Web Design Archives - Bruce Clay, Inc. BlogFebruary 19, 2019
Both searchers and search engines want webpages to be lightning fast. So it’s no surprise that page speed is a ranking factor in Google’s search algorithm.
Using Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is one way to speed up your webpages for people using mobile devices. But you should only go to the time and expense of implementing AMP if it’s the best solution for YOUR site …
January 29, 2018
It’s now 2018, and we are officially living in a mobile-first world. In fact, Google has begun the switch to a mobile-first index — which means Google will rank your website based on your mobile content, relevance and UX.
Your mobile navigation (menus and internal links) contribute to all three.
Good mobile navigation makes it easy for people to find what they need, without bogging down page speed or cluttering the screen. It also needs to keep PageRank flowing to the important pages that you want to rank well in search.
Site navigations historically included everything on a site in huge, multi-tiered lists. On mobile, that approach doesn’t work. It looks cluttered. It requires scrolling. And it causes your visitors to bounce away.
Here I’ll lay out seven mobile-friendly navigation best practices that make life easier for people visiting your business site on a mobile device:
- Keep mobile navigation short and sweet.
- List the most important pages first.
- Think of search as part of your navigation.
- Make your navigation intuitive.
- Be thoughtful about fonts and contrast.
- Design for touch.
- Design for the multi-screen mobile user.
January 17, 2017
What if I told you that the way most websites are structured is completely wrong for search marketing?
And then what if I told you that there was a proven way to structure your website to:
• Boost its relevancy for search engines
• Drive more organic search traffic
• And gain a massive competitive advantage?
Let me tell you more …
It’s an SEO strategy that’s been around for a while, yet the majority of brands — even bigger brands — aren’t utilizing its power to improve their site’s rankings, relevance and usability.
You’ll gain a competitive advantage as I explain in this post:
• Why website architecture is the key to making your site relevant to the search engines.
• How the organization of your content positions you as a subject matter expert and creates a good user experience.
• Case studies that show the power of website architecture for SEO.
December 1, 2016
According to Google, progressive web apps are the next big thing for “delivering amazing user experiences on the web.” In the same vein as AMP (accelerated mobile pages), PWAs are causing digital marketers to rethink the way they can design and deliver their sites in a mobile-first world. Website owners and designers need to be paying attention. So just what is a progressive web app? It’s an all-in-one solution for web developers to create a single version website/app that can be delivered across all devices and works like an app but without the hassle of distribution through an app store.
Are PWAs right for your site? Read What is a Progressive Web App and Who Should Be Using It?
November 23, 2016
The mobile user experience really matters to Google. Proof:
• As of 2015, more searches are performed on mobile than desktop, meaning mobile is the main device used worldwide for the majority of online browsing time. Google has been strongly emphasizing the mobile-first perspective ever since.
• In April 2015, Google made a pre-announced update to the algorithm that ranks mobile search results. A website’s mobile friendliness officially was dubbed a confirmed ranking signal for mobile search rankings.
• In late 2015, the Google Quality Rating Guidelines were updated with screenshots from the perspective of mobile devices.
• In November 2016, Google pre-announced an update to its search index, moving to a mobile-first index. This means that Google uses your site’s mobile version in ranking calculations.
• And this coming January 2017, sites that show an intrusive interstitial in the transition from a mobile search result to the content clicked will not rank as highly in Google results.
Google is optimizing its users’ mobile search experience and webmasters must be in lock step.
Consider this checklist your mobile SEO go-to resource.
August 6, 2015
Infinite scrolling is the process of loading content when the user brings it into view, i.e. when the user scrolls or clicks. Infinite scrolling is great for:
• User experience, as it can lead users to content they might not have otherwise discovered
• Time on page, as users theoretically read longer
• Reducing above-the-fold content load time
However, infinite scroll carries risk for content indexing and ranking, and may even decrease user interaction on the site.
Read on to discover what infinite scrolling is, the potential SEO hazard it poses, the problems Etsy encountered when it added infinite scroll, and why our recommendation is to proceed with caution.
January 6, 2015
Whatever baby wants, baby gets. Unless baby mistypes a URL — then baby gets a 404 error page.
So, what do we do? Turn adversity into opportunity, of course!
I like to think of the 404 error page as your damage control page. Your customer just tried to go to a page on your website, and now they are faced with disappointment. The 404 error page greets them immediately at their peak moment of disappointment – what a perfect opportunity for you to tell them you could care less with a machine-generated white-screen error message. Said no one ever. This is your time to deflect those bad feelings and offer a solution that inspires positive feelings!
Follow these five steps to create a custom 404 error page that makes your customer feel like you’re there for them, even when your content can’t be.
October 1, 2013
Ah. This is a good one. In this session Shari Thurow (@sharithurow, Founder and SEO Director at Omni Marketing Interactive) will be showing us how to create search engine friendly sites that can be read and indexed by search spiders, but are also equally appealing to human visitors. A great resource for those dealing with, ahem, I mean… highly respecting the feedback of web designers who aren’t convinced you can have SEO friendly web design without compromising user experience.
Yay for SEO and UX working together, and yay for educating entire teams on the value of both! Let’s go.
Read more of SMX Boot Camp: SEO Friendly Web Design.
July 12, 2012
Man on the phone: If I paint my house, I don’t have to worry about it again until it wears off in 10 years. Why do I need an ongoing SEO project?
Fred: Think of it less like painting a house and more like something you need to maintain. Like a plant, your website is organic. You don’t water it once and you’re done. The Internet is not static. Competitors are constantly changing their sites, search engines are constantly changing the search results, and you have to keep up your website, too.
Once you understand that SEO is ongoing, you understand the need for a website maintenance blueprint. Procedures for website updates with SEO Web design best practices will help you and your organization ensure consistency throughout the website’s lifetime.
Read more of SEO Web Design: How to Plan for the Never-Ending Update.
June 28, 2012
You want your website to be more social, but you’re not quite sure where to begin. You’ve added some standard plugins, because hey, the competition is using them and you don’t want to be left out. You see some social activity occurring on the site, but you’re not sure if you’re getting the most out of your plugins or how they contribute to the bigger picture.
Choosing social plugins for your site should be driven by site goals, social media goals, business goals. The key is in the approach: understand that social connectivity on your site is a tactical response to your overall strategy. Your plugins don’t make the decisions about where you’re going in social, they help you get to where you want to go.
Read more of How to Choose Social Plugins for Your Website.