Mobile is Now a Major Factor in Ranking Your Website

Mobile is Now a Major Factor in Ranking Your Website

If your company website is still not mobile-ready, more than likely you’ve been missing out on potential customers or even driving them away. When mobile users try to access websites that are not mobile responsive, it’s a truly frustrating experience for them. And - since many customers today are judging a business on the appearance of their website - it is more important than ever to have one that is responsive and mobile-friendly. Most of these searchers move on to your competitors’ websites and never return to yours. So as you can guess, these are lost leads and missed opportunities to show potential clients what you offer. Plus, there’s another crucial reason to mobilize your website; Google has made changes that will negatively impact any website that is not mobile-ready.   What changed? Mobile-friendliness has been a factor in Google search for several years now; but no one knows exactly to what degree. However, since February 26, 2015 Google has stated that mobile-friendliness will now be heavily weighed as a ranking signal when people search online. Google wrote this statement on their Webmaster Tools blog: “This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Commonly referred to as, “Mobilegeddon” this change has resulted in many businesses that were ranking high in search results began to see their positions slip down and down.   Why the change? More than 60% of all Google searches are now performed on mobile devices. So Google’s overall goal with this update is to provide a faster, smoother experience for mobile searchers. When mobile users try to access...
4 Vital Website Content Tips

4 Vital Website Content Tips

  A website is made up of three essential components: URL/Hosting, graphics/design, and written content. Many website creators are preoccupied with aesthetics and have a keen eye for design, but not nearly as much concern and dedication is invested in the content. While design is quite important, as it sets the tone and highlights the professionalism of your brand, it is paramount that your content gets at least an equal amount of attention. Written content reigns supreme when it comes to your brand. It is the most difficult aspect of your website to flesh out, and can sometimes be an overwhelming undertaking. Here are some ways in which content makes the biggest difference.   Attract the Search Engines The most impressive design on your website will never suffice in convincing Google that you have outdone the competition if you do not actually say anything. Above all else, search engines are driven by written content. When they crawl your page, they scan your text, searching it for quality, probing for links and relevant articles. Search engines crave information that is pertinent to search terms, which is why keywords are the hallmark of your content. Having a lot of content, and ensuring it is rife with relevant information, is vital in achieving the organic rank necessary to drive the most traffic to your website.   Tell Your Story There is no need to become over-involved in SEO jargon and lingo. What matters more than anything is that your content is written in a way that your guests, clients, and prospects find useful and helpful. When you are writing the About Us...
5 Things to Look for in a Web Designer

5 Things to Look for in a Web Designer

1. Style Check their images, case studies, examples, portfolios, visit the sites they’ve built. Does the designer’s style match the way you’d like your site to look. Granted, another company might want something different than you, but does that web developing company seem to deliver clean websites that load quickly that look great? Can you see your site looking something like that? 2. Price How much do they charge for website development? Is this within your budget? You’ve probably already thought about cost, so double checking with a company about what they can do for you at your price point is important. If a website design company has some basic pricing listed, that’s even better! 3. Using Appropriate Language Yes, many website designers can make “beautiful, stunning sites,” which you may want, but if that’s all they talk about? Run. A good website designer will want to talk about you. Your goals for the site, the functions you want your site to do, your hopes for how it all looks. 4. Offering Different Designs Sometimes you think of an idea and as soon as you see it in reality…you hate it. Or maybe you’re not sure of exactly how you want your site to look, but you have a few guidelines you’d like a designer to follow. That’s all okay, unless your website designer only allows for one design. You’d don’t want to be stuck with something you don’t love, so make sure the agency you stick with will really work with you to create a look and feel you’re happy with. 5. The Total Package Take a step...

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