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How an Eco-Conscious Bedding Manufacturer Grew Traffic by 775% YoY
SEO case study of Bare Home.


5.6K to 48.9K Monthly Visits





Reporting Date

January 2024

In 2008, a small business emerged with a big dream—to offer bedding free from harmful chemical substances at an affordable price.

Fast forward to today, and Bare Home is not only a leader in the eco-conscious bedding sector but has also unlocked its most significant digital milestone yet—775% year-over-year (YoY) traffic growth.

Join us as we peel back the layers of this SEO success story, uncovering the strategies that propelled Bare Home to unprecedented heights. Plus, get tips and tools for implementing these winning strategies on your site.

About Bare Home

Josh Pribyl founded Bare Home in 2008.

Frustrated by the lack of options and exorbitant prices for chemical-free bedding, Pribyl set off to make his own solution.

Bare Home was born, providing eco-conscious customers with affordable, high-quality bedding free from harmful substances.

Bare Home homepage, an eco-conscious bedding manufacturer.

Today, Bare Home is an online-only retailer that sells in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.

Customers can also shop their line of products at popular retailers like Wayfair, Target, and Amazon.

Historical Performance

According to Semrush historical data, started receiving traffic in June 2017.

Traffic was slow to start, averaging 400 monthly visits for the first 2 years.

Then, 2020–2022 brought its first wave of growth. Monthly traffic averaged 4.8K visits during this time.

Bare Home all time organic traffic.

But it wasn’t until Q4 of 2023 that Bare Homes started to show promise like never before.

In October, they reached 12.7K visits—their highest record up to that point.

The following months then blew this traffic out of the water, growing by 284% by January.

Bare 2 year organic traffic with traffic spike in January 2024.

So, what triggered this unprecedented leap to 48.9K organic visits?

And are these strategies replicable on your website?

Let’s find out.

The Catalyst: How Bare Home Achieved 775% Growth YoY grew its organic traffic by performing the following:

  1. Implementing product review schema markup
  2. Optimizing images to rank in search results
  3. Building out its product catalog and collections

1. Implementing Product Review Schema Markup

In mid-2023, Bare Home started using product schema markup on its website.

Product schema is code that lives in the HTML of a web page. It communicates important product details, like price and availability, to search engines.

Furthermore, you can include additional elements like customer ratings and reviews.

Ultimately, the goal of product schema is to win a rich snippet on the search engine results page (SERP). (And while not guaranteed, schema markup is one of the best ways to get them.)

There are various types of rich results, but the example below shows a product review snippet.

Product review snippet on the serp for the query flannel sheets shows a 5 star rating.

Schema markup helped Bare Home win a rich result that shows an image, a 5-star rating, and the price.

Compared to a non-rich result on the same page, which one would you click?

Text only search result for the query flannel sheets.

Why this matters:

Most users are inclined to click search results that take up more space on the SERP and display more information.

And ranking statistics prove it.

Rich snippets, or rich results, get 58% of all clicks. This is significantly higher than non-rich results, which have a 41% clickthrough rate (CTR).

For Bare Home, the recent implementation of product review schema proved pivotal in its online presence and organic traffic.

They went from having 0 review snippets to 10.9K in January. These review snippets contributed an incredible 75% of all U.S. traffic for the month.

Review snippets growth for Bare Home

How to add product review schema on your site:

This tutorial shows you how to add product review schema in WordPress. It’s actually quite easy when you have the right tools (we’ll recommend one next).

If you don’t use plugins, you can follow this guide on manually implementing schema markup. You’ll learn three different methods, and each uses JSON-LD coding language.

Tools for product review schema:

Unfamiliar with JSON-LD? Or just want an easy way to get product review schema on your site?

A schema generator plugin is an invaluable tool for implementing schema markup hassle-free.

All in One SEO (AIOSEO) offers a user-friendly Schema Catalog, where adding schema markup is as easy as a click of a button.

For product schema, simply select Product from the catalog, and we’ll format the structured data for Google.

