By Charles Nixon
Copyright: C2004 by Charles Nixon. All rights reserved
Web page size. If your website takes longer than 10-15
seconds to load you should consider optimizing it for the
web. This is one of the biggest mistakes a web designer can
make. You may have cable and love to fill your website with
graphics, but if your visitors don't have cable or a fast
connection at all your chances of getting them to wait that
10 to 15 seconds for your page to load is very slim.
Flashy ads. Ok, so you have to bring in some cash some how
right? So you sign up to a bunch of banner ad affiliate
programs. Only problem with this is their banners are
animated and constantly flashing while your visitors view
your website. This can be good in some cases for getting
some extra cash. But visitors can be easily annoyed by
If your trying to get customers, having these flashy
banners increases your chances of your visitors leaving.
Lots of people may be drawn into these ads (probably your
best customers) and if they click that ad, they are now
a customer to someone else thanks to your affiliate
Confusing Navigation. Before you build a website you should
make a sitemap for how everything is going to be setup.
Come up with a plan to have some form of contact
information on each page. If your visitor comes to a page
and wants to purchase something and they cant find a
contact link they will most likely change their mind
while searching for it. Keep your navigation consistent on
each page. If your visitor has to learn to use a different
type of navigation system on every page they will become
Confusing Content. You want to make everything easy to read
and navigate. If you know someone thats in their teen years
you should come up with some questions to ask them about
your website. Like:
What do you think my site is about?
Would you buy this product on my website?
Can you understand the information on this(blank.html)page?
If you can get a teen, or even any average person to answer
these question's honestly you can find ways to change
your setup so that anyone and everyone is drawn in to
purchase from you.
Advertising. When you advertise your website the number one
thing that you do not want to do is spam. It is very easy
to advertise your website all over the web for free! You
can use forums, article submission groups, online
communities, chat groups, news feeds, and much more. If you
do resort to spam this could hurt your website sales. A lot
web surfers will go around and if they find spam they will
report it to someone that will post it on a website that
degrades or gives bad reviews on your website.
If you can avoid these five mistakes that almost every
webmaster experiences than you will be on your way to
success in no time.
Charles Nixon - Website Designer Driven by Creativity
Building websites to increase sales, and build web presence
Did you start your business to create a website? or to run
your business? With competitive pricing and your project
delivered on time and on budget CharlesNixon.com may be the
web design firm for you!
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