2. Optimize your website for the audience. This might seem counterproductive, but hear me out. The search engines like Google are searching for pages that best fit the keyword someone types to their little search box. If someone is searching words that report as your website offers, they are likely people of the audience. You have to optimize your website to satisfy their needs. If you do not know who your audience is, you will want to discover some way. Search for studies online that may provide demographic information and visit other sites, towns, or forums where your audience might spend time and pay attention to the things they discuss.
If you don’t know what Google Analytics is, on a surface level it’s an automated way to gather data on your potential customers. It will help you answer questions like “How long are customers spending on my site?” or “Why did they get all the way to the checkout page and not make a purchase?” Google Analytics has the power to track every movement on your website that a customer makes.
Always consult your website data — it’s your source of truth to exactly how users are engaging your website and content. Once you analyze data from your Google Analytics, consider installing Hotjar on your website. As a founding member, we at Marcel Digital continually use Hotjar for its heat and click map capabilities as well as the user surveys and polls features to get feedback directly from our clients’ visitor sources. We then compile that data and hypothesize various website tests, such as layout, content, and calls to action, that would help enhance the overall performance of the site and conversions like sales or leads.
According to research from Web.com and Higher Visibility, the average small business owner doesn’t use search engine optimization and really understand what it is and how it works. But, it’s web marketing’s secret weapon as strong SEO strategies help drive more traffic and, therefore, more customers to websites. SEO does this by making your website more visible like making it appear further up on a search engine results page such as Google. After all, what good is a website if people can’t find it? Given budget constraints, though, it may not be feasible for small businesses to hire an in-house web marketer.