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Here are 50 things you should take notice of if you want a great small business website…none of which are technical!
- Cut the nonsense
- Use your common sense
- Clarify your expectations
- Listen and take action on feedback
- Provide direction for your visitors
- Be unconventional and unique
- Don’t work 24/7
- Be generous with your advice
- Be tolerant (of your own mistakes)
- Be intolerant (of trolls!)
- Take a genuine interest in your visitors
- Express yourself (your opinions, your personality)
- Sell (a little) via your site
- Show courage
- Be positive
- Get around and be noticed
- Do everything you can for your customers
- Develop yourself
- Be courteous
- Use experts
- Eliminate favouritism
- Be on the ball (know what’s important, not what’s unimportant)
- Read books, buy courses and go to seminars
- Think bottom line
- Make it happen (whatever IT is!)
- Celebrate achievement
- Create new things
- Keep your list up to date
- Listen to pop music, follow football, go to the cinema and eat out
- Provide focus for your visitors
- Provide a trusted shoulder to lean on – when needed
- Take holidays
- Admit your mistakes
- Take the initiative
- Be human
- Hire the best people
- Expect a lot
- Make tea (or coffee)
- Sell yourself
- Pursue crazy ideas
- Provide energy
- Say “Thank you”
- Demonstrate your beliefs
- Always ask your customers / visitors for feedback
- Practise what you preach
- Make yourself available
- Know where to draw the line
- Mean what you say and say what you mean
- Challenge yourself
What do you think?
Would you add any?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Be yourself. Good post to go back to regularly to remind yourself to do all these things, they are important. Cheers
I agree, Debbie. Sometimes we all need reminders for even the basics things!
Great List Andrew. 34 is admit your mistakes, I would add, learn from those mistakes, so you don’t keep making the same ones.
I’m for this one 41.Pursue crazy ideas. You just never know when something is going to work. And don’t let others negative remarks stop you.
Again great list.
Yes I agree – learn from your mistakes!
Great list. 31 providing focus to visitor to something very important i feel. It would encourage for both and build relation and share idea. Also agree with Debbie learn from your mistakes. Thanks again for the List.
Agree – very important. I must admit I find it hard to just pick one out…so many are important!
Thanks for sharing a good motivating list. Passion, hardwork, learning, focus and motivation when work together then anyone can get success.
Great list of motivations. We can also add; 51 start from scratch, never wait for anyone and 52 always dream big and the sky would be your starting point. Thanks bru.
‘Always dream big’…that’s a great one, Tendy.
Unfortunately most people don’t.
Great motivation. Sometimes motivation gets overlooked, especially when you start to consider all the optimization and customization you have to do if you do not have a good theme.
🙂 Thanks Andrew for sharing this informative post. I agree with your list like number 49: Mean what you say and say what you mean. Great post Andrew! Keep it up 🙂
Thanks for reminding once again. I agree that even with technical skills we cannot succeed if we don’t follow this basic rules.
Great list Andrew! Be generous with your advice I would say is the most important one, adding value to your audience always pays off!
hello dear Andrew
Thanks for sharing great info. sometimes, we do need non technical skills to work better and skills like developing yourself is really very important.
Don’t work 24/7. I see it as a great advice. I have been meeting people who keep saying work hard and for long hours. I don’t understand why. You can do a lot better even if you have limited time and resources with you. I have worked on small business websites and never had any issue with time factor. Thanks for sharing such useful insight. Very good points.
I agree with you. These all are essential for any successful website or blog. I think admitting own mistakes is the main point among them. Anyone will make mistake. But only a good person can admit and rectify his own mistake.
Thanks a lot for this awesome tips.
I really like your list, Andrew. Especially the point of not working 24/7. I have to admit I did this for quite a while. But it did not work. I think working smarter is what is best. Your idea of using experts is interesting. However, experts are hard to get. I would love to find a method that attracts them like mosquitos are attracted to human blood.
I have to say that I make tea and coffees to all that come along my place. They all love it, but very few can provide advice on what I do. Blogging is somehow a lonely thing, but meeting with other bloggers can help. I am trying to do so now.