You Need to Optimize your Website for Mobile Now

Mobile phones are near and dear to all of us. They’re so ingrained in our lives that many of us (including me) can’t imagine spending the day without one. We use them for everything in our lives, from browsing the internet to playing games to working. In fact, more than half of all internet traffic in 2018 came from mobile phones. This is exactly why you should optimize your website for mobile devices: there is just so much potential traffic that can come from mobile users!

Infographic explaining why you should optimize your website for mobile right now

Why should I optimize my website for mobile?

By optimizing your website for mobile, you can affect your website’s performance positively. Here are just a couple of ways:

  • Improves user experience
    • By improving and optimizing the layout of your site, mobile users will feel more comfortable while navigating
  • Boosts your SEO
    • Having a mobile-optimized website will reduce bounce rates, load times, and repeated content, resulting in your website ranking high in search results
  • You get an edge against non-optimized websites
    • You’ll automatically get an edge against non-optimized websites because they won’t have all these perks!
  • Increases time spent on your site for mobile users
    • Mobile users will have a better experience on your website, leading to higher retention rates and longer browsing times
  • Your website will load faster on mobile
    • Desktop websites are very big for mobile users, so optimizing your website will reduce website load times

How do I optimize my site?

One of the most commonly recommended things you can do to optimize your website for mobile is to make the layout and design mobile-friendly. There are 2 main ways you can do this: you can make a separate website for mobile users or you can make your existing website responsive.

Back in the earlier days of the web before responsive design was a thing, many webpages had a mobile and a desktop version of their site. This would allow the webpage managers to completely customize the website design for mobile users. If any of these apply, a separate mobile site may be right for you:

  • The vast majority of traffic to your website is through mobile devices
  • You have a very complicated website, and you want to make sure that mobile users are having a good experience

Responsively designed websites are a bit newer than separate mobile sites. What responsive design does is it lets developers make 1 version of a website for many different screen sizes. It also has a few key advantages over making a separate site:

  • Easier to maintain than 2 separate sites
  • Works on almost any screen size
  • No need to split up traffic between 2 websites

 However, if your website has a very intricate layout, it may be best to make a separate version of your site for mobile users.

 Now that you know why and how you can optimize your website for mobile users, you’re ready to grow your website! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave a comment or contact me. Also, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list to get updated whenever I post something new. Thank you so much for reading!

Ethan from The Lonely Coder

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7 Easy Ways to Boost Traffic to Your WordPress Site

Have you ever struggled with getting people to go to your website? It can be very frustrating to see the money and effort put into building it goes down the drain. I know how it feels, and I definitely don’t want to see you struggle. That’s why I made a list of 7 ways to easily boost traffic to your WordPress site.

1. Speed it up

 If you’ve ever been in a place without good internet, you know how frustrating it can be to wait for a website to load. You probably felt frustrated, bored, or even angry. This is why it’s super important to have a website that loads as fast as possible. Without a fast loading page, users can get frustrated easily and leave before they see any content. If you want to check how fast your page is loading, I recommend taking a look at Google PageSpeed test (link). It shows you exactly which areas your website is struggling in, and what plugins you can use to fix it.

By increasing the speed of your website, you will be able to boost traffic to your wordpress website
Don’t waste any time!

2. Have Quality Content

 Having quality content on your website may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s seriously undervalued. Quality content tends to market itself. People will be more inclined to share good content with their friends and family, and that leads to more traffic to your WordPress site. The type of good content you post depends largely on the type of website you have. For example, if you run a blog, you should make sure to proofread your articles and add plenty of images to your posts.

A lot of marketers are doing it for a reason…

3. Add Internal Links

 An easy way you can boost traffic to your WordPress site is through internal links. Internal links are basically links that link to another page in your website. Most users will come to your webpage to find specific information. After they find it, they’ll leave your website. This is where internal links come in handy. They help to direct users to somewhere else on your website after they’re done. Internal links are a super-easy way to increase traffic to other parts of your website.

4. Have a Good Design

Have you ever seen a website so ugly you couldn’t help but laugh at it? Yeah, me too, and nobody likes those kinds of websites. If you don’t want your website to be laughed at, you need a good design. There are a couple of ways to go about getting a good design. The easiest way is to install a template off of the WordPress store. Alternatively, you can download one from a website. The way I would recommend is to hire someone to do it for you. It saves you time, energy, and you can get your website completely custom made.

You don’t want to be seen as “that” company

5. Use SEO

SEO is what can determine whether people can see your website or not. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. As the name suggests, it means optimizing for search engines. By optimizing your website more, you can increase your ranking in search engines like Google and Bing. To optimize your WordPress website for search engines, you can download a helpful plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast. It automatically takes care of the complicated things for you, and it helps you to optimize each page on your website.

SEO is super important!

6. Promote on Social Media

If you’re reading this, you’re probably using the internet. And what’s more synonymous with the internet than social media? Checking our social media accounts has become a daily thing for most of us. This is why promoting your website on social media can be a cheap and easy way to drive traffic to your WordPress site. At any time, you can notify the entire world that your website exists and that they can visit it.

I won’t go over how to make your social media accounts, but I will tell you how you can effectively tie them to your website. Make sure to add links to your social media pages somewhere, preferably in the footer. Also, editing your website’s meta description lets you customize your website’s preview on sites like Twitter. As mentioned before, WordPress SEO by Yoast can let you do this easily. 

Use social media, it really helps your business

7. Improve the User Experience

User experience (UX) encompasses what users experience when they visit your website. It’s about what and how the users feel as they interact with your website. As you can imagine, bad user experience means users will feel frustrated and annoyed when they use a site. And you definitely don’t want people to feel this way!

