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Six steps for Small Business Owners to Improve Website Performance

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.

How Long Does It Take?

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.  

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Tip One: Double-check your website 

After finishing your website you will want to consistently:

  • Check for typos
  • Appearance on mobile, tablet, and desktop
  • Images that appear in the right location at the correct resolution
  • Correctly functioning buttons
  • Links still work

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.

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Tip Two: Setup website measurement tools

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.

These two tools are Google Analytics and Google Search Console. 

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What’s the difference between Google Analytics and Google Search Console?

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 do I set up Google Search Console and Analytics?

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 NameSearch Console GuideGoogle Analytics Guide
GoDaddy-no guide found-Link to guide here
WeeblyLink to guide hereLink to guide here
WixLink to guide hereLink to guide here
WordPress.comLink to guide hereLink to guide here
WordPress.orgLink to guide hereLink 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.

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    Tip Three: Create your social media accounts

    Social Media and NAP

    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.

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    Social Signals

    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.

    Tip Four: List your business on review websites

    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.

    Tip Five: Submit your website to databases

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    Appear on a more diverse network

    The internet is vast, and believe it or not, not everyone uses Google, Bing, Duckduckgo, or Yelp. Some people will search a database or a smaller niche website to find a business to help them fulfill their needs. 

    Increase legitimacy online

    Thousands of websites and social media accounts are created daily. Search engine algorithms still have difficulty determining if you are a real business or a SPAM/ fake business. Adding your business’s information to these free databases can help search engines like Google increase your website’s trust and authority on the internet. 

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    Improve Local Listings

    Google likes to show people results for businesses closest to them in search results. This is called geo-locating search results.

    For example, when you search “mechanics in Plattsburgh, NY,” Google will rank the results based on distance. They do this by knowing the searcher’s location and determining which business is closest.

    One of the ways they research what business is closest is through these database entries. 

    *note- Local listings are also ranked by reviews and hours of operation. Being the closest does not guarantee you come up as #1 in local results.*

    You can expect to create a listing on each website to take somewhere between 15 minutes and a half-hour. Filling out a listing or two might be a nice thing to do as you unwind at the end of the day. If you don’t want to create these listings yourself, you can hire a Bright Local company to do it for you.

    Here is a list of websites where you should create a free listing:

    Tip Six: Schedule regular maintenance 

    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.


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