to Make Money Through Good Web Design
A well-designed, professional-looking web
site can increase your sales even if you are a small business or
However, an amateurish web site that is
poorly designed and difficult to navigate will not instill confidence
in your services or products...no matter how good they are!
The Internet is fast becoming the Yellow
Pages of the 21st Century. Is your business listed in the phone book?
Of course! Well, nowadays, more and more people are using the Internet
(just like the phone book) to:
- Locate businesses
- Compare prices
- Research products
- Shop from home
Here Are Some Great Tips
Purchase a domain name
A business, non-profit organization, school or professional must have a
domain name and a business-like web site.
Pay for web hosting
The URL of a free host will also look unprofessional,
A free host will usually post annoying advertising banners on your
site. Some of these can be quite detrimental to your business.
Set up professional-looking email addresses
These are available from paid hosting services.
Do your homework
Research what words and phrases people are currently
using to search for a business like yours on the web. Use these keywords
in the content on your page. Search engines index the content of your site not
the keyword meta tag
Promote your site to search engines
Many of these services require you to manually
submit to them. Follow their guidelines explicitly.
This must be done carefully. These services will drop you for spamming
keywords, cloaking your site, etc.
There are millions of sites and mailing
lists devoted to Website promotion, but many are sleazy backrooms frequented
by the get-rich-quick crowd. Some of the good ones, however, are:
- Self Promotion ~ www.selfpromotion.com
An auto-submission service, which works on a shareware principle. Lots
of good submitting tips here. We have used this service very successfully
to submit to Yahoo! which is normally very difficult to get listed on.
- Refer-It ~ www.refer-it.com
A listing of the various "affiliate" programs out there.
- Submit-It ~ www.submitit.com
The elder statesman of the auto-submission services.
- WebPromote ~ www.webpromote.com
They offer promotion services. Their site has some good advice, and
they also have a Web promotion mailing list.
- Web Marketing Today (WilsonWeb) ~ www.wilsonweb.com
More good marketing advice, and a couple of weekly newsletters.
The Secret to Getting Promoted on Google!
Content, Content... and links from relevant sites back to yours. By the way
did I mention CONTENT.
Avoid unnecessary graphics
Graphics load slowly. Use text and background color (defined in Cascading
Style Sheets or placed within table cells), instead of graphics, wherever
Animation for its own sake is annoying and quickly
sends viewers away from your site.
Avoid Music and Funky Sounds
Add alternative text to graphics
Unless you are in the business of selling music DO
NOT make it so people have to listen to your favorites
tunes. In an office environment if someone goes to your site and music
or sounds start emanating from their speakers it is inappropriate and
can be embarrassing. Don't turn off prospective customers that way.
Add alternative text to all graphics so people with disabilities and people
who browse with graphics turned off can still enjoy your site.
Avoid busy backgrounds
Text on a busy background is hard to read. Keep backgrounds plain
and contrast text appropriately.
Avoid dark text
on a dark background
For example, red on black only works if the text is large.