Big website mindset mistakes

Jun 6, 2023

It feels like a hell of a lot of peeps need to hear some of these (I fully include my past self in those peeps 🙋‍♀️ )

I’ve realised that when it comes to managing a website for your business, it’s important to adopt the right mindset and avoid certain mistakes that can hinder your website’s success. The first big thing to say is that having a website doesn’t guarantee you success. It’s what you do with that website that makes the difference.

Here is a taster of some significant mindset mistakes business owners should be aware of…

“Set It and Forget It” Mentality

Treating your website as a one-time project and neglecting regular updates and maintenance is a common mistake. Websites require ongoing attention to keep them up to date, secure, and optimized. Continually evaluate and improve your website’s content, design, and functionality to meet the evolving needs of your business and customers.

Lack of Planning

Building a website without a clear strategic plan can lead to an ineffective online presence. It’s so important to determine your website’s goals, target audience, key messages, and desired outcomes. Develop a strategic plan that aligns your website with your overall business objectives and marketing strategies. Remember a strategic plan doesn’t need to be complex. Just one that sticks to your business goals!

Overlooking the User Perspective

Focusing solely on your own perspective and neglecting the user’s needs can result in a website that fails to engage and convert visitors and especially, your ‘people’. Understand your target audience, their preferences, and pain points, and design your website with user experience in mind. Prioritize intuitive navigation, clear messaging, and easy-to-use features to create a positive user experience.

Ignoring Data and Analytics

Got all the analytics set up but not actually checking them? Neglecting to track and analyze website data can hinder your ability to make informed decisions. Leverage website analytics tools to gather insights on visitor behavior, traffic sources, conversion rates, and more. Regularly review and analyze these metrics to identify areas for improvement, optimize your website’s performance, and align your efforts with your business objectives.

Focusing Solely on Design

I love a pretty website as much as the next person, but I’m afraid pretty alone just isn’t going to cut it. While aesthetics are important, solely prioritizing design over functionality and user experience can be a mistake. Ensure your website is visually appealing, but also easy to navigate, loads quickly, and provides valuable content. Find the right balance between aesthetics and usability to create a website that captivates visitors while fulfilling their needs.

Failure to Optimize for Search Engines

You’ve got to please those Google Gods… Overlooking search engine optimization (SEO) can limit your website’s visibility in search results and reduce organic traffic. Research relevant keywords, optimize meta tags, incorporate quality content, and build backlinks to improve your website’s ranking. Implement SEO best practices to increase your chances of being discovered by potential customers.

Not Embracing Responsive Design

With the growing use of mobile devices, neglecting to optimize your website for different screen sizes and resolutions is a significant oversight. Ensure your website employs responsive design techniques, allowing it to adapt seamlessly to various devices. This enhances user experience and improves your website’s search engine rankings. Woohoo!

Lack of Integration with other marketing

All roads should lead to your website! Isolating your website from your broader marketing efforts can limit its effectiveness. Integrate your website with other marketing channels, such as social media, email marketing, and advertising campaigns. Ensure consistency in messaging, branding, and customer experience across all platforms, driving a cohesive and impactful marketing strategy.

It’s time to start avoiding these mindset mistakes, people! Embrace the  continuous improvement that your website needs. It’s a bit like a beast that’s living and breathing. It needs to be fed! Most importantly, constantly refer back to your website users when making decisions and even better make data driven decisions to drive your your business’s success. And if you’re stuck on any of these, let me know by getting in touch to tell me more.

About the writer…

I’m Katie and I’m besotted with taking adventurous female creatives, coaches and educators on a journey of discovery of their business from the foundations up, to give them a crystal clear brand vision and a new found confidence to make an impact.

I know what it’s like to start a business and then find yourself on the road to burnout because actually, you’ve taken so many wrong turns and lost sight of the reasons why you started on your journey in the first place.

I hope these design notes inspire you to create the brand of your dreams. 

Katie x

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