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Your Website is Making These 5 Mistakes

We all know that having a website for your business is absolutely essential! Or… at least we hope we’ve mentioned it enough! Most people do not realize that just “having a website” will not get the job done. What makes up your website, or it’s composition, is the most important part of your website. It’s easy to assume that the aesthetics of the site would steal the show. Unfortunately, pretty colors and exotic buttons do nothing more than distract your customers from why they are on your site. You want your audience to know right away that they are on the “right” page. Your website should SHOUT why people need your product and why they should buy it from you. 

Your website should always answer the question “why”. If you are only focused on how your website looks, you need to reevaluate your business goals! An effective website should easily tell customers why they need the product, why they should choose that business to purchase from, and why they should get in touch with the business staff.

If your website is not gaining traffic or producing sales, it might be because you are making one of these five mistakes.

  1. Your Website Is Missing a Message

Studies show that 55% of visitors will leave your site if there is no clear message.

The message of your website is summarized by your brand value proposition (BVP). Your BVP tells the site visitor what you can do for them. 

The design of your website should be focused on the purpose of your business or brand. It needs to send one, clear and direct message. Your website also needs to effectively convey that one message. You should want to give off a good impression when someone lands on your website’s homepage! Your brand value proposition should stand out. The website visitor must receive value from what you’re offering for your site to be effective. They must see your message as valuable and take action on that.

Your website needs to present only one single message. If you clutter your website with too many different slogans, phrases, and pictures, then the true goal of your site will be lost.

There are nearly 5 BILLION people on the internet every day searching for information or answers. Someone is bound to come across your site. When they do, you do not want to steer them away by your message inconsistency or lack thereof.

2. Your website is lacking a clear CTA 

CTA means Call-to-Action. The Call-to-Action is essentially the “what” of your business. You first have to make the decision of what you want your website visitor to do. What action do you want them to take on your site? The most common CTA is a button that expresses an action. The purpose of that button is for the customer to click it and potentially sign up to receive something of value. It is one thing to have a CTA button and it is another to have an effective CTA button. The effectiveness of your Call-to-Action depends on the location, design, and verbiage of the CTA. Your CTA button must be easy to find, access, and understand.

Some common CTA buttons are: 

  • Sign up Here
  • Get Started 
  • Add to Cart 
  • Chat With Us Now
  • Get Your Free Newsletter
  • Learn more  

Your website would see a tremendous benefit from having multiple Call-to-Action buttons. 

We recommend that you make all your Call-to-Action buttons the same color, style, and have similar reinforcing verbiage throughout your website. If your CTA buttons are sporting different styles and colors, your message could be confusing the customers on your site. 

CTAs must complement each other, not compete against each other! Your Call-to-Action buttons should match your website’s BVP. You might also want to include a chat support button to help answer customer questions.

3. Your website is not mobile-friendly 

This might be something you haven’t thought about. Your website NEEDS to be mobile responsive. A mobile responsive website is one that is compatible with mobile and tablet devices. Your website needs to be able to adapt to various screen sizes (or screens other than a computer monitor). If it’s not mobile-friendly, then you are depriving your business of potential growth.

A user should not have to zoom in and out and all around to read the content on their smartphone. We’ve all been on a page like that! It makes you want to leave immediately! If your own website looked like that, you can imagine that a user wouldn’t be staying on your page for too long.  

What’s interesting is that 65% of online traffic comes from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. If your website isn’t designed to be mobile responsive, then you are losing a lot of traffic! In April 2015, Google ranked mobile responsiveness as a factor in its search algorithm. That means, if your website does not accommodate all screen sizes then your website may not be ranked. 

A study by Google shows that 61% of visitors will leave a website that is not mobile-friendly and over 40% of visitors will instead do business with your website’s competitor. Your website bounce rate will increase if your visitors are leaving immediately and that will leave you with fewer sales. 

4. You’re Adding Junk to Your Customer’s Spam Folder

Email marketing is one of the most effective marketing strategies out there. But, just emailing something to the customers in your email list every day isn’t going to do the trick. You have to provide something of value to them. 

People spend an average of 2 and a half hours a day sifting through ads, promotions, and work emails. You do NOT want to be that “one business” that constantly bombards their inbox with completely useless information. 

A majority of people have enough emails to look through as it is. They don’t want to give out their email to companies that may abuse their inbox. Although, most people would be willing to give out their email in exchange for something of value. For example, you could encourage a user to enter their email in exchange for a set of coupons to spend at your business. 

Your website visitors are always thinking, “What’s in it for me?”. 

What you DON’T want to do is create a lame CTA and expect your visitors to click on it and enter their email. For example, your Call-to-Action says “Sign up for an E-Book”.  

Your Call-to-Action should entice people to sign up! Instead of your previous bland CTA, say “ Sign up and get my FREE EBook!” 

Most of the time, whenever someone comes across the word “free”, they will stop and read more about the offer. The word “free” doesn’t necessarily add value to your offer, but if a customer sees it as valuable, then they will most likely sign up. The trick is to create something of high value that your visitors will not be able to refuse. 

