How does your website stand against your competitors?
The early Internet buzz is over. Consumers no longer are convinced you offer the best services simply because you have a website. Your clientele are Internet savvy, and are looking for the best services that will provide superior deals and quality products. Your website gives off a very strong first impression, and if the design is outdated they may move on. The average Internet surfer will come to your website’s homepage and decide within 5 to 15 seconds if they want to stay or leave. Will your website convince them to stay?
There are several keys to a successful website. It must be well designed, well developed, and well coded for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to maximize the effect it will have against other websites.
An effective website must be well designed to be visually attractive. Quality website design requires multiple elements. The website design must be pleasing and up to date to retain the viewer’s interest. Photos and pertinent content need to convince the viewers that you have the service they are looking for. The navigation system must also be friendly and make sense, clearly showing what you have to offer. Quality photographs are important; whether you take them yourself or use the services of a professional, they should be high resolution and appropriately sized. The website’s design communicates a lot about the feel of your company, so it should be well organized to demonstrate the hierarchy of important services and messages to the public in addition to being visually pleasing.
A successfully designed website must also be smartly developed and coded to be received well by the search engines, and allow your prospective viewers to find you. This is critical, as the way a website is built has a huge impact on how the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, and MSN, etc) will index it against other websites. The major search engines are advancing in how they rate websites as website development continues to evolve. In earlier days, websites were built based on a series of tables and images. More modern websites use different coding systems including CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and CMS (Content Management Systems) that enable the websites to have more advanced aesthetic features, and be more search engine friendly. Modernly built websites are easier to code keywords in the content of your website that help describe your services. These keywords are then indexed by the major search engines to rate your website with your competitors, which is where Search Engine Optimization (SEO) becomes important.
SEO is a website service that helps target your website in search engine searches to help your clientele find you. SEO is provided by promotions companies and some designers, including myself. Constant and aggressive SEO is important to give your website the edge in today’s competitive and dynamic Internet.
It is easy for one to see that the Internet is an effective tool for informing viewers of your company, products, and services. Your website may not be performing as well as it could be, for one or more of the reasons discussed here. I would be happy to review your website with you, or answer any questions you may have about website design, development, or SEO.