Ranking any website from scratch is tough, especially if you’re a brand new online magazine. But with the noble goal of helping young professionals, My clients were determined to succeed. There was just one catch – they wanted to target incredibly hard-to-rank-for organic keywords at the very beginning of the campaign. I convinced them to start local and build authority then target the more difficult organic keywords.

Starting Local to Go Global

Ranking an Online Magazine for Organic
Keywords by Targeting Local Keywords

Our Campaign by the Numbers

30 %

increase in traffic in
first 3 months. 

100 %

increase in traffic
after 1st year

1 %

percent of visits from
Google that was new

Building a Place Online for Young Professionals

Launched in 2016, the online magazine was founded by a professional in the news media industry who had firsthand experience with the difficulties of starting a career. They realized there was a lack of actionable advice written by young professionals for young professionals. My client started their online magazine with the purpose of providing a place where young people could read about the experiences of each other and gain inspiration for a successful career

Their Goal

Readers = Revenue

For any online magazine, the ultimate goal is to increase readership. As an online magazine without a print version, being discoverable via organic search is critical to its survival. Helping them increase the number of new readers was the primary goal of my organic SEO campaign. By the time I came on board, the website already existed with great content but there was not a keyword strategy in place to boost its organic ranking

My Solution:An Organic Strategy with a Local Twist

I typically run organic campaigns for businesses that primarily do business online, compete for a national audience, or don't have a physical location. Campaigns aimed at increasing a business' local footprint are reserved for businesses targeting a specific group of people, usually centered around a geolocation. For the online magazine I opted to focus on keywords that were local in nature because they were much easier to rank for and would allow me to build authority for the online magazine faster. This strategy is not ideal for all types of organic SEO campaigns as the related local keywords may be as difficult or more difficult than the organic keywords. The online magazine wanted me to start the campaign focusing on the organic keywords and I did begin building authority for these keywords but most of my efforts were focused on the local keywords. Within 2 months I had 11 out of 17 local keywords on the first page with 5 keywords in the top spot. Just 2 months later, I had 13 keywords on the first page, 7 in the top spot and I started to see the first movement for our organic keywords. Fast forward to a few months later and the online magazine is on the first page for several organic keywords. This is a feat considering the difficulty of the keywords.

Their Success = A Winning Strategy

Trusting my experience paid off for my client. Within 6 months, the website was ranking organically for several keywords they never could have dreamed of ranking for. Both the number of new readers and the number of readers who return to their website has increased dramatically.


the average number of new readers per day. 

1 %

increase in organic traffic since campaign started


monthly clicks from search results

Results that Speak for Themselves

When an online magazine can be discovered anywhere in the country via organic search, it’s the beginning of its success. A local audience can help readership get off the ground but it is rarely sufficient to lead to a profitable business. Furthermore, my client’s ambitions were too great for just a local audience. By leveraging a
a strong local campaign to build local readership, in a short amount of time I turned that into a national audience.

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