Microsite Migration SEO Case Study

Higher Education Marketing

Tulane School of Professional Advancement, a private continuing education school in New Orleans geared toward adult learners, boasts a reputation for flexible and accessible online programs for working professionals and current degree holders.

Goal

Increase Web Traffic via Microsite & Blog Migration

Result

90%
Increase in total organic traffic

456%
Increase in organic blog entrances

890%
Increase in organic blog traffic

Graph for Tulane School of Professional Advancement Success Story - Search Influence
Graph for Tulane School of Professional Advancement Success Story - Search Influence

Goal & Situation:

Tulane School of Professional Advancement hosted information about its Information Technology and Cybersecurity degrees on a microsite apart from its main website, as directed by the client’s former Online Program Management (OPM) partner.

The client expressed these concerns about the microsite being separate from the main site:

  • Look and feel (user experience) was inconsistent across the two properties
  • The OPM did not allow the client to apply edits to the microsite, adding another layer of complication that made it difficult to capitalize on the IT undergrad program
  • It was difficult to analyze data and performance holistically
  • The former OPM partner owned Tulane SoPA’s microsite, which meant that a vendor change would prompt the loss of any SEO authority gained from the microsite

Our SEO knowledge primed us to recognize a separate set of challenges:

  • Hosting these two programs on separate websites was a lose-lose. The web presence for the two affected programs could not benefit from the depth of other education content on the main website, and the main website lacked depth of content on these programs and their offerings.
  • Both sites were at risk for being flagged for duplicate content. Important information about tuition, the admissions process, and financial aid were present on each website and crawlable by search engines. Neither site was bound to rank well organically for IT or cybersecurity keywords or truly nurture prospects interested in these programs to apply.

Examples of Search Influence webpages for Tulane School of Professional Advancement Success Story - Search Influence
Examples of Search Influence webpages for Tulane School of Professional Advancement Success Story - Search Influence

Search Influence’s Approach:

We migrated the microsite pages with an SEO-first approach into Tulane SoPA’s main site, sunsetting the microsite completely at the end of October 2019.

SoPA’s website and blog:

  • Gained additional depth to its existing content through front & back end content optimization and expansion
  • Maintained the search engine value of the microsite with a proper technical transition
  • Further established itself as a lead driver through conversion optimization and additional inquiry forms

Result:

This drove a drastic increase in organic blog traffic. One year after the migration, the growth rate continues to increase each month. More and more prospective students are entering the website through degree-related blog posts they found via search engines.

Comparing August-October 2020 to August-October 2019 (the 3 months prior to the migration):

  • 890% increase in organic blog traffic—and still growing!
  • 895% increase in new users to the blog
  • 456% increase in visits to the site through blog posts found via organic search engines (“organic blog entrances”)
  • 90% increase in organic traffic to the client’s website
  • 54% of organic website traffic is attributed to the blog in this time period, compared to just 10% prior.
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Search Influence’s transparency and collaboration in reporting helped us better understand the impact of our digital strategy.

They worked with us to determine what analytics and benchmarks were most important to us and made sure to align this data to our outcomes.

Christa Payne, Tulane School of Professional Advancement

Christa Payne
Assistant Dean, Administration and Operations
Tulane School of Professional Advancement

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