Ten Point Checklist to Website Success
This Ten Point Checklist outlines the necessary
steps for implementing a successful website. These points are provided on
our website as free advice for your consideration. Please review the steps
in the checklist, and consider which point or points may be lacking in your
current approach to your website.
Then, if you wish to consider us for assistance in implementing improvements to
website, or if you simply wish to learn more, please contact us for a free
Examine what are you trying to sell with a basic SWOT analysis
(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). Research your basic web
Important points to consider include:
> Is your product or service in sufficient demand from potential customers?
> Is it priced appropriately?
> Is it suitable for on line sales?
> What level of competition exists, both brick and mortar and on line?
> What is the key USP (Unique Selling Point) for your product or service?
> How is the same product or service being sold on line by competitors?
> How do or would potential customers find your web site or search for such a
product or service via the search engines?
> What keywords do people most frequently input to a search engine in their
search of this product or service?
Develop a web site design concept using the conclusions from step 1.
Important principles to consider in the development of of a successful
website include:> A visual design concept that is moderately high class, and yet widely
supported by the average userís browser is best. The latest highly
sophisticated state-of-the-art techniques for flashy visual gimmicks should
usually be avoided, as they are often very troublesome to potential customers
who often lack the latest required revision required to view the page.
> The site should be simple and straightforward for the potential customer to
understand and navigate.
> The site should load quickly and easily. The majority of users still access
the Internet via fairly slow modem connections, and most people are very
intolerant of pages that are slow to load.
> To speed page load times, minimize the use of graphic files and the size of
the graphics files that are needed.
> The site should illustrate the need for the product or service, and how the
product or service satisfies the need.
> The site should provide easy access for the potential customer to either
purchase your product on line, or provide the customer with the means to contact
you via email, phone or fax to arrange a purchase.
> The information content of the site must also be structured and optimized to
follow certain guidelines that the major search engines follow in their process
of spidering web sites to update their search database of web site content.
Implement the actual design of the web site per the design concept
developed in step 2.
Get a domain name (www.your business.com).
Get an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to host your website .
Get your site on the web.
> Ideally, the domain name should reflect the image of the business and
be easy to remember.
> When considering the selection of an ISP, the reliability of service
and support, and the responsiveness and speed of the ISP servers are vital
Promote your site via the search engines.
In promoting your site on the web, a number of important points must be
> Which search engines are best?
> Which search engines are related?
> Submission to both directories and webpage indexes
> Use of automatic submittals versus hand submittals
> Free submittals versus pay-for-inclusion submittals
> Pay-per-click search submittals, inclusion and bid status
Consider additional promotion techniques:
> Reciprocal links and strategic relationships
> Email discussion groups
> Promotion via newsgroups
> Press releases
> Banner ads
> Print Media
> Bulk email (Spam??)
Monitor your progress
The status of your website needs to be periodically monitored, including:
> Website traffic analysis
> Search engine inclusion
> Search engine ranking
> Pay-per-click bid status and ranking
Refine your approach and reiterate the process based upon observed results.
Periodically update your site to maintain timeliness of information and to
maintain customer interest in returning to your site.
Continually monitor your total environment, including changes in your customer's
needs and your business's response to those needs, and changes in available
Internet technology for business websites to maintain a competetive strategy.
In summary, the implementation of a successful
business website strategy requires thorough top-down analysis, solid execution
and continual refinement.