If you own/operate an ecommerce business, the new year is a perfect time to give your ecommerce website the refresh that it needs. With the holiday season behind us, it is time to prepare for the year ahead. An important part of that is making sure your website is a viable platform in this current market. Not only do you likely need to update products or service offerings, but making an easy-to-use and well-designed website can definitely keep customers coming back for more.
Covid affected varying industries disproportionally, but across all dimensions of the economy, businesses were forced to adapt to a digital way of conducting their affairs. It was rough going early on with both internal communications and the disruption to selling patterns (in-person largely disappeared).
When you visit Google or any other search engine and type in keywords that are important to your business, do you see your listings anywhere on page one? If your answer is yes, great — keep up the good work! If your answer is no, it’s time to consider (or reconsider in this case) your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. When was the last time you reviewed your website from an Organic perspective? If your site is not optimized for the most important and relevant keywords, then you will not likely show up when someone searches for them. This is not to say that all you have to do is add some content to your site and poof — there you are, #1 in Google! Sorry, but that isn’t going to happen. Unlike paid search, which can garner results almost instantly, organic search takes time, patience and a knowledgeable team of SEO Engineers, who are well versed in the industry.
First, you will need to determine where your site is lacking in terms of being “Google Friendly”. We have created a rather robust document called our Search Engine Optimization Review, which I typically like to describe as a website report card. Here is how it works: Our SEO Engineers carefully review a site and provide a detailed written analysis, complete with prioritized action items, in order to get your website in better shape for organic search. This Review will look at every aspect of a website that matters to the search engines and ultimately affects rankings. Just a few topics that are focused on during this Review: domain configuration, navigation structure, content optimization, inbound and outbound link structure and much more.
No matter which tactics you employ, be sure to always follow a Best Practices/White Hat approach. In other words, do not ever do anything to trick or fool the engines. This approach is known as Black Hat and it will backfire eventually if not immediately. If you do decide to outsource your efforts to an agency, I encourage you to dig deep into their reputation, knowledge and experience as an SEO firm to ensure that they are not engaging in any tactics that would be considered unacceptable by Google or the other engines.