Give Your Web Site Design a Booster Shot

Posted: Friday April 8th

Your Web site just sits there on the WWW, waiting for people to stumble onto it. Millions of people are out there, but they’re not visiting your site. So, what can you do? Give your site design a booster shot to increase profit potentials! Here’s how.

Put Your Site in Motion

Move things around, add more valuable content pages – keep your site moving so it stays under the radar of the search engines. Search engines like sites that are constantly updating with new information. Every Web page you add is a new opportunity to submit your site to the search engines. Every article you write (or have ghost-written) can be submitted to article directories for more exposure to your target audience.

Test Your Site’s Flow

Your site should flow when readers arrive. They should be able to enter your homepage or some other page on your site and feel right at home. Make sure every page works in unison to bring the customer to your ultimate goal – a sale or a click! Make sure a link is included at the bottom of every page presentation for your products or services. Also, be sure all links in the sidebars are working properly.

Proofread Your Site’s Presentation

You should read over your presentation several times to be sure it sounds enticing and grammatically correct. Ask a friend to read it as well. Make sure it reads smoothly and leads the visitor through the site. Every presentation page should contain the following:

*Powerful headline
*Opening paragraph with a pull to read more
*Testimonials or quotes from you
*Closing for the sale
*Order instructions or a link to read more on your site

Test for Search Engine Friendliness

Your site should have a title and description in the Meta tags that will pull a visitor in from a keyword search. Remember, when someone types in a keyword or key phrase at a search engine, your title will appear, then your brief description. This is your actual search engine listing. Having a powerful lead-in is just as important (if not more) as your presentation when they arrive at your site. Besides, your sales presentation doesn’t do a bit of good if the visitors never come!

Take a look at this example for a Meta tag title and description under the key search phrase “101 personal website ideas.”

Title: 101 Personal Website Ideas – FREE!
Description: 101 Ideas for Creating Your Personal Website. Before reading the ideas below, please sign up for our FREE Newsletter offer called the Web Design Weekly …

Notice the title matches the key phrase, and the description re-emphasizes the phrase and leads the customer to click and read more. The description also offers a free service (subscription) from the start. This is crucial to getting visitors to your site from the search engines.

The example above is an actual lead-in listing from Google for my Web site ideas page. This one page listing brings in around 500 visitors per month to my web design training site. These are very targeted visitors!

All these factors working together will help build traffic to your site and turn your visitors into paying customers. This is one booster shot where a needle is not necessary!

by Candice Pardue

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