Because a website is primarily visual, many business owners consider design to be the top priority, but it shouldn’t be. An attractive website may be eye-catching, but if the message doesn’t speak to the needs of your target market, it’s not going to be effective.
Instead of coming up with a perfect design, then figuring out how to incorporate your text, you need to first decide what your website should say, then determine the best way to present that information.
As a starting point, most websites include the following pages:
As this is often the first page visitors see when they arrive on your site, your Home page or Welcome page should quickly inform them who you are, what you do, and of course, what’s in it for them.
To see some great home page examples, study the winners of The Webby Awards Best Home/Welcome Page for 2015.
This page gives background information about you and/or your business, letting potential clients know why they should purchase your products or services. It may include such details as company history, credentials, certifications, media appearances, and bios for the business owner and other team members.
For inspiration, check out HubSpot’s 12 About Us Page Examples That Are Probably Better Than Yours.
Services (or Products)
Most people use the Internet to research their options before they even contact a service provider or supplier. Make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities by failing to describe each service or product you offer, including the benefits they provide.
If this is your first website for a new business, the above pages may be all you need to start with. You can always add more pages as your business grows. Other common pages include:
- Portfolio / Before & After Photos
- Frequently Asked Questions
I’ll be delving more deeply into the Blog and Contact pages later in this series, but if you have questions about any of the other pages, please feel free to post them in the Comments.
Do you already have a website?
You may be able to reuse the content from your existing site, but do take the time to make sure it accurately reflects your current message.
Who will write your website content?
If you’re comfortable preparing your own copy and your writing skills are good, then go for it! If someone else is creating your website, be sure to ask if they will proofread and edit your work, as many designers do not provide this service.
You may choose to hire a professional copywriter who will ensure that you have a compelling marketing message that is also search-engine friendly.
Come back on Friday to find out how to organize your content.
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