There’s no arguing that having a website for your business is a must. However, these days there are so many do-it-yourself website creation sites out there that many feel there’s no need to hire a professional. Now while there might be a small fraction of people out there who can do just fine with a homemade site, most people who are running a business for profit will benefit immensely by having a professional do it for them.
It may seem odd that we are at the fifth stage of this blog series on Business Website Success for redesigning your website and we have yet to talk about website design or budgeting. You may already have some initial design ideas in your head or a rough budget projection, but until you determine all aspects of what it takes to have a profitable business online – design AND marketing – your design concepts or budget may be off base from your true needs.
In this stage of the planning, we are going to look at initial marketing ideas. I say initial marketing ideas as we are not locking anything down yet. Instead, we are getting a clearer assessment of what is needed to promote the website (or more importantly, your business) after launch and what options are available. Marketing can be a hidden or overlooked expense for many business owners, so getting this information up front helps to avoid surprises later. […]
The NetSource Technologies expert design team strikes again! Recently, our team launched Triple Crown Homes’ new and improved website. Triple Crown Homes builds brand new homes with high quality construction and a good warranty while keeping a high reputation of care for home buyers. Each home is built with passion and great attention to detail.
Before we dive in, lets test your knowledge!
- What is the best way to build your web presence? Social Media? PPC? SEO? If you have no idea where to start, read- A Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Presence Online
- What is SEO? Any business owner that owns a website should know what SEO is and why it’s important to their business. If you have no clue, then read- SEO Matters: What it is and why you can’t ignore it
- Did you hear about the BIG Google changes? Learn more about the changes coming to Google AdWords and the Search Index. Read- Google AdWords Update: New Local Search Revealed & Google Splitting Search Index: What does that mean for you?
Woo, glad we got that out of the way! Now if you read any of the articles above or have browsed the internet in the past, oh let’s say 2 years, chances are you’ve heard about the seismic shift of consumer device usage from desktop to mobile. In response, Google has been announcing big changes left and right, starting with the Mobile algorithm update, dubbed “Mobilegeddon,” continuing at the Google Summit and more recently the upcoming split of the search index into the mobile index and desktop index. So how do we take advantage of these changes in 2017?
For many business owners, your business’s Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, might as well be your annoying younger sibling. It’s always bothering you and you’d rather ignore it than try to understand what it’s talking about.
However, ignoring your SEO is NOT the right decision. No matter how hard you try to pretend it doesn’t exist, SEO makes a huge difference in driving potential customers to your website.
As search engines have evolved, so has the process of getting your website indexed and ranking well on them. It’s no longer possible to add some keywords to your website and expect it will be returned in search results when someone searches using those terms. Search engines today return results based on what they interpret the searcher’s query to mean, rather than by just picking out certain “key” words or phrases.
On April 2, 2014, Google officially released Universal Analytics, a new tracking code created to replace their Classic Analytics tracking code. According to Google, the Classic Analytics tracking code will continue to function for two years from the release of Universal Analytics; however, being proactive in upgrading will help ensure you don’t lose any Google Analytics data.
You may have heard the phrase “content is king”, but weren’t sure you believed it. After all, you’ve spent so much time, money and effort getting your website in perfect working order. Fresh new design? Check. Responsive to mobile devices? Check. Search engine optimized? Check. What else could you need? Well, quite a bit actually.
Google (and all search engines for that matter) has been changing the way it ranks websites and quality content has become a major component in their ranking algorithms. When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. Google makes most of its money through paid advertising which it displays above, next to and below organic (non-paid) search results. Google wants people to use their search engine as often as possible, as this gives them more changes to show their ads which they hope will get clicked (this is the point at which Google gets paid). If you were to use their search engine and didn’t get the information you needed, you’d stop using their search engine. This is why quality content is so important.
Keyword ranking has long been a method used for determining how well your website is performing in the search engines for a specific term. Although this used to be a great tactic, things have changed. Search Engines, Google in particle, have been encrypting more and more of their keyword data making it difficult for website owners to determine which keywords drive traffic to their site. […]
If you want your site to perform well in Search Engines, the best practices to follow are known as White Hat. White Hat marketing is when you put the time and effort and use integrity to create a website that your potential audience will find useful; nothing more, nothing less. There are no skip the lines or get out of jail free cards; if you want your site to rank well, you need to make sure you are following White Hat SEO best practices. […]
For local businesses, showing up at the top of the search engine results page is extremely important. With the ever-changing search engine algorithms it’s getting harder and harder to figure out what works to get you there. There is no exact formula to accomplish this goal, but there are some known factors which you should consider priority SEO tasks. […]