As WordPress continues to capture enterprise marketshare, we continue to get many more requests from large businesses who have beautiful sites designed by amazing branding and graphic design companies – but lack the optimization needed to impact their organic search results. Before we even work on content strategies for our clients, we start with assisting them with optimization. There’s not much of a use for investing in premium content if your site doesn’t get found!
Slow websites influence bounce rates, conversion rates, and even your search engine rankings. That said, I’m surprised by the number of sites that are still gruelingly slow. Adam showed me a site today hosted on GoDaddy that was taking in excess of 10 seconds to load. That poor person thinks they’re saving a couple bucks on hosting… instead they’re losing tons of money because prospective clients are bailing on them. We’ve grown our readership quite
A few weeks ago, someone in my Facebook network asked what best social sharing button plugins were out there for WordPress. I loved the simplicity of JetPack’s Publicize and the fact that it was developed by Automattic programmers (the developers of WordPress); however, either my host settings or some plugin rendered the sharing popup useless (thanks to Michael Stelzner for pointing that out!). I’m still using the plugin to push content to the social networks,
GetResponse has put together an infographic on the overall impact of social sharing on email click-through rates… and the results are quite striking. The number of users who include social sharing buttons in their emails increased from 18.3% to 29.4%. Compared to last year’s results, that’s an increase of 61%. What’s even more striking is the exceptionally high performance results for newsletters that included social sharing buttons. Those emails had an average click-through-rate (CTR) 158%
Today I had a fantastic day with the web team at Angie’s List. Angie’s List has been developing their site into an incredible resource library… and all the while they’ve continued to speed up their site. Their pages load at blinding speed. If you don’t believe me, pop up this page on Garage Doors. The page incorporates images, video, and social buttons… and still loads in milliseconds. Comparing their site to mine is like racing