Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Do's & Don'ts For Website Success!

  • Do invest in a secure online ordering system.

  • Do keep your audience in mind and create copy that personally speaks to them.

  • Do create a clear and compelling sales message.

  • Do update your site content and keep it fresh and current.

  • Do anticipate and answer your visitor's questions.

  • Do check your site to ensure all forms and links are working.

  • Do include a call to action on each page. You won't get business if you don't ask for it.

  • Do include your contact information.

  • Do offer links to programs like Acrobat Reader needed to view your site information.

  • Do choose a Web host that provides exceptional service, minimal down time, and consistent site backups.

  • Do carefully check your content for spelling and grammar mistakes. Errors are unprofessional and show a lack of attention to detail.

  • Do title each page to be search engine (and bookmark) friendly.

  • Do use a URL and domain name that accurately reflects your business or company name and is easy to remember.


  • Don't confuse your visitor with too many topics on one page. Organize information logically.

  • Don't let your site become outdated. Your credibility will disappear if you offer Mother 's Day specials just in time for Father's Day.

  • Don't include too many colors, fonts, or font sizes that distracts your visitor.

  • Don't yell at your visitor by using all capital letters.

  • Don't take your customer's privacy for granted. Create a privacy policy and stick to it.

  • Don't insult your customer by selling his information to third parties.

  • Don't ignore or delay customer requests. Return all customer inquiries promptly because you never know whom they may recommend you to even if they don't buy from you.

  • Don't add a “visitor count” to your site. No need to brag how many or show how few visit.

  • Don't include graphics that fail to add importance to your site.

  • Don't use silly clip art unless absolutely necessary.

  • Don't add unnecessary "extras" that will take a particularly long time to load.

  • Don't ignore customer complaints, just because you're on the Web doesn't mean your business won't be affected by dissatisfied customers sharing their experience with others.

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