As your WordPress website evolves over time it is inevitable that you will remove old pages, rename pages, and add new pages. This is especially true when completing a redesign project or content restructuring. Another common instance we see this occur is when an organization grows, changes the business model, or merges with another organization. When this happens, you need to take special care to ensure that any page URLs that were removed or changed are properly redirected to an existing page, otherwise your site will generate what are called ‘not found errors’ until search engines like Google fully re-index the site (which can take some time). Also, any links back to the site you or others posted on social media, online directories, or via other site’s blog comments which no longer exist will return that same dreaded ‘not found error’. These external links, called ‘back links’, are especially important for search engine optimization (SEO) not to mention user experience (linking to a ‘page not found’ as a first impression of your website is far from ideal). Oh, and those ‘not found errors’? Too many of them can have a negative effect on SEO too.
Google Analytics is one of the most popular Analytics platforms out there, allowing site owners to monitor traffic to their website. It lets you see how many visitors you’re receiving, where they’re coming from, and what pages they are looking at. It’s an indispensable tool for figuring out how users are interacting with your website.
If you are one of the 80 million small businesses that have a Facebook page, you may question whether it is worth creating your own WordPress site. After all, Facebook is the third most visited website in the world with over 2 billion active users and doesn’t require any technical knowledge whatsoever to use. Why would someone bother with the expense and effort to create a standalone website? There are many reasons to do so, and relying on Facebook alone is a losing proposition.
Over the past few months, tons of search engine rankings have been shifting around significantly. Older sites that have ranked for a while are losing the top spots, and a lot of newcomers are showing up higher than one would expect. All of this is related to Google’s latest “Medic” update, one of the largest … Read more
Welcome to Part 2 in Watermelon’s Local SEO Website Planning Guide. If you’ve already read Part 1, then you know: You need a website to market effectively in 2018. Luckily, WordPress makes this easy. A business with multiple locations is better off setting up location pages on a single website than creating an individual site … Read more
By now everybody knows that their WordPress website needs maintenance. Like almost everything associated with tech, websites and their components are constantly changing, being modified and upgraded to fit the latest trends and technological advances. Having regular WordPress maintenance on your site is important for all the obvious reasons: core updates, plugin updates, error log … Read more
If you own a brick-and-mortar business and you haven’t been marketing online, you’re way behind the curve. Between the various online mapping and direction tools, local search results, and social media pages, there is a huge opportunity for you to use the internet to bring more customers through your door. However, it’s not always easy … Read more
In this day and age, quite literally everyone and their grandmother is on social media, including businesses like yours. Having an active social media presence is almost as important as having a website and a lot of consumers will question your legitimacy if that is not the case. Social media marketing can be a great … Read more