General Guidelines for Website Updates

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Website Update General Guidelines

There are many reasons to update your website. In order for Google and other search engines to recognize your website as being relevant, and to continue to give your site the opportunity to rank for your industry keywords, website updates are essential for optimization.

Here are some general examples of different types of website updates:

  1. Content Updates:
    • Regularly update your content to keep it relevant and fresh. This could include new and updated blog posts, news articles, product descriptions, and any other information on your site.
    • Aim for a consistent schedule based on your content strategy. For some websites, daily or weekly updates might be appropriate, while for others, monthly updates could be sufficient.
  2. Product or Service Updates:
    • If you offer products or services, update your offerings as needed. This could involve adding new products, updating prices, or highlighting promotions.
    • Seasonal changes, new releases, or updates to your service offerings may require more frequent updates.
  3. Technical Updates:
    • Regularly check for and implement technical updates, especially for security and performance. This includes updating your content management system (CMS), plugins, and any other software your website relies on to function.
    • Quarterly or semi-annual technical audits can help ensure that your website is running smoothly.
  4. Design Updates:
    • Periodically evaluate your website’s design and user experience. Consider design updates to stay current with trends or to improve functionality.
    • Major design changes might occur less frequently (every year or so), while smaller tweaks can be done as frequently as weekly or monthly. Always be evolving.
  5. SEO Updates:
    • Keep an eye on changes in search engine algorithms and update your website’s SEO strategies accordingly. This might involve adjusting meta tags, optimizing content, and improving site speed.
    • Regular SEO audits (perhaps quarterly) can help ensure that your website is optimized for search engines.
  6. Responsive Design Updates:
    • With the increasing use of mobile devices, it’s crucial to maintain a responsive design. Regularly test your website on different devices and update the design to ensure a seamless user experience.
  7. Security Updates:
    • Security is a top priority. Stay vigilant about security updates and implement them promptly to protect your website from potential vulnerabilities.
    • Regular security audits can help identify and address potential risks.
  8. User Feedback:
    • Pay attention to user feedback. If users are encountering issues or suggesting improvements, consider making updates in response to their input.
    • Periodically survey users or use analytics data to gather insights on user behavior and preferences.

Remember that the key is to find a balance. While regular updates are important, they should align with your overall strategy and goals. Frequent updates just for the sake of change may not always be beneficial. Instead, focus on providing value to your visitors, improving user experience, and staying current with industry standards.

At Amslee Agency, we use the Growth Driven Design method for building websites, and when making any website updates we complete. We start by building a foundational website that is optimized over time, based on data and user feedback. Due to this approach, website updates managed by our team are typically completed weekly.

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