Overlooked Ways Web Hosting Affects Your Website’s SERPS Ranking
With the retail landscape becoming more and more challenging in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the time to start preparing for the holiday shopping season closer than you think, at some point, you should give some extra thought to the SEO basics that can give your website an extra boost in the search engine rankings.
For many this will involve focusing their attention on things like quality of content, title tags and keyword usage, possibly turning to special tools to help them make the most of what they have to share with both customers and search engines.
All of this is great, but there are other issues that could affect your website’s SEO success that are paid far less attention. One of those is how well the hosting solution attached to your website is performing.
This hosting environment is, when you think about it for a minute, the foundation for your website. If your hosting service is simply not up to par then other aspects of the site will be affected; this includes the SEO.
Here is a look at some ways poor hosting can impact your site’s SEO and what you should do about it.
Speed Counts More Than Ever
Website speed has been an increasingly important factor in SERP rankings for several years now, and yet still far too few business’ are taking the time to even measure the speeds on their site, let alone try to improve it.
There are many on page issues, plugins and additional coding issues that can slow an individual website down, and these can be discovered, and addressed, using a tool like Google’s Page Speed Insights.
However, sometimes the slow speed is simply a matter of having chosen the wrong hosting provider. If you have optimized your website using a tool like Page Insights and still can’t get a good score then it’s time to talk to – and replace if necessary – your hosting company about the issue.
Using SEO to rank in a geographical area is a common aim of many retail businesses, especially those that would describe themselves as a local business.
What most people don’t know is that search engines may check the IP address of your site to find out where it is located. The location of your site may be used to determine how it ranks in certain areas.
Sites that are located in the same country (or part of the country) as the site content suggests tend to perform better in the rankings, so knowing where your ISP hosts the servers your website is ‘powered’ from is a must.
What does every retailer want for Christmas? A big increase in the number of visitors heading to – and buying from – their website is certainly at the top of many holiday wish lists.
But even now, online shopping is increasing as bricks and mortar retail struggles. People are spending more and more time at home (whether they like it or not) and, as a result are making purchases online more frequently and even buying things they may never have shopped online for before .
And from an SEO perspective, getting lots of new visitors and a nice spike in traffic is a wonderful thing too.
However, if your hosting package isn’t set up to deal with the increased traffic you could find that many of these visitors will get nothing but a 408 or 503 error, get frustrated and leave. This increases your site’s bounce rate which is considered a big negative by the major search engines and, even more importantly, it’s stealing potential sales and profits.
The good news is that it’s not too hard to get scalability. To ensure that your site is always ready to handle next level traffic consider using a VPS server. Many cloud hosting packages will automatically upgrade your service level when big traffic surges occur. You’ll immediately get access to more VPS server resources to handle the load and prevent these kinds of potentially very costly errors from ever occurring.