There are numerous articles and sites that advise on how to improve websites for search engine ... SEO is, of course, vital for ... the number of visitors to a website. However, never
There are numerous articles and sites that advise on how to improve websites for search engine optimisation. SEO is, of course, vital for increasing the number of visitors to a website. However, never forget that it is visitors that turn into customers and make the money. Remember to keep visitors in mind at all times when building and designing a site. With this in mind, here are some pointers…
Professionalism A site should look professional and has had some time and effort put into it rather than give the impression that it has been put together in someone’s bedroom in their spare time. This immediately gives visitors a good impression of your business and the confidence to make a purchase.
Images Use images relevant to your product. At www.primaryinsurance.co.uk we use travel images’, as travel insurance is our main product. Using images that contain people rather than graphics works in this industry but might not be right for all.
Colour Scheme Select a colour scheme that reflects the product you sell. For example our pink, blue and yellow scheme, together with the images, is designed to remind customers of their holiday and think positively when purchasing travel insurance, which is essentially a commodity product. The white space and surround provides subtly and prevents the colours from being too overpowering.
Navigation Make sure the site is easy to navigate and your main products are in a prominent position on your homepage. Secondary or complementary products can either be listed further down the page or on a separate page. This ensures visitors are drawn to the products that you want them to buy.
Effective copy Again there are numerous articles on writing effective copy. The key point to remember is that it provides the customer with information about who you are and what you sell whilst containing a reasonable amount of keywords. If the copy reads well, the number of keywords should be acceptable. Always remember to update regularly as customers and search engines love up to date content.
Feedback forms Feedback forms are a useful way to get ideas for improving your site in a way that benefits your customers. Once implemented conversion should start to increase, meaning you get a greater return on advertising investment.
Contact details Having a phone number and an address where you can be contacted gives customers confidence that you are an established business and are happier to transact online. Don’t hide away your contact details in the hope no one will use them.
Links Links in and out of the site should be for the benefit of visitors as well as search engines. Remember you can be selective when obtaining links and make sure all links are relevant to the product you are selling and the industry you operate in.
Karl Norris is the E-Commerce Manager for Primary Insurance, www.primaryinsurance.co.uk. As a finance professional he focuses on generating and increasing profitability from online business activities.