Does Your Website Need a Facelift?

 

It’s starting to seem like the Internet has been around since the beginning of time. I can hardly imagine a time without using the Web to help me get through my everyday life. I found myself unexpectedly without my iPhone last week, and let’s just say,I was lost. Access to the Web has become easier, and because of that, we spend even more time on the Internet each day.

Since we’ve agreed that the Internet has been around for what feels like forever, maybe it’s time to evaluate how your own website is aging as well. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to make sure you still have a dynamic and useful website:

Do I have any coding or scripting errors?

This one is pretty basic, but it’s a good idea to browse your site from the front end and see if you see any glaring errors. If you primarily update your site from the back end, you may not notice any coding or scripting errors.

Do other people in my industry have better websites?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it’s important to check out other websites that are similar in scope and content to yours. While I am by no means advising you to rip off your competition, knowing what they are doing may give you some ideas of what you could do better on your own website.

Is my site mobile friendly?

When the Internet was first invented, mobile sites weren’t even a thought in a developer’s head. But now, it’s pretty important to make your website mobile friendly, or even develop a mobile-friendly platform, such as m.yourbusiness.com instead of just yourbusiness.com

Do I have any outdated information?

Sometimes information on websites doesn’t seem like it needs to be updated, such as homepage info, hours, or even a menu. But even the smallest changes can become obvious when a user logs onto your site. Make sure that you are double checking all of your information from the perspective of someone who just casually stumbles upon your site.

If you don’t feel like you have the time to check for all of these things yourself, consider hiring someone to revamp your site. If you don’t want an entire site overhaul, it shouldn’t be too pricey to have someone correct any errors that you might have. Otherwise, it’s important to glance over your own site occasionally and make sure that everything looks good!

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

Sun Tsu: Is Business Like War?

 

I recently received a call from a young designer who I met when she was in art school. I reviewed her portfolio and several years later at a local graphic design group meeting, she reintroduced herself and thanked me for being kind and helpful in that review. She became an avid reader of my articles on the design business and while telling me on that phone call about a job from hell, she said she needed to “borrow (my) bastardness.

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4 Surefire Ways to Influence your Klout Score

 

If you care about your Klout score, but tend to struggle increasing the number, this is for you. Here’s more on Klout if you’re new to the platform.  While the Klout score tends to garner more weight in Social Media and Marketing, other verticals such as retail and food have felt the influence.  The mysterious Klout algorithm has definitely showed its hand since the controversial update back in October 2011.  So if you’re looking to improve your score for business reasons or you just want to be eligible for the premium perks, digest and follow these 4 ways below.

ActivityIf your not active let me introduce you to the Klout 20’s.  Even our buddy Justin Bieber, the creme de la creme of Klout with a score of 100, is highly active on Twitter.  He’s tweeted over 15K times.  With 21 million followers, you can imagine the number of RT’s and mentions he gets per tweet.  Someday.  If you really want to improve your score you need to be active 5-7 days a week.  Once you get to a number that is satisfying, you can generally take some time off without too much damage.  Although, the higher your score, the less forgiving Klout is to inactivity.  In order to have influence, you have to show up.

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook – Your Klout score is derived from your influence on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, and Foursquare.  First thing, LinkedIn and Foursquare have little or no effect on your Klout score.  I’ve yet to see a profile where they account for more than 1-2%.  Since Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ has to be connected to generate a score, it makes sense that LI and foursquare don’t play much of a part.  All things being equal, Facebook makes up the brunt of your score.  So if your activity is equal on FB, Twitter, and G+, your Facebook activity will have the greatest impact on your Klout score.  Even when your activity is slightly greater on another network, Facebook will count the most.  See the diagram below.  Now, if you have blowout volume on Twitter or G+, that network will take the lead.  Bobbi Jo Woods is a monster on G+.  Over 51K people have her in their circles and every post is a +1 and sharing bonanza.  Her Klout break down is 99% G+ and 1% Facebook.  She has a Klout score of 80.  Impressive.  For most, Facebook will be your driver.  Spend your time there and make it happen.

Photographs, and more Photographs – So Likes and Comments are the crux of your Klout score when Facebook is the lead dog.   Posting a beautiful photograph of mountains, the sky, or moon are “like” gold.  Post it and they will come.  The “Likes” will fall from the heavens and splash on your wall.  In many cases, the comments will follow closely on the heals of the like.  A collage from National Geographic can be your buddy, and your friends and followers will eat it up.  Now, if you actually post tantalizing pictures that you actually take yourself, jackpot.  Did I mention photos of kittens? Dogs? Just about any animal will work.  Most people love a quality photograph.  A motivating or witty quote with a picture background is the next best choice.  Sprinkle some photographs and quotes with your other content, and your Klout score will be off to the races.  This does work.

Grow your Following and Increase Friends – This is just the “law of averages” at play. While it’s not impossible to have a high score with a modest number of followers and friends, most of the users in 70+ land share high followers/friends numbers.  It doesn’t mean you have to friend every Tom, Dick, and Harry on Facebook.  However, with a mindset to expand your reach you’ll undoubtedly be taking steps to build an audience that will like, comment, share, retweet, and +1.  Your odds will simply increase, and more importly you’ll be “meeting” some great people along the way.

Klout Scores of Notables in Social Media

Guy Kawasaki           86       @guykawasaki

Robert Scoble            82       @scobleizer
Marie Smith              78       @marismith
Chris Voss                 78       @chrisvoss
Scott Stratten            75       @unmarketing
Chris Brogan             74       @chrisbrogan
Gary Vaynerchuk     70       @garyvee
Jason Falls                  70      @jasonfalls
Ann Handley            69      @marketingprofs
Brian Solis                 69      @briansolis

Please take your Klout score with a grain of salt.  It really doesn’t mean anything.  It’s not like you would lose a job opportunity because of it…Well

Do you care about Klout? How often do you check it? What have you done to help your score? Please leave your comments below…