Well done! That's absolutely the right thing to do! Create and develop your website as if search engines didn't exist, they [search engines] will love you for doing that.
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I didn't design the site, I paid someone to do it. What I meant was that as a business owner I was focused on the look and trusted (still trust) the designer. Anyone who visits my site wants to see my product - I own a high end kitchen design company and we also manufacture our designs. I asked the designer for a site with large galleries so that my potential customers can see what I do. I also asked for it to look clean have a blog and basically focus on making images look good on all devises.
If the site was designed badly for the search engines I hold my hand up and take responsibility as I can be slightly pig headed as a business owner and because I'm a designer I wanted input. I didn't trust the SEO company I approached and wondered if they were lying to me in order to get a design and SEO payment and I just wanted to know if I am being conned!
Thanks for taking the time to reply and for the link you gave me I really appreciate it!
What do they mean by "redesign"? If they're talking about the look and feel of the pages, then they're absolutely wrong. Google really doesn't care about your color scheme or what your logo looks like or where you choose to put photos on your pages.
On the other hand, if they're saying the site architecture is sub-optimal (i.e. important information can't be accessed without going through several clicks, that sort of thing), then they might have a point.
Hi and thanks for the reply.
The guy I spoke with said he wanted to scrap the new site and start from scratch. He said the new site I had designed would never rank since Google recent updates. The pages don't have much content beside images and descriptions so I thought he may have a point.