a simple and sociable shopping and selling experience through its extensive choice of adverts. Users can buy and sell a range of services and products to the general public, from transport and massage services to property and cars.
Vivstreet Website

The Problem

Vivastreet had historically enjoyed strong organic performance but saw a slowdown in growth over the course of several years, both in the UK and internationally. Due to the size and complexity of the international sites, we suspected that the cause was a combination of underlying technical SEO issues and changes to the wider search landscape.

Our Solution

To be certain that Google was crawling and indexing the Vivastreet sites correctly, we needed to ensure that they were technically sound through a comprehensive technical site audit that aimed to outline all areas for improvement.

As all the Vivastreet sites utilised the same template, a lot of the recommendations were universally applicable. However, we also recognised the need to perform secondary analysis on each individual property to be certain there were no leftover errors. The extended technical audit included:

  • XML sitemap diagnostics to make the site easier to crawl
  • Penalty analysis to determine whether the site was being held back by an algorithmic action or a penalty
  • Sub-domain migration analysis to highlight lingering issues from a website migration carried out prior to appointing us
  • A thorough review of over half a million URLs, categories, and filters
  • Detailed site structure analysis to identify redundant and duplicated URLs
  • A review of hreflang setup to ensure correct implementation for appropriate geographic/linguistic audience targeting
  • Structural analysis to make sure that the various properties remained untangled from each other

The Results

12%
Increase in organic visibility
18%
Increase in organic revenue YOY
155
Technical action points
We produced a comprehensive 180-page technical audit with over 155 action points to be implemented by Vivastreet’s web development team. We also provided a detailed report on site structure outlining areas for improvement across thin categories, vanity categories, user intent, and more.

Vivastreet Said:

“We benefited greatly from Custard Online Marketing’s inclusive follow-up consultations and ad-hoc technical consultancy throughout… We’d have no hesitation recommending them for complex projects like ours.”

Vivastreet Visibility Graph

Since commencing our partnership with Vivastreet, their Searchmetrics organic visibility score has increased by approximately 12%, even though they’ve only implemented a relatively small number of the most pressing recommendations so far.

With this increased visibility, organic users have also increased by 12% and organic revenue has increased by 18% YOY, comparing October 2018-May 2019 to October 2017-May 2018.

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