5 ways to make your Web site work harder!

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5 ways to make your Web site work harder!

It's important for professionals to keep their Web sites fresh and updated. Nothing's worse than a static site that never changes. But what should you change to make your site work harder? Here are some things to do:

1. Add a lead-generating offer. You can boost leads with a good offer. Write a quick one-page report on a vital topic. Make it easy to read (and write!) with some bullets and a few great insights. Post new reports every few weeks as ideas come to you. Ask visitors for a valid email address to download the reports. Then follow up by emailing them another offer -- a free consultation or another service, coupons from local businesses -- to further the relationship.

2. Replace stale content. Tired old info sends people away. At least twice a month (say, the 1st and the 15th) add news items, info related to your business, local events, and links to your latest e-newsletter and blog. Keep copy brief.

3. Take a good look at your home page. This is the first thing people see. The upper left hand corner is most important, so put the key info you want prospects to know in this area. Keep the home page to 6 to 8 major points above the scroll. Use headlines and bullet points that link to more detailed info. Make links to your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter profiles easy to find.

4. Check that your site loads fast. Slow loads make visitors go elsewhere. Music and flash applications take time, so you might want to get rid of them.

5. Make sure your site is easy to navigate.
Confusing navigation drives visitors away. Ask people who have never seen your site to try it while you look on. Notice where they get tripped up, but don't help them out. Then have them tell you what would have made things easier.

Don't leave the state of your Web site up to the techies. A great site can do a lot for your business, but you have to stay on top of it.... Have a great month!

As your success partner, we're your best source of information about any and all financing options. We're always here to answer questions and to help you take advantage of new opportunities. We see our relationship as an on-going business building opportunity for both of us!


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