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Objectives & Results

1. Extend online market leadership

  • 55% Year on Year growth in organic non-brand search traffic

2. Grow organic search traffic

  • 64% Year on Year growth in total organic search traffic

3. Ensure a smooth transition from old website to new

  • 52% increase in # of keywords website found for


MetService, together with their international commercial subsidiary, Metra, is a global leader in providing relevant, timely and accurate weather information services, benefitting billions of people throughout the world.

A decision was taken in 2009 to re-launch the MetService website to make it easier for Kiwis to find weather related information, as well as driving increased website engagement from users.


As New Zealand’s 6th most popular website (Nielsen NetRatings, April 2011), it was imperative to ensure a smooth website re-launch for Obviously this also included protecting the substantial amount of organic search traffic delivered to the website. FIRST worked alongside MetService’s other partners to manage the search risks associated with a website re-launch, including the correct migration of site content from through to

FIRST provided best practice search consulting services including consumer keyword search trend analysis, website content recommendations, information architecture, URL naming conventions as well as project management and auditing of the SEO technical implementation.


As a result of our work, has increased its presence with search engines by 52% YOY* driving a 55% YOY** increase in organic non-brand search traffic. Furthermore, comparing January 2011 with January 2009, non-brand traffic has increased by 165%.

Metservice Comments...

I am very happy with the SEO expertise FIRST has brought to the website relaunch. Working closely with front-end designers and information architects, the FIRST team ensured that our web development choices make sense from both a user perspective as well as search engines. We’ve seen some very nice growth from organic search that has exceeded our expectations.

- Craig Delany, Interactive Manager, Metservice


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