At Bay Area NetSource we understand that some companies may have the technical know-how and software tools to establish their own website. For these companies we offer you the following designing and marketing tips:


Provide Information
Give users a reason to visit your website by providing them with information and/or entertainment. Unlike advertising in a magazine or TV commercial where the reader or viewer is exposed to your advertisements because they happen to be reading an article or watching a TV show, users of the WWW must choose to visit your website first. Therefore if your website offers nothing more than a one page advertisement the amount of traffic that you will generate will be extremely limited to those individuals seeking to purchase your product. However, by providing users with industry information or tips you can increase your advertising base to not only reach those interested in your product but also to those that are casually surfing the web in search of information related to your product or industry.

While graphics are important in capturing and retaining the attention of users, they should not be overdone. Since time is money and this is especially true on the WWW, users don't want to be burdened with long downloads associated with large graphic files. Most users would rather move on then wait for these files to download. If you are really concerned about graphical presentation remember that half the users of the WWW do not view the web graphically, either due to the fact that they don't have a graphical browser or because they don't have their graphic viewer turned on. Also since users have already made the decision to visit your website, it is not necessary to recatch their attention all over again with eye-catching graphics. At this point more emphasis should be placed on the content and the message you wish to convey. While the power of well designed graphics can not be denied, the cost/benefit should be analyzed more carefully on the Internet then in other forms of advertising.

Navigation & Hyperlinks
When designing a web site it is important to make it user friendly. Nothing is more frustrating than entering a website that has thousands of hyperlinks with no clear direction or design. In most instances each page should have no more than 5 hyperlinks. As is the case with any blanket statement there are exceptions, such as sites in which large volumes of data or topics are stored. However, in these cases a search database should be established to aid users in locating information rather than providing a hyperlink for every keyword or bit of information. By providing too many hyperlinks it becomes harder to control what information you want your user to leave your website with. Additionally, hyperlinks should be strategically placed. Don't place a hyperlink in the middle of sentence in which you are trying to make a point. If there is information that you definitely want users to view before they leave, try using buttons as hyperlinks to this information. Nothing begs out more to explore than a well designed and placed button on a website.

Provide Useful Information
We briefly discussed this topic above when talking about providing users with information or entertainment on your website. One advantage to using this marketing strategy is that it allows you the flexibility to advertise in some newsgroups or other bulletin boards without sounding like an advertisement; which by the way is usually frowned upon. By posting that your web site has information or entertainment that might be useful to readers of that newsgroup, you are offering something instead of interrupting the group with a blatant advertisement. Continuing with the example above a winery may wish to post a message in a newsgroup related to wine discussions, that their website contains information on wine selections and/or related information. However, before posting in a newsgroup spend a couple of days reading articles and the FAQ. By doing this you can get a feel for the general attitude to commercial adds and the level of advertising that is permitted. Some groups allow zero advertising and the penalties for breaking this rule can be substantial. Being flamed is no fun!!! Never send out a blanket message to several unrelated newsgroups, this is a sure way to be flamed. In addition you should try to register your website in as many search engines and directories as possible. Also think about offering a free sample of your product or maybe a coupon. This not only will increase traffic to your area but it also provides you with the name and address of potential clients.


At Bay Area NetSource we apply these principals and design techniques in all the web pages that we create. If you would like additional information or a free consultation feel free to contact us at (281) 799-1544 by completing our information form.

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