Tips and Tricks

Online Friendly Fonts: Six Web Typography Services

It used to be that Web designers were limited to a handful of “Web-safe” fonts, which made for predictable, if not boring, websites. Now, high-end typography is within reach of all website owners, making it possible to use nearly any font imaginable. Still, there are limits to how you can use fonts on your website. Fonts typically take hundreds of hours of work by skilled designers, and they can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to buy. Luckily, there…

Search Engine Optimized: the importance of meaningful internal links

Search engines use various methods for creating titles and descriptions (or snippits), and determining if your page is relevant to each search. They crawl for content contained within a web page’s meta tags including the “title” and “description” tags, but also page content that seems most relevant or useful. This means that various page elements are evaluated, including links from other pages on your website, known as internal links. Internal links, in fact, can play a large role in how…

Creating Website Content for Better User Experiences

Modeling and designing your website’s user experience means attempting to understand all aspects of the user’s online and offline interaction with your company, and how the site is perceived, learned, and used in order to make informed decisions that will improve your users’ experiences. Designing a great user experience or “UX” sounds like a tall order, but this post will provide you with some of the resources you’ll need to create content that will meet visitors’ expectations. Web writing, Web…

What email marketing can offer your business

The idea of “email marketing” can seem intimidating, but it can be thought of as a form of direct marketing like traditional mail. Instead of using the postal service, however, it uses email to send your commercial or non-profit messages to an audience. Various marketing email types sent out include email newsletters, quick announcements (also known as postcard emails), catalog emails, and press releases. At its best, email marketing can engage your audience better than a passive website, and at…

Are you stopping visitors from commenting?

Blog comments are something that you should typically encourage because they give readers a chance to participate in the conversation. Comments give readers the opportunity to relate their experiences, offer their point of view, and provide related information. This interaction within the blog can help to expand the original blog post, sometimes giving it a life of its own. If one of your blog’s goals is to encourage commenting, you should try and make the commenting process as simple as…

Does your website have an effective call to action?

A “call to action”, as the name suggests, tells your visitors what they should do. In the case of a website, it’s basically a message that links to a desired action. A successful CTA will help persuade visitors to take your desired action, which you should be able to determine based on your business goals. It can be a short phrase as simple as “Click here!”, but should be something at least a little more specific or sophisticated. In this…

How to read your site’s statistics: 6 tips

As we wrote in a previous post, statistics are necessary to determine if your website is meeting its goals. But it’s hard to know if you’re meeting your site’s goals if you don’t know how to read the multitude of numbers and graphs provided by a service like Google Analytics. In this post, we offer five suggestions on how to read your Analytics statistics beyond simply hits or views to help you determine if your site is attracting the traffic…

The benefits of integrating your blog with your website

We recently wrote about the advantages of blogging using your own domain as opposed to the URL given to you by a free service like WordPress.com or Blogger. If you are blogging to support your business (which we’d advise nearly every business to consider), you’ll want to go further by integrating your blog and your website. There are four main benefits of having your blog a part of your website: Show what your company is all about. While your site…

Do you own your blog?: Owning your domain

With the wide variety of free blogging platforms, blogging is essentially free. However, to get the impact you’re looking for, it may be worth it to blog using your own domain. In fact, it can be easy to setup and doesn’t have to be terribly expensive to get your blog on a URL that you own. Many blogging platforms allow you to buy a custom domain, including Google’s Blogger platform, and WordPress.com. You can also transfer a domain name you…

Hiding your prices – Don’t do it!

Talking about money is hard, even for online business. Many times when you visit a website, it is not easy to find the prices for the offered services. You can go through three or more different windows with trials and special offers but you cannot find how much you will finally have to pay for them. Some weeks ago, Brent went to the WordPress.com website looking for the prices of the premium features offered by the blog platform. He spent…