What makes a great WEBSITE?
We need to set ourselves apart from our compe;;on Perhaps you have a completely unique product and you can sell your website visitors with a simple product sales pitch. If so, you're one of the lucky ones. Many of us sell products or oﬀer services that are oﬀered on thousands of other websites. We need to set ourselves apart from our compe;;on. And how do we do that? By crea;ng a great website!
Your website needs to be pleasing to the eye • This doesn't mean you need to go out and spend thousands of dollars on a web designer (but you can if you want to) or hire someone to design some fancy Flash graphics for you. If you keep the following ;ps in mind, you should have no trouble crea;ng an eye‐pleasing website: • 1. Have plenty of white space for easy reading. • 2. Have a consistent theme throughout your website. It's not only hard on the eyes when the theme is constantly changing, it's also confusing for your visitors.
Have fast‐loading pages • You may have some preXy graphics to show oﬀ, but if your pages aren't fast loading, your visitors will click elsewhere. If you have a number of graphics you want to include, split the graphics into a few pages. • Check your page loading ;mes for free at Netmechanic.com. Remember, most people s;ll access the Internet on a 28.8 K modem. Perhaps, you're on ADSL or cable modem, but most of the Internet world is not.
Provide Good Informa;on & Something FREE • Oﬀering something free will help drive traﬃc to any website. This can be free informa;on, a free ebook, a free sample, a free informa;on ezine, free shipping...whatever. Oﬀer something of value, outside your sales pitch and visitors will return for more. They'll even tell their friends about it.
Make sure your content is well‐wriXen • It's true that most people don't do a lot of reading on the Internet when they're surﬁng. But you can bet that when they're ready to buy • or consider a business opportunity, they are going to be reading what • you have to say. The surfers aren't that important to you.
Provide Some Interac;vity to Your Site • Try message boards or chat rooms. People like to have a place to oﬀer their opinions and share informa;on. Have contests, where people can come back oben and enter. Make your visitors feel like they are a part of your site, not just a silent observer. • For the ul;mate test, have an honest friend (one who isn't afraid to tell you the truth) read this ar;cle and then go to your website. Ask her how your website stands up to the "Great Website" Criteria.