Blogging A Vital Part of Web Development

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Often when we think of web development, we think of the back end. Putting together a site map, a wireframe, and deciding what is going to go where. However, when offering a client the complete solution, we should also talk about the front end of web development: content, photos, logos, and of course blogging.


A blog does not make sense for every business, but for most, it is a vital part of the development of their web presence and digital footprint. The more we can encourage them to make this a part of their initial web development, the better their site will prosper. This not only makes them more successful but enhances your reputation as a web developer.

Here are some reasons blogging is an essential part of web development.


Getting Started


From the start, the purpose of web development is to give a company an online home. This is much like building a physical location. The domain name your client chooses is like their sign, it is often the first impression a user has of their site.

The same principles apply to page names and designations, especially those of the home page and any landing pages. The photos and content on the homepage serve as the front door and the lobby of the virtual location, but the blog content often serves as the salesman who shows the customer what they are looking for.

It is important to have the right place and the right content for this from the very start, setting it up early in the web development process.

Gaining Organic Traffic


One of the other keys to web development is to keep in mind that organic traffic is typically the goal. Of course, load times, metadata, keywords, and other tactics matter for this as well, but one of the keys to great organic traffic is content. This means the right content in the right place, but it also means more than that.

Blog updates are one thing that keeps a site fresh. Google will visit more often if there is newer content posted regularly. This means that those performing searches will see the site more often in site searches. (More on that in a moment)

From a web development standpoint, the theme and setup of the blog, the SEO properties, and default naming conventions all matter to making the blog attractive to search engines and therefore to searchers. To gain organic traffic with a blog, the initial development is vital.

The Ever-Vital Search Engine Rankings


Yes, search engine rankings matter, and as good of a metric as MOZ’s DA is, it doesn’t cover everything, nor is it the definitive determination of what a site’s Google rank will be. There are plenty of lower DA sites that rank high in SERPS for various topics. The key is to answer questions thoroughly, and the questions customers or clients in that niche are asking.

This ties into the market research that is key to good web development. The same research that tells you the persona marketing and web efforts should be aiming for will also inform blog development right from the beginning.

This influence on search engine rankings, including the vital local results to physical businesses, is tied directly to the development of the rest of the website. The more blogging ties into the rest of a robust and well-built site with the right SEO metrics, the better initial and building search rankings will be over time.

Increasing Conversion Rates


What is a website for, if not for making money? For most businesses, this means increasing conversion rates. A blog does that because each post contains, in one way or another, a call to action. If done well, these calls to actions will pull the reader down the sales funnel toward ultimate conversion.
The development of a blog structure is essential to the success of these efforts. A content strategy and even a content marketing plan, while not part of web development, should parallel it. The coordination of these efforts will result in better sales in the long run.

While increasing conversion rates is a long-term goal, the better the start the more likely the end game will be a win. SEO plugins and other tools can make this easy for the content creation team in the long run.

Support is Essential


So why is blogging a vital part of web development? Because blogging supports the rest of what you are doing with the website. A blog post will lead to a landing page, a product page, or even a shopping cart, all of which must match and clearly be a part of the overall web strategy.

This blog support is essential, just like the structure of the rest of the site is essential to the success of the blog. The overall site is filled with balance, and support of each part is essential to the success of the others.

While we might not think of blogging as a vital part of web development, it is, and we need to take it into account when constructing the other parts of the site to ensure they all work well together.

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