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Six Ways to Refresh Your Website for 2022

We are six months into the new year. Have you updated your website lately? How you started your 2022 can make all the difference when it comes to the momentum you create for the rest of the year. Your website is probably working okay. For a small business owner with a significant portion of your presence online, now is an excellent time to dive deep into your website and take note of what’s working, what’s not working, and what simply needs a new coat of paint. The following few strategies can help you make sure your website looks and functions at its best for 2022.

Do a basic check

Websites are tricky. Without routine maintenance, links and plugins can behave differently than originally intended. Look into the following to keep your site functioning at its best:

  • Bad quality and or missing images

  • Any user information that is not up to date

  • Plugins that need to be updated

  • Themes that require a redesign or an update

  • Formatting issues

  • Any missing content

Gather feedback from your audience

Your website represents you and your business. To get the most accurate feedback about how your site is truly consumed, you need to reach out to your consumers. Ask your audience what they like and don’t like about the site directly. You may be surprised at their willingness to engage and share their thoughts with you. There are plenty of ways to uncover and organize information such as threads, email campaigns and surveys. Use what works best for you and commit to making the changes your audience will appreciate.

Research the competition

The importance of researching your small business competitors is often addressed. When you want to learn about what is working, looking over at your competition, this could be exactly what you need. This remains true for website functionality. Take your time and look over the sites of your competition and note what stands out to you, what you’re doing better, and what strategies you can use.

Analyze your analytics

Paying attention and looking outward isn’t the only solution. To get a complete picture of what needs to be updated on your site, you want to research what you’re already doing. Filter through your analytic data for the following information:

  • Which pages create the highest bounce rate (when a visitor leaves your site)

  • Pages that are the most popular

  • What pages seem to create the highest level of engagement

Spruce up your SEO

New customers mean more business. When it comes to your website, one of the best ways for new customers to discover you is through your keywords. Choosing the right keywords through SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is highly important to help your ranking in searches and land you more visitors. To make sure you have a significant amount of highly searchable words, you will need to do a little homework. Tools like Google Keyword Planner, and Wordtracker are just a couple of the options you can use to help you boost your search results.

Bring more content to the table

Content, Content, Content……Customers who visit a website are not likely to stay very long if they are not engaged. When thinking of ways to update your website for this summer, keep in mind the fact that many of your customers know what to expect and may have even become jaded with your content. Don’t be afraid to add new content such as:

  • Videos or infographics to easily describe your products and services

  • Create a blog which drives continuous traffic if used properly

  • Take the time to update sections of your site (factoring SEO and surveys)

It’s best to avoid relying exclusively on regular changes to your website when an additional annual refresh can make all the difference. Using the strategies listed above you can continue into 2022 prepared for success.


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