Product schema is available in the AIOSEO schema catalog.

Then, we’ll walk you through setting important product details, like the price or special offers.

You can also add reviews, as shown below, and we’ll format the product review schema for search engines.

Open fields to add product reviews in your schema markup.

Next, let’s look at how schema markup and a dash of image SEO skyrocketed another type of rich results.

2. Optimizing Images to Rank in Search Results

What’s great about product schema markup is that you can also point search engines to a specific image of the product.

And with Bare Home’s recent implementation of product schema, they did just that.

Every product page we checked had an image assigned to it in the schema markup.

Let’s look at an example.

Here’s a product detail page (PDP) for a polar fleece blanket:

Landing page for a polar fleece blanket in several colors.

When we look at the web page’s schema, we see the URL for an uploaded image. (This URL opens the image of the grey blanket we see above.)

Product schema shows the image URL used in the structured data.

Now, here’s where we get to the good stuff.

Not only do we see this image in the review snippet, as shown below, but we also find it ranking in Google Images.

Product review snippet shows image of a grey fleece blanket.

Bare Home is the third result in Google Images search results, albeit with a slightly different picture.

Bare Home's fleece blanket image is ranking in Google images for the query polar fleece blanket.

It’s important to keep in mind that just because you use schema markup or set an image in it doesn’t mean Google will (1) generate a rich snippet) nor (2) use the image provided.

Ultimately, Google serves search results based on a per-search basis. This means it can change how it looks depending on the user and search.

With that said, setting these parameters in your web pages is considered an SEO best practice and increases the likelihood of Google using your settings.

Why this matters:

There are approximately 1 billion Google image searches every day. And every search is an opportunity to drive traffic to your site.

While it’s easy to overlook the details when building out your website, it’s important to remember that the best SEO strategies are holistic. Optimizing your images is equally important as writing strong copy to go with it.

In Bare Home’s case, these efforts proved fruitful. In addition to ranking in Google Images, they also earned 5.9K keyword rankings in January on the traditional search with image rich results.

Growth chart of rankings with image rich results for Bare.

How to optimize images on your site:

Follow Bare Home’s lead and upload images in your product schema markup. You’ll also want to follow other image SEO best practices, like using your keyword in certain image elements.

For example, Bare Home optimizes the image file name (in blue) and alt text (in black) with its primary keyword (polar fleece blanket).

Image optimizations show file names and alt text with keywords.

You’ll also want to pay attention to elements like:

  • File size
  • Image dimensions
  • Captions

For a full list of items, our image SEO tutorial shows you where and how to optimize for each.

Tools for image SEO:

Image SEO can be labor-intensive when you have a lot of graphics on your site.

Luckily, certain tools streamline these optimizations.

The Image SEO feature in AIOSEO allows you to automate writing image titles, alt tags, and more.

Image SEO settings allow you to customize and automate image titles.

As for adding images to your product schema, it couldn’t be easier. Simply select Product from the Schema Catalog and upload your image. That’s it!

Upload an image in the product schema settings for image schema markup.

Next, let’s see how Bare Home maintains its website for content freshness.

3. Building Out Its Product Catalog and Collections

Between January 2023 and January 2024, Bare Home added around 70 new pages to its website.

These additions brought the total page count to around 180 URLs.

And while they haven’t been a huge traffic driver yet, they have impacted Bare Home’s keyword rankings.

In January 2024, Bare Home doubled its rankings over the previous year.

1 year growth chart of Bare's keyword rankings.

Why this matters:

While it’s common to see product turnover at eCommerce businesses, there are a few noteworthy mentions regarding keeping your site up to date.

  1. Search engines love fresh content. Fresh content refers to new or updated content. Keeping your site current sends signals to search engines that your content is relevant to today’s search landscape, potentially boosting rankings.
  2. The more content you have, the wider the net for keyword rankings. As we saw with Bare Home, increasing the page count by two-fold doubled its rankings. It’s simple: the more attempts you make to rank, the greater your chances of success.