Things like a proper navigation bar, good formatting, and a high-quality homepage can help to make people’s experience on your website more pleasant. WordPress has built-in visual text editor, so you can see what your users will see as you’re typing it. WordPress also has an option to generate a custom navigation bar. You can add as many links and as much text to it as you want. For your homepage, I recommend hiring a professional to do it for you. They can examine the overall theme of your website, and build a user-friendly homepage that reflects that.

Put some effort into your website’s UX

 Now that you know how to boost traffic to your WordPress website, you’re ready to make an empire! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave a comment or contact me. Also, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list to get updated whenever I post something new. Thank you so much for reading!

Ethan from The Lonely Coder

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10 Things your Business’s Website Absolutely Needs

Your small business website is the main hub of all your online activities. It needs to be refined into a 24-carat gold-plated masterpiece. That’s why making one can be daunting. To help you, I’ve made a list of 10 things that you need to add to your website to turn it into a shining masterpiece. These aren’t in any particular order, so feel free to jump around to points you see most fit for you.

1. A Contact Form

Putting a contact form on your website is an absolutely essential part of building your website. Your contact form needs to be easy to find and fill out. It needs to have a section to add the sender’s email, name, and message. Adding a section with your contact details is also a viable option. Be sure to put your business’s email, phone number, physical address (if applicable), and hours (if applicable).

2. Testimonials

Testimonials show that your business can be trusted. Make sure that the testimonials you use are real and unedited to increase trustworthiness. Adding the name and a picture of the person who sent the testimonial helps to add extra trustworthiness, but it isn’t necessary. You should ideally put your testimonials in a place where they can be easily seen on your website.

3. SEO

Good SEO is something your website absolutely needs. In short, SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is what will get you traffic from search engines. SEO determines how far down your website is when it’s searched on Google. There are a lot of factors that go into what determines your search engine ranking, but one of the most important ones are keywords. Search engines will go into your website’s content and try to extract some meaning from it. Keywords help the search engine do this and make your website rank higher in search results.

4. An Appealing Design

Your business website absolutely needs an appealing design to be relevant in today’s society. After all, nobody wants to spend their time looking at an ugly or bland website design. The easiest way to get an appealing design for your website is to find a template online, but you’ll also need coding skills. Ideally, you should let a professional web designer or developer take care of that for you.

5. A Blog

Adding a blog to your website can be a cost-effective way to drive traffic to your website. Your blog must include content that is geared toward your business’s target audience. The easiest way to add one is to use WordPress. By clicking a few buttons, you can have a fully functional and good-looking blog added to your website. However, if you’re not already using WordPress, it’s gonna be a little more difficult to set one up. In that case, I would recommend hiring a professional to do it for you.

A graph on why you should add a blog to your small business website

6. Social Media Links

Social media links are a must-have on your website. It’s a great and free way to raise brand awareness and to drive more traffic to your site. All you have to do is add your social media links and the corresponding icons to the footer of your website. WordPress lets you do this easily, but if you’re not using it, you should ask someone with coding experience to add it in for you.

7. A Product Description

Having a product description on your website will help customers get a better idea of what they’re buying. It’s essential to put your product description somewhere near the top of your page so customers will immediately know what you’re selling. Make sure this section is well written and easy to spot, because this section will likely determine whether a customer is going to stay on your page or not.

8. A Call to Action (Important!)

You need, and I can’t repeat this enough: you NEED a call to action on your website! It makes it so much clearer and easier for the customer to buy from your business if you add one of these. A call to action section is something on your webpage that will immediately show where the customer needs to go to buy from you. A call to action needs to be very obvious, almost sticking out like a sore thumb. Something as simple as a highlighted button can do the trick. There are also many other options such as popups, contact forms, and even links to your social media.

9. An About Us Page

Adding an about us page to your website can help customers get a sense of who you are as a business. Even something as small as a short section can accomplish this. However, if you have a multi-page site, it would be ideal to dedicate a full page to it. You should include a quick summary of your company and its mission, who it employs, and any outstanding achievements the company has received. 

10. An Email List Signup Form

An email list can help you grow your business by sending customers relevant information about your business. One easy way to add an email list to your blog is to add a popup. Many email list marketing platforms let you make popups that you can add to your website. Your popup needs to be visible and easy to read. It needs to have a place for the user to enter their email address and a clear call to action.

Now that you know what you need to add to your business website, you’re ready to turn it into a masterpiece! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave a comment or contact me. Also, subscribe to my mailing list to get updated whenever I post something new. Thank you so much for reading!

Ethan from The Lonely Coder

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Introduction – Hello, World!

Hey everyone! My name is Ethan Roos, and I’m a freelance web developer from southern California. I specialize in making websites for nonprofits and other related small organizations. I’ve been a freelancer part-time for about 6 months now, and I’ve got to say that I love it! And I’d love nothing more than to share what I’ve learned with you. Now that I’ve made my introduction, here’s what I have planned for you:

About this blog

In this blog, I’m gonna go over the best ways you can make, maintain, and optimize your website in order to drive more traffic to it. This will apply to any type of website including blogs, company sites, personal sites, and, to an extent, certain social media pages. If you’re looking for a way to drive more traffic to your website, then this is the right blog for you.

I’m going to be the one writing the posts here, and I’ll try to give you some new content to look at every day, whether that’s a blog post, infographic, or another article I think you’ll find interesting. But, I’ll try to do mostly blog posts, and keep the others to a minimum.

Anyways, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can fill out the contact form located here. I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook if you want to see what I’m up to in real-time.

One more thing: I made a mailing list that you should totally subscribe to! Every time I post something, you’ll be notified by an email to your inbox. If you want to subscribe, you can sign up using the popup in the right-hand corner of your screen.

I look forward to seeing you around here, and I swear, no more introduction posts!

Ethan

Me!
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