Why a ‘website coming soon’ holding page is not necessarily a good idea

UPDATE: 2020

I have noticed a little bit of chatter about “Coming soon pages” recently by some people who maybe have don’t have that much knowledge in SEO, so I’m here to help. Since the Google Algorithm update known as BERT, the negative effect of a “coming soon” page have been effectively nullified.

It won’t help but it won’t hurt. Google will no longer index coming soon pages, so this means that until you website has full content you will essentially not exist to search engines. Generally the page will only rank for the name of the website, and no SEO progresss can be made until there is actual content that contains keywords.

Don’t try to rank the coming soon page as it will just frustrate users and cause your bounce rate to skyrocket, but if you don’t try to much with a coming soon page really shouldn’t effect anything negatively.

Whether you are having a brand new website designed and your old one is down or you have yet to have a website put up at all you should never put out a ‘website coming soon’ page.

You might think that with your brand new all singing, all dancing site on its way it’s best to let your users know and put the old site out to pasture. But this is really not the case.

They destroy user experience

While your old site might be unattractive or simply awful to use, putting up this page is even worse. While your old site might be terrible it could still hold value, still allows your users to read a little about your or find your phone number etc.

But when users are instead dumped in front of a single page with just the words “Website coming soon!”, they grow frustrated. While those words may excite you, they certainly do not elicit the same feelings from your potential client.

Google doesn’t like it

Not only do they destroy user experience and add absolutely no value to your business whatsoever but they completely nuke your SEO.

Google will index this page of just three words and it will not be impressed. If you previously had a site full of content and now have a single page any rankings your held will not only fall through the floor but will be incredibly difficult to build back up again after the new site is finally launched.

Google wont care that the new site is much prettier than the last, it will only care that you had single empty page for so long and will penalise you for a long time after for that fact. You will have to start from zero all over again.

What about new companies?

There is the misconception that as a new company you need to put something up as soon as possible, to let people and search engines know you are now around, but this is not true at all.

A ‘Website coming soon’ page will simply not rank and would you really want to point any potential clients toward it anyway?

If you haven’t ever had a website before and the first sign of your company, Google sees is a practically empty page it will be none to pleased. You will rank at the bottom of page 5000 and even when the new site goes live you will be unlikely to move much from that place. To Google, not only are you brand new, but for months you had nothing but a single page, you are hardly going to be it’s most favourite website.

As a brand new company you may – maybe – could – might, get away with having a ‘coming soon’ page but it is hardly going to help you, your company or your rank. But if you are absolutely convinced you want on just make sure it is pointing towards your Social Media pages and that those pages are buzzing with useful content for your clients.

2 thoughts on “Why a ‘website coming soon’ holding page is not necessarily a good idea”

  1. With having so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content
    I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any solutions to help prevent content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

    1. Duplicate content is a bit of a tricky one. It is very annoying but you aren’t the only one who hates it. Google does too. Rest assured that if Google finds duplicated content it will de-rank the duplicated page.

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