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About Your Website...It's Not Personal



Are you treating your business website like it's your personal website?





Do you:





-- display family pictures that are unrelated to your business?

-- link to all of your personal favorite websites?

--have cutesy graphics that appeal to you but don't relate to your business?

--have cutesy "web tricks" just because you think they're "fun" or "cool"?

--have "shout-outs" to friends and family?





There's nothing wrong with adding "personality" to your website. But if you're like most small business owners, your website has a job to do -- grow your business. Don't get in its way or spend effort on things that don't help it achieve that goal! How does your website grow your business? By solving your customers' problems and getting them to trust you enough to give you their time or money.





Trust and Credibility

Some websites need to be "fun" because that's what their target audience is looking for. But every business website needs to be professional--even fun ones. A professional image lends credibility to everything you proclaim on your website. It's all strangers have to go by.





How

to You Detect an Unprofessional Website?

By comparison to other websites that users do consider professional. The more web savvy the user, the more they can tell. What are the signs? Let me put the question back to you. Have you ever seen an unprofessional-looking...





...business card?

...print ad?

...TV commercial?

...salesperson?





How could you tell? How much trust did you have in the business? Were you motivated to give them your business?





Bottom Line

If you're seriously looking to grow your small business, remember that your business website is not built for your personal enjoyment. That's what personal websites are for. If you're really not all that interested in making a profit, I would (as would the IRS) classify your business as a "hobby".



About the author:

Keita Del Valle is the owner of the Southern California web design company, Crafty Pixel, which operates from the Inland Empire city of Corona, CA. For more news, articles and information on running a small business web site, including the Hollaback blog, visit www.craftypixel.com.

Written by: Keita Del Valle

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