Do You Really Need a Website?
By Janice Byer, CCVA, MVA
Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services
a website is the one form of marketing for your business that just keeps
on giving! But how do you know if you need a website?
with the amount of information that is available with just a few
keystrokes or clicks of the mouse, why wouldn't you want your business'
information to be included?
and more people and businesses use the Internet to find information.
Whether it is locally or internationally, the Internet is the one place
where they are likely to find what they are looking for. Unless, of
course, they are looking for you or your product and you don't have a
a website allows your business to advertise 24 hours a day, seven days a
week and it is available whenever someone is in need of information on
your product or services. The elements you include on your website are a
determining factor for how successful a marketing device it will be for
personal websites, you can include everything that your heart desires. You
can have a site that shows off your favorite cat or a site that includes
everything you ever wanted to know about Limburger cheese. The subject
choices are unlimited.
a business site should be more refined. Get to the point and provide a
wealth of information about your product or service. But, ensure that you
leave a little to the imagination. Inspire them to WANT to contact you for
a little for more information, and then make the sale!
on that note, make sure your contact information is readily available on
your site. There is nothing worse than peaking your site visitor's
interest and then making them search for a means to contact you. Believe
me, many people will simply give up if they can't find what they are
looking for and go on to another site in hopes of an easier route.
is another key element. Getting around your site should be straightforward
and painless for your visitors. Provide links from each page to all your
key pages. Some sites can become quite large, so links from every page to
every page would make the site quite crowded and monotonous. But, make
sure you don't leave your visitor at a dead end.
the use of unnecessary graphics and pictures. Of course, if you are
selling a product that needs to be seen, such as clothing, these pictures
should be included but try to keep them as small as possible. This will
keep the loading time down on your site. However, if you sell automotive
aftermarket products, or any other large line of products, don't put a
picture of every brake line and fuse on your site. Including too many
graphics will slow down your site and waiting for pictures to load is not
something that most busy people have time for. Again, they will go
somewhere else for help.
for advertising other pages on your site, there are many avenues than can
be used, including banner exchanges. These are a great form of getting
additional free advertising, but don't load down your site with an
infinite amount of banners or links. If possible, dedicate a page to
display your banners, webrings and favorite links. This will help reduce
the clutter on your information pages.
hints are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more ways to make
your site appealing, more than can be listed in a single article. Research
and using an experienced web designer can make your presence on the
Internet appealing and informative.
above all else, make your site with your visitor in mind, whether they are
Internet newbies or seasoned surfers. Your site needs to attract new
visitors and it needs to keep them coming back.