Take a good, hard look at your company website. Is it everything you want it to be? Is it older than two or three years old? Are all your products and services up-to-date?
Off the top of my head, I can think of loads of reasons you should redesign your website. An effective web redesign can:
- Make your homepage more visually appealing
- Improve user experience
- Boost download speeds
- Allow you to add updated graphics or a video banner
- Ensure your site incorporates responsive design
- Increase your conversion rates
- Update outdated content
- Delete any features (i.e. Flash) that negatively affect SEO
- Simplify your navigation system
- Make your page compatible with all browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc…)
But did you know that website redesign can also boost your search engine optimization (SEO) results? The trick is to incorporate SEO from the very start of the process, not as an afterthought.
From your very first meeting, make sure you build in SEO in the redesign strategy. SEO strategy should help guide everything from website structure to web meta descriptions to storyboards. Also, before you put the old website in the scrap heap, analyze and audit what worked and what didn’t work on that site. Look at the number of visitors, pages that received traffic, top-performing keywords, and overall web analytics.
A web rebuild gives you the luxury to improve SEO by using those current and effective top-performing keywords and by adding new keywords. Keywords are critical. Do your research. If you’re not already doing so, consider using Google Webmaster Tools. Find out what your phrases your customers are using to search for your business. Keywords should be specific to your company, your services, your products, and your location.
If you can’t identify specific keywords and phrases unique to your business, how can you effectively reach your target customers?
All successful website redesigns will incorporate strategic keywords both in the web content and in the site structure itself. These keywords will help potential customers more easily find you online.
In addition to helping customers locate your site, adding fresh content and strategic SEO keywords will also help search engines find you and will help bump you up in the rankings. This SEO-driven redesign strategy will boost your online presence and visibility.
Technology, search engines, web search, and Google have all changed a great deal in the last year alone. Do you think you could get more business from your website? If so, consider a website redesign and make sure SEO drives all your strategic decisions.