Website maintenance essentials
When I built my first website in 1996, the web was less than a decade old. By the time I started my company in 2003, business owners had begun to realize they needed to invest in their web presence. Now in 2021, most business owners realize that their online presence isn’t a one-time activity. While that now involves much more than just a website, even the website alone needs to be maintained.
Here are five ongoing maintenance tasks you should consider for your website.
Updating the content
Ever looked at a website, read one thing, then called or visited the business and found something else to be the case? Review your website content regularly to be sure it’s inaccurate. If you say one thing on your website but do something different, that will turn potential customers off. Also, be sure that photos are relatively recent, so people, locations, and products look the same on your website and in real life.
Drive traffic to your website
Sure, we’ve all heard the famous phrase, “If you build it, they will come.” Unfortunately, that’s not true when it comes to websites. Getting people to visit your website takes continuous work. If you want people to find you through Google, one great activity is ongoing blogging. For most, writing a 300 – 600 word blog once or twice a month is sufficient. If your industry is more competitive than that, consider blogging weekly.
It helps to know what pages and blog articles people are and aren’t reading on your website. That can help you determine topics you need to write more about, whether or not you need to make certain information easier to find, and even if you need to rearrange your website’s menu.
Monitor technical SEO
If where and how you show up in search engines is important to you, you should invest time or money in your technical SEO setup. Following Google’s recommended best practices ensures that Google can easily index whatever content you have on your website.
Upgrade and backup
Many modern websites run on a content management system—a CMS—that itself requires ongoing maintenance. Be sure to upgrade the software and any add-ons regularly, and keep it backed up as well. I recommend once or twice a month scheduling a session where you back everything up, upgrade it, back it up again, then make sure the upgrade didn’t break anything.
Of course, you don’t have to do that all yourself. If it sounds like a lot of work you’d rather outsource, you can always hire a professional or marketing agency to help. Whoever created your website may offer those services, or you can reach out to a local professional.
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About Tim Priebe
Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of T&S Online Marketing. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.
Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.