Businesses have long relied on the recommendations of their customers to promote their products or services. The good things that others say about a business often carry more weight than advertising alone, and smart business owners know that word-of-mouth is a powerful force. In today’s tech-driven marketplace, Google is the biggest word-of-mouth marketing channel ever. When people go to Google and do a search, they trust the results they receive. But if your business doesn’t show up in a Google search, is it Google’s fault?
Even visitors who don’t understand HTTP and HTTPS want security from your site. As HTTPS becomes more prominent, non-HTTPS sites will stand out as being insecure and shake the vistors’ trust. By having a secure HTTPS site, my website is more secure and shows my customers that I care about their security.
More often than not, website development begins with a web designer. Most people begin with a vision and some absolutes for their website. The resulting development focuses more on the look and performance of the site. Content becomes a secondary concern in many cases. However, I propose that website content is every bit as important as the visual design, and in fact, you should begin the design process there.
Asking yourself “Do I need to update my website?” is a little like owning an old used car. At what point is that old thing costing you more than it’s worth? Here is a list of things to consider to help you decide when to do a website redesign.
Even when you follow the best practices of running a website for your business, you may sometimes get a notice from Google Search Console. If it says your site has a lot of 404 errors, it can be cause for alarm. The other types of 404 errors that may show up on your site are the kind you can’t find. They might not be obvious errors and you don’t know why Google is crawling them. Here is what you should do next.
Build customer trust through your website content by running the slow and steady race. Focus on these areas of trust for your customers and you’ll have a formula for success.
Understand that “building value” is not the same as “giving away the store.” No successful business would give away all of their secrets for free. But maybe you pull back the curtain, just a little bit. Give your customers some useful, useable information.
You may not have paid much attention to it before, but the symbol just to the left of the website address gives you an indication of just how secure a particular site is. In previous versions of Chrome, this symbol might have been a green lock, a yellow warning triangle, or a lock with a red X on it. In January 2017, Google began to place more accurate icons in the address bar. Secure sites are marked with a green lock and the word “Secure.” Unsecured sites will still employ the neutral icon, but with the words, “Not Secure” next to it.
A web page that shows up in search results but doesn’t go anywhere will return a 404 error when users click that link. Most users will hit the back button and leave your site if they get a 404 error. That’s the main reason you can’t just delete a page from your site if it becomes out of date. You’ll have to remove a web page from the Google index if you want to eliminate this source of 404 errors.
If you have a WordPress website, you have access to a nifty free tool that can help improve your website content as well as your SEO. The Yoast SEO plugin can provide valuable insights about the quality of your writing and help you to focus your content for maximum SEO benefit.
As your website grows and your marketing strategy adjusts, you may have some pages that don’t need Google’s attention. Hiding WordPress pages from Google helps you keep pages on your site without having them indexed and interfering with other pages for search results.
HTTPS keeps data safe from point to point between a site and its users. Here is how to set up your site to have better SEO and security with SSL.
Paying attention to readability is one of the cheapest and fastest ways to make people and search engines like your website.
Making a website better isn’t some hard-to-define enigma of marketing. You can apply these 6 improvements to your website and measure the results of your work.
Knowing what kind of blog posts to write on your business website doesn’t have to be a difficult process. This formula can help you know what to write next.