Are you a business owner or entrepreneur and aren’t happy with your website’s performance?
This Blog post is about making the most of your website for your business. If you want to get a good ROI from your Business website, then We’ve got 6 must-haves that are just for you!
So what are these 6 things you must have to have a high performing website?
1. Consistent & Professional Branding
When people see your website, does it look consistent with your social media? Your website and social media should have consistent branding across all platforms. Consistency is the key here but it needs to look professional.
An amateur looking business website will not attract the right kinds of clients. First impressions are extremely important so it doesn’t matter how great you are if the way it’s presented looks cheap or unprofessional. Make sure you don’t design something that’s just for you.
You might be a huge fan of a colour or design but if it’s not something that would appeal to your clients, then it shouldn’t be on your website.
Keep in mind you may be putting people off if you’re the only one who is a fan of a colour or design element.
2. White Hat SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Don’t underestimate the power of good SEO. With SEO you are making sure your business website is not only something search engines will index and (hopefully) display to users but that it’s done right. You are competing with other websites for the same key phrases users enter and your goal is to be at the top of those results when searched by your target market.
Many people lack an understanding of SEO even though it’s extremely important. You’re competing with many other websites. If you don’t have good white hat SEO, then no matter how good your website is, users won’t be able to find it.
Look at essentials in onsite SEO like having your keyphrase targets in things like the title tags, metadata, and the URL. A great example is if you’re selling a book. Many people will list the URL pertaining to their book as www.example.com/book What you should do is have a URL like this: www.example.com/title-of-book The title will likely be intuitively connected to your content with good keyphrases in it and Google will be able to read that.
You can even add the keywords you want to rank for to elements like image naming and alt tags too. Make sure you have your desired keyphrases set and then include them in the onsite copy. All of this is the set up for SEO so Google knows what you want to rank for. This part of the industry is daunting so don’t be afraid to reach out for help from someone who does professional search engine optimization.
3. Responsive Website
A responsive website means your site will display well on phones and all smaller screens. Years ago websites only had to display well on desktop computers. Now that smartphones are common, it’s important to have a website that can display well on one.
With responsive web design your website will change its display while maintaining the same information, making it easily usable on a smartphone.
Designers sometimes prefer to have two separate websites that would be detected by the device and would display the appropriate one. With this though, there are two websites to maintain and update. With responsive design, the template changes so you remove the redundancy of having to do everything twice.
Google places a lot of importance on mobile usability so it’s a really good idea to get a responsive website if you don’t have one already.
4. List Building and Follow Up
List building is in place because if a user comes to your website for the first time, there is a small chance they’ll convert right away. The odds are slightly better if you offer something in the way of e-commerce. Because users are more likely to convert after their first visit, you want to give them away to find their way back.
An email newsletter subscription is a great way to do that. To build your list you can try offering something for free like a download of a free how-to guide that requires the user to enter their email address to receive it. This could be anything: An audio file, video series, or PDF report.
The point is to provide value in exchange for the user committing to giving you their email. Then stay in touch with your list to cultivate the know, like, and trust factor with this, providing them good reasons to come back.
5. Solid Marketing Message
A lot of entrepreneurs make their website all about them. ‘We do this’ ‘this is Us’ ‘this is what We do’. Unfortunately for a user, this can leave them asking: what about me?
A website has to reassure a visitor they’ve arrived in the right place. Your message should clearly state what problems you solve and that you are there to help. Use terms like “You” and “Your” rather than “We” or “I”. Hiring a professional copywriter is a great idea because they understand the intentions of the visitor’s needs coming first and can make what you do exciting, which helps convert them into a paying customer.
6. Make It Easy To Reach You
Make the process of contacting you as easy as possible.
If you have an online store you need a customer service phone number prominently displayed. It’s normally placed on the top right side of the page. Even if you don’t have an online store and you’re providing a service or something else with a “Buy Now” button, the service number reassures the user there is a real person behind the scene in case they need help.
Establishing trust is key so providing them with ways to contact you if necessary is essential to establishing trust. You will get more site visitors to commit to you and your business once trust is established.
Many entrepreneurs are worried about having their phone number out there but at the end of the day you need one so whatever you can do to provide one is a must. Also, have a good contact form. This and a phone number are essential to establishing trust with your potential clients.
Have a CTA (Call To Action) that leads users towards their destination. If your conversion is qualified by a contact then lead users on each page towards the contact page. Use buttons and text telling them to click and easily get in touch with you.
There are many more things to cover but these 6 are the essentials for success. You may think you have some of these covered but if you’re using a cheap template or an all-in-one solution, you may have some work to do.
Implement these tips on your business website and you will Thank Us later.