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Secrets of Writing a Business Website Homepage
By: Joel Walsh
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    2005-05-06

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    Think you know how to write a business website homepage? Read this article to make sure. You probably think you already know what a homepage is.But if youíre like many business website owners, you really donít. The homepages of many business websites are suffering an identity crisis. They're trying to do the job of several web pages, and doing none of those jobs well.

    What a Business Website Homepage is Not:

    * A homepage is not the place to dump a long description of your business. Thatís for the ďabout usĒ or ďcompany informationĒ page. On the homepage, this information will just bore most people.

    * A homepage is not the place where you list and sell all your products (unless you only have one or two). You should have a special products and services page for that, and preferably a shopping cart or catalog. Trying to make people buy right on your homepage is a little pushy. The homepage will also get over-crowded as your offerings expand. Instead, just include a list of product categories with links to inside pages, along with direct links to your biggest sellers.

    * A homepage is not the place to include the full text of your announcements and press releases. Just include a teaser paragraph of each article on the homepage, with a link to the web page with the full text. If people want to read the full text, they can. If they donít, you havenít bored them to tears.

    * A homepage is not your company presidentís or ownerís personal blog. Itís OK to rant, rave, or preach the need for world peace. Just donít do it on wesellwidgets.com


    As youíve probably noticed, a good website has multiple pages. You should have special web pages for special topics: an ďabout usĒ page for company information, a products and services catalog, the presidentís blog, etc. When you advertise or send out links to your site, you should link directly to the most appropriate page, rather than just the homepage. Of course, that doesnít mean you donít need a homepage, just that you donít need it to do every single thing you want your website to accomplish.


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