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PRWeb.com Web site Updates

Some of you may have noticed that we’ve recently made a few updates to our Web site.  We’ve been tracking some of the questions and comments about the changes and wanted to take the opportunity to explain our rationale behind the changes to the site.  First a bit of background about the site.

PRWeb.com has always served multiple functions.  First and foremost, it has served to get customer news releases picked-up in search engines online.

In addition it has served the following primary functions:

  1. To educate new users and help them sign-up and use the service.
  2. Place for existing users to view their releases and log-in.
  3. Destination for people interested in reading and subscribing to our news.
  4. Resource for Web publishers interested in syndicating our news.

It has been over three years since we made any significant changes to the site and in that time, we have made many additions and subtractions to different sections on the site to better serve all the different audiences and as with most technical projects, the result had been something of a patchwork quilt.

At the beginning of the year we got together as a team and outlined several basic goals for redesigning the Web site:

  • Organize the architecture of the site in a more unified manner;
  • Simplify experience for all user groups by eliminating areas that don’t receive any traffic;
  • Make it easier for new users to learn about our service and sign-up;

We then talked with our customers and learned about the different types of Web site resources and information they were interested in that we didn’t currently have.  We also looked exhaustively into how we could restructure the site to not only preserve the search engine visibility provided to our customer’s news releases but increase them as well.

The Web site you see is the synthesis of these different goals.

In addition to eliminating areas of the site that don’t receive any traffic we have rolled out a Tools & Tips section of the Web site that is exclusively devoted to providing freely accessible white papers and educational videos for new and existing customers and a customer examples section where we highlight examples of current customer releases as well as customer success stories.

Our initial results have been positive.  Not only has overall traffic to our site (and customer releases) increased, but the new tools and simplified architecture has made it easier for people to navigate our site and find the resources they need.

As mentioned, we spent a great deal of time studying the potential SEO impact of the changes before launching and our initial research shows that the simplification of the Web site is starting to have a positive net impact on the search performance of our customer’s content.

The updates to the Web site were a long time coming and we are confident that they will help provide an enhanced experience for all the different groups that use PRWeb.

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