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Gnomon Watches

Last updated by cmlabs at May 17, 2024

cmlabs case study Gnomon Watches
Gnomon Watches

SEO Data

Keyword Ranking (Organic)
Keyword Ranking (Absolute)
Brand Position
Search Market Share
Organic Traffic Growth
Organic Keywords Captured
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Ranking Distribution
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Key Takeaways

  • The Gnomon Watches website experienced problems with keyword cannibalization and suboptimal performance because it had two different domains.
  • The cmlabs then team migrated articles from subdomains to the main domain so that article and keyword performance could be better.
  • As a result, migrated articles performed 34.4% better and saw an increase in ranking distribution of up to 17%.

About the Client

Gnomon Watches is an official watch retailer based in the U.S. for several well-known brands, such as Seiko, Hamilton, Steinhart, Ball Watch Co, and others. Gnomon Watches has been working with cmlabs to increase organic traffic and get rankings for commercial keywords since 2021. Here is the journey of Gnomon Watches and cmlabs in achieving the goals.


Services Taken

  • Traffic projection
  • Keyword research
  • Content strategy & recommendation
  • Technical SEO
  • and many more
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  • Weekly/monthly editorial content
  • Page title, meta description, suggestion
  • Outlining & content planning
  • Search snippet enablement
  • and many more
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Obstacle We Encountered

Watch-Brand Keywords Couldn’t Work Optimally

Keywords related to watch products sold on the Gnomon Watches website, such as "Seiko", "Hamilton", "Citizen", etc., cannot achieve ranking and click optimally.

Keyword Cannibalization

As Gnomon Watches has a main domain and other subdomains, keyword cannibalization occurred between the two domains.

Subdomain Faced a Problem in Performance

Despite having two domains, the performance of the Gnomon Watches subdomain was still far behind the main domain.

Our Best SEOlution

Watch-Brand Keywords Couldn’t Work Optimally

To get rankings for keywords related to the brand being sold, we operated programmatic SEO in the heading structure, title tag, and meta description. We have implemented this method since November 2023.

Keyword Cannibalization

To avoid keyword cannibalization on the two Gnomon Watches domains, cmlabs migrated articles from the subdomain to the main domain. We have implemented this method since December 2023.

Subdomain Faced a Problem in Performance

Similar to the keyword cannibalization issue, we migrated articles from the subdomain to the main Gnomon Watches domain to get a better performance.

Organic Achievements

Brand Category and Article Performance

Since programmatic SEO was implemented, brand categories and individual products increased significantly by 13%. Then, articles migrated from the subdomain to the main domain performed 34.4% better than when published on the Gnomon Watches subdomain.

Figure 1: Gnomon Watches experienced an increase in brand category of 13%.
Figure 2: Gnomon Watches saw article performance improve by 34.4% after migration.

Gnomon Watches Experience Rank Distribution Hike

Figure 3: Gnomon Watches experienced a rank distribution boost. 

The SEO efforts we did on Gnomon Watches’ website gave a fruitful result where the rank distributions went up from 1% of the keywords sitting in the top 3 to 17% of the keywords in the top in 1 year of collaboration.

Business Achievements

Gnomon Watches Experiences Growth in Returning Users

During the 12 months of working with cmlabs, Gnomon Watches maximized the customer retention rate by more than 100% compared to the 12 months before working with us.

SEO Data

Keyword Ranking

Based on data from Sequence Stat, overall, Gnomon Watches' organic ranking was at 33.9 and the absolute ranking was at 35.1. Even though this figure was considered not optimal due to keyword cannibalization with subdomains, the cmlabs team continues to provide comprehensive efforts and strategies.

Brand Position

Not only that, Gnomon Watches also showed its performance in brand position. Occupying 16th position, Gnomon Watches managed to excel in several watch brand clusters sold compared to other watch retailers.

Search Market Share

With a total market share of 0.9%, Gnomon Watches was able to compete with other watch retailers. Gnomon Watches excels in commercial keywords related to the watch products they sell, even outperforming other watch retail websites in several watch brands.

Rank Distribution

With the majority of keywords ranked 4-10, Gnomon Watches' ranking distribution managed to grow to 13% in the product category cluster and 34% on the blog.

Organic Traffic Growth

Due to keyword cannibalization between the main domain and the subdomain, we immediately migrated content from the subdomain to the main domain. By migrating content, Gnomon Watches' organic traffic increased relatively rapidly, namely by 34.4%.

Organic Keyword Captured

With its characteristics as an e-commerce, Gnomon Watches easily captured keyword permutations just by optimizing one category page. Thanks to this, Gnomon Watches' traffic growth has also skyrocketed.

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Please note, if not all types of businesses can use SEO. then it is important for you to understand whether potential customers of your products and services are actually searching through search engines

In some businesses, there are high activity of searching in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. In fact, a company can stand strong with just a 3% market capture available in its niche through search engines. Hence, understanding how to gain organic traffic is essential and even becomes one of the most basic of organic marketing. Let’s say, you run a business in the niches below:

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  • Generate user-generated content such as reviews and ratings to improve credibility and SEO.
  • Target long-tail keywords that address the specific needs or concerns of your target audience.
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Some business sectors have large and complex markets, making the marketing activities intricate and imprecise. In this case, big companies need to conduct comprehensive content marketing activities, specifically SEO campaigns, to get awareness through mass media and online publishers in a country. Considering this activity requires a larger budget, you need a comprehensive and well-designed strategy.

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On-page issues are becoming a common problem, yet some company executives have the wrong priorities. We agree that technical matters are important, but other factors like keyword clustering and website planning must also be considered. This will be a big team collaboration so we will handle the technical issue together.

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Even though ascending the leaderboard does not relate to organic market share, at least you have targeted tens of thousands of keywords with a larger optimization scale, such as the nation scale.

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