How To Keep More Of Your Visitors

Written by Said Rouhani

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6. Don't overwhelm with too many links

Keep links to a minimum on your navigation bar - at most nine. In fact, keep links to a minimum all across your site. Don't overwhelm your visitor with too many choices... gently, but firmly guide them towards your "action pages" (order page, newsletter subscription page, etc.).

7. Remove banners (from homepage at least)

I've removed all banner ads from my Web site. In my opinion they just take up space, make pages load slower, and look rather ugly... without doing any good. You might feel that eliminating banners might be too drastic a move for yourself, but let me ask you this: how often do YOU click on banner ads?

Note: Definitely remove banners from your homepage. The job of your homepage is to get visitors interested in your site and explore deeper, not to display banner ads which take visitors away.

8. Ask for a bookmark

Put up a simple attentive graphic that asks people to bookmark your site. You'd be surprised how many people will listen.

9. Open external links in a new window

In your tag, simply put TARGET="new". This will openrepparttar link in a new window. When your visitors are done and close that window, they'll return back to your site. The full HTML looks like this:

click here

(Note:repparttar 134679 contents within TARGET can be anything - doesn't have to be "new").

10. Use pop-ups on exit

This is a technique I've used with great success on my own site. Set up some JavaScript code that opens a pop-up window when a visitor LEAVES your homepage, where you offer a subscription to your ezine. This wont annoy them as an on-entry pop-up would, and will reclaim a lot of visitors that would have just drifted away had it not been forrepparttar 134680 pop-up. I really recommend you use a cookie to preventrepparttar 134681 pop-up window loading for repeat visitors. Go to any JavaScript resource site and you'll find cut-and-paste code you can use on your own site.

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Written by Ronni Rhodes

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It is far too early for any of us to dismissrepparttar 134697 banner ad as an idea whose time has past. We have to step back, take an objective view, and start thinking about how we can make them more than just billboards. Asrepparttar 134698 Internet leaves its infancy and entersrepparttar 134699 "toddler" stage, we need to remind ourselves that we're still dealing with a new medium. And that this new medium is still largely unexplored.

Ronni Rhodes is the owner of WBC Imaging, an Internet company that specializes in web site enhancement utilizing streaming media technology. With her husband, Don, a broadcast engineer, they work with companies to incorporate streaming as part of successful and meaningful sales and marketing programs. Please direct all questions and comments to: 520-742-5780

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