6 Tactics To Improve Business On Your Website

*Thank you to Jessica for sharing these tips with our readers.

Small Business Tips: Tips To Improve Business On Your Website

Running a small business isn’t easy and often it’s very hard to compete in the online shopping world. It can be frustrating and difficult to launch a small business or to find innovative ways to improve sales. If you don’t have a brick and mortar location, your online store is most likely your entire source of revenue. You can often improve business and avoid common pitfalls by just making a few simple changes to your online shop.

Make Purchasing Easy

If you’re online store isn’t bringing in the business you’d like it to, take a good look at the checkout process. This simple detail, the most important component aside from the merchandise, could be designed poorly and costing you business. Shoppers have a lot of options these days and your competitor is just one click away. Make purchases as quick and simple as possible. Avoid asking your customers to register, as research shows that this causes 23 percent of users to abandon their online carts, according to Mashable. The same study indicated that as many as 74 percent of shoppers left their carts behind because shipping costs weren’t made clear until the very end of the checkout process. Prevent this by adding a link to shipping and handling rates in every product listing.

Engage with Social Media

Small businesses don’t have the marketing budgets of major retailers and are often at a loss to find ways to advertise without shelling out a lot of money. Social media is an excellent avenue for free advertising and also engaging with customers and fans on a more personal level. Pick a few platforms that you’re comfortable with, sign up and start adding followers starting with friends and family. Ask your social circle and existing fans to re-post to build up your networks. Offer coupon codes, promotions and giveaways on your various accounts to draw people in and increase the amount of people posting and sharing your updates. Add links to social media on every product page so customers can share their favorite items easily.

Provide Clear and Detailed Descriptions

Besides having a simple checkout process, the most important elements on your site are the product listings. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to provide customers with the information they need to make a purchase. Take high quality images of your merchandise, offer different views, angles and close-ups and a zoom function. Don’t forget to include detailed written copy about each item including materials and measurements. Shoppers need all this information when they can’t see products in person and may not want to purchase something without knowing all the facts.

Use Streamlined Layout

Keep your website clean and simple, suggests Entrepreneur, too much information will overwhelm customers. Find the right balance between text and images and make sure all tabs are clear and easy to find. People are not going to hunt around the site looking for information, so make sure everything important pops out right away. If you’re having trouble with your layout, it may be a good idea to use a design template from sites like Shopify. Look to websites you love for help and inspiration. It’s easy to find the right layout that will work perfectly to showcase your product or service.

Be Easy to Find

Ensure that your site is showing up in web searches by using a simple URL. Avoid hyphens and too many words. It’s best to have something that’s as short as possible while still being memorable and interesting. With so many domain names already in use, it can be frustrating when something you’d like isn’t available. Take advantage of new domain name extensions that are now being offered. A domain name extension is whatever word comes after the dot in your web address, with .com being the most common. If you have been using an unwieldy and less than desirable web address taking advantage of these new extensions could work to your favor, says Businessweek. They do caution to be conservative in choosing an extension because not all domain name extensions will catch on.

Freshen Up

A quick way to improve your website is to add fresh content as much as possible. Update merchandise seasonally or add a few fresh details every few months. A site that stays stagnant can bore customers, warns Entrepreneur, leaving them feeling that there’s nothing new being offered. A great idea to keep things new is to feature a product of the week or month, on the homepage. This can grab the attention of both new and old customers by highlighting popular or new items at the same time as updating your page with new content. For an added incentive, offer a different sale or promotion every couple of weeks, which gives people a reason to check in often.

Following these tips to improving your website can help you increase sales, gain a loyal customer base and improve your web visibility. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or totally revamp your website, the more fresh content you have the better chance you’ll have of bringing in customers and making sales.

About Jay Crawford

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Comments

  1. I think being very clear and providing as much detail as possible is so important. I have not done business with people before because they seemed that they didn’t know what they were doing.

  2. It helps me a lot when it’s streamlined and easy to follow. I won’t go where it’s scattered. I have enough of that in my mind. lol

  3. It was important to me that my blog be clean and uncluttered, because that’s what I like to see on other sites I visit. I also work hard to keep fresh content up, almost every day.

  4. Thanks for this wonderful information. Anyone with a business, whether it’s internet based or brick and mortar, has to constantly evaluate and re-evaltuate their approach to make sure they change tactics when something either doesn’t work or stops working.

  5. I love reading posts like this. We’ve always got to make sure our marketing strategies are working for us.

  6. I love this post. I love what I do, but the market aspect of it can be a little daunting.

  7. A clean and simple website is a must for me. If I can’t focus my eyes, I won’t be back.

  8. This is good. Great way to increase visibility.

  9. Great tips, I need to do a lot more work on improving my site and my brand.

  10. These are all great tips! It’s true that a lot of people will abandon their purchase if they have to register. I typically will not register for a new site because I don’t want to be inundated with emails. I love being able to check out as a guest!

  11. Great share. Lots of amazing tips.

  12. Engaging with social media is huge right now. Especially with more and more people using it!

  13. I think that any business that is not on social media is really missing out. Without that, you miss a large group of people!

  14. Lisa Bristol says:

    These are great tips. Social media is such an important part of having a business now.

  15. I really need to implemt some of these ideas. I think it’s time to freshen up my blog!

  16. This is very good information. I need to work more on crating fresh content for my blog and my readers. There is always room for improvement.

  17. This is an awesome post. I definitely want to implement some of your tactics!

  18. i made some blog changes recently. I’m hoping it’s less cluttered, let me know what you think

  19. These are great tips! I always tell people to be “real” that is what we want to see, business owners being REAL, that sucks me in every time. Thanks for sharing this list.

  20. I’m certainly looking at fresh and original content for my site. Great tips!

  21. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Being easy to find is key for any business. I hate going to sites to buy something and there checkout system is to complicated.

  22. These are some great tips! I always say Social Media buttons and a way to contact the person or business is a must.

  23. These are all such good tips. I could def. use a freshen up, but I feel so limited w/Blogger. I like Blogger, but I feel limited.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      I used Blogger when I first started {for about 3 months}. It is great when you first get started and just want to get your toes wet. However, changing over was tough on the nerves, lol. I am glad that I did, though. There are so many more options.

  24. These are really great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  25. These are really great tips. Fresh content is very important as well as syndicating the content you already have.

  26. Ive left websites that were to confusing. I went there to buy and left with nothing. That’s sad. They could use your tips.

  27. great tips! These will all enhance the visitors’ experience to your website. Especially if you are selling products

  28. All of these tips are amazing. The engagement via social media is very important!

  29. These are some great tips! I plan to use these for my website!

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