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How to build a Website

I’m going to recommend the use of WordPress to build a website, simply because it’s easy, quick, has pretty decent built-in SEO, and has tons of customization options available for appearance, security, functionality, etc. I’m not going to give you a step-by-step guide to building a site with WordPress, because there are thousands of those online already.

Just search Google or YouTube if you need a tutorial on how to build a site with WordPress. It’s a lot easier than you probably think!

You’ll need the following:

    • A domain name purchased through NameCheap or another registrar
    • Hosting purchased through NameCheap, HostGator, or other
    • WordPress, free and easy installation often included in hosting
    • A WordPress theme, free or paid

Once you have a basic website built, all you have to do is start adding content. You can create this content yourself, or hire someone to do it for you. Just make sure the content is well-written, grammatically correct, and interesting because Google has become a lot more strict about the quality of the content it indexes. We’ll talk more about content creation in the next section, so let’s move on.

Content Creation

The content on your site is probably the single most important element of this system for many reasons. Because you won’t be focusing solely on getting traffic from Google and sending that traffic straight off to an Amazon product, the content on your site must attract the right types of traffic and grab and keep their attention and interest. We’re going to take a look at a few different factors regarding the content on your site.

Content Quality

The quality of the content on your site will have a lot to do with its success—more so than ever before. Not only are web surfers more in-tune with what quality content should be like, but Google also uses quality as a ranking factor.
Google does check the overall content on your site to make sure it’s relatively free of typos and errors, so it’s important to make sure your content is well written.

In addition to this, Google also pays attention to the average length of time a visitor spends on your site, and whether or not they visit other pages of your site. This is known as “bounce rate”. If you have a high bounce rate, it means people are leaving your site without looking at any other pages, which Google takes to mean your content isn’t what people are looking for. This will hurt your rankings.

Google wants to see the average user staying on your site for a good length of time, as well as visiting other pages. Make sure your content quality supports this! Keep in mind that visual content like videos and photo slideshows, along with interactive content like quizzes and surveys, are more likely to go viral and bring in a lot of traffic, as well as getting people to spend more time on your site.

Make sure you include relevant images in your articles, too. Images are vitally important these days. Not only do they make your article more interesting to visitors, but they provide a great way to let people share your content on social media and bring you more traffic. If you don’t include relevant images, you won’t see anything show up on social media, or you’ll see only your site’s logo or background, which could be worse than having no image at all.

Content-Length

The length of your content goes hand-in-hand with its quality, at least in the eyes of Google. While it’s been proven that the average surfer these days has a very short attention span, Google seems to think that very, very long content is “quality”, and short content is not.

It used to be that putting up ten 150-word articles would bring in far more traffic than putting up one 1,500-word article, but those days are gone. These days, content should belong—the longer, the better. Not only that, but Google seems to favour content that is actually updated on occasion—meaning it’s better to add a bit of content to an older article than to create a new one—at least once your site already has a good amount of content on it.

Generally, articles should be at least 500 words, and up to 3,000 (perhaps longer in some cases) is even better. Who knows why Google seems to be so adamant about longer content considering declining attention spans, but as it is length matters.

Content Variety

Another important factor is making sure you create a variety of content, including various forms of media such as videos, slideshows, and even downloads. You don’t actually have to create videos yourself. You can just embed other people’s videos in your pages. But if you can create your own, it will help you get additional traffic from places like YouTube and Facebook.

Having a variety of posts on your site will help you get more traffic and make your site more interesting, so try to include some different types of content for variety. Aim for having at least ten posts on your site before you attempt any type of promotion or add any affiliate links. This will help you rank in Google, as well as giving visitors additional content to visit, hopefully lowering your bounce rate.

4 Simple Yet Effective Tricks To Increasing Website Sales

An eCommerce site may rank high in search engines and get a high flow of traffic but have low conversion rates when it comes to online sales. Increasing online sales being the primary goal of every online business, knowing the simple tricks for increasing website sales is imperative. Here are four effective techniques that you can use to increase your website sales.

1. Improve your website navigation

In order to encourage users to purchase from your website, it should be well laid out, clear and clean. If visitors find the website cumbersome and difficult to find what they want, they will go and look for it somewhere else.

