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Oppidan Education SEO Case Study

Oppidan Education, a mentoring program specialising in helping kids study for entrance exams for schools as well as university, came to us in April 2023 to help them recover from a poorly handled website migration.


The Results

Back in The Good Books 📚




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Increase in top 10 keyword rankings.

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Increase in keywords ranking in the top 100.

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Increase in search engine ranking page features.


When setting out to tackle Oppidan’s challenges, our strategy was clear 🔎

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Migration Recovery

We focussed on reverse engineering their initial migration actions from November 2022 to discover what SEO steps had not been followed.


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Keyword Analysis

We used our analytical tools and skills to identify what keyword rankings they had lost, and set out a plan on how to recover them with a targeted SEO strategy.


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Content Improvements

We also focussed on improving content to increase its quality & usefulness, and improve the number of ranking queries for their blog content.

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Recovering Lost Keywords

The biggest challenge we faced on this campaign was recovering Oppidan’s lost keywords following a poorly handled migration which left them with just ranking 32 keywords, from an original number of 170, and a fraction of their original organic traffic.

We worked through this with them in a staged and managed way – firstly identifying and explaining the issues, and then enacting the fixes ourselves. We first identified all lost keywords, which helped inform our picture of what happened as well as a content strategy designed to get them back.

We also identified which URLs hadn’t been correctly redirected, and carried out all required redirects and missed technical actions, a plan of action designed to get Oppidan out of the hole and back where they should be as quickly as possible.

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Living Within Our Means

As is often the case with SEO campaigns for smaller businesses, resource internally was relatively tight. At Oppidan, their team was a core of just four people with more than enough on their plates as it was. At StudioHawk, one of our key pillars is “Getting Things Done” so we helped things out by taking the initiative and implementing as much as we could ourselves.

A big aspect of this lack of resources came in the form of a lack of a team of web developers, so a lot of the technical SEO work – such as identifying and implementing missed redirects, restructuring the blog into more of a content hub, adding related post widgets, and adding comprehensive schema markup to the site, was navigated and implemented by our team.

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Finding Their Voice

Another big challenge that we tackled revolved around working with Oppidan in order to find their unique, authoritative brand voice whilst also maintaining search engine ranking potential.

We identified that, rather than ‘mentor’ the more searched for term was ‘tutors’ (for example, ‘Eton Entrance Exam Tutor’ was much more searched after than the word ‘Eton Entrance Exam Mentor’), however Oppidan wanted to use the term mentor as this was a big part of their USP; a mentor is far more than just a tutor, and we felt this was important to get across.

This did, however, mean we were unable to target the higher volume terms, which restricted the bigger traffic opportunity, but this didn’t hold us, or Oppidan, back. We focussed on bringing in traffic via keywords related to well-known institutions such as Eton, conducting competitor research, and briefing and enacting page improvements as well as supporting content.


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Meet the team behind the case study you’ve just read.


Sophie Gibson:

Sophie is the Technical SEO Director at StudioHawk. Her favourite place is knee-deep in data unravelling SEO problems in an audit or putting together a cracking report. When she’s not doing that, you can find her sharing her knowledge at conferences such as BrightonSEO.

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Lily Mason:

Born and raised in Bath, Lily pursued a degree in History and Archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2017 whilst working in the hospitality industry. As a former mixologist, she can make a mean espresso martini, even if she does say so herself.

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