300,000 in monthly traffic from just 87 pages

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This is Alphabetimals.

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The niche site has an estimated 300,000 traffic/month, with:

  • Just 87 pages
  • A relatively low authority (33)
  • Some big competitors

So, what's their secret?

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12 Lessons in SEO from Alphabetimals

Here are 12 lessons in SEO from this niche site.

1/ Pick a niche to dominate

The whole website is about one thing.

It's an animal dictionary.

dominate your niche

Creating content with one clear focus:

  • Builds trust with the reader
  • Makes internal linking easier
  • Shows Google you're an "expert"

Content-led companies need to shift their mindset from "blog post" creation to "useful resource" creation.

Build content holistically.

2/ Identify keyword patterns

Alphabetimals' top 26 pages all follow the same pattern.

"Animals that start with a"

"Animals that start with b"

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Patterns allow you to create a reusable template (pictured below). And then batch-create content.

niche site seo template

3/ Plan for expansion

The team at Alphabetimals is slowly expanding the keywords they're targeting.

It started with:


They're expanding to all animals:


And they could go for years expanding on each animal.

keyword expansion opportunity

A clear path for expansion makes Search a particularly attractive channel for growth.

If you choose right, you'll have infinite traffic opportunity.

4/ Build a brand

Alphabetimals is a husband & wife team who want to:

"share the gift of literacy around the world"

All their content is designed to help children learn about English.

They have:

  • A purpose
  • A specific audience
  • Content that fits both

Compared to other brands on the SERP, they've built something people can fall in love with.

5/ Word count is irrelevant

Word count on their pages is less than <500.

Their search competitors have +1,500-2,000 words.

More does not always = better.

Better can be achieved by:

  • Serving search intent
  • More engaging experience
  • More complete resource

6/ Multimedia helps quality

Every Alphabetimals page has:

  • Custom-designed imagery
  • Useful lists
  • A custom YouTube video

Delivering quality content is not all about the words you use or the expertise you have.

uppercase A

It's also the experience you deliver.

7/ Start with monetization

Alphabetimals monetizes by:

  • Selling animal learning worksheets for kids/teachers
  • They have a mobile app with in-app purchases
in-app purchases

When starting a niche site, it's important to know:

  • What you're trying to achieve
  • Who it's going to benefit

Then you can target keywords that support your goals.

monetizing your niche site

8/ Plan for internal linking

Every one of their pages has built-in "next steps" for the reader.

  • Fun facts
  • More letters to learn
  • New collections to explore

This makes internal linking a natural process.

internal linking buiilt into the template

Allowing the reader to engage more and Google to easily crawl and understand the network of pages.

internal link critical for seo

9/ And add contextual links

Templated links help the natural architecture of the site.

But, don't forget to add contextual links to high-priority pages where you can.

contextual interlinking

10/ Target Featured Snippets

Alphabetimals is dominating featured snippets across almost all its "animals beginning with" keywords.

animals beginning with a

Featured snippets help you jump above competition.

Analyze the existing snippets and provide similar data:

Here, they use lists of animals to win snippets.


11/ Internationalization

The Alphabetimals team has internationalized their site to Danish and Spanish.

international SEO

It's not providing much traffic at the moment.

But so far they've only created one page for each language (the homepage).

Internationalize gives you an edge in search for those markets.

When they replicate all their pages across, they're sure to add a ton of traffic value.

12/ Play the long game

The site had published a lot of its content by 2018. It wasn't until 2020 it started to take off.

The real kicker? This site, with this goal, has been around since 2010.

long game

The site looks like a real niche SEO passion project.

With hours and hours of investment.

But keep putting in the work and make good choices—and eventually it'll pay off.

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