Give your Website some attention – Receive the attention you deserve!
One of the most often overlooked & critical components to any successful website strategy is ongoing web maintenance. While the initial website project is critical to creating the right foundation, the ongoing maintenance and upkeep is where you’ll really see your website shine and draw in customers.
Here are 5 reasons that you should be keeping your website up to date in order to retain the attention you deserve!
1. Have the perfect first impression
Ever go to a meeting and receive a business card from someone? One of the first things people do after they get back to the office is look up the website listed on it.
What is the first impression they get? Is the Our News section out of date? Is the copyright date in the footer last year? Did the Upcoming Events already happen, last year?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may be losing customers fast and decreasing your chances of receiving new business. This will give your business a poor first impression and could really affect your rankings.
On the other hand, if your site is up-to-date, you will be communicating that your company is able to stay on top of things and communicate well, someone whom your prospect can trust and do business with.
2. Have your visitors coming back for more
As they say, it’s easier to keep a customer than to get a new one. What is one of the best ways to do this online you may ask?
Make sure you are providing relevant, up-to-date information that helps them accomplish their goals. Perhaps this is via a monthly newsletter and latest news blog or social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
By keeping your site current and informative, you begin to develop a solid trust relationship with your customers and prospects. This trust is hard to gain and easy to lose unless you’re willing to work on it. Check out our marketing strategies for some great ideas in this area.
3. Get better rankings and drive more traffic
Search engines love fresh content! The more often you update your website, the more often the search engines will visit your site and boost your rankings which is extremely effective for your website, SEO-wise. And the reverse is true as well. After a site has not been updated in a while, the search engines quit crawling it and your rankings may begin to drop for important keywords.
Not only does showing the search engines that your site has fresh content help to boost your rankings, it also gives you more opportunities to rank for specific keywords. For a more detailed discussion, see our blog post on top SEO tips here.