Small but Powerful Opportunities for Website Optimization

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Website optimization can be intimidating. However, by making small tweaks and updates you can improve the overall internal and external quality of your site. First, it is important to optimize your website for conversions and also for search engines such as Google. This will not only provide a great user experience (UX) but will also help your business get higher rankings in search engines, increased traffic, and the overall goal, more conversions! 

What Is User Experience?

“User Experience (UX),” according to usability.gov, “focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and also their limitations. It also takes into account the business goals and objectives of the group managing the project.” 

When you design and optimize your website through the eyes of the user, you provide them with a valuable, memorable experience that will leave them wanting more. This is represented through the factors of the User Experience Honeycomb:

  • Usable
  • Findable
  • Credible
  • Accessible
  • Valuable
  • Desirable

Now more than ever, consumers notice (and expect) quality user experience design. As you audit your website or design one from scratch, put yourself in the shoes of the consumer. If you don’t feel good about the experience your site provides, why should they?

What Is Search Engine Optimization?

Next, companies who want to be seen need to optimize their websites for search engine optimization (SEO). SEO can seem complicated, but understanding and implementing the basics can truly take your site to the next level. One aspect of SEO involves improving your website’s visibility so users can discover you more easily. It also includes processes for increasing website traffic, optimizing your content to increase conversions, and making sure your website works the way it should (fast, relevant, and helpful). 

How to Optimize Your Website for User Experience and SEO

Now that you know more about user experience and SEO, let’s dive in and learn how you can put them into action.

1. Make sure your website is mobile optimized. 

First, it’s not just important, but it’s now necessary for your site to be mobile-friendly. Did you know that Google switched to mobile-first indexing for all new websites? This means that Google will crawl a new website for mobile optimization before the desktop version. With more users searching on mobile devices than ever before, it is imperative that your website is mobile-friendly.

Mobile-friendliness includes font sizes, button sizes, and how easy your page navigation is for users, among other elements. If you’re wondering exactly how to optimize your website for mobile, we first recommend running Google’s free mobile-friendly test to find out how you score and discover optimization opportunities for your site.  

2. Provide users with relevant content. 

Next, your website should clearly explain who you are, where you’re located, and what you do. Without this key information, how can users understand how you can help them? We also recommend creating specific pages for each product or service that your business provides. This will not only give the reader a better understanding of your services but also provide you with SEO opportunities. For example, if you’re a plumber that provides various plumbing services, you can break down each of your offerings on their own designated pages. By doing this, you have the opportunity to:

  • Target specific keywords on each page
  • Increase internal linking opportunities
  • Provide users with specific, relevant content about your business
  • Provide users with answers to common questions
  • Increase conversions and get more business

3. Prioritize website speed optimization.

Did you know that most users expect websites to load under five seconds? Website page speed is so critical that users will leave a site before waiting a few additional seconds for it to load. Even if they decide to wait, they could still be frustrated and disappointed by slow loading time and abandon your site. Also, Google has stated that website page speed affects rankings, so make sure that your site loads quickly for your users as well as search engines. 

To check your current page speed, use the free PageSpeed Insights tool by Google. There are also small adjustments that you can make to optimize your website speed, including: 

  • Use a reliable host for your site
  • Enable caching
  • Optimize and compress your images
  • Minify HTML, JavaScript and CSS

4. Display clear calls to action.

Lastly, make it possible for users to easily contact you or perform an action, such as signing up for your newsletter, with an effective Call to Action (CTA). This can include form fills, click to calls, learn more buttons, or contact buttons. You should also consider the placement of your CTA. It should be clear, noticeable, relevant to the page’s content, and direct the reader to the right place.

 Ideally, your CTA will be above the fold, or near the top of the page. However, there are instances where placing a CTA below the fold, or further down the page, makes more sense, such as a “Book Now” button after a piece of content discussing a service that you offer. 

Want to Improve Your Website or Local SEO? Contact LSM! 

Website optimization can seem like a daunting feat, but knowing the basics will give you a running start. Begin by looking at your website and finding small opportunities to add a CTA, adjust image sizes, or develop a service page to get started. For more help, contact LSM! We provide SEO and Local Search services and would love to create the best strategy for your business. Happy optimizing!

LSM Wins 2020 Best of Brentwood Award

LSM Best of Brentwood Award

LSM has been selected for the 2020 Best of Brentwood Award in the Internet Marketing Service category by the Brentwood Award Program.

Each year, the Brentwood Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners were determined based on information gathered internally by the Brentwood Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Brentwood Award Program

The Brentwood Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brentwood area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and have implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Read the full press release here.

About LSM

A Premier Google Partner and Facebook Agency Partner, LSM drives revenue growth for multi-location businesses through user-friendly websites, scalable advertising campaigns, and proven search engine optimization, review management, and content marketing strategies. Our easy-to-use client reporting dashboard integrates with CRM & PMS systems to provide 24/7 access to key marketing analytics, including the origin and value of customers generated from our work. Founded in 2006, our culture inspires us to be bold in the strategies we employ and take pride in the results we produce. Contact LSM today and discover what we can achieve together!

7 Simple, Informative Videos That Answer the Question, “What is SEO?”


First time hearing that weird acronym, SEO? Sure you’ve been told it stands for Search Engine Optimization, but who actually knows what that means? Don’t worry! SEO is easier to understand than you would think.


I too struggled initially to understand what SEO actually meant before I started working at a search engine marketing agency. SEO involves practices and methods intended to boost your website up in a search engine’s rankings. I compiled a series of some of the best and most insightful videos to better help beginners understand SEO quickly.


What is SEO? This video is a great place to start as SearchEngineLand.com developed it in conjunction with the online educator, Common Craft.


So SEO helps boost your website’s position in search engine rankings. As explained in the video, there are a variety of techniques and practices that go into reaching the top. The first of which involves keywords.


This video, created by Staples, quickly  explains how you can determine the best keywords for your business.


This video, from a Business Blueprint event, shows how to use those keywords and optimize your website around them.


As we previously learned, search engines value quality. One way to improve the quality of your website is by creating great content. In this video, WordPress Eagle offers suggestions on how to create content and why it helps your ranking.


Backlinks, or links to your website from other websites, are another way to gain higher rankings. This video from JS Marquis examines how quality links make your website look great in the eyes of Google.


A relatively new development to SEO is the increasing relevance of social media. As social media continues to be integrated into our daily lives, search engines are placing more value on a business’ social media use. This video, created by SiteProNews helps explain how and why your social media use affects your SEO ranking.


You may be wondering, are there any other ways to boost my search rankings?


While the previous videos explained how to boost your rankings organically, search engines allow for businesses to pay to occupy one of the top 4 spots on a specific search. This video with Hal Varian, the Chief Economist of Google, helps explain how Google’s pay-per-click model works.


For additional information on SEO, click here, or call us today at 615-387-9156.