10 Common Sense Tips For Building A Good Website: Tip #2

10 Common Sense Tips For Building A Good Website: Tip #2
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If you’ve read Tip #1 you know that you need to provide visitors with good, solid information so they can make a decision about your business. You’ve probably cracked out the thesaurus, done some homework and now you have dozens of beautifully written pages about your business.

What you do with this information is equally important as how many pages you have and how they’re written.

Tip #2: Information Should Be Well Organized And Properly Distributed

Information should be distributed over an appropriate number of clearly defined and well-organized pages. Too much information concentrated in too small a space is just as detrimental to a visitor’s experience on your site as too little information.

Nobody likes to scroll through large blocks of text searching for that one idea or piece of information they need.

Format your text in a way that facilitates reading on a computer monitor. People read differently online than they do in print. They tend to skip around and scan web pages for specific information rather than reading straight through. Many times, people will read only your headings or bullet points, stopping to read more when something is personally interesting or relevant.

Improve your site by breaking up large blocks of text into smaller paragraphs or multiple pages, create headings with unique styles, make appropriate use of bold or multicolored text (be careful not to overdo either) and use bullet points or numbered lists liberally.

And remember, every one of us wants things to be as simple as possible. You should take great pains to make sure it’s easy to find information on your website. Don’t bury information on obscure pages or on pages with obscure names.

Good organization will go a long way toward converting visitors to customers.

Have you ever had a hard time finding something on a website? Did it eventually drive you to leave the site?

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Carol Lynn Rivera

Carol Lynn Rivera

I'm a business owner, content creator, podcaster and marketer. In 1999 I founded Rahvalor Interactive, a web and creative services production studio, with my husband and business partner Ralph. In 2011 we created Web.Search.Social, a consulting and marketing service line for small businesses. We also cohost the Web.Search.Social Podcast where we challenge the status quo of marketing and the Carbon Based Business Units podcast where we talk about the human side of being an entrepreneur. On any given day I wear the hat of project manager, consultant, social media manager and content marketer. My true passion is writing and in my spare time I'm busy planning my early retirement to Barcelona as a famous and wealthy novelist.
Carol Lynn Rivera
Carol Lynn Rivera