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A Post-Launch Checklist for Website Success

MyNewWebsiteYou poured hours of time into designing your website and got through the official launch without a hitch, so now you’re ready to sit back and relax while it works for you. However, there’s no such thing as “set it and forget it” if you want to maximize website performance and increase traffic. Diligent webmasters constantly monitor, update and make changes to improve user experience.

Use this checklist to streamline your website, make it more attractive to search engines and ensure users stick around long enough to engage and convert.

1. Proofread

You should have checked your website for mistakes at least once before going live, but it never hurts to do it again. Look for misspellings, incorrect prices and errors in contact information while ensuring ensure keywords flow naturally in text and double-checking for links leading to the wrong pages. Continue reading

Get on Top in 2017: 4 SEO Tips for Maximum Website Visibility

SEO triangleHave you ever felt as though you’re being swept away by a river of ever-changing search engine optimization (SEO) algorithms? Although Google does seem fond of shaking things up for webmasters, there are some basic “rules” you can follow to push your website closer to the top of search engine results pages and bring in more visitors.

If you’re ready to attain better visibility for your site in 2017, try these four SEO tips to dominate search results on both desktop and mobile devices:

1. Streamline Your Offerings

More mobile searches performed by increasingly tech-savvy audiences make speedy websites a must. It’s time to update the way you serve visitors by stripping away unnecessary content and optimizing every page to load as quickly as possible. Today’s users consume videos and images much more readily than blocks of text. Save lengthy “pillar” content for your blog, focusing instead on “bite-sized” content delivered in formats suitable for viewing on the go.

Don’t forget to change your website to https, if you haven’t already. Google is giving a boost to sites which improve their website security. Continue reading

Securing Your Place in Google Rankings with HTTPS/SSL

website not secureImproving Google search rank is an ongoing quest for webmasters and business owners. Higher ranking in SERPS means more impressions, more click-throughs and more potential for conversions.

Google’s algorithms are in a constant state of fluctuation, making it difficult to stay on top of the latest trends. The introduction of the “HTTPS Everywhere” concept in 2014 changed ranking signals yet again, making many people wonder if implementing security protocols is necessary to continue enjoying high visibility. Continue reading

Is Your Domain Renewal Notice Really a Scam?

bogus domain notice

click to enlarge this fake notice

If you have a website for your company or personal brand, you likely purchased a distinctive domain. When the time comes to renew, an email from the registrar should show up in your inbox, alerting you to take action before the domain expires. But what about notifications from companies you don’t recognize? This happens more often than you might imagine. Such emails are often part of phishing scams and sent by third parties hoping to gain access to your login credentials and hijack your domain.

Although phishing emails have been around for a long time, many people still fall victim to malicious schemes. These four red flags can help you spot a fake domain renewal notice: Continue reading

How To Lower Your Website’s Bounce Rate

Google Analytics bounce rate chartNo matter what changes and innovations may shape the online world, a well-developed website will always play a pivotal role in internet marketing. Your website doesn’t need to follow any specific structure or format, except the one that best tells the story of why you ask for your visitors’ attention.

Therefore, your site’s primary objective (besides increased conversions/ profits, of course) should center around engaging your audience. Give them a reason to spend more time on your site. How easily do the most pertinent ideas and information resonate with visitors? How much of a chore is it for the visitor to weed through technical information? You should take these user experience issues into consideration as part of your effort to lower your site’s bounce rate.

A ‘bounce rate’ refers to the portion of site visitors that leave a site without responding to a call to action. “Bounce rate is the percentage of single page visits (or web sessions). It is the number of visits in which a person leaves your website from the landing page without browsing any further.” When a searcher visits a site, they anticipate that your site will fulfill their objectives without too much strain. How you present your site’s content, both in design and organization, can make all the difference. Continue reading

New Offices

We are excited to announce we have successfully moved into our new offices.

We would love to report that the trek was arduous and difficult… but, alas, it was incredibly easy.

We moved less than a half mile away from our long-time haunts in Elm Grove to our new home in Brookfield.

Our new office is located here:

Items of note that made the move without issue:

  • The fake plastic plants
  • Machines
  • Microwave
  • Paper products
  • CJ “the Model Employee” Lewis

Items of note that moved over in more-or-less okay disposition:

  • Our giant wall decals
  • Matt

Anyway, should you like to come visit, please feel free.

Thx!

SunAnt Interactive acquires Orion Group LLC of Sussex, WI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Bots Never Sleep

Elm Grove, Wisconsin – January 4, 2017 – SunAnt Interactive, a Website Development and Internet Marketing company located in Elm Grove, WI, has acquired Orion Group LLC of Sussex, WI.

“We are extremely excited to welcome the Orion family of clients into the SunAnt fold.” Says Matt Collins, General Manager of SunAnt Interactive. “When we identified the opportunity with Orion, we definitely saw a perfect fit. Adding over 330 clients to our roster, along with several key personnel from Orion, not only increases our market share significantly, but also reinforces our commitment to providing the best client experience possible in our industry. It really was a ‘no brainer’ from a business standpoint.”

SunAnt Interactive has been servicing web development, hosting, and internet marketing clients since 2009. When asked what the future holds for SunAnt, Damon Padovano, SunAnt’s ITO responds, “We have grown through a 100% referral model to this point. We will continue to demonstrate how doing great work in an ethical fashion never goes out of style.”

 

Contact:
Matt Collins
matt@sunant.com
13416 Watertown Plank Rd.,
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Ph: 262-641-2613

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JPEG vs. GIF vs. PNG: Which Image Format is Best for the Web?

The format you choose for images on your website affects appearance, file size and page load times. To design an attractive site with smooth functionality, it’s important to use the right format for each application.

JPEG, GIF and PNG are some of the most common image file extensions on the web. Each has advantages and drawbacks, and knowing which to choose can make a big difference in how your website looks to visitors. Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis: Assessing Your Website for Effective SEO

effective SEO

Effective SEO has many parts

Performing regular audits of your website is essential if you want to ensure that your SEO efforts are paying off. What you uncover can make a big difference in conversions. Get started on your first audit with these practical steps.

Check Visibility

Search your brand name by itself and along with your location using all major search engines to determine your current page rank. A high ranking is indicative of successful SEO practices. The higher your brand appears, the more likely people are to click through to your site. You should also check the information displayed when your business is searched to make sure that all contact and location listings are correct. Continue reading

How to Find Success With Your Web Service

Make Your Web Service Work Best For You

Frustrating Web ServiceIn the industry of web development and search engine optimization you’ll hear horror stories of people paying high figures to companies to manage their website without knowing exactly what it is that the web service does for them. Eventually, and inevitably, the customer figures it’s a waste of time and money to have a service that doesn’t illustrate any progress or proof of their work. The client then drops the service and has to start/gamble all over again with a company that may end up having the same issues. While it often seems like you’re on your own with finding a good service, that isn’t entirely the case. Having a web company that provides experienced individuals who know the technology very well is a great asset, but the second and EQUALLY important trait is COMMUNICATION.

Web Service CommunicationYes, client/consultant contact is imperative to the success of any website project. You’re much more likely to get what you want out of the transaction when you keep contact with your web service, and believe it or not, the developers prefer that as well! Proper engagement always starts best with an open line of communication.

When you ask a web service company what it is that they do for you, you can gauge exactly how responsive they will be in future encounters, as well as how helpful their responses will be. Usually before hiring a web development company it is common practice to arrange a meeting to familiarize yourself with who you’re working with and what services they will be providing you. It’s a bad sign in these situations to hear jargon.

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