Incremental Marketing with WordPress
Marketing with WordPress
I’m starting to feel like we’re beating the same drum with back to back articles about WordPress, but the simple fact is that marketing with WordPress makes a lot of sense for most businesses of pretty much any size. It takes planning and effort, but of all the low cost ways to grow and market your business, writing blog articles can eat away at your competitor’s market share in a way that is difficult, if not impossible, for them to compete with. It’s hard to decide whether WordPress’s incredible ability to reliably achieve top search rankings, or the ease by which site owners can manage their websites is the more valuable feature, but in my view search engines always win out over everything else. Not true in all situations, however. For a lot of business owners, providing a simple means of managing content is key. This is especially true for companies that use their websites to supply current information to an established user base. SEO may be be a factor in this case, but by no means most important. For most organizations, search engines rule. If you are selling a product or service, achieving top search engine rankings can mean the difference between success and failure. With WordPress, I’ve spent years experimenting with the right combination attributes and discovered that it is possible to achieve more or less real-time indexing of your website content. What this means is that, within minutes of your publishing an article (post or page), Google will have already added it to its search engine results page (SERP). I can’t emphasize enough what realtime search indexing means to most businesses. By eliminating the normal crawl cycle, search engine marketers (as well as non-technical website owners or content managers) can get onto the SERP in a few minutes, a process that often takes 30 days or more–sometimes much more. Generally speaking, my list of top reasons business owners should consider WordPress is as follows…
Top WordPress Marketing Advantages
- WordPress SEO. WordPress is extremely well structured to achieve top search engine rankings, even for website authors who know nothing about SEO.
- Ease of website content management. The WordPress content management interface is easy to learn, even for the technically impaired.
- WordPress has a very low cost of deployment. Even if you have a company like ours build your WordPress website, write and publish blog articles, and do the general maintenance, the costs compared to other CMS platforms is extremely low.
- Extensibility. Thousands of developers like us have written scores of plugins and other extensions for nearly every function imaginable.
- Large, and growing developer base. WordPress has A LOT of loyal devotees. That means the platform not only remains up to date from a security perspective, but also that there are programmers everywhere that can work on your website.
WordPress is great for online marketing
but, not for everything…
All this sounds great, and it is. But, there are a few things for which WordPress may not be the best choice. Topping that list is large scale e-commerce. While there are many plugins (WooCommerce is one popular example) that make selling products possible, and even simple, none that I’ve worked with are ready for prime time. WordPress also may not be the best choice for websites that must present many varying types of data or content. For example, a site with several regions or feature areas on each type of page. To do this using WordPress, programmers often issue database calls to specific post categories or tags and display the result in the appropriate location on the webpage. It seems clever enough, but if you have a lot of them, things get out of hand pretty quickly. We’ve resolved the issue by doing unique things with custom post types, but there are times that a more traditional content management system (CMS) makes a better choice. This isn’t so much of an issue here, but most web designers simply don’t have the programming skills to do any serious custom work within the WordPress engine. As a result, many web designers install off the shelf themes and modify them. Many times, that’s fine, but these modifications can be a nightmare if done improperly. For example, your website can be completely wiped out just by performing a routine update. Even with a few drawbacks, I’d say that 70% of the web development projects we do are custom WordPress websites. And, we are an engineering firm capable of building anything our clients dream up from scratch. If you’ve got questions about whether WordPress might be a good fit for your website project, drop me a note with a few details (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be glad help you explore your options.