It may seem strange to compare a website to an office plant, but
there are similarities.
If you don't water your plant, give it fertilizer once a month,
avoid extreme temperatures and make sure it has adequate
sunshine, the plant will not thrive. Eventually it will start
turning brown, dropping leaves and no amount of attention will
bring it back to life.
For many business owners, their website is like an ignored
office plant that dies from lack of attention. After the website
is developed and goes live, everyone celebrates and then ignores
the website. Yet, the website is expected to continue bringing
in leads, bringing in money and selling product 24/7. But it
A healthy website needs proper care and nurturing. If I were to
create proper care and feeding instructions for a website,
here's what I would include:
Water Your Website
Visitors that come to your website are thirsty for information.
Ask yourself, "Who is my audience and what do they want to
know?" Answer your audience's biggest question on your homepage
and then continue to provide more answers throughout the website.
Spend some time thinking about the needs of your audience and
researching what they want to know. What are their biggest
problems? What are their most pressing concerns?
Set your website up so that you are providing answers and
solutions to their biggest problems. Position your business as a
Fertilize Your Website Once a Month
You want people to bookmark your website and come back often.
Keep their attention by having interesting articles on your
website. Try to put one new article a month on your site. You
don't even have to be the one writing the articles. On one of my
sites, I have an automatic feed from another author who writes a
grammar article every month. I put a little bit of code on my
web page and her article magically appears every month.
Another technique is to go to an online articles directory like
There are thousands of free
articles you can use on your website. The authors only ask that
you post the article without altering their byline.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures for Your Website
Make sure graphics and animation are not overshadowing your
message. Websites that are graphic heavy tend to take too long
to load and people will leave before they even arrive at your
Also remember that graphics can not be indexed by the search
engines. So, if you have a graphics heavy site, your site will
get a low ranking with the search engines.
If you have a "splash" page, consider getting rid of it. A
splash page is a page full of animation and sound that
entertains before you get to the homepage. In order to get to
the homepage, the visitor has to click the "Enter" button. A
splash page is a good way to discourage business because it puts
one more obstacle between the visitor and you making a sale.
Provide Adequate Sunshine for Your Website
Constantly check the statistics of your site to find out what's
working and what isn't. What pages are being visited most often?
What search engines are bringing you the most traffic? What
articles are the most popular? What keywords are people using to
search for your site?
Use the statistical information of your website to continually
make changes. If you find most people are leaving after visiting
the homepage, it could mean that your marketing message is not
clear. Maybe your headlines are not strong enough or maybe your
navigation is confusing. Change your headlines and see what
happens. Keep testing until you get the results your want.
A website can not be ignored; it has to be constantly nurtured
for it to be an effective marketing tool.