Tons of information is available on the Internet about SEO and the best practices for web developers. As a two fold project, your website should be designed to be search engine friendly and then professional web marketers need to work on your site’s SEO. That is the best of both worlds because right from the beginning your site will be friendly to users AND to spiders.
But, what if you already have a site that is not producing the results you want? Help is still available.
Too often, business owners complain, “We have a really great website, but we have no traffic. We love our website design, but we want more people to visit our site.” First, a competent SEO professional will do a site analysis. Frequently, they find a gorgeous, visually appealing site with terrific flash and loaded with elegance. What they do not find is a site that is user friendly, meaning it is difficult to navigate or so flashy that people simply cannot find where to click. A shopper will get very frustrated very quickly and leave your site, losing you a potential sale.
Second, the SEO professional finds the sites have not been optimized in any way to be spider friendly. It is not architecturally sound with regard to meeting the needs of search engines. The story SEO professionals hear is the web developer decided something looked really good and just went with it and did not take anything else into consideration.
If this has happened to you, it is time to stop and go back to square one. You may have to have your website totally revamped. Even if you spent a lot of money on your first website, if you aren’t getting traffic, then it is money wasted, anyway. Not reinvesting in your website could cost you a lot in terms of lost revenue.
The longer you wait to update your site the more money your company will loose. The worse thing you can do is nothing at all.
If you looking for web design firm and you are presented with a proposal that is not search engine friendly and is not user friendly, then move along. The prettiness of the site is the last thing you should consider. It does not matter if everyone in your company thinks the site looks good, business today depends on traffic to the site. It depends on exposure and high rankings. Allowing managers, or even a web designer who doesn’t know about web marketing, to design your site is a bad business decision. Ultimately, you will not achieve your goal of creating a web presence.