Month: June 2018

Do I have a responsive or a mobile friendly website?

how to check if the website is responsive or not.

First of all, before I start anything I must say that these terms are used interchangeably but a mobile-friendly website is different from a responsive website.

A mobile-friendly website will look good on the mobile phone but it may not be a perfect solution because mobile phone’s screen sizes are rapidly changing with time. A mobile-friendly website may not have the same user experience on different screen sizes and resolutions.

On the other hand, responsive website design allows a website to adapt to the size of the screen of any device whether it is a mobile phone, a tablet or even an XBOX.

There was a time when businesses were maintaining two versions of their websites one for desktop and one for mobiles. But now, things have changed, a responsive website has a better user experience on any device which eventually increases the chances of customer retention.

  • There are many good reasons for having a responsive website.
  • Better end user experience.
  • Lower maintenance costs.
  • Increased user engagement.
  • Improves SEO effectiveness. Google is recommending the responsive design.

 

How do I know whether my website is responsive or not? Almost all modern browsers are providing this functionality but let’s talk about Google Chrome. Follow the steps:

1. Open the website in Google Chrome Browser

2. Press F12 and you should see the developer console on your right. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a developer to do the test.

3. Notice the Toggle Device Button (or press Ctrl+Shift+M) on the top left corner of the Developer Console.

 

4. Press the button and that should invoke the toolbar at the top of the screen.

 

5. Now you can choose the different screen sizes, devices to see how is your website looking.

 

Bingo! Now, you know if your website is responsive or not, contact us if you need a responsive website design. At LYB, we are offering responsive website designs which are tested on multiple browsers to make sure that your customers get the best experience on any device or browser.

 

 

16 eye-opening facts about search engines

It is really eye-opening to see some amazing facts about Search Engines. This emphasizes the fact that search engine optimization or local search engine optimization is very important for small-sized or medium-sized companies or even larger companies which are looking for a good online presence. Paying attention to SEO strategy, keyword research suggests that the right selection of keywords can significantly increase traffic to your website and this will eventually turn into good leads.

Here are some facts about user searches, search engines and patterns from the internet.

  1. The Top 2 online activities are search and email.
  2. 93% of all traffic comes from a search engine.
  3. Over 63% of all searches are performed using Google.
  4. Google changes its search engine algorithm roughly 500 – 600 times per year.
  5. Search engines drive 300% more traffic to sites than social media.
  6. 87% of smartphone owners use a search engine at least once per day.
  7. 60% of clicks go to the top three websites in the search engine results.
  8. 50% of search queries are four words or longer.
  9. SEO leads have a 14.6% close rate compared to only 1.7% for outbound leads such as print advertisements.
  10. 75% of users never click past the first page of search results.
  11. Marketers see SEO as becoming more effective, with 82% reporting effectiveness is on the rise and 42% of this group stating effectiveness is increasing significantly. (Source: MarketDive)
  12. The Backlinko study also reported that using a single image within content will increase search engine rankings. (Source: Backlinko)
  13. Businesses that have a strong keyword in the business name rank 1.5 spots higher than if there is no keyword in the name. (Source: Local SEO Guide)
  14. 62% of B2B marketers and 51% of B2C marketers have optimized their blogs for mobile in order to improve SEO. (Source: Social Media Examiner)
  15. Google “near me” searches have increased by two times over the past year. (Source: Search Engine Watch)
  16. 55% of searchers don’t know which links in the Search Engine Results pages are PPC ads, according to a new survey up to 50% of users showed a Search engine Results page screenshot could not identify paid ads. (Source: Search Engine Watch)

We collected this data from multiple sources, wherever we could, we mentioned the source of this information. You may be interested in finding what all LYB can do to help you with your SEO and Digital Marketing activities.

Why should someone be updating their business website? Let us start with my own real-life experience.

Once, I heard some rumors about changes in the services offered by one of my business associates company. As I couldn’t contact the vendor personally, I turned to their website to see if the sayings are valid. But there was no information on it. Probably they haven’t updated their website. I became doubtful, so I agree to temporarily halt my transactions with them until I get a proper notification.
This is just one example. Website unresponsiveness, information mismatch, low up-time, poor presentation, inappropriate positioning of important information, not-adhering to web policies, mobile incompatible and many other factors can lead to a loss of web credibility. I am listing some detailed reasons for why your business website needs to be updated, to be able to stand identified in a competitive crowd.

1. Your website is the face of your business.

You want to capture the attention of online users. These users are kind of people who believe that you exist only if you are listed on Google. Do you remember clicking some websites name and an error page pops up with a message like “Domain service no longer available” or ” resource cannot be found” or ” something went wrong”? The website manager is responsible for preventing such unwelcoming errors. Now imagine, if this is happening to your website, this is an urgent situation, you contact your website management company and ask them the reason. The error messages might be due to non-renewal of the domain name or some web pages may have been removed accidentally or something wrong has happened to the server where your website is hosted. In any case, an update is required as your customers may think that you have ceased operating.

2. Your website is an authentic source of recent business changes

Any change in the business or services, whether it is the technology, collaborations, acquisitions, new offerings, etc. must be immediately taken up on your official website. As my opening paragraph gives the scenario example, any glitch found by the customers may put them off. If you think your business has scaled to the level where there is need of adding new information, every now and then, invest in updating your static website into a dynamic one, that way, you will be able to control your website’s content and make changes. If you choose to stay with your static website, make sure you provide content updates to the maintenance team.

3. Your website is used to interact with your business.

The website carries your business contact information, web forms for sending you queries, static FAQs, discussion forums, store locator and other such tools that can initiate call-to-action for website visitors, these are good reasons to keep your website fresh and updated regularly. From time to time, these action tools must be verified and tested for their correct functioning.
There are some tools available which can give you website performance information. These analytics tools can help a website owner to monitor user browsing behaviour, conversion rate and indexing of a website on a search engine. These stats give results in form of graphs and numerals and you can decide whether your site needs an update or not. Integration of such tools into a website is highly recommended for monitoring. This monitoring is done by your website management hosting company, though if you are interested in the statistics, you can ask them to share the login details for your website’s analytics account and see the stats yourself. In fact, this is a useful exercise to do because you as the business owner needs to know how customers are interacting with your website.