SEO project for Portsmouth-based Further Education college

SEO redirects Further Education College to success amid rebrand and merger

The client

City of Portsmouth College

Sector

Further Education

Services

SEO

Location

Portsmouth

City of Portsmouth College

City of Portsmouth College is a further education college offering a wide range of courses for school leavers and mature learners. Located in Portsmouth, the college provides vocational training, apprenticeships, higher education courses, and adult education. The college is dedicated to fostering a supportive and dynamic learning environment, ensuring students achieve their academic and professional goals. Their mission focuses on equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in their chosen careers and contribute positively to society.

With a rebrand and an upcoming merger, City of Portsmouth College needed to build a new website. The team tasked with this project initially overlooked the SEO implications of the redesign, including the necessity for numerous redirects from the existing sites. This oversight could potentially have led to a significant loss of organic traffic and a drop in search engine rankings.

What we did

To address this challenge, we took the following steps:

  • Site Crawling: We conducted a comprehensive crawl of the existing websites to catalogue all current URLs. This gave us a clear picture of the site’s structure and content.
  • Development Site Analysis: Similarly, we crawled the new site in its development environment to understand its layout and new URL structure.
  • Redirect Plan: Based on the information gathered, we meticulously planned and supported the implementation of 7468 redirects. This ensured that all traffic from old URLs seamlessly redirected to the new site, preserving SEO value and user experience.

Measuring the success of a redirect plan can be challenging, since we don’t know what would have happened without this piece of work having been done, but here are the key outcomes for City of Portsmouth College:

  • £20k Estimated Traffic Value: The organic traffic generated by the new site is valued at approximately £20,000.
  • 7k Monthly Clicks: The site now attracts around 7,000 clicks per month from organic search.
  • 18k Organic Keywords: The college’s website currently ranks for 18,000 organic keywords, significantly boosting its visibility in search engine results.
The Numbers
£20k

Traffic Value*

*estimated
7k

Monthly Clicks

from organic search
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