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Many people get caught up in the thought that just having a website for their business is enough. Sadly, the internet is awash with millions of websites many of which are probably trying to achieve exactly the same thing as you. However, not many business owners understand the true effort needed to make a real impact online. I believe that this opens up a real opportunity for anyone willing to put the time into creating great content.
We’re all probably familiar with the process of searching for products, services or information and coming across websites that simply don’t provide what you’re looking for. Great websites always have a good understanding of exactly what their users want, and how to provide this is a quick and easy way. In short, creating great and useful content is the only way to make an impact on the internet.
This can be quite tricky sometimes, especially if your business isn’t consumer focused. However, all is not lost and with a little creative thinking there is always a way to provide better content.
The first step for any website owner is to get inside the mind of your users and try to figure out exactly what they are looking for; not just what you think they want. Some good ways to do this would be to set up a questionnaire, or send an email to your database asking some short and simple questions. Once you’re armed with this information, work out the best way you can provide what’s needed.
Perhaps your business isn’t consumer focused, but you are still looking to increase your activity online. Many industries will have something closely related to them that people are interested in. Find out what that could be and start giving away some free information and advice. This can be hard for people to get their head round but when done properly it can have really good effects on your business.
Build A Community
The best thing by far for any website is user activity. If you can build an active community around your website then you’ll have an army of people working to promote you. Finding the magic mix is pretty difficult but well worth the effort. Start thinking about ways in which you can interact with people and get them involved. Remember that this is a slow process, so don’t get put off by initial small numbers.
If you can think of ways to improve your content and provide something really useful to your users, your website’s popularity will really start to grow. The end result should be a website that people come to for information and cite as a resource for information; surely this can only be a good thing for your business?
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If you’re a business trying to increase traffic to your website and ultimately sales, the first thing you should do is identify your target audience. Targeting a specific market makes advertising and promoting your brand and products more effective. This can be another aspect that some business owners have a hard time wrapping their heads around because they think marketing to everyone will increase sales. This is not true. Reaching out to people who have no need or interest for your products is a waste of time and money. Instead, focus on those that do and build a website for them.