Boring tips for a great website

From John Haydon’s blog, Ten Ways To Make Your Nonprofit Website Simply Awesome:


  1. Professional Design
  2. Intuitive Navigation
  3. Fewer Choices
  4. Good Redirects
  5. Consistent Page Layouts
  6. Pictures of People
  7. Mobile Versions
  8. Answers to Common Questions
  9. Strong SEO
  10. Sharable Content

Note that few of these things are all that sexy. Just good-old getting stuff right.

Probably the most impactful item on the list is the least “exciting”: #9. Search engine optimization (and/or search engine marketing) requires a lot of not-visible, highly detailed, downright drudgery — but it can really drive a lot of the right people to your site for the right reasons.

It’s almost always that way: The things that make the most difference for your organization are the least glamorous. The big success stories are from organizations that understand that, not the ones that chase the fad of the moment or sexy, thrilling wonder-drugs.


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