Avoid These 5 Web Site Blunders!

Written by Alexandria Brown

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Interestingly, I occasionally seerepparttar opposite problem. For example, a respected law firm's site shouldn't shout excitedly at customers as in a sweepstakes offer. Ask yourself: "How do my customers want to be talked to?" and THAT'S your answer.

BLUNDER #4: Designing cryptic navigation.

Unfortunately, many sites don't seem to be truly designed withrepparttar 132118 end user in mind. Consider why users are visiting your site, then turn those reasons into your main navigation choices. Try to limit them to 8 or less. Then, create sub-navigation within those choices. But if there's an especially popular page on your site, why not put a special direct link fromrepparttar 132119 home page? For example, onrepparttar 132120 home page of our site, we keep a direct link to our latest article or information about new awards we've won.

BLUNDER #5: Making it difficult to contact you or place an order.

I recently visitedrepparttar 132121 Web site of an acclaimed furniture manufacturer, and I was ready to order one of their renowned ergonomic chairs. I clicked around, foundrepparttar 132122 chair I wanted, and then quickly grew irate. Not only couldn't I find where to order it online, I couldn't even find their phone number to call and order one or findrepparttar 132123 nearest dealer! The results? One lost customer.

Put your phone number, an e-mail link, and a link to your order form (if you have one) on every page of your Web site. Don't rely on your users havingrepparttar 132124 patience to take a few extra steps. Make it as easy as possible, and they'll be much more likely to follow through (and return)!

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How to make a name for yourself on the 21st century Internet

Written by Ace Bravo

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I've put carefully selected links on my site to help you find all that you need to create your own web site. You will find links for free domain hosting, Internet access and much more.

One little note about free domain hosting, I do not recommend it if you are going for a professional and trusted web site. Also, sponsors who will be paying you don't like that.

Next, you get busy designing your site. Go to different sites onrepparttar web to get yourself an idea on what your site should look like. Think how to make a better layout, better colouring etc.

Let's say you have registered your domain name, got an ISP to host it for you and now you site is up and running then what? Well, before anything else you need to make your site known torepparttar 132117 world and to do that you need to add it to allrepparttar 132118 major search engines and directories. This is free so start with Yahoo and follow exactly their submission instructions. Other search engines will just ask you to type in your URL and their crawler will take care ofrepparttar 132119 rest, but for this to work properly your META TAGS should be correct. I'm assuming you've done your homework and usedrepparttar 132120 links on my site torepparttar 132121 various locations where you can learn all about HTML in no time.

So now you have a web site with good content that is searchable on almost allrepparttar 132122 major search engines. You are almost there if you've made this far, you've proven you have strong determination.

Next, start contacting sponsors, usually you need to submit an application and in no time they will reply and guide you throughrepparttar 132123 process of becoming an Affiliate. You will get to know allrepparttar 132124 sponsors and know which to choose.

Again, you can always go to http://www.sitefiles.com/ as a reference. Say you want to contact a sponsor but you need a name or URL, looking around on my site you'll get allrepparttar 132125 information you need.

Ace Bravo is a Canadian entrepreneur writing articles in various news lists and how-to magazines. By profession, Ace is an Internetwork Design Engineer. He is the creator/owner of the successful SiteFiles.com.

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