The challenge

CQF were keen to compete in Google for core commercial and transactional keywords, as well as a selection of more difficult informational keywords.

The CQF course is a Quant Finance Masters alternative and as such it has to compete with the course landing pages from many prominent universities, making a top 3 search ranking a pretty difficult ask!

These well-known universities and popular course providers have incredibly strong domain authority and are already well known in the market.

In order for us to compete with these prominent websites, we needed to ensure first that the CQF content was of a higher quality and length than the competitors and second, the backlink profiles of each targeted page was performing better than the competitors.

Our solution

The CQF’s reach is global and the SEO strategy had to reflect that by ensuring the content was written for a global audience. Keyword research was conducted on a global scale, and we optimised with the highest search volume being the top priority.

We produced fresh content for transactional/commercial keywords and informational keywords so that CQF would have a larger online presence for anything quant finance related.

The backlinks/online PR also had to have global presence, but more importantly, they had to have a significantly high Domain Rating (DR) from authoritative sources, as CQF was competing with many well-established universities and course providers.

With traffic coming in from across the world, we had to ensure the CQF website was fit to load and serve users globally, on any device. Our technical audit displayed issues and areas of improvement, and we created a plan with steps to take to tackle those.

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The results

Besides pushing most of CQF’s main keywords on page 1 of search engines, we also managed to get them ahead of several major universities on search results pages.


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Moving forward, we aim to continue growing CQF’s competing keywords and push current keywords higher on search result pages. CQF’s organic traffic continues to grow month on month.

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The team at MintTwist have been a joy to work with. They produced a solid approach to help address our immediate SEO priorities and were there to guide us through both our understanding of some of the more complicated SEO principles, as well as implementing the recommended changes.

Nicola Vandermeer

Head of Regional Content Marketing
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