Driving AAMC to the top of Google

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Driving AAMC to the top of Google
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AAMC is a Brisbane-based company that operates nationally, supporting motor insurers with services like loss assessment, repair management, and complex & technical assessment.

It’s a niche industry, for sure. But that doesn’t mean it’s without competition.

Our story with AAMC starts back in 2021, when we launched a brand new website before kicking off a brand new SEO campaign. Today? AAMC ranks in the top positions for nearly all of its keywords.

But we’ll get to that a bit later in the case study ๐Ÿ˜‰

AAMC website before and after

AAMC came to us back in 2021, signing on for an SEO program and a new website.

The old website was a one-pager with a bit of an outdated design. It also didn’tย quiteย communicate AAMC’s unique selling proposition or just how important they are in the insurance industry.

The task at hand was to create a new, refreshed website that would instil trust in AAMC and allow big insurance players to land on the website and know they were about to enquire with the real deal.

There were two key components here ๐Ÿ”‘

To position AAMC as leaders in the industry, we needed the copy and design to come together intelligently to create a website that was confident and self-assured, while speaking to the target market’s pain points.

It started with copywriting โ€” which was a collaborative effort between us and AAMC, using our copyediting service. They provided the information we needed to include on the page, and we chopped, changed and edited it into conversion-ready website copy designed to appeal to industry veterans and insurance newcomers all the same.

On the design side, we incorporated AAMC’s branding into each element of the design, using the different shades of blue found in their logo and incorporating fun square shapes throughout the design.

The new website perfectly balanced the corporate and human sides of AAMC.

AAMC domain

Then came the SEO

What's in a name? ๐Ÿท

A problem that is more common than you might expect is name competition.

AAMC had a name competitor. Another Aussie company using that same AAMC acronym.

The only difference? They were in the education space and had that coveted ‘edu.au’ top-level domain.

Your top-level domain is the ‘.com’ or ‘.org’ in your domain.
Generally, the ‘.edu’ domain holds better weight on the internet and is seen as a more ‘authoritative’ domain by nature.

So, if you had two websites competing for the same keyword, in this case: AAMC, then the ‘.edu’ domain will tend to win.

So, what did we do?

Well, we couldn’t optimise our way out of it. They weren’t competing on any other keywords.

We needed to out-authority them.

We set out to boost the authority of AAMC’s website through their domain rating.

It took 18 months, but as of July, AAMC ranks #1 for AAMC.

Domain rating: 0 to 15 in two years ๐ŸŽ

Like we said, it was really important we boosted the authority of AAMC’s website.

Not just, so we could out-rank the other AAMC, either.

Domain authority does wonders for a website’s rankings. So we hit the ground running with link building and citation building opportunities.

AAMC SEO results

Some of our favourite SEO wins so far ๐Ÿ†

AAMC has had some seriously impressive wins over the last two years. From sky-rocketing rankings to a 4,000-uptick in clicks in just a year.

Here are some of our favourite wins so far.

A quick look at the keyword rankings ๐Ÿ

AAMC is ranking on the first page for most of their targeted keywords, with many of their loss assessing (their key service) keywords sitting in the top 3 results.

Over the last two years, some key movements have been:

Keyword Starting Position Current Position Improvement
loss assessor 41 3 38
loss assessing - 1 99
motor assessor - 3 97
vehicle assessor 25 3 22
repair management - 1 99
car assessor 82 7 75
insurance assessor 52 9 43
accident management 18 4 14
accident management company - 1 99
independent car assessor 29 7 22
repair process management - 3 97
aamc 3 1 2

A boost in traffic ๐Ÿ“ˆ

In the graph below, you can see how AAMC’s website traffic and its value has continued to soar upwards.

NOTE:ย AAMC’s traffic didn’t start at 0, technically. Their domain name changed in August of 2022, skewing the data slightly. It actually started at approximately 1,200 visits per month prior to the launch of the new website.


AAMC's primary service: loss assessing โญ๏ธ

In every SEO campaign we take on, our biggest priority is working out our client’s biggest priority.

In the case of AAMC, their most important and key service to promote was loss assessing.

Not only have we placed AAMC in Position #1 for their ‘loss assessing’ keyword, but we’ve nabbed them a featured snippet for it, too.

AAMC featured snippet

A year-on-year comparison ๐Ÿค

In a three-month period in 2022, AAMC received 795 clicks. In the same period, a year later, they received 4.77k.

That’s a 172% increase.

For the same comparison periods, 2022 saw 7.47k impressions, while the 2023 period saw 98.2k.

That’s a 441% increase.

GSC year over year results

A note on niche industries & making SEO work

When it comes to niche industries, especially in fields where big industry players outsource parts of their operations to you, strategy becomes not-so-straightforward.

AAMC are specialists in loss assessing. But when you crunch the numbers on ‘loss assessor’ it’s only getting 50 searches per month.

It pays to look outside of what the service is technically referred to as, and discover what people might be using to find the same thing.

In AAMC’s case, we found that there wasย three timesย as much search volume for ‘car assessor’ andย four timesย as much for ‘insurance assessor’.

By finding these keywords and curating your website content and optimisations to these keywords, you can cast a broader net to catch more traffic.

It’s then a matter of using strategic content to bring the user in to understand exactly what it is you do, why it’s valuable, and provide that education piece of the puzzle.

AAMC blog on a tablet screen

So, what's next? ๐Ÿ†

For AAMC now, it’s a matter of continuing to strengthen their website’s authority and keep our foot on the pedal for their SEO.

We're looking to Semantic SEO next

The world of SEO is ever-evolving and the latest revelation is semantic SEO.ย 

Google is now looking for websites to use their content to cover a topic in full. Rather than optimising to a single keyword, we’re looking to position ourselves as experts in the topics relevant to us.

And that’s exactly what’s next in store for AAMC.ย 

We’re excited to see where their results go next ๐Ÿคฉ

What AAMC have to say about it:

AAMCโ€™s collaboration with Excite Media has been pivotal in transforming our online presence and establishing ourselves as the thought leaders in our sector.

Excite Media began work on the AAMC website back in 2021 with a thorough analysis of the website, industry, and competitors, and built a fresh, modern and practical website for us as well as shaping a tailored SEO strategy to meet our unique needs and objectives. Their transparent communication ensured we were always informed and involved in the campaign's progress.

Results speak volumes, and Excite Media delivered outstanding outcomes. We witnessed a rapid increase in organic traffic, improved search engine rankings, while safeguarding our long-term online sustainability.

In an ever-evolving SEO landscape, we have seen Excite Media adapt swiftly to help AAMC stay at the forefront of industry trends and algorithm updates.

Excite Media is an exceptional web design and digital marketing agency. Their expertise, ethical approach, and commitment to delivering tangible, sustainable results have elevated our online presence immensely. We wholeheartedly recommend Excite Media to anyone seeking excellent SEO or web design services to enhance their digital marketing efforts. Thank you, Excite Media, for your outstanding work!

laura english

Laura English

Head of Copywriting

Laura English is the Head of Copywriting at Excite Media. She has worked in the communications industry since 2015 across copywriting, content marketing, public relations, and journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism, minoring in Creative Writing. Laura is a big fan of the written word and loves combining creative writing with the persuasive.

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