ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Grows Its Revenues Via SEO

Problem:, the largest online seller of promotional items in the world, needed an integrated solution to manage its growing SEO operation and provide comprehensive competitive SEO intelligence.

Solution: Partnered with an enterprise-class SEO platform provider.

Results: Since launching its new SEO platform in 2008,’s revenues have increased over $3 million per year, with a 20 percent increase in the productivity of its SEO team.

Founded in 1999, is the lowest priced and largest online seller of promotional items in the world. It estimates that online now accounts for over 15 percent of the industry’s $15 billion annual revenue, with a significant portion coming from organic search referrals. has led the industry in its adoption of SEO, accounting for approximately 50 percent of its online business (the other 50 percent generated from traditional pay per click).

“SEO economics are much better than those for PPC,” says Jerry McLaughlin, CEO of, in a press release from BrightEdge, the retailer’s SEO platform provider. “However, SEO does need more effort — particularly early on to establish a high position in the rankings.” has a dedicated team of SEO specialists who currently manage a portfolio of over 100,000 search terms or keywords across a variety of search engines. It traditionally relied on spreadsheets to manage its SEO operations, as well as a number of different analytical tools. However, none of these tools were integrated and all required a significant amount of manual effort every week.

An Integrated Enterprise-Class SEO Platform realized its current infrastructure couldn’t scale to support its growing SEO operation. The company needed an integrated platform that could handle large keyword volumes and provide comprehensive competitive SEO intelligence. After a review of the alternatives, contracted with BrightEdge, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of on-demand, enterprise-class SEO platforms in 2008.

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