Pump Up Your Website With These 25 No-Brainers

<span class="drop_cap">T</span>Whether you’re new to online marketing or a seasoned veteran, it sure is nice to see what others consider important when setting up or taking over the online marketing for a business and its website.

Below is my Top 25 list of things to do from Day One.

It’s a simple list and knocking them out is not really that hard after you’ve done each once.  So don’t let it intimidate you.

Start with the simple ones and move from there!

  1. Implement Web Analytics!
  2. Setup Google Webmaster Tools
  3. Setup Google Webmaster Tools for www and non-www
  4. Track 404 Errors – Pages Not Found
  5. Create 301 Redirects for pages not found
  6. Exclude yourself from Web Analytics (Google Analytics, Adobe Omniture SiteCatalyst, etc.)
  7. Create a mobile version of your site using MobiSiteGalore
  8. Test your page load times using Page Speed
  9. Create HTML, XML and geo sitemaps
  10. Archive your website using SurfOffline
  11. Audit broken outbound links  using Xenu Link Sleuth
  12. Use a trackable phone number
  13. Create robots.txt
  14. Implement Hcard
  15. Redirect non-ww to www
  16. Redirect index.html to /
  17. Claim your business on Google Places
  18. Create a favicon.ico for your website
  19. Confirm your website’s IP address is not blacklisted
  20. Add alt tags to your website images
  21. Validate the HTML used on your website
  22. Claim your business on Yelp.com, CitySearch.com and JudysBook.com
  23. Set up Google Alerts
  24. Validate Browser compatibility
  25. Set up site search within Google Alerts
  26. Set up a globally recognized avatar (gravatar)

My list is actually much longer than this, but these are my top 25.

Do you think they’re right?
What did I leave off?

Tell me in the comments below.

What is the best way to display my street address on my attorney website?

Do you give enough importance to your street address on your website as you do to your phone number?

If you were to look around at most law firm’s websites you would be hard-pressed to find their address on the homepage.  Rather it is usually buried on their contact page.  As much as you may think your physical address is not as relevant as your email address or phone number on your website, it actually plays a large part in announcing to the search engines where your business is located.

Last year Google announced their formal support of microformats (RDFa) and recommendations on how to deploy them.  With that as an introduction you can now better understand the idea of placing your street address not only on your homepage, but also make sure it is formatted corrector so that Google and the other search engines honor it.  You can create your hCard with no HTML knowledge at microformats.org.  Here’s an example of the resulting HTML and what it would look like on the website.

Mark Regan
mark@markcregan.com

12157 W. Linebaugh Avenue Suite 158

<span>Tampa</span>, <span>FL</span>, <span>33626</span>
<span>United States</span>
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Forward those two links to you webmaster now asking him to promote your street address to your home page. You can still leave it on the contact page, of course.

Now I’m not saying your legal website will rank higher because of this addition.  I have not seen it, nor have I heard of anyone out in the wild claiming so.  However if you implement best practices for your law firm consistently you may be ahead of the game if the search engines decide to add this as one of their levers.