Congratulations on finishing your business website! It’s a significant accomplishment and a major step towards building your online presence.
However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that your website’s launch doesn’t guarantee immediate traffic. It is important to make sure that your website is search engine friendly and optimized. When your website is optimized, it increases the chances of it appearing in search engine results pages (SERPs), leading to more traffic and potential business.
It is important to note that appearing in search results takes time, and you shouldn’t expect immediate results. You need a consistent and persistent approach to building your website’s online visibility.
Typically, it takes at least six months for search engines like Google and Bing to crawl and feature your website in search results. This is true even if you search for your exact business name.
Therefore, keep optimizing and updating your website, mastering SEO strategies, and producing quality content to increase your website’s chances of appearing in search results and driving traffic to your website.
Here are six steps you should take after finishing their website. These six steps can help you get noticed and a leg up on the competition.
After finishing your website you will want to consistently:
Imagine paying for advertising for your website only to find out that everyone left the site due to broken links.
Take the time and ensure that users who enter your website have a great experience and find the information they need within just a few clicks. If your website sells products online, test the shopping and checkout process.
TIP: It is best to ask a friend unfamiliar with the website to purchase a specific product. Watch them as they navigate the site see how many clicks it takes them to find the particular product, and see if the process is cumbersome.
If you want to know if your work is getting results, you’ll want to take measurements. Thankfully, Google makes two excellent (and free) tools to help you gauge how well your website is doing.
To keep it simple, Google Search Console can alert you when something on your website is not working correctly, such as a broken link or robots.txt error.
Google Analytics can give you in-depth insights into how people find your website, the time spent on each page, and which pages convert the most customers.
How you set them up depends on how you built your website. I’ve put together this list to help you set up accounts Search Console, and Google Analytics accounts on the following platforms:
|Website Name||Search Console Guide||Google Analytics Guide|
|GoDaddy||-no guide found-||Link to guide here|
|Weebly||Link to guide here||Link to guide here|
|Wix||Link to guide here||Link to guide here|
|WordPress.com||Link to guide here||Link to guide here|
|WordPress.org||Link to guide here||Link to guide here|
Search Console and Analytics can offer you an overwhelming amount of information. You can enroll in classes if you want to harness the power of these tools and conduct in-depth research.
Search engines use business listings across the internet to see if the information is consistent. They want to see that your name, address, and phone number is the same across all the places where your business is listed. This helps a search engine understand you are running a legitimate business. Social media is one of the most common places that can list contact information for your business.
You want to ensure all information is correct anywhere you are featured. Be especially mindful that every listing should have the EXACT same business name, address, phone number, and website. Google compares your business’s listings on social media platforms along with any other databases, along with what you write on your website.
Social signals tell Google how links to your website perform on social media platforms. For example, you share a link to the services pages of your website, and the post does pretty well – 116 friends like your post, and 12 friends comment.
Google can see how well this URL did when posted on social media. A page that has more real-world likes, comments, and shares may outrank the competition on the search results.
Your goal should be to share links to every page on your website.
Remember, your social media followers might not like you if you only share links to your website. How often you should share a page depends on how much you use social media.
If you only post once a week, consider sharing a link every four to five weeks. If you post twice a day, you can share a link twice a week. It all depends on what you and your followers find appropriate.
Listings on review websites also work toward the NAP accuracy we discussed above.
Here is a list of review website where you should create listings.
Regular website maintenance can often fall by the wayside while managing all aspects of business. It is essential to schedule time every quarter or six months to review each page on your website.
You would be surprised to see how much information needs to be changed in just a few months. Regular maintenance prevents customers from seeing an out of date website. Often there are staffing, hours, and service changes that need to happen to stay up-to-date.
Note: As mentioned earlier, thousands of websites are created daily. Consider how many of those websites still exist, despite the business going bankrupt. Google handles dead sites to reduce their rank if they are not regularly updated.
Search engines consider websites inactive if they are not updated regularly, which could lead to missed potential clients.
These steps can help to improve the search results rankings of your website.
By following these steps, you can get baseline measurements, build trust and authority online, and increase your online visibility.
After completing these steps, you can decide whether to add a blog, frequently asked questions, or new service pages. It might take a few months to see regular traffic, but these tips can help you start on the right foot.