Google Changes The Rules – Mobile-Friendly or Not

If Google does as stated, today is the day many small business websites disappear from Google Mobile Search Results. Of course, not only SMBs will suffer, but so will churches, associations, and other non-profits. A few major corporations will be surprised as well.

mobile-friendly-webwisteWe understand the importance of mobile in today’s world. Nearly all the new websites we create are device-responsive, and have a mobile-friendly version, as defined by Google, as well as a desktop version.

The vast majority of the websites we have created in the last few years look great and work well on desktops and tablets, as well as phones with “full-browser” capabilities. With smaller devices, the user will have to pinch and stretch some, but they will function. We did create fully mobile-friendly versions for some of our clients websites who chose to be out front in the mobile revolution. Even a year ago a mobile-friendly of a website was a hard sell for us and most other developers, especially those of us who have small businesses and non-profits among our clients.

Google seems to think everyone has deep pockets and/or a development team to create exactly the type of website they deem appropriate. They constantly tweak Google Analytics and Google AdWords. Sometimes the tweaks are amazing and time saving. Sometimes they are amazing and very time consuming.

Google wrote this Finding more mobile-friendly search results post on February 26, 2015, and followed with this announcement Rolling out the mobile-friendly update today.

Here is an excerpt from that post.

“April 21 st’s mobile-friendly update boosts mobile search rankings for pages that are legible and usable on mobile devices.

  • Affects only search rankings on mobile devices
  • Applies to individual pages, not entire websites

While the mobile-friendly change is important, we still use a variety of signals to rank search results. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal — so even if a page with high quality content is not mobile-friendly, it could still rank high if it has great content for the query.”

You may check using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test to see if Google classifies your website as mobile-friendly.

It is too soon to know the impact of Google’s latest forced mandate. Every website owner should review their analytics program to see what percentage of traffic is mobile. Remember Google separates tablets traffic from mobile, as most tablets display the desktop version of a website. Once you determine the percentage and number of mobile visitors (and what they do while on your site), you will have to decide if having fully mobile-friendly (as defined by Google) is right for your customers and prospects. Only you know what percentage of mobile traffic meets your pain threshold. Please remember that for this purpose, the mobile statistics, are only valid going backwards in time. Mobile search results change dramatically as of today!

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Increase Conversions – Improve Your Most Popular Pages

Improving the most popular pages on your website can increase conversions.  Take a look at the pageview data in Google Analytics (or other analytics provider) and make note of the top three pages (other than your home page) visited.

Improving ConversionsYou may not have intentionally created the most popular page on your website with the thought of it being specifically a landing page. More likely, it is a page you created some time ago that highlights services or products you offer. It may even be a nearly random blog post you wrote because you hadn’t published one lately.

Take a good look at your most visited web page, the time your visitors spend on the page, and where they go after viewing it.  Are they filling out your form, subscribing to your newsletter, or calling you?

  • Proof your page again. You may be surprised to find a typo or two. Fix them.
  • Update any outdated information.
  • If you don’t have a photo or visual, add one.
  • If you are talking about more than one topic, use sub-headers.
  • If you have other pages on your website related to the page topic, link to them.
  • List additional resources at the bottom of the page.
  • If you do not have a “Call to Action” on your page, add one.

Improving your most visited pages gives you more chances of increasing conversion rates.

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A Baker’s Dozen Twitter Tips That Pay Dividends

Twitter Tweet BirdTwitter is so easy to use, and will pay dividends when used properly, that it belongs in the marketing plan for nearly every business. Here are some tips that will help you use Twitter effectively.

  • Retweet: It is simple. Share what you learn.
  • Use Hashtags: Maximize your audience. Use hashtags, e.g. #Twitter #Twittertips #SocialMedia
  • Tweet at regular intervals (start with a couple) and at the same time of day
  • Follow those who follow you (though check out their tweets to be sure they are a good fit)
  • Reply to mentions to build engagement
  • Do NOT retweet an URL without following it first to see if it is appropriate
  • Follow or favorite people who retweet your Tweets to increase followers
  • Tweet about your own blog posts (with a link to the post)
  • Tweet about your new or updated products or services (with a link to the page on your website)
  • Tweet discount codes or coupons
  • Don’t tweet all about you. Tweet about others as well.
  • It is fine to tweet the same thing more than once, though do it at a different time of day.
  • Use or a similar tool for scheduling and monitoring your Tweets

Bonus Tip:

Leave enough character spaces for your handle to display if you are retweeted, e.g., @webwisedesign and one space takes up 14 characters, so we have fewer than 126 characters available for our tweet content.

Here are a couple of good resources for you:

Twitter’s Beginner’s Guide

The Art of Writing Great Twitter Headlines

If you need help getting started with Twitter, or want to get better at using Twitter as part of your Social Media marketing strategy, give us a call.

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Is Your Website Ready For Visitors?

Is your website, the place you hope to convert prospects to customers, ready to receive visitors?

When we use links to our websites using Social Media, we essentially invite people to our website. When we invite people to our homes, we generally check to see if everything is in its place and that there is nothing seriously amiss. Is that true with your website? When was the last time you reviewed your website to see if it reflects your business and your products or services as they are today?

Here is a little check list to make sure your website is ready for visitors.

  • Know and state who you are, what you do, and the benefits of what you offer to your visitor.
  • Know who you would like to visit your website.
    • Knowing your audience is critical. If you believe your audience is everyone, you will likely fail.
    • Who are they? Why would they want what you offer? When would they want it?
  • Speak to your visitors from their perspective, not with an industry-speak sales pitch.
    • Explain that you know some of their challenges, and how they can benefit from your products or services. If possible, show some specifics.
  • Does your navigation present a clear and easy path to your most important content?
  • Is your contact and location information readily visible?
  • Is your website mobile friendly?

If your website looks as good as you would like, and you check off all the items in the list, your website should be ready for visitors.

Of course, we are always happy to help. Email or call us today! — 1-800-281-9993 or 608-822-3750

PPC – Why You Should Bid On Your Business Name

Google AdWords Example AdThere are many excellent reasons to invest in a Google AdWords and/or a Bing Ads PPC (Pay-Per-Click) campaign. If you have read this blog or talked with us, you know we believe nearly every business should be taking advantage of PPC advertising. If you do nothing else, start a Google AdWords campaign and bid on your business name.

Here are a few good reasons why you should bid on your business name.

  1. Branding – Improve Brand awareness – Value without paying for clicks
  2. Double Exposure – Display in PPC Ad and Organic listings
  3. Improve your CTR using Google AdWords “Extensions”
  4. You control your ad content
  5. Often, competitors are bidding on your name
  6. Make it easier for returning customers and other visitors to get to you

Start doing cost effective branding today by bidding on your business name.

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