Keep everything consistent, professional and simple. Correct all spelling errors, for example, and keep things as intuitive as possible. You should use obvious sections for your form and keep reminding the visitors where they are on the site.

Also, minimize the number of clicks from the landing page to the checkout which means the purchasing process should be as quick as possible. Do not force the buyers to open an account before buying and if they have too, include only the necessary information.

2. Build trust with the website visitors

Online businesses do not have face to face contact with the clients which makes it difficult to build trust. However, there are other ways to convey that you are trustworthy such as including trade body and association membership. Also, try to get as many accreditations as possible.

You can also join a community group and include case studies and endorsement testimonials from previous customers on the website.

Personalize your website as much as possible and include real people.

Since there is no face to face contact, the human element on the website will help build trust

3. Be transparent

Openness and honesty are very important for any online business. Always be clear on all prices and delivery charges and include any other details that may be helpful to a buyer.

A FAQs section is a good way to answer all the customer’s questions. Be sure to also display your contact information and be easy to get hold of.

4. Think about the target market

You should remember who you selling your product to. If it is the older group, you only have to make them feel safe but the younger market is web savvy and it will take much more to convince them to order your products.

Make a point to analyze your website as well as your competitors, run user surveys, ask feedback from the customers and keep contact with them with helpful information, not spam.

Your aim is to create a process that enables you to find out the likes and dislikes of your customers.

An Affordable Website Does Not Mean a Cheap Web Design

For some ventures, especially ones that are just starting out in the United Arab Emirates, it’s not that easy to find affordable web design. Dubai, for example, is a city that is home to a lot of online businesses that need this kind of service. The design of a web site is crucial in presenting your company’s brand to the internet public. Similar to a regular office, a company’s web site should be well-designed to coincide with your company identity, but at the same time keep you within your budget. Companies based on the web have the idea that paying less for website design means that you’re getting bad service. This way of thinking could not be further from the truth. Many service providers employ professional and affordable website designers. Dubai is the most advanced city in all of the Gulf Region, so finding good quality web designers should not be difficult at all. The question is, are you willing to entrust your business’s success with the thought in your head that cheap web design means bad output? You’ve got to let go of this idea before you can even begin to realize the many advantages of choosing a more affordable web design provider.

There are a number of advantages in finding a cheaper web design alternative. The most obvious one is the amount of money you will be saving. With the current global financial crisis still affecting businesses everywhere, any amount saved can certainly go a long way. There are many parts in the United Arab Emirates where you can find affordable website designers. Dubai can provide you with plenty of talented designers that are quite exceptional at what they do and won’t charge you too much for their services.

Affordable web design also generally means that you’re getting service from smaller operations or firms. This should be considered a good thing, as smaller web design groups are capable of providing services that are a lot more personal or dedicated. There is more interaction between you and the designers, and you can more easily communicate exactly what you want done every step of the way. It is a lot more possible for clients to go one on one with smaller and more affordable website designers. Dubai has a handful of smaller web design providers that offer their services at lower costs but provide good results.

Smaller and more affordable website design groups also offer more flexibility in different areas. You can customize the type of service you’re actually getting from smaller web design groups a lot more easily than with larger and more expensive firms. Some large web design businesses will even require you to sign up for their hosting services before you can sign up just to have a web page designed. Some online businesses only need web designers or some other basic service for their brand. Smaller web design operations are flexible in such matters, and most will accommodate any project being offered, no matter how simple.

The bottom line is that you can also expect great service and output when choosing to get a package for affordable web design. Dubai is one place many online businesses should start looking into when trying to find the best service they can get at the most affordable price range.

Why Testing Should Drive Your Landing Page Design Decisions

Landing pages often serve as one of the first points of interaction between your company and potential buyers. Because first impressions can make or break the sale, its vital that your landing page optimization and test strategy works to funnel visitors toward the conversion action.

While many companies base their landing page design on what has worked in the past or what has worked for other companies, these strategies can lead at best to an average conversion rate and at worst to plummeting sales. Why? Because without specific knowledge of what works and what doesn’t for your target market, you must make design decisions based on guesswork.

In order to achieve maximum conversion rates and keep visitors clicking, you’ll need to implement a landing page design and test program that will optimize your landing page based on what works best in your specific market.

