Naughty or Nice List – Which Is Your Website On?

Naughty or Nice List – Which Is Your Website On?

It’s that time of year when Santa is making a list and checking it twice—and it’s not just those kids he’s watching. Your website is on his list too! In the spirit of the holiday season, it’s crucial to make sure your website ends up on Santa’s nice list. Remember, a website on the nice list not only performs well but also helps make the holiday season extra jolly for your visitors and customers.

Naughty List:

Out of Date

Is your content stale like last year’s fruitcake? Is the information on your About page up to date? If not, your out-of-date website is likely turning potential customers away. Just like an old and dusty chimney, an out-of-date design can cause slow load times and make your site vulnerable to mischievous malware. Make sure your website screams “Christmas update” with a fresh and jolly design.


That all-important “S” in the “https” of your site’s URL is like Rudolph’s bright red nose, guiding your website safely through the dark and treacherous online world. It’s not just about keeping your customers’ information safe; it’s also about avoiding Santa’s wrath! Not having an updated security certificate is like leaving the doors of Santa’s workshop wide open for hackers and malware.

Missed Updates

Santa loves a good list, but missed updates on your website are definitely not on his wishlist. Just like forgetting to deliver presents to all the good boys and girls, neglecting regular updates leaves your site vulnerable to sneaky malware and clever hackers. It can also cause your website to slow down, like Santa’s reindeer taking a nap after a long night.

Lacking SEO

Santa’s elves work tirelessly to make sure he finds every child’s home on Christmas Eve. Similarly, without strong SEO, your website might be as hard to find as a hidden sleigh ride. If your site doesn’t appear high enough in search engine results, it will be harder for people to discover you. Make sure your website is at the top of Santa’s search list with powerful SEO strategies.

Keyword Stuffing

Trying to trick search engines with keyword stuffing is like Santa’s sneaky elves trying to steal extra cookies. It’s an outdated tactic that will definitely land your website on the naughty list. Instead of trying to deceive, focus on using natural language that brings joy to your readers. Optimize your content so that it feels as magical as Santa’s workshop.

Slow Website Speed

Just like Santa’s sleigh, your website needs to be as swift as a reindeer dashing through the night. Visitors don’t want to be stuck waiting for your site to load, just like Santa’s reindeer don’t want to be slowed down by a heavy sleigh! Improve your website’s loading speed by optimizing image sizes, leveraging caching techniques, and choosing a reliable hosting provider.

Poor Mobile Experience

Neglecting your website’s mobile experience is like telling Santa you don’t believe in Christmas magic. Having a responsive design, intuitive navigation, and properly formatted content are crucial factors for a successful mobile presence. Make sure your website shines on all devices, just like Rudolph’s bright nose guiding Santa through the night sky.

Nice List:

Modern and Functional

Not only is the visual part of a website important for visitors but so is the site structure and functionality. Calls to action, mobile optimization, and overall organization help to make a website that is not only great for visitors but has a strong conversion rate too.


A secured site is important for many reasons including giving customers peace of mind. In addition, secured sites maintain better uptime, and a secure site contributes to good SEO.


A website that is regularly maintained is like a perfectly decorated Christmas tree, with each ornament in place. Keeping your website up to date with the latest updates, including PHP and plugins, ensures that it runs smoothly and efficiently. Just like a well-lit tree brightens up the room, a maintained website shines in the online world.

High-Quality Content

Santa’s nice list includes websites that deliver valuable and engaging content. Just as Christmas carols warm our hearts, well-researched articles, blog posts, and product descriptions entertain and inform users. Keeping your content fresh and relevant by updating it regularly ensures that visitors keep coming back for more.

Solid On-Page SEO

Implementing proper on-page optimization techniques is like sprinkling snowflakes on your website. Strategic meta tags, descriptive URLs, and header tags help search engines understand and rank your website. And don’t forget to optimize your images with alt text for better accessibility and visibility.

Fast and User-Friendly Experience

Just as Santa flies through the sky to deliver presents, a fast-loading website provides a delightful experience for visitors. IA website that loads quickly and offers a smooth user experience is a favorite of both search engines and users.

We Can Help Get Your Website on the Nice List

If your site is likely on the Naughty List—or even if it’s definitely on the Naughty List—we can help! We want to discuss any challenges and how our services can help solve your website headaches. Our comprehensive redesign and rebuild services, as well as our ongoing monthly maintenance packages, will make managing your website a dream for you and your team. Schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation, and let’s talk through your questions.

Happy Holidays from the Hammersmith Support Team!