How to target new keywords on your site:

Finding new keywords to target starts with keyword research.

Keyword research is the process of analyzing what users are looking for in search engines. It reveals topics that resonate with your target audience, allowing you to tailor content to their needs and interests.

For a tutorial, this keyword research guide shows you how to do it using popular SEO tools.

Once you’ve collected a list of keywords, use them as the foundation for your content strategy. Topic clusters can help you with this process.

Topic clusters offer a framework for organizing your keywords. They’re easy to learn how to use and will keep you on track as you build out your content.

Tools for keyword research:

Did you know that you can do keyword research in WordPress?

AIOSEO’s Keyphrase Suggestions tool makes this possible by connecting to your Semrush account. It fetches relevant terms to your focus keyword and presents them directly in the WordPress editor.

Keywords suggested by Semrush for a page about patio furniture.

You can also check out this lineup of the best keyword research tools for recommendations outside of WordPress.

Standout SEO Wins

Before we conclude, there’s an additional technique we’d like to highlight at Bare Home.

1. They have a blog, “Beyond Bedding.”

In the world of eCommerce, maintaining a blog can be a powerful way to connect with your audience at every stage of the buyer’s journey. Catering to informational needs allows you to reach a wider audience, thus boosting brand awareness. It also helps you establish niche authority and credibility in the eyes of both users and search engines. Ultimately, a blog can set you apart from competitors and solidify your brand’s position as a trusted source.

Bare Home blog shows three articles about bedding.

Tool: You can streamline content optimizations with the TruSEO Analysis tool. TruSEO gives you actionable checklists to maximize your content’s reach.

Here’s an example of the Focus Keyphrase Checklist:

Focus keyphrase checklist gives actionable items to improve your content's SEO.


In our analysis of, we’ve discovered what unlocked their recent SEO success.

Now, let’s recap which strategies to implement on your website and others to reconsider.

Top 3 Strategies to Emulate

  1. Harness the power of product schema for review snippets. Using product schema markup on your eCommerce site can help you secure coveted review snippets in search results. Review snippets are an excellent way to increase your visibility on the SERP and build trust with potential customers.
  2. Optimize for Google Images with image SEO. With over 1 billion searches on Google Images daily, image SEO is integral to maximizing your traffic. Image SEO involves optimizing image file names, alt text, captions, and more. It provides additional context for users while making it easier for search engines to understand your image, potentially increasing rankings.
  3. Maintain content freshness for enhanced visibility. Regularly adding or updating content on your website can help it maintain its freshness. Fresh content signals to search engines that your site is active and relevant. It can attract more frequent indexing by crawlers, leading to improved rankings and visibility in search results.

Bottom 3 Strategies to Reconsider

  1. Omitting author bios on blog posts. Neglecting to include author bios can undermine credibility and diminish user engagement. Author bios provide readers with information about the writer’s experience and expertise, fostering authority and trust. These elements of Google E-E-A-T will be invaluable in 2024 and crucial for ranking. Plus, author bios are easier to include than ever with WordPress tools like Author SEO.
  2. Overlooking image title tags. Ignoring image title tags deprives your users of valuable context. Image titles appear when readers click or hover over an image. In addition to providing more information, they also help search engines more easily understand your image. You can use smart tags in the Image SEO feature, which allows you to customize and automate writing them.
  3. Missing meta descriptions on some pages. Failing to include meta descriptions can result in low clickthrough rates (CTR). Meta descriptions are a valuable opportunity to entice users and drive traffic to your site. By crafting compelling meta descriptions for every indexable page, you can improve your CTR and grow organic traffic. You can even use a meta description generator to write them for you.

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Gabriela Jhean SEO Specialist
Gabriela is a creative and results-driven SEO specialist dedicated to helping small businesses stand out online. She contributes in-depth SEO case studies at AIOSEO Trends to reveal the winning strategies of top-ranking websites. In her downtime, Gabriela enjoys treasure hunting for antique jewelry.