As I mentioned in yesterdays' announcement, Radiant Freedom got hacked recently.
Today I should be posting part 3 of my series on website design, but unfortunately a hacker stole that away from you when he hacked my site and prevented me from accessing it for hours. I am currently working on cleaning up the site and making sure nothing was damaged. If anyone has any problems logging in be sure to use the password recovery feature.
In Part 1 of The Anatomy of a Good Website, I went over the basics of your website's structure and navigation. There are still three areas yet to go over. In today's post I'll cover Design. This is a big topic and needs a whole post just to do it justice.
This is where you decide on what your website's going to look like.
As a web developer, it's about time I gave you some tips about how to develop a good, well-designed website. I'll go over the basic principles of a good website, and also what can cause a bad design. I'll then give you some examples of both good and bad designs for websites.
There are 5 main things to keep in mind when designing a website:
All the other things I’ve posted over the past months all come down to one thing, what you think, how you act, and what you do. You choose to fail, by choosing the wrong focus, not following up with clients/leads, not closing the deal, not setting goals, listening to the wrong advice and all the other things you “know you should do” but don’t.
Truer words were never spoken, or in this case written. These words were taken right out of Napoleon Hill's much-quoted book Think and Grow Rich.
How many times have you seen or been a participant of this scenario? Person A says something like, "I have this great opportunity for you!" "Oh yeah! What is it?" is the gist of what Person B says. Then after Person A has described the nature of the opportunity, person B says something like "but that's impossible!" or "that would never work!" or something to that effect.
So you've got your business running, you're an entrepreneur! Yet is your business really profiting like it should? All too often it isn't. Why? Is it a bad industry? Are you not good enough? No. The issue is often that people don't focus on what actually makes them money.
Here's how much time a typical small business owner will end up spending on the three main types of activities of a business:
The follow up is where most sales are made, yet this is the area that most business owners and sales people fall short on. It's also much easier to sell to an existing client then to find a new client. So the follow up really is where the money is made.
Some things to consider in choosing when and how you want to follow up:
So many new business owners try to build a business with no clear target in mind. Their activities invariably end up scattered and unfocussed. They end up working hard but not really getting anywhere, spinning their wheels on a treadmill, busy but unproductive.
How could this be? Simple. They never set a target before they got going, they just jumped right in and started working, never knowing what they were working towards.