Place yourself in the position of the consumer. What would entice you to click on that Call-to-Action button and surrender your email address?

5. Your website is more about you than it is about your products 

Microsoft conducted a study that shows websites have only six seconds to grab the attention and interest of a consumer. If you have a clear and concise message on your home page, your visitors are more likely to stay and look around. 

Let’s cut to the chase. People are more interested in how you can help them and why they should choose you. People are very simple. If you cannot help them, they will find somebody who can (which most of the time tends to be your competitor). 

Stop writing about yourself. Write for the visitors on your page. Start gearing your content toward those who will actually be purchasing your product. Visitors are not going to your site because you created it. They’re going to your site because you offer a product or service that they are interested in. 

It would benefit you to add your work experience, educational background, and achievements to your website! Some website visitors actually want to know more about the people who make up your company, which is why they will go to your About page to learn more information. Do not go overboard, though. You need to add the information about yourself to your About page and leave the rest of the information to the home page!

Your business needs a website. There’s no doubt about that. But, just having a website is not enough. Your site needs to be focused on the brand you are trying to portray and the services you are going to provide. It has to achieve your goals! You cannot achieve those goals without following these five steps on your site. If you are not already doing these five things, then don’t worry! We recommend focusing your attention on one “mistake” at a time. Take a few days to fix up your CTA buttons and move onto the next step when you are finished. In the end, you’ll feel much better about a well-produced website than a website that’s rushed and inconsistent. 

What is WordPress and How Does it Work?

In today’s modern-day of unlimited Internet access and seemingly paper-thin smartphones, it is easy to assume that a majority of people know all about web creation websites like WordPress. My assumptions were proven wrong when somebody genuinely asked me, “What is WordPress?”. After thinking about that question it occurred to me that some people are very unaware of WordPress and what it has to offer. If you are stirring in silent embarrassment because you are also asking yourself the same question, then do not worry. This article is for you. 

WordPress is known as the most powerful, straightforward and versatile website content management system (CMS) in existence today. If you own a website, it is your website’s operating system. In simple terms, WordPress is the engine to your “vehicle”. In this case, WordPress is the engine, while your website is the vehicle. 

WordPress allows you to create and customize any kind of website that you want. It provides you with interchangeable themes, fonts and styles. People have created websites that feature topics such as E-commerce, social networking, business, membership, portfolio, forums, events, E-learning, weddings or even a simple blog. WordPress originated as a blogging tool but later developed into the content management system that it is today. 

Whether you’re an aspiring business owner attempting to establish your online presence or you’re secretly passionate about gardening and want to create an online outlet, it is easy for anyone to create a website. In fact, WordPress operates over 30% of all websites on the Internet.

There are many benefits to joining WordPress’s large and powerful website community. WordPress is very simple to operate, which is one of the most intriguing elements of the website. The website content management system is very easy to use, even for beginners. WordPress allows you to create and publish your website content quickly. Another great feature is that the actual WordPress software is free to download and use. WordPress also operates on all screen sizes and devices. It even comes in the form of an app! There are two different types of WordPress websites that you have the option to use.   

  • WordPress.org: This site is known as the self-hosted and free version of WordPress. This WordPress software is, in fact, free and is considered an open-source. Open-source means that you have the freedom to build, use, and modify the software in any way that you’d like without having to pay a fee. It also means that it’s licensed under the GNU Public License and it isn’t owned by one single company. With this software, you essentially install your own web host to create your website. This site does not generate any income. It also does not offer any support for its users. Using this site gives you more ownership as well as access to all the website’s perks. Anybody can download this version. WordPress.org is managed by the nonprofit WordPress Foundation.
  • WordPress.com: This is a paid, profit-geared service that is operated by WordPress.org software. WordPress.com is a simple site that any person can navigate and use. With this service, you are essentially paying WordPress to host your site and handle everything for you. This service relieves you from the responsibility of building and managing your website. Many people choose this service because they want a professional website, created and operated by actual professionals. Once you pay for the WordPress.com service, you are paying to not have to worry about those things. This is a fantastic option for someone who has a business but does not have time to create a website. WordPress.com is a for-profit business owned by Automattic that uses WordPress.org open-source software. 

To get started with a self-hosting WordPress website, you will need to pay for web hosting and a domain name. If you choose to continue with a web hosting provider, the domain name, website and many other features will come with the package.

WordPress is used by all kinds of people for various reasons and goals. It is used by individuals, small businesses, large corporations, nonprofit groups, and many more. For example, the official White House website, BBC America, The Walt Disney Company, Vogue and so many more use WordPress to power their site. Take a look at each company’s website, the design, and how it correlates with the culture of the company or business. These examples depict an attractive outline for how a well-constructed website can look. Although these widely-known businesses utilized WordPress.com to their advantage, you can still create a free site using the open-source software. WordPress makes building a website easy and available to everyone, even people who aren’t developers!

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