One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “What web design tips can you give me to boost my online sales?”. Well, there’s no box of tricks or a straight answer to this question, as it depends on many aspects. Boosting your online sales might be a lot more easy when your business is well established than starting up a new business. In general, starting up a new business requires a lot of research and marketing just to get noticed. With a well known brand you’re dealing with changing marketing strategies to boost your sales. Of course many more aspects are involved, such as your direct competitors, service area etc. Instead of focusing on a certain niche, market or marketing strategy, I will give you hands on tools to give your website a boost. These tools are easy to implement in any website, so sit back and make notes (or just add this article to your favorites).
1. Choose a reliable web host
Web hosting can make you or break you, really! Getting a reliable web host is an important aspects of your website up time and page loading speed. Nowadays you should be able to get a web host that uses SSD hard drives, Cloud Hosting, enough RAM and 99.9% up time guarantee. Believe me, I’ve dealt with a lot of different web hosting companies and talking from my own experience, it is very frustrating to deal with bad service and slow loading websites. Do proper research, read real user reviews and dig into the small print of the web host.[bctt tweet=”Here’s 8 Web Design Tips to Give Your Website a Boost”]
2. Speed up your website
3. Keep it simple
Instead of being overenthusiastic and create all kinds of flashy banners, text and pop-up screens to get your customers attention, focus on the quality of your content. It is easy to try and persuade visitors with all kinds of “in your face” adds, but the trick is to reduce your website bounce rate by offering quality content. An extra bonus is that search engines drive on content.
4. Make use of tags
An absolute must for SEO is using proper tags. Make sure that your images contain the proper alt tag (a description of the image) and try to use relevant keywords within these tags. Also make sure that the headers contain the right keywords and are build up properly (one H1 tag per page).
5. Get your business listed
Get your business listed on Google My Business and Bing Places for Business. Doing so will get you on Google Maps and you can connect your Google+ and Analytics account as well. Don’t worry if your business doesn’t have a physical address. You can select this when setting up an account. Setting up an account is free!
6. Easy navigation
Navigation is key. Make sure that navigating through your website is easy. When landing on your website, the website menu should be visible and the description of the links should be clear.
7. Make sure your website is mobile friendly
Test your website in different mobile devices and see how it behaves. Nowadays there’s awesome online tools where you can test your website. A good starting point is to see if Google thinks your website is mobile friendly. Another great free tool is to test your website in several multiple mobile devices.
8. Get on social media
Don’t underestimate the importance of social media! Connecting to the right channels for your business is important. Interact with your customers and post at least multiple times per week, preferably a couple of times per Day! It is not for nothing that big organizations hire people to blog and post articles on social media. So, there you go! 8 web design tips to boost your business. Do realize that these tips are basic and in order to optimize your website, it will be best to run a customized website audit. Optimizing a website takes some time, but the results are effective in the long run. I am curious about your experience with website optimization. You can either comment to this article or send your question by using the contact form.