Top 5 Must-Implement Website Optimization Strategies for 2019
When we talk about website optimization, we are referencing the marked improvement of the user experience so that customers are likelier to convert on your site. And even though many companies try to do this, some do so without the use of any useful data. It often ends up backfiring on them by decreasing the conversion rates instead of increasing them.
It's important to keep in mind that website optimization and your target audience's wants and needs go hand in hand. By following this logic, you will end up with a website that you will probably never come up on your own. Nevertheless, it will be one that will generate you the most traffic and conversions. With that said, here are the top five website optimization strategies for 2019.
Your page performance and speed will have a direct impact on your traffic and conversions. One study conducted by Google shows that the average load for a mobile landing page is 22 seconds. But over half of users will leave the site if it takes more than three seconds to load. It should go without saying that slow speed and poor performance create a poor user experience, which, in turn, leads to less brand loyalty.
Keeping your SEO in check is another factor where you should pay close attention. First of all, you will need to make sure that your site is mobile-friendly. You will also have to regularly check whether your site has status code errors and correct them.
While you're at it, check your site's indexing by using the Google Search Console and fix any issues that may exist. Look for status code errors and repair duplicate title tags and meta descriptions. Likewise, your Google Analytics to check on your traffic stats and consider adjusting your underperforming content.
The user experience (UX) is all about knowing your users, their likes, dislikes, wants, needs, values, etc. It also takes into consideration your business objectives. For this reason, your material needs to be unique and provide value. Your site has to be easy to use and navigate. It also has to be trustworthy and provide value concerning the experience. Your design and brand have to evoke emotion and appreciation.
Mobile First Approach
Somewhat recently, Google decided on mobile-first indexing. It means that websites that have a mobile version will be indexed better than those that don't. With this in mind, you should make sure that your site works on any device, be it mobile, desktop or tablet. Also, make sure that you scale your images when using a responsive design. Try to avoid pop-ups that cover your content. When it comes to mobile friendliness, less is usually more.
By 2020, there will be an incomprehensible amount of content produced daily - 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) to be more exact. To make your content stand out from all the rest will prove to be challenging. To stand a chance, you should consider creating a content hub such as a resource centre. Use it to have informative, useful, and entertaining content always available.
Promote your material on social media and other similar channels. Make use of images and video as these have a much better conversion rate than text. Last but not least, update your old and stale content to put it to good use.
While these website optimization strategies are not the only ones for 2019, they are among the most important. If you are finding it difficult to implement them and stay ahead of the curve, we are more than happy to help.
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