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Our ongoing SEO strategy with P&O Cruises – to improve site-wide performance and increase visitors and bookings from organic search – has led to a 4% increase in revenue from organic traffic and a double digit increase in revenue from non-brand traffic.

The P&O website homepage following SEO optimization
The challenge

When we began working with P&O Cruises, its website had more than tens of thousands indexable pages (thousands of indexed pages), was visible for hundreds of thousands of search terms and was the target domain for more than one hundred thousand backlinks.

Whichever way you look at it, websites of this scale are almost impossible to manage using traditional tools and tactics. Resource either has to be spread thinly to cover the whole site; or focus on a smaller section, which means that optimisation isn’t as consistent, thorough or as effective as it could be. It ultimately means money left on the table…

Various pages of the P&O website which were subject to SEO optimization by Portsmouth agency Vertical Leap
What was our solution?

Vertical Leap’s approach is designed specifically to deal with scale, adept at both campaign wide findings and needle-in-a-haystack insights achieved through a unique combination of expertise and machine learning.

We were able to very quickly identify where our efforts were best placed, aided in no small part by Apollo Insights providing us with a prioritised list of threats and opportunities.

One such finding was a forgotten about and overlooked page, buried deep in the navigation and not working properly (404-ing). The page was so buried and far away from the homepage that it is unlikely that it would normally have attracted attention. However, Apollo identified it as a high revenue opportunity and flagged it for our attention.

We immediately fixed the page, which led to a significant increase in what had been lost revenue.

P&O Cruises with Apollo Insights as part of their SEO service
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  • Over 4% increase in revenue from organic traffic YOY
  • Double digit increase in revenue from non-brand traffic
  • Significant increase in non-brand bookings

P&O Cruises is the market leader in the British cruise market and is a household name brand. Guests are at the centre of what we do, so creating a website which is easily discoverable in Search Engines is a high priority for us. Vertical Leap partnered with us to overcome the scale of our website and provide a better online guest experience for the thousands of guests that holiday with us every year. Vertical Leap is a valued partner, and we are proud of our ongoing relationship.

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