Content Strategy For Underperforming Website Pages

A website should have a variety of content pages including static content, landing pages, form pages, thank you pages, and blogs. The top goal for a web content strategy should be to help improve the visibility and user experience of important pages to ensure organic SEO is maximized. If you note that a particular page or series of pages on your website are underperforming, then it is time to investigate. Before deleting, redirecting, merging multiple pages into one single page, evaluate the importance of the content and consider better options.

More About Website Pages and Content

The more quality driven pages a website has, the better it will attract a wide variety of website traffic. This is why pages which are specific about one product or one service rank better than a comparison page that has merged a bunch of varying or related products or services together. In-depth quality content also has a better chance of becoming high authority as well.

Some initial questions to ask regarding quality & authority:

  • Are web pages outdated?
  • Are web pages no longer relevant?
  • Are web pages not supported by links?
  • Are web pages overlapping with material?
  • Are web pages providing enough detail?
  • Are web pages bouncing?
  • Are web pages targeting correct audience?
  • Are web pages displaying content which positions you as the expert?

Use the following tools to assist in your evaluation: Google Search Console, https://ahrefs.com/dashboard/metrics and SEMRUSH.

Fresh Quality Content CAN Get More Leads

There is a known correlation between the depth of your content and Google rankings. Back in 2010, Google Caffeine was launched to rebuild an older indexing system. It has since been updated and to current day continues to emphasize the importance of fresh and updated content. The magnitude of content updates and frequency of content updates do also have an impact on this indexing system.

Google and other search engines clearly prefer websites full of detailed, robust, and fresh material. Some studies say a good goal is 2000 word count per page. The caveat here is that you don’t want to create pages just to create them because it can backfire. Google can easily give up ranking your website if pages are too similar, too short, have too many focus keywords, are not supported by quality links, or are not on-page optimized. Do websites that outrank yours have more in-depth authoritative content?

Improve Visibility of Current Web Pages

You may find that some underperforming pages appear on desktop but are not visible on mobile. Content only found on desktop and missing on mobile will not perform very well for you.  In order for the content to be fully visible and have an opportunity to be indexed, it needs to be on both mobile and desktop. The same goes for content which has been “hidden” behind mobile tabs. Although the content exists on mobile, it may be difficult to find or use. If this is the case it also will not indexed as well as fully visible content.

Due to mobile first indexing and the improvement of mobile delivery and display of content, most businesses have seen traffic on mobile content surpass desktop. Even so, do not forget about your desktop audience! Content on your desktop may still provide more conversions, better bounce rates, and more opportunity for in-depth research.

Quick 10 Content Performance Check

There are ways to salvage underperforming web pages, and the strategy is fairly simple. Address important pages which have high bounce rates, low conversions, or low visibility on mobile first…then desktop. Also address pages that may be holding your website back due to outdated content, duplicate content, irrelevant, etc.

  1. Ensure content is authoritative, relevant, in-depth and understandable.
  2. Ensure that the page you’re focused on is being noticed and understood by search engine crawlers. This means it should be found on a sitemap.
  3. Check for duplicate/similar content. If there are competing pages, tell Google which one you prefer to rank using robots.txt / canonicals.
  4. Your web page should be easily found & formatted for the mobile device & also found on desktop.
  5. Your page must load quickly on all devices. (First mobile interaction 1-3 seconds.)
  6. Add updated, fresh content to existing page; reach 2000 words per page if possible.
  7. Revisit & revamp your on-page SEO- never “set and forget it.”
  8. Support your pages with links, social mentions, comments & multi-media.
  9. Ensure images are not copy write and also have alt tags.
  10. Make sure there is a call to action on every page.

One last thing that is important to mention. If you’re trying to boost a local business landing page, review or testimonials page, Q&A page, video or media page, social profile page, be aware that there is specific structured data available to enhance them!  It could also help get other pages noticed, including in SERP’s such as Google Answers and featured snippets.

Beyond the initial launch of a new website, developers won’t go that extra mile to ensure your content continues to have peak performance. If your website content needs some attention, contact Leaning Tree Digital.