Your website has to provide users with a high-quality experience, or they will 100% seek out a different website. Here's how you can optimize your UX so that you can kick your SEO strategy into high gear.
01:13 Tip #1 | Optimize Your Page Speed
02:01 Tip #2 | Optimize Your Images
02:39 Tip #3 | Make Sure Your Headlines Are Perfect
03:12 Tip #4 | Simplify Your Website’s Navigation
03:49 Tip #5 | Improve Your Mobile Speed Experience
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If you could avoid one SEO mistake, what would it be? Now, there are tons of big no-nos when it comes to SEO. The more obvious red flags that can actually get you penalized include things like keyword stuffing, using a ton of duplicate content, buying backlinks, and things like that. But there's one major issue I see a ton of newbies make and it's probably not the one you think, of because when people think of SEO, they think of keywords, backlinks, meta descriptions, and things like that. The thing I see that people look over all the time that's killing their SEO strategy is not optimizing their UX. See, search engines don't just evaluate webpages based on the keywords you use or how many backlinks you have.
Tip number one, optimize your page speed. 88.5% of visitors leave a website because of slow load time. Just imagine, you pick up your phone, you go to do a Google search, you click on a result, one second, two seconds, three seconds, still not loaded, four seconds, five seconds, six seconds, halfway loaded, seven seconds, eight seconds, nine seconds, fully loaded. That's a long time. You're going to leave the site. Make sure your code is clean using a CDN, which is a content delivery network, so that way your website is on servers all over the web.
Tip number two, optimize your images and content. Updating and republishing old blog posts with new content and images can increase traffic by as much as 106%. According to HTTP Archive, images make up an average of 21% of a total webpage's weight, so make sure that you're compressing the images, not in size, I'm talking about file size, so not in dimensions, but more so file sizes of where you want to compress 'em, and when you update your content, optimize your images, make sure that they're images on what people are looking for, you're going to be much better off.
Tip number three, make sure your headlines are perfect. 36% of SEO experts said that the headlines were the most important SEO element. David Ogilvy always used to say, "80 cents on the dollar spent on the headline." So you got to make sure that your headline is amazing, and there's a lot of stats out there that show this. Eight out of 10 people read a headline, two out of 10 people read the rest of your content. So you got to really focus on the headline and make it catchy. What I like doing is running A/B tests using paid ads with different headlines to figure out what people like the most.
Tip number four, simplify your website's navigation. 84.6% of web designers believe that crowded web design is the most common mistake made by small businesses, and look, simplify your navigation, simplify what's on a page, remove unnecessary elements, it just makes things easier for people to navigate. If you're not sure if you're making things simpler or worse, you can always use analytics tools like Crazy Egg which shows you where people click. You can also survey 'em, and on top of that, if you want to do a lot of user testing, check out usertesting.com which can also give you more feedback.
Tip number five, improve your mobile experience. Google recently reported that 60% of searches are completed on your phone. That's a lot. How's your mobile experience? Is it amazing, is it bad? Majority of the people that visit your website eventually, if not already, will be from mobile devices. Look at a lot of social networks that you use, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok. Where do you find them? Mobile devices. It's super important that you optimize your site to be responsive so that way your website can expand if someone has a big desktop computer, a laptop, an iPad, a small mobile phone, or a big mobile phone, a responsive design adapts so that way it fits all these devices.
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