Moving ForwardOur recommendations on what to do with your new website!
Spread the Word Your Site is Live
When your website goes live, the most important thing to do initially is drive traffic to it. This will help google index it faster and start improving your SEO rankings immediately. Here are some ways to consider getting the word out:
Email Newsletter – if you have a newsletter or email list, be sure to let them know your new site has launched and even more importantly, how it can help their business or add value to them. Mailchimp is what I use and highly recommend.
Social Media – use your network of Facebook friends, family or coworkers to get the word out. You’ll be surprised how far one post can go when it’s shared and liked. Also, if you’re active on Linkedin, Instagram or other socials, share away!!
Word of Mouth – word of mouth is still the most powerful referral. If you’re as excited as we are when your site launches, tell those around you! Get their opinion and see what they think about your new online presence. That’s valuable feedback that may come in handy when considering changes and additions to the site moving forward.
Ask for Reviews
Online reviews are more important than ever. For businesses being googled and found online, a user will look at reviews almost immediately. There are many different ways and platforms on ways to get reviews, but here are some we recommend:
Google Review – this is highly recommended as google reviews are generally what will pop up when somebody finds your site with an internet search. You can either have your customers google your business, then leave a review OR you can use this site to generate a direct link: https://supple.com.au/tools/google-review-link-generator. It’s super handy 😉
Facebook Reviews – Facebook reviews are now a more reputable spot for customer reviews. Don’t be afraid to ask for your customers to leave a review on your Facebook page and have them share it. Or get their permission for you to share it.
Testimonials for Website – after your website is live, we recommend gathering as many testimonials as possible to post on the website. Even if you don’t currently have any on the site, if you can gather 5-10 good, personalized reviews (usually via email or off of Google or Facebook) we can eventually set up a testimonials page. Users will often look for reviews ON the site and on other outlets before making a purchase, calling or emailing. I recommend putting the best one’s on the site.
Keep Things Fresh & Updated
After your website has been live for awhile, keep it fresh. Particularly if you have a site with repeat or recurring visitors. Here are some suggestions:
Change Out Images – we recommend changing out or updating images 1-3 times a year. If your website has a main image on the front page, keep the image relevant. For the user, it looks like you’re taking the time to update your site and therefore making it more valuable for them.
Colors/Layout – if your site has been sitting for more than a year or so, it’s strongly recommended you do something to spice it up. Whether it’s making some cosmetic changes to the action colors or menu bar, or even just adjusting or adding some new graphics/images. Keeping your site fresh is a GREAT way to keep people coming back.
Keep Things Updated – if information, staff, hours or services change for your business, be sure to change the website too! There’s nothing worse than having wrong information on a website. Or have a staff member’s picture on the page who doesn’t work there anymore. Keep your website updated and streamlined to your business.
Build Site Content
A website is viewed by google as being “alive” or “dead.” An “alive” site is driving traffic, getting new and existing users, being updated, posting new blogs and content. If your site is “dead” – i.e. not being managed, updated or taken care of – it can impact your SEO ranking dramatically. Here’s some options on how to build your website content:
Blog – blogging sounds a bit overrated and useless to a lot of people but the facts are the facts – websites with blogs generally drive 30-40% more traffic to their sites than their competitors. Google will often pick up blog posts before picking up major website pages. If you can contribute lasting, well thought out content valuable to your customers, you will drive more traffic to your site. Don’t be afraid to use social media and your network to get the word out. It’s worth having someone maintain a solid website blog to drive your traffic and grow your online presence.
New Pages – it’s generally good practice to not only update your images and graphics, but also your content! If you have more services to add to your site, do it! Google LOVES seeing a site with activity. You can also repeat the steps above by reposting your site to your social media outlets and saying that you have updated images, content, new blog post, etc.
Updated Content – if things in your industry or service change, be sure to update your site accordingly. Even adjusting content by a few words can show Google your site is being worked on, and is again…”alive!”
Protect Your Website
Over 50% of all web traffic is currently spammers, bots, malware and hackers. If you haven’t already joined with us in protecting your website, we highly, highly recommend it. The fact is, sites are getting hacked. Most of the time, a hacker thousands of miles away just happenedto find a way in or a web spider that got through a hosting company’s firewall, etc. If your site isn’t protected and secured, it’s only a matter of time before there’s a breach. Our security plan lets you (and us) sleep better at night knowing that your site is protected in the following ways:
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