How To Keep Steady Traffic After A Website Redesign

Nowadays, your website is often your audience’s first impression of your business, and an outdated website can reflect an outdated business. Whether you are looking to improve usability, better communicate your brand, or just give your site a fresh look, a website redesign has the power to take your business to the next level. If not done right, however, you may create your shiny new website, log in to Google Analytics, and see that traffic has actually dropped in comparison to the old website. To help avoid this issue, here are some tips on how to keep steady traffic after a website redesign.

Redirects

One of the most common causes of traffic loss is improperly setting up redirects to your new website. If your URLs have changed at all, you need to make sure that each one is set up with a 301 redirect. This will tell search engines and browsers that the page has been permanently moved and to pass the rankings from the old page to the new page, helping drastically with SEO for the new site. Without these redirects, search engines and browsers will think the page is completely gone, often resulting in a substantial drop in traffic.

Content

In many cases, redesigning a website includes rewriting the copy to align with the new look and feel of the site. However, copy changes cause Google to reconsider the relevancy of the page for the certain topic, since its algorithm is focused on making sure users are getting the most accurate results during their searches. If keywords are removed from titles, header tags, body copy, and so on, relevancy will drop which, in turn, results in a drop in traffic. It is best to work with an experienced SEO specialist to ensure either your old keywords or new, updated keywords are added back into the copy.

Structure

The structure of your website has a bigger impact on your website’s success than many other factors. When you have a confusing or poorly laid out site, it is hard for Google to index and understand your website, resulting in less value and traffic drops. This issue also negatively impacts user experience. If you are considering completely changing up your website’s structure, then you will need to create a new sitemap and submit it to Search Console in order to speed up the re-indexing rate of the new site. You should also pay attention to your internal links and make sure that none of them are broken or outdated, which can also cause value and ranking issues for your site.

By keeping redirects, content, and structure in mind, you can lessen your chance of having substantial traffic loss after a website redesign. Although a long and time-consuming process, redesigning your website can propel your business forward and show your audience that you are up-to-date and ready to take on more business.

Google Updates Tools for JavaScript Sites

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If your website is built in JavaScript, then you are in luck. Google has recently updated the mobile-friendly test and rich media test tools, so websites created in JavaScript, AJAX and other forms of JavaScript frameworks can operate smoother and be better debugged.

Your website may look great from a desktop computer, but when accessing it from a mobile device, it is important to make sure that it still functions properly. Google’s mobile-friendly test has been updated to better show you what your website looks like on a mobile device, and it will also give you a list of any mobile usability problems it detects.

The rich media test looks at the structured data on your website and tells you which rich results can be generated from it. Also, this tool has been revised so you can see a more accurate representation of your website in Search.

These updates from Google are advancements in making JavaScript websites run smoother by catching any mistakes or bugs that might be hindering them.

MeetSAVANNAH.com Website Launch

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Robmark Web would like to announce the launch of another website: MeetSAVANNAH.com!

This newly redesigned website showcases beautiful photography and features a directory of things to do in Savannah, Pooler, and West Chatham, along with information on some of the area’s top hotels located near all your travel and business needs. Travelers can browse hotel ratings, amenities, and more to help them choose from MeetSAVANNAH’s three partner hotels conveniently located near the airport, or the Comfort Suites located in Historic Downtown Savannah.

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, head to MeetSAVANNAH.com to learn about hotel specials and events happening year round, plus places to eat and shop. From Savannah Bananas baseball games, to trolley rides with Old Savannah Tours, to historic artifacts and exhibits at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and shopping at the Tanger Outlets, MeetSAVANNAH.com is here to help guide you as you plan your trip to the Hostess City.

So next time you are looking to plan an unforgettable trip, let the new MeetSAVANNAH.com introduce you to all that the charming city of Savannah has to offer!

Primal Gear Website Launch

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Robmark Web is proud to announce the launch of another website: GoPrimalNow.com! This brand-new website showcases one-of-a-kind, made in the USA archery and outdoor products from Primal Gear Unlimited LLC.

If you are looking for a quality bow that stays in one piece, will hold up during rigorous outdoor adventures, is lightweight and convenient, then check out GoPrimalNow.com. This easy to navigate website showcases products divided by category with a design that makes shopping online easy. With a unique community photo gallery feature, customers can view and share products being used in the real world. Also, each product page is custom built with a ‘watch related videos’ feature that allows the client to tag related YouTube videos, in turn offering customers unique video content specific to each product. With helpful product details and descriptions, customer reviews, detailed product photos, and videos throughout the site, it’s easy to find the best products for your specific needs. From archery gear to outdoor camping essentials, cutting tools to heirloom seeds, Primal Gear has you covered.

So if you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just looking for an alternative to a firearm, check out Primal Gear Unlimited, we promise you won’t be disappointed. And remember, GO PRIMAL!

StayinSavannah.com Now Live!

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Robmark Web is thrilled to announce the newly redesigned StayinSavannah.com! Known for its rich history and beauty, Savannah, GA is easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South. With exciting local events, nightlife hotspots, numerous dining options, and popular tourist attractions, why wouldn’t you want to stay in Savannah?

Filled with beautiful photography and an easy to navigate design, the new Stay in Savannah website features listings of some of the best things to see and do during your Savannah vacation. Plus, interactive maps show nearby attractions to help visitors pick which Savannah hotel is the best fit for them.

Website visitors can also learn about holidays and events happening year round, and those traveling for meetings, reunions, or weddings can find the best activities and accommodations for their group. From tours, attractions, and kid-friendly destinations to restaurants, nightlife, and places to stay, this website guides you through all that the city has to offer, which makes organizing your vacation to Savannah a breeze.

So stop by and check out Robmark Web’s newest website, StayinSavannah.com, and start planning your dream trip to the picturesque city of Savannah!

No More PageRank Dilution with 30x Redirects

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A few years ago, Matt Cutts, a Google software engineer, confirmed many SEO specialists’ suspicions: 301 redirects affect PageRank, which is the algorithm Google uses to rank sites in its search engine results pages (SERP). Cutts’ confirmation stated that the PageRank of an old URL was not fully passed on to the new URL, causing a drop in rankings. In order to prevent movement in the rankings, it was suggested to link through using a normal link versus using a redirect. Two years later, our pal Matt Cutts released a statement that 301 redirects no longer dilute PageRank. SEO specialists celebrated as Cutts said, “The amount of PageRank that dissipates through a 301 is currently identical to the amount of PageRank that dissipates through a link.” Now that our 301 worries are relieved, what about 302 redirects or other 30x redirects?

Up until now, all other forms of redirects still caused a dilution in PageRank. It wasn’t until last month that SEO specialists could stop worrying about PageRank when Gary Illyes, a Google webmaster trends analyst, confirmed that using a 301, 302, or 30x redirect of any kind will not result in a loss of PageRank. Google’s John Mueller also confirmed this statement.

301 redirects are used most commonly when a page with good page authority from your domain has been removed from the site. It is encouraged to add a 301 redirect from that page to another relevant page from your domain. In terms of SEO, this is a better alternative than using 404 error pages, which have no SEO advantage.

Are you interested in optimizing your search engine results? RobMark Web’s team of SEO Specialists is here to help! With a mix of white hat SEO tactics, RobMark Web can help you improve your PageRank.

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