Monday, April 4, 2011

Make Your Website Your 24/7 Salesforce (I know, blah, blah, blah)

Since you cannot be "ON" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you need a website to do some of the work for you. There are easy ways to build a website -- it just takes a little time and a few hours of planning. You can get started on your website and be done in a matter of a couple of days. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 

Create a website using a professional development programming platform. There are inexpensive and easy-to-use website building platforms out there that allow you easy access to easily change things on your site. You can and should:
  1. Write or edit your pages to have relevant keywords so people can find your website in their searches. 
  2. Incorporate images in your content, however don't save relevant text as part of any jpeg or gif image-- search engines can't search jpegs or gifs -- they only search text.
  3. Pay particular attention to the navigation of your site. Your user has to be able to find what is relevant to them easily and quickly.
  4. Would some type of interactivity be important to your audience? What other things can you include in your site to make it a place people will visit and be comfortable?
Ensure that your site is written specifically to your Target Market. 
  1. Ask yourself if the content on your site is relevant. Is every word well thought-out and used correctly? 
  2. Does it address the needs of your audience and tie it to your product by how it solves their problem/need?
  3. Does the design create a mood that will attract your audience? Color, graphics, icons?
  4. Are you talking their language? Using terminology that is important to them?  
Make sure your site is Search Engine Friendly.
  1. Ping your site to let search engines know there is new or revised content.   
  2. Make sure your website doesn't have any speed or download problems. 
  3. Have colleagues test your site on Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. Websites look different using different browsers.
There are, of course, a lot more issues with building a website and tons of great resources. Bottom line, you need to have a website to act as your salesforce when you are doing the things that you want to or have to do out in the real world.

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