SEO has been a big part of online business for almost as long as the internet itself, dawning in the early 1990s and moving with the constantly changing ebb and flow of the digital marketplace. Despite what many people might claim, SEO is still a strong business practice, although in many ways it resembles nothing like what it used to, focusing nowadays mostly on the importance of user driven web design. After more than two decades of practise, these are the techniques that the industry has found never fail us, and these are the facts concerning the importance of focusing on user experience for your website.
Simply put, user driven web design is the process of making sure that your website is first and foremost usable by your target audience. This means that your primary goal is to create a good and welcoming experience for visitors to your website, and at its most basic includes:
Basically, user driven web design is the practice of making sure that your website makes life easy for your user. At the end of the day, no-one is more important to you than your customers.
So, why is it important to focus on user driven web design, and how does it help from an SEO perspective? Well, for starters, it’s much easier to convert a customer who enjoys their experience on their website than one who doesn’t. These customers are also more likely to return in future, meaning more revenue, and to recommend your site to others. On the other hand, a site that is difficult to use will get a bad reputation, and you will see traffic drop.
But what does this mean for SEO? Well, a website that has more traffic is, in search engine’s eyes, a better quality website. A website that has more inbound links (recommendations from previous users) is a better quality website. A website that is shared more gets more traffic and inbound links, not to mention the power of modern social media for word of mouth. Essentially, a website that is easier to use for your customer is a website that is better in every way, for everyone, be it a search engine crawl bot, a customer or any other interested party.
Ok, but what is user driven web design? What changes can you make to your site that will help you achieve these fantastic results? We have a few suggestions that will help you gain and retain many more users:
That’s not everything, but it is a good start. Novi.Digital specialise in User Experience design and Conversion Rate Optimisation, so if you’re concerned with the usability of your website, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01524 566 736 or send an enquiry to [email protected] for a free consultation.