Turn Guesswork into Knowledge

Testing is the only surefire way to develop a landing page that performs at the highest possible rate of conversion. Best practices used by other companies can take you only so far since you operate under a different set of company objectives and you serve a different market. That s why testing can help you make the decisions that work best for you rather than relying on what worked for someone else.

When you develop an effective landing page design and test for usability and conversion, you build a page that funnels each visitor toward the call to action and urges him to take the desired action.

Pinpoint Problem Areas

Let’s say you have a poorly converting landing page. Is the problem your call to action button? Your navigation menu? Your copy? Without testing, you’ll never know.

You can guess at which one of those elements has the greatest effect on your conversion rate, but what if you choose the wrong one? What if it’s none of the above, but something else entirely?

Testing enables you not only to determine that your call to action button is too small, but also that it might be more visible with three-dimensional design and that people tend to click more often on a round button than a square button. Or vice versa.

The beauty of testing is that it tells you what will work for you right now, in this economic climate, with your audience.

What Is A Landing Page?

A landing page is a web page that is used specifically to focus on a single value proposition (or offer) for;

  1. Generating a sale of a specific product or service
  2. Capturing information for future marketing efforts.

Why are landing pages important?

As a resource for focusing your marketing efforts, landing pages are necessary for all marketers wanting to promote a single product or generate leads using the Internet. If you are planning on offering a product such as an ebook, audio CD, DVD or a service such as a training seminar or monthly newsletter, you will want to develop a landing page system.

A landing page is sometimes referred to as an offer page, sales page, or squeeze page. This can become confusing for people who are new to landing pages. An offer page is a generic term that is interchangeable with a landing page. They both refer to a page that is focused on a single offer or value proposition regardless of whether you are selling a product or service or using the page to generate leads. A sales page is a page that is focused on selling a product or service whereas a squeeze page and its sole purpose is to capture key demographic information from the prospect with an opt-in form. Squeeze pages usually provide the prospect with something free in exchange for personal information for future marketing efforts. A free report, ebook, or white paper are the most common offers for generating leads.

A large number of people are using Google AdWords to promote their product or service through search marketing (i.e.; advertisements listed next to search results). These ads typically send people directly to the homepage of their website. Then, the marketer is confused that they are not producing enough results.

Homepages are and should be, focused on presenting the entire corporate image. This will mean that the homepage will send people to many different places within the larger corporate site. The larger the company, the more places you can go.

What about Blogging?

A lot of authors, consultants, and other Internet entrepreneurs are buzzing with blogging. But what is blogging? Generating text-based communication with the hope that someone chooses to read it. Many people consider blogging as the only marketing approach and their motto seems to be “Blog and they will come.” This approach is about as effective as creating a website and hoping people will find it on the Internet consisting of billions of web pages. As a longterm strategy, blogging can be an effective element in your marketing mix, possibly to promote yourself as an expert and gain a following. But when used as an approach to market a product or service, it will be ineffective at generating results.

If you are an avid blogger, I would recommend using a landing page system and instead of blog entries, start writing articles and use a distribution service to generate traffic to your landing page. See Section 5 for more information on using article distribution to market your landing page.

I Sell Through Amazon.com, I Don’t Need A Landing Page

This is a typical response I receive when discussing the importance of the landing page to marketers who have created a product they are selling through popular e-commerce websites. Marketer’s feel that if they eliminate the middleman and send people directly to Amazon.com (usually from their blog), they don’t need to create a landing page. With respect to book marketing, having a landing page that has one purpose “providing potential buyers with access to your book summary, testimonials, table of contents, bio, a nice picture of the author, and possibly a free chapter” can only help you sell more books. This doesn’t mean creating an entire website for your book. This is one page that provides all of the necessary information to someone who is interested in purchasing your product.

Next Generation Marketing Strategy

In summary, the landing page is a necessary element in the next-generation marketing strategy. Rather than previous approaches that directed prospects to the homepage of a larger website, the landing page system is replacing outdated and ineffective methods of marketing products and services.

Landing pages are websites or web pages that are used specifically to focus on a single value proposition (or offer) for;

  1. Generating a sale of a specific product or service.
  2. Capturing information for future marketing efforts.