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Strategies For Optimizing Your Website | Position2

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Read how your business goals should form the basis of your website optimization strategy, focusing to improve user experience and search engine rankings.

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Strategies For Optimizing Your Website | Position2

  1. 1. www.position2.com© Position2 Strategies For Optimizing Your Website
  2. 2. www.position2.com© Position2 A website can be the ideal platform for businesses to make their services and products available online at their customer’s and potential customer’s convenience. In other words, a website is your best bet for being available to customers everywhere, all the time. Websites vary according to business goals. The B2B website isn’t going to function like the B2C, C2C or even C2B websites. Website optimization begins with a clear business strategy. What actions do you want people to take? What do you want your website to accomplish? Which business goals must it fulfill? What actions do you want website visitor’s to take? Answer these questions then determine which of three website optimization strategies leads to success. 1. Search engine ranking 2. User experience 3. Lead conversions 1. Search engine ranking The goal here is to occupy the highest rank on search engine result pages for selected target keywords. High ranking search results are more likely to be clicked by customers.
  3. 3. www.position2.com© Position2 To optimize your website for search engine ranking, research your close competitors’ content. You’ll be able to figure out which relevant keywords should be optimized for content updates on the website. Relevant keywords are the ‘base’ of the web content that users will be looking at. This content should be relevant to the user’s search query intent — relevant to the topic of the search query — and should provide value to the searcher. Optimize by inserting defined keywords at Page Titles, URLs, Page Headers, into the main body content, meta descriptions and on the meta keywords. These sections of the page are crawled by search engine bots looking for keywords and using them as a ranking factor. You maintain rank position by continually monitoring and refreshing web content.
  4. 4. www.position2.com© Position2 Double check this list for search engine ranking optimization: • Right keywords or content topic • Content relevance • Page title • URL restructuring • Page headers • Social media integration • Meta Description and meta keywords
  5. 5. www.position2.com© Position2 2. User experience Optimize your website by focusing on design. Where some websites are too simple and lack appropriate content others are visually complex to the point of distraction. Users make these kinds of quick judgments on their first interactions. Consider these statistics: • 40% of people will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load (Source: Econsultancy) • 6% of mobile users report having difficulty interacting with a web page, and 44% complain that navigation was difficult (Source: Keynote) • When a page takes 4 seconds or more to load the change in a website bounce rate spikes 100%. At 8 seconds or more to load it jumps to 150%. (Source: Mobile Joomla) • 95% of those queried agree with the statement: “good user experience just makes sense” (Econsultancy) Websites should not be static. They should continually evolve over time. Keep these points in mind to make a website attractive and appealing for quality user experience: 1. Maintain font hierarchy 2. Include pictures 3. Use short sentences and paragraphs written in an active voice 4. Use bullets appropriately 5. Leverage bolding, italics and hyperlinked content
  6. 6. www.position2.com© Position2 Web content should be easy to understand for visitors, and easy to crawl for major search engines. Brief relevant content on the website should not be sacrificed for the sake of simplicity. Coordinate between the various components like title, URL, body content, descriptions and keywords. For example, if the page topic is fitness equipment, the same message should be conveyed in the URL, title of the page, brief content, meta description and meta keywords. This is like a welcome mat for users, making them feel that they have landed on the page with the answers they are looking for.
  7. 7. www.position2.com© Position2 3. Lead conversions For some businesses, acquiring quality leads may the primary purpose of their online presence. In that case, optimize your website to acquire lead information from visitors. Oddly enough, a lot of businesses don’t bother: • 56% of B2B small business websites don’t use meta descriptions that show up in search results and could help draw visitors into the website • 87% don’t do anything to make their “Contact Us” option stand out • 82% don’t bother to even list their social media profiles • 68% do not show an email address on the home page • 70% of business B2B websites lack a Call to Action So if you just do that much, you are way ahead of the game. Your design should be based on click-through action buttons that are visually engaging. Here are some basic click-through rules of the road: • Base your design on click-through action • Place CTA buttons above the fold of the page • Use visually prominent colors for CTA buttons • Landing pages from CTA buttons should be simple form fills Once users have clicked through to a landing page, don’t befuddle them with complexities. Simple design is good design. Complex form fills requiring too much information don’t get completed, and the viable lead bounces away. See image below for lead gen form:
  8. 8. www.position2.com© Position2 Your business needs will determine the best optimization strategy. Websites should be easy to understand and to crawl. They should satisfy search engines and searchers alike. Website optimization is more than just search engine optimization. With quality content that answers your users’ search questions you will always rank at the top of search engines and attract, convert, acquire and delight customers.

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