Geo.Cars Case Study
Hartzer Consulting analyzed 3 .CARS domain names with live websites. We focused on website traffic, search engine rankings, and overall value of the traffic received by the car dealerships.
Wichita.CARS and Phoenix.CARS were two brand new websites, while Arizona Car Sales moved their website from ArizonaUsedCars.com to Arizona.CARS.
Should Car Dealerships Use a .CARS Domain Name?
- 17,000+ total visitors from direct traffic and organic search in 2016
- The dealership received $15,975 of organic search traffic value in the first year.
- Wichita.Cars outranks many competitor websites on Google for the search term “Wichita Cars” including WichitaCars.com
- Dealership saw over 1,600 visitors after just 103 days, which equals $5,531 of CPC value, or $19,600 annualized
- Annual cost of the .CARS domain registration was recovered within a few months
- As of March 2018 Phoenix.CARS ranks for 4 keywords in the top 3 positions, and 8 keywords in the top 4-10 positions in Google’s organic search
Arizona.CARS (previously ArizonaUsedCars.com)
- Dealership saw a 74% increase in traffic from Google organic search after switching to .CARS within just 7 months
- Just by moving from ArizonaUsedCars.com to Arizona.CARS, the dealership realized $40,611 in value in the first 7 months ($69,618 in annualized value)
- The number of keywords that Arizona.CARS ranks for nearly doubled from 3,212 keywords to 6,236 keywords over a 9 month period.
STL.Cars Case Study
Website Rankings and Conversions Increase with Dealership Switch to .Cars URL
Study shows new automotive domain improves over 50% of search rankings
Santa Monica, CA – March 30, 2016 – A new dealership case study conducted by independent SEO experts GlobeRunner reveals that new automotive-specific domain names, .Cars, .Car, and .Auto (“.Cars”), are lifting search rankings, conversions, and traffic.
Since launching in January, .Cars has been globally adopted by automotive businesses like automotive logistics provider Ship.Cars, German technology company Pace.Car, and Massachusetts dealer group DCD.Auto. These websites join notable brands like Porsche.Cars, eBay.Cars, and Amazon.Cars.
The GlobeRunner study analyzes a luxury dealership’s move from their existing website, www.STLMotorcars.com, to www.STL.Cars. This represents one of the first third-party studies conducted to examine the move from .com to a new domain extension.
Results from the independent research include:
- STL.Cars search ranking improved in over 50% of keywords tested
- Conversions from organic search increased
- New sessions increased 7.51%
- Referral traffic increased 33.67%
- Social media traffic increased 20.09%
“This study demonstrates that .Cars is poised to have a significant impact on digital marketing for dealerships,” said Mike Ambrose, COO of Cars Registry.
Dealerships can upgrade their domain (i.e., HubertVesterAuto.com to HV.Auto), establish a geographic presence (i.e., Wichita.Cars), and setup new initiatives (i.e., Exclusive.Cars) at www.Go.Cars.