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4 simple tips for leaders of SME's to ensure that your business website is optimised for success!

Mark Dilks

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Optimising your web pages is all about providing the best possible ‘experience’ for your visitors when they visit your site. Some of the pages on your website are more important than others - but do you know which ones they are?

 

It may sound fairly obvious – but it’s amazing how many website owners fail to optimise their websites to improve the conversion of their web visitors to leads.

 

Focusing on your most important pages and making a few critical changes will have the potential to improve your site performance dramatically. Every website is different, but generally speaking, there are four pages that are the most important (and most-visited): 

  1. Home Page
  2. About Us Page
  3. Your Blog
  4. Contact Us Page

Tips for optimising each page:

It’s easy to overlook the broader, big-picture idea whilst pursuing your SEO rankings, but it’s really important to ensure that your website is optimised for the user. You can do that by asking yourself two questions: 

  • Question 1: What is the user looking for?
  • Question 2: What is my goal for the user?

Here are a few, more specific tips to help you on your way to optimising each of the four most important pages.

1) Home Page

  • Use a big headline, and place the most important information front and centre.
  • Provide flow. Make it obvious where the user is supposed to go and what they are supposed to do next.
  • Make your CTA as big and obvious as possible. A home page may allow for several different CTAs -- make it easy for the user to choose by making CTA buttons large and easy to click. Often, a user uses the home page as a way of finding where on the site they want to go. For this reason, you should make the navigation menu very clear.

2) About Page

  • Deliver the most important and relevant information above the fold. The user is on your About page for a reason -- answer their question(s) without making them scroll.
  • Include at least one CTA. Remember, most people aren’t just looking for more information; they're seeking a deeper level of engagement.

3) Blog

  • Organise information on your blog clearly, and make sure that information satisfies the reasons users might be on your blog. Most users will want to read the most recent articles, so provide these. You may also want to organise categories on the blog home page, such as “most recent,” “most popular,” or other forms of categorisation.
  • Include CTAs that make it easy for the user to subscribe to the blog, download a free resource, and so on. Even though the user came to get information, you want them to get engaged and connected.
  • Provide CTAs in the core design of your blog so they appear on each individual blog post. In our experience, most blog visitors land on individual blog articles through organic search, instead of landing on your blog's "home" page. To get these users engaged, put CTAs on the sidebars, in the footer, and other places. 

 4) Contact Us Page

  • Put the information they’re looking for above the fold -- an email address, phone number, contact form, map, mailing address, and so on. Of all four of these webpages, the Contact Us page implies the most detailed level of intent on the part of the user.
  • Use CTAs that allow the user to contact you easily (since, presumably, that's why they came to your Contact Us page). Make the CTA really obvious, and engage them by gratifying their intent instantly, using CTA copy like ”Chat now!” “Email now!”.

In conclusion, here's how to optimize pages like a pro: Look at your most visited pages, figure out why users are there, give them what they want, and ask them for an action in return. Regardless of your most-visited pages or even the nature of your website, you can create more engaged users.

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