My Website is Launched and Optimized. Now What? (Part 4 of 4)
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My Website is Launched and Optimized. Now What? (Part 4 of 4)

May 26th, 2021


In the previous three parts of this series, we discussed the core elements needed to create a marketing-ready website. Unfortunately, your website will require constant attention, upgrades, and monitoring to run efficiently and safely. At Power Marketing, we compare a website to a car (we do this too much). If you buy a new vehicle, it will run perfectly for a while. But, over time, the car will slowly break down if the oil is not changed, the tires aren’t maintained, the air filter is cleaned, etc. A website is similar. It needs scheduled maintenance and monitoring to avoid expensive repairs or massive failure in the worst-case scenario.

Security Updates and Backups (a.k.a People are Devious)

Hacking. You’ve heard the term thousands of times in the past few years. But what exactly is it? Hacking takes many different forms, from phishing to malware attacks. For our purposes, we will focus on individuals hacking websites through software that isn’t updated. Although there is no standard term for these types of hackers, it’s one of the most prevalent attacks. Websites use additional software, also known as plugins, for features like search bars, news feeds, and blogging. These plugins are highly vulnerable to attacks if not updated regularly. Of course, you may ask yourself, “Who would want to hack my website?” These attacks typically are not directed at individuals or organizations—hackers merely want to hack anything where they can gain access to information, data, etc. In other words, they like to cause problems.

Regular security updates will keep not only your website secure and protected but also your information and your customers’ data protected. So, updating your website will diminish your chances of being hacked. 

Having your website on a private server is a good start. But backing up your website every 24 hours is also beneficial. Hacking your website may be inevitable. But, there will be a recoverable version from the previous day in case of complete failure. Sure, there will be items missing, but the missing items will be minimal. 

Websites Slow Down

Websites that don’t receive monthly maintenance will most likely have slow load times. Returning to our car comparison, if your new car has been on the road for a few months, the vehicle will pick up baggage, extra passengers, dirt, and maybe a few scratches. After some time, the car will start moving slower. A website is the same. Websites can pick up code, you may add pages and images, and the framework (CMS) may need upgrading. All of these will slow down your website, especially photos. With the new Google update coming in May (now pushed back to June), page speeds will have more weight with SEO, especially on mobile. Almost half of your potential customers will leave your website if it doesn’t load within three seconds.

Home Builder websites are notoriously slow since most contain large image galleries of homes, kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Avoid this problem by optimizing images monthly or using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). These practices will optimize the download times for your website.

Check Your Search Terms

In part two of this series, we discussed setting up your website with onsite and offsite SEO to attract potential customers by identifying the terms they use when looking for your product. Monthly reviews of these search terms can help you see what words potential customers use to find you and the most popular pages. These reviews will also identify new keywords for the future. SpyFu and UberSuggest are websites where you can get high-level overviews at no charge.

Another benefit of reviewing search terms is seeing if someone has added unwanted content to your website. For example, I worked with a builders’ association in the Northeast. Their traffic tripled in six months. A quick review of their top pages revealed someone added a page about hacking an online game to the website. That was their number one page. We found it and removed it.  


Monthly Audits / Checking Backlinks

Each month, we perform a diagnostic for our clients with SEO or advanced managed services agreements. The software scans websites for toxic backlinks, disconnected pages, or missing SEO elements, among other things.  

Backlinks are when another website links to your website as a source of information. These links increase both your SEO & local SEO since another source cites your website as reputable. The problem is that non-reputable websites will also link to your website. These are known as toxic links. Toxic links can come from websites that are not relevant to your business, have security issues, or do not meet Google’s standards for websites. These harmful links can damage your SEO or even penalize you by Google.  

Also, pages on websites can disconnect and not work. Disconnections are common and easily fixed. Contacts pages and Call-to-Action (CTA) buttons will most likely be affected. Typically, these pages are your top lead sources. So they need to be checked monthly, if not weekly.

Keeping your website safe is an ongoing process. Any reputable company will provide these services for a fee or as part of an SEO, hosting, or website build package. The important part is ensuring you don’t let your maintenance and security lapse. If it does, have a backup plan. 


Power Marketing has been a valued technical partner & SEO company for homebuilders, contractors, and the home services industries for almost three decades. 

Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your website’s speed, security, and maintenance!