1. Making and Testing Large and Small Changes
The overall goal of SEO is to get traffic and, ultimately, transactions on your website. Neither of those will happen if nobody clicks on your website in the first place.
So, what if you’re getting your website to rank well for certain keywords, but no one is actually clicking on your link?There could be any number of reasons for this, and it can take some time to zero in on exactly why it isn’t performing as well as expected.
And the only way to do that is through A/B testing. You’re going to have to take one element at a time, whether that’s the meta descriptions, the titles, the content and more, and test them against new variations. That’s all well and good and even a little obvious. So what makes it a “risk”?
It will likely take a bit of trial and error to come up with the correct wording and layout combination that results in maximum website traffic and transactions. During this time, you may find a combination that doesn’t work well at all and ends up reducing what traffic you do have – at least for a while.
The risk is worth it, though, because once you find the best results, you’ll be able to focus on that element and continue to drive more traffic and get better returns.
2. Getting and Giving High-Quality Backlinks
Why would one company feature a link to another company’s website and risk the web user leaving their page?
Backlinks are a well-established part of SEO, and most companies want to get as many of them as they can. They help increase rankings and build authority.
However, it’s not just about being the one with the most links. Sometimes you need to give a little back.
So, yes, you may risk losing a few web visitors by providing a link to other high-quality sites, but at the same time, you’re showing Google that you are using and referencing reliable sites with established authority.
Just keep in mind, webpages that knowingly feature links to low-quality, malicious, spammy websites are at risk of getting penalized by Google. You may also get penalized by getting too many links to your site from those poor-quality sites.
3. Enhancing Your Site’s URL Structure
Ideally, your homepage URL should be short, with only the company name, such as: www.yourcompany.com. Short, simple, concise and easily remembered.
Subsequent pages, however, should have targeted keywords and be more specific about the content of the webpage.
Even so, you don’t want to let the URL get out of hand. If they’re too long and descriptive, the search engine will truncate their display with a […] after a cut-off point.
So, it may be time to alter some of your URLs with an overhaul of the site’s structure.
The risk, here, is that any kind of change like this can impact your rankings. As you alter old URLs and 301 redirect traffic to the new ones, you may see some dips in traffic and rankings.
However, if you do it right, you can end up with a streamlined structure that appeals to both search engines and internet users.
4. Overhauling Your Website
Every once in a while, websites need to get updated and redesigned. Website redesigns can be risky and expensive, not to mention time-consuming.
Eventually, though, your website may need a new facelift. Maybe it just looks extremely outdated. Then again, it may be optimized for search engines, but human users find it difficult to navigate. There could be any number of reasons to take another look at your website and maybe – just maybe – consider reconstructing it from the ground up.
Of course, just like changing the URL structure, these types of changes come with a risk to your rankings as Google tries to re-evaluate your site. For that matter, it comes with the risk of alienating customers who have grown accustomed to your website just the way it is.
Usually, though, Google understands that every website goes through these overhauls every once in a while, so your rankings will usually bounce right back